Further to this the Legion, according to evidence uncovered later, appears to have increased in ties to certain factions of the Mechanicum and the Legio Cybernetica in particular during this period, and is believed to have begun to shelter some Renegade or outcast elements of the Machine Cult under Perturabo's protection. Magma bombs and mass drivers boiled away the rivers and reduced fecund earth to arid dust. Once faultlessly loyal, they did not bend but seemed to outsiders instead to suddenly and inexplicably shatter in their allegiance. These traits labelled them as unimaginative, mechanistic and even honourless fighters in the minds of certain other Space Marine Legions and their masters -- not least of all Horus -- it has been said. Perturabo took a step towards this thing being born from the death of his brother, all the while despairing that this was his brother. Under the command of their new Daemon Prince, the majority of the Iron Warriors fled to the Eye of Terror and secured the Daemon World of Medrengard after the battle of the Iron Cage, from where they could brood on the turn of events and plot vengeance on the Imperium. M'kar survived to eventually face Marneus Calgar once more on the planet Talassar, but his essence was completely annihilated after Calgar struck him with the Shard of Erebus -- the same blade that Captain Ventanus had used to slay M'kar's human form of Maloq Kartho on Calth during the Horus Heresy. Once the fanatics had been slaughtered, the leading elements of the assault wave forced their way bloodily on through abyssal chambers of nightmarish surgical theatres and abhorrent instruments of the "justice" these debased oppressors enacted, to their final confrontation with the Black Judges themselves. The Iron Snakes were created during the Second Founding. Conversely, to some within the Great Crusade's High Command these traits were positive factors, making the IVth Legion arguably more reliable in deployment than some of the more esoteric Legions and more ready to meet commands from outside their own Legion without complaint. A Grand Company will often be divided into component detachments led by lesser Chaos Champions. In the meantime, making one final push against Khalan Gol, the forces of Berossus stormed Honsou's citadel. Fifty-two Imperial Fists and thirteen thousand men, women and children were crammed within the citadel's walls. is repeated during the beginning of combat operations by the Iron Warriors. Following the massacre on Isstvan V, the next major action of the Iron Warriors was the ambush of the Imperial Fists fleet at the Battle of Phall, in which the Imperial Fists fleet that had been becalmed in the Warp on the way to the Istvaan System was assaulted by the vessels of the Iron Warriors but managed to successfully escape and make its way back to Terra. Though Honsou had emerged as the victor in the brutal conflict between the Iron Warriors Warsmiths, it was a pyrrhic victory at best. Perturabo descended downwards on an unending spiral towards a point of light that grew no brighter no matter how far he descended. But the Iron Warriors had purposely done this in order to show the Imperial Fists that they were superior to them in every way. They see themselves as titans of ancient Terran legends; running amok in the universe, reaving and pillaging, knowing that no natural or man-made law can stop them. The noose of battle was closing on the two Primarchs at its centre -- Perturabo locked on his knees, and Fulgrim hovering in the air as though bound to his brother by ties not even the call of war could break. Siege warfare follows a very simple but effective set of general tactics. Perturabo looked his brother in the eye for some hint of remorse, a sign that he regretted that things had come to this, something to show he felt even a moment of shame at plotting to murder his brother. Not since the height of the Horus Heresy had a Space Marine Legion suffered such losses as the Imperial Fists incurred as they dropped straight into the midst of a grand entrapment. Mashogg, their part was often treated with indifference or guarded disdain by the IVth Legion's contemporaries. Once the first wave has caused sufficient damage to enemy defenses (or secured a suitable landing area), a second wave is launched. We believe that it could hold the key to understanding their weaknesses. Having instituted a full review of the IVth Legion's war record, doctrines and practices and having compared those with the other Legions, Perturabo found his sons wanting and acted accordingly. But it ends transforming them into Peripheroids. We bring 2 versions of this game, HTML5, and Flash so that everyone can enjoy it. The attention of every Astartes within the chamber was irrevocably drawn towards the Primarch, for they recognised that an event of great moment was in the offing. This entire endeavour was a means to a single end. Perturabo had destroyed Fulgrim's mortal shell. In a reversal of fortune typical of the grim epoch that ushered in the Age of the Imperium, the Imperial Fists were amongst those who laid siege to these remaining Iron Warriors strongholds, and while the Traitors were eventually dislodged, it was only after a decade-long campaign that culminated in the Iron Warriors detonating their nucleonic stockpiles and reducing Olympia to a radioactive waste. The IVth Legion's adherence to the organisational structures, fighting methods and panoply laid out as a pattern for the Legiones Astartes at the very beginning of the Great Crusade remained consistent, with no fresh "stamp" of culture brought by interaction with a Primarch for many Terran years. The typical Iron Warrior is armed with a powerful Bolter, Plasma Gun or other such ranged weapon, as well as a close-combat Power Sword or Chainsword. These patterns of personal armour sacrifice a modicum of manoeuvrability inorder to incorporate larger inflexible casings, making it perfectly suited to the Iron Warriors' highly-attritional style of war. Let them break themselves upon our walls, before we crush them utterly." The journey downwards was never-ending, or so it seemed until it ended. Fulgrim and the Emperor's Children had also declared their allegiance to Horus' cause and Chaos, and the Renegade Primarch had unsuccessfully tried to turn Ferrus Manus of the Iron Hands to the worship of the Ruinous Powers. These Loyalist Space Marines were gathered from survivors that had fought their way out of the killing ground of the Urgall Depression on Istvaan V. They had managed to escape the Istvaan System aboard an Iron Hands Strike Cruiser known as the Sisypheum. As the Great Crusade moved forward, many Iron Warrior citadels were established on liberated worlds, guaranteeing a safe line of communications and an Imperial occupational force for the planet. It was from this epicentre that the galaxy vomited unnatural matter into the void, a dark doorway to an unknowable destination and an unimaginably powerful singularity whose gravity was so strong that it consumed light, matter, space and time in its destructive core. This was an immaterial avatar of light and energy, of soul and desire. It is also similarly a testament to them and the cold and cruel genius of their Primarch, that such losses were routinely absorbed by the Legion without serous lasting depreciation of the Iron Warriors' strategic fighting power and that high casualties rarely resulted in defeat for the IVth Legion. If this deadful creature manages to pass into our galaxy the Raad will become unstoppable. It was Horus himself who broke the news to Perturabo that his homeworld of Olympia was in rebellion against the Imperium. While most fortresses serve the purpose of defending something, and are thus limited in their utility, the so-called Eternal Fortress had been constructed with but one purpose in mind -- to defy the proud boasts of Rogal Dorn and to lure him into a trap from which he could not escape. Perturabo knew that his brother had a flair for the melodramatic, which only seemed to have gotten worse since the IIIrd Legion threw their lot in with the Warmaster. [1a] The first-ever squad-leaders of the Chapter have become immortalized within its ranks, as their names have been retained as the official designati… From honour cometh iron! Promotion and advancement in the Legion's ranks were a matter in the first part of survival, and in the second of specialisation should a Legionary display particular talents and aptitudes. It was to this IVth Legion, damaged, disabused and without a clear direction of its own, that their Primarch finally came. After being heavily engaged with Horus' forces, the surviving Loyalists of the first wave eagerly sought the shelter of the Iron Warriors' trenches and bunkers, only to be mercilessly gunned down by their erstwhile allies. They accomplished this by traveling aboard the ancient Daemon Engine Omphalos Daemonium into the Eye of Terror and infiltrating Medrengard. History records little of the machinations Horus must surely have enacted in order to turn the bitter Perturabo to the cause of the Traitors, but whatever the truth, the Iron Warriors turned upon their brothers at Istvaan V, and in so doing sealed their damnation for all time. All such actions in the history of the Great Crusade had proved costly both in terms of lives and the sanity of those who must fight such nightmares, and this was to prove the exception. Perturabo believed Fulgrim's visit had something to do with the inevitable campaign to be conducted against Mars. On Istvaan V, the Iron Warriors, the Night Lords, the Word Bearers and the Alpha Legion were held in reserve, while Ferrus Manus led his own Iron Hands, along with the Raven Guard and the Salamanders, against the Traitor positions in the first Loyalist wave. The newly freed M'kar bound the Indomitable to a Warp Gate and called forth a huge army of daemons to attack the cities of the planet from within, slaughtering the entire world's population. Hob. Soon the battle was joined, as Loyalist fought Traitor within the expansive chamber. A salvo of sixteen orbital torpedoes surged from the station's launch bays, followed by another rippling salvo seconds later. In the millennia since the Horus Heresy, dozens of Space Marine Chapters have been founded from the gene-seed of the imperial Fists, perhaps more than from any other Legion other than Ultramarines. shipping: + AU $16.04 shipping . The resulting explosion buried Captain Ventris and his men, but he and the majority of his allies managed to survive the explosion and subsequent cave-in. According to established practise, the Primarch was declared lord of the world on which he had been raised, effectively deposing his adopted father, and the IV Legion began the process of inducting new recruits from the most able candidates amongst its peoples. They looked upon Perturabo with hatred, but decided to make their way off-world from the doomed planet. Exemplifying the most stubborn and intractable qualities of its Primarch Rogal Dorn, the Invaders is a Successor Chapter that is utterly unwilling to accept defeat. 5.5. The following are some of the more notable bonded formations: There existed in the ranks of the Iron Warriors a series of long-standing warrior societies that existed outside of the Legion's military order and command structure, and which seldom became known to outsiders. Honsou was determined to win the murderous contest at any cost, for he possessed a grand vision of revenge. Following the Drop Site Massacre, the IVth Legion transformed Olympia and its surrounding star systems into a so-called "Empire of Iron." Honsou then honoured the former Champion's last request, and took his skull off his neck with a sweep of his axe. While once the IVth Legion had been amongst the most numerous of the Space Marine Legions, constant warfare and attrition had eroded their numbers -- not dangerously to their existence, as the IVth Legion's gene-seed continued to prove to be of the highest quality as far as ease of implantation went -- but at least to the point where several others had since eclipsed them in size and range, while certain other Legions, most notably the Luna Wolves and Dark Angels, outshone them in the glory and in the majesty of their conquests. Now their shrivelled and time-ravaged forms were encased in mechanised war machines controlled by cybernetic implants. Oxygen was sucked greedily from the atmosphere by horrifyingly massive spore chimneys and the planet's protective atmospheric layers were gradually stripped in an unthinking biological genocide. The Iron Warriors' indisputable success in siege warfare led to them being "typecast" so that they became the automatic choice for any siege or garrison mission, ignoring the basic needs of all the Legion's Astartes for rest and reorganisation. Removing the payload bay of the torpedo, the Magos reached inside and removed its contents -- a cracked helmet, the paint chipped and one eye lens missing. They see a Primarch and his sons who were slowly laid low with suspicion, malcontent and a growing madness. They knew that they could not fight the Lord of Iron and live through the encounter. Mission: Regain control of settlement Alpha. Fulgrim looks on as his Emperor's Children, his brother Perturabo and the Iron Warriors fight for their lives against an army of Aeldari revenants within the Sepulchre of Isha's Doom at the heart of the citadel of Amon ny-shak Kaelis. The Imperial Fists supported the Ultramarines in a campaign to liberate the subjugated worlds. Objective: Destroy the Fell Tryant to eliminate the alien threat on Sagan-1. As the Legion's victories, often unsung, were many, so was their price high. The Crone World was located at the heart of the Eye of Terror, somehow remaining in a fixed position keeping it from destruction in the gravitational hellstorm of a supermassive black hole that lay at the centre of the eternal Warp Storm. Fulgrim's body arched in sympathetic resonance, for the maugetar stone contained more than just the strength stolen from Perturabo by Fulgrim. But before the Warsmith could capitalise on the newly acquired weapon, Captain Ventris and a Command Squad of Ultramarines arrived and began attacking Honsou's forces. The galaxy has felt the remorseless wrath of the Iron Warriors on numerous occasions. Resentment against the Emperor's relentless demands began to build up throughout the IVth Legion, and particularly within Perturabo himself. When the Horus Heresy came, it was perhaps inevitable that the two Primarchs should find themselves on opposite sides of the galactic civil war. So it was that rotting from within with loathing and bitter spite, the iron facade the IVth Legion presented to the Imperium and the extent of how rapidly and how deeply it had descended into homicidal madness was kept hidden. For the Iron Warriors Legion the Horus Heresy came as the culmination of a series of reversals and fell tragedies that had occurred in the latter years of the Great Crusade, stalked the Legion and by their effect both deranged and twisted is Legionaries. AU $151.47. Fulgrim achieves apotheosis, becoming a Daemon Prince of his patron god Slaanesh. It might then be viewed that ultimately they were undone by the very pragmatism and logic that had made them such ruthless and effective soldiers, but left them ill-equipped to fight an enemy as existential as doubt and mortal terror. Honsou's warband slaughtered everyone aboard the station and seized control of its deadly missile payload. Jalopy. This in turn meant that the IVth Legion was very swiftly put to active-service alongside the Ist Legion (Dark Angels) and Vth Legion (White Scars). Intrigued by this odd boy who showed such skill and talent for an unknown orphan, Dammekos adopted him into his family and raised him as his own. World after world that rejected the future espoused by the Emperor's Iterators capitulated when confronted with the prospect of a protracted siege by the Iron Warriors, and countless worlds were brought to Imperial Compliance that would otherwise have been devastated in bitter, and ultimately pointless wars. This force conquered or reclaimed twenty-nine coreward system-clusters and annihilated several interstellar xenos realms in a protracted eleven-year campaign which played a key part in the establishment of the Imperium's control of the Segmentum Solar. Once there, Uriel was entombed inside the womb of one of the Daemonculaba. The Sepulchre of Isha's Doom was a monumental palace, sprawling and richly ornamented with bulbous mourn-towers and sweeping, ivory-roofed domes. Now is the time for those plans to come to fruition. During Abaddon the Despoiler's 13th Black Crusade in 999.M41, the Iron Warriors, under the command of the Warsmith Barban Falk, attacked once more the Adeptus Mechanicus Forge World of Hydra Cordatus which supplied weapons and other war materiel to the Imperium of Man at large, and was one of the few locations in the galaxy where the Mechanicus secretly stored its tithes of Space Marine gene-seed. Furthermore, he was gifted with an affinity with advanced technology, and able to debate the finer points of the most esoteric arts with the highest placed adepts of the Mechanicum. As the two Primarchs neared their ultimate goal, Fulgrim kept pressing his stern brother with curt impatience to not linger. In alliance with the Mechanicum, new orbital shipyards and foundries burned with frenetic activity. They all share the trait of being pixelated versions of marine life. Documentary evidence exists of particular Grand Battalions operating with as little as 500 Legionaries and as many as 5,000 in extreme cases. Iydris, it transpired, was a hollow world, its core this colossal void with the impossibly bright sun at its heart. The city guard brought the child before the Tyrant. The ready availability of quarried stone and the terrain made the control of strategic passes and high ground the key to military security, which in turn helped develop Perturabo's -- and his Legion's -- later focus on siege warfare. After the Iron Warriors withdrew from Hydra Cordatus they bombarded the remains of the citadel to dust, leaving behind a lone Imperial survivor to tell the tale of what had occurred. Fulgrim came with an offer to unite their mutual forces in battle on a glorious quest. These are used very sparingly and are maintained and guarded by the Iron Warriors' 1st Company. As expected, this legendary horn is at the very center of the main fortress. While honourific and commendations in general meant little to the Iron Warriors at an individual level, technological skill and the ability to wage warfare in the manner which Perturabo favoured was recognised and rewarded. The Ambassadress they've sent our way to sign it has crash landed in enemy territory due to a meteor storm ravaging the area. Medrengard has been described as a bleak jail world where slaves toil endlessly for the glory of Perturabo. As Perturabo was busy fighting for his life, Fulgrim slipped away in the midst of the fighting. They would go into the black hole. Honsou knew he would find neither in these two opponents, warriors hardened by decades of war and devotion to their Gods. He wondered if Fulgrim was aware of the radiance bleeding from him and decided he must be. Meanwhile, Perturabo's own 125th Expeditionary Fleet was driven into the teeth of deadly foe after deadly foe, neither asking for, nor being sent reinforcements or additional resources, save for those it could itself generate and acquire. It was then that Perturabo struck. Despite his aloof demeanour, Perturabo learned from the culture in which he found himself the arts of the siege, for Olympia's warring city-states afforded plenty of opportunity to study both the theory and the practise of this highly specialised branch of warfare. The Iron Warriors place a great deal of importance on heavy weaponry of all kinds, for they value the tools of destruction far more than flesh and blood. Although for many solar decades the IVth Legion had been rigidly dogmatic in its adherence to the patterns set out for the nascent Legion at the start of the Great Crusade, Perturabo's intervention was to write significant and far-ranging changes upon his Legion, but not one that by any means changed it beyond all recognition from what had gone before. Now the Raad have turned even nature against us. On the final day of the Skull Harvest, the three warriors stepped into the arena, clad in their armour and each armed with their weapon of choice. The fortress was a decoy of no real value. In the wake of the slaughter, escape from the Istvaan System had been a nerve-shredding series of mad dashes under fire and silent runs through the Traitors' orbital blockade, culminating in a final sprint to the gravipause, the minimum safe distance between a star's mass and a vessel's ability to survive a Warp Jump also known as a Mandeville Point. When a breach has been forced in the enemy defences it will initially be probed by veterans and infiltrated, then the gap will be pried open with firepower until a storming force can be unleashed. Briefing: Autopsy of the Fell Bishop indicated that the Fell are ruled by a single immense power, codename Tyrant. His punishment was decimation. Saying "Iron Within" to elicit the response "Iron Without" is sometimes used by the Iron Warriors to identify each other, especially in confused combat, such as that in tunnels or during combined operations with other Chaos forces. Smashing through the blockade line of warships heedless of the losses they incurred, with a score of Legion Strike Cruisers and a dozen Battle Barges burned from stem-to-stern, the Legion grappled their foe at close-quarters, launching crippling boarding actions and barrages of Melta warhead torpedoes at point-blank range. As the fourth day of killing drew to an end only the armies of three Champions remained. 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