The last world remaining in Andurien control – other than Andurien itself - Lurgatan was regarded as little more than a nuisance, with all Defender formations having been pulled back to the capital. It could have been ignored but the Capellan Confederation, now solidly in the hands of Romano Liao, was making noises about seizing Andurien worlds as reparations for the attacks on their territory. Lurgatan could not therefore be left open to Liao opportunism, but neither did Thomas Marik wish to deploy a significant troop formation.
Instead, he hit on way of maximizing his forces while bringing the errant world into line: he ordered the infamous Eighth Orloff Grenadiers to secure Lurgatan, then sent a personal message to the planetary government informing them of the unit he’d dispatched. With their reputation preceding them, Lurgatan had no desire to be brutalized by the Eighth, and no sooner had they landed in April 3039 than a government delegation met the Orloff commander and surrendered the planet.