|This article is about the Planet; for the Spaceport, see Kronus.
|Mining World, Tomb World
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As a mining world, Pavonis was dominated by a set of large industrial cartels, the representatives of which composed the planetary Senate, with one of the leading cartel heads serving as planetary governor.[1a]
The planet's tithes fell into arrears as a result of raids by Dark Eldar pirates, worker discontent, and the actions of a terrorist group called The Church of Ancient Ways.[1b] In reality, many of these events were orchestrated by Kasimir De Valtos, the head of the de Valtos cartel, who had discovered evidence of the Nightbringer's presence on their world and thought that by unleashing it he would gain immortality and ultimate power.[1c]
De Valtos staged a coup d'etat and a brief but bloody civil war was fought between PDF units loyal to their various cartels. Space Marines from the Ultramarines Chapter's 4th Company succeeded in putting down the rebellion and prevented the Night Bringer from reuniting with its flagship, but were unable to prevent the entity's escape into space.[1d][3a]
In the aftermath of the rebellion, Pavonis was placed under the supervision of the Administratum, which outlawed several of the rebel cartels and barred their employees from work in the security forces and other occupations. This led to a great deal of discontent.[1e][2a]
Second Battle of Pavonis
Years later, a disgruntled Mykola Shonai (replaced in office by her nephew, Koudelkar) invited a Tau trading congregation to the Governor's Palace, hoping to make the planet prosperous and independent again.[2b] Upon arrival, however, Governor Shonai was incensed by what his aunt had done, and a vicious firefight erupted.[2c] During the fighting, Koudelkar was kidnapped by the Tau and turned to their cause.[2d] Uriel Ventris later arrived on the scene, and, after slaughtering the remaining Tau, sent Sergeant Learchus on a covert mission to rescue the governor.[2e] A full-scale war was fought across the planet between the Tau forces and the Ultramarines' 4th Company. When defeat seemed inevitable, Uriel threatened to destroy Pavonis from orbit and the Tau withdrew. During the war Governor Shonai was killed, but not before repenting and pledging allegiance to the Emperor once more.[2f]
After the invasion was repulsed, the Administratum assumed direct control of the planet, and any remnants of autonomous government were completely eliminated.[2g]
- Brandon Gate: the planetary capital, site of a major battle during the civil war.
- Tembra Ridge: a mountain range over the Nightbringer's tomb, site of the engagement between the Ultramarines on one side, and rebellious PDF elements, Dark Eldar pirates, and Necron warriors.
- 1: Nightbringer (Novel)
- 2: Courage and Honor (Novel)
- 3: Codex: Necrons (3rd Edition)