The Hand of God class planetary transport is a key component of the Ascendancy’s capability to prosper in total invisibility, and reflects the unimaginable technological capabilities of their unnatural civilization. The Hand of God type’s primary role is, as its name suggests, planetary transport: that is to say that the Hand of God transports planets. Often, in circumstances wherein other interstellar species are encroaching on Ascendancy space and the Council of Five decrees that temporal annihilation shall not be the first response, the Hands of God are used to evacuate colony worlds and relocate them into more sheltered solar systems. Using a complex array of gravitational compensators and inertial dampeners, tractor beams emitted from the ends of the “tentacles” at the stern of the ship latch onto entire planetary bodies and allow the Hands of God to move entire worlds across time and space. Complimented by the almost unimaginably larger still-and mysteriously elusive-Fate class stellar transport, the Hands of God protect the Ascendancy’s secrecy quite efficiently.
Despite their incredible size, they are operated by crews numbering only in the double digits, a necessity due to the Ascendancy’s minute population. Often times, Children of the Unwell captain these vessels, as their neurological augmentations-used to compensate for their physical deformities-often allow them to function in manners far superior to conventional mentalities.