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The Passage of the Angels[1], also known as The Passage of the Angel of Death and the Crusade of Vengeance, was a 012.M31 to 013.M31 Horus Heresy campaign, that was waged by the Dark Angels' Primarch Lion El'Jonson.[2]


After they took part in destroying Davin and ending the Ruinstorm, the Dark Angels' were freed from the isolation caused by the giant Warp Storm. A wrathful Lion El'Jonson, then led the Dark Angels in wreaking havoc across the southern Imperium in a campaign of revenge and extermination. It is designed to both punish the traitorous forces of Warmaster Horus and destroy their military assets in the region. By doing so, El'Jonson seeks to prevent the Warmaster from creating a "second front" unified against Terra. The Primarch orders the usage of the Dark Angels' Old Night weaponry and this results in a trail of blackened, scorched worlds that were loyal to Horus, to be left in their wake. Among those worlds that were destroyed by the Dark Angels, during the campaign were the Traitor Legion Homeworlds of the Emperor's Children, the Death Guard[2] and Nuceria, the adoptive world of the Primarch Angron.[3]

This systematic annihilation of resource rich worlds, deprived Horus of precious materials he needed in order to maintain a lengthy siege of Terra. This ultimately forced the Warmaster to hasten his planned invasion of the Sol System. Other Imperial forces also took part in the Dark Angels' campaign as well. Some Imperials, however, had no choice but to fight beside the Dark Angels or else they would earn El'Jonson's wrath, for showing what he perceived as disloyalty to the Emperor and the Imperium. The Primarch was so intent on his vengeance, though, that El'Jonson would refuse to allow the Dark Angels to directly aid or take part in any Imperial battles, that would deviate from his main objectives. The devastation that was left in El'Jonson's wake, as his forces quickly moved on to their next target, also aided the Night Lords in creating numerous Carrion Realms across the southern realm of the Galaxy.[2]

The Lion eventually made for Deliverance, linking up with the Raven Guard and Space Wolves as well as their respective Primarchs Corvus Corax and Leman Russ. The Lion is quick to question the Raven Lord's absence from major fronts of the war, but is ire is put to rest by Russ, who points at the survival of his own legion as evidence of their worth. Russ declares he will join The Lion's Crusade of Vengeance, including warriors equipped with new Mark VI Power Armour produced on Kiavahr. Corax however is cautious to commit his bloodied Legion to what he sees as a needlessly spiteful waste, and only assigns a small expeditionary force of his Raven Guard to The Lion's forces. Even in this role, Corax's forces will be used to eliminate key enemy targets ahead of the main Dark Angels fleet in order to spare entire worlds from annihilation.[2]

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Battles of the Horus Heresy
005-006.M31 Battle of Isstvan IIIFirst Battle of ProsperoWar Within the WebwayBattle of the Somnus CitadelUnrest on CalibanSchism of MarsBattle of DiamatDrop Site MassacreBattle of the Rangda SystemFirst Battle of ParamarManachean WarSignus CampaignTreachery at Advex-MorsSiege of CthoniaBattle for Felweather Keep‎
007-008.M31 Battle of PhallBattle of RavendelveRuin of MaerdanBattle of the Alaxxes NebulaPale Stars CampaignBreaking of the Perfect FortressChondax CampaignSecond Battle of ProsperoFirst Siege of Hydra CordatusBattle of the Furious AbyssBattle of CalthBattle of ArmaturaBetrayal at IthracaDeath of CanopusShadow CrusadeCrusade of IronDoom of BorminaDefence of TyrosDefence of the Three PlanetsBattle of UlixisAmbush at EspandorBattle of Aquila AtollBattle of Drooth IIPercepton CampaignBattle of IydrisThramas CrusadeFall of Baztel IIIBattle of VannaheimSecond Battle of ParamarBattle of Constanix IIMezoan CampaignBattle of BodtBattle of DwellErellian SubjugationSiege of Baal
009-010.M31 Battle of MolechBreaking of AnvillusXana IncursionCarnage of MoroxSangraal CampaignBattle of ArissakBattle of PerditusBattle of SothaDrussen AtrocityScouring of Gilden's StarBattle of NyrconBattle of TallarnCataclysm of IronBattle of NocturneWar of DrakesBattle of PlutoSiege of InwitBurning of Ohmn-MatBitter War
011-014.M31 Reaving of the Xibana ReachesLorin Alpha CampaignSubjugation of TyrinthMalagant ConflictBattle of the Kalium GateBattle of CatallusAxandrian IncidentBattle of the Haddon SystemJarrazr IncursionBattle of TralsakTarren SuppressionBalthor Sigma InterventionBattle of AbsolomScouring of the Ollanz ClusterBattle of ZepathSecond Battle of ZaramundBattle of AnuariBattle of PyrrhanSecond Battle of DavinArgolian MassacresBattle of TrisolianBattle of YarantBattle of KradeBattle of DelugeBattle of Heta-GladiusBattle of the Aragna ChainBattle of KallethBattle of the Diavanos SystemBattle of DesperationBattle of Beta-GarmonWar for AgaropsDefence of RyzaBattle of ThagriaPassage of AngelsThassos IncidentBattle of Zhao-ArkhadSerpent's CoilSiege of BarbarusForicaan CampaignBattle of VezdellBurning of VrexorDawn of DesolationDeath of ChemosBattle of Luth TyreYdursk IncidentFall of TenzebarSolar WarRaid on LunaSiege of TerraGreat Scouring