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Battle of Nocturne
Conflict Horus Heresy
Date M31
Location Nocturne
Outcome Loyalist Victory
Salamanders Death Guard
First Captain Artellus Numeon
Chaplain Nomus Rhy'tan
Captain Malig Laestygon(KIA)
Dark Apostle Quor Gallek
Several hundred Astartes Several hundred Astartes
1 Grand Cruiser
Unknown All killed or fled

The Battle of Nocturne was a battle during the Horus Heresy.[1]


When Salamanders commander Artellus Numeon and surviving brothers of his Legion left Macragge with the body of their Primarch Vulkan in a bid to resurrect him on Nocturne, they were unknowingly followed by a contingent of Death Guard of the Vengeance Class Grand Cruiser Reaper's Shroud under Malig Laestygon while attempting to pass through the Ruinstorm. Oddly enough, it is suggested the Salamanders expedition was only able to pass the Ruinstorm thanks to the machinations of Magnus the Red. In truth, the Death Guard of the Reaper's Shroud were discarded by Mortarion after the Drop Site Massacre and were seeking to regain favor with their Primarch by finishing off the Salamanders. Malig's forces were aided by the Dark Apostle Quor Gallek[1]

After a brief battle in space when the Death Guard forces attempted to board the Salamanders vessel Charybdis to find Vulkan's body, when Laestygon realized the Primarch's coffin had been taken to Nocturne's surface he flew into a rage and began to prepare to land on the planet. Meanwhile the loyalist forces are able to land on Nocturne and link up with fellow survivors of the Legion under Chaplain Nomus Rhy'tan. As they muster their defenses, the Death Guard Cruiser in orbit attempts to destroy Nocturne by unleashing a Virus Bomb on the planet, but this is destroyed by a gigantic Flame Weapon on Nocturne's surface which burns the virus away. The Death Guard are then forced to make a land assault, where, after vicious combat, the Death Guard are eventually forced to flee from the planet.[1]

In the aftermath of the battle, the Salamanders waged the War of Drakes to purge the Death Guard from the Nocturne region of space.[2]


Battles of the Horus Heresy
005-006.M31 Battle of Isstvan IIIFirst Battle of ProsperoWar Within the WebwayBattle of the Somnus CitadelUnrest on CalibanSchism of MarsBattle of DiamatDrop Site MassacreBattle of the Rangda SystemFirst Battle of ParamarManachean WarSignus CampaignTreachery at Advex-MorsSiege of CthoniaBattle for Felweather Keep‎
007-008.M31 Battle of PhallBattle of RavendelveRuin of MaerdanBattle of the Alaxxes NebulaPale Stars CampaignBreaking of the Perfect FortressChondax CampaignSecond Battle of ProsperoFirst Siege of Hydra CordatusBattle of the Furious AbyssBattle of CalthBattle of ArmaturaBetrayal at IthracaDeath of CanopusShadow CrusadeCrusade of IronDoom of BorminaDefence of TyrosDefence of the Three PlanetsBattle of UlixisAmbush at EspandorBattle of Aquila AtollBattle of Drooth IIPercepton CampaignBattle of IydrisThramas CrusadeFall of Baztel IIIBattle of VannaheimSecond Battle of ParamarBattle of Constanix IIMezoan CampaignBattle of BodtBattle of DwellErellian SubjugationSiege of Baal
009-010.M31 Battle of MolechBreaking of AnvillusXana IncursionCarnage of MoroxSangraal CampaignBattle of ArissakBattle of PerditusBattle of SothaDrussen AtrocityScouring of Gilden's StarBattle of NyrconBattle of TallarnCataclysm of IronBattle of NocturneWar of DrakesBattle of PlutoSiege of InwitBurning of Ohmn-MatBitter War
011-014.M31 Reaving of the Xibana ReachesLorin Alpha CampaignSubjugation of TyrinthMalagant ConflictBattle of the Kalium GateBattle of CatallusAxandrian IncidentBattle of the Haddon SystemJarrazr IncursionBattle of TralsakTarren SuppressionBalthor Sigma InterventionBattle of AbsolomScouring of the Ollanz ClusterBattle of ZepathSecond Battle of ZaramundBattle of AnuariBattle of PyrrhanSecond Battle of DavinArgolian MassacresBattle of TrisolianBattle of YarantBattle of KradeBattle of DelugeBattle of Heta-GladiusBattle of the Aragna ChainBattle of KallethBattle of the Diavanos SystemBattle of DesperationBattle of Beta-GarmonWar for AgaropsDefence of RyzaBattle of ThagriaPassage of AngelsThassos IncidentBattle of Zhao-ArkhadSerpent's CoilSiege of BarbarusForicaan CampaignBattle of VezdellBurning of VrexorDawn of DesolationDeath of ChemosBattle of Luth TyreYdursk IncidentFall of TenzebarSolar WarRaid on LunaSiege of TerraGreat Scouring