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3977: DEVIL'S SABRES, THE
The Devil's Sabres are a mercenary company that emerged around three standard years ago. It's known strength includes ex-soldiers and elite drop troopers of the Imperial Guard 5th Kamiga, several warriors of navigator house Hesse, a small group of non-humans (possibly abhumans or even xeno Hrud), and a triad of assassins from the Harmonius Fist cult.
Also present in a leadership capacity are Navigator Max Von Hesse and his personal retainers, and ex-guard officer Pai Shen Drako M.C. Drako was awarded the Macharian Cross for her inspired ambush and harrowing of the cursed Tau during the Akasha War, resulting in the xenos withdrawing all troops from the segmentum. She is a daring and brilliant tactician.
The origins of the Devil's Sabres lie at Sturmheim, the fortress world of the navis nobilite house of Hesse. When the nearby world of Arco VII collapsed into anarchy after a cult of Tzeentch seized the government, Sturmheim quickly dispatched it's ancient and deadly fleet in an attempt to destroy the accursed traitors. The forces of the Hesse family were mobilized alongside the Imperial Guard regiment of the neighbouring world of Kamiga, and an additional call was sent out to the nearby sororitas stronghold of the Angels of Iron, where Inquisitor lord Ali Hashimoto-sama was staying. It was assumed that the chaos cultists would be routed by the time lord Hashimoto-sama and the sororitas arrived, and the only duty left for them would be to execute the ring leaders and purify the populace.
Unfortunately, the entire rebellion was a treacherous plot to eradicate the ancient navis family of Sturmheim, undermining all of the Imperial forces in the area. A vast fleet of chaotically warped hulks and millenia-old battle barges ambushed the house of Hesse as they were transporting the 5th Kamiga to the warzone. After a vicious battle in which the hopelessly outnumbered navigator fleet sold their lives dearly, a single drop ship escaped, Sabre. This was piloted by Max von Hesse, the eldest son of the now broken navis house. This vessel went to ground on the surface of Arco VII, where remnants of the 5th Kamiga regiments were fighting a desperate guerilla war against a huge army of cultists and daemons. Max von Hesse and his retainers gathered together as many of these brave and determined soldiers as they could and leapt into the warp.
By the time the Angels of Iron arrived on the scene, the house of Hesse and the Kamiga 5th were all but destroyed. The inquisitor lord Ali Hashimoto-sama reluctantly ordered the virus bombing of Arco VII.
Sabre emerged from the immaterium approximately 12 standard years later, though it is rumoured the crew of the vessel have reported less than 24 hours passing in their experience. Such time anomalies are not unheard of.
The Kamiga officer Pai Shen Drako M.C. has assumed command of Sabre, and it seems she and the navigator Max von Hesse have turned their backs on honour and decency and become notorious sellswords. It is known that they have retained several other traitorous mercenaries in the three years since they emerged from the warp, including a band of diminutive hooded riflemen who may or may not be xenos, and several hired assassins.
It has been ascertained that the deserters are (thankfully) not tainted by the ruinous powers, nor will they allow themselves to be hired by xenos to fight against our loyal troops. However the fact that they consort with aliens at all, and may even call them comrade, is troubling to say the least.
The Devil's Sabres (as they are now known) are capable of warp travel and are an extremely mobile mercenary force. The Inquisition does not have the time nor inclination to track and apprehend these scoundrels, but any agent who happens to come into contact with a member of the Devil's Sabres is authorized to arrest them instantaneously.
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OK, This is basically a guard army with allied psyker inquisitor lord (the navigator) and death cult assassins (the triad). I like ratlings but the models are a little uncool so I'm going to green stuff hoods and robes on them so they look kind of like jawas, and they can be the mysterious xeno riflemen. The stormtroopers will be painted to be elite warriors of the destroyed navigator house.
What do you think?
***t! don't know why this posted twice!
Sorry :o Can a mod delete this one for me?