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Hranx is a War World that the Imperium is trying to reclaim from an Alpha Legion-led Chaos Cult.[1a]

Map Basic Data Planetary Image
px Name: Hranx Unknown.jpg
Segmentum: Unknown
Sector: Unknown
Subsector: Unknown
System: Unknown
Population: Unknown
Affiliation: Imperium/Alpha Legion
Class: War World, Hive World
Tithe Grade: Unknown

The Alpha Legion infiltrated Hranx and began organizing a Chaos Cult, which they funded and trained, to overthrow the Imperium's rule on the Hive World. When the rebellion began and Hranx's Planetary Defense Forces were not able to contain it, an Imperium taskforce arrived and destroyed several Hives from orbit. The taskforce thought the rebellion was destroyed, but discovered that the Alpha Legion had prepared for such an action and had built a vast subterranean fortress complex called the Pit of the Hydra. In the end, the Imperium's destruction of the Hives succeeded only in creating a no-man's land called the Murder Wastes which divided the lands controlled by the two forces.[1a]

For ten years, the Imperium had tried and failed to retake Hranx from the forces of the Alpha Legion, but they were constantly thwarted by the Legion's agents, which had infiltrated the taskforce. The agents passed the taskforce's plans to the Alpha Legion and the Cult, which destroyed the forces sent to shatter the Pit of the Hydra. Numerous operations and offensives were destroyed from within, robbing the taskforce of its strength, while the Alpha Legion was safe within their fortress, free from any reprisals from the Imperium. Despite the number of their forces lost, those in command of the taskforce knew Hranx could not be allowed to fall to the Alpha Legion. To do so would give the traitors a gateway for its corruption to spread into other sectors and bring more worlds into rebellion.[1a]

This page contains spoilers for: Hunted (Short Story)

It was during the latest year of the fighting that a seed planted by Inquisitor Sargon of the Ordo Hereticus bore fruit and began to turn the tide of the war. Years earlier, Sargon had placed a sleeper agent into the Cult, who was conditioned to act as a Heretic and had risen through the ranks to a position of leadership. Codenamed Thaddeus, he awoke once he learned the names of the Alpha Legion's agents within the taskforce and was driven with a need to return to the Inquisitor[1a]. Thaddeus escaped the Pit of the Hydra, and once he was back in Sargon's hands, the information he provided was used to rid the taskforce of the Legion's agents. Now free from any of the Alpha Legion's taint, the taskforce renewed their effort to retake Hranx.[1b]

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