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A world of vast, dry, salt flats, dust-laden winds, and harsh, chill sun, the fifth planet of the unforgiving Maccabeus system is nevertheless a blessed place, for this is the place where a great man fell and was raised up as a saint by the glory of the Emperor.
The chronicles of the Angevin Crusade tell that General Drusus, commanding the Trailward Salient of the Crusade, had pushed towards the Halo Stars, when a sudden and vicious resurgence of hostilities in the region around Spectoris, at his rear, caused his advance to a halt, forcing Drusus to order a regrouping. The planet chosen for this gathering was an uninhabited world in the obscure Maccabeus system, and as Drusus' forces gathered, the General himself prayed for guidance, knowing that a wrong choice could jeopardise the fate of the whole crusade. Disaster struck, as, employing unholy methods, his enemies discovered Drusus' location and unleashed a deadly assassin against him. Drusus fell, but even as the killing blow was struck did the power of the Emperor rend apart the assassin and spare the great man. After ten days and nights in shadow did Drusus return, and the light of the Emperor was within him. In the years that followed, Drusus knew not defeat; one by one his enemies fell, and from the ashes of his conquest, the Calixis Sector was born. In the centuries following the Crusade, Drusus was declared a Saint.
To this day, Maccaebus Quintius is a site for pilgrimage across the Calixis Sector and is the heart of the Drusian Cult within the Ecclesiarchy. The world's harsh and unforgiving landscape is walked by countless pilgrims every year, many of whom spend the remainder of their lives there, giving themselves to the devotion of the Emperor. Unlike many Shrine Worlds, Maccabeus Quintus has a significant military tradition all its own. Following after their patron, discipline and endurance are regarded as the greatest of virtues, and to defend or expand the Imperium in battle is regarded as the most pious form of worship. With the sheer number of pilgrims arriving on-world each year, a considerable population of the devout exists on Maccabeus Quintus, which in turn provides an ample and diverse supply of potential candidates to the Maccabian militias, the finest of which are chosen to join the Maccabian Janissaries.