Phaeton is a Forge World. It is the originator of a common pattern of Leman Russ Battle Tank[1a] and Chimera variant with Heavy Flamers, and the Homeworld of the Legio Osedax (Cockatrices). It is located close to the Civilised World of Tahnel.
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Phaeton was the second most productive Forge World of the Imperium after Mars at the time of the Great Crusade before the discovery of Anvilus Nine. However the world was also stubbornly independent and came into conflict with Mars over its autonomy. The tensions nearly rose to full-scale conflict but Phaeton relented at the last minute, agreeing to pay tribute by sending a third of its forces to Mars. However rather than undertaking the agreed transaction, the Techpriests of Phaeton instead sent their tribute seemingly at random into the void as a final act of spite. These forces eventually settled at Atar-Median and the Legio Atarus was born from them.
Bequest of Phaeton
At some point suddenly the forges of Phaeton started to produce the previously unknown and non-canon hulls of Land Raider. The closed investigation revealed that this was inexplicably started by deep-core protocol that took millennia to cycle through. It seemed that some unknown magos at the dawn of the Imperium coded a slow-burn quota sequence into the automated production of the forge, so that it automatically produced the advanced patterns in the future in order to perform the wars of the Imperium.
To this date, Phaeton's forges produces seven more variants of common war machines of Space Marine. This led to creation of entire sub-cult inside the Adeptus Mechanicus of Phaeton. There are some within this cult who would enshrine and keep in secret this machine, while others think that this war vehicles destined to great deeds and should be released into the service of the Space Marines. The matter has yet to be settled, though the next Bequest of Phaeton, when it comes, may precipitate a open schism within the Tech Priests of Phaeton.
Phaeton Pattern Sabre Gun Platforms
- 1: Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy
- 2: White Dwarf 318 (UK), pg. 94
- 3: The Horus Heresy Book Two - Massacre, pgs. 156–157
- 4: Imperial Armour - Imperial Vehicles for Warhammer 40,000, pg. 30
- 5: Imperial Armour Volume One - Second Edition: Imperial Guard, pg. 10
- 6: Imperial Armour Volume Two - Second Edition: War Machines of the Adeptus Astartes, pg. 12