A Church Carrier is a large cylindrical vessel measuring roughly two miles long, and resembling a telephone pole complete with tines that jut out at right angles to the ship. At the front of the ship is the Command Pod which contains a single Gatekeeper, and all of the controls for the ship. At the rear of the ship are its engines, and the mass alteration device.
The ship is used to navigate through the Heaven’s Gates, and thus through Gate Space. Usually two to three of them can be found in close proximity to a Heaven’s Gate, docked to a Cathedral Station. For extremely large conflicts and voyages to The Battleground, as many as ten Church Carriers can be gathered in one location.
Church Carriers themselves are unarmed, but they are often tended by a host of other ships, and any armed ship that is within close proximity to a Church Carrier are required by Church edict to defend a Church Carrier on the rare occasions when heretics attack them.