The Paragons originated from the 20th Founding in late M35, and Dorn's lineage was selected to birth the geneseeds destined for the new Chapter. They were given a small space fleet, and tasked to patrol the border of Segmentum Tempestus and the Ultima Segmentum. They performed well for a novice Astartes Chapter. Their early accolades included halting an Ork incursion, the destruction of an Eldar pirate fleet, and the extermination of a pleasure cult on the planet, Segav. The latter conquest became their homeworld, and The Paragons took several measures to prevent the hedonism from regaining a footold on their new Homeworld. The Adeptus Astartes instituted strict discipline into the local laws, created a regimented military, and created ritualistic gladiatorial combat houses based on the Imperial Cult. The planet seemed to adapt well with the presence of The Paragons, and the gladiatorial arenas flourished and the gladiator's progeny provided outstanding recruits for the Chapter.
In mid M36, a distress call from an Adepta Sororitas Commandery outpost on a moderately populated Agri-world was answered by four companies from The Paragons. It was led by Chapter Master Augustus as a show of good-will to the Ecclesiarchy. The planet was in revolt, and the contingent Order was having difficulty eradicating the traitors. The initial drop pod assault intended to wipe out the command section of the heretics, but it resulted in the complete loss of forty Astartes. The uprising was led by a rogue-psyker manipulating the populace. His powers had swollen with corruption and he, his coven of rogue psykers, and cultists had proven more than capable of dealing with The Paragons. Chapter Master Augustus decided to draw the Magos into a trap. The bait would be the Adepta Sororitas outpost and all the Sisters under siege. The trap worked, the psyker was killed, but the losses to the Sisters were severe. The deaths included the Cannoness Commander, and an Inquisitor. The Adepta Sororitas screamed for retribution, and the Inquisition obliged with levying charges of dereliction of duty, and willful compliance in the death of Inquisitorial Agents. In the end, the trial concluded with the execution of Chapter Master Augustus. their homeworld became forfeit, and The Paragons were forced on a 100 year penitent crusade.
Captain Viktor Zur of the 1st Company was appointed the new Chapter Master. He took command with the death of his mentor on his shoulders. The Paragons were tasked to patrol the warp storms in the Segmentum Tempestus known as The Storms of Judgement. The triple Warp rifts were a safe haven for pirates, heretics, and worse. The Chapter Master urged his Battle Brothers to replace shame with fury, and despair with conviction. The Chapter fought with determination, zeal, and efficiency. They tore through humanity's foes, but even the successive victories had a mounting toll on the Chapter. The Paragons soon found that they were turned away from Imperial spaceports and planets. Aid would not be accommodated. Respite would not be given to the discredited Chapter. The burden of their crusade was theirs to bear alone.
Casualties started to rise, and supplies started to dwindle. Chapter Master Zur was faced with very few options. He could either allow his Chapter to die a slow death due to attrition, or he could coerce an Imperial Guard armory into providing logistic support. The decision was made to provide a show of force to intimidate a garrison of Imperial Guardsman regiment deployed to a moon located in XXXX. The Paragons prepared for deployment in orbit, and Viktor Zur gave the order to deploy.
The full capability of the Chapter deployed to the critical nodes of control of the bastion, and Chapter Master Zur and his retinue of honor guard teleported in their terminator armor to the command headquarters. A meeting was demanded with the General, the meeting was granted, but an Inquisitor attended as well. The Paragon’s demands for supplies were denied by the General and the Inquisitor. Chapter Master Zur was chided by the Inquisitor, and he threatened that Zur would suffer the same fate as Augustus. Seething, Chapter Master Zur ran the Inquisitor through with his powersword. The order to kill all guardsmen was issued. It took a scant two hours to kill every guardsmen fortifying the bastion. The killings were efficient and bloody. The thrum of war-lust, hate, and anger filled The Paragon’s souls. The warp reached out and embraced The Paragons. The flowing blood seemed to manifest itself into sneering faces. The Astartes looted all materiel, rejoined with their fleet, and then lanced the bastion into rubble.
The penitent crusade was over. There was no turning back after the destruction of the bastion on XXXX. The Paragons filled their souls with hate towards the Imperium, and they pointed towards the Storms of Judgement and embraced the rage. Blood would flow under the banner of Viktor Zur, Sovereign of the Crimson Warlords.
The chaotic tides inside The Storms of Judgement settled The Crimson Warlords near a planet. It was protected by a Grand Crusier and multiple support ships. Initial scans showed a planet with a robust, yet simple, planetary defense network. Most of the inhabitation of the planet’s denizens were located in a sizeable city, and there were several military outposts scattered about. The only anomaly was a small temple with an inordinate amount of protection. Aside from the glaring tell as a strategic point of interest, Viktor Zur felt something tug at the edge of his consciousness demanding he personally attack that target.
The Marine’s Battle Barge and two Strike Cruisers made short work of the Grand Cruiser’s support ships. Master Zur sacrificed his fleet’s three Destroyers to allow a full two hundred fifty Marines to board and capture the Grand Cruiser. He then reconsolidated his forces, and prepared for the planetary assault.
The addition of the Grand Cruiser allowed The Paragons to dismantle the planet’s defense network with precision applications of force. The assualting Astartes forces encountered a twisted human guard force. Strange warp beasts that were a combination of bat and man enhanced the enemy. They had several super-heavy tanks, and Master Zur demanded that they be disabled so they could be usurped for his army's own use later. The planet was mostly secure, or the enemy was in tactical confusion, so Viktor Zur turned his gaze towards the temple.
The temple was situated flush to base of a nigh-impassable mountain chain which made orbital targetting difficult. The corrupted guardsmen were dug in with a series of trenches, pill boxes, tower emplacements, but very little anti-aircraft capability. The defenses would provide a difficult target against a land based attack, but Astartes had means to defeat such obstacles.
The mass attack of Thunderhawks overwhelmed the paltry air defenses and allowed a follow-on air drop of Assault Marines. The renegade Astartes killed efficiently like programmed machines, and the trenches ran ankle deep with blood. Master Viktor Zur teleported with his retinue at the height of the slaughter and proceeded into the temple.
In the center of the mezzanine was a throne which sat a being which vaguely resembled a giant human melded with a wolf. The humanoid-bats flew around the temple, and hundreds of cultists bowed at the base of the daemon lord. The battle erupted inside the temple and it was not long before bolter fire turned to close combat. The daemon lord and the Astarte Master clashed. The daemon seemed to gain an upper hand until Master Zur let out a guttural howl of rage and blood-lust. Zur opened his soul, and the essence of Khorne filled the void. He skewered the daemon lord’s throat and the black ichor that was the lord’s essence sprayed Master Viktor Zur. He drank the blood deeply and he howled in victory. At the moment, The Sovereign and The Crimson Warlords were born. They had claimed the planet for themselves and for their new liege: The Blood God.
The Crimson Warlords strike down their enemies before they have a chance to muster a counter-attack. Master Zur and his inner-circle pick strategic targets that will cripple the enemy. This usually entails the decapitation of command and control nodes from the rest of the army. The Crimson Warlords often strike from space so orbital bombardments and drop assaults are common. Parrallel operations are usually run with advanced placed cultists and infiltrated veteran Crimson Warlords that create diversions and general confusion. Once chaos is introduced into the target, and the entire enemy’s coordinated capabilities are suppressed, The Sovereign allows his followers to engage in wanton destruction of the enemy.
The Sovereign maintains a contingent of cultists to infiltrate populations. They help in the preparation of the target and then they lead post-operations to scavenge useable materiel.
The Crimson Warlords revere the Blood God as the Lord of War, Hate, and Murder. They honor the Blood God by being strategically and tactically efficient, disciplined, and brutal. There is no greater praise to Khorne than the complete annihilation of an enemy. They have operated for thousands years in The Storms of Judgement, and they make raids into Imperial space known as Red Conquests. The arrival of daemons in the material universe is thought to be Khorne showing The Crimson Warlords favor.
The majority of The Crimson Warlords are of Dorn lineage, and the stubborn traits still run through their veins. Maintenance of military bearing, martial discipline, and focus is paramount to Master Zur’s followers. They consider any entity that opposes the will of The Sovereign as their enemy. Any army, including other Khorne worshipping warbands, is a potential target to The Crimson Warlords. However, anyone can forsake their former allegiances and swear fealty to Viktor Zur and The Crimson Warlords.
The original members of The Crimson Warlords have the geneseed of Dorn. They have absorbed smaller warbands of traitors and renegades so it is near impossible to tell the current break-out of these member's geneseed make-up.
A hand crushing a planet in its palm.
Edited by RagingGriffon, 03 July 2010 - 09:06 PM.