Designated a warship by the Theocratic Defense Guard, the Bishop Warship is in fact a priority courier ship. The Bishop was built as much to ferry religious passengers as it was a testbed for the new twin laser cannon. Individually the Bishop Warship is not adequately equipped to taken on enemy cruisers, but operating in wolf packs they can be deadly opponents.
Almost all Bishop Warships produced by the Chouka were assigned to a single cleric of the Theocracy. These clerics used their assigned Bishops as personal yachts. Many clerics even took up residence on their private warships. Often times the ships would be used to take the clerics and their guests to religious retreats in the Mishtuki system or simply to remote and exotic locations in the Chouka home system so that the cleric could meditate. When the war began with the Circasians the Bishops were slowly recalled to strict military service. In some cases the clerics were even ordered by the elders to take their ships into battle to defend Chouka from the heathens! The clerics had no choice but to comply with the orders, lest they face judgment at the hands of their crews.
In battle the Bishop performed admirably, especially when acting in tandem with one or two other Bishop Warships. When operated in this fashion, the ships usually used long-range fire from their laser cannons to take down larger ships at medium range and then charging their enemy and saturating them with volleys of plasma at closer ranges.