A mysteriously empty manufactorum complex on the world of Fornax Aleph. With only Ankawanar Sek's forces still maintaining solid cohesion, the newly christened Crusade Second Front is beginning to power through its opposition and shore up the Crusade flank. 18 Comments. First annexed for Imperial colonisation in the 35th Millennium, the name Sabbat refers to the area's original redeemer, Saint Sabbat, a young girl who received a vision from the Emperor of Mankind to bring the region into the Imperium during an Imperial Crusade that lasted for 105 standard years and began in 500.M35. Within the last two solar months of 756.M41 alone, 8 significant fleet engagements occurred. 1: Ghostmaker (Novel) by Dan Abnett: 1a: Chapter Five: The Angel of Bucephalon; 1b: Chapter Nine: A Simple Plan; 2: Sabbat Martyr (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Chapter 6; 3: Traitor General (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Chapter 27; 4: His Last Command (Novel) by Dan Abnett, Chapter 12 They arrived in-system 5 solar hours later, holding position within the sugar and hydrocarbon clouds beyond the system edge. In the first month of 759.M41, delayed portions of General Elbeth's assault force finally arrived in-system and immediately deployed in support of the Astartes on the planet's surface. The assault on Balhaut would, in the future, remain a shining example of a planned military action that went according to plan and brought about the desired victory. Driving ahead of the main advance, the fireteams encountered unexpected resistance from a squad of Blood Pact warriors. Though he was given command of a sizable liberation army, they were an ad hoc formation comprised of disparate units who had not served together operationally. Despatch via Astropath, the 266th day of 755.M41[1d], Slaydo began assembling his forces and planning the campaign that year, although he did not declare the Crusade begun until the 266th day of 755. After all, Anakwanar Sek is still at large, possibly the most gifted strategist on the Archenemy's side. The sixth army managed to break into the southern side of Zevin, but the advance soon ground to a halt after facing ferocious resistance. An in-depth background book about the Sabbat Worlds Crusade, the war-torn backdrop to the hit Gaunt's Ghosts novel series and a much-loved topic of our SF fans. As for the forces of the Archenemy, fortunately most of the archon's brutal magisters perished during the vicious fighting on Balhaut, though there were some lamentable exceptions. Saint Sabbat during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade The fiercest fighting took place in the cities of the planet. The new Archon injected a new motivation into the Archenemy's forces. Colonels Paquin and Varnsetter initiated the attack by striking deep at the southern side of Zevin and Zenic. Later that year, Rusheck Vakkim was hunted down by forces commanded by General Urienz and finally perished in a brutal gun-battle on the world of Nyzon II. General Doshen redoubled his efforts on the northeastern front, bolstered by the news that the Blood Pact was not as invincible as their reputation suggested. It was then that a surprise assault by the Imperial forces fell on him. The other element soon faced the encircling light support battalions which picked them off at their leisure, breaking their cohesiveness as an effective fighting force. Over the course of the next thirty-seven years, the … On Khan III Lord General Bulledin, the most cautious and focused of all within Macaroth's senior staff, found himself pitted against the forces of Magister Shebol Red-Hand, a notorious monster who left a trail of burning worlds in his murderous wake. Furthermore, they detected no activity on the planet's surface; no electromagnetic activity, no power or industry, no motion whatsoever. The Warmaster's forces risked being split in half, with the Warmaster himself and a greater portion of the Imperial forces cut-off and surrounded. Breaking past the outer defence systems, Imperial Guard regiments pour into Lyubovhive. Carnhide focused on his main goal of finding and destroying the focus of Lyubov resistance - Araek Etogaur. It is presented as an authentic document, and examines the subject in all its grim, gory detail, with … Chapter Master Veegum then led the Silver Guard through, taking the Emancipatory in two solar hours and stormed the Monastery of St. Kiodrus with the aid of three Astra Militarum regiments. In spite of this success, Carnhide soon received negative reports of the sixth army being fought to a standstill by Blood Pact forces and the fourth army being pushed back and slaughtered. A Warhammer 40,000 background book. Despite these Imperial triumphs the war on Cociaminus ground down to a tediously slow pace. His warships then utilised the radiating mass of the star to conceal his fleet formations from the Archenemy's planetary detector grids. A charismatic, brutal warlord known as an "archon" rallied the tribes of the Sanguinary Worlds to war, and a series of assaults began from galactic trailward into the region. The forces of the Archenemy were well-entrenched, driving back the Imperial Guardsmen during successive actions. Dubbed as the "world that refused to die," Cociaminus collectively cost more Imperial lives than the fighting on the notorious Fortress World of Morlond. In many regards, Slaydo's conduct in the Sabbat Worlds Crusade emulated the figure of St. Sabbat Beati's original campaign in the sector. [Needs Citation], However, Macaroth's tactic of multiple engagement did see the spectacular fall of many of the Chaos commanders, one after another. These deaths marked the end of the hold-out Chaos forces left after Balhaut, and the collapse of their forces encouraged the Crusade to stretch out into the Cabal Systems in a long salient. With General Delanyi unable to get through to take command, Curell's command fell, by default, to the senior surviving officer amongst his staff, Commander Macaroth. The sustained orbital bombardment had reduced the terrain into so much rubble, and a series of severe storms turned the entire area into an expanse of mud lakes. His ultimate fate would be unknown for a few Terran years until he later revealed himself on the Hive World of Verghast. Slaydo believed that in order to launch a successful Imperial Crusade into the Sabbat Worlds his massive mobilisation of Imperial forces would have to take the fight to several fronts from the outset of hostilities in order for the crusade to prosper. [1r], Magisters Skara and Asphodel escaped the destruction of the Chaos armies on Balhaut, and would pose future threats. Gifted in the application of military strategy, Archon Gaur was able to centralise his tactics and properly orchestrate his forces' efforts against the encroaching Crusade forces. A tactical genius, Slaydo capitalised on his popularity within the rank and file of the Astra Militarum and petitioned the High Lords of Terra for the honour of leading the Imperial Crusade to liberate the Sabbat Worlds. The remains of the vessels destroyed formed the Antioch Debris Field. A viable explanation for the disappearance of Fornax Aleph's population has never been made, though some suggest that there may have been a connection with the warp-storm activity in-system at the time. The young Warmaster just chose to do so in a different way than how Slaydo might have done it. The archon intended to draw the Imperial forces towards the world of Fabia, where he hoped to annihilate the crusade in one fell swoop. In 765.M41, the Archenemy forces were brought to Balhaut to be rearmed and resupplied. The forces of Archon Urlock Gaur launch a coordinated lightning strike against the Crusade fleet, The Crusade fleet opens up with everything they have against an Archenemy raid. 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