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Targetdrone.gif This article is about the Hive on the planet of Armageddon; for the other uses, see Acheron (disambiguation).

Hive Acheron is a large Hive on the Imperial world Armageddon, located to the far east of the main bulk of the population, in Armageddon Secundus.[1][2] It did not have any part in the First War for Armageddon however it was a part of both the Second and Third wars.[Needs Citation]


History

First War for Armageddon

Angron didn't manage to make it as far east as Hive Acheron and so it took no part in the First War.[Needs Citation]

Second War for Armageddon

Acheron became the last bastion of human power on Armageddon. The population were preparing themselves for one last fight but just as the Orks were charging, vast holes were blown in their ranks as an orbital bombardment began and large numbers of Space Marines were dropped via Drop Pod. In the end little damage was done to Acheron and it became Commander Dante's temporary field headquarters. From this time on Acheron was no longer under threat.[Needs Citation]

Third War for Armageddon

By the time of the Third War, Acheron was the seat of Armageddon's planetary government and of many of the planet's Noble Houses.[4]

With the fall of Acheron to the Orks by the treachery of Herman von Strab, Imperial forces were pushed on to the defensive and forced to maintain a perimiter. Weeks later Space Marine detachments were finally brought in and landed by Thunderhawks. They succeeded in recapturing several areas around the main Hive, including Acheron Bridge and Von Strab's Memorial Arch however the Hemlock Cordon was overrun by the Orks of the Blackskulls Tribe from the Hemlock River Tunnel. This forced the Imperial armies to attack the Hive itself as their escape route had been cut off and Ork reinforcements were rapidly approaching in the form of Kroksnik's Deth Traks.[3]

Within Acheron itself a bloody civil war had broken out, resulting in the forces of Von Strab being pushed into the depths of Acheron's underhive. This strike was led by the Noctan Strike Forces.[3]

In the Ash Wastes around the Hive, Cadian and Savlar forces were trying to blockade any Ork reinforcements. They were at last reinforced by Warlord and Reaver Titans. This effectively cleared the wastes of the Orks back to their own drop sites where two of three Roks had already been destroyed by the Salamanders, supported by Legio Metalica. The third fortress remains whole and intact and a dangerous threat to the area.[3]

Results Table[3]

This battle seems to have gone well in favor of the Imperium with four sites held and the rest contested. The Orks have no major strongholds although the Hemlock Cordon and Hemlock River Tunnel are dangerously close to being in Ork control.[3]

Key feature
Orks
Imperial
Outcome
Ash Wastes
43%
57%
Contested
Ork Rok Dropsites
38%
62%
Imperial held
Acheron Bridge
31%
69%
Imperial held
Acheron East Factory Complex
47%
53%
Contested
Von Strab Memorial Arch
42%
58%
Contested
Hive Acheron
34%
66%
Imperial held
The Hemlock Cordon
55%
45%
Contested
Hemlock River Tunnel
59%
41%
Contested
Motorway
44%
56%
Contested
Acheron West Factory Complex
40%
60%
Imperial held


Trivia

  • Many of the settlements of Armageddon are named for dark figures or places associated with either the end of the world or the afterlife in various mythologies. In this case, Hive Acheron is named for Acheron, the "river of woe", one of the five rivers that led to the Underworld in Ancient Greek mythology.

See also

Related Articles

Related products

Sources

Uncited

  • Chaos Attack - supplement to the Armageddon Board Game
  • Battle for Armageddon - Armageddon Board Game