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Location of the Sabbat Worlds Cluster[10][11][Note 1]

The Sabbat Worlds is the name given to a group of star systems along the edge of the Segmentum Pacificus, named in honour of Saint Sabbat.[8f]


Overview

Made up of over 100 star systems[5a][8f] (perhaps as many as a thousand[8g]), the Sabbat Worlds region is subdivided into several discrete territories, most notably the Newfound Trailing Group, the Khan Group, the Cabal Systems, the Carcaradon Cluster, and the Erinyes Group.[Needs Citation] It is rumoured that the Blood Pact originally came from a system here.[Needs Citation] First annexed for Imperial colonization in M35[8f], the name Sabbat refers to the area's original redeemer, Saint Sabbat.[8b][8f]

History

Sabbat herself was of humble stock. She was born the daughter of a chelon herdsman on the planet Hagia in the mid-35th millennium.[8c][8f] However, one day Sabbat, filled with the spirit of the Emperor, descended from the hills where she lived and embarked on a great crusade across the local galactic region.[8f] For 105 years[8f] she led her army across the stars until she fell on Harkalon.[8d]

By M37 humanity was well established throughout the region, with an estimated population of roughly five trillion and a thriving local infrastructure. However, due to its exposure to the eternal threat of the outer dark along the rim, it was ever disputed. Throughout M38 the region suffered a series of brutal wars and conflicts with the barbaric Archenemy tribes of the Sanguinary Worlds, located further rimwards of the spinward extent of the Sabbat Worlds, and became known as a "troublesome province" to the Administratum.[Needs Citation]

Things became vastly worse for the human population during M41, however. A charismatic, brutal Archon rallied the tribes of the Sanguinary Worlds to war, and a series of assaults began trailward into the region. The assault was thought at first to be a return to the conflict of M38, but in the years following 600.M41, it became impossible to ignore the true threat. The ruinous powers had decided to take the whole region.[Needs Citation]

The Imperium never intended to abandon the Sabbat Worlds, but the attacking force was underestimated from the beginning, and the defenders stood little chance. Some held out for as long as a century, but by 740.M41, the Sabbat Worlds were in the hands of Chaos, and the area was reclassified "unstable/hazardous", and the next year, the Civitas Imperialis was officially suspended, and the sector Governor forced to remove himself from Khan Nobilis to the neighbouring sector.[Needs Citation]

Since this time, a Crusade has been launched to free the Sabbat Worlds from the hands of the Archon, and to reclaim this area for the Golden Throne.[2] Frightening losses have been suffered, and the threat of the Archon's forces has proved to be a true danger to the Imperium of Man, but there is no reason to doubt that the forces of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade will succeed.[Needs Citation]

Known Regions

Known Worlds


Trivia


Notes

  • Note 1: This is the position on the galactic map of Urdesh[10][11], a Forge World located in the Sabbat Worlds.[9a] Given the size of a sector of space relative to the galaxy, it is reasonable to presume that the rest of the Sabbat Worlds would be in roughly the same position as well.

Conflicting sources

  • The short story A Ghost Return claims that the Sabbat Worlds are located near the rimward edge of Segmentum Pacificus.[2] However, the position of Urdesh (a Forge World of the Sabbat Cluster[9a]) is depicted in various sources as being near the coreward edge of the Segmentum.[10][11] It is worth noting, however, that other parts of the Gaunt's Ghosts Novel Series merely say that the Sabbat Worlds are at the "edge" of Segmentum Pacificus, without specifying which edge[5a][8f], so it is possible that the line in A Ghost Return was an error.


See also

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