THE GODSPEAR CRUSADE
M41.937: Harald Bloodglaive, newly appointed Marshal ploughs the void toward the Caradryad Sector of Segmentum Tempestus with Inquisitor Lord Thaddeus Wraith, an Anomolian Beholder of the Uhulis Conclave, following the vanquishing of the Arch-Heretic Jorgun Salthas. During the heirophant's forty-year reign of terror, three sub-sectors of the Uhulis Sector burn bright against the black velvet of space. As Salthas dies, he predicts the birth of a great hulk from the Storms of Judgement, "the spear of an angry god meant to pierce the heart of the Imperium."
M41.942: The Uhulis Crusade, spanning five years, uncovers blood cults and heretical covens within all echelons of Imperial governance in the worlds outlying the Caradryad Sector. Lord Wraith condemns the world Kilan IV before the marshal and his sword brethren. The brothers of the Uhulis Crusade descend upon the hives of Kilan IV upon wings of fire. The heretics there pray to a thing known as Orbos the Resplendent to save them from the angels of death. This thing does not hear them. Within the governorial palaces of the ancient Hive Loðbrok, Marshal Bloodglaive leads a detachment of sword brethren to take the capital spire. Therein, after weeks of combat, the true nature of their quarry shows itself in the form of the Dark Apostle Amon Khôl, and a retinue of his most corrupt traitor marines. In the fury of battle, Amon Khôl summons terrible creatures from the warp and escapes into the crumbling spire. All but Bloodglaive and a young sword brother Ansgar Stalherz survive. The battle for Kilan IV takes three years, ending in a declaration of exterminatus passed upon the planet by Lord Wraith. The Templar, having waded through hive spires honeycombed with heretics stand aboard the bridge of the Battle Barge Will of Sigismund, silently taking in the finality of Lord Wraith's righteous judgement.
M41.945: Bloodglaive is interred within the holy bulwark of a dreadnought, following the grievous wounds taken in the battle of Kilan IV and Ansgar Stalherz is inducted into the Marshal's household. The celebration of his anointment is made in battle, as the outlying colonies around Kilan IV erupt in open revolt. In the purging of these colonies, Marshal Stalherz earns the moniker "The Alphyn," after the silver-maned winged lion of his home world, for his prowess in jump pack assault tactics. The Will of Sigismund drives ever closer to the perilous warp storms that compose the Storms of Judgment.
M41.973: The death screams of a thousand psykers ripple throughout the warp as their bodies are taken from them and made the puppets of the forces of corruption. Three planets within the Shanoian Reach, Iraad, Khorai, and the mining colony XV-321 fall within days of the psychic eruption. Surviving pict casts from the three worlds reveal legions of cultists and daemons supported by several war bands of traitor marines, the blasphemous prophet Amon Khôl at the fore. Simultaneously, long-range augurs reveal the emergence of a cyclopean space hulk from Hell Quadrant. The Alphyn plots a course through the Storms of Judgment to the location of the hulk as Inquisitor Lord Wraith calls to the nearby Dark Hunters for aid. Dubbing the space hulk Godspear, after the prophecy of the Arch-Heirophant Salthas, Marshal Stalherz receives blessing from the High Marshal to purge the galaxy of the daemon riddled abomination and sets the crusade fleet on course for Hell Quadrant...
Well met, brothers! Above is the backstory to my crusade. As models are painted and point thresholds rise, my gaming group and I will be uploading youtube battle reports and fleshing out the storyline as it evolves. Stand by, stay tuned, and may your zeal be righteous!
Edited by Godspear, 08 September 2014 - 09:18 PM.