Purging of Contqual
|Iron Hands combat Daemonettes across the surface of Shardenus.|
| Iron Hands
|Arven Rauth||Julius Kaesoron|
The citizens of Contqual lived a decadent and carefree existence, believing they had created a paradise free from the ugliness found throughout the rest of the Imperium. As a result of this decadence, in late 812.M41, the High Governor of the subsector succumbed to the influence of the Chaos God Slaanesh. Within a month, the entire subsector was tainted by Chaos, and the worst effects of this taint were on the sector capital world of Shardenus, where a Warp rift had opened, disgorging hordes of Daemons into the Materium, where they were embraced and worshipped by the native inhabitants[1a].
The Imperium's vengeance came in the forms of the Iron Hands, who hated Chaos and its influences more than any other Space Marine chapter. The Iron Hands reclaimed a dozen worlds in the subsector, purging the tainted populations without mercy[1a].
In the year following the closing of the warp rift, one in every three Imperial citizens of the Contqual sector, including on Shardenus, were executed, as a harsh lesson against complacency and falling to the temptations of Chaos[1a].
- 1: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition):
- 2: Wrath of Iron (Novel) by Chris Wraight