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So there I was, idly leafing through my Eye of Terror codex, when I came across an anomaly in the fluff... to help explain my point, I'll present the ideas that formed in my head in point form:
- the Eye of Terror has only one stable exit/entrance, the Cadian gate.
-The Cadian Gate is a calm in the warp storms surrounding the Eye, apparently generated by the mysterious black pylons scattered across Cadia.
-The Inquisition has been known to destroy entire planet simply becasue one daemon prince has broken loose.
So, would it not make much more sense for the Imperium to simply destroy Cadia, and therefore the Cadian Gate, rather than turning it into a garrison world?
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Im not really an expert on this, so im just guessing, but it think that by blowing up the entire planet, the gate would still survive, and then the chaos would be able to send ships through the gate.
I play my 40k with friendly fire.
Finally fixed the link!
Itâ€™s true that the Pylons on Cadia is whatâ€™s keeping the Cadian Gate open; theyâ€™re believed to have been constructed by the Câ€™tan as part of their Great Work to make impossible all interactions between the warp and the material world, which is why the warp storms of the Eye of Terror do not affect the space around Cadia.
The problem with the Eye of Terror is that itâ€™s a rather big place that takes up a decent-sized chunk of space. For obvious reasons the Imperials like to know the whereabouts the traitors inhabiting the Eye to prevent them from striking out and attacking defenceless Imperial planets unopposed, but itâ€™s simply impossible to keep the entire circumference of the Eye under observation at all times; itâ€™s just too big, and even if you took the entire Imperial Navy and placed it in a circle around the Eye, there would still be areas where traitors could slip out unnoticed.
However, the traitors face the same problem with the warp storms of the Eye as do the Imperials, and so they like to avoid travelling through the parts of space around the Eye thatâ€™s saturated with uncontrollable warp energies that might easily destroy a ship; the existence of the Cadian Gate is usually an irresistible temptation for them, offering a safe and easy passage from the Eye to real-space, and so they almost always attempt to launch their attacks on the Imperium through the Cadian Gate.
This means that the Imperials donâ€™t need to watch the entire Eye but can simply reinforce the Cadian Gate and thereby catch most of the traitor forces before they get too far into Imperial space by bottling them up around Cadia, which is a much more efficient defence than spreading their forces thinly across a large area of space.
Alternatively, thereâ€™s also the theory that the Imperials arenâ€™t in fact aware of the Pylonsâ€™ effect on the warp; if they donâ€™t realise that the Cadian Gate is created by the Pylons and view them as nothing more than ancient ruins unworthy of their attention, then they have no reason to go and destroy them when they have much better things to be blowing up, such as traitors from out of the Eye.
It really depends on how much you believe the Imperials actually know about the Câ€™tan and their Great Work.
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