Port Maw (planet)
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Located within the Port Maw sub-sector, Port Maw is the sector capital of the Gothic Sector of Segmentum Obscurus. The planet itself has a mysterious origin, it is a hollow ancient artificial planetoid that was discovered during the Great Crusade. The planetoid was made an Imperial world in 001.M31 and was intended to be a major facility for the Imperialis Armada in the aftermath of the Ullanor Crusade.
Port Maw's massive naval facilities were under construction during the Great Crusade and heavy fighting over control of the planet took place during the Battle of the Coronid Deeps in the Horus Heresy.
Today, it functions as the sector's main naval base, acting as the headquarters for Battlefleet Gothic. The planet is encircled by hundreds of defensive systems, including monitor ships, minefields and defence satellites, which rendered it impregnable during the 12th Black Crusade, otherwise known as the Gothic War. However, the forces of Chaos were able to blockade the planet for almost the whole length of the war. Port Maw also maintains defence space stations throughout the sector, such as those orbiting Verstap and Luxor, which are rare exceptions to the usual hegemony of the Imperial Navy and Adeptus Mechanicus in controlling such structures.[1b]
- 1: Battlefleet Gothic Rulebook
- 2: Warhammer 40,000 4th Edition Rulebook, p. 119
- 3: The Horus Heresy Book Four pp. 72–73