@Carrack: Just out of curiosity (and I may have missed it if you've already addressed it) but when does the Stolen Relics IF finish? In last weeks entry (bottom of p.4, 18th September), you say it's the 25th October, yet the edited title of this topic says 25th September. As I say I may have missed it, apologies if I have, but if not just thought I'd point it out.
The Blooded Claws of the Bloodpups
Not all Siege Makers are created from the great geneseed of Perturabo, Master of the IV Legion. Some have flocked to their banner after realising the truth of the Imperium. One such individual is a relatively young Space Wolf, known as Lokorex. He and his pack of Blood Claws were training on the world of Yenden, when the Siege Makers ambushed them and gave them a choice - to live and fight for the Siege Makers, or die there and then. The Wolf Guard Leader, a seasoned veteran, died from a precision Bolt to the throat as he tried to convince the Blood Claws to stay loyal. It was to no avail, and Lokorex was the first of his pack to swear allegiance to Helslash. As a gift, he was given the Lightning Claws worn by the Wolf Guard Leader, chapter relics of the Sons of Russ named the Crossed Bolts, as they were often crossed to form a small arc of lightning before combat. Now, since they have been turned to the services of the Blood God and killed several loyalists, they have been renamed the Blooded Claws, and are a symbol of stature within the Bloodpups pack.
However, this has not sat well with the Space Wolves chapter. On the world of Grasel VI, a small force of Space Wolves were fighting alongside a combined chapter force to fight the uprisings there. The Siege Makers were part of the uprisings, and Lokorex and the Pups were present too. The squad was repeatedly attacked but, through some dark miracle, lost no casualties. Instead, they slew any who tried to cross their path, and ensured vid-logs were taken to send back to Fenris to show what happened to those who defied the Dark Gods. Lokorex is now one of the most infamous names in The Fang, and orders are to shoot him on sight and retrieve the gauntlets. Better it is the Space Wolves retrieve and destroy them themselves than allow another to claim them and slay more servants of The Emperor.
Not many chapters went to great lengths to add psychic protection to their bikes. The Star Scythes did, however, and each of their bikes assigned to their Librarius was done on an individual level. But the Star Scythes are no more. Their homeworld was decimated by Eldar of Biel-Tan, their Fortress-Monastry nothing more than an oversized tomb. Their fleet, which had been deliberately stretched thin, had been slaughtered piecemeal by the xenos. The fine works of the bikes was lost to the Imperium, the Inquisition and several chapters wished to know the true secrets of the defences. While several ruined Ward Bikes have been retrieved, virtually all of them are unusable due to excessive damage. Which is why upon discovering the last of the Star Scythes were in fact still living, a small conclave of Inquisitors made several plans to try and hunt them down and retrieve the last know Ward Bike.
The Ward Bike is in the possession of the Sorceror Vithian, who sold his soul to Tzeentch. To this end, and unbeknown to the Imperium, the Ward Bike has in fact become stronger than ever. It is almost an extension of Vithian's will itself, with him seemingly able to steer without use of his hands. It can track targets across several spectrums and realities and even generates it's own aura for protection against physical harm as well. Vithian, through the bike, also knows he is being hunted by the conclave, and is setting into motion a series of traps to avoid losing his few remaining chapter relics.
Not all relics and trophies within the Siege Makers take the form of a weapon or piece of wargear. Some are in fact the Astartes themselves. In some cases, what is left of them. While Helslash rules the Siege Makers with a tight fist, he also has the allegiance of the Khorne Daemon Barkesh, who is seeking to allow his legion of Daemons into this realm via possession. The unit known as Barkesh's Blades is one such unit, and one that is an afront to all Sons of Dorn.
It is made up of three lesser Bloodletter Heralds than Barkesh, each of whom is actually a mighty champion in their own right. Sar'krel enjoys slaying Eldar Wraith units and devouring the spirit stones. He enjoys doing this as a way to deny them to Slaanesh. He also inhabits the body of a Black Templar Champion known as Estikan, and still wields the sword that his mortal host once did, as well as the black and white armour, although most of the icons are now defaced.
Ar'Kr'Swan, although a daemon of Khorne, enjoys gladitorial combat more than any other form. To this end, he will often tweak ends to allow this to happen rather than rush headlong into combat. It is through these manipulations, so uncharacteristic of a Khorne daemon, that he was able to use a group of Orks to get him to close to Brother Siguel on Rynn's World just after the Reclaimation Fleet began landing. Of all of Barkesh's Blades, he is also the one that sports the least daemonic mutations, instead he just appears to have larger muscles and more height. In addition, he also sports Khornate runes across the host, so as to keep a better foothold in reality.
The last of the Blades is the greatest - Kiten'Darveed. Once a Son of Horus, he ascended to daemonhood following the Horus Heresy. He despises what has happened to his Legion though, and will disrupt and harm their plans if allowed to do so. However, it is this rage that gives him a sense of purpose, as he has all but forgotten his mortal life. He inhabits the body of the former Veteran Brother Foren, and has wrought some powerful mutations on his host to better accommodate him.
The names of these Daemons is kept upon the Librarius of the Phalanx, should they be found. These names have also been given to the remaining Librarians on Rynn's World, and to the Crusade Command of the Jekrax Crusade, whom Estikan was formerly a member of.