During the waning years of the last centuries of the 40th Millennium, the Calaxis Sector had gone silent, the tithes had stopped coming, and any attempt at correspondences to loyalists in the Sector were found wanting. This silence, would eventually result in the Imperium mustering its forces. To retake and reclaim the sector. One of these forces, came to be known as the Dalthus Crusade, 200 Black Templars, were by sent by the High Marshall to aid in the recovery of Calaxis Sector.
The Crusade itself was launched seventy-five years before the return of the Primarch Roboute Gulliman. It was led by the Twin Marshalls, Geof Iuris and Schlitzaf Iuris. Twins from a Feudal of World of Equas Sigma, this was the first solo Crusade. The goal of the Crusade was simple, secure a position in the Hazeroth Subsector, move to Cloister, then onto Scintilla itself. Joined by the Vostroyan 27th, 33rd and 105th Infantry Regiments led by General Charles Wilhelm, they alongside other Imperial Forces, were entrusted to retake the Calaxis Sector.
The Crusader arrived late, for the Vostroyan had arrived ahead of schedule and were embroiled in a conflict over the Agri-World of Hesoid's Wake. During the decade, chaos taint had infiltrated the Vostroyan Command structure, that would result in 105th Vostroyan Infantry turning to Chaos. Setting themselves up on nearby Mining World of Dalthus, the Templars launched an attack. It would take only a couple years but eventually the treacherous 105th were destroyed. The next couple of decades saw the Marshalls liberating and reclaiming Purgatory of Soubirous, Clove, and Guytoga. Key worlds for the Crusade's future. These decades would also see the disappearance of the twin's mentor, the Reclusiarch Marius.
The next part of the Crusade would last until the end of the Indomitus Crusader and Ultima Founding. After Hive World of Guytoga was pacified and the Templars were preparing to move out once more to retake Cloister. The Orks of Stygian System, unified by Warboss Rafka, launched an assault against that Hive World. Stuck in between a rock and hard place, the eldest of the Twins, Schlitzaf, decided to stay and help the Guardsmen.
His brother Geof, knowing he couldn't complete the mission without his brother stayed despite his grievances against the idea. The resulting conflict was nearly two centuries of fighting, and saw the effective fighting force of the Dalthus Crusade whittled down to less than 40 Battle Brothers and Neophytes. The first century also saw the lost of Emperor's Champion Veltico, and the 'Teleporta' Fleet appearance over the worlds of Guytoga, Clove, Hesoid's Wake and Purgatory of Soubirous. The worst of all was Marius reappearance at the Tomb of Orendal....
A stroke of luck had it that the Ordos Hereticus Inquistor Serena and Ordos Xenos Inquistor Tiena would both arrive at Dalthus during these centuries with both reinforcements and good tidings. The war remained a stalemate, for the 'Teleporta' Fleet had nearly conquered the entirety of the Templar 5. Until the Primaris.
The twins personally requested for a contingent of Primaris Marines to aid in their struggle. They would take any would who come. Including those squads of mixed Gene-Seed who did not wish to be separate. Schlitzaf once again overruling his brother, for in his mind, the Mix-Seed Primaris, were no different than the Crusader Squads of the Black Templars. Friends and Battle Brother who wished to fight alongside each other as comrades.
The notable events here, the arrival of Primaris begun with the Duel of Dalthus. In which Marius and his allies had arrived at Dalthus, hoping to attack his former brothers while they were receiving the Primaris reinforcements. The battle culminated in a duel between Marius and the Twin Marshalls, in which Marius swapped aside Schlitzaf and went to kill Geof. Ordos Hereticus Serena, at which point revealed her mutation, and cast a spell. From Geof back sprouted two dragonic wings granting him additional strength that would allow him to best his former mentor.
The second event was the assault upon Stygian Prime, by the Dalthus Crusade and their allies. The arrival of Primaris and defeat of Marius gave them an opportunity to finally end the Ork Wraagh! once and for all. Rallying the remaining of the Vostroyan Regiments, enlisting the Scions of Tiena and Serena, the Templars attacked Stygian Prime. During that campaign Marshall Geof Iuris would fight and slay the Warboss in revenge for what happened to Velitco a century earlier. Despite his grievances, he would used the wings he had acquire during the Duel of Dalthus, for this purpose. To grant him both speed, and ability to land behind enemy lines. Shield in hand, he sought out the Warboss and dueled him.
That Duel would see Interceptors and Terminators accompanying him badly bruised but not defeated. Using his shield to deflect the aliens fist, launched himself forward. And slamming his Lighting Claw through the head of the Ork Warboss...
(For those curious the events described in those parts each happened to one extent or another. During a campaign held at my Games Workshop, called the Calaxis Campaign (using the Dark Heresy Calaxis Sector Map). After the campaign ended, I used how my army changed over the years to inform the rest of the story. And the alternate name for my Crusade is the "Tragic Dalthus" Crusade. Free Chainswords for whomever can guess which real life events corresponded to which moments. Free Hint: the method of Part separation is important)
Characters of the Dalthus Crusade
Marshall Geof Iuris. The younger of the two marshals, wields a Storm Shield and Lighting Claw, during the duel of Dalthus received a mutation granting him wings that enable him to fly across the battlefield. Is against the defensive nature of the campaign, which places him at odds with his brother during the battle against Orks of Stygian Prime. His reception of the wings, is one who detests and is angry over. One of the Primaris of Mix-Seed told him, "If you believe it is going corrupt you or worse, do all you can, with the time you have left."
Marshall Schlitzaf Iuris. The eldest of the two marshals, wields Twin Lighting Claws, and is the overall commander of the Crusade. His 'protective' style has placed him at his odds with his brother. Schlitzaf believes that the Crusade has neither the numbers nor the manpower, required for the original mission. Considering that upon arrival they lost contact with the Imperial Forces, beside the Vostroyan Regiments.
A Primaris of the Dalthus Crusade. Scion of Sanganius, he places himself at the front, for a similar reason he told Marshall Geof. As a result of that conversation and the Battle of Stygian Prime, he has formed a close bond with Marshall Geof.
Banner Bearer and Company Ancient Gladius, has replaced the Emperor's Champion Velitico and Marius send the former's death and latter's fall from grace.
Emperor's Champion Veltico. Met his end during the early stages of the Dalthus Crusade, fighting Warboss Rafka, after he had slained the Warboss bodyguards. The Warboss Rafka slew him by grabbing the Champion's head with his Power Claw and shattering it.
Ordos Hereticus Inquistor Serena, wielding a Null Rod, and a Bolt Pistol she joined the Templars during the early stages of Wraagh! Rafka. She hid her physic abilities, until she saw Marius nearly kill Geof Iuris at which point unleashing them to save him, with an unforeseen consequence.
A Sword Brother and regular member of the Dalthus Crusade, Brother Jon Po. He wields a Combi-Melta and Power Ax.
A Vostroyan Gaurdsmen Leopold wielding a Flamer, a member of the Vostroyan Infantry Regiments that serve alongside the Black Templars.
The Full Crusade (2000 Points). Its not the current list and this is not the best picture, after tomorrow I should hopefully happen have a better one to share and show off. You can see the Scions in the back with Dark Elf Cloaks. Right under them are the Vostroyans and the company commander accompanied by the Agri-World-Feudal World Snipers. On the right beside the Twin Marshalls are the two Crusader Squads. On the Marshalls left are Primaris Squads. The furthest units to the side are Devastators, Assault Terminators and Cenobyte.
Edited by Schlitzaf, 30 June 2017 - 04:14 PM.