The Murder of Crows
The Koronus Expanse
The Koronus Expanse is the name given by Imperial authorities to a dangerous and largely unexplored region of the Halo Stars beyond the Calixis Sector.
The Expanse is accessed through the Koronus Passage, also knows to seasoned voidfairers as “The Maw”, a treacherous but navigable route through the great warp storms that bar the passage to the Halo Stars beyond the way station of Port Wander.
The warp space of the Koronus Expanse is treacherous and unknown in the main, and partially explored regions of the Expanse are islands of Imperial activity admist a vastness of danger and myster. Navigating is a far cry from traversing the established warp routes of the Calixis Sector. Most of the Koronus Expanse is known to the Imperium only through legend, revelation, and hearsay. The Rogue Trader who ventures into this unknown risks his very soul upon the talent of his Navigator, and on quallity of what little information he has gleaned from those gone before.
For centuries, Rogue Traders have braved great evils and the treacherous warp to venture into the Koronus Expanse, but their efforts have barely begun to uncover its secrets.Footholds have been built close to the few semi-stable warp routes into the area.1 Here, resources-rich worlds are exploited, xenos ruins are plundered for near heretical technology, trade envoys meet with heathen lords, and colonies are attempted upon sheltered worlds. This effort has been enough to shower wealth and fame upon the fortunate and make corpses of the rest. The gateway to the Expanse is littered with broken vessels and tales of the vanished
The Expanse is a scattered and unpredictable region containing a few young colonies and vast natural wealth still barely explored. As is true of the Calixis Sector itself, the Expanse was untouched by the God-Emperor’s Crusade many millennia ago and so it is a realm of fearsome xenos,treasures beyond imagining, heathen worlds of men, and the echoes of the ancient doom. Rival houses of Rogue Traders vie with one another for known resources, heedless of lives lost in the pursuit of riches, while a tentative attempt at Imperial colonization follows in their wake.
Drawn by the flow of wealth, pirates and servants of Dark Gods have also slipped into the Expanse, eager to cast destruction upon the works of the God-Emperor’s faithful, living by what they wrest from the dead hands, while the Expanse itself holds many secrets and native inhabitants no less dangerous.
Beyond these human conflicts lie truly dark and dangerous voids, rife with rumored terrors, undiscovered stars, and worlds of man who have never known the God-Emperor. There are no defined warp-routes, no safe ways through the swirling empyrean. These regions hold the fearsome Ork, the treacherous Eldar, and strange ruins that lie beneath the light of dying stars.
Beyond the partly explored regions of the Koronus Expanse, past deeps beset by pirates and dread xenos, lie many worlds and strange phenomena which exists as the stuff of dark legend.Some of these uncharted stars were visited by a single Rogue Trader whose tales are doubted and dismissed by rivals as outright lies, while others are known only from dubious and apocryphal sources such as Thulean data-vaults recovered from Dolorium’s voids in 741.M41, or the infamous prophetic visions of the Seven Witches of Footfall. Other fragments of contradictory lore relating to these dark zones are culled from even more untrustworthy sources, such as the muted astropathic whispers overheard on the warp’s twisted eddies, the falsehoods of the decetiful Eldar, or the ancient myths of heathen worlds given over to darkness for millennia uncounted. Such areas are only labbeled only as “Here be monsters” on ancient charts, where only the foolhardy of insane would venture to seek their destiny.