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This is the fluff for my Iron Warriors (even though I dont REALLY need it, I feel a bit creative )
After the Horus Heresy, and the downfall of Horus, the Traitor Primarchs fled Terra, leaving behind them an Imperium in tatters. Perturabo, the great Iron Warrior Primarch, had followed Horus, after the Emperor did not recognize the fact that his men had been thrown against the toughest held fortifications blocking the advance of the Great Crusade. Bitter and angry, Horus had easily turned him to his dark ways. But during the Crusade, no single company fought more or tougher, than Metallic Revenge. At the for-front of Perturabo's men, each one of its members had infinite knowledge of how a siege could be won and lost. On the battlefield, they used this knowledge, sometimes with dreadful consequences. They learnt that, to win a siege, the most important things were not the size of your weapons, but how fast you could spread dismay, hunger, mutiny and fear. At the head of this fearless force, was Commander Kragorth, and Perturabo's left hand man. His men were blindly faithful to his judgement, and it seems that he did not make a mistake, no matter how many battles he fought.
Sadly for Horus, Metallic Revenge was not present at the battle of the Palace of the Emperor. Had their skills been used, then history would surely be very different.. However, they were several hundred light-years away, laying their last siege before they were forever seperated from the rest of the Iron Warriors. On Habrid, in the Beta system, a large band of Ultramarines were held up inside their massive fortress. This was to be Kragoth's toughest challenge yet, fighting against his bretherin, who could not be dismayed, suffered lightly from hunger, were faithful to the end and always fearless. He knew this foes Commander well, Grand Master Diaz, a brute of a man, but no match for Kragoth in one-on-one combat. He never gave up, and could be extremely cunning.
Using the doctrines that Perturabo had tought them, they laid what seemed to be a textbook, with one minor flaw. It seemed that Kragoth was keeping half of his army in reserve, and his men were therefore stretched too much. Noticing his enemy's mistake, Diaz ordered a 300 man strong force to attempt a break-through, so as to give the rest of the army some respite. They marched out, heads held high, having no idea of the carnage that was about to ensue. Kragoth watched the army move, and sprung his trap. Lying in seemingly natural ditchs, 1300 Iron Warriors surrounded the small force, and brutally massacred it without pity. Diaz watched on, his heart chilled, unable to help his bretherin. He finally saw the extent of his folly, and the cunning of his foe, and knew that to send more men was far from wise. However, the small 300 strong Ultramarine force managed nonetheless to break out towards the south, threatening to destroy a large number of the Iron Warrior's artillery. Kragoth was stunned. It was so long since a foe had not been crushed with little thought, and here, a mear 300 men were defying him. Luckily, he managed to bring up the last of his reserves in time, and managed to halt their advance. Then the Ultramarines made a critical mistake. They launched themselves into a close ranged fire fight. The Iron Warriors were brought up to be prepared for these situations, and even though the Ultramarines fought valiantly, it did not take long for the Iron Warriors to gain the upper hand.
During 2 whole weeks, skirmishes wreaked the field, and both sides were being worn down by time. Messages came from Perturabo, urging his men to hurry, and to aid them. At that moment, Kragoth , master tactician, ordered for the first time ever to make a frontal assault on the castle, storm it, and leave none alive. The Iron Warriors were not even in numerical supperiority, but they obeyed nonetheless. The Gods of Chaos were kind that day, for the Iron Warriors managed to storm the castle gate and walls. Ultramarines were being cut down in close quarter fighting. The stone floors were rivers of blood and gore. Inching ever closer to the main room, Diaz ordered his last move. All those who could were to return to the main hall, and there make a stand. The hall was massive, at least 200metres long, and 100 wide. On one end stood the Ultramarines, the Emperor's finest. On the other side, the Iron Warriors, Chaos' battering ram. The battle that ensued was one of terrific preportions, and one of the bloodiest battles in the bloodiest war ever to rock the galaxy. 3 days after initially storming the castle, Kragoth met Diaz face to face. Although Diaz was no match for Kragoth, the Chaos Lord had been wounded a number of times. They fought with unparalleled ferocity, oblivious to the fighting around them. For hours, they wrestled, after their weapons had broken and their armor splintered. Despite his injuries, Kragoth was still the stronger, and finally picked him up, and broke Diaz' back. His body fell limply, and a slight smile on his face. He was smiling, because he had managed to occupy Metallic Revenge, and now the battle for the Palace of the Emperor was over. News of Horus' defeat rang over the intercoms of both sides, and yet the fought on still. Finally, every Ultramarine lay dead. 3 weeks after the begining of the siege, Kragoth had yet another victory. And yet the victory was hollow, for he imagined that his skills would better have been used on the battlefield against the Emperor...
Perturabo fled to the Eye of Terror, leaving behind Metallic Revenge. Realising their Primarch had betrayed them, and fled without them, they wandered the Imperium, causing havoc and destruction, caring little wether they slew lackais of the Emperor, or the minions of Chaos...
Very good, I enjoyed this strategic fluff quite a bit.
Kudos to you cybugger, I look forward to reading any additional pieces you do