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Plague Wars
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Battlefield Ultramar
Conflict Black Crusades
Date ~111.M42
Location Ultramar
Outcome Imperial Victory
Combatants
Imperium Chaos
Commanders
Lord Commander Roboute Guilliman
Chapter Master Marneus Calgar
Chapter Master Bardan Dovaro (KIA)
Chapter Master Eorloid
Mortarion
Typhus
Ku'Gath
Epidemius
Septicus (KIA)
Qaramar (KIA)
Strength
See Order of Battle See Order of Battle
Losses/Survivors
Heavy Heavy


The Plague Wars is a series of battles that are occurring within the Realm of Ultramar, between the forces of the Chaos God Nurgle and the Imperium, after the Thirteenth Black Crusade.

Overview

Beginnings

The seeds of the conflict were planted by Nurgle sometime before the latest Black Crusade began, when he decided he wanted to annex the prosperous worlds of Ultramar into his Garden. In order to do this he ordered his forces to create Cults of Corruption and began spreading various diseases throughout three nearby Imperium systems, located to the galactic north of Ultramar. These systems are now known as the Scourge Stars. Controlled by the forces of Nurgle, they were used to launch fresh attacks against the Realm of Ultramar, in order to add its worlds to the Plague Father's Garden.[1]These diseases devastated many worlds, but it was only with the creation of the Great Rift, during the Thirteenth Black Crusade, that Nurgle decided to fully act on his plans.[1]

Most prominent of these servants of Nurgle were the Death Guard, which was launched a massive invasion of Ultramar led personally by Mortarion who gathered an enormous invasion fleet around him. In attacking Ultramar, Mortarion was not alone, however. Two other commanders led massive armies out from the Scourge Stars, each seeking to win the contaminated glory of Nurgle’s favour.Typhus, First Captain of the Death Guard, commanded a Plague Fleet, a dilapidated rot-armada packed with Renegades, cultists and his own loyal Death Guard. A third major force, this time a host of Daemons, was led by the Great Unclean One Ku'gath.[2a]. The Plaguefather and his demonic legions ravaged the Tartella System, which lay between the Scourge Stars and Ultramar, before manifesting on the garden world of Iax, an ideal place to nurture new diseases[3a].

The invasion force was too large for the defenders to engage directly but still too small to attack Macragge itself. Nonetheless, Mortarion launched many probing attacks on Macragge, often with Plague Drones and Cultists, in order to drain Ultramar's resources in Morale.[3a] Meanwhile, Mortarion moved on smaller more poorly defended worlds, slaughtering the populace in an attempt to goad Guilliman to battle. As worlds such as Iax, Espandor, and Ardium fell under siege Mortarion had a secondary fleet under Typhus terrorize the outer regions of Ultramar, destroying three of the six major Star Forts overseeing Ultramar's shipping lanes[3a].

The Imperium would go to the Realm of Ultramar's aid and the fierce battles that followed were called the Plague Wars, by the Empire of Mankind.

Imperial Counterattack

Guilliman, having just concluded the Indomitus Crusade, eventually arrived with reinforcements to save beleaguered Ultramar. First, he cleansed the Hive World of Ardium in the Maccrage System of its Death Guard occupiers. It was here that he learned Mortarion was using the ancient artefact known as the Hand of Darkness to craft Plague Engines that were re-animating the dead and turning them into Plague Zombies. Guilliman destroyed the Plague Engine on Ardium and freed the world from the influence of Nurgle.[2b]

Even with Guilliman's arrival, the attacks across Ultramar were still too many to contain. However timely arrival of Ultramarines Successor Chapters and reinforcements from Forge Worlds allowed Guilliman to take the initiative. On Espandor, Guilliman launched the Spear of Espandor counterattack which halted the Chaos advance and resulted in stalemate.[3a] The focus of this campaign was also to cut off the Death Guard off from the Scourge Stars which were supplying Mortarion with an endless stream of reinforcements.[2d] He retook each of the lost worlds in the Espandor system and destroyed the Plague Engines that were raising the endless tide of Plague Zombies on each of its worlds. After a ferocious battle in which the Ultramarines Chapter found itself fighting side-by-side with their Primaris Astartes brethren for the first time, the forces of Nurgle were routed from Espandor. Guilliman decisively ended the battle by slaying the Great Unclean One Qaramar with the Emperor's Sword and destroying the last Plague Engine in the system. The Espandor System had been cleansed of the taint of the Plague God and the forces of Nurgle were now cut off from their base in the Scourge Stars. [2e] With Espandor contained, Guilliman launched a series of system-wide counterattacks.[3a]

With Mortarion's main attack on Espandor halted, the Daemon Primarch shifted his focus and joined with Ku'gath. Their supply lines to the Scourge Stars cut, their Plague Engines disappearing (which was slowly eliminating the constant tide of undead reinforcements), and more Imperial reinforcements incoming, the leaders of the invasion force would decide to throw the bulk of their forces against the world of Parmenio[2c]. On Parmenio, the largest armored and Titan battle of the war took place over the Plains of Hecatone. At the battles height, Guilliman struck Ku'gath's vanguard and slew his Lieutenant Septicus. In space, the Star Fort Galatan attempted to provide support, but was boarded by the Plague Fleet and massive casualties ensued, including the loss of the Novamarines Chapter Master Bardan Dovaro. However nonetheless, the Ultramarines and their allies made gains on Parmenio and Guilliman led a relief force to Iax.[3a]

On Iax, Guilliman confronted Mortarion himself, fighting to a deadlock before the Death Guard withdrew under the cover of a Virus Bomb. The Plague Wars ended shortly afterwards[3a], when the forces of the other Chaos Gods invaded the Scourge Stars and Nurgle was forced to withdraw his own forces from Ultramar in order to defend his new domain.[3b]

Aftermath

In a brief respite, Guilliman orders the rebuilding and decontamination of Ultramar, as well as the establishing of new procedures for creating further Ultramarines. It was not long before new crusades called the Lord Commander of the Imperium away from Ultramar and back out into the galaxy.[4]

The Ultramarines would then launch the Vengeance Campaigns where they led a coalition of their Successor Chapters and Knight Houses across neighboring star systems of Ultramar, that had been overrun by the forces of Nurgle early on during the Plague Wars. This includes the attempts by Marneus Calgar to liberate the worlds of the Tartella System.[4]

Order of Battle

Imperial[3a]

On Espandor

On Parmenio

On the Star Fort Galatan

On Iax (occurred later in the war)


Chaos[3a]

On Iax, commanded by Ku'gath and Septicus

On Ardium

War of Flies Campaign

On Parmenio

Final Battle on Iax, commanded by Mortarion and Epidemius

See Also

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