The Koronus Expanse
For thousands of years, rumors persisted of a passage through the terrible warp storms encircling the edge of the Calixis Sector. At the beginning of the 41st millennium, the route was discovered (or, as some believe, re-discovered), opening up the long-untouched realm to the Light of the Emperor. In the years since, several Rogue Trader dynasties have made their fortunes amongst the newly accessible stars, while others have collapsed in ruin from the many dangers that have been discovered within.
Port Wander is the last bastion of Imperial authority, a massive space station floating near the edge of the Calixis sector, staring into the Maw, the passage through the storms that leads to the Koronus Expanse. From here, Rogue Trader profiteers, Imperial Navy warships, Adeptus Mechanicus explorators and Ministorium proselytizers formulate their plans to get what they desire from the near-virgin systems, whether it be the acquisition of sought-after goods and strange technology, conversion of the many human-remnant populations, or outright colonization.
Several planets have been discovered with human populations, cut off from the Light of the Emperor for thousands of years. It has been impossible to determine when they arrived, but many have devolved into the savage states that the Emperor encountered during the Great Crusade. Tantalizing rumors speak of ancient technologies that the Adeptus Mechanicus has supposedly paid vast sums to acquire.
The Koronus Expanse is the name given by Imperial authorities to a dangerous unexplored region of the Halo Stars beyond the Calixis Sector.
The Expanse is accessed through the Koronus Passage, a treacherous but navigable route through the great warp storms that bar the passage to the Halo Stars beyond the way station of Port Wander.
As is true of the Calixis Sector itself, the Expanse was untouched by the God-Emperor's Crusade many millennia ago and so it is a realm of fearsome xenos, treasures beyond imagining, heathen worlds of men, and the echoes of the ancient doom.
The Koronus Expanse in the 41st Millennium is a scattered, partly explored region containing a few young colonies and vast natural wealth still barely explored. Rogue Traders vie with one another for known resources, heedless of lives lost in the pursuit of riches, while a tentative attempt at Imperial colonization follows in their wake.
Drawn by the flow of wealth, pirates and servants of Dark Gods have also slipped into the Expanse, eager to cast destruction upon the works of the God-Emperor's faithful, living by what they wrest from dead hands, while the Expanse itself holds many secrets and native inhabitants no less dangerous. Beyond these human conflicts lie truly dark and dangerous voids, rife with rumoured terrors, undiscovered stars, and worlds of man who have never known the God-Emperor. There are no defined warp-routes, no safe ways through the swirling empyrean. These regions hold the fearsome Ork, the treacherous Eldar, and strange ruins that lie beneath the light of dying stars.
Rogue Traders and their involvement
For centuries, Rogue Traders have braved great evils and the treacherous warp to venture into the Koronus Expanse, but their efforts have barely begun to uncover its secrets.Footholds have been built close to the few semi-stable warp routes into the area.
Here, resources-rich worlds are exploited, xenos ruins, trade envoys meet with heathen lords, and colonies are attempted upon sheltered worlds.This effort has been enough to shower wealth and fame upon the fortunate and make corpses of the rest.The gateway to the Expanse is littered with broken vessels and tales of the vanished.
The warp space of the Koronus Expanse is treacherous and unknown in the main, and partially explored regions of the Expanse are islands of Imperial activity amidst a vastness of danger and myster.Navigating is a far cry from traversing the established warp routes of the Calixis Sector.
Most of the Koronus Expanse is known to the Imperium only through legend, revelation, and hearsay. The Rogue Trader who ventures into this unknown risks his very soul upon the talent of his Navigator, and on quality of what little information he has gleaned from those gone before.
Beyond the partly explored regions of the Koronus Expanse, past deeps beset by pirates and dread xenos, lie many worlds and strange phenomena which exists as the stuff of dark legend.Some of these uncharted stars were visited by a single Rogue Trader whose tales are doubted and dismissed by rivals as outright lies, while others are known only from dubious and apocryphal sources such as Thulean data-vaults recovered from Dolorium's voids in 741.M41, or the infamous prophetic visions of the Seven Witches of Footfall
Other fragments of contradictory lore relating to these dark zones are culled from even more untrustworthy sources, such as the muted astropathic whispers overheard on the warp's twisted eddies, the falsehoods of the deceitful Eldar, or the ancient myths of heathen worlds given over to darkness for millennia uncounted
Such areas are only labeled only as "Here be monsters" on ancient charts, where only the foolhardy of insane would venture to seek their destiny.