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Altid Crusade
Date c. 288-299.M38
Location Various, including Altid 156
Outcome Imperial victory
Combatants
Imperium Fallen-led rebels
Commanders
Unknown Zeriah(POW)
Strength
Astral Claws
Dark Angels
Imperial Guard
Unknown
Casualties
Astral Claws almost destroyed
At least 12 Dark Angels
Unknown Imperial Guard
Unknown

The Altid Crusade was a campaign waged by the Imperium against Fallen-led rebels in M38.[1]

Crusade

At the start of the Altid Crusade, the Dark Angels fought alongside the Astral Claws, a highly-honored albeit younger Chapter. What subsequently happened is unclear, however, but the Astral Claws were recorded as being entirely destroyed in 288.M38. In truth, the Chapter survived, but spent the following centuries in obscurity and possibly on a Penitent Crusade.[2]

Eventually, the crusade attacked a planet called Altid 156 in 299.M38. The world had seceded from the Imperium and was home to millions of pilgrims. The crusade council ordered one Imperial Guard regiment to the planet, but rescinded the order when the Dark Angels insisted on assaulting the world themselves. The assault force was extreme for a world of pilgrims, but the Dark Angels knew that there was a Fallen among the populous. The Ravenwing sought out and pinned down the forces surrounding the enemy main base before the Deathwing teleported into the building. It was here that they met the Fallen they had been searching for, Elucidax the Keeper or to the Dark Angels, "Zeriah", former captain of the Dark Angels 14th assault company during the Great Crusade. He killed a dozen Dark Angels before he was near mortally wounded. He was transported back to the Rock where Asmodai extracted a confession leading to the capture of Zeriah's entire warband, but Zeriah refused to acknowledge his sins for joining the rebellion with Luther and as such languishes alone in a cell.[1]

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