Zhao-Arkkad is a Forge World of the Imperium. It is one of the Mechanicum's most far-flung and isolated Forges. It has only recently been re-consecrated, and the Forge World's Techpriests are noted to be the possessors of the STC template that allows for the production of the Praetor Armoured Assault Launcher.
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Zhao-Arkkad was settled in the late days of the Dark Age of Technology by a Martian expedition, perhaps accidentally from a fleet blown off course in the Warp. The atmosphere is highly toxic and the planets surface filled with heavily canopied rain forests, but nonetheless the human settlers managed to colonize the world. Titans accompanying the settlers defended them from the beasts of the planet, eventually becoming the Legio Xestobiax. In the First Conjunction, Zhao-Arkkad managed to become mostly self-sufficient and functional Forge World. In the Second Conjunction, Zhao-Arkkads three moons were colonized. Soon Zhao-Arkkad managed to expand further, establishing several outlying planetary outposts.
During the Great Crusade, the expeditionary fleet of the Thousand Sons discovered Zhao-Arkkad and bloodlessly assimilated it into the growing Imperium. The newly arrived Space Marines managed to drive off Xenos invaders that had been plaguing Zhao-Arkkad for centuries. The Thousand Sons established a close relationship with the Forge World thereafter, providing the Legion with war material.
During the Horus Heresy, Zhao-Arkkad was pledged to the Thousand Sons and fought alongside them in the Burning of Prospero. They were declared heretics by the Imperium for the act, but no retaliation could come due to the Isstvan incidents. Some Forges on Zhao-Arkkad allied with the traitorous Warmaster, while others simply wished to be left alone by the galaxy at large.
During the Great Scouring Zhao-Arkkad was again returned to the Imperium's fold.
- 1: Imperial Armour Volume Eleven: The Doom of Mymeara, p. 90
- 2: Codex: Imperial Knights (6th Edition), p. 12
- 3: The Horus Heresy Book Seven pg.32
- 3a: pg.171-177