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In 565.M36, the planet's highly-elliptical orbit brought it closer to its sun and the colonies experienced severe drought. The planet's industrial base dwindled as malnutrition rose; eventually, the colonists had consumed all animal life. The heat drove the tribesmen to pray for divine aid, descending into primitive rain-dances and even human sacrifice. Nurgle eventually took pity on the world and gave it rain.
The rain came without end and each day saw the clouds grow thicker and darker. Deserts became lakes and farms became swamps. Endless rainwater flooded towns and those who didn't drown faced waterborne disease. Eight days later, the Tallyman of Nurgle Epidemius rose from the muck to catalogue the disaster: he found the planetary population devastated from malnutrition and disease. The surviving tribes took flight from his hordes of Plaguebearers, while those who fought were too weak and were overcome.
A week later, the planet vanished from all Imperial records. After that, Rotigus Rainmaker lead the Epidemic Legions to spread Nurgle's prosperity to surrounding worlds. Following Gaero Alphus' doom, eight more entire systems were lost to Imperium.
- 1: Codex: Chaos Daemons (6th Edition), pg. 21
- 2: Codex: Chaos Daemons (8th Edition), pg. 29, Deluge of Sickness