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Map Basic Data Planetary Image
Galaxy map segmentumpacificus.jpg Name: Hagia Unknown.jpg
Segmentum: Segmentum Pacificus[1a]
Sector: Sabbat Worlds[1a]
Subsector: Unknown
System: Unknown
Population: Unknown
Affiliation: Imperium[Needs Citation]
Class: Shrine World[1a], Feudal World[1c]
Tithe Grade: Unknown

Hagia is a Feudal World[1c] located in the Sabbat Worlds cluster.[1a] It is the birthplace of Saint Sabbat, and the location of her remains.[1f]


History

During the Sabbat Crusades the forces of Chaos attacked the world and mocked the people of the world by calling themselves Infardi, the local word for "pilgrim."[1c]

Lord General Lugo was placed in charge of the campaign to retake Hagia from the Infardi. Although the conquest was proceeding ahead of schedule, Lugo was impatient and eager to earn a glorious victory in this morally important planet.[1e] As a result he placed considerable pressure on the Guard officers under his command, most notably, Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt and his regiment, the Tanith First and Only, who were tasked with capturing Hagia's capital city, the Holy Doctrinopolis.[1c][1e] They drove the Infardi out of the Doctrinopolis but at a very heavy cost. The Infardi had left behind a psychic booby trap that the Imperials triggered as they moved in to secure the captured city's Citadel. The trap wiped out an entire brigade of the Brevian Centennials and, to make matters worse, the psychic blast unleashed by the trap acted as an astropathic beacon that drew a Chaos fleet towards the planet.[1f]

Lugo was left no choice but to order the Imperial forces to evacuate Hagia and he blamed Gaunt for his disgrace.[1f] To redeem himself and his regiment, Gaunt led an honour guard to the Shrinehold of Saint Sabbat to safeguard the relics there (most notably the bones of Saint Sabbat herself) from the incoming Chaos Fleet.[1f][1g] Their journey was difficult, hampered by the fact that the Infardi had not been defeated in the planet's cities, but had instead fallen back and regrouped at secondary positions, such as the town of Bhavnager.[1j][1k]


Geography

Notable Places

One of the most notable features of Hagia was the Tembarong Road, also known as the Pilgrim's Way due to its historic use by pilgrims travelling to the Holy Doctrinopolis. This road linked many of the major settlements on the planet.[1g]

Some of the mountains on Hagia, including those around the Sacred Hills, were over 10km high.[1l]

Native Wildlife

Fauna

Flora


Society

Hagia was a Feudal World, made up of a number of city-states, each of which had their own king. The highest of these was the king of the Holy Doctrinopolis, the first city of Hagia, who was the planet's de facto governor.[1c]

The citizens of Hagia lived in specialised castes.[1d][1e] Amongst these were the esholi (student scholars)[1d], the ayatani (priests devoted to Saint Sabbat)[1d][1e] and an unnamed agrarian caste (which included chelon drovers).[1g] A person's caste was denoted in a number of ways, including the colour of the robes they wore.[1g]

Prominent amongst the planet's local beliefs was an emphasis on personal predestination; the Hagians believe that every person has a destiny or "way" and that, when their way is discovered, it is set in stone.[1e] The people of Hagia also had great respect for those who lived to old age.[1k]


Other Planetary Information

Hagia has two moons.[1h]


Trivia

The name of Hagia likely derives from the prefix hagio, meaning "saint" or "holy", or from a related word such as hagiography, a biography of a saint or religious ruler.

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