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Port Wander is an Imperial Space Station orbiting on the border of the Drusus Marches. It is the last stop before the Halo Worlds.[1c][2]

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Segmentum: Segmentum Obscurus[1a]
Sector: Calixis[1a]
Subsector: Drusus Marches[1a]
System: Rubycon II[1b] (2.55 AU orbital distance[1a])
Population: Approximately 5,000,000[4]
Affiliation: Imperium[1a]
Class: Battlefleet Orbital Station[1a]
Tithe Grade: Aptus Non[1a]

History

Origins

Port Wander was founded in 917.M40 as a point of departure for investigations about vessels lost on the Drusus Marches' fringes and as a base for military operations. It became important after the discovery of the Koronus Passage in the late 40th millennium and it lost its military role taking up one of merchant outpost.[1c]

The Siege of Port Wander[3]

In 422.M41, Port Wander was attacked by a Waaagh! led by an Ork named Gulgrog. Due to the limited knowledge of the area and the authorities' lack of interest in rumours about incoming Orks, Port Wander was found unprepared. When the siege proved to be inevitable, some commanders tried a last-minute escape and steadily departed from the docks. Unluckily, most of them (37 merchant haulers and transports and 12 Rogue Trader vessels) were hit by Ork raiders and frigates and faced wreckage. After this first battle, bulkier Ork Kroozers headed towards the port, but its defences stopped them.

During the first two years of siege (422-423.M41), Port Wander stood alone against many attacks, even fighting the numerous Orks who managed to land on the station about a hundred times. The enemy army lost its momentum and divided into factions; while remaining a menace, it started becoming weaker.

In the meantime, Battlefleet Calixis and the Adeptus Mechanicus had prepared a rescue fleet and finally attacked the Orks, following a two-step strategy: first, a Sword Frigate squadron supported by Lathe monitor-cruisers cleared the outer reaches of the Rubycon system; then, Imperial Navy warships and Secutor light cruisers supported by Navy warships on patrol from Passage Watch 27 began a conflict in the system's inner zone. As a result, instead of being routed, Orks packed together around Gulgrog's flagship and launched a one year-long counter-attack.

At last, the war was won by Admiral Androvast Strophes, who led two-thirds of Battlefleet Calixis in a final assault that lasted two days. The Admiral's flagship, the Retribution Class Battleship Fist of Adamant, crippled Gulgrog's flagship in a broadside duel. The Orks were not pursued into The Maw, because the Imperial Navy chose to reclaim Port Wander instead.

Population

Being a border dwelling, Port Wander has a diverse population: traders, spies, merchant factors, pilgrims, missionaries, soldiers, sailors, Administratum functionaries and servants of the Adeptus Mechanicus.[1c] Due to the fact that through this station lots of riches flow and that the structure itself requires a lot of maintenance, its corridors and outer surfaces are filled with life (approximately 5 million people)[5], whose activity is overseen by Adeptus Arbites from their Precinct Complex.[1d] A Naval Commander, Larius Sans, is in charge of the station's government[1a].

Aspect and structure

Port Wander orbits around a bloated red star[1b] and is surrounded by shattered remnants of ancient asteroids[1e], some of which were converted into other installations such as shipyards, housing units, research stations, repair docks, storage facilities, depots, palatial manses and estates and crude habitats[1b]. It appears as a cityscape with high cathedral towers in its centre and a lot of docks and piers on its circular rim.[1c]

Due to its fast growth, the Port resembles a patchwork of different textures, since part of its structure was expanded by joining to it many small vessels, such as the Solistice Imperialis.[1c]

The station's keel is characterized by repair yards, dry docks for small vessels and elaborate devices and probes set by the Adeptus Mechanicus in order to investigate the Koronus Expanse's Warp behaviour.[1c,b] Inside the city, there are many corridors[1c], vast markets filled with citizens and local traders (such as the Court of the Dead)[1e], and dark dens[1f].

The average temperature is 26°C and gravity is 1.02 G[1a].

Defences

Being the last bastion of the Imperium before the Expanse[1c], it is well guarded[1e]. Static defences include lances, weapons batteries, torpedo launchers and void shield generators; they are all well maintained.[1e] Dynamic defence is provided by squadrons of heavily armed monitor craft placed outside the station and Battlefleet Calixis battleship patrols.[1e]

Canon Conflicts/Ambiguities

  • In the Rogue Trader Core Rulebook, a map shows Port Wander as part of the Calixis subsector[1a], but in the Dark Heresy Rulebook the area occupied by Port Wander (that is not shown on the map) is depicted as being outside the subsector border. However, such a conflict is fully consistent with the station itself being at the edge of the Imperium.

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