Warhammer 40,000
Galaxy in Flames: Fate of Konor

Timeline

Throughout the ages of Mankind, there have been many cataclysmic events of such magnitude that the human race has been brought to its knees. Ork Waaaghs! have threatened Holy Terra itself before being defeated, Space Marine Chapters have been destroyed only to be restored to glory thousands of years later, and entire sectors have been overthrown by xenos and daemonic threats only to be reclaimed in the Emperor’s name. Many times has the Imperium suffered a blow thought dolorous and yet recovered. Each time, the storied histories have been lost, corrupted or rewritten by the victors of great campaigns. This leaves the majority of the Imperium’s people unaware of the galaxy-spanning wars that have been fought to secure their humble place amongst the stars.

The Historitors of the Adeptus Administratum seek, gather and dutifully collect the history of each planet within the Imperium. Once, perhaps, this was done with purpose. Now, however, it is most often an indiscriminate compilation of data, a process where scribes unthinkingly copy content onto scrolls, preserving complete records in constant fear of missing a single inconsequential letter. The ability, or even desire, to translate what these facts mean in any larger sense is almost entirely absent, found only in a few individuals who are eyed suspiciously, or perhaps punished for their enthusiasm.

The largest and most complete collection exists beneath the surface of Terra. There, the colossal under-halls stretch out of sight – endless vistas of datascrolls tower upwards like mountains. With flickering candlelight provided by floating servo-skulls, long processions of curators, scriveners, and ciphers wind through the valleys, attempting to illuminate that which was. Over the years, there have been many adjustments, by revisionists from the Adeptus Ministorum, the Inquisition and some say the High Lords of Terra themselves.

The Ages of Mankind

M1 – M15: Age of Terra

M1 – M15: Age of Terra

Little is known of this period save that Mankind had begun taking its first forays into space. Mars became the first planet to be terraformed when it was settled by industrial cartels. The red planet soon became synonymous with technical expertise and scientific advancement. Colonies had to be self-sufficient, as many were isolated from Terra by long, dangerous journeys.

M15 – M25: Age of Technology

M15 – M25: Age of Technology

This era is referred to as the ‘Dark Age of Technology’ so often that its original title might seem incomplete. There are few reliable records and even they seem to contradict themselves with regularity. What is known is that from roughly M18 onwards, Mankind discovered the Warp and how to enter it. Slowly, through many disasters, Humanity learned to use the Warp to make faster than light journeys out of their own star system. During this time, the first alien races were encountered.

M25 – M30: Age of Strife

M25 – M30: Age of Strife

Marked by terrible wars and massive invasions that tore Humanity apart, this age was a time of collapse. Warp storms of unprecedented ferocity isolated Mankind’s colonies. The great distances prevented contact with other colonised planets, and those who remained in communication often became embroiled in internal battles for control.

M30: The Great Crusade

M30: The Great Crusade

The Emperor emerges from the anarchy of sundered Terra and leads the campaign to reunite Mankind. The Great Crusade is spearheaded by the newly formed Space Marine Legions, who are armed by the recently allied factories of Mars. Battles unnumbered are fought and the Space Marines, supported by the new Imperial Army, prove unstoppable. Aliens and Warp creatures are driven back, planets are reclaimed and the missing Primarchs are found.

M31: The Horus Heresy

M31: The Horus Heresy

The Emperor’s most trusted servant, the Warmaster Horus, turns traitor. With half of the Space Marine Legions, many Titan Legions and an untold number of formations from the Imperial Army, Horus makes for Terra, aiming to take the Emperor’s place as ruler of Mankind. It is a bitter civil war; across space and upon many planets, brother fights brother. Immortalised by many legends the Battle of Terra and Siege of the Imperial Palace mark the epic finale of the Heresy, with countless heroic actions and notorious deeds. In the end, Horus is slain, but not before the Emperor is mortally wounded, forcing him to retire for evermore to the life-sustaining Golden Throne.

M31: Second Founding

M31: Second Founding

In the midst of the Scouring campaign, the remaining loyal Space Marine Legions are disbanded to form the far smaller 1000-man organisations known as Chapters. A portion of the Space Marines maintain their parent Legions’ original names, badges and colours while the remaining Chapters take on new names and heraldry. The majority of these Second Founding Chapters still serve the Imperium today.

M32: Rise of the Adeptus Ministorum

M32: Rise of the Adeptus Ministorum

The Emperor, always an object of veneration, only increases his following after being joined to the Golden Throne. Many Imperial cults arise over the following centuries, the majority of which are united into a larger body known as the Ecclesiarchy. This powerful body gains momentum until, in the thirty-second millennium, it is granted the status of official religion of the Imperium and the title of Adeptus Ministorum. It is only a few centuries later that Ecclesiarch Veneris II receives a seat amongst the High Lords of Terra, and after 300 years, the seat reserved for the Ecclesiarch is made permanent.

M32: The Beast Arises

M32: The Beast Arises

The Orks rampage across the Imperium on a massive scale. The number of attacks grow until it becomes the greatest greenskin invasion that the galaxy has ever known, eclipsing even the one defeated by Horus upon the world of Ullanor, which earned him the title of Warmaster. Nothing is safe from the Orks’ primal desire to conquer the galaxy, and their widespread advances are only halted when the Imperium resorts to the most extreme of measures, at great cost to the Adeptus Astartes.

M34-M35: The Nova Terra Interregnum

M34-M35: The Nova Terra Interregnum

The time of the twin Empires. The Ur-council of Nova Terra denounces the High Lords of Terra and claims rule of the Segmentum Pacificus. For nine centuries the Imperium becomes a realm split in twain. The Age is marked by ongoing civil wars for reunification and disputes over old trade terms, tithes and wavering allegiances.

M36: Age of Apostasy

M36: Age of Apostasy

Following the Nova Terra Interregnum, a new age of dissent and power struggles erupted. It included both the Reign of Blood – a struggle between the ruling Ecclesiarch and the other High Lords of Terra – and the Plague of Unbelief – a galaxy-wide uprising of corrupt demagogues. Only during the Horus Heresy had more blood been shed in internal strife.

M37-41: The Age of Redemption

M37-41: The Age of Redemption

The sins of apostasy were purged in blood, including a systematic culling commanded by the High Lords of Terra. The Imperial Cult spread as never before, leading to the burning of heretics on hundreds of thousands of planets. Uncounted crusades of faith were launched, depleting both Imperial Guard regiments and Space Marine Chapters. Perhaps the most infamous example was early in the period, when the judgement of Saint Basillius found thirty Space Marine Chapters wanting in faith. The guilty were given the choice of instant death, or embarking on a crusade into the Eye of Terror. All chose the latter mission.

M41: The Time of Ending

M41: The Time of Ending

Taggarth, the Seer of Corrinto, proclaims the approach of the End Times. He prophesies a time of unprecedented upheaval, in which even the light of the Emperor is swallowed in darkness. Though Taggarth is swiftly executed for heresy, his message of doom echoes across the galaxy. These are the last days of the Imperium, but whether glorious apotheosis or eternal damnation awaits, none can say...

M41: The Great Devourer

M41: The Great Devourer

The Tyranids enter the galaxy and the Tyrannic Wars begin. Hive Fleet Behemoth destroys the Tyran and Thandros systems. Later that year, the alien horde descends upon the Realm of Ultramar. As Macragge itself falls under the shadow of the merciless swarm, the Ultramarines fight to defend their homeworld. Marneus Calgar is gravely wounded by the horror known as the Swarmlord, and the Ultramarines’ 1st Company are slain to the last man, but their sacrifice buys time for two Imperial battlefleets to converge upon Macragge and finally end the Behemoth’s threat.

M41: Rise of the Ancients

M41: Rise of the Ancients

Eldar from Craftworld Ulthwé destroy an Explorator fleet above the dead world of Maedrax, but not before several probes have been released and a distress hymnal despatched. Some months later, the Blood Angels’ 3rd Company arrives to investigate the fleet’s disappearance and becomes embroiled in the ongoing war between Ulthwé’s forces and the Necrons that the Explorators inadvertently awoke on Maedrax’s surface.

M41: Second War for Armageddon

M41: Second War for Armageddon

Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka looses a vast Waaagh! that, after much rampaging, meets its match upon Armageddon, a planet vitally important to the Imperium. The Orks are defeated only by the stubbornness of its inhabitants, the combined might of three Space Marine Chapters and the legendary heroics of Commissar Yarrick. Ghazghkull escapes and vows to return one day.

M41: The Damnos Incident

M41: The Damnos Incident

Beneath the arctic chill of Damnos’ surface, a Necron tomb awakens. Before the year is out, Damnos’ vast manufactorum cities are in ruins, and the planetary capital of Kellenport is under siege. Under the Command of Captain Sicarius and Chief Librarian Tigurius, the Ultramarines Strike Cruiser Valin’s Revenge arrives during the final assault on Kellenport.

M41: Fall of Rynn’s World

M41: Fall of Rynn’s World

Waaagh! Snagrod rampages across the Loki sector, culminating in an assault on Rynn’s World that leaves the Crimson Fists Chapter nearly wiped out. Though the Orks are finally driven off Rynn’s World, Chapter Master Pedro Kantor declines the opportunity for pursuit, instead throwing his efforts into rebuilding the Crimson Fists to their former glory. Snagrod himself escapes, and proceeds to wreak further havoc across the sector.

M41: Leviathan Wakes

M41: Leviathan Wakes

The twin tendrils of Hive Fleet Leviathan strike at the underbelly of the Imperium, cutting a swathe of destruction through Segmentums Tempestus, Ultima and Solar, beginning the Third Tyrannic War. From Macragge to Ultima Macharia, the forces of the Imperium hurry to confront this new threat, leaving many sectors open to attack by other enemies.

M41: Audacious Expansion

M41: Audacious Expansion

The small but growing Tau Empire begins a third phase of expansion. They seize half a dozen more Imperial worlds on the Eastern Fringe and several more bow willingly before the Greater Good.

M41: Chaos Rising

M41: Chaos Rising

Tech-Priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus discover growing failures in the mechanisms of the Golden Throne. They are deemed beyond any current ability to repair. The light of the Astronomican grows dimmer, and a ripple of psychic activity passes through the Imperium, awakening the dormant powers of countless latent psykers. The resulting backlash creates innumerable Warp rifts and a thousand worlds are lost to daemonic incursions. Meanwhile, in the twisted space known as the Eye of Terror, one of the Imperium’s oldest foes prepares to launch a war to end all wars.

M41: War in the Damocles Gulf

M41: War in the Damocles Gulf

The bloody campaigns in the Damocles Gulf on the Eastern Fringe saw the might of the Tau Empire set against the Imperium of Man. Already hard-pressed by dozens of other incursions and ongoing subjugations, the Imperium was forced to act against the Tau as the warriors of that fledgling empire attempted to seize vulnerable worlds for their ‘Greater Good’. The war has suffered several lulls and escalations and shows no sign of relenting.

M41: The 13th Black Crusade

M41: The 13th Black Crusade

Warmaster Abaddon launches his 13th Black Crusade. The armies of Chaos invade Cadia and many surrounding worlds. The attacking forces consist of those traitors from the darkest of times. Always in the vanguard are the Black Legion, followed by the Death Guard, World Eaters, Alpha Legion, Thousand Sons, Night Lords and others from the annals of blackest days. Before them run infected, plague-ridden cultists, and traitorous scum in numbers too great to count. Behind them march hosts of Daemons led by towering Daemon Princes, and other Warp creatures eager for mortal flesh. Astropaths everywhere cringe to open their minds to receive messages, for the Warp rings with mind-splitting sound of the myriad tears ripping open the barrier between the physical world and the Immaterium. The fortress world of Cadia, lynchpin of the Cadian Gate's defence falls. Though reinforcements continue to arrive for both sides, Imperial forces begin a great exodus while battle still rage throughout the sector.

M41: Baal’s Darkest Hour

M41: Baal’s Darkest Hour

The Blood Angels are tested as never before. A tendril of Hive Fleet Leviathan is judged to be on a direct course for Baal. Worse, the dread Bloodthirster Ka’Bandha returns from the darkness of the Warp with a Daemon army at his command, his first blow striking against Ammonai, outermost planet of the Baal system. Faced with a terrible war on at least two fronts, Dante makes swift preparation, uniting many Imperial and non-human worlds under the banner of survival. Even some former foes can be counted in Dante’s alliance, though whether or not they can be entirely trusted is another matter.

M41: The Gathering Storm

M41: The Gathering Storm

The combined trauma on reality caused by the cataclysmic events of Abaddon's 13th Black Crusade, the arrival of the Planet of the Sorcerers, the birth of the Aeldari god of the dead, and the return of Roboute Guilliman resulted in galaxy wide warp storms which created havoc on a scale unseen since the turmoil of the Horus Heresy.