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Invasion of the Odoacer System
Conflict Long War/Indomitus Crusade[1h]
Date ???.M42 (post-Great Rift)[1a]
Location Odoacer System[1a]
Outcome Imperial victory[1k]
Combatants
Imperium[1a] Word Bearers[1a]
Commanders
Cardinal-Governor Eamon[1a]
Lieutenant Heyd Calder[1a]
Lieutenant Sael Karros[1a]
Captain Suboden Khan[1a]
Canoness Solana Lorr[1a]
Commodore-Captain Aldo Ware (KIA)[1a]
Chaos Lord Amatnim Ur-Nabas Lash (KIA)[1d]
Dark Apostle Lakmhu (KIA)[1d]
Strength
Imperial Fists 3rd Company[1a]
Raven Guard 4th Company[1a]
White Scars 5th Company[1a]
Order of the Broken Sword[1a]
Imperial Navy Defense Fleet[1a]
Several hundred Word Bearers
Cultists[1b]
Daemons[1l]
Losses/Survivors
Unknown, presumably heavy All killed or retreated[1k]

The Invasion of the Odoacer System was a conflict fought between the Imperium and forces of Chaos shortly after the creation of the Great Rift.[1a]

Overview

The invasion of the Odoacer System was targeted around the Cardinal World of Almace and consisted of a force of Word Bearers under Lord Amatnim Ur-Nabas Lash, who sought the loyalist Word Bearers Dreadnought Anchorite. At the onset of the invasion Amatnim's armada led by the Battle Barge Glory Eternal easily crushed the Odoacer System's Imperial Navy defense fleet.[1a]

With no other force left to stop him, the worlds of Odoacer began to fall to the Word Bearers, as they made their way to Almace. Unknown to the warhost, as they had been advancing through the System an Indomitus Crusade strike force, led by the Imperial Fists Lieutenant Heyd Calder, had heard Almace's plea for aid and rushed to begin fortifying the Cardinal World. The strike force's fleet would then attempt to slow Amatnim's armada down, but they were heavily outnumbered. While Amatnim lost a number of warships to their attacks, the Chaos Lord set several ambushes[1e] which destroyed most of the Indomitus strike force's fleet[1f]. This left only the Imperial forces defending Almace to stop him, but before they reached the Cardinal World, Amatnim was forced to confront the Dark Apostle Lakmhu who was undermining his war effort on the behalf of Erebus. He could not afford to have the Dark Apostle betray him at this venture and ordered Lakmhu and Erebus' other agents, to seize Almace's Primus asteroid facilities, which lay close to the world. He hoped they would die in the attempt, but if not the Chaos Lord would do away with Lakmhu and his ilk, after the long sought after prisoner was freed[1g]. Amatnim then unleashed his hordes on the Cardinal World and what followed was a massacre as the Chaos Lord's forces overwhelmed the Imperials.[1h]

The Word Bearers were soon able to advance upon the palace that held the captive Word Bearer's cell, when Lieutenant Calder led a failed desperate attempt to stop the Chaos Lord. Amatnim however easily overpowered the Lieutenant[1i] and was about to kill him when the prisoner the Word Bearers came to free, unexpectedly intervened on the Imperial forces behalf. Revealed to be a Contemptor Dreadnought named the Anchorite, he then uttered a lost word of Colchis, which created a bright light that banished the Chaos Lord's Daemon allies back to the Warp. Left surprised by the Anchorite's actions, Amatnim greeted his lost brother and told the Dreadnought they had come to bring him back to his Legion. To his shock however, the Dreadnought immediately refused Amatnim's offer. Though he was left confused by the Anchorite's answer, the Chaos Lord told him to stand aside, so the Word Bearers could kill those who had imprisoned the Dreadnought for millennia. Instead, the Anchorite attacked the Chaos Lord, all while he decried the lies the Chaos Gods and Lorgar had told the Word Bearers, which began their damnation. He then praised the God-Emperor for saving his soul and in a rage, Amatnim destroyed one of the Anchorite's arms, but the determined Dreadnought still fought on. Though, because the Word Bearers were ordered to bring him back alive, the Anchorite was able to kill many of his brothers, all while roaring the words of the Divinitatus, before Imperial reinforcements finally arrived. With that, the Word Bearers' were defeated and Amatnim, was confronted by Lieutenant Calder. As his forces were killed around him, Amatnim told Calder that even though they were defeated, the Word Bearers had truly won a victory on Almace. The Anchorite's existence had been revealed and the truth that the Imperial Creed was based on Lorgar's Lectitio Divinitatus could not be denied. They both followed the same path, laid down by his Primarch, only the Word Bearers were farther down upon it, than the Imperium. A vindicated Amatnim then made no attempt to defend himself, as the Lieutenant fatally struck him down with a Power Sword. With their lord dead, the remaining Word Bearer forces scattered from Odoacer as the Imperial Fists Strike Cruiser Capulus and the White Scars Battle Barge Silent Horseman destroyed the Glory Eternal.[1k]

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