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St Caspalen

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St Caspalen is a Missionary World located in the Segmentum Tempestus.[1a]

Map Basic Data Planetary Image
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Segmentum: Segmentum Tempestus
Sector: Unknown
Subsector: Unknown
System: Unknown
Population: Unknown
Affiliation: Imperium
Class: Missionary World
Tithe Grade: Unknown

It was invaded by Hive Fleet Leviathan and could put up little defence as its Planetary Defence Force had been rendered ineffective by the insidious actions of the unique Tyranid Lictor Deathleaper.[1b]

All across St Caspalen watchguards and sentries had been mysteriously vanishing, only to be found days later with their brains sucked out. Soon the St Caspalen soldiers became so afraid of whatever was hunting them that they were jumping at every shadow or unexplained sound. In an attempt to ease their own fears, they gave the unidentified creature the name "Deathleaper". Deathleaper's goal was to infiltrate ahead of Leviathan and undermine the morale on a prey world. So as Leviathan approached St Caspalen, Deathleaper instinctively sensed that killing the planet's spiritual leader, Cardinal Salem, would only make the planet harder to devour as it would create a martyr and steel the resolve of the people against the coming swarm. So Deathleaper instead infiltrated the Cardinal's cathedral-bunker and slaughtered his advisors right in front him, leaving the Cardinal unharmed but drenched in the blood and viscera of his aides. Deathleaper repeated this process for ten days, each time bypassing the ever increasing security to come within killing distance of the Cardinal but always retreating before harming him. This lead to the Cardinal becoming paranoid and eventually losing his sanity, and did more to break the morale of St Caspelan than simply executing their spiritual leader would have. When Leviathan invaded, the world was in confusion and terror and was easy prey.[1b]