Strike Force Absolution is made up of a very small but powerful contingent of some of the most experienced battle brothers from two of the unforgiven chapters. Its creation was, as has been the case in many circumstances, purely circumstantial. During the pacification of Vincrence IV, an industrial planet attempting rebellion for the first time a small but powerful strike force under the command of Master Saraknyel was diverted to lend assistance to the loyalist Imperial forces. Landing their forces at Winterlanding, the only Spaceport of the planet the Dark Angel Strike Force was dismayed to see the defences of the Spaceport turned inwards. The rot had set in deeply and the entire imperial force of the planet had turned away from the emperor's light. Stubbornly, the Dark Angels dug in, in the centre of the spaceport as a violent fire-fight began. Master Saraknyel immediately deployed the three landraiders in his command as a mobile fire base, moving withing their perimeter and showering the enemy with constant barrage of the emperor's wrath.
Realising that the tactical situation was hopeless, he gathered the two most experienced units under his command, both members of the Deathwing and deployed in their tactical dreadnought armour. Librarian Baraqiaal had remained aboard their battle barge Righteous Vengeance and was unable to deploy that vessels considerable firepower to support the Dark Angels on the ground due to their proximity to the enemy. He had however devined the centre of the enemy's resistance by a combination of psychic divination and the emperor's tarot. Without the knowledge of the traitorous rebels, the Master and the deathwing squads teleported aboard the Righteous Vengeance, which then moved out to the other side of the planet.