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Muspelheim is a Forge World colonized during the early days of the Great Crusade's conquest of what would later be known as Segmentum Ultima. Here the Adeptus Mechanicus claimed the fourth planet in the system due to the ancient human ruins of a colony dating back to the Dark Age of Technology. The Mechanicus settlers were allowed to study the ancient ruins if they, in turn, promised to aid the continued efforts of human expansion into the Segmentum. Today the Forge World stands proud and loyal to the Imperium of Man. It produces large quantities of weapons, armor and ships to the nearby imperial worlds though they have a treaty with the Turquoise Protectors to produce some of their equipment and have a strong bond with the Wardens Cosmic which they also gift the finest of their ships and weapons to the Chapters in exchange for protection from xenos or the rare chaos threat. The Forge world is currently ruled by Archmagos Alpenan Joichoks. Muspelheim also have a small moon that was terraformed to establish a mining colony. This small moon was named Surtr and was classified as a Knight World at the beginning of the Horus Heresy.
Muspelheim was first discovered in 844M.30 by a combined fleet of Mechanicus Explorator vessels and a White Scar legion fleet. The combined fleet swept through the system to purge a technologically inferior xenos race that had just become space faring. With the combined forces of the White Scars and the Explorators, the insignificant forces of the xenos stood no chance at all and were quickly overrun and slaughtered to the last. It was after this short war that an Explorator vessel picked up readings from the fourth planet in the system and quickly went to investigate. The Mechanicus discovered, to their great awe, that the planet had ruins of multiple human settlements dating back to the Dark Ages of Technology. The Explorator fleet quickly laid claim to the planet but the leader of the White Scar forces protested to this claim. He meant that the technology hidden in the ruins were not for the Mechanicus claim but the Imperium at large. The two forces of humanity argued for days over the riches of the planet, coming close to armed conflicts, until the White Scar captain proposed to send word back to Holy Terra for the Emperor himself to decide who would be given the planet. After months of waiting a Custodian arrived in the system and the Magos Explorator, the White Scar captain and the Custodian meet on the surface of the planet in what must have been the planet's planetary palace. The Custodian told the two leaders that the planet would be given over to the Adeptus Mechanicus on the condition that the world would supply equipment for the White Scars and handle the repairs of their vessels in the segmentum.
The planet was colonized, its ruins explored for any Archeotech and eventually converted into a full fleshed Forge World. When the Forge World was up and running in late 915M30 it provided the imperial war machine with everything from lasguns to battleships. It was also a key rally point for Explorator fleets in the Segmentum for many thousands of years to come.
Horus Heresy eventually came around and plug the Imperium of Man into a galaxy-wide civil war. Back on Muspelheim the Hereteks was gaining power as more and more members from the planet's population joined the Dark Mechanicus in an attempt to overthrow its government and convert the loyalists to the forces of Chaos. Muspelheim was about to fall when a mixed force of Space Marines from different loyalist legions arrived in orbit of the planet, having sought repairs for their vessels and resupply. The Loyalist Space Marines made planet fall and with the assistance of the remaining loyal Mechanicus they were able to surround a quell the rebellion on the planet. The people of Muspelheim, thankful of the Space Marines' help, repaired their vessels and transferred as many troops to their command as they dared to help them in the war. While Muspelheim wasn't attacked for the rest of the Horus Heresy it kept sending war materials to the frontlines which helped save billions, if not trillions, across the galaxy.
- Main article: Deadfang Invasion of Ailuros
Muspelheim would experience a shift in internal power in 703.M41 when the rather young Magos Prime and psyker, Alpenan Joichoks, ascended to the power of Archmagos and by extension ruler of Muspelheim. While many in Magos Council didn't approve of his ascension to power they were helpless due to the political maneuvers he and his followers had made, such as blackmail and sabotage against their rivals. Joichoks would keep ruling Muspelheim for centuries. However, in 738.M41 he was approached by a combined envoy of the Turquoise Protectors and The Crescent Elites that requested new equipment to suit the needs of the Turquoise Protectors and The Crescent Elites. The Crescent Elites also requested the right to establish survey posts that would help them to gather intelligence. While Joichoks would want nothing more than to turn them down he feared the consequences of invoking the wrath of a chapter. He tried to stall them, however, Lune Crackham intervened and discretely assured the Archmagos' reign would be backed by his agents and the survey posts would also secretly relay any information that would help him, but in return Muspelheim would secretly supply The Crescent Elites with "additional equipment". It was then that Muspelheim agreed to the terms of the envoy. A treaty that agreed to the terms of the envoy was made, and also this treaty was in Muspelheim's favor as the chapter agreed to come to Muspelheim's aid in times of crisis as long as they, in return, supplied them with weapons, armors, and ships. For the needs of the Turquoise Protectors, Archmagos Alpenan Joichoks urged the Magos Council to design a new jump pack that would operate better in vacuum than the current one the Turquoise Protectors were using. While the magi were hesitant at first, believing it to be blasphemy against the Machine God, he was eventually able to convince them. The Turquoise Protectors didn't take a liking to the first jump pack that the Magos Council delivered and demanded a better one, stating that the jump pack itself was too heavy when used on planets as the gravity easily destabilized the jump pack. This made many on the council angry for taking their hard and sacred work for granted. They demanded that the Forge World to cut ties with the Turquoise Protectors immediately. Joichoks managed to calm them all down and claimed that this must be a challenge set before them by the Machine God to test their faith and zeal in him. Inspired by Joichoks' speech the council began improving on the design and the Mark II was a great success as the Turquoise Protectors were very impressed by its effectiveness. The Crescent Elites received their survey posts in the system and enhanced their influence as Archmagos Joichoks utilized their cover up diplomats to strengthen his own influence over the Magos Council and beyond the Dominion of Kacreirus. The work with the Wardens Cosmic and Turquoise Protectors also allowed Muspelheim access to the technology to produce and maintain Power Armor as well as getting their hands on STCs for other technologies that are associated with the Adeptus Astartes. While this required that some of the factories were to be converted completely to fit the production of Astartes sized weapons and vehicles this allowed Muspelheim to increase its influence throughout the sector and many other Adeptus Mechanicus controlled worlds and forces viewed is with increasing respect. This also led to Muspelheim becoming a staging ground for Explorator fleets before heading out into the unknown stars beyond Imperial control.
One of the biggest incomes for Muspelheim is its ability to produce almost every class of vessel in use by the Imperium to date. It's many shipyards allow it to finish constructing a ship much faster than other Forge Worlds in Segmentum Ultima.
Mark II Muspelheim Pattern Space Marine Jump PackEdit
The Mark II Muspelheim Pattern Space Marine Jump Pack was conceived at the request of the Turquoise Protectors that were in need of a more effective jump pack that could carry their assault marines across the vacuum of space more effectively. To do this the Magos Council of Muspelheim greatly modified the Mark 7 Mars Pattern Space Marine Jump Pack to fit the Chapter's needs. The result was the Mark I Muspelheim Pattern Space Marine Jump Pack. Though bulkier and heavier than the original, it was outfitted with better stabilizers and adjustment thrusters which allowed for greater mobility to carry the marines to their intended target. But the Turquoise Protectors were not impressed with their new jump pack due to its poor performance in battlefields with gravity, especially on planets with high gravity. This led the Magos Council to add an anti-gravity device into the design which allowed the jump pack to become almost weightless in normal gravity while, at the request of Turquoise Protectors, this anti-gravity field could be turned off during fights in the vacuum of space.
Onkgudrak Sentry AutomataEdit
The Onkgudrak Sentry Automata is a flying machine dating back to the Dark Age of Technology and its STC was discovered in the ruins on Muspelheim when the first wave of Mechanicus colonists explored and settled on the planet. The Onkgudrak was actually used as a form of automated utility and transport robot that mostly served as manual labor for transport of goods across the ancient human colony. This was achieved with its surprisingly simple but flexible anti-gravity fields what was build into its long tentacle arms. Today it's preforming almost the exact same roles on Muspelheim though some variants have appeared over the Millenniums. Most notable of these are the more combat orientated variant known as the Onkgudrak Sentry Automata. While generally staying true to its original design it have been outfitted with fourteen sharp and powerful claws at the end of each of its long mechanical tentacles that can easily tear through flesh and break bones. Another modification is its ability to be equipped with weapons such as an Arc Rifle, Bolter, Plasmagun or Meltagun under its large head. The appearance of the Onkgudrak Sentry is that of a many eyed octopus that stands around 90 cm high and its total length is more than five meters. Its simple design makes it easy to mass produce in great numbers Which allows the Tech-priests of Muspelheim to field them in large swarms to overwhelm the enemies of the Imperium and the Omnissiah.
Gulnob War AutomataEdit
The STC of the Gulnob War Automata was found on a tropical death world a few thousand years after the end of the Horus Heresy on the border to the dreaded warpstrom known as the Maelstrom. Here the Mechanicus Explorators encountered a few active but badly damaged Gulnob War Automatas that attacked the expedition forces on sight. The Explorators managed to fight their way to the source of the aggressive war machines and discovered the remains of an ancient factorum that produced these hulking war machines. While the factorum itself was beyond any repairs the expedition managed to retrieve a STC for the machines that had attacked them and brought it back to Muspelheim for study and start the production of these powerful war machines. The Gulnob War Automata is a three meter tall robot that is both heavily armed and armored. It's equipped with a power fist and a unique twin-linked heavy Hot-Shot Lasgun to deal with most types of heavy infantry. It is also equipped with a power field which add extra protection to its already thick armor. The power field, however, makes the Gulnob light up on the battlefield making it an easy target to spot on the field, this even more so during the darkness of night or other dark places, as long as the field is still active.
The Necerophage shells are a fine fusion of the Kraken and Antiphasic shells. These shells were first given to the Wardens Cosmic who had requested them to fight the increasing Necron activity in the sector the two planets are located in no less. The request was at first denied due to the priesthood's desire to keep the technology locked up and hidden away. But when a Wardens Cosmic exploration mission on an unexplored planet in a star system not far from the Imperial borders showed signs of what could only be a Necron tomb world saw Muspelheim reason, if only to allow them to study the Necron tombs. The shell have a tiny device built into a hollowed adamantium core that prevents Necrons from phasing out of existence and back to their tombs for treatment and repairs. The shell which unleashes an explosion only a millisecond after making contact with it's target, lowing it's diamond tip to first penetrate the surface of the target and wreck havoc on the insides of the target. The sharp adamantium core, however, is pushed forward by the explosion, propelling it even further into the enemy before a tiny secondary explosive detonate inside the hollow core, sending shards of adamantium everywhere inside the target.
Muspelheim Defense FleetEdit
Muspelheim have its own defense fleet that usually stays docked in the Belt of Steel and Fire around Muspelheim. This fleet is mostly composed of Mechanicus Light Cruisers and regular Mechanicus Cruisers but other vessels that are usually seen in a regular Imperial fleet can also be found. The fleet can be split up into four smaller battle groups that each are led by an Ark Mechanicus.
The legions of Legio Cybernetica on Muspelheim is by far the largest military division on the planet. Everything from massive automatons to lowly tech-thralls fill these legions' ranks. These hordes of machine and flesh are usually commanded by Tech-Priests of the Cult Mechanicus in the form of a few Magos Domina. It's also in these Muspelheimian cybernetic legions that the dreaded Gulnob War Automata and Onkgudrak Sentry Automata falls under.
Skitarii CohortsEditMuspelheim is also home to a few cohorts of Skitarii troops. This division of Muspelheim's ground defense forces is considered to be the second largest force on the planet. While Skitarii Vanguards and Rangers make up the bulk of the cohorts' manpower it have also been reported that Sicarian Infiltrators and Ruststalkers have also been sighted within their ranks. The Skitarii Cohorts are led by the Magos Primes and Magos Explorators. The Skitarii of Muspelheim proudly show off the colors of their Forge World by wearing teal colored robes and and dark gray armor plates.
The Cult Mechanicus also field their own forces as a separate division though it's usually deployed alongside the other divisions to assist and support their more combat orientated allies. This division command Muspelheim's Enginseers and Electro Priests. This division is considered more as a support division rather than dealing with actual combat for the most part.
Afriel Strain RegimentsEdit
While technically not officially part of Muspelheim's defense forces or within it's official records, the planet have been a place from experimentation of the human sup-species known as Afriel Strain. Tens of thousands of genetically mixed up clones of countless known and unknown imperial heroes across the Millenniums have been produced in test facilities deep under the Planetary Palace. This project is led by Magos Biologis Gammoria Tuhrush who oversees the research and development of these super humans who for some unknown reason yet understood by the Imperium always meet their end due to bad luck. So far has Tuhrush managed to develop a method to keep them out of this deadly bad luck for around a decade. When each individual is nearing the ten year mark they are ordered to return to Muspelheim for study until their sudden and tragic demise. If this can not be fulfilled then the local commissar or Imperial Guard commander is ordered to terminate them in whatever way they see fit. Currently they are being tested on the various imperial worlds in the Ailuros system under the control of the Dominion of Kacreirus. Here they are tasked with purging the more savage and uncontrollable mutants that may arise on the worlds, much to the local Arbites forces relief.
The Afriel Strain soldiers are bred for one thing and one thing only, war. This makes them stand out in any given social interaction with most other imperial citizens, soldiers and everything in between. They do seem to get better along with people from Fortress Worlds though this is only due to the strict military upbringing but there are still plenty of situations where even these two groups come into conflict.
Muspelheim also maintain a small contingent of Imperial Titans though it's hardly the most powerful in the Segmentum. This contingent is led by a single Warlord Battle Titan which is supported by a small number of Warhound Scout Titans. These titans are further reinforced by Secutarii Hoplites and Peltasts to protect the titans from smaller targets that would seek to charge the titans.
Muspelheim have established itself as a powerful Forge World over the Millenniums and have great political power within the sector and even beyond. It supply two Apedtus Astartes Chapters, a Knight House as well as maybe hundreds of Imperial Guard regiments across the Segmentum. Its fast production of ships for the Imperial Navy fosters good relations between Muspelheim and the many imperial fleets that are being reinforced with additional vessels.
Belt of Steel and FireEdit
The Belt of Steel and Fire are the countless shipyards and defense platforms that orbit around Muspelheim's equator that looks like a thin asteroid belt around the planet. It's from these shipyards that Muspelheim produce their ships which is either sold to the Imperial Navy or given to the Wardens Cosmic as part of their agreement. The belt's defense is strong, so strong indeed that Muspelheim can easily send more than a quarter of its naval defense fleet to other parts of the system to reinforce it with either additional ground forces or reinforce friendly fleets in the system.
The Planetary Palace is a well defended citadel with high, thick walls that are constantly patrolled by either Skitariies, watchful combat-servitors or other combat robots. Massive macro cannons and laser batteries sits on top of the tall towers, ready to lay waste to any enemy that dares to get too close to the palace walls. Within the palace's lowest levels are the data vaults where most of the technological findings and inventions are stored. It is also here that the Magos Council discuss the day-to-day governing of the planet as well as going over its economy, the status on production, and Explorator fleets that are either setting out or returning from expeditions in the great Quest for Knowledge.
Surtr is the only natural satellite that orbits Muspelheim. Surtr is located a few thousand kilometers from the outer reaches the Belt of Steel and Fire and therefore is not protected by this defensive barrier. It was terraformed to allow humans to settle on it to mine the rare metals found on the moon. Knights frames found on Muspelheim were repaired and later moved to Surtr where the newly established Knight House of Hamdrag were stationed.
Archmagos Alpenan JoichoksEdit
Archmagos Alpenan Joichoks is the current ruler of Muspelheim and a powerful psyker in his own right. His powers first truly manifested when he was already a tech-priest and as such could not be taken by the Inquisition's blackships. Instead he was trained under the priesthood's own organization that handles psykers into the Cult Mechanicus.
Magos Biologis Gammoria TuhrushEdit
Gammoria Tuhrush Is the tube sister of Archmagos Alpenan Joichoks and is a powerful member of the Magi Council on Muspelheim. It was her that oversaw the genetic augmentations on Alpenan Joichoks to increase his psychic powers as well as implant the psy crystal into his torso that allows him to store large amounts of psychic energy for later use.