Recently Zzzzz of Devos IV fame did a post summarising the Liberation Campaign so far. It was a very enjoyable read (as always), and it got me thinking about my own fluff. A lot of mine is written in an 'in universe' style, which makes it very biased. Also, there is a large amount of fluff written which means it's difficult to just dip in and get a feel for the army. To remedy this, I'm going to write few introductory posts and talk a little bit about who the Palladian Guard are. Today, I'll talk about the Palladian Sector and the ongoing campaign on the moon of Edethor Luna.
The Palladian Sector
Palladia is a restive three-world solar system of hive worlds, very close to Cadia. Usually the 27 regiments that make up the Palladian Guard (about 300,000 men) carry out garrison and police duties, although recently they have been attached to Crusades and deployed on Cadia and Devos IV, outside their system.
The manufactories on the hive-worlds of Palladia itself are pretty inconsequential, but the mining moons provide vital ores for other industry centres. They are populated by ethnic Cadian mining communities, ‘transported’ millennia ago from Cadia as part of a forced colonisation program. The laborious, dangerous work coupled with some very snobbish (bordering on sectarian) behaviour by the arrogant Palladians make them hotbeds of unrest, receptive to Chaotic and revolutionary propaganda. Despite a few famous battles on Cadia, the endless insurgencies on the Palladian moons are where most regiments find themselves.
The Current Situation
Palladium I is the civ-world capital of the sector. It houses the local ‘Imperial Senate’, the Governor-for-Life, and the richest Palladians. It has only one moon, known as Edethor Luna. About the same time the Black Crusade launched itself on Cadia, the common low-level uprisings became more frequent, co-ordinated and violent. Local Palladian overseers have been brutally lynched on mass by bands of marauding miners, and even more crucially, the supply of trioxide ores has ceased. Segmentum Command hasn’t a single man to spare, and the Palladians are expected to put down this distracting revolt immediately. There is a lot of pressure from senior officials on the commanders to get this done quickly.
Unfortunately, the Palladians are not the most subtle soldiers, especially when dealing with rebellious Cadian miners. Widespread summary executions, looting, mass rape, arson and all manner of other such odious activities have brutalised this conflict rapidly and the rebels have responded in kind. Just as the Inquisition’s tentacles have begun to touch the edge of this conflict, there seems to be some sort of unified force behind the rebels. They are stronger and better led, and there is a greater proliferation of Chaotic slogans and emblems this time. Elements of II. Battalion, 1 (Praetorian) Regiment came across Adeptus Astartes marines of the recently-defected Blades of Fire Chapter. Brutal counterinsurgency warfare is evolving into a pitched war on a strategic moon, just behind Cadia at a time when she is locked in a death struggle with Abaddon’s armies…
As you can see this links very closely with Coldsteel Dan's Blades of Fire chaps, since they're my most common opponent, although it's fluid enough to justify fighting almost anybody. Me and Dan have got a game coming up fairly soon, so stand by for that...
Thanks for reading,