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The Tyrannic Wars are a series of conflicts fought primarily by the Imperium against Tyranid Hive Fleets, beginning in late M41. Collectively, the Tyrannic Wars have seen a massive mobilization of Imperial forces and is among the highest prioritized conflicts in the Imperium. Deployed primarily to the Eastern Fringe, casualties among Imperial Guard Regiments have been so high that it seems as if the Tyranids are annihilating them faster than they can be deployed.[1] Over the course of the Tyrannic Wars, many minor races have been rendered extinct and thousands of planets have been reduced to lifeless husks.[2]

Tyranid infestation of Drashin.

First Tyrannic War

The First Tyrannic War (745.M41): The Imperium makes first contact with the Tyranid race when Hive Fleet Behemoth invades the Eastern Fringe and annihilates planet Tyran; Behemoth is defeated, though at great cost, by the Ultramarines at the Battle for Macragge.

Second Tyrannic War

The Second Tyrannic War (990-993.M41): Hive Fleet Kraken invades and is, again, narrowly defeated.

Third Tyrannic War

The Third Tyrannic War (997.M41-Present): Hive Fleet Leviathan, invades.

Fourth Tyrannic War

The Fourth Tyrannic War began in M42, when the largest invasion of Leviathan yet after it invaded the Western Reaches of Segmentum Pacificus[3]. This was done by three separate massive tendrils, which the Imperium named Nautilon, Promethor and Grendyllus.[4]

Other notable conflicts against the Tyranids