Ok so this will ultimately replace the first post once it's done, but I figured I'd post it so you guys could give it a look see and rack up those C&C requirements for the challenge.
FILE NAME: IA FOR THE FORCE KNOWN AS THE SPECTERS OF THE PURGED
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Force Name: Specters of the Purged
Founding: ++REDACTED++ (What little concrete data that could be gleamed from the first-hand account by the half crazed guardsmen I interviewed in regards to iconography and what the interviewee described as “The voices in his head,” lead me to surmise that this force originated from the ++REDACTED++ Legion, as impossible as that is, and would thus place their founding at some time before 950. M30)
Chapter Master: N/A (All accounts seem to indicate that the force is led by three unique “individuals” known as Death, Despair and Disbelief.)
Chapter World: N/A (Almost every account has made mention of a place/realm? Known as “The Void.” Could this possibly be their place of origin?)
Combat Specialty: Unrelenting advance and overwhelming force (Reports are that the Specters move through walls and any other barriers that might impede them…like ghosts)
Gene-Seed: ++REDACTED++ (The ++REDACTED++ Legion’s Gene-Seed was derived from the Primarch ++REDACTED++, considering the appearance of the Specters I find it doubtful that their Gene-seed is even present, let alone intact.)
Known descendants: None
Current Strength: Unknown
Battle Cry: N/A (All reports indicate that the Specters act in silence, similar to the anomaly known as the Legion of the Damned. However those that fall to Specter weapons and rise again as “Wraiths” have a propensity towards moaning things like “Embrace the Void,” or “Join us.”)
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The Specters of the Purged are for the most part blanketed in superstition and fear, the situation perpetrated by the deranged ramblings of those who are (perhaps unfortunately) left alive after the battles that have played host to the ghostly force. Few facts are known outright, leaving many (including myself) to theorize their origins based on iconography and the few scraps of intelligible information that eventually comes out during the interrogations of guardsmen who have seen the Specters and lived to tell the tale. I have spent the larger part of my adult life researching the stories of the Specters, chasing after each and every sighting and searching through mountains of data-slates looking for any reference I could find, no matter how obscure, that would lead me to a greater understanding of these apparitions.
The first known sightings of the Specters by Imperial forces go as far back as the Second Founding, though these early cases were exceedingly few and far between. Each time the Specters would arrive and wash over the enemy like a black wave alit with blue flames, disappearing just as suddenly and leaving their target torn asunder and utterly defeated in their wake. While this information alone was barely enough to warrant attention from the Inquisition, (Many Xenos and even some Codex compliant Chapters have been known to utilize similar shock and awe tactics) the fact that the sightings were being reported all over Imperial held space (in some cases at the same time) piqued their interest. Many agents of the Inquisition (myself included) were sent out in order to identify, and if possible, bring these Specters in for questioning. Each attempt was met with failure, battlefield situations and accidents conspiring to keep us from accomplishing our mission. There were even reports of some agents going missing, and one vague report of the agent coming under fire by the Specters themselves when he got too close, losing more than a few of his retinue in the process. Few concrete facts were gleamed from those ill-fated encounters, and what was learned did little to set the minds of the Inquisition at ease.
Ultimately it was determined that the Inquisition knew three things about the Specters with any amount of certainty. One: That the Specters were truly spectral in nature and were thus able to defy many of the laws of reality, phasing in and out of reality and rising again from even the most grievous of wounds; two: That they held no allegiance to the Emperor or the Imperium of Mankind, proven by more than one report of them turning their blue fire spewing weapons on his servants whenever they came too close or attempted to impede them; and three: That after acquiring pict-captures of Specters in the field (many of which were heavily distorted or possessing of other unexplainable abnormalities) and delving into even the most secret of vaults for reference it was determined that the Iconography present on the armor of the Specters was almost identical to that of one of the lost Legions, The Ethereal Legion, purged on the Emperor’s own command alongside their twice cursed Primarch Eidolon Von Ruin by the Primarch Leman Russ and his Space Wolves in 969.M30. The overwhelming rise in sightings in the days following the return of the Emperor’s son, the Primarch Roboute Guilliman, would lead to an increase in the Inquisition’s efforts to confirm this final known fact and the ramifications that came with it.
All evidence points at the Specters of the Purged originating from the now extinct XI Legion, otherwise known as the Ethereal Legion, renamed thus by their Primarch Eidolon Von Ruin upon his being placed in command by the Emperor. The XI was a strange Legion from inception, obsessed with death and mortality of mankind. Before their reunion with their Primarch sometime in the late 940’s M30, the XI Legion was known as the Ghosts of Europa. They lived life as if it were a burden and took no joy from battle, and it was said an aura of sadness and cold permeated anywhere they remained for any period of time, permanently scarring the place. They were used primarily in campaigns that involved a considerable amount of city fighting due to one of the unique gifts granted to them as a result of their genetic connection to their Primarch. Legionaries of the Ethereal Legion could reportedly phase through solid objects at will, though the limitations of that ability were never recorded, granting them countless avenues with which to outflank and destroy the enemies of mankind. Additionally, it was recorded that an aura of extreme cold preceded the Legion wherever it went, covering everything in hoarfrost. This aura meant the XI generally fought alone, for the safety of the human auxiliaries that risked exposure by serving alongside them in battle, and even their fellows in the other Legions avoided their company to escape the discomfort of the cold. The XI Legion colored their armor ash grey edged in silver with pauldrons painted an Ice-Blue, a coloration their Primarch felt no reason to alter after their re-designation as the Ethereal Legion, though he did add a grey skirt to complete the somber appearance. Their mannerisms and mentalities turned out to be a perfect match for their Primarch, an individual many simply called the Wraith, and so there was very little in terms of friction when they discovered him and began the process of adapting to their Primarch’s culture.
What little record could be found hidden deep in the vaults of the Imperial Palace, locked behind countless doors, shared very little data in regards to the Primarch of the XI. For example it is known that Eidolon Von Ruin was found on a lightless planet that quite literally sat right on the edge of the Galaxy as there was naught but void beyond the system. That he had alabaster white skin and hair, as well as milky white eyes reportedly devoid of pupils, (or life if the record is to be quoted) and that he wore armor that was so absolutely black it seemed to draw it the light around him and caused those who looked at him for too long migraines and mild aneurisms. His only concession to the discomfort of those forced to be in his presence was to wear a drab, unadorned grey robe which covered the majority of his armor. Like his brother Mortarion, it is recorded that Eidolon too was fond of carrying a scythe into battle, though there is a frustrating lack of data about said weapon. Of curious note are reports that many found it difficult to focus on the Primarch of the XI because it seemed as though he was constantly phasing in and out of solidity, and that a pall of white fog clung to him wherever he went, through wither this piece of data is factual or simply exaggeration will never be known. Impossibly enough (and believe me when I say I cross referenced this piece of data extensively) it is reported that Eidolon Von Ruin floated rather than walked, that his feet had never once in his life touched the ground. Given the number of reports that attest to this and considering that many of the Emperor’s other sons were reported to have similarly unusual abilities I am incline to accept this report as fact. These traits would heavily contribute to Eidolon’s reputation as one of the Emperor’s strangest sons, putting even the sadistic excesses of Curze quite far into the realm of normalcy, but none of them seem to have been damning enough on their own to warrant the fate that befell the XI. No, in truth it would appear a far greater crime would draw forth the Emperor’s wraith upon the heads of Eidolon and his Legion, heralded by the howls of his Space Wolves.
One must ask themselves what crime could have possibly been heinous enough to be deserving of utter annihilation, to be wiped from the annuls of history and time. For the Primarch of the XI and his Legion we find that it was superstition and a stubborn unwillingness to accept the wisdom of the Emperor. Eidolon seemed a being drawn to the void beyond the stars. So much so that he was well and completely obsessed with it long before the Emperor found him, convinced that the stories of a great intelligence beyond the stars and the dogmatic beliefs of the people of his cradle world were true. This irrational belief would cause him to disappear with his Legion for great spans of time, his flippant disregard for the Emperor’s orders leading to censor on numerous occasions. This friction between the Primarch of the XI and the Emperor would led to a series of events that would culminate in Eidolon breaking his vows of loyalty and denouncing the Emperor as nothing more than an insignificant speck compared to the immense power of “The Void.” This declaration left the Emperor with little choice and the fact that the XI Legion stood with their Gene-sire sealed their fate as well. Unfortunately no record remains of what was surely a battle of unimaginable destruction, such as it must have been to result in not only the death of a Primarch but his Legion, Fleet and even his home world. All that is known is that where there was once a world, a fleet, a Legion and a Primarch, there was now nothing. Now it seems we are haunted by the ghosts of this destruction, though we know not how it was that they came to be. How could a Legion purged return from the void from which it was cast to bring death in the realm of mortals once again? Or even a more chilling question yet, wither the Ghost of their Primarch leads them?