Iocanthus

Calixis Sector
IOCANTHUS
IocanthusIocanthos is a lawless world dominated by warlords and their huge armies, which clash across its jungles, forests 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 Iocanthos 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 Iocanthos 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 Iocanthos 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’s 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.

+++PLANETARY DATA+++

GALACTIC POSITION: 103/22/CS/SE.

CLASS: Agri-world.

SUBSECTOR: Golgenna

POPULATION: 5,000,000,000.

CLIMATE CLASSIFICATION: Largely arid.

PLANETARY GOVERNER: Vervai ('King') Skull.

CLIMATIC PHENOMENON: Frequent dust storms

ECONOMY: Local currency known as "soules". On Iocanthos many believe their money is forever stained by the blood of mercenaries, giving rise to the idea of trading in soules of fallen warriors.

WATER SUPPLY: Very few sources of fresh water.

PRINCIPLE EXPORTS: Iocanthos’s only meaningful export is Ghostfire pollen. The Ghostfire harvest is essential to the existence of Imperial Guard Penal Legions in the Segmentum Obscurus.

The blunderbusses made here are worthy of note for the sheer size of the barrel and its seemingly indestructible ability to fire anything placed into the barrel. It is unsurprising to know that they are also called scrapper cannons. The Iocanthos blunderbuss has a notoriously short range but a very wide arc. Anything unlucky enough to be standing two metres in front of a fully loaded ‘scrapper cannon’ will most likely be turned to mush.

PRINCIPLE IMPORTS: Fresh water is a vital import.

COUNTRIES AND CONTINENTS: Four main continents and extensive island chains. Only the largest continent is populated (mountainous/rocky, dense southern forests).

CONFLICTS: Iocanthos’s warlords (usually styling themselves “vai” or tribal prince) battle constantly for control of the Ghostfire harvest. The Ghostfire crop cannot be cultivated normally and so once a patch of it is harvested another one must be found. The warlords’ armies are therefore constantly on the move, travelling in enormous hordes across Iocanthos’s main continent and clashing violently wherever they meet. Iocanthos’s wide plains, dense, dark forests and forbidding mountain passes are studded with old battlefields where burned out vehicles and age-bleached skeletons abound.

DEFENCES: Massive armies in service of warlords. Large mercenary presence.

CONTACT WITH OTHER WORLDS: A great many stable warps routes can be accessed from Iocanthus, leading to worlds such as Dreah, Scintilla, Luggnam, Sephiris Secundus, 41 Pry, Zillman's Domain and Heed.

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