Battle of the Alaxxes Nebula

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The Battle of the Alaxxes Nebula
Date 07.M31
Scale Void battle
Theatre Horus Heresy
Status Pyrrhic Imperial victory
Belligerents
Alpha Legion Space Wolves, Dark Angels
Commanders and Leaders
Alpharius, Omegon Leman Russ
Strength
Bulk of Legion fleet Bulk of Legion fleet, 1 Dark Angels Starfort
Losses
High High
Outcome
Shattered the Space Wolves, preventing them from effectively participating in the Heresy thereafter.

The Battle of the Alaxxes Nebula took place directly after the Burning of Prospero, as the Alpha Legion, led by their primarch(s) attempted to utterly destroy the battered Space Wolves Legion.

Overview[edit]

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 who's 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.

Aftermath[edit]

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.

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 (M31) The Last Church - Interex - Faash - Council of Nikaea
Horus Heresy (M31) Battle of Isstvan III - The Burning of Prospero - Drop Site Massacre - Thramas Crusade
The Battle of Phall - Battle of Calth - Signus Campaign - Imperium Secundus - Siege of Terra
Time of Rebirth (M31-M32) The Great Scouring (M31) - Start of The Long War (M31) - The Legion Wars (M31)
The Battle of Skalathrax (M31) - Creation of the Codex Astartes (M31) - Second Founding (021.M31)
The Forging (M32-M34) The War of The Beast (544.M32-546.M32) - The Beheading (546.M32)
Nova Terra Interregnum (M34-M36) 21st Founding (M36)
Age of Apostasy (M36-37) Plague of Unbelief (310.M36)
Age of Redemption (M37-M38) Abyssal Crusade (321.M37-121.M38)
The Waning (M40-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 (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) - Third Tyrannic War (997.M41-999.M41)
Octarius War (999.M41) - 13th Black Crusade (999.M41-ongoing)
Age of the Dark Imperium (M42-ongoing) Indomitus Crusade (M42) - Ultima Founding (M42) - Plague Wars (M42) - War of Beasts (M42)