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7th Black Crusade

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7th Black Crusade
Conflict Long War
Date 811.M37
Location Segmentum Obscurus
Outcome Eventual Chaos withdrawal
Combatants
Imperium Forces of Chaos
Commanders
Captain Acrion
Reclusiarch Thalastian Jorus
Abaddon the Despoiler
Iskandar Khayon
Telemachon Lyras(KIA)
Strength
Imperial Guard
Blood Angels
Rampagers[4]
Carcharodons[6]
Black Legion
Losses/Survivors
Heavy Blood Angels losses Unknown

The Seventh Black Crusade of Abaddon the Despoiler, also known as the Ghost War, occurred in 811.M37[2]. Abaddon claimed the gene-seed of many Blood Angels to barter with Fabius Bile.[1]

"For the seventh time
He came as shadow".
[5]

Overview

The forces of Chaos spewed forth from the Eye of Terror past Cadia and then disappeared. This is where it earned the name, the Ghost War. The following years saw a game of hide and seek which spread confusion, paranoia, disinformation and deceit. Raids became commonplace in far-flung areas but eventually they went back to the Eye and mankind had to simply wait for the next attack.[1]

During the 7th Black Crusade, the entire Blood Angels Chapter fell upon Mackan to do battle with a vast Black Legion warband led by Abaddon the Despoiler himself. Though they had their full strength behind them[3] and were supported by Rampagers Chapter reinforcement[4], the aftermath of the battle saw the Blood Angels nearly destroyed at the hands of Abaddon and his primary lieutenants Telemachon Lyras and Iskandar Khayon.[3] Abaddon killed Captain Acrion in single combat, a parody of the duel between Horus and Sanguinius.[1] In the aftermath of the Imperial defeat Carcharodon forces descended upon Abaddon's fleet as they attempted to route the Blood Angels.[6]

After the Black Legion departed from Mackan, the Blood Angels' corpses were found desecrated and their gene-seed ruined beyond recovery. The only exception being the Reclusiarch Thalastian Jorus and his Death Company, who had managed to survive the initial slaughter of their Chapter and launched a surprise attack on Abaddon and his honour guard weeks later. Jorus and the Death Company managed to kill many of the honour guard before being struck down and Abaddon would leave their corpses untouched, sitting upon thrones made from the armour of the Chaos Space Marines they had killed.[3]

Abaddon would go on to use the recovered gene-seed to create new Space Marines with the aid of Fabius Bile.[1]

Sources

Uncited