The Age of Ending [42nd Millennium<]

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The Age of Ending [42nd Millennium<]

Postby Bane Of Kings » Sun May 01, 2011 7:47 pm

Age of Ending

As the Imperium enters the 42nd Millennium, things only get worse for the forces of the Emperor. The Golden Throne finally failed; rendering the Astronomican useless and the Imperium scattered and divided.

At first, when the Emperor did fall, it is said that the whole Imperium cried out at his loss, and each follower of the Emperor wept at his death, and with it, they knew that things had changed, and for the worse.

Isolated, and cut off from their allies, even the almighty Space Marines could not prevent the Imperium from crumbling, and there were even conflicts between various chapters, with the Ultramarines and a large half of their successor splitting away from the Imperium altogether, and creating a new and much more ‘peaceful’ realm called the Republic, where they would try to keep their species alive, even if it meant co-operating with such aliens like the Tau and the Eldar.

At this, Commander Dante of the Blood Angels decreed Calgar to be a heretic, going against the Emperor’s wishes – and immediately decreed that he would be brought to justice as soon as possible. Mobilising all forces, Dante set the Blood Angels and their successors on direct course to Maccrage – where they would execute the Chapter Master of the Ultramarines for treason and betrayal. On the way, Dante gathered support from the Raven Guard, their entire chapter deploying in a rare event to aid the Blood Angels.

When the Grand Master of the Dark Angels heard of this event, he decided to go over things peacefully and try and put a stop to more bloodshed, but there was little he could do about it – for Abaddon had just, at long last, overrun Cadia – with the Cadians in retreat, and Creed dead at the hands of the Despoiler.

However, just as Abaddon had finished decapitating Creed’s head, several Drop Pods plummeted down from the skies. Where they had come from was a mystery, but they were bearing the colour of a legion long since lost.

The Second Legion had finally amounted enough strength and courage to return from the exile ordered by the Emperor, and having heard of his death – decided that their time was right to strike at the heart of the Chaos forces.

The Primarch himself, a monster of a man named Ravos, lead the assault personally, and clad in Terminator Armour his veterans struck the heart of the forces, and immediately went for Abaddon’s head.

Although Abaddon was boosted by the powers of Chaos, he was battle-worn and tired from the fight against the Cadians, and could not hope to stand against the raw anger of a Primarch. Surprised and overwhelmed by the assault, his body was ripped in two and cast down by the fury of Ravos, who, after the death of Abaddon, ordered the forces of the Second Legion, the Triumphant Sons, to destroy the rest of the Chaos forces on Cadia.

After the death of their leader, the Daemonic forces crumbled amidst the rather of Ravos, who quickly regained Cadia and lead a counter charge that pushed the routed forces back once more into the Eye. The Fourteenth Black Crusade had failed, but this still made things no better for the Imperium.

If anything... they made it worse.

Angered that their playthings had failed and a new loyalist Primarch had returned, the following corrupted Primarchs; Magnus the Red, Fulgrim and Angron, set about gathering their forces. They would head for Ravos – and they would either turn him to Chaos, or claim his head in the name of the Dark Gods.

With the Cadians returning to their reconqured world, Ravos finally heard of the civil war that was brewing between the Blood Angels, the Raven Guard and the Ultramarines. Leaving a couple of companies of his legions behind, the Primarch set course for Macragge, where he would confront with all who stood in his way.

Little did he know, that time was running out however, for it was not just the Chaos forces that had decided to act. The Tyranids had their card to play as well, and dispatched one, final Hive Fleet, that was three times the size of Leviathan and three times as more deadly into the Universe as we know it, lead by a being twice as powerful than the Swarmlord.

He was called, quite simply – Death.

As if things couldn’t get any worse, Necron Tomb Worlds had also been on the rise, with reported xenos forces appearing near Terra itself, which had lost much of its former power, but was still a vital planet in the old Imperium. The Grey Knights, mainly due to their chapter being the only available force in the area were called to stop these Tomb Worlds, too busy to deal with the II Primarch returning.

However, due to specialising in defeating Daemons and not Necrons, even the Grey Knights were pushed back. For every world that they saved, they lost two, meaning that as the 42nd Millennium wore on, their force was much depleted.
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Re: The Age of Ending [42nd Mellenium<]

Postby Bane Of Kings » Mon May 02, 2011 8:13 pm

A Warlord, a Civil War and an Empire

Meanwhile, whilst all of these events were happening across the stars – The Salamanders Chapter, who stood completely to one side of the Calgar / Dante conflict, were continuing to serve the Imperium and its people as they had always done, even with the loss of the Emperor and the Knights of Justice returning from their exile. They had, with their full seven companies – fought the orks to a standstill on Armageddon, leaving Ghazghkull Thraka a very bored Warlord indeed. So, hatching a new plan, one night, the Prophet of the Waaaggghhh! Departed Armageddon altogether, and departed the system with his forces in tow, leaving a very confused forces of the Imperium in his wake.

Yarrick however, left no time to waste, and promptly, along with a routine of Black Templars and Imperial Guardsmen devoted to hunting Ghazghkull and cutting his thread, departed Armageddon the next day, but without the guiding light of the Astronomican, there was no Warp Travel, and no warp travel, left Yarrick in a grim situation.

Worse news still greeted the Imperial forces in the Armageddon sector, especially when they heard that three Daemon-Primarchs had returned as well as the appearance of the Hive Fleet, and they realised that something drastic would have to be done, and fast.

Meanwhile, the forces of the Mechanium on Mars quickly, without the Astronomican, soon grew into a heated discussion, with two sides of an argument that had been around since before the Horus Heresy. One half of the Mechanium had believed that with the death of the Emperor, the pact between Mars and the Imperium had ended – meaning that they were free to do as the wished, and allow the discovery of more technologies that would greatly enhance their own Empire.

The other half of the Mechanicus however, believed that they should still side with the Imperium – especially with the return of a Primarch, reasoning that if the Imperium did eventually triumph over its foes, then they would be in the Imperium’s good books and able to explore technology then – and still keep up an alliance with the Imperium.

Civil War raged across the Red Planet once again, for the first time since the days when Horus Lupercal walked the stars.

Upon hearing of the Second Mechanicus Civil War, the forces of the Imperium decided to intervene, and dispatched a Battle Group of Imperial Fists and Iron Hands to Mars, to secure the pacification of the planet and to eliminate the heretics. However, due to the seeds of corruption sown within the Battle Group and the loyalist Mechanicus forces, the traitors quickly seized power of Mars for themselves, and set about creating an empire of their own, with the aid of the traitors from the Imperial Fists and the Iron Hands.

Meanwhile in the Eastern Fringe, the Tau Empire had expanded rapidly since the death of the Imperium, and had even gone so far as to propose to the Ultramarines that they join their Empire – thus ending the alliance but making xenos and astartes allies. However, the Ultramarines were not entirely persuaded, and although elements of the fifth company did side with the Tau, the rest of the Ultramarines, and Ultramar – did not.

Several Imperial Guard regiments had thrown their lot in with the Tau, especially since there was no longer an Emperor, and the Tau had agreed to give them better technology than the standard lasgun, and had promised them a better life if they joined the Empire.
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Re: The Age of Ending [42nd Mellenium<]

Postby Bane Of Kings » Sun May 22, 2011 4:45 pm

The Eldar Exodus

Whilst all of this was going on, the Eldar Craftworlds began a mass exodus of the galaxy, disappearing into the next realm and were never seen again. Nobody knows whether the Eldar achieved their goals, and it was doubtful that any human cared, aside from the Ultramarines who realised they had lost various allies.

The Eldar counterparts, the Dark Eldar however; remained in the galaxy and continued raiding real space from their homeworld, with no patterns changing in their movements but for the fact that they had concentrated more of their efforts on the areas surrounding the Maelstrom, where the Imperium was at its weakest due to facing an already large threat from the Red Corsairs.
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Re: The Age of Ending [42nd Mellenium<]

Postby havoc » Sun May 22, 2011 5:17 pm

[42nd Mellenium<]

Shouldn't that by millennium?
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Re: The Age of Ending [42nd Mellenium<]

Postby Bane Of Kings » Sun May 22, 2011 7:30 pm

Thanks for the corrections, havoc. Can't believe I missed that one :(.
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Re: The Age of Ending [42nd Millennium<]

Postby Bane Of Kings » Thu May 26, 2011 7:59 pm

The Eleventh

The Second Legion Primarch was not alone in returning to the galaxy from his exile after the Emperor had fallen, oh no – for the other missing warrior, a man named after the Arthurian legends, the warrior-god Arthur stepped foot in the galaxy for the first time in several millennia, with his legion, which bore no name other than the Eleventh. His Legion for a time after they set foot in the galaxy lead the main battles against the Tyranids, on planets like Tarsis Domanscon and Victius Primus.

The Legion focused their attention away from the matters of the Imperium and began expanding their own empire on the grounds that they had conquered, shipping in all manners of xenos and humans that they formed an alliance with whilst these Space Marines were abandoned from the Galaxy.

Due to their alien allies, the Eleventh Legion easily outnumbered their brothers in the second, but due to being exiled to a different part of the galaxy than the second, the Eleventh had no contact with their brethren.

The Black Guardians had set foot on the galaxy once more, and they now increased the loyalists’ chances of success, particularly if they could all stand together – especially with two Primarchs now on their side.

Two ancient Primarchs that had survived since before the Horus Heresy.

Gathering his warriors, Arthur set course for the home of the Ultramarines, liberating world after world in the name of his empire, be they human or xenos alike – and merging them together. Those that resisted his expansion were destroyed without mercy, and once the High Lords of Terra heard of this news – the council trembled in fear.

Another Legion had returned, and one that was co-existing with aliens? Surely, this would cause the Imperium to collapse and divide even further than already had.

But no, for with the death of the Emperor his empire had spiralled drastically out of control. Many smaller empires, including the chapters of the Knights of the Raven and the Avenging Sons join forces with the Black Guardians, pledging their support to the Primarch Arthur as he forges an empire that could become as great as the Imperium before it.

If anyone's got any comments, that'd be great :).
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