After much debate I think I'm going to take a stab at building the lost XI Legion. If nothing else it will end after a squad or two. At the moment they will "count as" Emperor's Children since I like their rules and I can use them as "allies" more or less with the EC I plan to build; this may change as more legions are detailed out (plus I could see them as Bearers or Ultras easily).
Using information from
and the tarot information from
I'm still brewing most of the fluff, but I am decided on the following:
1 - they will be Babylonian themed
2 - they will have golden armor with black pauldrons (Lion Warriors colors)
3 - they will have lion pauldrons from Kabuki MIniatures
4 - they will have flagstone bases from Secret Weapon Miniatures
5 - the primarch will be based on the Fortune tarot card
6 - the primarch's name will be Marduk
7 - there will be a lord commander Gilgamesh with his duelist Enkidu
The things that are still in the "maybe" phase:
1 - they will all have the master crafted bolter from the command sprue
2 - they will have a lot of influence from the Babylonian mythology
3 - they play with too much xeno-tech (possible reason for being removed from records)
So here is the fluff so far:
Homeworld - Dilmun (named for the Babylonian heaven)
Fortress - Uruk (a major Babylonian city)
This all came up from an idea from before the Heresy books of a fragment of one of the lost legions coming out of the warp thinking only a few weeks passed only to find 10,000 years passed. They would be a DIY chapter. Now with the legion info I'm leaning towards making a legion that was "lost" to time and come back in time to fight the 13th Black Crusade. I was thinking that Dilmun was settled by one of the early forgeworld colony fleets that set up factory on the 5th planet, while the 4th planet is practically a paradise world (a lost Eldar maiden world). Eventually the XI primarch lands on Dilmun and is named Marduk after the peoples' hero-god. Like his brothers, he ends up running the planet until the Emperor shows up. Marduk is reunited with his legion and joins the crusade. At some point, he recalls the entire legion to strike out towards the ghoul stars to pacify them, but then the entire Dilmun star system just up and vanishes. Originally I was going to say it was a warp storm, but then I was thinking maybe the 3rd planet was some ancient Necron phase nexus or something spiffy like that. Somehow the artifact was activated, but was damaged or wasn't used properly, and malfunctioned, trapping the entire star system elsewhere for what seemed to the inhabitants as 200 years. They continued to train marines and build wargear for the day they would break free and rejoin the Great Crusade. Then the star system returns to its place and they begin scouting out to re-establish contact with the other legions only to find that the Imperium has gone down the crapper (by their point of view).
Now I know there are some who would say this lets him "escape" his fate as fallen, so here's the kick in the shorts. Maybe he didn't. Going with the idea that each primarch had a "wyrd" (one would be his statesman, one his executioner, etc), Marduk's wyrd is to be the Emperor's successor. Marduk accepted a need for faith in moderation, so coming back to find that everything his father bled for all pissed on and the Imperial Truth replaced with loads of superstitious hoo-doo wouldn't sit well with him. Added to the fact that all of his brothers are dead, missing or traitor, and the Imperium stagnating under the foolishness of the High Lords of Terra, he would demand his right as sole remaining heir as the new Emperor of Mankind. So does he fight the Black Crusade and prove his right, or does he roll his 250,000 legionnaires up to Terra to claim it? Savior or destroyer?