|Vidar class Destroyer|
The RHC Schwarzwald was a retired Red Hessian cruiser, transferred over to the rising LWB in response to the discovery of the Stuttgart and Hamburg Jump Holes within the Cologne system. Retaining only a small regular cadre of Hessian engineers for conservation purposes, the ship was commanded by an LWB captain and command crew. It served primarily as a mobile supply depot, raid stash and fire base within the Norddrauwolke while being a fallback point for raiding activities both within Hamburg and Cologne itself.
As the LWB tears itself apart, the crew of cruiser Schwarzwald chose to avoid the madness and align themselves with the Unioners, due in no small part to the cruiser being mooring at Krefeld Base while their former movement imploded. With developments in Cologne relatively stable for the time being, the Schwarzwald has moved into Omega-54 to monitor the situation in anticipation of a power vacuum created by the demise of the LWB.
Former commander of the LWB's 'Forest Fleet' and current Syndicadmiral of the Unioner free navy, Admiral Abendroth, was known to have commanded the vessel during its defection.
The Black forest represents the southernmost Unioner staging ground, and operates in intense secrecy. It is believed that the Hessians have not located the Black Forest yet.