Past the Edge of Darkness
Terra, also called “Holy Terra” or in older records, “Earth,” is the throne world of the Imperium of Man and the original homeworld of Mankind and of the Emperor. It is the most holy and revered place in all the Imperium of Man. Pilgrims throughout the Imperium flock to Terra – even the barren soil that pilgrims tread upon when they reach Terra is considered holy. Terra is effectively a temple dedicated to the Emperor that is the size of a planet. The planet is home to the main headquarters of many important organizations of the Imperium as it is the capital world of the Imperium. There is a fear of Space Marines among the people who live there, due to events dating back to the Horus Heresy, when much of the planet was leveled and terrorized by the Traitor Legions. Before the Great Crusade, Terra was plagued by a long age of civil war and anarchy known as the Age of Strife. which only came to an end when the Emperor personally waged the Unification Wars to reunite all the Terran factions under his own enlightened leadership. Terra is perhaps the most massive Hive World within the Imperium, with a population of a hundred trillion human beings. The bulk of Terra’s population is divided into the Adepts of the Administratum who are the official servants of the Emperor and his Imperium, including officials, scribes, bureaucrats and laborers and non-Adepts, the far less-privileged and much larger class of common citizens. Terra has one moon, Luna , which is an inhabited and highly populous world of the Imperium in its own right.