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XIII - The Eagle Warriors

 

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Damned above all others, the history of the Eagle Warriors is a dark and insidious chapter among the famed Legiones Astartes. Blood and sacrifice are the twin desires of the XIIIth, as they throw costly armoured assaults at their enemies to wear them down little by little, pushing on in a slow, relentless crawl across the battlefield. These initial engagements are merely a distraction, allowing time for the identification of vulnerabilities along the foe's lines, before the final decisive blow is struck by jetbikes, sicarians, gunships, and various terrifying beasts of war let loose to ravage enemies at close range.

 

Military efficiency is no virtue to the Eagle Warriors, who do everything within their power to sate the bloodlust of their Primarch, whether it be with their own blood or the enemy's. Alexos Travier was a Primarch plagued by rumour of his shortcomings at birth - a supposed failed son of the Emperor - before he would enact the Serpent Lodges, supposed places of warrior equality but tainted with whispers of grisly rituals dating back to the chapter's tribal home of Mexicatii. On the Day of Revelation, the Eagle Warriors' would reveal the full extent of their inhumanity to the galaxy, with horrifying results.

 

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Pre-Crusade

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Great Crusade and Early Insurrection

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Book Campaigns:

 
Stories:

Characters:

 

Primarch Ixiptlatlan (Socraes Travier)

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First Captain Takar

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High Chaplain Itzcoatl 

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Special Formations:

Aztekis Circle - The main four advisors, each of them is a Cadre Master (Lord Commander equivalent). A Cadre is comprised of 10,000 warriors. There are eighteen cadres in total, but only four of their masters can be chosen for the Circle. One of these roles must be taken by the Captain of the Jaguar Toa and one other by the Captain of the Eagle Hunters. Two other positions are open for whoever the Primarch chooses. The Circle is officially Travier's bodyguard, but such is the nature of the crusade that they are often separate, fighting their own battles. The main purpose of this formation therefore is to coordinate legion activities across the galaxy, and so that Socraes may convene with his trusted command staff on a more personal level when vital decisions must be made.

 

Animal Packs - Mexicatii is filled with large monsters and animals, many of them useable in battle. Most XIIIth Legion warriors make it a sport in their time on Mexicatii to hunt the largest and most ferocious animal on Mexicatii, but only the most skilled can capture them. These beastmasters forego typical duties to maintain packs of native beasts to be unleashed upon the enemy. By requisitioning the skills of the legion's techmarines, beastmasters can control their packs with cybernetic implants, in a manner not far removed from how Mechanicum Techpriests command their servitors. 

 

Jaguar Toa - Specialis Terminators, these are the elites of the legion. They wear specialised armour and utilise large obsidian longswords as their preferred wargear. While their forces are distributed amongst the eighteen cadres of the legion, and will henceforth fall under the command of their assigned cadre masters and captains, the Captain of the Jaguar Toa has the authority to overrule these commands and issue their own orders. 

 

Eagle Hunters - An elite jetbike unit, only one-hundred of these can ever exist. They fly typically in packs of five, and all of them are armed with laser shooting lances or with large obsidian power mauls. Their jetbikes are armed with twin-linked plasma fusils.

 

Kaskuta - Crazed Apothecaries and Librarians who display suicidal urges and a blatant disregard for overall combat doctrine. They are employed as efficient shock assault troops, as they have no fear of dead. They are armed with artificer made armour and large shields, their main close-combat weapon being a chainsword or power sword.

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Give me links, blocks of text, whatever we have that is up to date and relevant (even if its stuff we want to change) and we'll see where the gaps are.

 

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Link to a story we wrote years ago. It needs a new runthrough. Guess losing a heart is not.an option anymore^^as well as some.other tweaks.

I found some old mail describing the arc of the eagle warriors and the wardens amd it contains a chat protocol


However...it is so long ago that I can't make.something out of it^^

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The most up-to-date portion of the Legion's history, covering what happened when Travier was found and after that:

Blood and Madness
When a Mechanicum Warp-runner sent word that a Primarch had been found in the Mexicatii system, the information went no further than the Ist and Vth Legions. Much would remain hidden for a mortal lifetime, some was revealed only with the outbreak of the Insurrection, and some has likely eluded even our careful studies. What became apparent very quickly was that the Emperor, with Icarion at his side, had been resisted with fanatical determination by the theocracy that ruled Mexicatii Prime. The defenders tore the hearts from their slaves and offered the blood of thousands to their cruel gods on a regular basis. Now they did the same to the Imperial emissaries and deployed an army of zealots to resist Compliance.

With fists both gold and grey, the Emperor’s forces broke the Mexicatii defences, although it would take a lengthy campaign of pacification led by the Halcyon Wardens and abetted by the Officio Assassinorum to achieve true compliance. The Emperor moved on swiftly, for the Crusade was ever unrelenting. The new Primarch, however, was nowhere to be seen. The writings of Vth Legion and auxiliary personnel - those of Princeps Shakti Bijala of Tempestus have proven especially useful in documenting the affair - make it clear that only the uppermost tiers of fleet command had any inkling of the truth.

Rumours circulated - the Primarch had been somehow incapacitated by the priest-kings, and the Emperor sought to cure his wounds in secrecy. Few guessed at the truth; Alexos Travier had been entirely immersed in the vicious cult that ruled Mexicatii. It was he who, with hands blackened by the blood of those he sacrificed, had slain the emissaries who came in the Emperor’s name, and fought until the Emperor subdued him, killing dozens of Lightning Bearers and several Custodians in the battle that followed. Finally subdued by the Emperor, he proved resistant to all reason.

The Emperor refused to tolerate such defiance from His son, but nonetheless He was unwilling to discard such a precious, unrepeatable creation. So for over ten thousand hours, He set His unmatched will and psychic power to the task of conquering Travier’s spirit. The details to this day are unknown except for the vaguest hearsay which describes it variously as a dialogue, a battle or an act of torture. By its end, Travier was broken, and the Emperor and Icarion began the work of rebuilding him. Two years later, a silent giant was first seen fighting against the Orks of Waagh! Bowelhacka beside the Stormborn. He would continue to do so for another decade until the Emperor deemed him ready to meet his Legion, and finally assume his birthright of command.

Reborn Immaculate
The reunion showed the apparently total success of the Emperor’s work. There was no rancour such as that which would be seen several years later when Raktra was unveiled to the VIIth. Travier vowed that he would prove worthy to lead such a prestigious Legion, and under the careful eyes of Icarion he did so. Broadly there was continuity in the XIIIth’s methods, although as recruits from Mexicatii joined the ranks, its aesthetic began to change to reflect this. Travier integrated elements of his home world’s military culture, intending it to symbolise - if only to himself and his brothers - the ways in which any recalcitrant could become a valued part of Mankind’s future.

With their Primarch returned to them, the Eagle Warriors grew substantially as their tally of compliances and great victories swelled. Travier was an arresting figure on the battlefield, clad in ornate power armour, always facing the worst dangers alongside his sons. His presence alone inspired his warriors to acts of bravery which drew praise from those he crusaded with. Yet his skill was not to be ignored either; he slew the champions of a dozen xenos races, most famously the Hnarkel spine-devils of the Revyaen Enclaves.

Travier’s scientific interests now came to the fore as he built bridges with the Mechanicus, most notably the Cognis sect. This gave him great freedom to steer his Legion’s development from the beginning. The plethora of jetbikes which had been integral to the early VIIIth remained, but they were joined by armour companies that came close to rivalling those of the Vth. These became the Legion’s bludgeon, following the rapier of the Skyhunter squadrons. Travier made these elements into the first two waves of the Legion’s favoured strategy, the third being a massed infantry attack. This served a political purpose as well as its impact on the battle. By presenting the raw power of the Astartes, Travier showed the true might the Emperor offered Mankind, as well as His power to quell any resistance. If any regime was unwilling to heed that message, then the Eagle Warriors would not relent until their palaces were brought crashing down about their heads.

Men spoke of the Eagle Warriors much as they had before; warriors whose spirit and zeal reflected the highest ideals of the Great Crusade. Yet there was an edge to their fervour which some deemed unhealthy. The Eagle Warriors might preach redemption for those who submitted to the Imperial yoke, those who resisted were crushed with a severity which often strayed beyond what was needed. There are several documented instances in which the Eagle Warriors utterly disassembled a planet’s government by way of punishment, necessitating a comprehensive program of rebuilding by those who followed in their wake. It is supposed that this is why Travier never had the full trust of Daer’dd or Koschei.

Travier spurred his Apothecaries and seconded Biologis personnel to accelerate the implantation process and bolster his Legion’s numbers, skirting the limits of tolerance with their experimentation. Such procedures usually entailed a heavy reliance on hypno-indoctrination, which in documented cases across several Legions gave rise to a lack of nuance in matters of ideology. Still, just as their excesses in war paled beside the Void Eagles and Berserkers of Uran, their experiments were obscured entirely by the achievements and subsequent disgrace of the Warbringers. Travier's lack of desire for glory stood him in good stead in this matter, for those who were troubled by his orders consoled themselves that they were issued out of devotion to the Emperor.

Revelation
The infamy that would utterly overshadow the Eagle Warriors’ glory occurred far from Imperial eyes, but Travier’s own writings have cemented the world’s place in history. On Anesidora, Travier and his Legion came across a Warp breach, one which unlocked memories long suppressed in the Primarch’s mind. Travier believed that he had heard the voices of the gods he had once worshipped. Nothing more did he learn at this stage and Icarion rebuffed his efforts to learn more, but the damage was done. The facade the Emperor had so painstakingly built had cracked, and nothing could reverse the damage. Now he embarked on a new quest: seeking the truth denied to him.

Travier knew that if the Eagle Warriors were to seek out this truth, they would have to do so in the utmost secrecy. To this end, the majority of the Legion would remain in plain view, ignorant of their Primarch's goal, while smaller fleets would run far ahead of the main Crusade. Ostensibly operating in a similar capacity to the outrider elements of the Void Eagles and Crimson Lions, their true purpose was to investigate any Warp-tainted planets they encountered, and catalogue all the information they could find on the empyrean. These clandestine goals demanded several things from the outrider fleets.

The first was that they must be largely self-sustaining, necessitating large numbers of Apothecaries as well as the participation of numerous Magi, drawn largely from the Cognis sect which had long been tied to his Legion. Foremost among the Apothecaries was Ixtlatl, a longtime advocate for gene-augmentation and cloning. Now he had an opportunity to test his esoteric theories, and embraced it with abandon. Furthermore, as time went on the fleets began to expand. Small human colonies were harvested for recruits and serfs; Alexos' orders made it clear that all other priorities were subordinate to the viability of the fleets. Their numbers would be swelled further on those occasions when, for appearance's sake or out of necessity, they would call upon a detachment from the main Legion forces, who would invariably leave some of their warriors behind when they parted ways. These also served as opportunities to impart their discoveries to Alexos or his closest lieutenants. Those who had not been with him on Anesidora were excluded, for fear that they would not readily join him in his new quest.

Finally in 963 M30, far beneath the Galactic plane, Travier landed upon the world Teohuaca. Exactly what transpired here is simply too hazardous to share with the innocent, but we can reveal that Travier met with a human culture in thrall to the Ruinous Powers. With their guidance, and after rituals of unspeakable depravity, he underwent the revelation which would turn him irrevocably against the Emperor, and damn his sons for eternity.

It seems that initially the XIIIth struggled with the revelation - many of their campaigns in the following decades took on a wholly destructive character, fuelled by a spite which baffled their comrades. From the records made available to us, it is likely that the bulk of the Legion’s loyalists were purged during these years, perhaps accounting for their soured mindset. Others may well have gone mad from the truth and duty their master bound them to, and there are hints of instability in Travier himself. In the aftermath of one such battle, Hectarion confronted Travier. The brawl that followed was fought with little inhibition, and might have ended in open battle between the Legions had Nomus Sarduk not intervened.

Whether because Travier realised the true danger of allowing his plans to be discovered, because he deemed the cull had run its course or because the remaining Eagle Warriors accepted their terrible cause, the phase passed shortly afterwards. Now the Eagle Warriors’ loyalty and zeal were tempered again, but it was naught but a facade, and on the worlds they conquered the Legion planted cults, nurturing a cancer within the Imperium. Only a scant few of the Eagle Warriors remained pure, kept separate from the main Legion and used as a smokescreen by Travier. It may well be that the Qarith War gave Travier a means of removing warriors he distrusted, simply by virtue of its ferocity. It is likewise believed in many quarters that he ordered his apothecaries to conduct research upon the Qarith's twisting of the human genome. The dreadful bounty of this research would not emerge until late in the Insurrection, but one theory is that Travier saw it as an act of desecration against his father's edicts.

With Icarion as the prime instrument of his treachery - whether he decided this himself or it was ordained by his new masters, we may never know - Travier knew he would have to play a long game. Despite his pivotal role in the psychic attack on Terra, his dark arts were treated with distrust by Icarion and greater disdain by several of his brothers. But by guile and dedication, Travier estranged Kozja from the Stormborn, pushing Icarion to the point where his wariness of Chaos was outweighed by his desperation for victory. Now Travier accelerated his plans, and the first step was the corruption of the Berserkers.


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Such a wonderful bounty of information, thanks! Once we get everything we need I'll begin sorting and structuring and all that sort of stuff. I'll make sure to post if I wish to make any edits to anything that exists or if I wish to add anything new, so it can be discussed and evaluated beforehand.


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So reading through the old thread, it seems like almost all of the current info we have (that was posted there at least) comes from the back end of 2016, and of course there would have been an awful lot happening elsewhere in the 2 years since. Would anyone know if Eagle Warriors have been featured in any great detail in order threads that may overrule any of the info we have currently in the original EW thread?

 

It would appear that a lot of the information on the EW's wiki entry - the vast majority of which comes from Blunt's post previously in this thread, matches what we have from the 2016 discussions, so my assumption is that their old fluff has been appropriately compiled, but it's better to be sure of that than risk missing some potentially significant lore.
 
I'll start the process of checking the current summary against the various discussion points in the old thread and, though I doubt there will be many, point out where I think something ought to be modified or just something I may not have fully understood.
 
From there, I'll set about making my own proper contribution.

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Here is a suggestion I made in the Monthly Fluff Challenge during the EW's month:

 

"Apologies for the double-post, but I wanted to get this idea out of my head before it slipped away. While I appreciate the fact that Travier is a more active agent than Lorgar in creating the Insurrection and spreading corruption, I think most of us agree that he currently has too much on his plate and requires a number of lieutenants.

 

To that end, I suggest that he has 13 (the Eagle Warriors' favorite number) officers who represent the 13 temples. These officers will serve as our equivalent to Erebus and Kor. One idea I had involving them is that, while united in their service to Chaos, they are in direct competition with each other. This crosses several angles as some are out to prove their god the best, some are warring over which aspect of the Chaos god they serve is better (remember that there are roughly three Aztekis deities for each Chaos one), and some are taking the difficult road of trying to master the four equally as early disciples of Chaos Undivided. 

 

This would offer us more potential Arch-Champions and to explore how each Chaos deity is affecting the Eagle Warriors as the 13 war with each other and the Loyalists. I don't expect this set to remain with the first 13 officers. Throughout the Insurrection, through backstabbery or open warfare, members of the 13 die and are usually replaced. Only rarely does one member die, and no replacement is able to step forward, thus ending that temple's on-going influence at the highest level of the Eagle Warriors."

 

An officer I made for the EW:

 

Itzcoatl

 

Inducted into the Eagle Warriors Legion in 961.M30, Itzcoatl would begin service a mere two years before Travier's fateful visit to Teohuaca. While only an average marksman compared to fellow Legionaries, Itzcoatl demonstrated a heightened awareness and manipulation of morale, an ability that multiplied his squad's performance in combat. Thus, only after a few years of service, he was marked as a chaplain-candidate and began training toward that end. 

 

Given the timing of his candidacy, Itzcoatl would be among the first wave of Eagle Warrior chaplains to receive initial training into the hideous ways of Chaos. Bereft of latter knowledge of the dark rituals and eclectic powers, Itzcoatl and his cohorts would become pioneers as they sought to please their nightmarish masters. In this early period, the Eagle Warriors would begin their worship through revival of the Aztekis deities. While many of his brothers would dedicate themselves to a single Aztekis god or attempt to merge them in order to better serve one of the Four, Itzcoatl would be the first chaplain-candidate to attempt to master a proper balance of the Chaos gods, an early harbinger of what would eventually become known as Chaos Undivided. 

 

Itzcoatl displayed an eagerness and skill in absorbing his lessons throughout training. In 970, he and twelve other candidates soon distinguished themselves from their fellow candidates and would be hand-picked by Alexos Travier himself to form a coterie of corrupted priests directly beneath the Primarch. Receiving special favors from both his gene-sire and his gods, Itzcoatl appeared destined for deeds, great and terrible. However, it was not to be. During the last phases of the First Solar War, Itzcoatl would join with Alexos' surprise invasion of Delos. During the assault on Salim, Itzcoatl would run afoul of his gods' capriciousness and was stripped of several of his powers at the height of the conflict. Weakened, Itzcoatl's life ended at the hands of Captain Alkylles of the Halcyon Wardens."

 

Short Story I did for that month:

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And a theological piece for the Aztekis deities:

 

The Winds of Freedom

 

Of the thirteen Aztekis gods, Ehecatl claimed the domains of wind and air. Temples were to be constructed in circular domes instead of the more typical square pyramids. Ehecatl demanded that his followers emulate the wind in its utter disregard for structure. At the appointed times of worship, rituals dedicated to Ehecatl would see far less blood spilled compared to the other temples. Instead, typical mores and social conventions were casually thrown away in orgies of fleshly pleasure. 

 

In war, warriors dedicated to Ehecatl were infamous for their unorthodox tactics. A favored tactic was to apply camouflage to the warriors and then hide themselves in the trees. Enemies would then be lead into ambushes with these 'sky warriors' literally leaping on them from above, screaming as they landed on their targets. Since Ehecatl favored blood less than other deities, sky warriors would raid other villages to plunder treasure and women for their rituals. Against the world's indigenous predators, beasts with colorful coats or skins were sought, regardless of danger.

 

Once the Eagle Warriors had cast aside their fealty to the Emperor, worship of Ehecatl would seep into various assault squads as they emulated the sky warriors of old. Although aware that Ehecatl was nothing more than an aspect of one of the Four, it would not be until midway through the Insurrection that Ehecatl's devotees could openly worship 'his' true self: Slaanesh. While some trappings of Ehecatl and the original rituals would persist, the new sky warriors would earn blessings of speed in war for appeasing the Chaos god with new atrocities and violations against society. 


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We should also consider the Primarch's new name.

I think thirteen senior lieutenants will be too many for a reader to keep easy track of. We can have that many out there, but with four really key movers and shakers.
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Travier. Most of us already call him that way
.or.do you have something.else in.mind?

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Something properly Aztec. At least for his first name.

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Can't we just say Travier is the name the Emperor gave him and call it a day?
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Or the name he chose for whatever reason. But I agree, let's just leave it at Travier. AO chose to have his name be Alexos Travier even though the EW have always been Aztec themed.
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I documented this actually while looking through the old thread, where Blunt suggested that while we Gothic scum will call him Travier, the legion would know him as 'Ixiptlatlan'. While I suspect this may have been intended as just a title rather than an actual name, I think it would be representative of the legion's gradually increasing disdain for the Imperium if they began to refer to their Primarch in their old tribal tongue.


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We should also consider the Primarch's new name.

I think thirteen senior lieutenants will be too many for a reader to keep easy track of. We can have that many out there, but with four really key movers and shakers.

 

I have no issues with this. 

 

 

I documented this actually while looking through the old thread, where Blunt suggested that while we Gothic scum will call him Travier, the legion would know him as 'Ixiptlatlan'. While I suspect this may have been intended as just a title rather than an actual name, I think it would be representative of the legion's gradually increasing disdain for the Imperium if they began to refer to their Primarch in their old tribal tongue.

 

It works. And it could be a way to distinguish between the Primarch and the Daemon Primarch.


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That could work

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Legio XIII History from ~M20 to M30, my own personal submission to the legion, as required for full membership of this project. 

 

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Open for Comissions, just PM me. The Wardens of Light were like golden blades, cutting down their enemies scarring the darkness.

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So I'm going to start making my own slight changes and expand on what we have, starting with the legion's specialist formations. I've updated the original thread with info from the wiki and I'll be going through each formation and suggesting some expansions/edits.


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Legio XIII History from ~M20 to M30, my own personal submission to the legion, as required for full membership of this project. 

 

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This is going to be a Red Box, right? I reckon that'd work best.



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I'm afraid you'll have to tell me what that means exactly.

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OK. Basically it's separate from the Legion's narrative, but placed alongside it. Now, the bit I wrote was meant to preserve some suspense for the reader about just what was wrong on Mexicatii, so having this separate (a page or two behind that reveal) would work nicely, and allow us to keep the momentum with the Legion. It's not always used, but in this case I reckon it would be a good idea to go that route.



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There's an example in the Iron Bears' entry for Book 1, actually.



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Ah, I understand now. I agree. That would be the best way to structure that particular part.


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I wish to begin a change of the nature of the Kaskuta, lifting the restriction on them being Apothecaries and Librarians and allowing them to become a Death Company style squad formation.

As previously discussed, the Eagle Warriors will gradually introduce their homeworld's pantheon of gods into warrior lodges, and through the ritualistic consumption of flesh and Chaotic corruption, marines will become mad enough to become Kaskuta.

My main question as of now, is whether to make Kaskuta a general datasheet that can be given an upgrade based on each of the 13 gods, or whether to replace this upgrade with a buffed statline as standard. My line of thought is that the consumation of flesh is a very Khorne thing to do, but if I have a restriction it means the other gods are left out.

Perhaps then, the Kaskuta can be a special unit to embody the Khorne-based gods of Mexicatii, and upgrades can be introduced to existing units to show the effect of the lodges and their rituals for each god, for example, the Ehecatl Assault Marines mentioned by Sim earlier in the thread.

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