Perlia is an Imperial Civilized World located near the Damocles Gulf in Ultima Segmentum. It has the distinction of being besieged by two separate enemies of the Imperium, both of which were defeated by the actions of Commissar Ciaphas Cain, the reluctant Hero of the Imperium.
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Perlia has two continents. The eastern continent is mostly mountainous desert, while the western continent contains much of the planet's industry and civilization centers, including the planetary capital of Havensdown[Needs Citation].
In the 920s.M41, the planet came under siege by a Waaagh! led by Warlord Gargash Korbul, who had also besieged several worlds in the sector.[1a] The Imperial Guard had been sent in order to quell the Waaagh!; among the regiments was the Valhallan 12th Field Artillery and its regimental commissar, Ciaphas Cain. Separated from his regiment and other Imperial forces during a battle in orbit, Cain crash-landed in the deserts of the eastern continent. Along with his ever-present (and ever-odiferous) aide, Ferik Jurgen, Cain journeyed across the desert, meeting up with elements of the Perlian PDF and civilians liberated from Ork captivity, forming them into a ragtag army in what became the "March of the Liberator". Thanks to Cain's actions, including a duel to the death with Warlord Korbul,[1c] Perlia was liberated. Cain became an instant hero on Perlia, and many statues and monuments appeared praising him. After reconstruction, the town of Prosperity Wells on the eastern continent - where the "March of the Liberator" had begun - was rechristened "Cainstead"[1b] (a fact that Cain himself found both hilarious and embarrassing).[2a] In Havensdown, a clock was set in Liberation Square, showing a clockwork commissar (obviously representing Cain) beheading the number of clockwork Orks that corresponded to the time - another edifice that Cain disliked intensely.[2b]
After reconstruction and in light of the recent expansion of the Tau Empire in the Damocles Gulf region, Perlia received several Imperial facilities, including a Schola Progenium near Havensdown[2c] where Cain would later teach after his retirement in the early 990s.M41. His retirement would not be quiet, however, as the Second Siege began in 999.M41, during Abaddon the Despoiler's 13th Black Crusade. Once again, Cain would lead the defense of the planet, and once again he would duel the leader of the attack - in this case, the Chaos Warmaster Varan the Undefeatable, who was kicked from the roof of the Mechanicus shrine where they had been fighting, sending the Warmaster to fall with an unceremonious thud to his death.[2d]
- 1: Death or Glory (Novel) by Sandy Mitchell:
- 2: Cain's Last Stand (Novel) by Sandy Mitchell: