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Siege of Barbarus
Conflict Horus Heresy
Date 013.M31
Location Barbarus/Barbarus System
Outcome Imperial victory
Imperium Traitors
Primarch Lion El'Jonson
Primarch Leman Russ
Captain Stenius
Captain Farith Redloss
Wolf Lord Joryn Wolfhowl
Vigilator Lansa K'ann
Centurion Leofric
Castellan-Praetor Vrokhorn
Captain Arbras Haax
Elements from the Dark Angels, Raven Guard, and Space Wolves Death Guard garrison, including the 84th Company
Small Sons of Horus, Iron Warriors and Dark Mechanicum forces
Unknown Unknown, presumably all destroyed

The Siege of Barbarus occurred during the Horus Heresy in 013.M31, when the vengeful Dark Angels and their allies invaded the Death Guard's Homeworld, Barbarus.[1a]


The Primarch Lion El'Jonson had overall command and the Invincible Reason spearheaded the attack into the Barbarus System. The vast armada of Loyalist forces then obliterated the few Death Guard warships defending the System, along with its defense platforms and finally Barbarus' Orbital Stations. With the world's defenses now gone, the Dark Angels began the invasion of the Death Guard's Homeworld. Among the Imperial forces that accompanied the them, were the Raven Guard and the Space Wolves, who were led by the Legion's Primarch Leman Russ. Meanwhile the Death Guard were aided by forces from their allies, such as the Sons of Horus elite under Captain Arbras Haax[1a], which consisted of several Companies[1b]. Groups of Iron Warriors fleeing the ruination of Luth Tyre[1a] and Tallarn[1b] had also sought refuge on Barbarus beforehand, along with the Dark Mechanicum forces that served them.[1a][1b]

As the Loyalists began their invasion, however, swarms of the Death Guard's Stormbirds and Thunderhawks launched to stop them. This was a desperate attempt to give their forces on Barbarus more time to prepare, but the aircraft were swiftly shot down by the Raven Guard's massed formations of Interceptor craft. By then, the Death Guard and their allies were sheltering behind multiple layers of Void Shielded defenses, as the wrath of two Primarchs and three Legions landed upon the surface of Barbarus. The Loyalists would face stiff resistance during the invasion, though, particularly from the Iron Warriors who made them pay a heavy price before the end.[1a]

Around the time of the Siege of Terra, the Invincible Reason under the command of Stenius would eventually destroy Barbarus from orbit with Cyclonic Torpedoes.[2]

See also


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