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The War on Murder was a campaign of the Great Crusade on the world of Murder.[1a]



The war began when the Blood Angels force under Captain Khitas Frome discovered the planet. After landing on the world, the Blood Angels were scattered by artificial storms that blocked communications and subsequently massacred by fierce Xenos creatures dubbed Megarachnids. Captain Frome's last transmission declared "This. World. Is. Murder".[1a]

Later, a company of Emperor's Children under Eidolon arrived in response to the Blood Angels distress call. Soon they too saw themselves scattered by powerful storms and assaulted by the Megarachnids, with Saul Tarvitz discovering that the Megarachnids had impaled the Blood Angels on a tree-like construct for feasting.[1b] After destroying the tree, the storms above them cleared and it became apparent that these constructs were what was responsible for the deadly weather.[1c]

With this new advantage, Horus led the Luna Wolves, Emperor's Children, Legio Mortis, and Imperial Army soldiers against the Megarachnids. Sanguinius leading a contingent of Blood Angels arrived soon after, and the Imperial forces waged a vicious six month extermination campaign against the Megarachnids. The war was fierce, but Garviel Loken at least saw it as "glorious" fight against a worthy enemy and a symbol of the Primarch's military prowess.[1d]

After the war was nearly done, a fleet of Interex ships arrived informing the Imperials that they had put up warnings to stay away from the planet, and Murder had been a quarantine zone set up to contain the Megarachnids.[1d] Imperium forces departed from the Murder to prepare for contact with the new human civilization of Interex.[1d][1e]

Since that war some of the ancient war machines of Adeptus Astartes that became the relics of Space Marines Chapter of the 41st Millennium still bears the honour marking 'I-XL-XX' on their flank in remembering of this bitter conflict.[2]