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The forces of Primus Maximus
Being a listing of the various fighting units raised for the Impirium from the Hive world of Primus Maximus.
Primus 1st legion: oldest of all Primus imperial guard forces. stationed within one "short jump" of the alpha segmentum at all times.
Primus 2nd legion: transports lost with all hands during Gashrags Waghh! M34.
Primus 3rd legion: Destroyed in the battle for Halkta M31 Survivors integrated with Primus 1st Legion.
Primus 4th Legion: lost in the warp M37
Primus 5th legion: broken up following the "Heresy of General Staven" M38 see Primus 5th units listings.
no further legions raised since Horus heresy, troops subsequently never organised into larger groups than a battalion, total numbers raised unaffected, practice considered minor idiosyncrasy about which
the administradum and munitorum do not chose to quibble
Primus 1st Armored Battalion: part of the Primus first Legion.
Primus 1st Grenadiers battalion: part of the Primus first Legion.
Primus 1st mechanized cavalry battalion: Fell in battle during scourging of Chela M32
Primus 1st artillery company: Decimated during Alichan uprising M33. most units subsequent additions.
Primus 1st drop troops regiment: lost in the Garan sub-sector purge M39
Primus 1st air core battalion: reasingned to imperial navy following the Horus heresy.
Primus 1st engineer battalion: part of the Primus first Legion.
Primus 1st scout company: Part of the Primus first Legion.
Primus 1st penal battalion: Pardoned by the Emperor on Ican Secundus. integrated with the Doshay 4th legion to make up heavy losses suffered in the cleansing of Hans Port
Primus 2nd penal battalion: Pardoned by the Emperor after the Kasam invasion, renamed themselves Exonerated Corsairs and continued in service till 382 M40 when the were slain to the last man during the defense of Arkus Hive from feral ork assault.
Primus 3rd penal battalion: declared excommunicate trattorias during Horus heresy.
Primus 4th penal battalion: killed to the last man securing the drop zone for the invasion of Lexbar, posthumously pardoned.
Primus 5th penal battalion: Pardoned under obscure circumstances M31
Primus 6th penal battalion: Pardoned by the Emperor following the Horus heresy, reason unknown.
Primus 7th penal battalion: Pardoned after return from Lexbar campaign, reason unknown most likely extreme valor. Continued in service, renamed themselves Exonerated Brigands beginning subsequent penal naming tradition.
Primus 8th penal battalion:
These companies sometimes occur during the raising of normal forces. If a group of people numbering at least enough for a company gathers and presents itself with an assembled uniform and kit in front of the grand cathedral of Primus Hive they may volunteer as a group to be inducted into the imperial guard. These "Volunteer Companies" (which in some cases range upward in size to whole battalions) are often quite bizarre groups who are forged of the common faith in the Immortal Emperor and a hearty desire to get out and see the empire.
Primus RedCoats battalion: founded M38. named for the tailored red coats all wore as their "uniform". Although this unit was used in some of the bloodiest fighting of their age iron discipline and a strong desire to " Show the bastards what for!" pulled them through. The battalion found itself facing enemy armies that relied on waves of troops to over run the RedCoats positions. This resulted in many violent close quarter encounters, in which they used bayonet charges to clear the trenches so extensively that bayonets were permanently affixed to their laz guns.
Lost in the warp M41
Primus Scolasica Militant : Founded M34. Disaffected youths of a entire scholum session presented them selves in their school uniforms modified with yellow and black sashes and bands, bearing nothing but knives, canteens, bedrolls, and a few small arms. They were probably the worst equipped company ever accepted. This company was never stationed off planet and is used to fight a running war with the feral ork bands that crop up from time to time. The company is still comprised only of older scholum students and its own veterans, who are given the option to muster out when they graduate from school. All that do are very carefully monitored for the rest of there lives.
The "Fortune's Daughters" battalion of Primus Maximus: Founded M35. This unit is most unusual, being comprised entirely of women. All members of the original regiment were down-on-their-luck women gamblers, each say that they were visited by a strange woman in gray robes who offered them one last game of chance. All individuals ended up, win or lose, in possession of a large gray package containing gray uniforms, las pistols, vibro knives, and other assorted pieces of kit. Along with the packages came tickets that placed them out side the grand cathedral of Primus hive. Although this unit originally presented itself as only just over a company it has grown in size to a full battalion and is moving towards enough women to be counted as a Legion.
The Various 'Sigmarite' companies: A development of recent times the Sigmarite cult is a radical splinter sect of the imperial church. Each year at for the past two centuries at least a company has presented itself for inclusion with any guard forces being raised as a volunteer unit. Though less than half were accepted that still leaves over fifty active companies of troops who owe allegiance to this peculiar sect. The source of these troops as followers of 'Sigmar helden Hammer' Is evident in their equipment, all fight with las pistols and war-hammers as symbols of their faith.
Is that really unusual?.. 50% of the Cadian garrison is made up of women.Originally Posted by Alexei Vor YarukI can just see this..Originally Posted by Alexei Vor Yaruk
'Oh, great Emperor.. please pardon us!'
long, long pause, followed by a *BEEP*
'The Emperor pardons you.. I think. You may go now.'
And I think you have too many different sorts of units.. which is seeming a little too much like an excuse to field drop troops in one game, then mechanized in another, then armoured company.. etc etc etc. Nothing wrong with that, but there's no fluff precedent I can remember so I'm naturally going to be suspicious.
Other than that, very cool.
Well, Cadia is unusual itself, but when you recruit women you usually integrate them, this group is ONLY women.
For at time the Emperor could still speak and there was a huge flurry of activity as he set his affairs in order, one thing I think he would do is pardon allot of penal battalions.
A big thing to keep in mind is the reason it is called Primus Maximus: First and Greatest. According to legend this was the first planet the Emperor set foot upon outside of the system of sol. 10,000 years is a long time to raise guard regiments. They naturally will have quite a verity by now.
Last edited by Alexei Vor Yaruk; June 7th, 2005 at 15:14.
Welcome honored Inquisitor to the hive world of Primus Maximus: First And Greatest. This world was and is the first to be brought into The Glorious Imperium of Mankind. Hear the Holy Emperor first set foot outside the system of sol, here the first legion of Imperial guard was raised, and Emperor willing here the last shall fall. No world in the Imperium can claim to hold more faithfully to his teachings, no governor rightly attest to greater levels of production in all our varied fields! This is the oldest and staunchest bulwark of the Imperium save Terra itself.
As you know we are classed as both a hive world and an agri world. The tithes for both have been shipped faithfully for 3000 years, and even then the interruption was both short lived and forgiven. After all even Cadia's tithes were interrupted when ten times cursed Abidon was blackening their sky with torpedoes. The Waaaghhh, of the warlord Glastabragh cots us dear but we halted it all the same. The feral orks are little problem, unlike Armageddon there is no place for them to hide here, they can only run.
Crime is virtually nonexistent on our world, the arbites are vigilant, well equipped, and skilled in their duties. Indeed it has been so long since their has been a riot in Primus hive that the arbites have changed their training to focus on preventing rather than suppressing one. That brings me to another important note, our hives are much different from those you would be used to from worlds like Necromundia, or Armageddon. Though the shape is the same the structure is fundamentally different; our hives are built and deconstructed at a single stroke. Not the Hoge-poge mess found on other worlds. Only Primus hive has any domes in it at all, and even there it only has one.
I have been told you wish to know more about our August and Renowned world, You and your staff may ask me anything, I will answer to the best of my knowledge.
Why has your hive developed in such a manner?
(Sidenote: I think that's pretty good way to get people asking questions about the world.)
"They are my space marines and they shall know no fear, for they are fear incarnate." ~ Konrad Curze (Night Haunter), Primarch of the Night Lords Legion
"Adeo mori servus Imperator Fictus
Ave Dominus Nox" (So die the slaves of the False Emperor. Hail to the Lord of the Night.) ~ Talonmaster Zso Sahaal [Lord of the Night, p.68]
The question is a complex-one auditor, but I will answer the subtext to the best of my ability. I think what you most want to know is why Our world is so different from most hive worlds. In essence the answer is recycling. As you know the effluent produced by most hives can slowly transmute into stable useful compounds over many centuries. On Primus Maximus the same processes occur. But under stable, controlled conditions allowing us to predict and effect the results.
Most compounds we use in manufacturing have a distinct "turn around time" the time it will take to process the effluent back into useful compounds. In the vast majority of cases this is measured in X# of years, though some particularly noxious compounds are measured in decades or even centuries. A few things, like the mercury from power pack production are measured in weeks and it is said that the mercury we use today is still at least 'one part per billion' the same mercury that was used during the great crusade.
What all this means is that nothing is ever waisted by dumping it into the environment except smoke, which is done deliberately to keep the atmosphere at a proper balance. There are no brush fires anymore after all. Thus the ecology is mostly preserved, though almost totally domesticated. 87.5% of the planets non industrialized surface is used in various forms of agricultural activity.
We are justly proud of this accomplishment, the Emperor him self praised our skill and diligence in this matter.
But why go to all that trouble? Surely it would be easier and less costly in resources and rare technology to reserve such things for the dwellings of the important. Also, there are many agri worlds in the Imperium, and self sufficiency merely encourages independence from the Imperial ideal. I do not like this idea.
Also, you say your hives are constructed all at once.. How is this even possible, given that, as far as I am aware, all hives in the Imperium date from before the recorded memory of their inhabitants. A structure so large would take many, many generations, potentially thousands upon thousands of years, to complete. How can you maintain coherent plans over such a huge period of time?
Judicant I am personally offended! WE have ALWAYS remained loyal! Never has there been a full rebellion on this world! I... am sorry. I let my temper get the better of me. Let me answer the question now.
Easier yes, but less costly only from one perspective. If we were to do that it would mean that our farming capacity would be eliminated. Forces in the far corners of this Segmente Majoris rely to a large part upon medications and combat drugs distilled from plants grown here on Primus Maximus. It is also true that the production of worlds such as Necromundia, Kastalmer, and Armageddon have decreased over time while ours has slowly INCREASED. They are choked by the pollution they generate while to us it is a resource. Would you not agree that ours is the superior system?
You see judicant the hives are indeed that old but must be partly disassembled and rebuilt every 2000 years due to metal stress. Five hundred great building machines based on the very smallest of titans are kept for "restructuring" The hives. For approximately one hundred years the great machines will labor partially disassembling the hive, repairing the internal structure, and then reassembling it. The schematics required are stored in the vast cognitors of the reconstruction vehicles and the workers simply follow them. thus our hives never develop the 'urban wastelands' of traditional hives, they remain efficient throughout the time between restructurings.
Primus hive is different, it has been the same place since the great crusade, but even there sections of the hive must be removed periodically so that the central pillars that maintain structural integrity can be repaired. Premus hive is designed in a modular fashion which makes this procedure less disruptive than might be imagined. Entire town sized sections can be removed intact and the inhabitants may never know they have left until after they return.
Last edited by Alexei Vor Yaruk; June 12th, 2005 at 22:42.
More tampering with the 40k fundamentals. I shouldn't be suprised.
Aside from the usual miraculously over-productive and -important world, this is a marvellous idea. That all the Guard regiments get wiped out over the years is a beautiful expression of the futility and hopelessness of being a grunt in the 40k universe.
But the "efficient" hives...? Terra, which has had access to all the ages of human technology (superior ones included), is a scarred rock where all the oceans boiled away centuries before the Emperor began his conquest of the planet. Surely Terra would have had such structures if they existed? And once again, why is this superior technology not distributed throughout the whole Imperium. And they CAN'T get by without Tech-Priests, so don't try to pull that one.
The idea with the regiments is fantastic. The world on which they're based is implausible.
And yet Commissar you seem to be, why?
Yes, our beloved terra is no longer the verdant paradise it was in ages past but as you say that was before the reign of the most glorious and beneficent Emperor. Our hives were not built until after the Master of Mankind came to our world and we were then already developing the skills at recycling that have kept our world lush and pure through all the years since.
The tech priests are of course in control of the processes, why they have not chosen to instruct other worlds in our methods is not within my rights to question. Perhaps they feel that the process is not regular enough to warrant export yet, perhaps they fear rebellion on less loyal worlds? I do not know, and I should not speculate!