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The Conquest for Pandora's Box [Campaign Fluff]
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Default The Conquest for Pandora's Box [Campaign Fluff]

It is the 41st Millennium. For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the Master of mankind by the will of the gods, and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the Imperium for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day, so that he may never truly die.

Yet even in his deathless state, the Emperor continues his eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor's will. Vast armies give battle in his name on uncounted worlds. Greatest amongst his soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defence forces, the ever vigilant Inquisition and the tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat from aliens, heretics, mutants - and worse.

To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be re-learned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods.

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Pandora’s Box

Into the 42nd Millennium, the Imperium is beset by all manner of Heretics and Xenos. It is an age where the Imperium needs Heroes to beat back the shadow of Death itself. From the Eye of Terror, spills forth the servants of the Dark Gods who’s only goal is to spread the taints of the Warp. From the cold depths of the void, the Tyranids come in uncountable numbers driven by the will of the Hive Mind to consume all that is organic. Orks are the green plague of the galaxy and their only sole purpose and pleasure is to drown themselves and all those around them in war. Across the Damocles Gulf, an inquisitive and rapidly advancing race call the Tau have found enlightenment and seeks to spread it to those of the ignorant. The Imperial Guard, the primary defense of the Imperium leads endless crusades so the Imperium might endure. But the Imperium is not satisfied with survival. The Imperium seeks out to bring back the glories of their benevolent Emperor’s Great Crusade. To this end, the Imperium has resorted to unorthodox tactics and strategies. One of those tactics is to search for new technology to give the Imperium the upper hand in the war for the galaxy.

Pandora’s Box is very unusual world. The Fabricator Generals of the Adeptus Mechanicus don’t know whether to classify it as a world or a space hulk. It will take centuries for them to come to a conclusion but for whatever reason, Pandora’s Box is a world full of priceless and rare Archeotech and the Adeptus Mechanicus seeks to claim all for their own. Discovered by an Explorator Fleet in 192.M42, Pandora Box’s, commonly called by Veteran Guardsmen accompanying the Explorator Fleet orbits a sun that gives dangerous amounts of solar radiation so much so the ships had to activate their Void Shields. Only when hiding in the shadows of Pandora’s Box and the other worlds can the ships bring down their Void Shields for maintenance. Of all the worlds within the Nakir system, only Pandora’s Box is habitable as there is no natural protection from the intense solar radiation coming from the Nakir’s sun on the other worlds. Sensoriums indicated that Pandora’s Box have extensive underground network of tunnels and bunkers as well as Void Shield Generators to protect them from the solar radiation. But Pandora’s Box is also without its own dangers and traps, seas, lakes and rivers of various toxins and poisons flood the world as well as still functioning macrocannons, defense lasers, lances and other ship-size weapons dots the surface, all ready to fire upon intruders. They are also hearsay of mutants and other otherworldly creatures that stalk beneath the surface of Pandora’s Box. Further scanning also reveals communities of human settlers on Pandora’s Box. One theory says that the inhabitants of Pandora’s Box are descendants of the crew of the various wrecked ships that makes up Pandora’s Box. The Explorator Fleet was about to settle upon the world and setup a base of operations when the Astropaths and Navigators of the fleet sense an explosion of disturbances in the Warp.

A Tyranid Hive Fleet exited the Warp and is making their way towards Pandora’s Box, intent on consuming the vast amount of biomass on Pandora’s Box. Flotillas of Ork Ships bursts out of the Immaterium to bring war and to make Pandora’s Box their own. The greatest servants of the Dark Gods, Chaos Space Marines claws their way out of the Empyrean and have found Pandora’s Box a most interesting of worlds and they sought to please their dark masters with the deliverance of the hulk world into their clawed hands. A Tau Fleet skims out of the Sea of Souls to explore and recover the ancient technologies of old to further their plan for the Greater Good. It is as if Fate is conspiring against the Explorator Fleet’s Archmagos when the 4 factions simultaneously appeared. In response, an astropathic message was sent out for aid. Fortune smiled and the message was not answer by one but two Space Marine companies, the Emperor's own champions. It will be a battle of epic proportions and none can be certain of who will come out as the victor but all know that war and death will follow in their wake.
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