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.
Edited by bluntblade, 04 April 2020 - 08:36 PM.