The War of Light (Alternative Universe)
The Golden Jaguars
Primarch: Jagus Kumkani
The Jaguar King, The Emperors Wrath, The Golden Shadow
Numeration: Xth Legion
Domain: Kuangaza Empire
The Jaguar King, The Golden Son, The Emperors Wrath
“Kumkani and his warriors are as patient as the giant beasts that adorn their armor, and twice as fierce. For when they commit to battle, there is nothing that can stop them. The last thing the foe will see is their bloody remains tarnishing the gleaming gold armor of the Jaguars. Never will I mistake them for anything but killers.” -Entry of [UNKNOWN], Remembrancer attached to the 369th Expeditionary Fleet
“In all things, you must be patient my sons. Even in war, be patient. The enemy will show you his weakness, and in turn you will tear out his heart and show him the errors of his ways.” ~Primarch Jagus Kumkani
"We are noble of purpose, but are savage of heart. Do not mistake our somewhat prodigal nature for weakness. For we will paint our golden forms red with your flesh and bones whelp!" - Vusumuzi Chief Jabu Kosan, [Vusumuzi Honor Guard, 1st Pride, Xth Legion]
The Xth infant Primarch crash landed on the planet of Kuangaza, an empire embroiled in an epic civil war. General Kubu, former leader of Warrior-King Ghojeki's military forces had grown distasteful of his rulers corruption and greed for power and in turn, him and his loyal followers fled into the deep jungle to seek refuge and fight against Ghojeki. The Primarch would later be found by Kubu's forces, and ultimately would lead them to victory over Ghojeki and end his bloody reign.
Before he was known by the name of Jagus, the young dark-skinned Primarch had grown up relatively alone in the lush Gazan Jungles. For about 5 years he was living and learning from the environment around him, fending off the giant Arachnids, Scorpions and Predators that roamed freely. It was the giant Jaguars that roamed the jungles he would learn the most from. Always waiting, always watching, the beasts struck its victims quickly and brutally, something the Primarch would later adopt to his great benefit. Jagus followed one such Jaguar, a giant in its own right; shining golden spotted fur and eyes like pools of shining emerald. Massive clawed paws, and jaws as wide as the Primarchs torso. As Jagus continued on, he realized the Jaguar had come upon a group of unsuspecting humans. Though they were heavily armed they only numbered 4 men, Jagus knew all too well that if the beast were to reach them, none would survive.
So the Primarch stalked the very animal he had learned so much from, watching and waiting. As the beast made to strike its unsuspecting victims, Jagus surprised it before it could commit to its attack; tackling its immense bulk to the ground. Jagus fought the predator with his bare hands, punching and kicking defensively in order to keep it at bay. The beast began to circle Jagus, sizing him up before it pounced on the Primarch. It was almost too fast for Jagus, he barely snagged the beast, holding its jaws mere inches from his neck. The beast ravaged the Primarch with its claws, blood fountaining from his super-human body. Jagus kicked the Jaguar from his body, regaining his footing, keeping a firm grip on the beasts jaws. With a massive feat of strength, Jagus snapped the lower mandible of the beast off and cast it away. The Jaguar made to flee, but by then Jagus was in a bestial fury. Even with its lower jaw missing, the Jaguar was still a formidable foe, slashing with its massive clawed paws. Jagus ducked under a swipe to deliver a savage kick to the beasts ribs. With a harsh crack its bones snapped and the beast reeled in agony but Jagus gave it no quarter, smashing the Jaguar over the head double handed until the skull shattered under the force. Jagus kicked the beast on its side and tore its heart out in a gory display of superiority.
The Separatist patrol had watched the Primarch slay the great Jaguar. Once the beast was dead, the warriors approached him cautiously. He was taken aback by the proximity of the men, lacking the social interaction that he had not known since he had grown up in the jungles. He collapsed from his injuries and the warriors took the Primarch in. The warriors he had saved hailed him as Jagus Kumkani or the Jaguar King. The then young Primarch was taken to the famed General Kubu, and he took the boy under his wing, teaching him all that he knew. A war culture heavily influence by discipline, nobility, patience and brutal ambush warfare. The Primarch started out as a Brother-Warrior, working his way up over the years, perfecting his craft, becoming one with his weapons of war and himself. One staple of the Separatists way of war was calm and patience, and application of force. For the Seperatists did not commit to war without proper control or knowledge of ones enemies. Like all of his brother Primarchs, Jagus grew in body and intellect at an exponential rate, besting his male counterparts in all known knowledge, feats of strength and the art of war. He realized he was very different to the humans that adopted him. Soon there were none in the Separatist Forces that could best the larger than life Primarch. By this time, Jagus was 12, he would become the War Leader (Colonel equivalent) of a Kuangazan Recon Detachment. Outfitted with the best wargear, Light-Armor Plate, Konda Blades and kinetic weapons to offer. They were nicknamed the Jaguar Warriors. They mirrored the beasts of their homeworld in their way of temperment, aggression and in some cases appearance. Some of Jagus' 2000 Warriors had sharpened their teeth into fangs to strike fear in the hearts of their enemies.
When the right time came, Kubu shared with Jagus his plan to bring the Warrior-King Ghojeki down. He was told by his mentor that Jagus and his men would be the secret weapon to the battle plan, and it was crucial that they slip in undetected and open the routes so the bulk of the 20,000 strong army could gain access to the Palace. Kubu made his forces ready to fight, they marched to the palace of the Warrior-King in the seat of the capital Izula Prime. Jagus and his forces reconnoitered the palace of Ghojeki; watching and waiting for the best moment to strike. Gaining intelligence on enemy disposition, numbers, equipment and potential weaknesses. The palace was heavily defended; the sheer height and composition of the fortress proved to be a challenge, but the compliment of warriors that were stationed there were of more concern. Jagus was an expert at finding the weakness of his enemy exercised his knack for calculated warfare.
4 days previous, Jagus' men intercepted radio traffic of a resupply convoy coming to the palace on the night of the attack. Jagus and his men jumped the convoy before it reached the Palace, donning the garb of Ghojeki's men they slipped in undetected. Once inside, the most brutal forces at Jagus disposal, lead by his most trusted friend and warrior Jabu Kosan; dispatched the main gate forces and opened the main point of ingress for the rest of the Separatists. His most swift warriors made their way to the enemy communications and command positions. The attack was so swift and fierce, a quarter of Ghojeki's forces had been slain before the element of surprise was lost. General Kubu stormed the inner palace in short order, finding Ghojeki in his throne room. Immediately the Warrior-King's personal guard engaged Kubu's warband, leaving the two warlords to fight by themselves. Ghojeki knew all was lost but fought all the more vicious, he was a massive warrior even to Kubu. A musculature that betrayed his age and a speed that would see his most experience warriors slain. General Kubu would not be victorious this day, for Ghojeki parted the General's head from his body. It was then Jagus made it to the throne room himself and saw his mentors headless corpse laying at the feet of the Warrior-King. Ghojeki simply smiled at the Primarch. But the Primarch was patient and wanted to see how this Warrior-King fought. Jagus let the man come at him, slashing and hacking with his dual Umozo blades. The Primarch dodged every blow Ghojeki threw, tiring the man out while Jagus’ heart rate hadn’t even increased. Like the Jaguars he had learned his craft of war from, faster than any could see, the Primarch struck so quickly and brutally that Ghojeki fell into 7 separate pieces on the white marble floor. Jagus taking his head as a trophy, a symbol of his brutal way of war. To this day, he wears the Warrior-King Ghojeki's skull on his belt.
After the defeat of Ghojeki, the Primarch was crowned the King of Kuangaza at the age of 15 and united all of its peoples; taking the mantle of leadership in the place of Ghojeki and his empire. Jagus believed that everyone should be free and spread the wealth of the empire to all of its populace, teaching all the ways of Science, Art, Philosophy, War, and Diplomacy. The realm saw a short period of peace and unity for the first time in 2 centuries, far long before Jagus had come. The Primarch made it his life to always serve his people and fight for what he knew was right, even if others didn't agree. The coming of the Emperor saw Jagus take his place alongside his Father, for then Jagus believed that he would be doing just and righteous work in the name of humanity.
Coming of the Emperor:
By this time Jagus had been the rightful ruler of Kuangaza for 30 years before the coming of the Emperor. Even though Jagus had taken the place of Ghojeki, realms within the Kuangazan Empire had rebelled against the Primarch and his rule. Governors of over a dozen realms had joined together to dethrone the Primarch and retain the power and prestige they gained from Ghojeki. Jagus and his Warriors had been busy quelling the rebellion in the city of Hela a minor city state in the realm. Fighting desperately against the Heavy Infantry dug in around the city. The warriors of Hela had extensive kinetic weapons at their disposal that had seen Jagus and his forces taking heavy losses on their assaults.
It was on the North edge of the city that Jagus assaulted the weakened edge of the enemy lines, crushing the remaining enemy forces underfoot. As Jagus and his warriors moved deeper into the city, they met lighter resistance as they came upon the city center. Jagus had realized too late that he had made a fatal error. In his hubris, the Primarch had lead his forces into the city and allowed himself to be surrounded by the Helans and the mirid other forces from around the planet. As the Jaguars made to take the city center, the Helans attacked with 6 regiments of heavy infantry, as well as supporting artillery batteries. With a bestial roar, the Primarch committed his forces to the fight, taking a heavy toll on the enemy and his forces as well.
Even for the trans-human Primarch, it was not enough. As Jagus and his Jaguar Warriors made for their final stand, the sky was pierced by blinding golden light.That was when the sky rained fire and the gold and white armoured warriors lead by a being so magnificent, Jagus knew that he must have come to his salvation. The golden being was not alone, for walking alongside him, was a being resplendent in white armor; guilded in silver, smiting foes without even looking at them. The Emperor and the white armored Primarch fought with the noble Jagus, desecrating their gleaming armored forms. With the influx of the white armored warriors and the Emperor himself, the Helans were crushed by the might of the warriors that would later become known as the Paladins Radiant.
After the battle, Jagus and his warriors approached the Emperor with genuine thanks in their hearts, bending knee and swearing fealty to the Emperor; his true Father. Still the white armored warrior hadn't spoken to Jagus. The Emperor told Jagus of his true purpose and his place in the Galactic Conquest, and then introduced Jagus to the white armored warrior, his brother Amarthanar. Immediately the two Primarchs connected, Jagus gripping Amarthanar's forearm in salute; thanking his brother for his intervention. He applauded Amarthanar and his warriors for their bearing and discipline. Amarthanar saw just how noble his brother was, he saw the warrior spirit and nobility in his brother. Jagus and his warriors set out with the Emperor and his brother Amarthanar to take his rightful place in the Galactic Conquest.
Jagus Kumkani is described as being a large, dark-skinned Primarch with high top dreadlocks/curly hair. He has very distinct East Afrikan facial features, bright green eyes, a long slender nose and high broad cheek bones with a linear jaw, and the most striking feature of all, his feline-like teeth. He is half a head taller than most of his brothers, being broad at the shoulders much of the likes of the animal he venerates. He wears ornately decorated golden armor, engraved with the pictures if his most significant victories; as well as the trappings of the Jaguar he killed in his youth. He sports the beasts pelt across his shoulders and has fashioned the teeth into an ornately made Konda Blade. He possess a noticeable accent from his native tongue of Kuangaza, similar to the native languages of Eastern Afrik.
The Primarch of the Xth Legion can be described as calm, reserved and calculating. But on the same note he is honorable and perceptibly savage and brutal. He understands his purpose as merely a tool of the Emperor, and has deliberately avoided the gratification some of his siblings have sought from their Father, for he found no need for it. His purpose at its basic form is to protect and fight for humanity, and the Master of the Xth will do so without complaint. The Primarch is an expert at finding the weaknesses of his enemies, and all he meets; even his siblings. He is always watching and listening to everything that goes on, for nothing is a secret to the Jaguar King. Jagus is somewhat of a paradox, he is the savage wrath of the Emperor and later the Council; a beacon of light and honor on the same token.
When not at war, Jagus enjoys the finer things in his life. The study and practice of Science, Art, History and Philosophy for he has a bottomless intelligence. His flagship is lavishly decorated with art from his homeworld as well as art him and his sons have created themselves. Jagus enjoys the company of his warriors and holds great feasts when time permits, for Jagus believes a warrior should enjoy what life they do have when not waging war. But when they do wage war, there is nothing that can stop the momentum of Jagus and his sons.
Though Jagus would never admit it, those closest to the Jaguar King know that the War of Light has made the Primarch increasingly aggressive and volatile. Some wonder if the Jaguar King will fall victim the beast he fights within. If he will fall victim to his flesh, like his sons have. He goes to great lengths to connect to his brothers and his warriors, and is fiercely loyal to the cause of the Council of Light and his brother Primarchs that stand alongside him.
The Primarch made great effort to hide the flaw of his gene-seed and the affliction of his sons. The Egestas a Bestia or the Curse of the Beast has seen the noble sons of Jagus turn into the beast that stalk Kuangaza. The DNA embedded into their superhuman bodies has caused the sons of the Jaguar to grow uncontrollably aggressive and savage, losing all sense of self and killing all to sate the bestial fury within.The Egestas a Bestia effects Legionaries at random, some of the oldest and most experienced fall to the curse as well as the newest troops indoctrinated into the Legion. For when the Xth are in battle they are not only battling the enemy, but the beast within. Jagus has worked tirelessly in the laboratories on his home planet to rid his sons of the Egestas a Bestia to no avail. But what Jagus and his Apothecaries have surmised is, the Catalepsean Node within his warriors has deteriorated beyond repair. During heightened times of stress, particularly in battle, the node switches on causing the Legionnaires to hallucinate or devolve into a state of psychosis. Ultimately, Jagus understands the purpose he and his sons were created for. The precision tool that will brutally cut the heart out of any and all that oppose the will of the Emperor.
In 798.M30, the Emperor set out to utilize the brutal way of warfare of the Siege-Breaking Xth Legion so that the resources still contested in Central, Southern and West Afrik could be utilized for his forces. The Xth set out from Ethia (Ethiopia) first trudging across to the West to obtain the vast metal resources that would be critical to the success of taking the continent. The siege-breaking skills of the Xth saw them shine in the dense jungles of Central Afrik, racking a heavy toll on the Shashuan Tribes that fought viciously to protect their jungle fortresses. It was during the battle of Ghaandish Flats that the enemy War Leader saw his entire force of 40,000 routed from its fortress and subsequently slaughtered at the hands of the Xth. The Legionnaires continued their relentless march across Afrik. This savage conduct did not stop, nor did the Emperor cull the warriors of this Legion for the Emperor needed warriors to fight the ugliest battles in order to accomplish his goals. During these times, the Legion suffered from a genetic affliction that would cause the Legionnaires of the Xth to devolve into a state of psychosis and become uncontrollably aggressive and savage. Some say the Emperor was well aware of what the Xth suffered from, mainly because he never said anything of it and may have purposefully made the Legion as such. But no one ever questioned the wisdom of the Emperor. The Xth Legion made short work in Southern Afrik, easily annihilating the Desert Peoples that came to meet the Xth in combat. With the vast stores of Uranium seized by the Xth, the Emperor took the Legion with him as a brutal fighting force that would quell populations into compliance just by reputation alone.
The Xth Legion were effective and brutal Siege Specialist during the Galactic Conquest. Early in the fight for the galaxy, 802.M30 the Legion was involved in more action than most Legions at the time. Setting out from Segmentum Solar and pushing East with the Emperor in the Northern and Eastern Expansion. Their notorious agression and savage demeanor saw that no enemy could withstand the utter brutality the Legion would bear down upon their enemies. Unlike more traditional Siege Specialists in the Astartes at the time, the Xth would bombard a world from orbit, destroying any and everything that stood in the way of their objectives. When the firing stopped, the Xth made drop-pod assaults on their objectives and slaughtered anyone left living. This was mainly due to the ideology of Lord Commander Cassius "Hell-Hand" Scaros who believed that anyone or anything that defied his will and ultimately the Emperors will, deserved annihilation. World after world was utterly destroyed at the hands of Scaros and the Xth Legion. The Emperor turned a blind eye to the Xth, never censoring or bringing the Legion to heel for their disregard for the preservation of worlds or entire populations. The Legions honors were long, but they were shrouded in darkness. The Xth would become know as the Soul Breakers, for they broke the very soul of populations and the worlds they came across. The only thing the Legion left in their wake was pure and unflinching destruction.
Reunion of the Xth and Jagus:
After the Legion was reunited with their Primarch, there were sweeping changes throughout the Legion, starting with the collective ideology of the Legion. No more would they kill their enemies from a far. The Legion adopted the Way of the Jaguar from the Primarch, a savage, quick and brutal approach to warfare. Not only did the Legion change its way of war but its time spent when not at war. Jagus brought his lavish Kuangazan Culture to his Legion; Art, Aristocracy, Music, History and Philosophy. The most sweeping change for the Legion was their pursuit of nobility as warriors with Jagus as the epitome of that ideology. He wanted to be rid of the dark history of the Legion prior to his coming. Not everyone in the Legion agreed with what their gene-sire did with the Legion, Lord Commander Scaros was one of those officers. The changes brought to the Legion would sew the seeds of hatred in some of the Terran-born Officers and Legionnaires. But ultimately, Jagus brought nobility and purpose beyond that of war to his sons and deemed that they conduct themselves as more than tools. With his sons renewed in spirit and purpose, he set out across the stars to retake what was rightfully mankind's. He renamed his Legion the Golden Jaguars, donning his sons in the Golden Armor and the snarling Jaguar from his homeworld.
Jagus did much to establish a purposeful and regarded culture and belief system in the Xth Legion. This ideology of honor, nobility, and purpose has bred excellent warriors from the Legion. Almost zealous in their role as warriors and scholars, they are heavily involved in the Arts, History, Science and Military Doctrine. They strive for excellence on and off the battlefield. The Legionnaires of the Xth Legion are described as a calm and reserved bunch of warriors, though they exude a sense of tension about them; ready for anything at any moment. This is due to the ideology of their Primarch Jagus. The warriors of this Legion are naturally aggressive due to the gene-seed from their Progenitor, but twined with the doctrines set by their Primarch, they have suppressed their wild abandoned and turned their savage wrath into a focused point in their application of war. They pride themselves on their will of purpose and sense of brotherhood with each other and cousin legions of the IIIrd, VIIIth, XIth and XXth. They are cautious when beginning a battle, for they prefer to know all they can about their enemy; strengths and weaknesses, etc. But once the Legion commits to war, they are a savage and brutal force that cannot be stopped. They leave but destruction in their wake.
Though they are an Assault-Oriented Legion, the Legion Culture and Ideology Jagus has instilled in his sons, has seen a number of veteran companies form within the vast Legion. It is because Jagus does not fooly throw his warriors into the guns of his foes, nor do his Commanders do such things, that the warriors of the Xth can get with lethal striking distance of their enemies within losing warriors to unnecessary tactics.
Specializations: Mechanized/Aerial Assaults, Reconnaissance, Brutal Ambush Tactics
Tactics, Strategy & Warfare:
The Golden Jaguars have been noted in preferring to approach warfare in a more patient manner than other headstrong Legions. Gathering intelligence and knowing enemy dispositions before its forces are committed has seen the Golden Jaguars Legion’s numbers steadily rise as well as a higher number of veterans in their formations.
They are brutal close combat fighters and rely on light armored assaults and ambush tactics to get their enemy exactly where they want them. The Legion has a considerable amount of Assault Marines, more than most Legions in the Adeptus Astartes.The Golden Jaguars have been observed ambushing unsuspecting enemies from the the famed Rhino and Razorback Transports as well as the Thunderhawk Gunship.
The Golden Jaguars don't possess a large surplus of Legionnaires like the Warriors of the Ist Legion. They are dedicated Scout/Assault Troops. The Legion totals out at roughly 161,000 Space Marines; of that number 11,000 are dedicated Aerial Assault Troopers. The Airborne Strength of the Legion has been estimated at a combined 2000 Thunderhawk Gunships and Storm Birds that are dedicated for the use of dropping Assault Troops as well as Light Armor upon the battlefield. Jagus prefers to engage the enemy with the combined might of his Line-Legionnaires and Light Armor. He is an expert at rapid, mechanized assaults, though the Primarch understands and utilizes all Legion elements at his disposal. He relishes the firepower of his heavy armored elements within his Legion. When he fights enemies less conventional to his tactics, he wedges them between his Heavy Armor and Assault Brotherhoods to bring the battles to an end.
Role in The War of Light:
Jagus was the first to stand alongside his beloved brother Amarthanar in the Council of Light. He is the weapon utilized when the heart of an enemy needs to be ripped out. He is an expert at finding the weakness of his enemies. The sons of the Jaguar are a savage bunch yet they hold to their nobility as warriors despite the animosity they receive for their flaw, for there are none more loyal than the Golden Jaguars.
Honors and Ranks of the Xth Legion:
Ranks and Honors within the Xth Legion have been influenced by the culture of Kuangaza and ultimately the Legionnaires from that world. Honors and rank are bestowed upon warriors that prove themselves in the crucible of battle as well as their studies of the arts when not at war. Though the latter is of non-formal nature and warriors of the Xth take most pride in their battle honors than their scholarly ranks.
Claw of the Jaguar- Given to warriors who have saved the life of the Primarch, it is a giant claw of the beast the Primarch killed in his youth. Few within the entire Legion posses these claws. They are attached to a golden chain and worn around the neck of the warrior. It speaks volumes of the prowess of the warrior who protected the Jaguar King, for he doesn't become complacent and rarely is out of his element in war. But even the great Jaguar has his limits and relies on his warriors to watch his back he does theirs.
Badge of the Sword Master- A silver embellished Konda Blade worn on the crest plate of an awardees left pauldron, it is given to the most skilled and venerated swordsman and melee fighters of the Legion, this badge is only awarded to those who show their prowess with the famed Konda Blade, slaying an enemy officer or warlord in single combat.
Crest of Honor- Similar to the Imperial Laurels, the crest is made of silver and worn on the helm. This is given to the bravest and most stalwart warriors of the Xth Legion. Awarded for protecting ones brother warriors is their duty, but to show great valor in battle, the awardee has to prove his mettle in the crucible of war by an exceptional valorous act.
Excerpt: Crest of Honor -- Brother-Warrior Vala Lethu: [3rd Squad, 11th Pride, 2nd Assault Brotherhood]
"Brother-Warrior Lethu showed exceptional valor and honor against the Ork Forces on Darrin II. Against overwhelming odds, the Brother Warrior singlehandedly held off a 20 strong flanking attack from the Orks moving to overwhelm his squads position on the outskirts of the city center. For his valor and disregard for himself, he has been awarded the Crest of Honor. --818.M30"
Brother Warrior- (Legionnaire)
War Leader- (Sergeant)
Pride Commander (Company Commander)
Battle Master (Chapter Master)
War King (Legion Master)
Vusumuzi 1st Company "Wrath of the Jaguar":
Vusumuzi Warrior (Veteran)
Vusumuzi War Leader of the 1st Pride (Veteran-Sergeant)
Chief Vusumuzi (Company Commander)
Lord Commander Cassius "Hell-Hand" Scaros-
The famed commander of the Xth before the discovery of Jagus Kumkani, a man of exceptional combat prowess and tactical mastery. He had lead the Legion to victory in some of the darkest times of their history. A Terran-born man of Eastern Afrik descent, broad of build, and brown skinned. He sports close cropped hair and piercing green eyes like his progenitor. His face is scarred and pitted from his time serving the Legion, and wears an eternal scowl. He was as cold and ruthless as a Legionnaire during the Unifications Wars as he was when he was elevated as the master of the Legion. He gained his name-sake from his ordered annihilation of 10,000 innocents he deemed were not fit for the Imperium, and rained hell-fire on the helpless men, women, and children. Whatever his hands waived over, only destruction followed. His ruthlessness was born of his unyielding desire for power and sense of superiority. Whether this be enemies or fellow Legionnaires, Scaros would manipulate those in his way. Scaros held genuine hate in his heart for his Primarch and the sweeping changes he brought to the Legion. So it was no surprise that he held great influence withing the Legion. Him and his loyal followers, mainly Terran-born veterans would later vie to assassinate their Gene-Father when he came to them.
Jabu "Chief Vusumuzi" Kosan-
A Kuangazan native, Kozan is the master of the venerated and feared 1st Pride of the Golden Jaguars. Having fought with the Jaguar King since his early days on their home planet, he served as the Primarchs Lieutenant Colonel during the civil war and ultimately followed his beloved friend to the stars along with their formation of Jaguar Warriors. Though he was the only one of their original number to survive the transformation into an Astartes. He is second to Jagus and his most trusted advisor and confidant in the Xth Legion. He is described as an honorable and noble warrior, one of humor despite his position. He's devoted to his purpose of persecuting the wishes of Jagus and the Emperor like all Astartes. He is tall and broad, a mountain of a man, even before his transformation. It made him an imposing figure. He stands a head taller than his fellow brother-warriors, and is unmatched in war-making and tactics save for his brother Jagus. Kosan has noted a significant change in his temperament. He fears he is on the verge of becoming one of "the black ones". He has become increasingly aggressive and prone to periods of hallucination that he's come out of through sheer force of will. He knows his time is short but will continue to do his duty to the Emperor, but ultimately to his beloved friend and King.
Troop Structure of the Xth
The coming of the Primarch saw many things change. This included the overall structure of the Legion to better accommodate the numbers within the Legion, to easily deploy and identify the number of warriors under the command of the Primarch. Though the Legion units changed in name, it largely stayed in the edicts put in per Adeptus Astartes Doctrine. In turn the Primarch incorporated large sub formations within the Legion he designated Brotherhoods. These formations were structured in the specialization of Legionnaires. Assault, Light and Heavy Armored Groups to name a few. This allowed the Primarch to commit large amounts of his Legion to specific battlefield roles without the complication of numerous companies to deal with.
As doctrine dictates a Squad is 10 warriors under the leadership of a War Leader. Typical Pride (Company) structure is 200 Legionnaires, being that the Legion is assault oriented and need extensive numbers. These units are lead by a Pride Commander. Anywhere from 1,000-10,000 Legionnaires can make up a single Brotherhood (Chapter), again depending on their battlefield role. The most venerated and battle-hardened officers of the Legion lead these formations, they carry the title of Battle Master. Often times the largest Brotherhoods are the Assault Formations, the biggest being the 2nd Assault Brotherhood the "Savage Claws" which numbers roughly 10,000 Legionnaires and the 50th Heavy Armored Brotherhood the "Hammers of Jagus", numbering 9,500 Legionnaires and its supporting Armored Elements.
Xth Legion Shadow Command
The Xth Legion Intelligence Command would come into great effect during the Galactic Conquest and be of great import in the War of Light and the War of the Fallen. Consisting of operatives across the galaxy, lowly hivers to Sector Governors were in the service to the Legion. Not only did the Legion have eyes and ears across the Segmentums, they had eyes and ears on the throneworld of Terra itself. The volatile yet charismatic Primarch held sway with venerated Imperial Commanders, Sector Governors, and Ministers of State. This allowed the Primarch as well as the Legion to know most of what went on out of sight and out of earshot. Jagus went as far as keeping the 4th Command Brotherhood, the "Shadow Hunters" on Terra as a precaution. Not only that, but Jagus sent a detachment of Xth Legion warriors to his siblings Legions as an act of good will, and learn the ways his peers waged war. But unknown to the other Legions, it was also a means to know and see what went on with the other Legions as they made they made their mark in the Galactic Crusade.
Some believe the Primarch did this out of paranoia but it would seem the somewhat reserved and a watchful nature of the Primarch and his Legion amounted to why it was created in the first place. Others surmise that it was an edict put forth by the Emperor of Mankind, a duty that was put in the ever capable hands of the Golden Assassin. It is said by Imperial Scholars, that Jagus knows every weakness of his siblings and the dark secrets that surround some of them. Jagus possess a dedicated Intelligence Command bridge in the bowels of his flagship. A dedicated team of Legionarries, Serfs and Servitors culminate the gather information for the benefit of Jagus and the Legion. None but the Primarch and his most trusted advisors are allowed within the sanctum. The information that's for Jagus' eyes only is deciphered and cataloged for later review. Scholars of the Imperium speculate Jagus has some of this information stored on his home planet of Kuangaza. Where, no one knows for certain, but many seem to think it is information that would tear the Imperium apart.
Abomnyama "The Black Ones"- These are the warriors that have been lost to the Curse of the Beast. All they see is who and what is to be killed. They are the bestial wrath of Jagus in number alone. Nothing, not even the progenitor of these lost warriors can bring them back from the hallucinations and psychosis that ravages the minds of these one noble warriors. When a proud warrior of the Xth succumbs to the curse, he is stripped of his trappings along with his battle record, are taken to the Great Hall of Memory on Kuangaza.
Thousands of golden armored forms are set in serried ranks within the great hall to remember those that fought valiantly in the Xth as well as those, that were lost. When it is time for battle, these men are clad in blackened armor, devoid of any and all markings. They are left with one purpose in mind, to die a warriors death. They are usually used to break the lines of enemy forces and do so with bestial fury alone. When the battles are over, they all but lay dead. They are then cremated to cleanse the dark shroud of their deeds, for it may come a time, the living will be clad in black themselves.
Vusumuzi- The personal Honor Guard of Jagus himself, these are the most battle-hardened and skilled troops within the Legion. The veterans of the this formation are legends within the Xth Legion, having fought in countless battles, they have honed their fury and skill into a single unstoppable force. They are the guardians of the Igolide "Golden" Keep, the sanctum of the Xth Legion. It is difficult enough to become a renowned and respected warrior within the 1st Pride, but to be of the Vusumuzi is to stalk the battlefield as the Jaguar King himself.
Warriors of the Legion must prove themselves on the battlefield after 75 years of service, which is almost an impossible task for the Xth Legion are a brutal shock assault force and their numbers dwindle fast. They are hand picked by the Master of the Xth himself, singled out for their exemplary service, skills and temperaments. But the Primarch does so personally and quietly, for a warrior would never know when he would be selected. It is a venerated and sacred duty to be guardian and slayer, the paradox of their lord themselves.
One particular challenge the warriors selected must undertake, is the Rite of Jagus. They must venture into the Kuangazan Jungle in search of the giant Jaguars, and must kill one as Jagus did in his youth. His only weapons are his wits and skill, but many have tried and failed. It is common to see the skeletal remains of Astartes in the jungles of their home planet, for it is no easy task. The beast of the jungle are vicious beyond compare. When a selected warrior has walked out of the jungle with his prize, he takes it to the Jaguar himself, to present that he is worthy of his place alongside him.
But it does not end there, for the candidate must duel the Master of the Xth. This is taken incredibly serious within the warrior culture of the Legion. It is a formal ritual born of tradition and Jagus' early days on Kuangaza, for all know the Primarch would pulp any Astartes that stood before him. But it is Jagus that is gauging and testing his sons one last time, for if they do not falter against him, they wouldn't falter against anything. Then they would be worthy to stand and fight with him.
The warriors of this Honor Guard prefer to wear Cataphractii Terminator Armor, adorning themselves in their honors and shining golden plate. Of note, these warriors prefer to wield Lightning Claws and Konda Blades to hack and slash their way through enemy formations. Like their Father, they fight where the battles are at its most brutal, guarding their beloved Progenitor and enacting their own wrath.
Edited by Jagus Kumkani, 16 October 2018 - 03:35 AM.