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Third planet of nine that orbited a yellow sun, Sixty-Three Nineteen was ruled by a self-appointed "Emperor", who claimed it to be Terra itself. He therefore reasoned that he was the rightful ruler of mankind, and as such he demanded that Horus' forces bow to him instead. After the initial embassies sent from the 63rd Fleet were met with violence, Horus had no choice but to conquer the world by force. With the removal of the false Emperor, the human population of the planet bitterly accepted their new role as citizens of the Imperium. Some small resistance did continue however, with several cities on the western continent holding out for brief periods and scattered pacification actions required on three other planets in the system. The most serious incident of non-compliance occurred in the Whisperhead Mountains range and lasted for around three months, but this last pocket of resistance was eventually excised by the Luna Wolves' 10th Company.
The capital appeared to be called simply the High City, and large parts of it were given over to the Emperor's palace. It also contained a residential sector lower down the ediface upon which it was constructed, and an area to the west known as the Regency that was notable for its ornamental lakes and gardens. There was also a necropolis present in the city, where Horus had the deceased Emperor interred.
The palace was extremely large and constructed of ouslite, stone and plaster. It featured several tall towers known as phototropic towers due to the way their tops were designed to swivel so that their crystal-glass windows always faced the light. This proved slightly disconcerting during the military campaign, as the towers swivelled this way and that due to intense weapons fire and explosions. The Emperor's golden throne was located at the top of one of these towers, protected by his Invisibles bodyguard and powerful force-field-derived weaponry.
The residential areas of the city featured basalt buildings and large, often enclosed squares.
The Regency area was carefully landscaped and attractive to the eye. Large formal lawns were bounded by rows of pollarded trees, and there were sizable amounts of ornamental lakes and ponds enclosed by tall hedgerows and heavy with water-flowers and ferns. It was in one of these gardens that Captain Garviel Loken was inducted into the elite Mournival council.
The High City in general design was described as 'heliotropic' in nature, in that it was designed to take advantage of as much of the sun's light as possible. This principle was to be continued into the Imperial redesign of the city, to be planned by architect Peeter Egon Momus.
There was also a city to the east of the capital called Kaentz.
The Whisperhead Mountains
The Whisperhead Mountain range was located in the southern hemisphere and became the last bolt-hole of the forces combating Imperial rule. The general area featured a population more superstitious than that of the northern regions, and organized religion fell away to something different there. The main population centre was called Katheri, composed mainly of longhouse-style dwellings, but the hold-out forces made their stand in a fortress carved out of the rock of a particularly high-peak that was connected to a plateau by natural rock bridges. Inside the mountain-fortress were what appeared to be several fanes of a primitive religion, perhaps connected to a local superstition about a being called Samus. All of these were destroyed by the Luna Wolves.
- 1: Horus Rising (Novel) by Dan Abnett