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The Mortis System, long considered a dead system and disregarded during the first crusade of the Emperor during his crusade to re-unite humanity. This was not far from the truth, Mortis by all standards was dead, its sun all but extinct, the planets seemed to harbor no life, other than the flows of magma and ash that pulsed upon their surface. However, the Emperor was wrong to disreguard this system, for it held life upon is ash-covered surface, a civilation of men who hunted upon the great Magma flows of the planet to survive, learning to adapt to the harsh acidic air and intolerable heat from below and cold from above. It was here that the Imperial Crusade founded Mortis Prime, the largest planet on the system, and the only planet to support life. Hive worlds soon prospered, as humanity met their cousins for the first time - men clad in bulking armor plates, unafraid to challenge any who dared entered their world. With the introduction of military technologies and a hive culture to the Mortians, Mortis Prime soon became a major forge world for the Imperial Guard, her first batches of armor and rifles going to the newly founded Mortian Hellbourne, named for the world of which they came.
At first, the Hellbourne seemed fearsome fighters, whose implaciable advance on the training fields seemed terrifying at first, men who were not afraid to die lined shoulder to shoulder, weapons drawn. It was not until the Hellbourne was taken off-world that their fatal flaw was discovered. The polluted gases generated by the volcanic waste that gave the Imperial Navy hell in retrieving the Hellbourne was also their lifeblood. It seemed that they had adapted to breathe the fumes of their volcanic home world, and could not survive without it. The oxygen breathed by their brothers was like a halucenogen to the Hellbourne, it played tricks with their minds, and stole their focus in battle. It was this realization that forced the Warmaster to grant the Hellbourne permission to use chem-inhalers, allowing for them to breathe the fumes once more.
The 1st and 2nd Hellbourne, later accompanied by the 3rd joined the Imperial Crusade to reunite humanity, and the purging of the xenos and chaos that dared to interfere with their efforts. Fighting alongside their brothers in the Imperial Army, the Hellbourne quickly grew in popularity among their peers. Although the men from Mortis Prime showed no trace of humanity, thier utter refusal and staunch dedication to the Imperial Creed brought them respect and honour among their fellow regiments. Mortis Prime also grew with this success, as the world quickly grew as a vital supplier or arms, muntions, and vehicles, a world often ignored and often considered the safest place within the Empire. It did not take long for the minions of chaos to learn that this world was unprotected, and would be an easy kill to please their fetid gods.
Success came at a price to the Hellbourne. Many of the 1st and 2nd regiments had won thier rights to colonization, and longed to return to their homeworld. It was at Paxis IV they earned this right, when the Mortian lines were reported to have taken the hive city back from the cultists in one sweep, while the Cadian Mobile Artillery pounded the remnants of resistance into submission. The 1st and 2nd regiments, having served 2 years longer than their brothers in the 3rd, were the first to take leave for Mortis Prime, which was in truth a short trip from the Paxis system, a fact that led to the demise of Mortis Prime. It was not long after their victory in holding the city while the Imperial Navy arrived that the 3rd Hellborne were granted the right to return to Mortis Prime for some well deserved R&R, something the men longed for. What they found was a nightmare, one that every man within the Hellbourne has yet to forget.
The ruinous powers had found their way to Mortis, their spies within the Imperium speaking of a forge world as an achilies heel to the armies of Man. They scruck, not long after the 1st and 2nd Hellbourne returned. The fall of Mortis Prime took exactly 3 months, after death and the taint of chaos had taken the majority of the warrior population, leaving Mortis Prime defenseless against the invaders. The ship Emperor's Guidance had just arrived in the Mortis system, and quickly flew to Mortis Prime, in an attempt to rescue as many of the Hellbourne as possible. It is said that a full regiment of the remaining Hellbourne as well as a handfull of civilians were saved, as the chaos behemoth bombarded their planet, and the survivors were forced to watch helplessly as their world, their home burned, and imploded upon itself. Their families, their friends, every Tie the Hellbourne had was severed in one stroke. The Emperor's Guidance only just escaped unoticed, to return to the Imperium, carrying the last of a world within her holds, a group of men whos anger and hate for chaos, both its taint and those that would spread it, had boiled forth within their hearts, and they swore an oath that until every man amongst them was dead, they would find the bastards that destroyed their planet, and they would personally drive down their throat and kill the very beast that robbed them of their world.
3rd Mortian Hellbourne
Prefered Special Weapon: Flamer
Prefered Heavy Weapon: Autocannon
(its a first attempt in a long while, so dont tear me a new one too quick)
Last edited by Kid-Blue; October 9th, 2007 at 14:57.
NO way dude! i totally love this. Im not even sure why, but you described them walking shoulder to shoulder very well, and i just got this image of like, gas masked baddies with carapace bulging and trenchcoats, getting blasted and blasting in return.
I also love the idea of the gas inhaler masks being a NECESSITY! very original.
However, one flaw you've gotta look at, is that once thier planets blown up...what the hell are they gonna breathe? Plus, you really went with that Tanith feel when only one regiment survived. But w/e, i guess you could have em...be high all the time? lol
The way i was playing it, the Mortian Hellbourne rely on the kind of noxious fumes generated by volcanic activity, like CO2 emissions and other such pollutants. I was under the impression that the Imperium, as big as it is, could form a chemical simular to their home enviroment for them to breathe. and yes, it has a tanith feel, ill edit that really quick.
alrighty then, cleared that up. Im trying to think of a way to make it seem not so much of a Tanith rip-off but the books are what got me into 40k, so i guess thats impressed into my mind. Until if find something to retool it a bit, i think this is gonna do it for me.
So what do you think? decent first attempt? or does it need to be redone?
i think its exelent, iv only got one tiny problem, the othe rregiments you named, tanith, cadian etc, at the begining it was just the imperial army, there went regiments as we know them today so id go over that and just change it to "other forces amongst the imperial army"
And its DAMN impressive if a regiment can point back to the great crusade as its founding!!!
Great work man.
PROUD TO BE IN THE BRITISH ARMY.
~~ Surrender and serve me in life, or die and slave for me in death~~
I retooled it so that the Hellbourne would not seem like the Tanith with gas masks, and let there be some survivors, both military and civilian, to show that the population of Mortis Prime would not so easily give up. Along with a few spelling errors I found and corrected, but im sure there are more, and sorry for that but im used to typing for speed not accuracy.
Just got in my DKOK models from FW that I am using for the Mortian Hellbourne, working on assembeling what needs to be done, and as soon as i have something to show you ill give you an idea of what they will look like.
Thank you Brother Azriel and AlbinoAlien for your help, it is greatly appreciated.