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Arkunasha is a Tau Empire colony settled in the Second Sphere of Expansion.

Map Basic Data Planetary Image
px Name: Arkunasha Arkunasha.jpg
Segmentum: Ultima Segmentum
Sector: Unknown
Subsector: Unknown
System: Unknown
Population: Unknown
Affiliation: Tau Empire
Class: Desert World
Tithe Grade: N/A

An arid world, the Tau have nonetheless managed to make a sizeable population thanks to the Earth Caste's construction of a string of bio-dome cities in the planet's temperate bands. This gives the planet a distinct look from space: a blood-red globe with two glowing blue-white bands above and below the equator.[2]

While surveying the planet ahead of colonization, the Earth Caste examined the oxide deserts that dominate Arkunasha and came to the conclusion that they were the remnants of an incredibly ancient civilization, whose world-spanning, mountain-sized cities had long crumbled to rust.[2]

These oxide deserts have a unique climatic phenomenon known as a rust storm. The storms inflict horrific damage to anything caught within, stripping unprotected flesh and clogging air intakes and anti-gravity engines. Not even a fully-sealed battlesuit can protect its user from a rust storm. Most disturbing is the fact that the tornados around the edges of rust storms appear to home in on living targets, almost as if the storm were alive and hunting. The Ethereal Caste forbade the idea that the storms were alive, proclaiming that the planet's ecology was not yet fully understood.[2]

Waaagh! Dok descended on Arkunasha without warning. A strange solar storm filled the empty space to Arkunasha's galactic east one equinox; when it subsided, hundreds of ork vessels had appeared in-system, making planetfall weeks later. Commander Farsight would participate in the defence of the planet in the ensuing Arkunasha War.[1]

Previous Editions

In the 4th Edition, Arkunasha was a Tau colony established after the Damocles Crusade, not in the Second Sphere of Expansion.[1]

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