Band of Guardsmen
“This world represents a strategic resource that could be vital to the war effort and that must not be allowed to fall into xenos hands. I implore you, for the sake of the Sector and the Imperium, to recover control of this world so that it may be used to serve the God-Emperor to its full potential.”
–Captain Jacoby Hollander of House Gibrahan, in a letter to Sector High Command.
Humanity discovered Skrynne several thousand years ago, during routine expeditions through the portion of the Calixis Sector that would eventually become known as the Spinward Front. Several early attempts at colonisation were universal failures. Though all of these initial forays were well equipped for either a death world or to overcome an Ork infestation, none were adequately supplied for both. This lethal combination consistently prevented humanity from gaining a foothold.
Eventually, sector government requested that the Departmento Munitorum take a direct hand in the matter. The fourth company of the Storm Wardens Space Marine Chapter accepted the assignment to cleanse the world so that it might be put to Imperial use. Even those stalwarts required more than ten years to complete their task. Most reports of the war have been lost to the ages, but when the colonists arrived they were fervent in their gratitude to the Space Marine Chapter. To this day, Storm Warden iconography remains ensconced within every Ecclesiarchy chapel upon the planet as a reminder of the debt their world owes to the Adeptus Astartes.
Over the centuries since their arrival, humanity gradually took control of the planet. The population grew from tens of thousands of colonists to a population of several million souls. The expanding human population cut down huge swaths of the world’s native jungles and eliminated countless members of the death world’s savage predators. As their agrarian interests expanded, the population continued to grow and expand their holding upon Skrynne’s southern continent. As the human society grew and increased in its sophistication, the largest recurring challenge became the regular outbreaks of Orks upon the world’s northern continent.