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9th Black Crusade

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9th Black Crusade
Conflict Long War
Date 537.M38
Location Segmentum Obscurus
Outcome Chaos ravages a Sector
Combatants
Imperium Forces of Chaos
Commanders
Unknown Abaddon the Despoiler
Dhar'leth
Strength
Imperial Guard
PDF
Adeptus Arbites
Silver Skulls
Lamenters
Ultramarines
White Scars
Other Chapters
Black Legion
World Eaters
Word Bearers
The Purge
Apostles of MinthRas
Daemonic Legions
Losses/Survivors
Very heavy Unknown

The 9th Black Crusade, or the Starving of Cancephalus, was a Black Crusade by Abaddon the Despoiler and the forces of Chaos in 537.M38, launched out of the Eye of Terror.[1]

Overview

Intending to bring about the demise of the Imperial Navy fortress of Cancephalus, Abaddon led his forces in the Antecanis Massacre with the hopes of distracting and drawing away Imperial forces in the area. By the time Imperial Guard reinforcements arrived at the massacre site, Abaddon and his forces were already out of orbit and proceeded to destroy the planet with Cyclonic Torpedos. The next seventeen years of fighting saw the fleets of Cancephalus depleted, and Abaddon ravaged the rest of the sector at will.[1] During the fighting two Space Marine Chapters known as the Celestial Swords were destroyed[4] while the Lamenters were nearly destroyed, saved only by the Ultramarines and White Scars.[4a]

Several Chaos fleets sailed out of the Eye of Terro unnoticed during this time, their destinations unknown.[3]

Canon Conflict

According to Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition Rulebook[2], the 9th Black Crusade started in 165.M37 with the attack upon Antecanis IV.

Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition)[1] stated the date of the 9th Black Crusade as 537.M38.

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