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    Re-imagining the Gathering Storm and 8th Edition background

    I've been thinking about how the narrative from the tail end of 7th, and 8th edition so far, could have been done slightly differently - perhaps in a way which makes slightly more sense narratively?

    (I obviously have nothing better to do with my time)

    So I thought that I might as well leave this here...



    Part 1


    005.M42
    CADIA

    The arrival of Battlefleets Solar and Gothic has turned the tide against Abaddon’s 13th Black Crusade.
    Warp storm Baphomael is waning, allowing for freer movement of fleets between warzones and the relief of besieged worlds throughout the Cadian Gate.
    If the war continues an Imperial victory seems all but certain, and the Chaos hoards will be driven back into the Eye once again.

    In a last desperate attempt to break the Imperial defences, Abaddon gathers every ship remaining under his command and strikes directly at Cadia. If the planet cannot be taken and held, it will be scoured clean.

    Led by the Planet Killer and the Blackstone Fortress Will of Eternity, the Chaos fleet drops out of the warp well within the Cadia system, bypassing the bulk of the Imperial fleet guarding the systems edge, and makes directly for the fortress world.
    The Imperial fleet in high orbit is able to divert the Planet Killer, but the Blackstone and attendant escorts force their way through the Imperial lines and begin relentlessly bombarding the planet below.

    In the ruins of the recently retaken Kasr Partox, Castellan Creed orders that there will be no retreat – no evacuation - the Cadians will stand against this new assault or they will die; but they will not break.


    Meanwhile...
    COHERIA, moon of Port Demesnus

    Farseers Eldrad Ulthran and Q’sandria are conducting a ritual to bring about the birth of a god.

    His soul having been rescued from the Will of Eternity by use of his remaining waystones, Eldrad has divined that now is the only opportunity to bring forth Ynnead. In his time trapped as a soul outside of a body he witnessed the nascent god stirring in the warp. His Craftworld peers have dismissed his visions and declared his efforts to be dangerously analogous to the Fall, but he has found allies amongst the Harlequins.

    However the arrival of a Deathwatch strike force interrupts the ritual at the crucial moment.
    The godling lacks the required soul energy to be fully formed and will dissipate within the warp if unable to drain the Cratworld infinity circuits as Eldrad had planned.

    With his allies dying around him, in an act of frantic self sacrifice Eldrad steps into the conflux of energy at the heart of the ritual, allowing himself to be consumed by Ynnead. Part of the Farseer’s soul is still bound to the Blackstone Fortress, which in turn is possessed by a daemon of Slaanesh; Slaanesh is formed in large part by Eldar souls, and Eldrad’s death allows the young Eldar god to gorge on this energy and rise as a fully formed – if weak – warp entity.


    CADIA

    The Will of Eternity dies, whatever force is controlling it is snuffed out in an instant. However the cheers of the Imperial commanders turn to cries of dismay as the vast bulk of the Fortress plummets towards the surface of Cadia. Too large and well defended, even when inert, for the Imperial ships to force it from its path, the star fortress plunges into Cadia’s atmosphere like a falling star and upon impact with the surface erupts in a cataclysmic blast of warp energy which eradicates most of the planet’s northern hemisphere in an instant.

    Worse still, the tidal wave of unleashed warp energy overpowers those Cadian pylons which aren’t destroyed by the initial blast, tearing apart dozens of the structures and reducing many more to crumbling ruins.
    With the pylons no longer able to maintain and project the geller-like field holding the corridor of realspace of the Cadian gate open, the Eye of Terror expands, engulfing whole worlds, fleets of ships, and countless billions of souls.

    Across the entire galaxy astropathic choirs receive visions of terror and damnation, of the rise and thirst of hungry gods; and psykers witness in with their warp-sight the convulsion of the Occulus Terriblis. Within the warp ships are thrown off course, and the intradimensional tunnels of the webway shudder as they are buffeted by warpquakes.

    All life is wiped from the surface of Cadia by the roiling warp energies, leaving a shattered world stripped to the bedrock.


    Several months later...
    HYDRA CORDATUS

    As the initial shockwave of the expansion of the Eye dies down, it becomes clear that it hasn’t expanded as much as shifted – the passage through the empyrean formally centred on Cadia is now focused upon Hydra Cortdatus and the Sentinel Worlds.

    In the following decades, Imperial long range augers and null probes would identify the Necron structures across the surfaces of the Sentinel Worlds as the source of this apparent good fortune, but would also reveal the presence of a number of massive Necron fleets orbiting the worlds of the system.

    All contact with Hydra Cordatus is lost, along with, it must be presumed, the precious Astartes gene-seed banks held in stasis vaults below its surface.


    Outskirts, EYE OF TERROR

    With the Imperial forces defending the Cadian Gate either destroyed or sent reeling, and myriad new paths out of the Eye of Terror opened to them, Chaos forces spew into Imperial space.

    Sensing that finally his time has come, Abaddon sends orders to his vassals still within the Eye and takes his handful of remaining ships to strike at the Imperium’s underbelly. Securing the support of the daemon prince Mortarion and his Death Guard legionaries, he sets course for Ultramar via the Maelstrom.

    Magnus the Red leads his legion directly to Fenris, with old scores to settle while the Space Wolves are deployed in full Chapter strength to the space surrounding the Eye.

    Khorne, against the advice of his brother gods elects for a more direct approach to bringing about the ruination of the Imperium, and bends his will to assaulting the Throneworld head on.


    Meanwhile...
    Webway spar, outskirts of COMMORRAH

    Yvraine, newly chosen prophet of Ynnead, has barely escaped from the Dark City with her life, with visions from her whispering god of five Croneswords which she must recover.

    As she traverses the webway she is pursued by a Drukhari war party keen to claim her head. However a band of Craftworlders who have been scattered from their intended destination by a shattering of the tunnels along their intended route come to her aid. During the ensuing skirmish the Craftworlders’ leader, a Medshad Korum exarch, is killed. Yvraine uses the souls of those others slain in the battle to revive him, and he takes on the role of her protector and title of Visarch.

    Together with her new band of followers Yvraine and the Visarch set off to return to their Craftworld, and from there to pursue the Croneswords.


    FENRIS

    Magnus and the Thousand Sons reach the Fenris system before the badly under strength Space Wolves can catch up to them.
    By the time the Space Wolves and a fleet of ships from the Dark Angels and Grey Knights arrive in then system, their recruiting worlds are already aflame. The Wolves make immediate planetfall on Fenris, but it is clear to Grand Master Azrael and Brother Captain Stern that the outer worlds are lost and so they begin a campaign of exterminatus throughout the system.

    The Space Wolves are incensed by this course of action, but with only a few hundred Marines remaining, and reliant upon their allies to secure Fenris against the traitor forces they are forced to relent to the destruction of their homeworlds.

    Following the deployment of the Grey Knights Magnus departs the system along with the bulk of his Astartes and Rubrics, leaving hoards of cultists, beastmen, and daemons to tie up and confound the Imperial Forces, confident that the Space Wolves Chapter has been doomed to a slow death.


    HOLY TERRA

    Khornate daemon legions assault the Lions Gate.
    They are driven back and ultimately defeated by the combined forces of the Adeptus Custodes and a convent of Sisters of Silence which has been secretly stationed in a spire convent on Luna since the War of the Beast.

    The attack reveals the presence of cults worshipping the ruinous powers infesting even the hive sprawls of Terra, within sight of the Imperial Palace, as well as the need for more to be done to combat such threats – no longer can the Custodes defend the Emperor from Terra alone.

    At a meeting of the High Lords ancient acts of the Lex Imperialis are repealed, and the Custodes are released from Terra.
    Recognising that they were always intended to act as only half of the Talons of the Emperor, the Adepta Astra Telepathica is charged with reforming the Psykana Anathemae and establishing convents of Sisters of Silence on worlds across the Imperium.

    Captain-General Trajan Valoris sets out with a force of Custodes to the realm of Ultramar.
    Last edited by Lord Damocles; 16-03-2019 at 16:27.

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