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Sotha, located in the Ultima Segmentum, was the home world of the Scythes of the Emperor Space Marine Chapter.[1]

Although once part of Ultramar, by M41 Sotha was the cardinal world of the Sotharan League which included many other planets in the local region.[6]

Map Basic Data Planetary Image
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Segmentum: Ultima
Sector: Unknown
Subsector: Unknown
System: Unknown
Population: Unknown, now n/a
Affiliation: Imperium
Class: Previously Civilised World, Adeptus Astartes Homeworld[1], now Dead World
Tithe Grade: Previously Aptus Non, now n/a

History

The Great Crusade

Sotha was discovered by the Ultramarines Legion in 882.M30[5a] and brought into the Five Hundred Worlds of Ultramar.

In spite of an ideal ecosphere, there were no initial signs of previous human or xenos occupation, but after initial exploration of Mount Pharos an ancient structure of alien origin was discovered. Access to the entire world was restricted by order of the primarch Roboute Guilliman, with only a small agricultural colony to support the ongoing archaeological survey mission. The 199th Company of the Ultramarines was established as an '‘Aegida’' (shield-company) and left to garrison the world.[5b]

The company took on a badge of a scythe to represent the assistance of the local agricultural workers in clearing the vegetation.[5c]

The Horus Heresy

At the height of the Horus Heresy, at Guilliman’s command the renegade warsmith Barabas Dantioch of the Iron Warriors had been sent to Sotha to uncover the secrets of the Pharos, and succeeded in opening up instantaneous communication channels with distant Macragge. The Pharos was found to be an empathic device of ancient xenos construction, and provided a directional beacon for navigation in the absence of the Astronomican. [5d]

The planet was designated by Sevatar as a rendezvous point for the Night Lords fleet elements after the disastrous conclusion of the Thramas Crusade.[4] It is unclear whether or not he knew of the significance that the planet had attained, before giving this order. Sothan rendezvous point was used by Gendor Skraivok commanding 45th Company aboard strike cruiser Umber Prince[7]. Two other Night Lords vessels, the Domninus Noctem and Shadow Blow used this rendezvous point but left it after completing repairs. Some time later, smaller Night Lords fleet under captain Krukesh the Pale, commander of 103rd Company and member of the Kyroptera arrived and Krukesh inducted Skraivok and the Umber Prince into his order of battle.[7] Night Lord forces under Krukesh's command launched attack on Sotha System that resulted into Battle of Sotha. [8]

In the aftermath of the battle, the emblem of the 199th Company of the Ultramarines was awarded by Roboute Guilliman with two crossed scythes as a symbol of their victory. After the formation of the Codex Astartes, the 199th continued to oversee Sotha as the Scythes of the Emperor, making the world their base of operations.

The Second Tyrannic War

In the last decade of M41, reports began to reach Sotha of unrest and rebellion spreading along the Eastern Fringe. Chapter Master Thorcyra sent Captain Cassios and the Scythes' Fifth Company to crush any uprising before it could begin before himself heading north into the Saphir Cluster.[2] After a year, garbled communications reached Sotha from the Fifth of a widespread xenos incursion into the galaxy[2] - this turned out to be the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Kraken.[1]

A general recall was issued, summoning every single battle-brother of the Chapter back to Sotha to aid in the defence of their home world.[1] Secretly, the best and the brightest of the youth of Sotha were evacuated, as it was already suspected that it was too late to halt the alien menace and new recruits would soon be required to replace losses and rebuild the Chapter.[1]

The invasion began with a single Hive Ship which appeared at the edge of the system. Sergeant Remas led a boarding mission to halt the ship but barely escaped with his life.[3] Soon afterwards, a rain of Mycetic Spores brought billions of Tyranid creatures to the surface. They swarmed over the defensive barricades and the Scythes of the Emperor were decimated. The survivors were evacuated by the Chapter's remaining Thunderhawks, and fled to the death world of Miral to rendezvous with the returning Chapter Master Thorcyra.[1]

Sotha was completely consumed by the Tyranids, and every single human serf and Chapter servant was lost.[1] Later, Thorcyra's successor Thrasius described Sotha as having been reduced to "mere rubble in space".[1]

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