|This article is about the planet, for the novel see Nocturne (Novel)|
Nocturne is the homeworld of the Salamanders Space Marine Chapter. It is a binary planetary system, with its over-sized moon Prometheus circling Nocturne erratically causing massive tectonic stress. There are vast chains of volcanoes and frequent earthquakes, destroying what little the people built.
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|Class:||Adeptus Astartes Homeworld, Death World|
|Tithe Grade:||Aptus Non|
Once every fifteen Terran years (One Nocturne year), the two worlds approach so closely that Nocturne is almost torn to pieces. This is the Time of Trial. Vast waves crash across the seas, thousands of volcanoes explode, further blotting out the weak haze from the sun of Nocturne and earthquakes constantly ravage the land. All life is sent reeling, towns collapse and lots of people die. Then, a terrible winter sets in for the next quarter of a year. The young freeze and most, if not all, of the livestock die, unable to withstand the cold like they had the heat.
This may seem a strange place to live, but the people have been moulded into stronger and more resilient forms. The Time of Trial also brings great rewards. Rich veins of gems and metals are revealed, enough to be mined by the people to pay for livestock and food on the interplanetary market.
The Salamanders Chapter's fortress monastery is based on the moon Prometheus. It is little more than a spaceport from which the Chapter's ships may dock and refuel. The Salamanders either live on Prometheus or live among the people on Nocturne.
Recruitment starts early on Nocturne, age six or seven Terran years. They are taught the ways of the forge and then have to perform the same trials as Vulkan did. Then the survivors are taken for bio-enhancement.