Retribution is the second expansion to the second-generation Warhammer 40,000 real-time strategy PC game, Dawn of War II. It was released in March 2011 with six campaigns, a new multiplayer faction, improved "The Last Stand" mode and a new online service. The Dawn of War II multiplayer scene has migrated to Retribution from the old matchmaking system.
Story of RetributionEdit
In Dawn of War II - Retribution, a single player could with one of the six available races in the campaign, which included: the Tyranids, Space Marines (Blood Ravens Chapter), Chaos Space Marines (Black Legion), Eldar, Orks and the newly added faction, the Imperial Guard.
The timeline of Retribution occur ten years after the events of Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising, during the Second Aurelian Crusade. With the increase of Daemonic incursion plaguing Sub-sector Aurelia, multiple Imperial Guard regiments are deployed to secure the sub-sector. Yet the incursions only grew in number and eventually corrupted some of the Imperial Guard. Gabriel Angelos and the Blood Ravens Space Marines under his command were branded renegades by their Chapter Master, Azariah Kyras. Unable to act against the Chaos-corrupted Chapter Master without shedding the blood of his brothers, Captain Angelos instead dispatched some of his battle-brothers under his command to serve under Captain Apollo Diomedes. At the time, Diomedes who was so overtly proud of his Chapter Master, that he was too blind to see the truth of Kyras's true nature. Meanwhile, the Eldar of Craftworld Alaitoc, led by Autarch Kayleth, arrived to seek about a prophecy and recover an ancient artefact of an unknown Craftworld that had crashed upon the surface of Typhon. The Chaos Space Marines of the Black Legion led by Eliphas the Inheritor also returned to Sub-sector Aurelia, to fulfill the Chaos Lord's promise to Abaddon the Despoiler to annihilate the Blood Ravens. A large faction of Ork Freebooterz led by Kaptin Bluddflagg also arrived in order to pillage the sub-sector. To make matters worse, a Tyranid Hive Lord restored the surviving remnants of Hive Fleet Leviathan and was attempting to link with the Hive Mind. The newly arrived Imperial Guard of the 8th Cadian Regiment, led by Lord General Castor, had also arrived to perform an Exterminatus. They are under the overall command of Inquisitor Adrastia who was sent by the Inquisition in order to investigate Sub-sector Aurelia for corruption and heresy. The sector now knew only war.
After Kyras' death, the ending of the game will depend on which race the players character chose:
- Chaos - Eliphas allows the Exterminatus to continue, thus sacrificing the sector to Khorne. He is thus granted daemonhood by the Blood God, usurping Kyras' place.
- Eldar - Ronahn recovers the Spirit Stone containing the spirit of his sister, the Farseer Taldeer, and decides to return to Craftworld Ulthwé with her.
- Imperial Guard - Inquisitor Adrastia returns to the Inquisition to suspend the Exterminatus on sub-sector Aurelia, by presenting Kyras' psychic hood as proof that the threat has ended, while Lord General Castor and Sergeant Major Merrick commend each other for their exemplary actions rather backhandedly.
- Orks - Inquisitor Adrastia attempts to renege the deal between her and Kaptin Bluddflagg with assassination. Unfortunately, Kaptin Bluddflagg catches her off guard and takes her hat, which he wanted in their deal. Following that, he claims the Space Hulk Judgment of Carrion as his new Kroozer, and uses it to leave the subsector.
- Space Marines - Captain Diomedes contacts Inquisitor Adrastia to halt the Exterminatus. The Chapter is then purged of any remaining chaos taint and Gabriel Angelos, after being revived from the brink of death and rebuilt with bionics, is appointed as the new Chapter Master of the Blood Ravens. (Canon)
- Tyranids - The Hive Tyrant's psychic strength summons a Hive Fleet, that launches a surprise attack and consumes the entire sub-sector, resulting in a 94% casualty rate for the Imperial Guard forces and the complete annihilation of the Blood Ravens, who refused to retreat.
The canonical ending of Dawn of War II - Retribution was been defined as a Space Marine ending with evidence coming from the Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine video game published by Relic the same group that has worked on the Dawn of War Series, before being bought by Sega. In Space Marine the main character gains assistance from a Squad of Blood Ravens tactical marines who state they are under orders from their new chapter master. This means that the chapter has survived and reformed. The only ending in Dawn of War II - Retribution that guarantees this outcome is the Space Marine victory.
- Dawn of War II (Novel) by Chris Roberson
- Dawn of War II: Retribution (PC Game)
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PC Game)