Battle of the Alaxxes Nebula
|The Battle of the Alaxxes Nebula|
|Status||Pyrrhic Imperial victory|
|Alpha Legion||Space Wolves, Dark Angels|
|Commanders and Leaders|
|Alpharius, Omegon||Leman Russ|
|Bulk of Legion fleet||Bulk of Legion fleet, 1 Dark Angels Starfort|
|Crippled the Space Wolves, limiting their role the Heresy to harassers.|
As the Space Wolf fleet departed Prospero to (metaphorically and literally) lick their wounds after the battle, they were ambushed by an Alpha Legion fleet. Russ, immediately noting that his fleet was drastically outmatched, beat an immediate retreat to the nearby Alaxxes Nebula where his fleet would not be cut to pieces in short order. He then began attempting to figure out what the hell was going on and who was on whose side.
Russ called up Jaghatai Khan in an attempt to get the White Scars' fleet to come to his aid, but the Khan was suspicious, having recently received a message from Horus that the Wolves had gone rogue and rebelled. Rather than intervene on either side, the Scars set out to find the truth for themselves.
With no other forces around, Russ fell into despair, believing that defeat was imminent, and retreated to his chambers to ponder things. With his primarch in an emo mood, First Captain Gunnar Gunnhilt took command and decided to attempt a desperate breakout maneuver. Gunnhilt's maneuver partially succeeded, though at the cost of his own life and that of his vessel, the Ragnarok. As the battle heightened, Russ reappeared, having suppressed his inner demons regarding his past actions. Despite Russ's leadership, the Alpha Legion fleet surrounded the Space Wolves as they began their final stand.
At this moment, help arrived from an unexpected group: a Dark Angels fleet. After a vicious void battle, the Alpha Legion fleet withdrew with both sides having taken heavy losses.
Russ explained the course of the Heresy thus far to the Dark Angels commander, Captain Ormand, who had been unaware of it all (and in theory loyal to Luther.) Russ set a course for Terra to contemplate his plans for assaulting Horus directly, putting in action a plan for the Knights-Errant to determine the traitor's strength and scout out weak points of the Vengeful Spirit while it was in orbit above the planet Molech, setting the stage for the eventual Battle of Trisolian which would occur later.
Captain Ormand immediately returned to Caliban.