Battle of Skalathrax

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The Battle of Skalathrax
Date M31
Scale Planetary
Theatre Eye of Terror Legion Wars
Status Strategic Khârn victory.
Khârn World Eaters and Emperor's Children legions
Commanders and Leaders
Khârn Dreagher, Hans Kho'ren, Kargos the Bloodspitter, Solax, Drask, and more
1 very angry man Unknown number of Legionnaires
A ton of promethium + Whatever remained of Khârn's sanity Too Damn High
Both Legions were mostly shattered into warbands by Khârn's hand. In other words, Khârn won.

"You wish to see a unified Twelfth Legion, yes?"
"More than anything."

– Captain Khârn and Captain Dreagher, right before Battle of Skalathrax.

"Nothing unifies like war."

– Captain Dreagher, making quite possibly the most stupid prediction in Warhammer history.

"Warriors of the Twelfth Legion. This is Khârn. We are the Twelfth Legion. We are the sons of Angron. Our fate is not to dwindle, to be slowly snuffed out in the darkness, alone and divided. Our fate is to live and die as one Legion. I say we take this world that the Third Legion claims as their own. I say we descend on it and take the skull of every Third Legion whoreson who would stand against us. I claim this world in the name of Twelfth Legion, and I name it… Skalathrax."

Khârn, who proceeded to make the members of his Legion die together much quicker than they probably were expecting

The Battle of Skalathrax is a fairly simple equation: World Eaters + Emperor's Children + sub-zero weather + limited shelter + Khârn + flamer = two broken Chaos Space Marine Legions.

Both legions were on the retreat from Terra during the Scouring; the Emperor's Children had largely kept together while the World Eaters were barely keeping themselves from destroying each other. Along the edge of a warp storm, the World Eaters found a planet - Skalathrax - that was in a pocket of normal space, a safe bastion to fortify, regroup, and rearm the legion. However, the Emperor's Children also found it at the same time. Negotiations went predictably south after Kharn insulted the Emperor's Children representative for a bit and then prompted Captain Dreagher to shoot him in the head and the two legions started duking it out. They were on the planet when it started hitting sub-zero weather that was too much for even Space Marines in Power Armour, not to mention one legion who considers any sensation pleasurable and another legion filled with psychotic berserkers. When the World Eaters decided to take a break from the slaughter, Khârn, Captain of the 8th Assault Company and equerry to Primarch Angron, was furious with his fellow battle-brothers over quitting the field. So Khârn decided to do something about it. Grabbing a flamer, Khârn rampaged around the broken city the World Eaters and Emperor's Children were fighting in, burning every building that could house people and killing everything he found. With the number of shelters dwindling, the World Eaters and the Emperor's Children were forced to fight each other for the remaining shelters left. By the time the night was over, both Legions were effectively broken into dozens of marauding warbands.


With the splitting of both legions, the warbands were forced to sell their services as shock troopers for Abaddon or whatever Chaos Lord would put up with them (and trust us, the World Eaters and Emperor's Children are people you don't want to be near). For his part, Fulgrim was content to allow the Emperor's Children to split and the Emperor's Children now roam the Eye of Terror, looking for the Pleasure Planet that Fulgrim has been given rule over. Angron, however, was royally pissed off (well, more than usual) and spent several millennia trying to put the World Eaters back together. He finally succeeded with the Dominion of Fire, gathering 50,000 World Eaters (the largest such gathering since Skalathrax) and rampaging across Imperial space, capturing over 70 sectors in two centuries before the Imperium got its act together and gathered enough Baneblades, Space Marine Chapters and Titan Legions to retaliate. Still, it took 3 millennia for the loyalists to reclaim 90% of the lost territories. Keep in mind that each sector is roughly 200 cubic lightyears and the galaxy is 170-200 000 lightyears in diameter, and that "conquered" sectors probably were more "brutally savaged" rather than actually held in the traditional sense. As for Khârn himself, Skalathrax is where he earned his legendary epithet "the Betrayer", and now roams the galaxy killing everything that comes his way except Abaddon for some reason. He is still a pretty swell guy.

A little bit of crunch[edit]

In 7th edition, a weapon you could take for your Chaos marines was the Burning Brand of Skalathrax, yes, exactly the flamer that Khârn so delightfully used. It was an AP 3 Torrent flamer with Soul Blaze, meaning it was tailor-made for killing marines in droves, just like it happened in "real life".

Timeline of Warhammer 40,000
The Times of Old Wars of Secession - War in Heaven (60.000.000 BC) - Fall of the Eldar (M30)
Pre-Heresy Age of Terra (M1-M15) - Dark Age of Technology (M15-M25) - Age of Strife (M25-M30)
Great Crusade (Late M30-005.M31) Unification Wars - The Last Church - Rangdan Xenocides - Interex - Gardinaal - Faash - Council of Nikaea
Horus Heresy (005.M31-014.M31) Battle of Isstvan III - The Burning of Prospero - Battle of the Alaxxes Nebula - Drop Site Massacre - Thramas Crusade
The Battle of Phall - Battle of Calth - Signus Campaign - Imperium Secundus - Battle of Trisolian - Siege of Terra
Time of Rebirth (015.M31-M32) The Great Scouring (~015.M31) - Start of The Long War (M31) - The Legion Wars (M31) - The Battle of Skalathrax (M31)
The Battle of Harmony (M31) - Creation of the Codex Astartes (M31) - Second Founding (021.M31) - Battle of Thessala (121.M31)
The Forging (M32-M34) The War of The Beast (544.M32-546.M32) - The Beheading (546.M32) - The War of the False Primarch (780.M33-860.M33)
Nova Terra Interregnum (M34-M36) 21st Founding (M36)
Age of Apostasy (M36) Plague of Unbelief (310.M36)
Age of Redemption (M37-Early M38) Abyssal Crusade (321.M37-121.M38)
The Waning (Early M38- Early M41) Gothic War (143-151.M41) - The Macharian Crusade (392-399.M41) - The Macharian Heresy (400-470.M41)
Wars for Armageddon (444.M41, 941.M41 and 991.M41) - Damocles Crusade (742.M41)
Time of Ending (Early M41-999.M41) The Vaxi Atrocity (731.M41) - First Tyrannic War (745-746.M41) - Sabbat Worlds Crusade (755.M41-780.M41) - Siege of Vraks (813.M41-830.M41)
Massacre at Sanctuary 101 (897.M41) - Badab War (901-912.M41) - The Vaxhallian Genocide (926.M41) - Second Tyrannic War (990.M41-993.M41)
Orphean War (991.M41-Ongoing) - Third Tyrannic War (997.M41-999.M41) - Taros Campaign (998.M41) - Fall of Shadowbrink (998.M41)
Octarius War (999.M41-Ongoing) - Conquest of Uttu Prime (Late M41) - Devastation of Baal (999.M41) - 13th Black Crusade (999.M41-M42)
Age of the Dark Imperium (000.M42-Ongoing) Ultima Founding (999.M41-012.M42) - Indomitus Crusade (999.M41-Ongoing, first phase ended on 012.M42)
War of Beasts (001.M42-025.M42) - Plague Wars (~012.M42) - Psychic Awakening (M42)