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Sword of Defiance was a Strike Cruiser in the Dark Angels Chapter and was commanded by Fourth Master Korahael, when it took part in defending Cadia during the Thirteenth Black Crusade. The Strike Cruiser was shot down during the invasion, but crashed intact on the Fortress World and was able to still fire upon the Despoiler's forces, while serving as a base of operations for Korahael's Company. This came to an end however, when it was repeatedly struck by fire from the Death Guard's Terminus Est battleship, which spread diseases throughout the Sword of Defiance, that even the Dark Angels' bodies could not combat. As a result, the Company was forced to abandon the Strike Cruiser[1a] and it was later destroyed, when the Despoiler's invasion caused Cadia to explode.[1b]