40K Lore: Sanguinius’ Home – Baal

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Today Loremasters we talk of Baal – the cursed and blighted homeworld of the most noble of Astartes – the Blood Angels

Baal is the homeworld of the Blood Angels and the base of the Chapter‘s fortress-monasteryArx Angelicum.


Planet Overview

  • Orbital Distance: 3.4 AU
  • 1.27G/Temp 12°C
  • Aestimare: D0
  • Population: 122,000
  • Segmentum: Ultima

Millennia before the founding of the Imperium, Baal and its two moons were all but destroyed in a terrible war. Ancient viral and nuclear weapons had turned the once idyllic worlds into toxic wastelands. The survivors became scavengers, constantly moving from place to place, and warring to preserve the spoils they gathered. By the time of the coming of Sanguinius, Baal and its moons were a wasteland dominated by a tribe known as The Blood and foul Mutant hordes. Thanks to the effort of Sanguinius, the mutants were defeated and the people of The Blood came to ascendancy. Later during the Horus Heresy, Baal became a central loyalist hub under the control of WardenArkhad. Many members of the Shattered Legions took refuge on Baal.

Baal would come under threat from the Ork Warboss Big Skorcha in 798.M41, though the Blood Angels defeated the attempted invasion. However in 999.M41, Baal again would become threatened by Hive Fleet LeviathanFollowing the Thirteenth Black Crusade and the formation of the Great Rift, Baal became stranded from the greater Imperium and was known as one of the key worlds of the newly dubbed Imperial Nihilus. Worse still for the Blood Angels, the Tyranids continued their advance towards the world.

The Tyranid assault on Baal culminated in a Great Battle that nearly saw the planet and its two moons consumed by the xenos. However the Blood Angels were saved thanks to the newly arrived Indomitus Crusade. Roboute Guilliman immediately set to work on rebuilding Baal and the Blood Angels.

Baal’s Moons

Baal’s two moons are called Baal Primus and Baal Secundus, from which the Blood Angels take their new recruits from all three worlds. The Blood Angels Primarch, Sanguinius, fell upon Baal Secundus after he and his brother Primarchs were scattered across the galaxy by the machinations of the Gods of Chaos.

In ancient days Baal and its moons had earth-like atmospheres. Baal itself was always a world of red rust deserts, but its moons were close to paradises. As the Dark Age of Technology ended in the Age of Strife, civil war erupted between the world and its colonised moons, leading to the nuclear devastation of the planets.

Baal Secundus has since been a nuclear-blasted desert world with deadly levels of radiation. This forced the world’s human tribes to build cumbersome radiation suits in order to survive. Mutants were once rife upon the world, frequently at war with the remaining pure humans for dominance of the planet.

Following the Devastation of Baal in the Third Tyrannic War, Baal Secundus was badly damaged while Baal Prime has been rendered completely barren. After the battle the skulls of the dead Tyranids were found on Baal Prime arranged into the symbol of Ka’Bandha

~ Soon we discover the fate of proud Baal in the aftermath of the Indominus Crusade.


  • Domenico Malavisi

    Let me guess? They’re fine and rebuilding, the near apocalypse of the 3 “worlds” has not lead to any noticable reduction in the fighting strenth and forces of the blood angels, you can field everything you could always field WITH extra primaris marines? AM I RIGHT?

    • Rafał Pytlak

      Look out! We have a psyker over here! (waves hands)

    • marxlives

      Ya it is those eye rolling grain of salt things you see with tabletop games Warmahordes included (with the exception of Malifaux, Infinity, and Dark Age but they are still pretty young).

      When you read the casualties and the devastation you know that the results would probably end in a total societal collapse that humanity may never recover from or extinction (this why even though we in America have made a business out of war, we keep it very limited in scope). Especially since we have real world examples of this. I mean for kids its cool. If your are an adult with at least on foot in reality you just have to roll your eyes and keep on getting on.

  • euansmith

    “… of the most noble of Astartes – the Blood Angels Ravens.”

    • palaeomerus

      You misspelled The Bloody Power Klownz 420 & Bent Bill Esq.

  • carlisimo

    Is there any point to the Cicatrix and The Shadow in the Warp if Guilliman can get through both so easily?

    • Jonathon Runge

      I think it is intended to act as the counter balance to all the “positive” that happened with his return, the primaris, Cawl’s technology. It does not work however because it is mostly ignored or not an issue for major characters and activities. If it is a problem than something dangerous or bad should happen every time someone tries to cross. Guilliman could end up with only half his forces and the other half leaves the Warp in another part of the galaxy. There should have been a sudden downturn to the Primaris with either their flaws are somehow worse or limits their lifespan, or there were not enough to form entire chapters due to the cost of replacing them. Cawl and his new technology should have a secret war within the Mechanicus resulting in faction restrictions on units they can use and result in things like sudden “shortages” for Cawl’s forces or a direct strain on relations between the Imperium and the Mechanicus.

  • timon meijer

    Look out! We have a psyker over here! (waves hands)

  • palaeomerus

    Commander Dante will ride around on the back of a Primaris like Master Blaster