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Following the Siege of Terra and the death of the Warmaster Horus by the hand of his father the Emperor, the Traitor Legions - the Sons of Horus, Death Guard, Emperor's Children, Thousand Sons, World Eaters, Night Lords, Word Bearers, Iron Warriors and Alpha Legion - are driven from Terra and those regions they captured during the Horus Heresy. In an apocalyptic campaign of vengeance every bit as destructive as the civil war itself, the Traitor Legions splinter and many are driven into the Eye of Terror, where even the Loyalist Legiones Astartes may not follow. Throughout this age of war, the taint of the Warmaster's betrayal is found to have left barely any world untouched and the wars of vengeance and retribution grind on for many centuries, even as the remnants of the Traitor Legions vie for ascendancy within the Eye of Terror.
Following a seventeen-year long siege in which many millions of Imperial Guardsmen and renegade militia are killed, the vital armoury world of Vraks is brought low by daemonic incursion due to the heresy of the Apostate Cardinal Xaphan. Though the Grey Knights succeed in repelling the limitless hosts of the Abyss and closing the warp gates through which they are emerging, the world is irrevocably tainted by the stain of Chaos, poisoned unto death and its planetary arsenals expended throughout the long years of constant, grinding warfare.
The Purge warband lays siege to the beleaguered Tau Sept world of Ke'lshan, which is recovering after a series of invasions by both the Imperium and Hive Fleet Gorgon. Their attempt to corrupt the world's atmosphere, turning it into a corrosive soup that would cleanse the planet of life, are foiled at great cost by Fio'O Sho'Aun, renowned Tau artificer and weaponsmith, whose experimental Remora throne-fighters duel with airborne Blight Drones for control of the skies of Ke'lshan.
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