The Emperor's Horn
Svard was founded over 200 years ago by the Mendelov Dynasty after Quintarus Mendelov discovered an energy rich planet while transporting missionaries to an area of the expanse known as the Cauldron. The system is spread across a series of moons orbiting a massive gas giant, Svard Prime, the only true planet in the system. The gas giant has literally dozens of moons ranging in size from hunks of rock only a few kilometres across to some that are almost small planets in their own right. It is among these where the inhabitants of Svard reside.
Svard: The Ice Moon, The namesake of the system, and the gas giant’s largest moon, Svard is the primary settlement within the system. From here, the Crystal Council (so named for
the ice hive from which they rule) commands the rest of the moons and maintains a tenuous tie to the Imperium. It is a cold and inhospitable place where survival on the surface is practically impossible, the moon’s thin atmosphere trapping precious little heat. As a result, the original settlers built vast domes of snow and ice, creating entire cities sheltered from the harsh elements. Over time, these domes grew until they became frozen hives clustered across the moon’s surface like icy stalagmites. With a population in the millions, Svard is hugely prosperous, reaping the resources of the other moons and the fuel rich liquids of the gas giant below. Ruled over by the Crystal Council and protected by thousands of well trained and equipped PDF troopers, Svard is a picture of thriving Imperial power… or so it was the last anyone knew. It has been decades since there has been any contact with the system. Though not totally unusual in the expanse, given the unpredictability of the warp, the long silence is starting to create a financial strain on the dynasty.