What is a Death World and why would you live there? Because it’s where the strong survive! Check out these famous Death Worlds of the Imperium.
In the Grimdark Universe there are many worlds classified as a Death World. These are planets in which the native flora and fauna have evolved into highly aggressive and dangerous forms. These planets can range from carnivorous jungle planets, to barren wastelands, to sub-zero icy fjords. Today, we’re going to take a tour of some of the most famous Death Worlds in the Imperium.
Catachan is argruabley the most famous Death World in the Imperium. It’s a Jungle Planet in which everything is trying to kill you. It has an impressive ecosystem of deadly predators ranging from the Brainleaf all the way to the dreaded Catachan Face-Eater. Seriously, everything on this planet wants you dead!
Baal and it’s two moons form the Baal System. But the main planet is the homeworld of the Blood Angels. But make no mistake, Baal is a Death World. This world used to be an idyllic place but a viral and nuclear war ravaged the surface and turned it into a toxic wasteland. Life is harsh and unforgiving and the people that live there had to become scavengers. It wasn’t until the arrival of Sanguinius that some sort of order was restored.
In the current timeline, Baal has once again been ravaged by a Tyranid Invasion – both moons have been severely damaged with Baal Prime being rendered barren after the events of the war and the opening of the Great Rift.
Fenris is the homeworld of the Space Wolves and is a harsh ice planet and Death World. The orbit of Fenris actually contributes to this hard life – for starters, it takes roughly 3-4 Terran years for a full orbit. During the Summer, massive volcanic activity on the planet spews for great lava flows. This melts ice and churns the seas into raging floods and tidal waves. Then, in the winter months, the temperature drops so low that everything then ices over. What was once flood plains becomes glacier-like areas.
There is one massive land-locked area, but the seas dominate the planet. The volcanic activity and the earthquakes make for a very unstable geography and the barbarian tribes that live there have a nomadic lifestyle. Between the massively shifting temperatures and the deathly fauna, Fernis will kill the unprepared.
Cretacia is the new home of the Flesh Tearers Chapter. For several millennia they were a fleet based chapter but, after discovering human colonists had not only inhabited this harsh world and thrived, they made this planet their home by way of the Right of Conquest. The planet itself is home to massive beasts and native monsters – huge reptilian predators almost the size of Scout Titans. To say the creatures on the planet were deadly is an understatement.
But the Flesh Tearers did manage to clear areas and make contact with the Humans and thus they decided that if these Humans could survive here they would make an excellent pool of recruits to the chapter.
Since the Great Rift opened, the planet was encircled by a Warp Rift that is known as the Annihilus.
If you want to check out more Death Worlds the Lexicanum has a huge list. However these planets are probably the most well known. There is one more Death World that is quite famous as well but that is because Death World can also mean “at the moment of demise.” And that world is Caliban – aka The Rock.
Do you have a favorite Death World? Let us know about it in the comments!