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Map Basic Data Planetary Image
px Name: Kanak Kanak.jpg
Segmentum: Segmentum Obscurus[2]
Sector: Unknown
Subsector: Unknown
System: Unknown
Population: Unknown
Affiliation: Imperium, formerly Necrons (Atun Dynasty)[4k]
Class: Feral World, Death World, former Necron Tomb World[4k]
Tithe Grade: Unknown

Kanak is a volcano-wracked world, peopled by fierce barbarian tribes. Due to the harsh environment, some of its inhabitants have evolved to become closer to Ogryn than human. The Kanaks are recruited into the Imperial Guard as the Kanak Skull Takers regiments where their savage natures can be put to use.[1]


Fall of Kanak

In late M41, Kanak fell to an invasion by the Word Bearers Host of the Dark Apostle Oriax[4b]. He was then free to act upon the real reason his Warhost had invaded the world. As unbeknownst to the Imperium, Kanak was a slumbering Necron Tomb World[4f] of the Atun Dynasty[4k], and Oriax sought an entrance to the Xenos' underground domain. Once he found it, the Dark Apostle would use the power from the Necrons' Obelisks to free[4f] the Keeper of Secrets Zarakynel, who was imprisoned within a Tesseract Labyrinth[4h] the Dark Apostle had obtained.[4f]

However a plea for aid had already been sent out and as the Dark Apostle began his search, the Space Wolves Strike Cruiser Thunderwolf[4h] emerged from the Warp near Kanak.[4a] The Great Company of the Wolf Lord Ragnar Blackmane had come to aid the beleaguered world[4i], but Oriax's Murder Class Cruiser destroyed the Strike Cruiser in an ambush. The Thunderwolf's wreckage then plummeted towards Kanak but, despite the Strike Cruiser being in several pieces when it landed, a number of Ragnar's Great Company survived the impact.[4a] However, the Wolf Lord landed on a continent far from Oriax's main forces and most of Ragnar's Great Company. He was unable to contact the Space Wolves[4i] and Oriax's Host began hunting the leaderless and scattered Great Company down. The Space Wolves, though, soon began to rally under the leadership of Valgard Twice-Slain, who sought to save Kanak from its invaders.[4c] They would then fight the Word Bearers and their allies of Cultists, Khorne Bloodletters[4d] and Kanak Skull Takers Traitor Guard, the Dark Apostle Oriax had corrupted after conquering the world.[4e]

The Space Wolves eventually tracked Oriax down beneath Kanak's surface where he was using a Necron Obelisk[4f] to free Zarakynel from the Tesseract.[4h] Though they defeated the Dark Apostle before he could do so, Oriax use of the Obelisk awoke the slumbering[4f] Atun Dynasty[4k] on Kanak, who began attacking the Space Wolves and the Word Bearers.[4g]

Valgard would focus the Space Wolves efforts in defeating the Necrons[4g] and they later invaded the main lair of the Xenos. There they defeated the Lord who led the Atun Dynasty's Necrons on Kanak[4k] and caused him to flee into a nearby Dolmen Gate. Valgard did not want the Overlord to escape and charged alone into the Dolemen Gate before it closed.[4j] Though Valgard was now lost to them, the Space Wolves had defeated the Necrons and ended the Xenos' threat to Kanak.[4k] However Oriax and the Word Bearers still remained and the battle between the two forces resumed. Now led by the Wolf Priest Karl, and aided by the Legion of the Damned, the outnumbered Space Wolves fought on[4l], until Imperial reinforcements later arrived and defeated the Word Bearers. With their defeat, Kanak was brought back under the control of the Imperium.[4k]

Dark Imperium

Following the resurrection of Roboute Guilliman and the formation of the Great Rift, Kanak was one of the worlds which became stranded in the Dark Imperium.[3]


Because the Term Kanake is a derogatory word in German-speaking countries, the planet's name was changed from Kanak to Chanak in the German translation of the 3rd Edition Codex.

See also