LEGIO ASTARTES I
The Emperor’s Vanguard
The Outrider of Keleshan
(Sgt. Argmen, Decimus Squadron, Oath of the Crusader)
The Æther Paladins are the 1st legion, and take that moniker with extreme pride. Harboring a great sense of nobility, honour, and righteousness, the 1st legion fights fervently for humanity. Their claim to fame stems from their companions. Great demi-avian beasts that serve as faithful partners and mounts for the elite of the legion, and those of the Vanguard Oath.
The legion is divided into 9 distinct ‘Oaths’, each embodying a different martial value of war.
Oath of the Crusader: The most commonly chosen Oath, it houses Tactical squadrons, vehicles, and terminators, fielding them en-masse against any enemies of the Imperium.
Oath of the Sentinel: Legionaries who choose this Oath become scout and recon marines, tasked with reconnaissance and embodying guile.
Oath of the Vanguard: Mounted upon great beasts that charge into battle at hurricane speeds, the vanguard rides ahead of their compatriots and weakens enemy lines before retreating for another charge.
Oath of the Skyknight: Fitted with jump packs and lightweight weaponry, the skyknight oath embodies maneuverability and flair. Most often they are seen with flame weaponry, raining fire upon their enemies.
Oath of the Artificer: The Artificer Oath is filled with techmarines and artillery crews who bring ruin from afar. Though not as popular as other oaths, its importance cannot be understated.
Oath of the Destroyer: Housing heavy weapon specialists and lumbering dreadnoughts, the Destroyer oath embodies reckless obliteration and mercilessness needed to win wars.
Oath of the Magister: The Psykers of the legion find themselves within the respected Magister oath, trained to hone their psychic might and unleash it across the battlefield. Magisters are also highly respected seers and councilors for the legion.
Oath of the Venator: Hunters of the utmost efficiency. Most Venators are accompanied by a loyal beast companion, and come armed with either a sniper rifle or Venatori-Pattern Bolt Rifle.
Oath of the Arcsword: Caladrian’s personal guard. Handpicked soldiers of extreme skill, combining the martial prowess of the Crusaders and the arcane might of the Magisters. Each Arcsword is trained to fight in close-knit groups, and sometimes lead other squadrons into battle.
Once called the Soaring Skulls before their reunification with their gene-sire, Caladrian renamed the legion to better suit the philosophies he had learned on the maiden world of Keleshan.
(Soaring Skulls Legionary)