Affiliation: Imperium of Man (Armitage Dynasty and Godwinne Dynasty)
Planetary Governor: ?
Gravity: 0.86 G
Climate: Temperate, Cool
Atmosphere: Thin, Pure
Habitability: Trapped Water
Native Species: Algae and other mono-cellular organisms
Landmasses- Unbroken Landmass (Sparse Water)
Toxins- Chemical and Biological(21)
Redemption is an old world with fragmentary records from its data vaults indicating that it was settled sometime during the long-lost Dark Age of Technology, the last in a series of settlements to be established along with Agusia, Seladon’s Folly and several other, now lost, worlds. Colonists were initially attracted to this seemingly barren and broken world by its breathable atmosphere (strange given the seeming total lack of life on its surface) and rich deposits of valuable ores like iron, copper, tungsten and aluminum as well as radioactive materials like uranium and thorium. Several small mining colonies marked the first human forays onto Redemption and within a century a vast network of underground mining tunnels had been dug deep into the planet’s crust which revealed massive natural cavern systems that yielded liquid water that supported a teeming ecosystem of strange plants and micro-cellular organisms that seemed to feed on the very minerals of the world itself. While this water was highly toxic without extensive refinement the possibility of large-scale colonization was opened for the first time. For whatever reason, however, the ancient humans of this long-lost empire chose to instead turn the caverns, abandoned mines and empty plains into vast tombs and established only what settlements and industry was needed to maintain the mining operations.
Some few fragments suggest that exploration of the thick asteroid belts that dominate the inner system was contemplated before the Age of Strife brought space travel to an end and spelled the doom of most human settlements in Koronus. Redemption did survive, however, if only by being too small, too unknown and too uninteresting for opportunistic xenos to raid. Floating, illuminated by the baleful light of the warp storms of the region, and forgotten in the void. By chance, however, in the decades following the Age of Apostasy some remnants of Goge Vandire’s supporters, fleeing Imperial justice, found their way into Koronus and stumbled upon this lost world. Easily outnumbering the small population on the surface this collection of soldiers, dissidents and priests quickly came to rule Redemption; speaking of the glories of the Imperium, the power and glory of the Savior-Emperor and of the treachery that had brought them low. Awed by the power, piety and technology of these newcomers the people of Redemption found faith, if a heretical version of it.
In the millennia that followed Redemption changed almost completely. While mining and industrial operations continued the failing voidships of the refugees were torn apart and their precious technologies used to build new facilities upon the surface. Massive cathedrals, sprawling monastic complexes, massive ossuaries and shrines to the Saints were all build over the course of centuries of labor but all paled in comparison to the Mausoleum of the Savior-Emperor and the massive, shielded vaults constructed below it. Rivaling a hive spire in size this was to be the greatest church and greatest shrine to the Emperor the world would ever see, housing His most loyal servants and devoted warriors and protecting the holiest of relics brought from Terra itself. More and more Redemption came to resemble a Shrine World with almost the entire population in some ways turned towards building, maintaining or repairing the sprawling tombs and complexes of faith that came to dominate the surface all watched over by the Wardens of the Reliquary , a strange offshoot of the ancient orders of the Sisters of Battle.
And so Redemption remained until the Maw opened and the forces of the Imperium slowly began to make their way into Koronus and the hidden heresy of Redemption was revealed.