500 space marines sent from the Raven Guard chapter to fill in the gap of men left in the wake of Waaagh! 'ObbNobz.
Given as charity from the Raven Guard to the Iron Diamonds Space Marines to bolster their numbers after Waaagh! 'ObbNobz swept over the Armorfall system which includes Angarius and it's moon.
Angarius and its moon were deemed uninhabitable after the severe orbital bombardments, and nuclear holocaust brought down by the Orks ultimately incinerated the planet's atmosphere, essentially destroying it for all those who called it home.
Overall losses to Waaagh! 'ObbNobz numbered exactly 500 marines. Of all the ten companies of Iron Diamonds however, only Third Diamond Company was completely destroyed.
(below is written the circumstances under which "the 500" were obtained)
Third Diamond Company was garrisoned on Angarius' moon. With other companies spread throughout the Veiled Region aiding in the initial containment efforts of Hive Fleet Leviathan and with first and second company hunting major Ork warbands on the far southern fringes of the Uhulis Sector, Chapter Master Sev Barlo tasked the honorable Third Diamond Company with the defense of Angarius and its moon. Three years of strict adherence to Master Barlo's orders, and the already outstanding discipline and skill that Third Diamond Company had dealing with the Orks, should have been enough to deal with the sudden threat. Unfortunately it was not.
Upon arrival, Ork Space Hulks launching jamming arrays and EMP blasts decimated Auspex and other targeting units based on Angarius' moon garrison. Without targeting systems, the planetary defense batteries were firing blind. Upon the initial observance of the massive Ork Space Hulk fleet, Third Diamond Company Captain Cass Lariat sent distress signals and requests for reinforcements to all Diamond Companies. Captain Lariat then held a private conference with Chapter Master Barlo via Astropath informing him of their impending doom.
Master Barlo reassured Captain Lariat that their memory would not be forgotten and there names would be made legend. Barlo then ordered Captain Lariat to load his men into their Thunderhawks and have them make their way planetside. Defense of the moon garrison was useless, and if the Orks did present themselves in the field of battle they were going to do so on Angarius herself. He knew in his heart however that this was a hopeless endeavor. An Ork fleet of that size would not waste its time with grinding man to man combat, no matter how much they loved to grapple with other races. No, he knew that there were bigger systems they had their eyes on. They would demolish Angarius and its moon with nothing more than a wave of their hand.
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