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Brother-Techmarine Paimon lumbered up onto the bridge of Knights of Blood strike cruiser Merciless. Even without his power armor - no Knight of Blood save for Master Baalbelith himself was permitted to go about in full battle dress, less the berserk rage that marked them as Sons of Sanguinius seize them at an inportune moment - he was an imposing figure. He was unusually large for an Astartes, and the servo-arm that rose up behind him added to his bulk. The cluster of circular lenses that had long-ago replaced Paimon's eyes made his expression unreadable as he regarded Brother-Reclusiarch Alastor.
"You requested my presence, brother. Why?"
Alastor nodded to one of the serfs who sat at one of the various command thrones arrayed about the Merciless's bridge. After a brief burst of static, the image on the screen shifted to reveal a damaged vessel floating in the void. The forward compartment was crushed and open to the hard vacuum of space and the hull was crusted with accretions, more than a thousand years of space dust, but the vessel appeared to be more or less whole.
"It appears to be some sort of storm raven," Alastor said, "but I am not aware of-"
Paimon interrupted him. "That is no storm raven, brother. That is a storm eagle. A pattern of Astartes attack craft not seen in great numbers since the Scouring and the sundering of the First Founding chapters."
"Can she be made whole once more, brother?"
One of Paimon's rare smiles split his face, revealing straight white teeth and the extended canines of Sanguinus's lineage. "Brother, I am certain of it. But behold her colors; she once belonged to the I Legion, the Dark Angels."
Now it was Alastor's turn to give in to the predatory smile. He placed a hand on Paimon's shoulder. "Did you forget? We are excommunicate traitoris, surrounded by foes on all sides. She served the I Legion once, but she can serve the Knights of Blood now."
Alastor gave the order, and the Merciless turned towards the drifting ship, launch bays opening wide to receive her.
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The actual models arrived today... I'll post back again later with pictures!