Horizon
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Horizon - Frontier world of the Periphery

Name: Horizon
Designation: Frontier
Size: 11,000km diameter
Populace: Approximately 56,000,000
Environment: Mostly temperate with a highly tropical equator. 2/3 surface dominated by super-continent containing a variety of terrain; jungles/forests/deserts/mountains. Northern landmass is girt by sea and frozen over. Southern pole substantially less frozen.
Gravity: 0.84 Terran Standard
Atmosphere: Nitrogen 68.084%, Oxygen 30.946%, Argon 0.9340%, Carbon Dioxide 0.0397%, Neon 0.001818%, Helium 0.000524%, Methane 0.000178%
Tithe: Exactus Tertius
Fauna: Native carnosaur (colloquially referred to as a Brak'nesh), 50ft long quadruped apex predator; feathered avian (Sqwar'et), 50ft wingspan, talon capable of penetrating plasteel; introduced grox species;

Overview: A mostly temperate world located a short jump spinward/coreward from the forbidden world of Sickle, Horizon is home to a burgeoning Imperial colony effort which has come under distress due to attacks by the partisan natives. Chartists first discovered Horizon in 555.M41, establishing a small staging post and marking the world for further exploration. What they discovered was a pleasurably hospitable world not unlike the Terra of ancient history, albeit more humid in nature due to an abundance of lush greenery around the equatorial belt landmasses. The world, some 11,000km in diameter, is almost entirely covered by a southern super-continent which makes up 2/3 of its surface. Several smaller landmasses dot the blue oceans in the northern hemisphere, and a single frozen pole sits as the northern-most continent. A native population of approximately 50 million called the planet home, most likely settlers from the Age of Enlightenment who lost contact with the Imperium during the Age of Strife. The Cheek’ari, as they came to be known, lived a mostly barbaric lifestyle, having only attained the technological advancement of agriculture and irrigation along with simple metallurgy and pre-concrete engineering. Despite their lack of technological prowess, the Cheek’ari were recorded to have a strong understanding of the astronomy, weather patterns and currents, dating, epigraphy, and cartography. Early explorers were even more surprised to find writings and carvings depicting knowledge of the Immaterium, something which was quickly quashed and eradicated by the Ecclesiarchal contingent.

Full dedication to colonisation did not occur on Horizon until 668.M41 with the first colonist vessel, the Jericho Class Transporter Radiant Journey, bringing 155,000 hopeful Imperial servants to the verdant world. As was the fashion at the time, the Radiant Journey made planet fall and became the first settlement on Horizon, its plasma reactor fuelling the machines of the colonists and its mighty hull protecting their families. Several more colony ships arrived in time, with the population standing at approximately 6 million as of 781.M41. It was around this time that the previously thought pacified Cheek’ari began increasing the frequency of their sporadic raids against the Imperial citizens. Over the next 20 years, the colonists were forced to defend themselves against an ever increasing hostile force which vastly outnumbered them. The Cheek’ari were capable guerrilla fighters, adept at striking vulnerable locations before disappearing into the wilderness of their homeworld. With the death toll mounting, word finally reached the ears of the sub-sector lord. In 816.M41, he ordered a contingent of 250,000 Imperial Guardsmen and auxiliary forces to muster to Horizon and deal with the feral natives once and for all.

Cheek’ari: The Cheek’ari have officially been notarized by Explorator Tercious in 555.M41 as homo sapiens feralis. Given the unearthing of complex stone-formations and structures resembling temples which far out-stretch the meagre architectural skill of the current Cheek’ari, Explorator Tercious has postulated that they are a lost colony of human settlers from before the Age of Strife, who became feral and barbaric after being cut off from the greater Imperium due to the cataclysmic warp storms of the time. No record exists of the planet known as Horizon prior to its rediscovery in 555.M41, nor any data referencing the sub-human population who live there today. The Cheek’ari themselves resemble your average Imperial citizen in shape and size, albeit somewhat more lithe and taller. The lower gravity of Horizon has led to them developing surprising agility at the expense of dense muscle-mass. They are quick, but not overly strong. Mutations appear to be limited within acceptable norms, with 1 in every 1,000,000 exhibiting psychic potential. To date none have ever been classified above Zeta-grade psychic ability. Rather than wait for the long trips of the Black Ships to collect the potential psykers, Ministorum representatives simply cull those who show any signs of warp-craft.

Cheek’ari adorn themselves with natural pigments and dyes, and style their hair in long braids or top-nots bound with bone fragments or other fetishes. Tattooing, branding, and piercing are all common place, and denote authority as well as position within the tribes. It appears Cheek’ari are tested rigorously during their early years with a variety of tasks, before the one they perform best at is chosen for them to carry out until their deaths.

The Cheek’ari as a people payed service to a pantheon of gods representing the aspects of nature and the environment. Rhet’chk is their sun-god, bringer of life and hope; Kyr’tsk is their hunter-god, who brings fortune and nourishment in the form of fauna; Itrri’k, bringer of water, from the rivers, the seas, and the skies; Tre’chuc steals Rhet’chk away each night with promises of intimacy, replacing him with the cold moon. Each morning Rhet’chk returns blazing with fire and anger at being tricked by the cunning Tre’chuc. The Eccliesiarchal contingent was quick to integrate the gods of the Cheek’ari into the Imperial Creed using the traditional supplantation methods. During the conversion, the Eccliesiarchy was most surprised to find that the Cheek’ari had substantial knowledge of both the material realm and the immaterial. The elders of the Cheek’ari who spoke of such things were quickly executed, and a brief purge took place in 669.M41 to quash the heretical knowledge. Many temples and reliefs were destroyed during this time, but the dense and difficult topography of Horizon made the task a most difficult one.

Flora & Fauna: An extensive catalogue of all the flora and fauna present can be found in data-stack A8954-J. For your information, only articles deemed important are included in this document.


Radiant Journey City

+[[imgcap: circa 671.M41 Radiant Journey]]

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Horizon

+[[imgcap: circa 555.M41 Horizon Landscape]]

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+[[imgcap circa 669.M41: Cheek’ari temple-structure. Destroyed shortly after image was captured under grounds of heretical leanings]]

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Cheek'ari

+[[imgcap: circa 584.M41 Cheek'ari, Holy Site]]

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+[[imgcap circa 557.M41: Cheek’ari wearing the mark of the hunter. The double-ended spear is a favoured weapon for both combat and hunting. Note the crude leather armour and simple metal-work, as well as the lithe build of the body]]

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Terrain

+[[Explorator Tercious and Reconnaissance Servitor document the unique structures and carvings on the surface of Horizon: circa 557.M41]]

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Fauna

+[[imgcap circa 557.M41: Cheek’ari hunt the apex predator, the Brak’nesh. Reaching lengths of 50ft, they are to be avoided at all costs]]

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+[[imgcap circa 557.M41: Cheek’ari children play a deadly game of chance with a Ssthy’rrt, a large serpent beast which resides in the swampy lowlands. Has been documented to grow to over 100ft in length. It is noted that none of the youths present survived this encounter. The Ssthy’rrt was exterminated by Explorator Tercious’s servitors and dissected for cataloguing. They are to be avoided at all costs]]

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+[[imgcap circa 557.M41: Sqwar’et roosts on a rocky outcrop. This large feathered avian can reach wingspans of over 50ft. Cheek’ari have had little documented success in hunting creatures of such size. Ssthy’rrt feed on Sqwar’et eggs, keeping the population somewhat low. They are to be avoided at all costs]]

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