Deliverance, once called Lycaeus, is a moon that orbits the Hive World of Kiavahr, and was the homeworld of the Primarch Corvus Corax, who was discovered there by his father, the Emperor, during the Great Crusade. Located in the Segmentum Tempestus, this barren, airless moon is also the homeworld of the Raven Guard Space Marine Chapter and the location of its Fortress-Monastery, called the Ravenspire.
Deliverance was once known by the name of Lycaeus before the arrival of the Primarch Corvus Corax after ca. 800.M30. The rugged planetoid is the moon of the Forge World of Kiavahr and once served as the primary source of strategic minerals for Kiavahr's vast hive cities and its ruling Mechanicum Tech-Guilds. The Tech-Guilds of Kiavahr used the mineworkings on Lycaeus as a dumping ground for their worst criminals and those who could not meet their production-quotas. Heavily armed overseers ruled the moon from a dark mountain spire that towered above the mineworkings, and it was, to all intents and purposes, a death sentence to be banished to Lycaeus. The inhabitants of Lycaeus had long been the slaves of Kiavahr, working in the massive mines under armed guard in horrendous conditions. Accidents killed many of the workers and the polluted atmosphere took a heavy toll on the health of their children. Once condemned to a life in the mines, there was no escape and the slaves of Lycaeus prayed to their gods for a saviour. He came in the form of a child whose skin was as white as snow.
The Coming of Corax
Of the early history of the Raven Guard's Primarch Corvus Corax (which means "the Deliverer" in the local dialect of Low Gothic), very little is known for sure. The Raven Guard's own legends are vague concerning the pale skinned youth who was raised on the mineral rich, but desolate moon. When Primarch Corax first arrived on Lycaeus, its people (who lived underground in the deep tunnels, digging through as they mined the moon's interior) were all Kiavahran slaves required to mine Lycaean ores for their Tech-Guild masters. Corax led a great revolt against the Kiavahran garrison on the planet and eventually won the independence of Lycaeus and its people from their tormentors. The newly-freed rebels promptly renamed the moon Deliverance in honour of their victory. Deprived of Lycaeus' ores, the economy of Kiavahr collapsed, ultimately leading to a period of intensive civil war among the planet's Tech-Guilds.
The Emperor Comes to Deliverance
The most complete record of the Great Crusade, the Speculum Historiale, has little to say on the matter of Corax's reuniting with the Emperor of Mankind. When the Emperor's Great Crusade reached Deliverance, Corax only agreed to aid his father once the Emperor promised to being peace to the people of Kiavahr. The Imperium restored Kiavahr to the control of the Adeptus Mechanicus since it was a Forge World and thus an ancient Mechanicus colony. Soon, it was transformed into a stable Imperial Forge World. Mineral production soon began again on Deliverance, under a much improved regime, and gradually the world of Kiavahr was rebuilt under the guidance of the Imperium. The dark tower that had once housed the slaves' oppressors, now became the fortress of the XIX Legion (renamed the Raven Guard) and was renamed the 'Ravenspire'.
Between them, Deliverance and Kiavahr produce enough ordnance and engines of war to almost equal the production of a Forge world. The raw materials come from Deliverance's vast mineral wealth and the production facilities of Kiavahr produce weapons and war machines of unparalleled craftsmanship.
The moon, Deliverance, is a barren and airless ball of rock covered in force domes and massive mining structures. The dark side of the moon glows with the constant production and movement of massive cargo ships travelling between the two worlds. The fortress of the Raven Guard, the Ravenspire, occupies the huge, black tower once home to the Kiavahr overseers and is one of the largest natural structures on the planet. Unlike many other Chapters, the Raven Guard share close ties with the planet's populace and take many of their initiates from them, though not exclusively so. The people see the Space Marines among them as the physical manifestation of the Emperor's will and offer daily praise for their presence.
The planet Kiavahr is populated by billions of workers and craftsmen, with huge fabrication plants and hive cities covering its surface. The planets atmosphere is highly toxic from centuries of pollution and incidences of mutation are far higher than normal. This stretches the tolerance of the Adeptus Ministorum, but such is the quality and quantity of material that comes from the two worlds that more leeway is granted than would normally be the case.
It should be noted that Deliverance lies directly in the path of a large splinter fleet of the Tyranid Hive Fleet Kraken. In fact, the 13th Penal Legion, along with other regiments of the Imperial Guard (primarly Choreks), have fought the Tyranids on Deliverance, with relative success.
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- Deliverance Lost (Novel) by Gav Thorpe
- 13th Legion (Novel) by Gav Thorpe