THE BATTLE FOR SPACE INTENSIFIES ...
The Imperial Navy, for long weeks forced to fight a desperate holding
action against the seemingly endless waves of Chaos vessels, has
been reinforced. A fleet the size of which has not been seen since
the end of the Gothic War eight centuries earlier has been dispatched
from Cypra Mundi, and is now staging at Belis Corona in preparation
for a massive counter-push into the Cadian Gate.
The arrival of this vast armada has allowed those vessels that
have been fighting continuously since the beginning of the invasion
a brief respite. Severely depleted ship’s companies are bolstered
through indiscriminate press-ganging, and hasty repairs and refits
are undertaken on those vessels most in need of them.
The reinforcements have been split into battlegroups, each tasked
with bolstering the defences in a specific sector. The regions
around the Eye of Terror encompass many millions of cubic light
years, and only by the concentrated application of resources in
those areas in most desperate need can the Imperial Navy hope to
make inroads and slow, stall, and eventually repel the Chaos fleets
plaguing the region.
If the Imperial Navy can gain the upper hand in the conflict, it
is hoped Abaddon will soon find his forces cut off from aid and
reinforcement. Although Ork mercenaries have reportedly joined the
fray, and the Eldar fleets have been drawn away by the presence of
Abaddon’s captured Blackstone Fortresses, the iron fist of the
Imperium is slowly being brought to bear. Ancient defence laser
batteries upon Demios Binary combine with programs of orbital
bombardment on Laurentix and Setvan to harry the servants of Chaos
wherever they are to be found. Admiral Quarren himself has succeeded
time and time again in defeating Chaos fleets many times the size of
his own, allowing reinforcements to enter the fray around the
fortress world. A massive influx of reinforcements in the Scelus
sector has penetrated the Chaos blockade of ships and minefields,
and in the Belis Corona system the entirety of Battlefleet Gothic
has stormed into the fray. The daemonic mine-creatures sewn across
the battlefront accounted for only a few of their number, and now
the fleet has the opportunity to avenge their losses it suffered in
the Gothic War at the hands of Abaddon’s own fleet. If the
relentless momentum of the Thirteenth Black Crusade can be slowed
for just a short time, then the defenders on the ground will have a
real chance of victory.
The Imperial Navy has gambled all on this sector-wide retaliation,
and should it fail, Battlefleet Obscurus will be so weakened that
only the redeployment of fleets across the whole Imperium will hold
any hope of holding back Abaddon’s invasion.
The Tides of War
On every world of the Cadian system, there is only war. Vigilatum
is all but lost to the unholy servants of the Ruinous Powers, though
a small rearguard, previously thought annihilated holds out there
yet, boldly defending the Naval Tac Logis facility. Solar Mariatus
too is sorely pressed by the hordes of the Despoiler, and Cadian
High Command has ordered the world reinforced, lest its output of
munitions and other materiel essential to the ongoing war effort
be lost- a blow the beleaguered defenders can ill afford. With Imperial
Navy reinforcements inbound, the defenders of Cadia must hold out
just a little while longer...
Ursarkar Creed has been hailed by many as the most able Imperial
Guard commander since the legendary Lord Solar Macharius, yet many
observers have noted that his sub-commanders have not proved themselves
quite so capable. So sudden and mobile has the Despoiler's invasion
proved that many commanders at a system and planetary level have
simply been unable to coordinate their actions, and are reacting
to the enemy's attacks rather than dictating their own terms of
battle. Creed has issued stern orders to his subordinates- take
the initiative at a planetary level, or fall. The choice is that
The Secrets of Caliban
The enigmatic heretic known as 'The Voice' has been broadcasting
all-channel voxes for much of the conflict, and has recently stepped
up the intensity of his verbal attacks upon the honour of the Dark
Angels and the Unforgiven Chapters, challenging them to defend the
ruins of Caliban, and claiming he will soon reveal the dark secrets
hidden there. How the sons of the Lion will react to such blatant
provocation is unclear, though whatever their reaction, it is sure
to be swift and bloody.
The Green Kroosade
EYE OF TERROR EVENT CARDS
With the forces of Chaos overwhelming every world within the vicinity
of the Eye of Terror, a large force of Orks has taken advantage
of the state of anarchy threatening many systems, and launched an
all out attack upon the worlds of the Scarus Sector. This 'Green
Kroosade' is remarkably well coordinated for an Ork invasion, and
has succeeded in grinding down the defences of several worlds, notably
Lethe Eleven. The Black Templars have diverted a number of fighting
companies to oppose them, lest they gather into a fully-fledged
The following event cards were played in Week 4. If you have an
event card and are unsure how to play it, contact your country representative.
(Info should be with your card)
The Cult of the Red Cyclops
This card affects Morten's Quay in favor of the Forces of Disorder.
An entire continent on Morten’s Quay has been infected by
a doomsday cult known as the Cult of the Red Cyclops. They believe
that at the legendary Ninth Hour they will be joined by the Feathered
God incarnate and his armoured knights, who will pour forth from
the Labyrinth Dimension. That hour has come.
This card affects the Chinchare in favor of the Forces of Disorder.
The dark sorceries of Ahriman and his Thousand Sons twist the thin
tunnels of the webway over the Chinchare sub-sector, ripping vast
lesions in the fabric of the webway dimension and rendering entire
sections unusable. Several Strike Forces of Ulthw? Eldar are plunged
into limbo, or worse, into the warp itself.
This card affects Xersia in favor of the Forces of Order.
Increased Eldar activity in the Xersia system draws the attentions
of the Relictors Chapter of Space Marines. They purge the system
with fire and sword, slaughtering three entire Kabals of Dark Eldar
intent on enslaving Xersia’s civilian population.
This card affects Medusa in favor of the Forces of Disorder.
With the invasion raging across light years of space, a new foe
has joined the war. Striking deep behind enemy lines, dragging prisoners
off into the night, the Dark Eldar have added their efforts to the
forces of disorder on the Feral world of Medusa. Imperial Strategios
fear these attacks could tip the balance in the sector, as withdrawing
troops from the front to deal with the new threat will leave Imperial
forces dangerously under strength.
In the Company of Wolves
This card affects the planets in the Cadian system in favor
of the Forces of Order.
On the bleak mining world of Ormantep a fierce battle rages between
warriors of the Black Legion and strange wolf-like warriors bearing
markings not dissimilar to the Space Wolves…
This card affects Chinchare in favor of the Forces of Order.
Beleaguered Imperial forces are suddenly and decisively aided by
black and bone armoured Eldar emerging from shimmering warp portals
upon the world of Balzac. Vanishing without a word, these mysterious
benefactors ask nothing in return for their aid.
Secrets of the Black Library
This card affects the Belial IV sub-sector in favor of the Forces
The desperation of the situation facing Ulthwe is such that the
Guardians of the Black Library reveal to them the runes that will
open many sealed paths of the Webway. The danger of these paths
is great but the opportunity for achieving surprise is such that
the risk may be worth it.
Talismans of Vaul
Through the culmination of ancient knowledge, an Eldar strike force
has managed to infiltrate the secret inner workings of a Blackstone
Fortress in hopes of activating it's Control Pylons...
Above Belis Corona
A massive influx of Imperial reinforcements are making their way
to the Belis Corona System from Cypra Mundi. Although this regrouping
effort can't be stopped, it can be hindered.
Reinforcements en route to the Belis Corona and Scelus sectors find
themselves having to penetrate various Chaos blockades. This is
risky business indeed.