“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
-Philosopher Socrates, Terra, Mediterrenia pre M.1
++ 923 M30. - Pallas, Styrax system, Halo Stars
Pallas, a planet empty of inhabitants in the lifeless Styrax system. Both poles of the planet consist of outstretched kneedeep oceans which merge to vast swamplands. The middle third of the planet around the equator is a red desert of terracotta colored stones and clay earth. Apart from brown and yellow hassocks and moss and little amphibians and reptiles there is no noticable fauna or flora on Pallas.
Pallas would be a planet of no intrest, rightly forgotten if it wasn't for one thing: In ancient times, Pallas was home to unknown inhabitants. There is not much left of this culture which is visible on the surface apart from four strongholds, built on both poles and on two opposite points on the equator. And even those don't deserve the name "stronghold"; Vast but shallow trenchsystems criss crossed by humble ruinous walls. But the thing that makes Pallas noticeable lies below these ancient ruines. Libraries which stretch near endless in the pitch black depths of the planet host billions of books, scrolls and ancient machinery. A complcated system of bookshelves and stairs in caverns many hundred meteres deep.
After the planet was discovered by the 289 Expeditionary Fleet which consisted mainly of elements of the VII and X legion, a small delegation of techpriests and scholars was left behind with the impossible task of uncovering the secrets held in those libraries.
This was in 923 M30. Before the Syrax system was forgotten by most of the Imperium.
++ 010 M31. - Pallas, Styrax system, Halo Stars
In 010. M31, the lifeless and forgotten Styrax System was hideout of two ships; The Knight of the Grail, an VII legion Battlecruiser which stranded near the system after jumping from the Phall engagement and the Samotraki, a World Eaters scout cruiser which traveled the most outher rim of the galaxy for the past three and a half decades before following the call to the Istvaan System. When they arrived at Istvaan V in 008. M31 were confronted with the treachery of their legion they revoked their oaths of loyalty to the XII legion. They striked at multiple IV Legion prison camps and freed a hand full of survivors of the X, XVIII and XIX. They fled to the Styrax System and met the Knight of the Grail. Together the two ships ambushed traitor scout vessels around the system.
But in 010 M31. a host of 9 ships of the XIV and XVI Legion arrived at the system and their objective was clear; the knowledge contained in the libraries of Pallas. Not able to confront the strike force in an ship to ship engagement the Samotraki and the Knight deployed all of their Legionary contingent on Pallas and retreated from the system to avoid destruction. The loyalists entrenched in the ancient strongholds and waited for their foe to arrive. 523 Loyalists against a host of 7500 members of the Sons of Horus and Death Guard.
The battle for Pallas had began.
In the attempt to stop me from spaming my own Sons of Horus Thread with offtopic legionarys I thought of a way to feature them otherwise. At first I thought of general "Horus Heresy models" thread but I decided to pack it all up in one lore project.
Edited by spex, 18 March 2016 - 10:18 PM.