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A Broken Throne - The Crimson Lions


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Blood Wolf Praetorate, 838.M30

 

  • Legion Master: Thorbrand “Ironside”
  • Lord of the Second Hearth: Kynjard “Jorvik’s bane”
  • Lord of the Third Hearth: Sigvat “the Howler”
  • Lord of the Fourth Hearth: Hervard “the Wake”
  • Lord of the Fifth Hearth: Siward “the Wanderer"
  • Lord of the Sixth Hearth: Hastein “Brightsword”
  • Bearer of the Legion-banner: Aerion “Red-axe”
  • Chief Apothecary: Kelmund “Crow-caller”
  • Chief Librarian: Penda “the Kneeler”
  • Lord of the Destroyers: Hrothulf “the Black”
  • Legion Champion: Otta “the Proud”
  • Legion Fleet Master: Leif “the Star King”

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I think it's worth us, that is all of us who write for the project, having a wee chat about Hectarion. He hasn't been touched much so far, and I suspect that's because we're all a bit wary of inadvertently writing a Leman Russ clone. So, let's try and differentiate some key ways of separating the two. Things Russ would do but Hec wouldn't, things about the way they carry themselves.

For me, there are two things that spring to mind. Firstly, Hec is an adventurer rather than the executioner. When he tries to wear Russ's mantle, it's an ill fit for him and he knows it (contrasting perhaps with Andezo and Yucahu).

Secondly, his kingship should come through, less mediated by mysticism and more direct. While the Wolves and the old Blood Wolves pride themselves on the fear they inspire, the Lions aspire to and struggle to attain something more obviously heroic.
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I don't see Hec as an adventurer anywhere near as much as a King. For me thats always been one of the biggest differences. Where Russ puts on the barbarian king act, for Hec it isn't an act, it's what he was born to do. For him, navigating the tribal politics of his homeworld comes as naturally as leading men to war and I imagine that would translate somewhat into his ability to work within the Imperium's factionalism. Now obviously, the warrior within him pulls harder than the politician, so when it's a choice between a dishonourable negotiated peace(e.g. pardoning traitor primarchs if they cease to fight for Icarion) or keeping fighting, his instinct would always be to keep fighting, which is his main weakness as a politician.

This leads into a second point which is he's a less reliable tool than Russ or Yucahu. As we see on Jin and Mexicatii, he's not above letting his own need to see vengeance and honour satisfied dictate his actions in the field and as a consequence, is more likely to disobey orders than Russ, who only disobeyed on Prospero because Horus basically changed his orders. In this sense, where Russ is a tame dog, Hec is a wild animal. You can get him to approximate being tame but he never will be completely.

However, paradoxically, he's also more prone to self doubt. He was the only son of the Emperor who had the warp leave a lasting trace on his soul and the only legions who had anything close to the defect found in his both destroyed themselves. So for Hec it's never certain whether he and his legion aren't just aberrations, experiments gone wrong, or whether he and his legion aren't simply living on borrowed time, as the Wolves and TS seemed to have been.

That leads into the next point, which is that the nature of Hec's and Russ' loyalty is different. While both possess a tribal style loyalty, in Russ' case it goes beyond that into pack loyalty. Hec by contrast is far more similar to Sanguinius in that his loyalty is unshakeable because of his own self-doubt, he will never disobey the Emperor and hurl his legion into near-suicidal missions in the Emperor's name because he feels they have the most to prove. That leads to him overcompensating almost, so where Russ would call a retreat, Hec would get his herald to blow the horn and sound the charge once more because on a fundamental level he feels he can't afford to be seen to fail.

And agreed on the fact that Hec's kingship is has far less mysticism about it than Russ, although he allows the gutuatri a prominent place in his legion.
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Resurrection

 

The crushing weight of the tons of rubble that cloaked Aerrion’s chassis felt distant now. The sensation had been fading steadily over the past days. Just like all the rest of his chassis’, the automated senses were failing, slowly but surely. The only surprise was that they weren’t fading faster. He had been under the rubble for 86 hours according to his chronometer and even before then, the damage done to it by the Insurrectionists had been severe. His left arm had been shattered by a krak missile, reducing him to firing his plasma cannon point blank. The lower right side of his chassis had been all but obliterated by a plasma cannon and one of his ocular lenses had been smashed, by what he did not know, and his leg motors had been damaged so severely he could barely move. Nonetheless he had fought, just as he had in the old days, when his limbs had been flesh and blood, not cogs and gears.

 

I can feel the wind again. It was a bemusing thought. He had been in his metal cage for so long he had almost forgotten what it felt like to feel the wind against his skin. That he felt the wind at all meant something was badly wrong with his chassis. According to his remaining lense, his amniotic tank had been compromised. That his chassis was still functioning and attempting to keep him alive was impressive, Aerrion had to admit. Even for as much as he hated the cage that he’d been locked in for near two centuries, the skill of the craftsmen who had hand forged it was evident in how long it had kept him alive, even after the damage it had endured.

 

Then, the gloom in which Aerrion had endured for days was penetrated by a single golden-red beam of light. Dawn he thought, a cracked and broken smile crossing his face for the first time in years. One of his few childhood memories was running across the fields with another child, who it was, he couldn’t remember, that lay outside the hive of Jurfik and seeing the dawn’s light reflected off the sparkling waters of the Derwynt river. Of course, he had since been to other worlds and seen just how pathetic the irradiated fields and rivers of Terra were, with their short, dark green verging on black grass were in comparison. But the memory had stayed sweet in spite of the bitter reality. And now, once more upon the world of his birth he was dying. Slowly but surely. He knew that. So too did the shadows, who had kept him company the past days. He knew them. Each and every one had had a face, a past long and glorious, filled with triumphs until they had met their match and fallen with honour. They now waited for him, waited for him to join them. Soon brothers he thought soon.

 

Then, far away, he heard a voice. “I have found the ancient. He lives”. No Aerrion attempted to say, only to realise his vocalisers no longer functioned. I have already been resurrected once. I have spent nigh 200 years in this prison you locked me in and endured out of duty and honour. You can’t lock me up again! No more! He desperately tried to sink further in the earth, away from the voice. Yet the voice drew ever nearer, the light clearer and the shadows who had waited so long for him to join them vanished, gone once more onto the otherworldly plain upon which they resided. Why won’t you jackals leave me. I can’t, not more…no more….


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What is the relationship between the Lions and the Mechanicum? There's at least two, probably four, Forge Worlds within the Dominion's borders.


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BL Fluff Segment (12k words)

Anthology: 30% - Incomplete? - (Are there enough words?)

FW Fluff Segment (10k? words)

History: 15% - Incomplete

Organization: 15% - Incomplete - (There's a huge 'organization' section, there's no 'War Disposition' section and the 'Legion Command Hierarchy' may have been swallowed by the first section.)

Exemplary Battles: 15%

Crunch

Legiones Astartes & Unique Wargear: 5% - Incomplete - (NYR)

Rites of War: 5% - N/A?

Unique Units: 5% - Incomplete - (Has a final list been picked yet?)

Unique Characters: 5% - Incomplete - (See previous note)

Primarch: 5% - Incomplete - (NYR)

 

Total - 0%

 

The Lions have the opposite problem of the Berserkers. There are reams and reams of ideas, locations, descriptions, and what have you. But none of it has actually been funnelled toward an end. 


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Edited by Darkcommander, 23 January 2020 - 01:50 PM.


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IIIrd Legion Tactical Marine

Arvirag

Clan Briganda

The Razing of Fenghao

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Arvirag is here clad in Veidimor-pattern Mk IV power armour, awarded for his valour during the Qarith Crusade. Deployed to Fenghao, Arvirag displayed commendable discipline as well as aggression, going to great lengths to rein in his fellow warriors after their sergeant fell in the fighting. For this he was elevated to squad command. Note the blade attachment on his bolter: Crimson Lions invariably went into battle armed for close-quarters combat, whatever their designated battlefield role.


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Trialling some fluff additions, revolving around the Razing of Jurfik and its effects:
 
  But the (battle after the Juggernauts and Blood Wolves part ways?) campaign would have consequences far beyond the material losses, as ripples travelled outward from the IIIrd Legion to their fiefdom. Jurfik, taxed heavily of its people to feed the Imperial war machine, had begun to chafe under the Imperial yoke. The increased tithes in the wake of Oberon pushed the province past a tipping point, and King Harron the Red rose in rebellion against the Emperor. Imperial personnel were killed or driven out, with bloody reprisals conducted against any who resisted the resurgent monarchy of Jurfik.
  Unbeknownst to the king, however, the Blood Wolves had returned to the Sol System to resupply at Mars. Word reached them quickly, and the fire in their hearts kindled to a vengeful blaze. 
 
  In the wake of Jurfik’s suppression, the IIIrd Legion changed in composition  and spirit alike. The first was due to the fact that with the devastation they had visited upon their old fiefdoms, far fewer recruits could be taken from that region than before. This was not merely due to the butcher’s bill, but the Emperor’s own edict, seeking to ease the burden on Jurfik after the carnage of the rebellion. So the IIIrd was obliged to cast its net wider, taking stock from elsewhere on Terra and other worlds - notably Cthonia. Other Legions were beginning to claim its stock at this time, but none did in the numbers that the IIIrd did. This would continue into the late Crusade, with tithes claimed from the Hollow World in times of need.
  Within the hearts of the Legion’s warriors, the old fire and fervour had become something grimmer. Contemporaries observed a certain callousness which drew parallels with the XXth, with some of the Blood Wolves taking pride in the grisly deeds they had inflicted on their own people. Therox Castiel of the VIth Legion, by now a Lord Chief of the Iron Bears, remarked that “the soul of the IIIrd is wounded, and they lack the means to salve it on their own.”
  A blood-washed rage now defined the Blood Wolves, and fewer and fewer were the battlefields they shared with mortal soldiers or even their cousins. Again and again they cast themselves into the most hazardous warzones, often ranging ahead of the broader Imperial advance. Some opined that the Legion was on some unconscious level seeking its own destruction, daring the Galaxy to serve up a threat which would finally crush it. But such an end never came, and instead fate brought the IIIrd Legion to a world ruled by their gene-sire.

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The Shakletian Wastes stay with the BotL, so that part of the CL's fluff will be amended to a part in the Antarctic Clearances.


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