Aghoru, also known as Twenty-Eight Sixteen, was a world brought into the Imperium of Man by units of the Thousand Sons Space Marine Legion during the Great Crusade. While the compliance action of the world was accomplished by diplomacy and was considered a success, a notable combat between the Thousand Sons and apparent warp denizen infestation occurred during the process, one that also involved a unit of visiting Space Wolves Astartes.
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Aghoru, was the fifth planet in a system of otherwise dead worlds.[1a] Discovered by the 28th Expedition Fleet at the height of the Great Crusade, Aghoru proved to be an undeveloped world whose human inhabitants - also known as Aghoru - had little to no knowledge of science. The human population possessed legends of a previous race of elder beings known to them as the Elohim. The Elohim were believed to be an advanced civilization that possessed an interstellar empire long since destroyed.[1b]
During the study conducted by the Thousand Sons on Aghoru, an Eldar Webway Gate was discovered and several Eldar Titans awakened. Magnus and the Thousands were able to defeat them all, but Further investigation into the purpose of the artificially created mountain determined that it was gateway to a network of conceptual conduits that contained billions of pathways between worlds. This world's link to the network was determined to have been corrupted by the warp and was ultimately resealed.[1c]
Later, a Shard of Magnus formed from the Burning of Prospero came to rest on Aghoru. Representing Magnus' martial prowess, the Shard constructed a great Colosseum and challenged any who dare approach. Ultimately in the hunt for the Shards, Dio Promus, Yasu Nagasena, and Bodvar Bjarki's party confronted Magnus but were no match for him. In desperation, the turncoat Thousand Sons seer Menkaura sealed the shard into the body of the captive Lemuel Gaumon. As the Imperial party left Aghoru, most of its surface was leveled by orbital fire.
Geography and Planetary Conditions
The principal feature of Aghoru was "The Mountain." Believed to be the axis of their world by the native population, the Mountain was a titanic peak set in a salt plain that appeared unnatural in formation despite having no regular lines in its shape, and rose to nearly thirty kilometers in height, taller than Olympus Mons on Mars. Bereft of life, the rock of the Mountain remained cold to the touch despite being set in a desert area of the world. It was a place of pilgrimage for the Aghoru people.[1c]
- 1: A Thousand Sons (Novel) by Graham McNeill
- 2: The Crimson King (Novel) - Chapters 14-16