7th Black Crusade
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The Seventh Black Crusade of Abaddon the Despoiler, also known as the Ghost War, occurred in 811.M37. Abaddon claimed the gene-seed of many Blood Angels to barter with Fabius Bile.
The forces of Chaos spewed forth from the Eye of Terror past Cadia and then disappeared. This is where it earned the name, the Ghost War. The following years saw a game of hide and seek which spread confusion, paranoia, disinformation and deceit. Raids became commonplace in far-flung areas but eventually they went back to the Eye and mankind had to simply wait for the next attack.
In the aftermath of a Blood Angels defeat and rout at Midian, Carcharodon forces descended upon Abaddon's fleet as they attempted to route the Blood Angels. Their scouring of the traitors was recorded in detail on the Cemetery World of Hypasitis.
The Strike Cruiser by the name of the Sanguine Tear would also be ravaged by forces under Kharn the Betrayer.
In another part of the 7th Black Crusade, the entire Blood Angels Chapter fell upon Mackan to do battle with a vast Black Legion warband led by Abaddon the Despoiler himself. Though they had their full strength behind them and were supported by Rampagers Chapter reinforcement, the aftermath of the battle saw the Blood Angels nearly destroyed at the hands of Abaddon and his primary lieutenants Telemachon Lyras and Iskandar Khayon. Abaddon killed Captain Acrion in single combat, a parody of the duel between Horus and Sanguinius.
After the Black Legion departed from Mackan, the Blood Angels' corpses were found desecrated and their gene-seed ruined beyond recovery. The only exceptions made of the dead were the Reclusiarch Thalastian Jorus and his Death Company, who had managed to survive the initial slaughter of their Chapter and launched a surprise attack on Abaddon and his honour guard weeks later. Jorus and the Death Company managed to kill many of the honour guard before being struck down and Abaddon would leave their corpses untouched, sitting upon thrones made from the armour of the Chaos Space Marines they had killed.
Abaddon would go on to use the recovered gene-seed to create new Space Marines with the aid of Fabius Bile.
- 1: Black Legion - A Codex: Chaos Space Marines Supplement (E-Book), "The Ghost War"
- 2: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition), pg. 23
- 3: Index Astartes: Death Company pg. 10
- 4: Imperial Armour Volume Two - Second Edition: War Machines of the Adeptus Astartes, pg. 18
- 5: Liber Chaotica: Khorne, Black Crusades
- 6: Imperial Armour Volume Ten pg.119
- 7: Warlords of the Dark Millennium: Khârn the Betrayer — Blood for the Blood God