The Shape of Things to Come
Iocanthos is a lawless Imperial world in the Calixis Sector’s Golgenna Reach. Iocanthos is dominated by warlords and their huge armies, which clash across its jungles, deserts and plains. The planet’s importance in the Calixis Sector is defined by the fact that it is one of the few places in the Imperium where the Ghostfire flower can grow. Ghostfire pollen can be refined into the combat drugs used extensively in the Penal Legions of the Imperial Guard.
Every five years, a taskforce of Administratum officials descends onto Iocanthus to gather the planet’s Ghostfire tithe. The warlords exchange their harvests of Ghostfire pollen with the Administratum in exchange for weapons, vehicles, fuel, clean water and other essentials. The warlord who hands over the most Ghostfire pollen is considered the Planetary Governor and claims the lion’s share of support from the Imperium and the title Vervai (literally “prince of princes” or “king”). The title brings with it immense prestige and confirms the warlord’s position as the most dangerous and skilled on Iocanthos. The current Planetary Governor is “King” Skull, a terrifying warrior at the head of an enormous and supposedly invincible army of madmen and killers. The warlords of Iocanthus are also required to hand over their psykers as well as the Ghostfire harvest, but these are taken from them not by the Administratum but by nameless grey-uniformed men who herd the psykers onto their sleek black ship and take their leave.
The Administratum fully accepts the situation on Iocanthos. The Ghostfire pollen is harvested very efficiently because so many warlords’ armies battle to find every last blossom. Were the Administratum to take over Iocanthus themselves the planet would first have to be conquered by the Imperial Guard at enormous expense and the Administratum themselves would be hard-pressed to match the vigour with which Iocanthos’ warlords hunt down every Ghostfire flower. They therefore leave the warlords to do the hard work, safe in the knowledge that none of them can rebel against Imperial authority lest their supplies of guns and fuel be cut off.
Places of Note:
Port Suffering – the largest settlement on Iocanthus and only fully equipped space port open to general use. The planet’s Imperial administration resides here.
The Abbey of the Dawn
The main Adepta Sororitas training facility in the Calixis Sector, run by Canoness Goneril, who runs the Lessor Order Famulous of the Opening Eye. The Opening Eye’s main purpose is to offer wise counsel to the ruling families of the Calixis Sector and as such many of the novices there are schooled in many subjects from Imperial History to Theology and Sector Economics. The Abbey also houses a permanent company of 50 Sisters of Battle from the Order of the Ebon Chalice and as such they form some of the most disciplined and formidable troops in the Calixis Sector.
An Australia sized continent lying mostly in the southern hemisphere but also crossing the equator. The badlands are the prime area for the major pitched battles between the major rival factions of Iocanthus.