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9th Black Crusade

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9th Black Crusade
Conflict Long War
Date 537.M38
Location Segmentum Obscurus
Outcome Chaos ravages a Sector[3]
Imperium[1] Forces of Chaos[1]
Unknown Abaddon the Despoiler[1]
Imperial Guard[3]
Adeptus Arbites[3]
Silver Skulls[4a]
White Scars[4a]
Other Chapters[4a]
Black Legion[1]
World Eaters[3]
Word Bearers[4a]
The Purge[4a]
Apostles of MinthRas[4a]
Daemonic Legions[3]
Very heavy[1] 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 Terror unnoticed during this time, their destinations unknown.[3]


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