The Black Suns
Rokko Shyx of the Black Suns. Reaver, beater, cultist and champion on the "Blood Deck" of the Arrogance. His eye was gouged out since he dared to look a Black Legionary in the eyes. Notice the ritual scarification, it is a common practice in the ranks of the Ul'thoru skin gangs.
The Black Suns are a cult or rather a movement of Chaos worshippers hailing from the wind wrecked hive world of Vainakh, a world plucked from the real space and delivered into the Eye by a furious warp storm. Vainakh was the site of one of the major battles between the Black Legion and the Word Bearers who both sought to take hold over the prize, a massive hive world with countless citizens and a developed infrastructure, a rarity in the Empire of the Eye.
For months the legions clashed all the while the planet defended itself from the attacking fleets, in the end the Black Legion prevailed and Vainakh was annexed to the fiefdoms of Abaddon the Despoiler. What followed was a ruthless occupation of this now daemonic world. The tall cathedrals of the imperial faith were cast down or reconsecrated to the Dark Gods, the manofactorums were expanded and countless slaves were employed to provide the Black Legion with an operational base.
The domain over Vainakh fell to the Arrogant Sons, the Black Legion warband which bled in the battle for the world and fought the Word Bearers. As a right of conquest Vainakh became a powerful port for the Black Legion forces and its infrastructure expanded in the following millennia.
The people of Vainakh were never strangers to violence and cruelty, the hive was ruled by vicious gangs in its days of yore and most affairs were settled by bloodshed and furious hab wars. Countless died every day to appease their gang leaders and this forged a culture based upon merit and skill at arms. The victors rule the manofactorums, the defeated are chained and put to work. The Black Legion never interceded in this violent gang conflicts as long as the quotas of ammunitions and war materiel were met and promising recruits taken from time to time.
Never a religious society, the people of Vainakh prised martial skill and personality above the empty words of the distant God Emperor, yet with their illumination to the truth of Chaos many sects, cults and rituals developed in their society. Tributes of blood are now the levies to the Blood God, vice dens are now the temples of the Dark Prince and so on. A myriad of cults are active on Vainakh and all praise with their deeds and words the Dark Gods.
Being a world of teeming masses, survival is harsh thus when the Black Legion conscription groups come to enslave the folk into indentured service, gang chieftains and cult priests usually fight for the dubious honour of providing the slave stock to the Black Legion. In return sometimes the Arrogant Sons give breeding rights, weapon caches or elect a group as wardens of one of the legendary Black Towers. The competition is fierce and the dead usually number in the thousands, yet despite all service in the Legion is seen as the highest glory and all the folk fight harder for this privilege.
The Arrogant Sons on the other hand care not how many die in the gang wars or how many are clubbed into submission, the Black Legion wages war unending, the demands of the fleet and the warband are always high but Vainakh is teeming with people and sometimes even other warbands recruit the "Black Suns" as part of the Black Legion tithe in slavefolk.
In combat the "Black Suns" are all vicious fighters, often endured by years of gang warfare and the cruel practices of their sects and all are capable warriors. Though they usually fight in the support of the Legion they have proved time and again to be adept raiders and reavers and many a warband felt the icy touch of their "guenr'akh" or ritual blades. Usually formed in "Jackal squads" this underhanded men and women of Vainakh are just one of the many horrors that the Black Legion can unleash on its foes and even if they die to a man, there is always more form where they came.
As a curiosity, the "Black Suns" name is a tribute to the two black circular marks with which the Black Legion brands its slavefolk in an excruciatingly painful mass ritual. This brand is usually inflicted upon the buttocks of the cultists and one black circle depicts the icon of the warband, the Arrogant Sons, while the other is the proud effigy of the Warmaster, the Eye.
The "Black Sun" brand. An ancient symbol denoting one of the legions of the Angels of Death. A distant echo of the Thousand Sons, clad in the black of the colours of shame, with a piercing dark orb in the centre which signifies the tribute to the Cyclops and his Sons.
Edited by Tenebris, 08 September 2014 - 04:02 PM.