Winterscale’s fleet runs the gamut of vessels from seedy tramp freighters and lurking raiders to huge mass conveyors and everything in between. However, Calligos’s love of war and conflict mean that his fleet has a higher number of “ships of the line” than other Rogue Traders. Multiple cruisers sail under his banner, led by his flagship, the grand cruiser Emperor’s Vow.
Calligos prefers to commission or employ “independent interests” for his tasks, and thus the ship flying the Winterscale flag that shows up at a port may or may not actually be a Dynasty vessel. Therefore, the size of his fleet is constantly in flux, making it impossible to estimate Winterscale’s true strength. Perhaps that is his goal.
Calligos Winterscale’s interests stretch across the Expanse, but they are unsurprisingly focused in Winterscale’s Realm. Perhaps because it bears his name, Calligos does focus his efforts within this region of the Expanse. His interests and assets in this region are myriad and varied; they include arms dealing, dabbling in the Cold Trade, smuggling, piracy, exploration, and even “legal” trade ventures. If one can think of a money-making scheme, it is likely that somewhere a Winterscale agent is doing something similar.
It would not be fair to say that Calligos does not serve Imperial interests, he is as loyal to the Imperium of Man as any Rogue Trader. It is more appropriate to say that to Calligos Winterscale, the Winterscale Dynasty is the Imperium, and that monolithic establishment back through the Maw is simply not his concern.
Calligos will not rest until the entirety of Winterscale’s Realm bows to his rule and his place in the rising Sector is secured—as preposterous as this goal is, he seems to be putting a massive effort behind it. The focus of his effort is to secure the nephium rich worlds of Koronus Expanse and to reach for the monopoly of a prometheum production at Koronus Sector.
Conflict over the nephium dominance is already escalating on the frozen world of Lucien’s Breath. There he is embroiled in a bitter war with the Rogue Trader Aspyce Chorda. In Chorda, Winterscale has found an opponent he can neither cow nor crush, and to his fury he has been forced to split control of
the world with her. All know this is only a temporary solution.
Already skirmishes and raids break out between the rival sides, and Winterscale is openly gathering his strength and his allies to crush the usurper. It is likely that Chorda’s competence and danger as a worthy adversary appeals to Winterscale’s blood lust, and only encourages his desire for conflict. The inevitable war
between the two promises to be both bloody and massive in scale, and could plunge that entire region of space into conflict.
However, the approaching war offers Rogue Traders a singular opportunity. Winterscale is too evenly matched to Chorda to be assured victory. He is willing to hire cut-throats and mercenary Rogue Traders who are eager for war, and reward them well for their service.