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I'm building a DG army to field with the new codex with it comes out, but I have an irresistible urge to come up with my own fluff for any army I play. So this army is actually not the Death Guard but rather a legion (whoopsie, called it a chapter in the thread title) that goes by one of these names (I have not decided on one yet):
The Breath of Nurgle
Scions of the Plague Wind
Dusk Wind/Dusk Raiders
The Dusk Raiders name is a reference to the early pre-Heresy days of the Death Guard. Before being joined by Mortarion and renaming themselves the Death Guard, it was the name of the chapter. The other three names, all references to air or wind in some way, are more related to the battle philosophy of the Legion (which I will describe in the fluff).
Anyways, on to the fluff!
Brother-Captain Nyarloto was the commander of the Dusk Raiders 10th Company for decades before Mortarion took command as the Primarch, changing the name of the chapter to the Death Guard. Nyarloto resented this change, having felt sure that he would one day rise to power as the Chapter Master of the Dusk Raiders. this resentment soon led him to a close correspondence with Brother-Captain Typhon, who knew something that he didn't - Nyarloto was a latent psychic, somehow undetected by the Imperium.
Seeing a useful ally for his ambition, Typhon utilized Nyarlotos influence and abilities as an unusually (even for a Marine) adept fighter in his plans for power. Nyarloto was slowly being warped and shaped for the influences of chaos without even knowing it himself. At Typhon's behest, he began to research several debilitating plagues and disfiguring diseases, allegedly in order to protect his men against them. He began to grow paranoid, particularly of Mortarion, who, thanks to Typhon's encouragements, he began to equate with the very necromancers Mortarion had liberated Barbarus from. The brothers of the 10th Company began to wear larger than normal rebreathers and gas masks, large tubes that connected to massive purification tanks on their backs, replacing standard issue packs.
Ironically, the tactics and organization of Nyarloto's company was similar to Mortarion's, though taken to a greater extreme. Composed almost entirely of infantry, the only armored support available to the marines of the 10th company were dreadnoughts, and there were many more than in a normal company.
By the time the Horus Heresy rolled around, Nyarloto was as twisted by hatred and paranoia as any loyalist can be, on the verge of succumbing to the twisted wiles of chaos, as so many others were by this time. When Typhon unleashed his plages upon the Death Guard, Nyarloto was one of those who assisted him, willing to sacrifice his own men in the hopes that it would destroy Mortarion as well. His psychic powers were unleashed in this moment, and, goaded by Typhon and the faint warp-whispers of Nurgle himself, he was able to create diseases born of pure warp chaos and the 10th company was ravaged by sicknesses fouler than any before. It is whispered by some that Mortarion himself carries the choicest of Nyarloto's plagues.
At this moment, Nyarloto himself succumbed to the greatest plagues in Nurgle's arsenal, twisting and mutating in horrendous ways. Despite this, he resisted the change to Daemonhood, and remains human in the loosest sense of the word. His psychic powers exploded into full fruition, and to this day he remains among the greatest sorcerers of Nurgle.
After the Heresy, Nyarloto had grown so devoted to Nurgle that he no longer cared for the ambition or greed of other fallen marines, his only goal to spread plague and pestilence across the galaxy in the name of his Lord. Knowing him to be a loyal and valuable servant, Nurgle granted him immortality almost immediately. This gift was tested during the battle for Terra - Nyarloto slew more loyalist marines and commanders than any other member of the Death Guard save Mortarion himself, and when an enemy commander beheaded him with a power sword, A massive tentacle grew back in it's place, a sinuous, featureless limb, save for a vicious barb, that simply granted him another weapon in combat. His eyelessness did not hinder him at all, for his psychic powers granted him the clairvoyance to know all that occurred around him.
In the millenia after the Heresy, the 10th Company split away from the Death Guard almost immediately, fuelled by Nyarloto's hatred for Mortarion and his disdain for the naked ambition of Typhon - he believed ambition to be a weakness that interfered with pure devotion to Nurgle.
As time progressed, the Plague Marines of the fledgling legion once known as the Death Guard Tenth Company mutated and changed to be the perfect bearers of Nyarloto's Plagues. The purification tanks and oversized rebreathers cycled plagues endlessly through their bodies, growing viruses and bacterium at incredible rates. Massive mutated spires of flesh similar to tentacles grew from their backs, with vents at their peaks endlessly spewing poisons and diseases into the air (These Plagues spires all his plague marines carry give the company the air focused names). Nyarloto's tactics retain their same (im)purity as an entirely infantry based force, backed up by dreadnoughts mutated and possessed into foul engines of pestilence and undying anguish.
Since the Heresy, Nyarloto himself has evolved (or perhaps degenerated) into a consummate warrior and a fearsome sorcerer, truly a terror on the battlefield.
Anyways, thats the fluff I have come up with so far for the chapter. I would love any C&C, as well as suggestions for which chapter name to use, or other ideas for a legion name that people like.
Last edited by fatal_GRACE; August 25th, 2007 at 05:16.
This fluff is quite good, very detailed and your Captain seems to be a very interesting sort of character, though I would avoid saying stuff along the lines of "he slew more Loyalists than any other Death Guard save Mortarion himself". You know what I mean. I like the Scions of the Plague Wind, though Scion is a word I've seen quite a lot in Space Marine warband names, so you might want to find a different word for that.
Thanks, I was actually a little unsure about whether that bit would work or not, thanks for the advice. I do like Scions of the Plague Wind, and while Scion is a somewhat common word in the 41st millenium, I think I can handle that, because it is also a really cool word.