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"You were born in the shadow of the Omnissiah and all your life you have been surrounded with the great wonders and dire terrors of the Machine God’s arts. Ever since you were born you have been weighed, measured, codified and tested so that your masters might find your place in the great pattern; an unforgiving process that has fitted you well for survival and supremacy."
Explorator Archmagos Thule, address prior to the Helstrom Pursuit.
Forge World

A Forge World

Adeptus mecanics

The Cog Mechanicum of the Adeptus Mechanicus

Adeptus Mechanicus Forge Worlds

Departmento Cartigraphicae galaxy map depicting the bastions of the Machine God

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.

ForgeWorldInterior

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.

Life in the Shadow of the Omnissiah Edit

Life on a Forge World is harsh even by Imperial standards. The Adeptus Mechanicus grade, quantify and measure every child born in their domain to best find their use and how they might serve within the Omnissiah’s great pattern. The most promising are inducted into the ministries of the Machine God, destined, in time, to find their place among the ranks of the priesthood. Of the rest, a percentage of the most physically able are subjected to the trials of the Skitarii and other more secretive castes. For the majority, however, there is a place, willing or not, within the Forge World’s vast webs of production. Such life-long service forms the mass of skilled workers that maintain the Forge World’s industries. These menials (or labour units as they are known) are free to make what lives they can for themselves in conditions largely no different from those found on most Hive Worlds, that is so long as work quotas are met, order maintained and their masters’ arcane pursuits are not disturbed. For those that fail in their service, fall badly injured or are proven guilty of some crime, punishment is harsh as new labour-helots and organic servitor components are always in demand.

Notable Forge WorldsEdit

Planet Name Segmentum Sector Sub-Sector System Population
Accatran Segmentum Ultima Unknown Unknown Accatran System Unknown
Agripinaa Segmentum Obscurus Agripinaa Sector Unknown Agripinaa System 80,000,000
Albert IV Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
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
Atar-Median Segmentum Pacificus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Belacane Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Markayn Marches Belacane System 2,700,000,000
Chaeroneia Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Columnus Segmentum Solar Unknown Unknown Unknown

Unknown

Constanix II Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Cyclopea Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector The Periphery Unknown Unknown
Cyraxus II Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Dantris III Segmentum Ultima Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Deimos Segmentum Solar Sector Solar Sub-sector Sol Sol System Unknown
Dominica II Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Estaban III Segmentum Ultima Unknown Unknown Estaban System Unknown
Estaban VII Segmentum Ultima Unknown Unknown Estaban System Unknown
Fecundia Segmentum Ultima Lithesh Sector Damocles Gulf Unknown 20,000,000,000
Fortis Binary Segmentum Pacificus Sabbat Worlds Unknown Unknown Unknown
Galatia Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Gorgonum Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Goth Segmentum Obscurus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Graia Segmentum Tempestus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Gryphonne IV Segmentum Tempestus Alduin Sector Unknown Talos System 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 Segmentum Ultima Unknown Unknown Incaladion System Unknown
Ironghast Foundry Unknown 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
Koden Tertius Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown 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 Segmentum Ultima Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Mezoa Segmentum Obscurus Gothic Sector Cyclops Sub-sector Unknown Unknown
Millhand Segmentum Pacificus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
M'khand Segmentum Pacificus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Mordax (Moredakka) Segmentum Obscurus Scarus Sector Unknown Unknown Unknown
Moirae Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
M'Pandex 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 Segmentum Ultima Unknown Unknown Ryza System Unknown
Shenlong Unknown Unknown Unknown Shenlong System 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
Synford II Segmentum Obscurus Calixis Sector Malfian Unknown Unknown
Tancredi Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Tigrus Segmentum Ultima Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Toil Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Tolkhan Segmentum Tempestus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Triplex Phall Segmentum Ultima 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 Segmentum Solar Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Voss Prime Segmentum Solar Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Zhao-Arkkad Segmentum Tempestus Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Zpandex Segmentum Obscurus Gothic Sector Gethsemane Sub-sector Unknown Unknown

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