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9th Black Crusade[Needs Citation]
Conflict Long War[Needs Citation]
Date 537.M38[Needs Citation]
Location Segmentum Obscurus[Needs Citation]
Outcome Chaos ravages a Sector[Needs Citation]
Imperium[Needs Citation] Forces of Chaos[Needs Citation]
Unknown Abaddon the Despoiler[Needs Citation]
Dhar'leth[Needs Citation]
Imperial Guard[Needs Citation]
PDF[Needs Citation]
Adeptus Arbites[Needs Citation]
Silver Skulls[Needs Citation]
Lamenters[Needs Citation]
Ultramarines[Needs Citation]
White Scars[Needs Citation]
Other Chapters[Needs Citation]
Black Legion[Needs Citation]
World Eaters[Needs Citation]
Word Bearers[Needs Citation]
The Purge[Needs Citation]
Apostles of MinthRas[Needs Citation]
Daemonic Legions[Needs Citation]
Very heavy[Needs Citation] Unknown

The 9th Black Crusade, or the Starving of Cancephalus, was a Black Crusade by Abaddon the Despoiler and the forces of Chaos in 537.M38, launched out of the Eye of Terror.[1]


Intending to bring about the demise of the Imperial Navy fortress of Cancephalus, Abaddon led his forces in the Antecanis Massacre with the hopes of distracting and drawing away Imperial forces in the area. By the time Imperial Guard reinforcements arrived at the massacre site, Abaddon and his forces were already out of orbit and proceeded to destroy the planet with Cyclonic Torpedos. The next seventeen years of fighting saw the fleets of Cancephalus depleted, and Abaddon ravaged the rest of the sector at will.[1] During the fighting two Space Marine Chapters known as the Celestial Swords were destroyed[4b] while the Lamenters were nearly destroyed, saved only by the Ultramarines and White Scars.[4a]

Several Chaos fleets sailed out of the Eye of Terro unnoticed during this time, their destinations unknown.[3]


Conflicting sources

According to Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition Rulebook[2], the 9th Black Crusade started in 165.M37 with the attack upon Antecanis IV.[Needs Citation]Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition)[1] stated the date of the 9th Black Crusade as 537.M38.[Needs Citation]