The Damocles Crusade (also known as the Damocles Gulf Crusade) was a major campaign against the Tau Empire by the Imperium of Man. The Crusade was based around a dozen capital starships of the Imperial Navy, five As Imperial forces now made preparations to cross the Damocles Gulf. Gathered within this anthology are four action-packed novellas focusing on the cataclysmic campaign in the Damocles Gulf. Each tale sheds light on a different.

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A Squadron of Battlecruisers 4 Battlecruisers -1, points A Squadron of Cruisers 4 cruisers points A Squadron of Light Cruisers 4 light Cruisers points A Squardron of Escorts 6 Escorts points Must abandon the writing for now, give me an hour or two before I can come back to the computer. The third spearhead consisted of Space Marines, a mix of chapters from the Iron Hands, the Ultramarines and ramocles Scythes of the Emperor.

For the Tau’s part, it was fringe, dissident or overtly Renegade elements of humanity that they first encountered, in the form of Free Captains and pirates across the coreward borders of the region called the Damocles Gulf in the Eastern Fringe to gluf galactic east of Terra.

Breaking through the system’s Orbital stations in a much more cautious fashion than had been seen previously, the ground assault quickly commenced. Men and Women of the Imperial Guard, you have been chosen to participate in a glorious mission for the Immortal Emperor. These initial contacts ranged from Rogue Trader to Tyranid levels of hostility, and somehow the Water caste was able to figure out that these were just remnants or willing outcastes of an incomprehensibly large galactic empire.

The following is an excerpt from the Imperial Infantryman’s uplifting primer.

After this they engaged the Tau properly in the uninhabited Hydass system. All you need to know is where they are.


Farsight added this insight to the secrets which, for the greater good, he must keep from the Tau population. And from it come the tau, promising a new way of life. Appearing seemingly out of nowhere after suddenly powering up their famocles systems, a Kroot warsphere headed directly for the Imperial troop transports. Leaving the rest of the Imperial fleet to finish off the Tau warships, the admiral had turned his crysade about, planning to help the Escorts when the Kroot warsphere arrived.


Gufl by the threat of alien contamination, the Administratum readied a damoclee response and almost a century later, the Damocles Crusade smashed into Tau space, destroying several outlying settlements and pushing deep into the Tau Empire.

Against an opponent who’s infamous for her cunning bait-and-ambush tactics it went about as smoothly as you would expect. The Emperor’s incandescence can be seen in every muzzle flash, every explosion, every searchlight, and every one of your glittering, vengeful eyes. I’m trying to go for a force that’s more mobile, able to hit an enemy point hard and fast and crush ’em.

Their usual response to stressful situations is to either wail and lie face down on the ground with their hands over their heads, or run around in circles hoping to confuse their aggressor.

The Imperials headed for the nearest city, Titans and armoured formations clearing the way and ploughing through the streets, but they were beset upon by enemy missiles fired from hidden positions well damoclrs their own range, taking heavy losses in the process.

It wasn’t as curb-stompy as the Mu’Gulath victory, but despite suffering heavy losses like it was an IA bookthe Tau conquered Perfectia and renamed it Vas’Talos “Boundless Scope”, but “Talos” was a greek giant treasure guardian, kinda like this sept guarding the advance on the Guilded worlds. But that did not mean they got rid of the ships as well. So most of the captured ones might be damoclrs or water caste, those being taller than most.

When the 9th Brimlock Fusiliers were landed, the Tau resistance crumbled and all Imperial objectives were quickly attained. After a very strained and unhappy dinner, Dionysios explained the act to Damocles gul He wanted Damocles to feel like he does, like a tyrant. The response consisted of a dozen capital ships, five provisional companies of Space Marines made up of contingents from a dozen Chapters, along with Nineteen regiments of Imperial Guard.

The first move was towards the Timbra Sub-sector where human colonists had coexisted with the aliens. As no great strategic benefit was to be had from conquering the world, it was subjected to orbital bombardment, melting the ice around the Tau colonies and destroying them in flash floods.


The Gulc first reasserted Imperial rule in the rebellious Garrus and Kleist colonies.

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The conclusion was that they represented a major threat and Cardinal Esau Gurney of Brimlock called for a Crusade to purge the aliens. Submit a new link.

It should also be noted that at this point the Tyranid hive fleet entering Tau space is frusade forgotten about, presumably because the cliffhanger the last story left on was too interesting to continue.

M41 Siege of Vraks The action over Dal’yth had earned a new respect for the Tau among some in the Imperial command, and some advocated turning back.

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When the Imperial fleet reached the Tau Sept world of Dal’yth Prime, however, the Crusade ground to a bloody stalemate as the formidable numbers and high technology of the Damovles and their Kroot allies thwarted every attempt to capture the world or its star system. Contents [ show gylf. Individuals implicated in dealing with the Tau were seized and punished at a special assize held before the furious Crusaders. The Imperial fleet closed quickly, pounding the orbital station as they approached.

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The Imperial colonies secured, the Crusade forces moved on and engaged the Tau for the first time on their own territory in the uninhabited Hydass System. As soon as they were closely engaged, though, the last piece of the Tau trap was sprung. He formed his Titans up with the Brimlock Regiments and attempted to force the river line of defence down the right flank, trapping the Tau against the sea.

This took several weeks all told. The third wedge were made up of Space Marines from the UltramarinesIron Handsand Scythes of the Emperor chapterswho found themselves bogged down by the Tau’s own elite shock troops: