About Caudica Secundus
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“There is nowhere in the Sector more pleasurable and diverting for a lover of music and fine art than the upper Spires of Caudica’s northern continent. Every truly brilliant composer since the Crusade began has studied here in their time. I have an enduring fondness for the planet and the great beauty it inspires in those of finer sensibilities.” Travel Diary of Lucius di Firro, 570.M41
Caudica Secundus was a thriving Hive-World in Subsector Secundus, first settled prior to the rise of the Imperium. It was initially settled by colonists eager to take advantage of the bountiful agricultural wealth found in its archipelagos.
What started as fishing communities grew to cities and then supercities. The booming economy was supported by the discovery of extensive mineral deposits on the southern desert continent. By mid-M41 the planet was an economic powerhouse in the subsector. The planetary governor – a semi-hereditary position, with new incumbents determined by ritual duels held between four ruling families – was widely considered one of the most respected positions in the Prosperitas Sector.
The great Hive Arcologies, forming a ring around the northern hemisphere, were inhabited by nearly six billion citizens; another four billion toiled in the desert mining hives in the south. Kept in order by a brutally efficient planetary defence force, the Hives produced all the tithes expected of a well-ordered Imperial world, including three Imperial Guard armoured cavalry regiments. The planet had a number of thriving academies of the arts, and Caudican opera of the mid-M41 is regarded throughout the Sector as the finest example of the art.
All this ended in the M41.580s. A blind Ministorum preacher appeared in the primary mining Hive. He claimed to have come from the deep desert; to have seen visions of the Emperor in the trails of the great sand-worms. His popularity spread, igniting the Lower Hives in a fervour unlike any seen on Caudica before. Reports of his disciples performing miracles, seeing the future and hearing the memories of their ancestors, caused even Upperhive dwellers to take a fashionably salacious interest in this underclass cult.
The local Ecclesiarchy, blindsided by the apparent renewal of faith among the Underhive dwellers, were slow to spot the heterodoxies and deviances spread by the preacher’s followers. By the time the alarm was raised, it was too late; the cult of the “Great Worm” had infiltrated every level of the southern continent’s mining industry, brutally murdering all who remained loyal to the God-Emperor. The planet’s industry was turned over to the treacherous cult. Panic engulfed the northern continent, leading to brutal purges as the planetary governor fought to retain control.
After a snap investigation by the Inquisition, the planet was declared irredeemable. The order to carry out an evacuation of the northern Spires, followed by Exterminatus, was relayed to the nearest vessels of Battlefleet Prosperitas.
The planet’s biosphere was eradicated by cyclonic torpedo in late M41.582. Several million refugees were first evacuated to neighbouring worlds and orbital stations, many with the assistance of the same Navy vessels which delivered the bombardment. Displaced Caudicans can be found all over Subsector Secundus. While some have adapted poorly to life off-planet, the majority of them have found ready employment in the mining industries of nearby systems.
The Caudican Guard regiments still exist, but are awaiting permission from the Departmento Munitorum to recruit from other worlds. With no source of casualty replacements, they face disbandment or amalgamation before the decade is out if permission is not forthcoming soon.
Caudica today is an airless ruin. There is some hope that the surface may become stable enough to allow servitor-led mining operations within the century.