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Agripinaa, known as the "Orb of a Million Scars," is an Imperial Adeptus Mechanicus Forge World in the Segmentum Obscurus of the Milky Way Galaxy. Virtually the entire surface of this world is covered with industrialised infrastructure, pipelines, factories, mines, refineries, processing plants, and manufactorum cathedrals. Like most other planets in the Agripinaa Sector, this world primarily provides materials for the Cadian front and its industrial heartland is solely engaged in the production of ammunition. Its Hive Cities are sealed due to the world's highly toxic atmosphere, a result of the extreme industrial pollution. Located near the Eye of Terror and assaulted by the Chaotic forces of Abaddon the Despoiler during the 13th Black Crusade, Agripinaa did not weather the attacks of the Forces of Chaos well and much of its industrial heartland was laid to waste.
Agripinaa exists upon the threshold of the Eye of Terror, located in the Agripinaa Sector, one of the closest sectors to the vitally important Fortress World of Cadia and the Cadian Gate, the only predictable stable Warp route that leads out of the Eye of Terror and into the realm of the Imperium. Were it not for the stout defences of the Cadian System, Agripinaa would have fallen to the powers of Chaos more than once. The Warpsmiths of the Traitor Legions, long denied the technological wonders unearthed since the Horus Heresy, have led raids beyond counting to Agripinaa -- including several full-scale invasions. The world's once-golden surface bears the wounds of war with Obliterator Cults, Daemon Engines, even the grotesque Traitor Titans. There are those who believe Agripinaa has mounted raids of its own into the depths of the Eye, though no official records exists of such events. The aegis of Cadia is not a one-way shield, of course. Agripinaa not only provides arms and armour enough to equip the entire Cadian System, but has also committed one of the largest Skitarii Legions in the galaxy to the war effort.
In 999.M41, war came without warning to the Agripinaa Sector, and the opening moves by the Forces of Chaos saw large number of plague-ridden Space Hulks entering Imperial space. Though many were intercepted by the Space Marines and destroyed, some managed to escape the Astartes' attention. Some of these foul vessels of contagion found their way into the Agripinaa Sector, spreading their disease and pestilence amongst the masses throughout the sector. Along with the adjacent Belis Corona Sector, they were some of the first to bear witness to the rise of hordes of infectious, undead zombies that threatened billions of people on many of the Imperial worlds within the sector. This plague was later named the Plague of Unbelief. Rumour has it that the recent upswell of numbers in Agripinaa's Skitarii and Battle Servitors is directly connected to a large-scale evacuation from the prison planet of St. Josmane's Hope. Officially, the planet's subsequent Exterminatus expunged every trace of its heresy once and for all. However, there are those who believe Agripinaa's famed Ironstrider Cavalier hordes boast many convicts and rebels, each given one final chance to serve the Omnissiah with his glorious death.
Battle of AgripinaaEdit
Four companies of the Blood Angels answered the call to defend the Cadian Gate, arriving towards the middle of the conflict. A significant force of Blood Angels immediately fell upon the Chaos hordes assaulting the world of Agripinaa, and they sought out the leader of the attacking forces, the notorious Chaos Champion of Khorne Kossolax the Foresworn and his World Eaters warband, the Foresworn. In an epic confrontation likened to the mythic conflict between the Blood Angels' Primarch Sanguinius and the mighty Bloodthirster Ka'bandha at the closing of the Ultimate Gate during the height of the Horus Heresy at the Battle of Terra, the Blood Angels took the fight directly to the enemy.
Kossolax, fully aware that his bodyguard was no match for the frenzied Sons of Sanguinius, called upon the slavering daemons of Khorne for aid. The summoning rite was an act of wanton, traitorous carnage, as the warlord ordered his World Eaters to sacrifice the lives of their Chaos Cultist allies in order to gain the favour of the Blood God. Uncounted thousands were slaughtered in mere hours, their blood flowing in rivers through the corridors of Agripinaa's primary Hive City, and cascading from ventilation grills as waterfalls of gore. The sacrifice had the desired result, and as the first of the Blood Angels' veteran Assault Squads screamed into battle, a blasphemous avatar of the Blood God, a Bloodthirster, ripped its way through the skein of reality to confront the Sons of Sanguinius.
The first Blood Angels to meet the Greater Daemon were torn limb from limb, the beast devouring their sundered bodies as a taunt to their Battle-Brothers. The remaining Space Marines were sent into paroxysms of rage at such desecration, and threw themselves at the Daemon with no thought for their own safety. At the height of the battle, the Sanguinary High Priest Numitor confronted the daemon, and dealt it a blow that stunned it for a brief moment. Seizing the advantage, the brothers of the Death Company leapt upon its back, but the Daemon recovered, and severed the High Priest's arm with a crack of its long whip. The priest was holding one of the sacred Chapter relics known as a Blood Chalice, which bore an infinitesimal amount of the blood of the Chapter's Primarch, and the blessed liquid was spilled across the tarnished paving.
At that moment, a deathly still overcame the scene, as the Blood Angels were momentarily shocked beyond action at the sight of their Primarch's sacred blood seeping into the ground. Then, the silence was broken, as Numitor staggered to his feet and bellowed the words of the Rite of Exsanguination. The assembled brethren of the Death Company were overcome with visions of the last time their Primarch's blood had been spilt by a servant of Chaos, when Sanguinius had fallen at the hands of the Arch-Traitor Horus.
The Death Company went berserk. They hacked down the Bloodthirster in a savage, rage-fuelled frenzy, oblivious to the fact that it dragged half their number down with it, before turning their hatred upon the warband of Kossolax the Foresworn. The World Eaters were expelled from Agripinaa at great cost to the Blood Angels, though the annals of the Chapter's history will celebrate the casting out of the Greater Daemon. The Chaos Champion Kossolax was not found at the hive city, and the Sanguinary High Priest Numitor vowed to hunt him down, no matter the cost.
Agripinaa, the industrial heartland of the Cadian Gate region, currently lies in ruin as of late 999.M41. Though the Imperial Navy controls its space, many worlds of the Agripinaa Sector are lost to anarchy and destruction. By the end of the 13th Black Crusade, the planets Albitern, Amistel, Lelithar, Malm's Reach, Ulthor and Yavor lay in ruins, and a number of other key star systems hung in the balance. Though Agripinaa itself still stands, without the Agri-Worlds of Yayor, Ulthor and Dentor, its populace may yet starve to death, and without the vital materials provided by the Hive Worlds of Albitern, Amistel and Tabor, its mighty forges may yet fall silent. The so-called "Herald of Nurgle," Typhus of the Death Guard Traitor Legion, has claimed the now blasted world of Ulthor as his own realm, and the nightmare visions of a thousand Astropaths tell of the birth of a new Daemon World within the realm of Mankind. Further, unconfirmed reports state that one of the Blackstone Fortresses was destroyed by Necron raiders off the shoulder of the Lustitia Belt. Senior members of the Ordo Xenos are en route to the area, and Deathwatch Strike Cruisers are already engaged in ensuring no vessels other than their own enter the region.
The warriors of Agripinaa bear the icon of the sacred cog bracketing a hermetic symbol. Some Tech-Priests believe it is a representation of the Cadian Gate, the oval trapped within its lines representing the Eye being trammelled by order itself.
Agripinaa Forge World ColoursEdit
Like other Forge Worlds, Agripinaa maintains its own Skitarii forces to protect it's interests, annihilating the enemies of the Tech-Priests, and fighting at the vanguard of the Quest for Knowledge. Within the ranks of Agripinaa's soldiery, the sacred red and black heraldry of Mars is reversed. There are some amongst the brotherhood of Mars who imply Agripinaa's sense of truth and logic is likewise inverted. Ruststalker Princeps, Sicarian Princeps and Skitarii Alpha alike wear battle robes in the sombre black of their forge world. Their wargear and armour is trimmed with ancient gold taken from those strata of Agripinaa's surface unscarred by war. Agripinaa's cohorts often fight across the war-blackened hellscapes of the Eye of Terror, where their dark colouration can be the difference between life and death.
- Codex: Eye of Terror (3rd Edition), pg. 25
- Codex: Skitarii (7th Edition), pp. 30, 72-77
- Imperial Armour - Volume One - Imperial Navy and Imperial Army, pg. 8
- The Thirteenth Black Crusade (Background Book) by Andy Hoare
- 13th Black Crusade Worldwide Campaign - Eye of Terror Newsletter, "Death By a Thousand Cuts"