As a result, Cthonia had been colonised, built upon, tunnelled and mined since the dawn of human interstellar space travel millennia before the beginning of the Dark Age of Technology. It also served as a fortress from which they would launch further attacks upon both the Imperium and their fellow Traitor Legions. My trust is with you. Some months ago I got back into collecting Black Legion Chaos Space Marines. The once great Legion constantly dwindled in number, until they neared extinction. If the formation was especially large, then other Captains would take on the role of lieutenants to the overall force commander until the completion of the campaign. The message penetrated the potent psychic defences of the Imperial Palace on Terra, shattering all the psychic wards the Emperor had placed on the Palace -- including those within His secret project in the Imperial Dungeons, where He was proceeding with the creation of a human extension into the Webway. It was from the hyper violent gang-scum of Cthonia that many of the earliest inductees into the Space Marine Legions were taken, and it was there that the Emperor found the first and most beloved of His lost sons. Teaches the Humanoid pet Wyrmy Tunkins, a Treasure Demon with a little pack and books on it's back. With the power to destroy entire star systems at his fingertips, Abaddon inadvertently forced the Imperium and the Aeldari to ally against him, and he was driven into retreat at the Battle of Schindlegeist. Following the defeat of the Orks of Ullanor due to the strategic brilliance of Horus, the Emperor of Mankind returned to Terra to begin work on His vast project to open up the Aeldari Webway for Mankind's use. Beneath these non-commissioned officers were the rank-and-file Battle-Brothers of the Luna Wolves and the Sons of Horus. The XVIth would not be the only Space Marine Legion to bear such a title and embrace this imagery as their own, but they were the first. Sons of Horus Legionaries fighting against Plague Zombies on Davin's Moon, The Sons of Horus unleash their wrath upon the Auretian Technocracy, Captain Garviel Loken confronts the First-Captain Ezekyle Abaddon during the Istvaan III Atrocity, The Black Crusades of Abaddon the Despoiler, Black Legionaries tear through the ranks of the Cadian Shock Troops, Abaddon the Despoiler's Black Crusades and other Chaos incursions, A Black Legion Chaos Champion and his forces annihilating all in their path during the 13th Black Crusade. They would come out of the night or in the dawn, carried in the holds of Stormbirds and Storm Eagles, flanked by squadrons of escorting Lightning Crows. Galactic Civil War Era. So it was that when Horus fell from grace, so too did his gene-sons, and their faults, long-sleeping, multiplied and grew to consume them: pride, ambition, the desire to be greater than any other and the savagery and merciless will to make such dark dreams manifest. The Primarch Horus' body, with its potent genetic information and biological secrets, was a great prize indeed. Black Metal. Dhar'leth, Daemon Prince of the Black Legion. As the Traitor Legions turned upon one another, the Dark Gods subverted and manipulated their new playthings, reshaping the Legions for their own ends and the never-ending war between the gods. In the end, the heads of all those Chaos Champions and Chaos Lords adorned Abaddon's trophy rack, their warbands destroyed and their fortresses torn down stone by stone. Known Warbands Through his actions, Abaddon re-invigorated the Legion, reviving the old notion that none could stand in their way and that they would one day inherit the galaxy itself. But the Emperor deeply disliked and mistrusted organised human religion, blaming it for much of the darkness that had plagued humanity's history. The white of the Luna Wolves turned sea-green, then darkened further to a murky verdigris green-black as the Sons of Horus further cast off the discipline of the Terran traditions of warfare and erred in pride and growling malice towards the dark heart of Cthonia, and its traditions of gang-fiefdom, blood-pride and merciless, incessant conflict. This skill was not only of use on the battlefield, for it carried over into contacts with the peoples the Great Crusade met. Some captains suspected that it would be but a matter of time before they and their Battle-Brothers were drawn into the wars between the Traitor Legions, and so they pushed for the Sons of Horus to replace its losses by increasing the Legion's gene-seed stocks. The Black Legion was once one of the 9 First Founding Legions of Space Marines who turned Traitor to the Imperium during the Horus Heresy in the early 31st Millennium. This time, the Despoiler was careful not to create such an easy target for his foes, and the Black Legion remained a fleet-based formation, slipping like shadows across the Warp. Over time the different Legions gained their own marks of distinction and character, as well as iconic names. Abaddon was climbing over the heaped corpses of broken Imperial soldiers when he felt the psychic howl heralding the death of his Primarch. Abaddon was content to give a Black Legion warlord and his warband of Chaos Space Marines the chance to make a name for themselves, allowing them the freedom to strike where and when they would. Legion Number This in turn keeps the pressure on while new attacks are being prepared. Brutal it might have been, but to the Space Marines of the Luna Wolves it was a matter of necessity; wars were either brutal and short or they became long and wasteful. All the while, the Legion suffered the jealous attacks of their former allies during the so-called Legion War. During these so-called "Black Crusades", whole star systems would be destroyed in conflicts that would drag on for standard decades or centuries until, as suddenly as they had appeared, the Black Legion would retreat into the Eye of Terror, their holds filled with slaves and plunder. The Black Legion possesses a single ancient Battle Barge from their original fleet, Horus' own flagship the Vengeful Spirit, as well as other vessels commandeered or captured from the Imperium over the millennia. Before the dark days of the Horus Heresy they fought at the Emperor's side on Terra and through the early years of the Great Crusade. The ensuing civil war pitched the whole Imperium into anarchy and chaos. Horus remarked on several occasions that there were few challenges of war that could not be met by, or did not require, the use of such units. [20] Though the Luna Wolves Gene-Seed was historically considered reliably pure, the regular practice of seeking Daemonic possession has accelerated its mutation. Firstly, he cast off the name of their Primarch, rechristening the Sons of Horus as the "Black Legion," so that they could move beyond the failures of the Horus Heresy and repair their tarnished reputation. The Warmaster Horus' flagship, the Battle Barge Vengeful Spirit. You might need a couple of coats. Listen to Black Legion: Warhammer 40,000 audiobooks on Audible. Formerly the Luna Wolves, their primarch, Horus Lupercal, was the first primarch discovered by the Emperor and was raised alongside his birth father, becoming the Emperor's most trusted primarch. After Horus' treachery and final defeat at the Siege of Terra during the Horus Heresy, however, the Legion was renamed once more as the "Black Legion" by its new Warmaster, Abaddon the Despoiler. Gothic-/Symphonic Metal. Equally, it ensured that the former Sons of Horus would never forget their Primarch had failed, and his failure must be drowned in the blood of his foes. Uncertain whether this is consumed on use (and whether the unlock is permanent). The Lord Corruptor is tasked with instilling fear and hatred amongst the Chaos Space Marines of the Black Legion. There is an extensive backstory that covers Abaddon and his merry warband of miscreants. Ezekyle Abaddon abandoned the Legion; broken by the death of Horus and sick of war, he wandered alone into the Eye of Terror. The Black Legion's gene-seed, prior to the incident on the Feral World of Davin where Horus was brought back from the brink of death through the power of the the Serpent Temple's Chaos Sorcerers and the corruptive touch of the Ruinous Powers, was perfectly pure and unusually potent, since it was derived from Horus' genome, who was generally considered the greatest of the Primarchs. As the Imperial Warmaster, Horus took over command of the Great Crusade, and accepted his new duties with earnest dedication. So this is a rush list with many small units, all the better to spread my evil across the field as I close with the foe. After the bitter battle, Abaddon climbed down into the mirrored heart of Uralan. Date: 29-11-2020 Planet: Eriadu Climate: Temperate. Black Legion are very slightly faster than other CSM, and I know I can outclass the robomen in close quarters. It took all the strength of character of their new commander, Abaddon the Despoiler, to restore the Legion's sense of pride and refocus its Astartes on their ultimate goal -- to destroy everything that the Emperor of Mankind created and raise themselves up as the new rulers of the galaxy in the names of the Ruinous Powers of Chaos. Horus, at first reluctant to aggrandise himself in this way, eventually instituted this change following a conversation with the Primarch Sanguinius in the wake of the Luna Wolves' inability to avoid war with the Human/xenos hybrid civilisation known as the Interex. It falls to the Lord Purgator to ensure that every man, woman and child left alive on a world conquered by the Black Legion is dragged in chains into the hold of the Legion's starships, and that no edifice remains undedicated to the Dark Gods. So potent a symbol has it become that few other warbands of Chaos Space Marines ever wear black armour. However, following their corruption by Chaos, the Black Legion's Space Marines started to exhibit random genetic mutations, and it is likely that this taint now affects their gene-seed as it has almost all of the Traitor Legions. The Emperor openly and publicly refuted His alleged divinity and banned religious worship in His empire, and demanded that His subjects accept the "Imperial Truth" -- that science, reason and logic alone presented the tools required to create a better human future. Chaos Space Marine Legions and Warbands (List), Codex: Chaos Space Marines (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex), Imperial Armour Volume Seven - The Siege of Vraks - Part Three, Black Legion - A Codex: Chaos Space Marines Supplement, Champions of Fenris - A Codex: Space Wolves Supplement, Imperial Armour Volume Ten - The Badab War - Part Two, Imperial Armour Volume Two - Second Edition: War Machines of the Adeptus Astartes, Codex: Space Marines (8th Edition, 2nd Codex), Warhammer Community: We're on Crusade – Part 4 (Posted on 16/07/2020), Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion (Novel), Warhammer Community: Warhammer Preview Online: Black Library (posted 12/5/2020,, None. Bereft of their glorious Primarch, the Legion floundered, and in desperation turned to each of the Chaos Gods in turn in their search for renewed power, inviting daemonic possession and the ever more costly blessings of the Warp. Such is the nature of the Traitor Legions that no individual warlord could ever rule over all of them, but Abaddon hoped to one day unite them toward a single goal as Horus had done before him. The elite 1st Company showed even greater variation. With it, apparently, spread whatever Chaos taint had corrupted the Warmaster, and the fate of the galaxy was sealed. I name you Warmaster and from this day forth all of my armies and generals shall take orders from you as if the words came from mine own mouth. For all his rage and anger, Horus could not win -- though before the Emperor obliterated His son's soul, Horus delivered a mortal blow to his gene-father. At the close of the 41st Millennium, Abaddon led his 13th Black Crusade in the final conquest of Cadia, emerging stronger than ever before at the head of a vast army of Traitors, Heretics and daemons. These formations rarely had formal titles, but the Sons of Horus commonly referred to formations intended to prosecute a rapid assault as "Speartips.". Infused with the might of Chaos, the Black Legion grew in power and glory during the 1st Black Crusade. He had the whole galaxy within his grasp and he let it slip away.". This set off a chain reaction that allowed for the formation of the Great Rift, effectively dividing the Imperium in half between Imperium Sanctus and Imperium Nihilus. They prosecuted battles with the same savage mentality and ferocity displayed during the gang-wars of Cthonia where prisoners were simply unwanted mouths to feed. Heavily engaged on the surface of Istvaan III during the Istvaan Atrocity, it is estimated that some 30,000 of the Sons of Horus' Legionaries were dead or unaccounted for in the aftermath of that battle. The Legion re-grouped on the world of Maeleum inside the Eye of Terror. The XVIth Legion's Great Crusade fleet was accorded to be among the greatest under any single commander's flag, with in excess of one hundred capital ships and perhaps three times that figure in smaller cruisers and escorts under Horus' direct command. Cloaked in the shadow of the Eye of Terror, Uralan was whispered of in daemonic lore as a place where the gods themselves locked away their secrets. Through alliance, threats and promises, Abaddon was able to muster the largest force of Traitor Legions seen since the Horus Heresy and took the Imperium by surprise. As Drecarth extended his hand in greeting, Abaddon grasped it with his own, only to thrust the claws of the Talon of Horus into his fellow Chaos Space Marine's gut. It was where the body of their Primarch had been interred after the Terran Breaking. Hail the Warmaster! Within this host, all would swear complete allegiance to Abaddon, and through an inner circle, he would lead them with absolute dominion. — The Warmaster Horus. Many Black Legion warbands worship one of the Chaos Gods above the others, adorning their black battle-plate with icons, trophies and the favoured colours of their patron in the hope of attracting more divine favour -- and perhaps ascending beyond the Black Legion to claim mastery of their own fate as Daemon Princes. The overriding belief that animated the Astartes of the XVIth Legion prior to Horus' demise was in the ultimate superiority of Horus and themselves over all other beings in the galaxy. "Lupercal!" The personal charisma and reputation of a commander within the Legion came to apply to the Astartes under his command, as if the ways of the Cthonian gang lords now informed the Luna Wolves' own understanding of leadership. I push against his Avatar. The Segmentum Obscurus suffered terribly in these endless wars against the fallen Space Marine Legions, but in truth nowhere … The Chaos Gods' pact with Horus was simple: "Give us the Emperor and we will give you the galaxy." He fought his way through the remaining loyalists aboard the Vengeful Spirit and cleared the ancient vessel of resistance, the mortally wounded Emperor already borne back to Terra by the Imperial Fists' Primarch Rogal Dorn. [1], The Sons of Horus were initially the most aggressive Legion against the Imperium, as if to atone for their previous cowardice on Terra or perhaps to attempt to 're-prove' that they were still the best Legion. The Chosen bear an assortment of titles, reflecting their role in a past Black Crusade or honouring particular acts of cruelty for which they are infamous. Cthonia, relatively close to Terra in the void, and with whom some minor intermittent contact had been maintained even through the Age of Strife, had its murderous and strife-torn population marked by one of the first Expeditionary Fleets to leave the Sol System. One avatar of the increasing influence of the Legion's Cthonian brothers was the late reemergence of Cthonian gang-sigils graven into a given Space Marine's armour that recorded his notable kills and deeds, as well as to which company of the Legion they belonged. In the aftermath of this Ullanor Crusade, Horus was granted the newly-created title of "Warmaster," the commander-in-chief of all the Emperor's armies who possessed command authority over all of the other Primarchs and every Expeditionary Fleet of the Great Crusade. Of all the infant Primarchs scattered to the corners of the galaxy before the process of their creation was completed, Horus grew up closest to Terra. Although the figure may have been higher, this estimate would also tally with more general assessments of the Sons of Horus Legion being in the upper quarter of the Legions in terms of the Space Marine manpower available to them. The Legion's tactics have been shaped by its lack of numerical strength compared to other Legions, and commanders are adept at using their troops to the best effect[1]. The strength of the Luna Wolves in battle did not change or weaken after the inclusion of the Cthonians; if anything the Legion seemed to become even more potent over time. Others attempted to whisper promises in the ears of those that had sworn fealty to the Black Legion and tried to turn them against the Despoiler. Founding Long time of wait, questions to the author and imagining the big 'Konan' vs Warlord moment here at last.… Horus was now allied body and soul to the Ruinous Powers of Chaos, and he had a new vision for the Imperium with himself rather than the Emperor at its head. Black Legion, once the XVI Legion of the twenty original Space Marine legions. Like many of the other Traitor Legions, the Sons of Horus suffered from incessant daemonic attacks during the early years within the Eye of Terror. [35] However, Daravek was eventually defeated, and Abaddon's power grew exponentially as he gathered many allies across the Eye of Terror, most of the Daemon Primarchs included. [53], The Black Legion consists of a large portion of former Luna Wolves Gene-seed alongside those from absorbed warbands or captured from the Imperium. In the Capridian Sinks, it is still common for traders and gamblers to refer to the Legion's ancient number of sixteen as "the counting of the wolf.". 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