A trio of quasi-worlds at the hem of the Malfian subsector, the Lathes are the foremost forge worlds of the sector, rivalling Scintilla’s Gunmetal City for weapons manufacture. The three planetoids, Het, Hesh and Hadd, enjoy an irregular orbit around their star, intersecting to produce events of hyper-gravity. At such times, industry goes into frantic production, as the commingled gravitational urges of the passing planetoids allow for the specialist smelting of rare metals and alloys. Lathe-world blades are famed throughout the Calixis Sector for their unbreakable character. Gravitational duress also accounts for the dense, armour-piercing quality of Lathe-world ammunition. These so-called “body-blowers” are expensive and rare, and often purchased singly. The damage they can do to flesh is astonishing. Blades produced under gravitic circumstances on the Lathes are considered holy and special. Lord Hax owns a rapier of Lathe origin, presented to him by Magus Luol Rho, the Lathe-world emissary to the court of Scintilla. It is rumoured that King Skull’s sword is also an unbreakable tongue of Lathe-world manufacture.
The workforce of the Lathes is surprisingly small but all those born and bred on those oddly tangling planetoids are meaty, squat and powerful in their demeanour, and built with heavy bones and mounds of flesh.
As with all forge worlds held in the fealty of the Mechanicus of Mars, the Lathes are a secretive, closed environment. Visits require special permits and authority, and the Lathes are protected by a fraternity of warrior priests, who can call upon the power of Titans if the circumstances demand.
After the typical overcrowding occured on each planet, the Mechanicus Cult devised a sattelite and station of far greater design than most other Mechanicus orbitals. This station was created with the ability to pass out of any of the planets’ orbits and join in that of another, in a far faster way than the typical plasma driven thrusters of other stations. This would allow the station, after calculating the orbits of each of the three planets, to position itself between any of the planets that were about to intersect, taking advantage of an only slightly lessened hyper-gravity well.
After the concept proved successful and the output of the station began to surpass expectation, more layers of manufactories were built, a trend that continued to occur until fears that the station might swell to a size that couldn’t maintain a stable position between particularly close planetary intersections without beginning atmospheric entry of either planet and being torn apart. The station’s plasma engines, at first used exclusively for repositioning, now needed to be used at full capacity to prevent this result.
Nevertheless, the spectacle and efficiency of the moon-sized station, affectionately named “Lathe Haddeshet” remained popular even when it appeared it couldn’t be expanded any more. With low gravity at rest, standard Terra gravity at ready and Lathe-intensity gravity at work, life on the station required significant adjustment but produced equally significant results.
- Forge World in the Calixis sector
- Birthplace of Aestaban Sawyer