Dreadwing: A 30K Dark Angels Blog
Being an account of the Siege of Koth, believed by many to be the last true compliance of the Great Crusade, fought even as heresy and betrayal cast their shadows over all that we had created. It also serves as a rare insight into the strategic tendencies of the First Legion, and a near perfect example of their strength, determination and ruthlessness, qualities that the Traitor forces would learn to respect and even fear in the dark years that followed.
~ DRAMATIS PERSONAE ~
ARTURIUS, Knight Delegatus, tasked with bringing the Koth Sub Sector to compliance
MORDRED, Master of the 7th Chapter, Commander of the 56th Expeditionary Fleet
THELIAL WYRMBANE, Paladin of the 10th Order
KAELON, Knight-Chaplain of the 7th Chapter
BARACHIEL, The Knight of Woe, Centurion of the 22nd Assault Company
BALIAN, First Knight of the Bladesworn Veterans
ZARAEL, Legionary, Arrius II Destroyer Squad
TITUS CROM, Voted Successor of the Dreadwing
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In truth I feel sorry for the Kotheans, even though I know I should not. I know that they brought this destruction upon themselves: that they scorned the Emperor's Vision for the future of Mankind; that they rejected our offer of peaceful integration into his Great Imperium; and that when informed of the consequences of their response they murdered our emissaries in cold blood, declaring war on Him and all his subjects. There is no debate that they deserved this fate.
Still, I feel sympathy towards them. As I watch the vast funeral pyres consuming their home world, I cannot help but think that if they had known the true horror of what would be unleashed against them, then perhaps their decision might have been different.
As for the First, they did their duty as they always do. But each time I witness their cold, calculated fury on the battlefield, and the abject devastation that inevitably follows, I must confess it is not pride I feel.
it is simply dread.
- Attributed to the Remembrancer Ivon Zhenka, attached to the 56th Expeditionary Fleet