The Tzinkvalan Campaign
Planetary Datafax: KVARJA
System Reference: Principle satellite moon of the Tzinkvala ice planet, designated ‘Kvarja’. Atlas Stellarum Darion; sub index Persyon, M38 reference.
Tithe Grade: Exactus - [Non] (With few natural resources and the constant threat of meteor impact, Kvarja’s single Adeptus outpost has been exempt from planetary tithes since its establishment in 614.M39.)
Geography/Demography: Kvarja is a dense world less than one tenth the size of Holy Terra that nonetheless maintains a semi-regular orbit within the ice rings of the planet Tzinkvala in the Persyon subsector. Light from the parent star, coupled with Kvarja’s irregular orbit, and the proximity of Tzinkvala means that Kvarja’s days and nights often last upwards of several standard weeks casting temperatures wildly from sub-freezing to the lowest limits of human survivability. Constant threat of impact from captured ice, rock, and other debris renders Kvarja’s surface a shattered wasteland of craters, and powerful winds carry particulate, crystalline dust that renders surface visibility practically nil.
Only a single structure was ever erected on Kvarja’s surface, that of an armored and shielded observatory, designated ‘Station Epsilon‘. Casting its gaze star-wards, the powerful magniscopes and analysis gear within Station Epsilon has served the Adeptus Mechanicus as a research station for well over two millennia. Moreover, the Inquisition has used Kvarja’s only asset as a monitor for the entire Persyon subsector and, in particular of late, as a way of tracking the movements of Tau stellar war craft throughout the region.
Never has population been a priority for Kvarja and, being a Mechanicus stronghold, its ‘citizens’ are mostly manufactured or else replaced from the near limitless supply of menial mono-tasked servants found throughout the slums of the Omari Forgeworld.
Governmental Type: Adeptus Mechanicus
Lunar Governor: Arch-Magos Atillas Bruun
Adept Presence: Less than 100 personnel - Adeptus Mechanicus/Chthonic, Adeptus Mechanicus/Technomantic, myriad lesser strata; servitor presence - menial, labor, and defense - significantly outnumbers their masters.
Military: No significant Imperial Guard or Naval presence. Defensive servitors number less than a cohort equivalent. Departmento records show ‘Station Epsilon’ capable of landing and billeting only a single company of Guard, sans armor and support, although at no time in its 2,178 year history has this action ever been documented.
+++Inquisitorial Addendum: Code Vermillion+++
Fortress-Observatory ‘Station Epsilon’ considered priority one asset. Loss of this installation would put a considerable dent in Battlefleet Darion’s ability to track and counter Tau expansionist tendencies. All personnel save principle Magos (++cross ref/168764/Nerfler Cogis/Maximus: Magos Castillo Agata/Chthonic; Arch-Magos Atillas Bruun/Biologis; Magos Snyya Duril/Technomancer; priority++), and/or data stack, and/or hard-wired Astropathic drone Klytho, considered expendable to hold or recapture this facility.
+++Referential decree: The Eyes of the Emperor Stare Unblinking, His Enemies are Right to Cower+++
+++Deathwatch Addendum: Code Omega+++
Fortress-Observatory ‘Station Epsilon’ status /Tainted/++Datacore and principle Magos rescued or retrieved 017.M42 by Deathwatch Team Aleph. Although station currently inert, a single Skitarii Phalanx (++cross ref.Omari Edict ALX70/Turhkon Suppression Forces++) occupies the facility. Efforts underway to cleanse and re-consecrate the almighty machine spirit within. Analysis of retrieved datacore suggests imminent Tau invasion of parent world (++ref.Tzinkvala Hive world++). Task Force Octavian (++TF Octavian composition+ elements of Heralds 4th company, allied Black Templars, and 7 divisions Errsian Storm Brigade++) enroute. Estimated arrival: 6 months.
+++We Will Prevail: May the Emperor Guide Them to Victory+++
Planetary Datafax: TZINKVALA
System Reference: Fourth planet from the star VGC6-81, in the Gorgi system, designated Tzinkvala, Ice Planet. Atlas Stellarum Astero (Darion); sub index Persyon, M35 reference.
Population: Approximately 575 million
Tithe Grade: Exactus Median (Since the end of Ecclesiarchal rule in Darion [++cross ref/176001/Nerfler Cogis/Minimal: Age of Apostacy; Astero Sector; Bishop of Dianna++] Tzinkvala has been largely isolated. Although its many sub-oceanic hive cities still produce in massive quantities, these goods are mostly distributed locally to fuel algal and plankton harvesting. Principle exports from Tzinkvala include foodstuffs, fresh water, extreme-environment survival suits, and machine components, as well as significant Militant tithes currently to the Omari ‘Martian Crusade’. With the threat of invasion imminent however, these Regiments have been semi-permanently stationed to Tzinkvala proper and, although officially designated ‘Infantry Only’, currently include thousands of locally fabricated submersible craft and armored walkers.)
Geography/Demography: Tzinkvala is a ringed Iceworld in the proximity of the ‘Basket Belt’ - a string of worlds in the Persyon subsector that largely provide food and goods to the majority of Imperial citizens in the Darion sector. Tzinkvala itself is largely liquid water with a massive layer of kilometers-thick ice at its surface. Surface conditions are unsuitable for human survival although a few scattered and heavily insulated ‘encampments’ do exist there. Largely these outposts are manned only by servitors and specially modified tech adepts. However, these frozen stations are vital to Tzinkvala’s continued existence for it is here that atmospheric gases are recycled and goods from below or off world are transferred.
Beneath the massive glacial flows, and tenuously connected to the surface via long, insulated tunnels, are Tzinkvala’s hive cities. Each hive is a collection of multi-tiered and encapsulated habitats or manufactorums; its teeming citizenry ply their trade within the labyrinthine gangways and frozen passages. An intricate mag-line traverses the under-ice, connecting the many isolated cities. Every section of each city-hive also maintains and operates its own submarine facility for commerce, harvesting, and travel.
Deep beneath the suffocated waves of this world lurk vast Cephalonic predators, feeding on the virtually limitless variety of chemo- and zooplankton species this world has to offer.
Like any world of this complexity Tzinkvala is home to myriad strata of Adepta. However, due to its unique isolation, Tzinkvala has suffered little in the 6,481 years since colonization. Tzinkvalans know a peace and prosperity, even a safety, unlike any other citizen of the Imperium in the Darion sector. Although they risk drowning if a seal fails, or freezing to death if their environments degrade or their equipment malfunctions, even the prospect of death in the tentacled clutches of some alien predator does little to dampen the mood of these fiercely independent people.
To this end, the Tzinkvalans are loathe to trust outsiders and Ecclesiarchal, Arbites, and Inquisitorial forces have each in succession learned this at their peril. Now this ice world is threatened from Outside and as the forces of the Tau Empire close in upon them Tzinkvalans are more determined than ever to defend their homes.
Governmental Type: Imperial Oligarchy; Semi-Autonomous Hive-Citystates
Planetary Governor: Lord-Elector Kuchinku Jagdiri
Adept Presence: Myriad Adeptus Administratum; Minor Presence: Adeptus Ministorum, Adeptus Mechanicus, Adeptus Arbites. Totaling less than 10% of the population’s total make-up.
Military: PDF comprised of 150,000 standing troops - all professional volunteers, well-equipped with local manufacture harsh-environment survival gear and imported las-weapons of primarily Turhkon manufacture [++ref.Tech-heresy/Omari Edict ALX17/Turhkon Suppression++]. Steady replacements from Omari have officially phased out use of Turhkon designs, but many veteran units still use their old weapons [++addendum status: classification High/High++].
Recent Regimental tithing has increased the standing military force on Tzinkvala by nearly 3 million fighting men and women, although these new recruits are primarily conscripts and lack both the superior training and weapons of the indigenous PDF. Status (Low/Average).
Locally manufactured service/maintenance walkers and harvest submersibles have either been converted or modified (++priority reference: Magos Augustine/Extremis: Heretek, [EXPUNGED]++).
+++Inquisitorial Addendum: Code Gamma/All Eyes+++
The high presence of Turhkon technology on this world renders all echelons of military command suspect. Should news of the ‘Martian Crusade’ (++reference: Omari Forgeworld, Magos Augustine/Evidenum; cross ref. Heralds Space Marine Chapter, Dario++) reach Tzinkvala, agents are authorized to implement Operation Stalker (++cross ref. [OMITTED], Assassinorium Agents in place: [OMITTED])
+++Tzinkvala Must Remain in Imperial Hands, Let Neither Heresy nor Xenos Trespass: Never Falter in Thy Duty, For Even the Mightiest May Yet be Brought Low by the God-Emperor’s Merciless Hand+++
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