The Kegreon solar system is the second solar system of the Diablo sub-sector and contains a number of habitable plants. When Kegreon III was discovered by Imperial forces, during the Emperor’s great crusade, is was found to be inhabited by humans using a level of technology similar to medieval ancient Terra.
The elites of this society had regressed into the worship of the chaos gods. In the southern savannah the Pleasure Lords lived in Ivory palace-cities which echoed with the sounds of pain and pleasure. The equatorial jungles and swamps where home to the Plague Princes who’s shambling diseased armies would march out of the jungles to bring the Plague gods gifts to the rest of the planet. In the north the savage and barbaric Blood Jarls fought for the glory of the Blood God. To the east the Sorcerer Kings lived in floating silver towers exploring the mysteries of the warp. Other Warlords chose to worship chaos in all it’s glory.
There was one other group of Chaos worshipers on Kegreon III. Small in number and secretive they named themselves the Brotherhood of Spite and worshiped the exiled god Malal or Malice. Malice was once the most powerful of Chaos gods until the others turned on him and trapped him in a pocket dimension of the warp. From that day on Malice and his followers became the worst enemy of the Chaos gods . From their hidden temple on an island in the inner sea. The Brotherhood sent assassins and small groups of warriors to harass and attack the other followers of Chaos constantly eroding their power.
The arrival of the great crusade changed everything. Imperial forces wasted no time in cleansing the planet. Within in a month the Blood Angels and Iron Hands had pacified the planet. The ruling elite were purged but the majority of the population were set to work extracting the vast mineral wealth of the planet. The Brotherhood took the arrival of Imperial forces as a chance to topple their enemies (the enemy of my enemy is my friend) and sent agents to assist the imperial crusaders. With the imperial victory the brotherhood leaders realised they had swapped one oppressor for another. The Brotherhood was not strong enough to defeat the Emperors forces and claim Kegreon III for Malal so they decided to play the long game sealing their hidden temple the Brotherhoods agents infiltrated the new imperial society of Kegreon III and started planning for the day they would seize the plant for Malal.
Under imperial control the planet of Kegreon III soon came to have a very stratified society. At the bottom of the ladder were the mutant slaves these where the planets original inhabitants that had been touched by chaos given a chance to atone for their sins by doing the most menial and dangerous jobs in the mines and factorums. Next where the low class freemen made up of the untainted original inhabitants, they to, had a life of grind and drudge to look forward to doing the more technical menial work. Both these groups lived in squalor with a high mortality rates, poor living conditions and borderline starvation. The freemen classes had it better than the mutant slaves but not by much.
The middle classes where formed by the descendants of the original Solar Auxilla garrison. They continued to form the plants PDF as well as the factorum overseers and merchants classes living in hab areas that are clean and well maintained by mutant slaves. The upper classes including the planets governor where the descendants of the Solar Auxilla garrison officer cadre and ran the planet at it’s highest levels.
The Imperial administration of Kegreon III merciless exploited the natural resources of the planet until by the time of the Diablo Crusade the planets surface was a mildly toxic wasteland full of discarded junk and industrial spoil meanwhile most of the planets population had slowly retreated into twelve giant industrial hive cities.
For centuries the brotherhood hid in the shadows waiting for a sign from Malice. That sign arrived in the birth of a child with one milky white eye and one gloss black eye the child was called Abiy’el.
Abiy’el was raised by the cultists of the brotherhood to believe he was Malice’s chosen champion. When he came of age Abiy’el became the undisputed leader of the Brotherhood and Malice’s mortal voice on Kegreon. His adventures over the following years could fill many tomes from traveling the planet’s hive cities disguised as a slave to wandering the toxic wastes bring the words of Malal to mutants and run away slaves known as the Lost Abiy’el spread the power of the Brotherhood. His greatest achievement was discovering the ancient Temple of the original Brotherhood (no longer and island in the sea but buried under the great dust desert) and unearthing the ancient war machines and beasts of Malal held in stasis in the temples catacombs.
Eventually Malice came to Abiy’el and told him it was time to claim the planet in his name with the mortal followers of an entire planet to boost his powers Malal could free himself from his prison and finally seek his revenge on the other powers of Chaos. Abiy’el was told he had one year to prepare the Brotherhood of Spite for war and he would receive a sign when it was time to raise in rebellion against the imperial oppressors of Kegreon III.
A year later a Space marine battle barge and escorting strike cruisers appeared in orbit above Kegreon III hailing the planet with imperial recognition signals even as their guns opened fire on the planet and their drop pods blazed through the planets atmosphere the Sons of Malice had arrived.
The Brotherhood of Spite rose up in rebellion. In every hive the mutant slaves and lower classes revealed their true allegiance armed with stolen and homemade weapons they overwhelmed the planets PDF through surprise and sheer numbers. Outside the hives armies of non-hive dwellers backed by beasts of chaos and chaotic war machines assaulted the hive walls within a week eleven of the twelve hive cities of Kegreon III had fallen to the forces of Malice. Only Primus Hive bravely defended by the planet’s Governor and the Ordo Hereticus inquisitor Solomon Grund.
Sadly For Abiy’el he wasn’t able to enjoy the success of his forces or the triumph of his god. Upon his first meeting with his allies, the renegade space marines of the Sons of Malice chapter, he was brutally slaughtered by the space marines leader the Daemon prince Kaleb. Kaleb then took control of the Brotherhood of spite.
When the Diablo Crusade arrived in the Kegreon system they amazingly found that Primus Hive was still holding out battered and on the point of collapse surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Malice worshippers the crusade leaders immediately set about attempting to relieve primus hive.
Ok so that is the (slightly long winded) background to my next project a Lost and the Damned army dedicated to Malal. For those not in the know you can read more about Malal here and below is a taster picture of what’s to hopefully come.