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Map Basic Data Planetary Image
px Name: Blackshard Unknown.jpg
Segmentum: Segmentum Pacificus
Sector: Sabbat Worlds
Subsector: Unknown
System: Unknown
Population: Unknown
Affiliation: Imperium
Class: Unknown
Tithe Grade: Unknown

Blackshard is a planet in the Sabbat Worlds which was occupied by the forces of Chaos.[1]


Colonized in M35 when Saint Sabbat began her initial crusade to bring the groups into the Imperial fold. Leading up to M41, with the fading of Imperial presence in the area, and the resurgence of Chaos cults in nearby systems, the planet fell.[1]

Battle of Blackshard

During the Sabbat Worlds Crusade, Blackshard was invaded by a task force of the Imperial Guard. The Chaos cults withdrew to the fortifiable population centers. Command of the offensive to retake the planet was given to General Hadrak. Eventually the final bastion of resistance was the citadel, a large stone fortress filled with 17,000 cultists ready for a siege.[1]

Under the cover of a general offensive, around 100 men from the Tanith First and Only under the command of Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt began a stealth assault. The Tanith took the tunnels beneath the walls quickly and with minor casualties. They were then able to locate and destroy an important relic to the Chaos defenders. After its destruction, the defenders committed suicide and the citadel was taken with very few casualties. Worthy of note is that 20 minutes after the detonation of the relic, Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt emerged from the citadel, carrying a wounded Major Elim Rawne.[1]

General Hadrak was praised for his quick and efficient reclamation of Blackshard, though he was magnanimous in praising the Tanith troopers for their stealth and scouting abilities.[1]


The surface of the planet is mainly covered in mire and swamps, with mud and rivers stretching across the landscape. The sky is a dark steely grey as there is constant heavy cloud cover.[1]

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