by Niels Dutka, the Preacher










Bethaven Prime is an arid world, the home of the Scorpion Masters chapter of the Imperial Space Marines.  The Scorpion Masters erected their fortress monastery on the plains of the Megiddo Desert, which spans most of the planet’s central continent.  A deep crevice known as “Royal Gorge” splits the Megiddo Desert in half.  The gorge runs from the volcanic mountain range on the Western shore of the continent to the great sea on the Eastern shore.  Most of the year, a shallow river runs across the floor of the gorge, but during the spring thaw and at times of heavy rain, the river may grow deeper.  Several attempts have been made to construct a bridge across the gorge, but the bridges have always been destroyed by frequent earthquakes that plague the region.  Two major theories have been developed to explain the formation of Royal Gorge.  The first theory proposes that it was created by the erosion of the river across a period of countless thousands of years.  This theory is contradicted, however, by the fact that the Bethaven star system is dated as fairly young.  The more commonly accepted theory is that the gorge was rent open by a tremendous earthquake that occurred early in the planet’s development.  At any rate, Royal Gorge acts as a natural barrier, restricting movement across the Megiddo Desert.  Only a few pathways lead down into or up out of the gorge, so control of these pathways is critical to any military operations within the region.

This map is designed for up to 6 players.  It is suitable for team-play or for a free-for-all battle against live opponents.  It is also suitable for a single player to fight against the computer AI.  Although scripted to include at least one Space Marine force, the map is suitable for any combination of armies you prefer.  The map is enormous, 1024 x 1024 in size, so it may take a long time to load.  It is designed to use any combination of victory objectives desired.  The map contains a total of 3 critical locations, 6 slag deposits, 6 relics, and 42 strategic points.

Download "Royal Gorge"  version 1.0 (File size: 6.18MB) posted February 26, 2017


Scorpion Masters

chapter of the Imperial

Space Marines






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