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Forge World

A Forge World

Adeptus mecanics

The Cog Mechanicum of the Adeptus Mechanicus

A Forge World is the Imperial term for the numerous planets that are directly controlled by the Adeptus Mechanicus. All have in common a complete dedication to the manufacture of the various machines and devices of the Imperium, the pursuit of and preservation of (ancient) scientific and technical knowledge and the worship of the Machine God. Because of the Adeptus Mechanicus' monopoly on technical knowledge and expertise in Imperial culture, the Forge Worlds are the Imperium's primary source of all kinds of hardware: from farming equipment to war machines such as starships, tanks, aerospace fighters, or even Titans. Ancient pacts between the Adeptus Mechanicus and other worlds and institutions of the Imperium oblige the various Forge Worlds to supply other planets and the various military arms of the Imperium such as the Imperial Guard with the products of their manufactoria.

Much of a Forge World is like an immense factory, with industrial complexes soaring into the sky and mine workings burrowing deep into the planetary crust. Forge Worlds build great numbers of complex technologies, like tanks or spacecraft parts for the Imperial Guard and the Imperial Navy. They are ruled by the Adeptus Mechanicus, whose training and research facilities are located there, along with the grand cathedrals to their deity, the Omnissiah, in which the ruling Archmagi of the Tech-priests enact the grandest, most complex rituals to honor the Machine God. The Adeptus Mechanicus’ fleets, its armies of cybernetically-enhanced Tech-Guard warriors and, most formidably of all, the Titan Legions, are also all based on Forge Worlds. The Forge Worlds are largely autonomous from the rest of the Imperium, as allowed by the terms of the Treaty of Mars that founded the Imperium in the 30th Millennium, and the Adeptus Mechanicus is loath to allow anyone on their surface other than Tech-priests and the legions of menial, cybernetic Servitors who labour for them.

The surface of a Forge World is normally completely covered in massive factory complexes that stretch across the horizon. Its ecosystem has been completely destroyed. The air is saturated with toxic gases and rivers flow with toxic runoff from the multitude of manufactoria. In many cases, even seas and oceans have been purposefully evaporated to make room for more manufactoria. However, the sheer amount of industrial output greatly benefits the Imperium as a whole. All of the items produced by a Forge World are constructed according to a very specific design formula that varies from Forge World to Forge World, even for otherwise identical pieces of the same equipment and these variant designs are known as that Forge World's "pattern."

The Forge Worlds were settled by Cult Mechanicus colonists sent from Mars, the first of the Forge Worlds, during the Age of Strife. Despite the difficulties with Warp travel during that period as massive Warp Storms consumed the galaxy during the gestation of the Chaos God Slaanesh in the Immaterium, several interstellar expeditions were able to make their way across the galaxy, either using the Warp during a period when there were few storms or travelling at sub-light speeds in realspace. Hundreds of Mechanicus colonies were settled across the galaxy spreading their faith into every corner of human-settled space. These planets were allowed to remain under the direct sovereignty of the Mechanicus under the terms of the Treaty of Mars that the Emperor of Mankind signed with the Mechanicus to unite Terra and Mars beneath the aegis of the Imperium of Man in the late 30th Millennium.

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The interior of a Forge World

While there are hundreds of Forge Worlds in the Imperium, the most important is Mars, home of the Adeptus Mechanicus' political and spiritual head, the Fabricator-General of Mars; and the Imperium's first Forge World. Other Forge Worlds include Ryza, known for its advanced plasma technology; Gryphonne IV, home of the Titan Legio Gryphonnicus; Agripinaa, a primary supplier of military goods to the Fortress World of Cadia; Phaeton, manufacturer of the Leman Russ main battle tank; and Urdesh, the primary Forge World within the Sabbat Worlds Sector. Of all the Forge Worlds only Trebor caters exclusively to the industrial needs of Cadia. One of the most sought-after creations from Trebor is its version of the Vanquisher Cannon, which is the most powerful of all the Vanquisher Cannon variants. During the Dark Age of Technology, the twin empires of Terra and Mars co-existed, to the mutual benefit of both. Trebor was colonized from survivors of colony expeditions from both Terra and Mars after they were lost during a Warp storm. This forced both colonies to combine their knowledge and build the most technologically-advanced of all the Forge Worlds. Trebor was only re-discovered by Commissar Yarrick during the Second War for Armageddon in the late 41st Millennium. As a result Trebor has sworn its allegiance only to Commissar Yarrick and to Cadia, and its arms and technology made a major difference in the successful defence of Cadia during the 13th Black Crusade.

Notable Forge WorldsEdit

Planet Name Segmentum Sector Subsector System Population
Accatran Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Agripinaa Segmentum Obscurus Agripinaa Sector Unknown Agripinaa System 80,000,000
Antax Segmentum Ultima Vidar Sector Unknown Unknown Unknown
Antioc Segmentum Obscurus Unknown Prath Veil Sub-sector Unknown Unknown
Anvilus 9 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Artemia Majoris Segmentum Pacificus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Belacane Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Markayn Marches Belacane System 2,700,000,000
Cylopea Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector The Periphery Unknown Unknown
Cyraxus II Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Dantris III Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Deimos Segmentum Solar Sector Solar Sub-sector Sol Sol System Unknown
Dominica II Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Estaban III Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Estaban System Unknown
Estaban VII Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Estaban System Unknown
Fortis Binary Segmentum Pacificus Sabbat Worlds Unknown Unknown Unknown
Galatia Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Graia Segmentum Tempestus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Gryphonne IV Segmentum Tempestus Unknown Unknown Unknown 8,520,000,000/0
Hadd Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Golgenna Reach The Lathes Unknown
Helios Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Hesh Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Golgenna Reach The Lathes Unknown
Het Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Golgenna Reach The Lathes Unknown
Hexium Minora Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Hypnoth Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Idumea Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Hazeroth Abyss Unknown Unknown
Incaladion Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Jerulas Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Jupiter Segmentum Solar Sector Solar Sub-sector Sol Sol System Unknown
JXM A18Z Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Malfian Unknown Unknown
Kai Segmentum Obscurus Unknown Unknown Kai System Unknown
Lucius Segmentum Obscurus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Magnos Omicron Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Mars Segmentum Solar Sector Solar Sub-sector Sol Sol System 20,000,000,000
Metalica Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Mezoa Segmentum Obscurus Gothic Sector Cyclops Sub-sector Unknown Unknown
M'khand Segmentum Pacificus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Mordax Segmentum Obscurus Scarus Sector Unknown Unknown Unknown
Moirae Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Mpandex Segmentum Obscurus Gothic Sector Gethsemane Sub-sector Unknown Unknown
Omnicron 71-DX Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Adrantis Nebula Unknown Unknown
Opus Macharius Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Drusus Marches Unknown Unknown
Ordana Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Orestes Segmentum Pacificus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Perinetus Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Adrantis Nebula Unknown Unknown
Phaeton Segmentum Solar Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Proximus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Ryboth Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Markayn Marches Unknown Unknown
Ryza Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Shenlong Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Synford Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Hazeroth Abyss Unknown Unknown
Synford II Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Malfian Unknown Unknown
Skorgulian Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Adrantis Nebula Unknown Unknown
Stygies VIII Segmentum Pacificus Unknown Unknown Vulcanis System Unknown
Synford Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Hazeroth Abyss Unknown Unknown
Tancredi Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Tigrus Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Toil Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Tolkhan Segmentum Tempestus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Triplex Phall Ultima Segmentum Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Turanshush Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Markayn Marches Unknown Unknown
Ur-haven Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Urdesh Segmentum Pacificus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Vanaheim Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Voss Prime Segmentum Solar Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Zhao-Arkkad Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Zpandex Segmentum Obscurus Gothic Sector Gethsemane Sub-sector Unknown Unknown

SourcesEdit

  • Black Industries' "Guide to the Calixis Sector", pp. 24, 42
  • Dark Heresy: Core Rulebook (RPG), pp. 18, 88, 136, 249, 324
  • Dark Heresy: The Lathe Worlds (RPG)
  • Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard & Imperial Navy, pp. 8-12
  • Imperial Armour Volume Seven - The Siege of Vraks, Part Three, pg. 119
  • Imperial Armour Volume Eleven - The Doom of Mymeara, pp. 90-97
  • Imperial Armour Apocalypse (2nd Edition), pp. 12-14
  • Only War: Core Rulebook (RPG), pg. 149
  • Warhammer 40,000 Rulebook (6th Edition)
  • White Dwarf 140 (UK), "Stellar Fleets, Galactic Civilisation"
  • A Thousand Sons (Novel) by Graham McNeill
  • First and Only (Novel) by Dan Abnett
  • Grey Knights (Novel) by Ben Counter
  • Titanicus (Novel) by Dan Abnett
  • "The Calixis Sector," Fantasy Flight Games Website

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