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Betrayal at Ithraca

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The Betrayal at Ithraca was a battle of the Horus Heresy.[1]


Waged during the Battle of Calth, the battle saw the Word Bearers and their Legio Suturvora allies under Princeps Horgoth Nyr launch a surprise attack on the Legio Praesagius as they moved aboard the transport Arutan above Ithraca. The Arutan was shot down by traitor fire, and many loyalist Titans were lost. On the outskirts of the port city of Ithraca, thousands of Ultramarines looked up to the sky in horror as the colossal transport vessel Arutan came under fire from Word Bearers warships in orbit. Lances of killing energy took the Arutan apart and as the great vessel began to fall towards Ithraca, swarms of Word Bearers aircraft descended to rain fire among the closely packed ranks of the Loyalists. The Traitors were met by the Ultramarines 85th Company's air assets, the 'Legatine Raptors', causing aerial combat to erupt among the debris of destroyed warships raining down from orbit. The pilots of the Ultramarines shot down dozens of enemy aircraft but ultimately it was a futile attempt to hold back the tide of darkness descending on Calth and almost all of the Legatine Raptors perish in the skies over Ithraca. As the survivors of the Legio Praesagius gathered on the other side of the Arutan the Legio Suturvora swept aside masses of loyal Imperial Army. The Legio Praesagius was joined by the Knights of House Orhlacc and Princeps Rhiko Trieste led a counterattack. Trieste led nine Warlord Titans in a delaying action, allowing their allies to reach the streets of Ithraca but losing all their engines in the process.[1][2]

Elsewhere, a surviving maniple of the Legio Praesagius known as Battlegroup Argentus sought out the wreck of the Arutan. There, the Titans of Argentus sacrificed themselves to free their brothers held within the hull, freeing allies including the Warmonger Titan under Princeps Maximus Arutis. As Ithraca burned all around them, the survivors of the Legio Praesagius spread out into the city to extract their revenge. Yet the traitor titans were already in retreat, not a full-fledged rout but rather withdrawing under a careful plan. For a brief moment the loyalists though they had won, but the skies overhead darkened and all hell broke loose.[1]

See also



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