Thursday, 7 February 2013
Vanadian Campaign Background
The Vanadium system is an Imperial strong point and an island of calm in a subsector drenched in blood. In the century leading up to the recent Damoclese Crusade, many of the worlds in the three sisters subsector had sucumbed to the heretical philosopies of the Tau. Greedy govenors of the surrounding systems had fallen one by one to the false promises or outright conquest by the Tau. Vanadian stood appart, keeping true to the God Emperor.
When the Crusade rolled through the subsector, Vanadium was selected as the jumpoff point for Imperial operations to cleanse the Three sisters of Tau influence. The population swelled as Imperial Guard Divisions cycled through the world on the way to the front. The shipyards and star ports of the system were upgraded and fortified to cope with the huge increase in traffic.
As the crusade faltered, the economic boom brought by its passage faltered with it. Imperial forces were pulled out to deal with Hive Fleet Behemoth, the fleets left, and along with it much of the civilian starships which had supported it. The Three sisters subector had been left devastated by war, added to this the loss of its civilian traffic the effect on the subsector was devastating. Some worlds slipped back into the Tau sphere, many were left contested with neither side able to force a decision either way. Accross the Subsector, whether Tau or Imperial, the effect was the Same. The economy ws left in taters with little hope of recovery.
At the turn of 748.M41, on Vanadian Prime, Imperial citizens, much used to plenty, quickly found themselves subjected to Austerity. When Austerity became privation, the citizens of Vanadian Prime began to protest.
Co-operation between forges began to break down. Indiviual Magos started to hoard increasingly scarce resources for themselves, forges became insular, production began to suffer, there were even disturbing reports of clashes between the skittari of increasingly independant forges and even between Imperials and Mechanium.
Vanadians Troubles were only just beginning. Unknown to the du-umvirate, a small force of Tau had arrived. Invited in by the traitor General Tenzing of the 10th division of the PDF, the Tau were there to offer aid, both eonomic and millitay to help with the Generals coup.
So it begins...