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WARNING! possible spoilers from Battle of The Fang

The relationship between Sky Warriors and mortals living in the Aett have changed for the better since the first battle of the Fang. Countless kaerls had given their lives in the defence of the Aett and yet their names were not recorded. Jarl Arvek Kjarlskar, Great Wolf of the Vlka Fenryka, and successor to the late Great Wolf Ironhelm. Deemed the Kaerl's Aettguard worthy of *praise*, recognition and acknowledgement.

Freija Morekborn's faith in the Sky Warriors was complete and worked hard to match her father's devotion. She served with the Kaerl's but something inside her was haunted with what occurred during the fighting against the Thousand Sons. ‘I recognize my weakness, and will strive to correct it. I believe I can overcome my flaws....’ Freija wanted to redeem her honor and glory, for her father's sake, for his memory and all those mortals who died in the Aett. But most of all, Freija wanted to find her inner-peace. Her hard work and devotion was eventually noticed by some of the fleshmakers *Wolf Priest* and the wolves found her curious, and intriguing for a mortal.

Many years would pass, and Freija became old, obsolete. The tragedy was that she did not attain the peace she had longed for. Yet for some reason, this amused the fleshmakers, as it was an admirable trait. So out of curiosity or maybe even pity, the Wolf Priest of The Rout remade her, like they did with the skjald Casper Hawser. Some even whisper, that this was a sanctioned experiment by the Great Wolf Kjarlskar.

Freija Morekborn was born again! stronger, better, faster and more agile. She was young and beautiful again. Freija could do more now in her new life, than she had with her old. She then became the fleshmakers personal steward. Accompanying the warrior priest during their choosing of the valiant, amongst the savage tribes of Fenris. While the Wolf Priest watched over the warriors of men, Freija watched over the women of the tribes. Those worthy became like her.... renewed, and remade. And so the Winter Guard was born.

The Winter Guard would be the protectors of the mortals who lived and served in the Aett. Tasked with what skjald's do for The Rout; so too would the maidens speak the deeds of fallen mortals, amongst the Kaerl's who manned the Aett, so that their names would not be forgotten in the history of the Vlka Fenryka and of Fenris. The Winter Guard's main purpose is to serve the fleshmakers, who gave them new life. Like the Valkyrie warriors from ancient terran myth, these choosers of the slain help the Wolf Priest recover the canis helix of fallen Sky Warriors. The Winter Guard are known by the Sky Warriors as Shield Maidens, tasked to protect their Iron Priest servitors, navigators, and at times accompany the Jarl's in battle as either messengers, or personal stewards to all Jarls of The Rout.

"NO MAN NOR BEAST COULD BEST THE WOLF-KING. NO TRIBE COULD STAND AGAINST HIS ARMIES. WITHIN RUSS' KINGDOM A TRUCE EXISTED BETWEEN MAN AND WOLF. HIS COURT WAS ATTENDED BY THE FIERCEST OF WARLORDS AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF MAIDENS" - The Saga of The Wolf-King. (pg 8. Space Wolves Codex)


While Sky Warrior initiates are given various trials and the test of Morkai. The Winter Guard initiates are thrown in the depths of the Underfang, simply known by the mortals as "The Pit". The women who survive the horrors and unknown beast, are then made into Shield Maiden's. Swearing oaths of secrecy, in what horrors they seen and fought in the pit. There are twenty Winter Guard warriors per Great Company. Shield maidens are dressed in elegant carapace armour, always armed with a sword and shield at hand, while clad in pelts, bones, runes and trophies. Their pack leader is usually dressed with a specially fitted runic armour, made from kraken hides, carapace armour with a Dragonscale patter Storm Shield. These Winter Guards are not armed like the Aettguard, for they have full access to the Sky Warrior's armory, making them the elite of all the Kaerls who live in the Aett. It is said that while the men of Fenris are first given an axe, the women carry the shield that protects the tribe.

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So there you have it! now what to you think?

To sum it all up...... the carapace armor is more a counts-as thing with the armour save stat to represent how the Wolf Priest "rebuilt" their bodies to be more deadly and efficient. Not to mention, it cuts through all the red tape with arguments about women and the whole power armour issue. How women can't be Space Marines, with gene seeds and the black carapace. Not to mention, I find adding breast on power armour tacky and tasteless. Giving them the illusion of carapace armor gives the women, the look of a woman, slim and slender, agile... moving with grace and finesse. Deadly with a sword, or knife and shield.

As for actual game-play. I'll be using normal Space Wolves! but characters or HQ's will be accompanied by Shield Maidens represented as (wound counters). Although, I might do a pack of wolf scouts counting as shield maidens for fun. The runic armor for the pack leader is more to represent a Wolf Guard's pack leader stat than anything.. and not actual, if that makes any sense?!

Well after reading the book, it just made more sense for me to do something in-between a Space Marine and regular Imperial Guard *Aettguard.* Remembering Casper, and how he was remade.. gave me a more reasonable approach to have an able female counterpart to serve with the Sky Warriors.

I mean, I was excited and surprised to read about a female warrior who was a part of the Rout in, First Battle of The Fang. So I wanted to blend the two together! people say you can't have Female Space Marines, that's fine.. because mine aren't. Their rebuilt, by Wolf Priest to serve and protect.

Not to mention actual Valkyries were the actual choosers of the slained vikings. My Winter Guard, serve the same function. Helping the Wolf Priest salvage the precious canis helix on the battle field. I also came up with the stewards, seeing as the workings and structure of the Great Company and of Jarls are still much like the medieval times, so the maidens serve the Jarls. "Fetch my armour!" done! "more ale!" done! "sing me a song" done! "kill that intruder!" done! "more roasted elk" done! "entertain me, fight that other Shield Maiden" done! etc. etc. etc.

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ACT V: Winter Guard

The relationship between Sky Warriors and mortals living in the Aett have changed for the better since the first battle of the Fang. Countless kaerls had given their lives in the defence of the Aett and yet their names were not recorded. Jarl Arvek Kjarlskar, Great Wolf of the Vlka Fenryka, and successor to the late Great Wolf Ironhelm. Deemed the Kaerl's Aettguard worthy of *praise*, recognition and acknowledgement.

Freija Morekborn's faith in the Sky Warriors was complete and worked hard to match her father's devotion. She served with the Kaerl's but something inside her was haunted with what occurred during the fighting against the Thousand Sons. ‘I recognize my weakness, and will strive to correct it. I believe I can overcome my flaws....’ Freija wanted to redeem her honor and glory, for her father's sake, for his memory and all those mortals who died in the Aett. But most of all, Freija wanted to find her inner-peace. Her hard work and devotion was eventually noticed by some of the fleshmakers *Wolf Priest* and the wolves found her curious, and intriguing for a mortal.

Many years would pass, and Freija became old, obsolete. The tragedy was that she did not attain the peace she had longed for. Yet for some reason, this amused the fleshmakers, as it was an admirable trait. So out of curiosity or maybe even pity, the Wolf Priest of The Rout remade her, like they did with the skjald Casper Hawser. Some even whisper, that this was a sanctioned experiment by the Great Wolf Kjarlskar.

Freija Morekborn was born again! stronger, better, faster and more agile. She was young and beautiful again. Freija could do more now in her new life, than she had with her old. She then became the fleshmakers personal steward. Accompanying the warrior priest during their choosing of the valiant, amongst the savage tribes of Fenris. While the Wolf Priest watched over the warriors of men, Freija watched over the women of the tribes. Those worthy became like her.... renewed, and remade. And so the Winter Guard was born.

The Winter Guard would be the protectors of the mortals who lived and served in the Aett. Tasked with what skjald's do for The Rout; so too would the maidens speak the deeds of fallen mortals, amongst the Kaerl's who manned the Aett, so that their names would not be forgotten in the history of the Vlka Fenryka and of Fenris. The Winter Guard's main purpose is to serve the fleshmakers, who gave them new life. Like the Valkyrie warriors from ancient terran myth, these choosers of the slain help the Wolf Priest recover the canis helix of fallen Sky Warriors. The Winter Guard are known by the Sky Warriors as Shield Maidens, tasked to protect their Iron Priest servitors, navigators, and at times accompany the Jarl's in battle as either messengers, or personal stewards to all Jarls of The Rout.

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"NO MAN NOR BEAST COULD BEST THE WOLF-KING. NO TRIBE COULD STAND AGAINST HIS ARMIES. WITHIN RUSS' KINGDOM A TRUCE EXISTED BETWEEN MAN AND WOLF. HIS COURT WAS ATTENDED BY THE FIERCEST OF WARLORDS AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF MAIDENS" - The Saga of The Wolf-King. (pg 8. Space Wolves Codex)

While Sky Warrior initiates are given various trials and the test of Morkai. The Winter Guard initiates are thrown in the depths of the Underfang, simply known by the mortals as "The Pit". The women who survive the horrors and unknown beast, are then made into Shield Maiden's. Swearing oaths of secrecy, in what horrors they seen and fought in the pit. There are twenty Winter Guard warriors per Great Company. Shield maidens are dressed in elegant carapace armour, always armed with a sword and shield at hand, while clad in pelts, bones, runes and trophies. Their pack leader is usually dressed with a specially fitted runic armour, made from kraken hides, carapace armour with a Dragonscale patter Storm Shield. These Winter Guards are not armed like the Aettguard, for they have full access to the Sky Warrior's armory, making them the elite of all the Kaerls who live in the Aett. It is said that while the men of Fenris are first given an axe, the women carry the shield that protects the tribe.


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ACT VI: Lost Companies

Skjald: who are you?
She-Wolf: I am Skadi, pack leader of the Vinteren Vakt.
Skjald: apologies, parts of my memory appear to still be in disarray. Vinteren Vakt you say?
She-Wolf: Winter Guard *says in low gothic* Shield Maiden of the Rout.
Skald: I see, Kaerl high guard. Vinteren Vakt is in Wurgen, war-cant and Shield Maiden is spoken in hearth-cant, Juvk.
She-Wolf: something like that.
Skjald: I am honored.

She-Wolf: honored you say? *chuckles* you amuse me skjald. I only live to serve, like you. The only difference between you and I is, I don't sleep in the cold like you, and you are far more valuable to the Rout.
Skjald: I don’t like the dark.. None of us chose to be there. We miss the firelight. We miss the sunlight. We’ve dreamed all the dreams they give us a hundred times over, a thousand times. We know them off by heart. We don’t choose the dark. We don’t like it.
She-Wolf: we?
Skjald: it’s nothing *looking amused* valuable you say? I’ve never thought about it like that. Why have you awakened me? why have I been summoned?

She-Wolf: it's not my place to ask, I was remade to serve the Fleshmakers and my Jarl. You and I are no different Casper Hawser. We were both rebuilt and remade for the better, to serve the Sky Warriors and not to ask questions, like a newborn whelp.
Casper Hawser: yes yes, true enough. The only difference between you and I, is that you’ve seen and been at more battles than I. *sounding frustrated* am I not fit to fight amongst the warriors of the Rout? I know how to fight! I know how to use the smile of an axe.
Skadi: we are all weapons for the Vlka Fenryka. Each of us has a purpose. Should the Jarl wish for you to fight along side the company, you shall. Should he wish you to return to your sleep

*Casper Hawser shuttered at the thought and quickly interrupts Skadi*

Casper Hawser: who is your lord?
Skadi: Jarl Ragnarok of Onn
Casper Hawser: Wolf Lord Ragnarok, of the First great company
Skadi: Yes
Casper Hawser: do my questions bother you?
Skadi: Yes *almost annoyed*
Casper Hawser: do you want me to stop asking questions?
Skadi: *grins at the man* are you that eager to seek for a true death? to sleep in the red snow?
Casper Hawser: fair enough Shield Maiden, Skadi.

The two continue walking in the dark halls of the Aett. The skjald looked cold, especially without his black fitted body suit like most skjald wore. Skadi hands her cloak, and Casper takes it eagerly. She is called the She-Wolf, gifted or some say cursed by Lakkan, the runed wolf. She has an athletes body, with noticeable female curves and a light tan on her skin. Looking strong and agile, yet her movements seemed almost graceful. She has long legs, and she moved more like a terran house cat. Casper noticed her long nails, and wolf fangs, both are strong enough to kill and tare a man in two. They were subtle, but noticeable enough from a second glance. She had long dark hair, that seemed to flow gently in the air. She looked savage, like those grim warriors of the Rout, but at the same time, Skadi was beautiful like all the Shield Maidens, and like that of someone in Casper’s past.

Casper’s eyes start to focus better in the dark. He could tell that Skadi was a taller woman, unlike most Fenrisian females. She had great posture, standing tall and proud. Her legs longer, like all the Winter Guard before her. Able to jump higher than an astartes, and run effortlessly alongside Fenrisian wolf packs. Skadi looked at you in the eyes when she spoke, it was intimidating and her eyes were fearless. Her eyes are like his, made to look like a wolfs. She was indeed a daughter of Fenris, and a warrior maiden worthy of the Wolf King's court.

Casper focused more on Skadi, as they traveled deeper in the labyrinth-like hallways of the mighty Aett. Skadi had many trophies, and rune stones that hung in her clothing. She had several pelts over her carapace armour. But she didn’t look bulky, or ugly the women from the Sisters of Battle. Skadi has a heavy looking shield that hung in her back, adorned with markings of protection, the shield was almost as tall as the woman, but it looked far more scarred in battle with a few bolter holes, and wolf tail talismans on the sides. Skadi carried a spear and two swords, along with several knives that hugged her ribs. But everyone knows those are just the tools, and that the true weapon are the woman of the Vinteren Vakt. Around her neck and between her breast was a simple wooden necklace, a carving of the Spirit Wolf totem.

Casper Hawser: So what has happened? the last I was awake was during the choosing of Jarl Arvek Kjarlskar successor. It was then that I met the first of your Winter Guard, Freija Morekborn. *Casper pauses* Her and I were very much the same, always asking questions, we were both the curious type. *Casper smiles* Landing us into more trouble and adventures along the way. Her and I became close... *Casper's mannerism changes, and Skadi picked up a hint of sadness in Casper's voice"

Casper Hawser: I’m told that she finally found the peace, she had longed for, while saving her Jarl Commander Enoch many years after I slept. I shall mourn for her, and honor her memory.
Skadi: what was she like? this Freija Morekborn?
Casper Hawser: she was a fierce warrior, stubborn but she was beautiful like you. She was special to me, as I was to her. Are all of the Shield Maidens beautiful? *almost jokingly*

Skadi continued walking in the dimly lit halls, while the skjald Casper Hawser followed from behind. Skadi did not know the notion of beauty, for she only knew death, honor and glory, worthy of a saga. *Morekborn’s linage continues to serve the Aett to this day. I wonder if this Casper had sired more of the Morekborns? Skadi thought to herself*

Skadi: I was not born in the Aett, I was taken by the Wolf High Priest Ulrik the Slayer. I’m told that I have a rare gift. A gift I know nothing about. The Rune Priest called littlbitz say he will take me away from the Winter Guard, and teach me in their ways. Under the watchful eye of the Stormcaller. But I care not for their magic’s... I prefer to be in the company of warriors, and of the claws. Forte, Greenhorn, Nrth, postal and the others

Casper Hawser: interesting
Skadi: *interrupts* the phantom wolves have returned to real space
Casper Hawser: the war wolves of Fenris?
Skadi: the very same
Casper Hawser: the lost warband of the true claw, Bjorn the fell-handed?
Casper: *looking excited*
Casper: the warband that was lost during the first great hunt?
Skadi: yes
Casper: *opening his mouth ready to ask another question*
Skadi: Fenris Holdja! The Fleshmaker (Wolf Priest) known as Max warned me about you *laughs to herself* I should have known better. This must have been another one of his test

(FLASHBACK)

hendrik: your emotions give you away Skadi, calm your storm and ignore the antics of Greenhorn.
Skadi: .........
hendrik: it takes a vast amount of self control to be this dangerous, and you are dangerous right Shield Maiden? enough to stand toe to toe against these Blood Claws
Skadi: yes... yes I am! *growls* I recognize my failing and will be sure to correct it
hendrik: good, or Jonas will have my head if I don't put you into shape! your going to be a great pack leader for the Vinteren Vakt one day, but until then you train and fight along side these whelps.

(END FLASHBACK)

Casper: a test?
Skadi: yes, to see if I would end up killing you, before you made it to the chamber of the annulus.

*shocked* Casper stops momentarily, and Skadi turns around, her eyes glow in the dark like those of wolves.

Casper: but isn’t it a Winter Guard’s duty to protect skjalds?
Skadi: yes, among other things, but you are safe for now Ahmad Ibn Rustah *sounding amused*
Casper: I recognize my failings and be sure to correct it

Both Skadi and Casper smile, almost laughing at each others quick-wit and carefully thought-out remarks

Skadi: their story needs to be told, and your tasked to do your job. Just as the Winter Guard do the same for the mortals who live here in the Fang, so that their names will not be forgotten in the history of the Aett.

The two finally enter the chamber of the annulus. Standing before them was Uncas the Warblade. Last of the Varangi, known as MaveriK by the senior members of the phantom wolves.
To be continued at... http://www.bolterand...howtopic=211665

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Edited by maverik_girl, 01 August 2011 - 08:28 PM.

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known as Skadi the She-Wolf of the Vlka Fenryka. I am a daughter of Fenris. Shield Maiden of the Rout, and pack leader of the Winter Guard. I run with the Fenris Bloods! there is no better pack, than that of a Blood Claws. For Russ and the All-father!


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Gameplay-wise I'll still be using power armored SW marines, but maybe just have allot more wolf scouts than normal. This is just my personal fluff, and a justified excuse to have female warriors viewed as a member of The Vlka Fenryka. Not to mention it fits really nicely with Firenze's story, http://www.bolterand...howtopic=230703

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Gameplay-wise I'll still be using power armored SW marines, but maybe just have allot more wolf scouts than normal. This is just my personal fluff, and a justified excuse to have female warriors viewed as a member of The Vlka Fenryka. Not to mention it fits really nicely with Firenze's story, http://www.bolterand...howtopic=230703


I REALLY like where this is going! I look forward to seeing more!!!
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You forgot dark angels maverike, but thats not a real codex anyway.

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Like it. Something a bit different. No mater your fluff though, shield maiden, blood claw.....You will still be part of the current Blood Claw pack until promotion.

Take it it has nothing to do with the one size fits all power armour and that the boots are soooo last season. And yes, I am ready to dodge the slap from that comment :angry:

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as long as you knew it was coming wolf brother :angry: so there's no need for a slap. Although it may change things during training and actual battle.. :P something to think about hehehe jk it seems like postal is the quiet one out of the three of us.

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known as Skadi the She-Wolf of the Vlka Fenryka. I am a daughter of Fenris. Shield Maiden of the Rout, and pack leader of the Winter Guard. I run with the Fenris Bloods! there is no better pack, than that of a Blood Claws. For Russ and the All-father!


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Despite our row, I do quite like the fluff, and will certainly have to convert a model for a counts as servitor(armed with a power fist of course!) for my Iron pirest. Or better yet, a counts as fenrisian or cyberwolf. That would go along much better with the fiery, bloodthirsty attitude. :angry: Honestly though, some good fluff.

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I actually like your WIP stuff, you need to update more :angry: ....fiery! see I learned that from Sven Bloodhowl's Great Company :P

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as long as you knew it was coming wolf brother :angry: so there's no need for a slap. Although it may change things during training and actual battle.. :P something to think about hehehe jk it seems like postal is the quiet one out of the three of us.

What can I say. I'm English and love banter, sarcasm and usually end up with odd bruises after a nights drinking with friends (no idea why I like this forum though).

The three of us? Thought there were more core claws.
-Skadi- shield maiden and common sense. More control over the rest than a WG
-Arez- loud mouth, naive brawler who always gets stuck in and often on the receiving end of pranks
-Forté- prankster and brawler (hate describing myself)
-Nrth- 'the beard' brawler who can take a ridiculous amount of punishment
-Postal- quiet and sneaky. Hit at the right time and right place

Others like FenrisWolf and Donutzot seem to be picking things up too now.

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Like the story, but must see how it works out. Are you space wolves scout models only? But looking forward to see this project.

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I like it. I might even steal it! =X ...but, until GW comes out with a suitably nice looking female model that I'd actually WANT to put in my 40k army, I can't see myself making a whole squad, though converting up something as a Chooser or Servitor replacement within the parameters of this fluff sounds like it'd be fun and worth the effort (for me). Gunna play my dork card here.. the imagery I get from the fluff makes me think of a WoW Blood Elf female rogue in stealth.. crouched on the ground, waiting to strike. Then again, I seem to be viewing these Maidens as scouts, so that might be the excuse.

The runic armor for the squad leader seems a bit much. Also, are these Maidens suppose to be scouts? I might be confusing things, what with them having carapace and you mentioning fielding lots of scouts. What, other than the shield, will they be equipped with? Simple CCW or something better? How much will this unit cost and/or are you basing it off a pre-existing unit somewhere?

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The three of us? Thought there were more core claws.
-Skadi- shield maiden and common sense. More control over the rest than a WG
-Arez- loud mouth, naive brawler who always gets stuck in and often on the receiving end of pranks
-Forté- prankster and brawler (hate describing myself)
-Nrth- 'the beard' brawler who can take a ridiculous amount of punishment
-Postal- quiet and sneaky. Hit at the right time and right place

Others like FenrisWolf and Donutzot seem to be picking things up too now.

well Postal, yourself and I seem to be the more level headed ones in the bunch. I think leadership in the pack will be either between you or Postal. Nrth is a man in his own league! and Arez.... well we have Arez :P and I wouldn't change him any bit! he's like a little brother I never had hahaha and I take that with a grain of salt :angry:

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Tbh, I can't understand how a 'claw' can have such a full beard as Nrth, it's beyond me.

Ah, a Shield-Maiden who marches along Sven, natural rivals then :angry: ! But an admirer of my WIP, I knew not. I shall try to get updates, but I have never had very much time to give to painting so you will have to wait.

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Autonomous? You speak heresy brother. The Adeptus Mechanicus will censure you for that. All you need to do is lobotomize a squirrel and you can have Power of the Machine Spirit.
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I like it. I might even steal it! =X ...but, until GW comes out with a suitably nice looking female model that I'd actually WANT to put in my 40k army, I can't see myself making a whole squad, though converting up something as a Chooser or Servitor replacement within the parameters of this fluff sounds like it'd be fun and worth the effort (for me). Gunna play my dork card here.. the imagery I get from the fluff makes me think of a WoW Blood Elf female rogue in stealth.. crouched on the ground, waiting to strike. Then again, I seem to be viewing these Maidens as scouts, so that might be the excuse.

The runic armor for the squad leader seems a bit much. Also, are these Maidens suppose to be scouts? I might be confusing things, what with them having carapace and you mentioning fielding lots of scouts. What, other than the shield, will they be equipped with? Simple CCW or something better? How much will this unit cost and/or are you basing it off a pre-existing unit somewhere?


Well, I was considering buying Lelith.. LOL Anyway, the carapace armor is more a counts-as thing with the armour save stat to represent how the Wolf Priest "rebuilt" their bodies to be more deadly and efficient. Not to mention, it cuts through all the red tape with arguments about women and the whole power armour issue. How women can't be Space Marines, with gene seeds and the black carapace. Not to mention, I find adding breast on power armour tacky and tasteless. Giving them the illusion of carapace armor gives the women, the look of a woman, slim and slender, agile... moving with grace and finesse. Deadly with a sword, or knife and shield.

As for actual game-play. I'll be using normal Space Wolves! but characters or HQ's will be accompanied by Shield Maidens represented as (wound counters). Although, I might do a pack of wolf scouts counting as shield maidens for fun. The runic armor for the pack leader is more to represent a Wolf Guard's pack leader stat than anything.. and not actual, if that makes any sense?!

Well after reading the book, it just made more sense for me to do something in-between a Space Marine and regular Imperial Guard *Aettguard.* Remembering Casper, and how he was remade.. gave me a more reasonable approach to have an able female counterpart to serve with the Sky Warriors.

I mean, I was excited and surprised to read about a female warrior who was a part of the Rout in, First Battle of The Fang. So I wanted to blend the two together! people say you can't have Female Space Marines, that's fine.. because mine aren't. Their rebuilt, by Wolf Priest to serve and protect.

Not to mention actual Valkyries were the actual choosers of the slained vikings. My Winter Guard, serve the same function. Helping the Wolf Priest salvage the precious canis helix on the battle field. I also came up with the stewards, seeing as the workings and structure of the Great Company and of Jarls are still much like the medieval times, so the maidens serve the Jarls. "Fetch my armour!" done! "more ale!" done! etc. etc.

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Tbh, I can't understand how a 'claw' can have such a full beard as Nrth, it's beyond me.

I guess with Nrth, one can say the same thing about Ragnar's old friend and Wolf Blade, pack mate Haegr the Mountain. The two share a rare affinity of the unexplained LOL

Ah, a Shield-Maiden who marches along Sven, natural rivals then :angry: !

Bahaha and now I know why we get along so nice, in our own way :P until next winter :P

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Do I mis something? What claw? By the way, most people say that women can't wear power armour, but if it is your fluff, they can. Use normal space marines and use some green stuff to make breast plates and so on.

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not to mention, the "mortals" who work at the Aett, especially the female character in the book get's along with Blood Claws, in her own way because they are still more human compared to the older Sky Warriors, so my fluff works out nicely with the current stories happening here at the B&C: Fang, with forte and the gang, not to mention Firenze's stories ;)

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vgery nicely thought out ,like the story certainly worthey of a saga or two at least i particuly like the steward part ,there was a ship master in one of the ragnar books who was a bondsman always found him impresive as a charicter

vgery nicely thought out ,like the story certainly worthey of a saga or two at least i particuly like the steward part ,there was a ship master in one of the ragnar books who was a bondsman always found him impresive as a charicter

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Thanks for the comments brothers of The Rout! much appreciated ;) ale, honey wine, mjod... is all on Arez! so drink up before he comes and reads this! and drink allot. He's busy walking the monkey. Cheers ;)

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Oh, don't mind if I do. *Grabs the nearest horn of mead* Sooo good. ;)

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Its nice to see you mention the Valkarye. They were my primary idea of how to fit a female into the SW without breaking established fluff.

The original name for your character was to be Siadgrafa, based off a 'real' Valkarye name, until Jonas posted his.
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Do I mis something? What claw? By the way, most people say that women can't wear power armour, but if it is your fluff, they can. Use normal space marines and use some green stuff to make breast plates and so on.


Guess you missed her previous post, but I agree with her. Adding breasts to power armor is the wrong way to go. Unless the girl is massively "endowed" she would be built muscularly enough that her breasts would not be as...err...fatty, and with all the augmentative surgeries rife in 40k, that wouldn't be much a problem for any dedicated female soldier anyway.

Regardless, if anything, trimming the power armor (particularly at the waist, undercarriage and legs) would be better than adding any more bulk to the already bulky armor. Genetics throughout the ages have women marginally smaller in physicality to men, so the suit would likewise be smaller. But, again, I agree with Mav's_girl with the choice of carapace armor. Gives the option of a cloth aesthetic, humanizing and adding fluidity to the wearer's image, which is perfect for a woman model, while still maintaining a sense of armor, crucial for a woman trying to play the part in a "man's role" (don't hit me, ladies!).

@Mav's_girl: I haven't read Battle of the Fang yet (not out til next month), so I don't know if there's any imagery to support your fluff, but how do you intend to portray your Maidens, other than the shields? Are you going to subscribe to the stereotype of Viking Choosers mythos and give them winged helms (not that there's anything wrong with that), etc or go a different route?

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I like it. Dovetails nicely without being riddled with conflicts. Have a mead on me! Just don't make me wear it. It migh sweeten my disposition. :D
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Thanks for the comments brothers of The Rout! much appreciated :) ale, honey wine, mjod... is all on Arez! so drink up before he comes and reads this! and drink allot. He's busy walking the monkey. Cheers :)

good background

why dont you use Sisters Of Battle marines for your maidens?and just file of the stuff that isnt wolfy

im going to let that slide cause at the moment im not in the fighting mood

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Thanks for the comments brothers of The Rout! much appreciated :D ale, honey wine, mjod... is all on Arez! so drink up before he comes and reads this! and drink allot. He's busy walking the monkey. Cheers ;)

good background

why dont you use Sisters Of Battle marines for your maidens?and just file of the stuff that isnt wolfy

im going to let that slide cause at the moment im not in the fighting mood

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Thanks for the comments brothers of The Rout! much appreciated :D ale, honey wine, mjod... is all on Arez! so drink up before he comes and reads this! and drink allot. He's busy walking the monkey. Cheers ;)

good background

why dont you use Sisters Of Battle marines for your maidens?and just file of the stuff that isnt wolfy

im going to let that slide cause at the moment im not in the fighting mood

:)

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the SoB idea or not fighting?

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One of our companies has spent more time in the field then your second founding skirt wearers. Yea, I said skirt! DA wear the dresses, BT are just a trashier, sluttier version of the DA with high cut skirts.
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only a Marine who's primarch is being held by Jawa rejects would remark on the rumors of traitors and mortals.. 

...Arez, thats one of those jokes that i laughed and winced at the same time.

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