The Remnants of the World Eaters 16th Gladiatorus Legion
++Force Name: The Blood Host
++Commander: Khar Thul, The Scion of Skulls
++Force Strength: Two Phalanxes (see below)
++Notable Assets: "The Fury of Khorne"-Assault Raptors-1 Full Kohorte,
"The Hammer of Khorne"-Land Raider Squadron, "The Anointed of
++Battle Record: Destruction of Necron force on Malthys II, Annihilation
of Marine and Ork forces on Imperial Colony world of Dunlas I
++Status: Culling the weak, Honoring the Strong and praising the might of Khorne to all!
The Gladiator Battle groups created by Angron were not of a uniform size and depending on the number of auxiliary/PDF forces at the time, his legion size could vary widely in its overall composition.
The XVIth Gladiator Legion was one such group and originally comprised 26 Phalanxes in the time prior to the Heresy. After the strife and destruction wrought by the Heresy, Commander Khar Thul kept the old force structure as tribute to Primarch Angron and to foster pride in his legion of the "old ways".
Currently, The Blood Host consists of two full Phalanxes along with a vast array of traitor Imperial Guard units, Planetary Defense forces and menial non-combatants.
The organization of the Phalanxes consists of the core group or squad. Squads are comprised of either 8 or 16 berserkers and may have a rhino transport attached. Each squad is normally led by a ranking member of the squad known as a Skull Champion.
Eight Squads are grouped together into a Kohorte. The Kohorte has access to a pool of additional support units such as the vicious Legion Helbrutes and hulking Defilers. Currently, the candidates for implantation into Helbrute chasis exceed the number of available constructs.
A Phalanx consists of eight kohorte and is a singularly huge force of might. The Phalanx has access to detachments of Predator Destructors, Predator Annihilators and Land Raiders, including the fearsome Land Raider squadron known as "The Hammer of Khorne".
Outside of the normal legion structure are the terminator groups, known as "The Anointed of Khorne". They are veterans among an army of veterans. Each terminator bears a single piece of armor painted in the original World Eater legion colors of blue and white. In this way, they honor the original legion and those fearsome soldiers who have come before them.
It is their belief that "Angron's Illumination" occurred when he sided with Horus and renounced the Emperor as a false god. The terminators are utilized as a strike force when needed and are as brutally efficient whether deployed by Dread Claw drop pods or teleportation.
The Blood Host is commanded by a group of the legions most fearsome slaughterers, known collectively as "The Covenant of Skulls":
Khar Thul, the Scion of Skulls-Khar Thul was recruited from one of the feral worlds in the Segmenta Solar and joined as a War Hound. His violent life up to his induction as a Space Marine had given him the skills necessary for survival on his home world. As a War Hound, those skills would be enhanced, refined and focused to a frightening degree. His intense aggression was coupled with a remarkable grasp of unit tactics and battlefield planning. Khar Thul's aggression made him an Assault Marine, his intelligence saw him reach the rank of Captain.
The penultimate achievement for Khar Thul found him securing his position as one of Angrons' twelve Devourers. The contest to claim the blessed armor of the dead Devourer saw over one thousand World Eaters engage in a tourney of flesh and blood to claim the coveted position of direct service to the Primarch.
From that day, his tally of skulls taken has only increased. He was with Angron at the Cleansing of Ariggata and stood proudly with his legion as Gwydion, Jubal and dozens of other worlds were bathed in flames and drowned in blood. He greeted the coming of the Heresy with joy as he was finally able to pit his skills against other marines as his lust for combat became more and more obssessive.
Now, ten thousand years after the defeat at Terra, Khar Thul leads his forces in raids and open conflict with anyone. He favors the loyalist Space Marine chapters but he will attack any force he encounters, be they Eldar, Necron, Ork or other Chaos Marine factions. His raids on Imperial settlements gather him slaves for the fighting pits and those that survive are inducted into the legion using the gene seed harvested by Mordus Fhal.
The Blood Priest Klovaas (Chaplain)-Klovaas is a huge example of an astartes and stands a full head and a half taller than his brethren marines. His passion during battle served as an example to the members of his squad but left him searching for something more. Prior to the Heresy and during a combined operation with the Word Bearers, First Chaplain by Erebus noted the zealous fervor displayed by Klovaas during battle. He met with Klovaas many times and each meeting saw the fire in Klovaas' heart surge. It was not long before Klovaas realized his calling and requested to serve as an apprentice Chaplain under Erebus.
During Angrons Dominion of Fire, Klovaas and his forces fell upon the world of Ursade II. The Planetary Defense Forces and Imperial Guard units he met in battle were swept aside and the world was left suffocating in blood and skulls. Imperial scholars now refer to Klovaas as "The Butcher of Ursade".
Klovaas now ministers to the "Blutglaube" or the "Blood Faith" of the legion. He extols the berserkers of the glories of Khorne and his Litanies of Blood incite his men to acts of vicious barbarism during the battle. Klovaas stalks the battlefield, bellowing his catechisms of blood and death thru the vox caster built into his armor. The battlefield is Khorne's temple and Klovaas consecrates it at every opportunity, usually where the fighting is most intense.
Klovaas and his acolytes perform the rituals necessary to summon the daemons that march to war with the Blood Host and he tallies the skulls of those slain in battle, both the enemies and those of the Blood Host.
Mordus Fhal, The Blood Surgeon (Apothecary)-Mordus Fhal was a young legionnaire and was studying under First Apothecary Fabrikus of the World Eaters when the Heresy erupted. His training continued thru the charnal houses of Heresy battlefields. Eventually, Fabrikus was lost to the countless dead of the Horus Heresy. Mordus had learned much and his skill with an arc-scalpel was equal to his skill with a chain axe. In the chaos after the Heresy, Mordus Fhal has participated in raids on Imperial garrisons and Ork outposts. His legion launched an assault on the 2nd company of the Avenging Sons Chapter on Antillis IV. The marine company was virtually wiped out and provided valuable gene seed with which to continue his experiments.
Mordus Fhal has become highly proficient in performing the implant/neuro surgery on berserkers. He has attempted the procedure on several squads of traitor guardsmen, however, the resulting overload of aggression and blood lust has proven to strong for the physiology of normal men. He is currently researching methods for increasing the aggression while maintaining nominal control over its activation.
On two separate occasions, Mordus Fhal has been commanded by representatives of Lord Abbadons Black Crusade to instruct his apothecaries in the neuro procedure and each time, Fhal has refused.
Currently, Mordus is focusing his work on the 13th Company Wulfen clans of the Space Wolves chapter. Fhal believes the gene seed of the Wulfen contain the properties necessary to increase the aggression of World Eater Gene Seed. To that effect, Mordus Fhal has led several raids against contingents of Space Wolves and Wulfen. Although his primary duties as an Apothecary involve the removal of gene seed from fallen Blood Host, he is still an experienced and deadly warrior and his armor is decorated with the skulls of 4 Wulfen champions personally slain by him in tribute to Khorne.
The Skull-Technos, Ouklaus (Warpsmith)-Ouklus showed an ability with mechanics as a young aspirant of the World Eaters. He was dispatched to Mars and was instructed by the Mechanicus in the ways of the Machine God. His skill with machines allowed him to finish the training far ahead of other initiates. Shortly after returning to the World Eaters, the Heresy erupted.
Ouklaus has joined with Apothecary Mordus Fhal to create numerous servitors, some demonically possessed, to aid in the maintenance and repair of the legion equipment, transports and tanks. He leads raids on Imperial and Eldar outposts for the supplies necessary to keep the legions equipment in fighting shape and the slaves necessary to appease the infernal machine spirits.
The "Ritualis der Malificus" is the Catechism performed over the legions weapons and battle tanks to incite the blood lust of their daemonic spirits. These rites are performed by Ouklaus and his servitors and routinely involve the bloodletting of 8 slaves (or in some cases traitor guardsmen).
Ouklaus's greatest success thus far was a raid on the Hive Forge of Nimaries Secundus during the most recent Black Crusade. Although not tasked with taking the Hive Forge, the technological rewards proved to be worth attracting the fury of Abbadon. Along with ammunition, weapons and technical plans, a full functioning Imperial Baneblade was captured. Ouklaus is continuing the arduous rituals, supplications and sacrifices necessary to slay the machine spirit and invest a demonic soul into the machine.