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Ok, I posted this piece of fluff sometime last year. Few things have been changed, but since we have a score of new users now, I thought I’d post it up. Also please read the note I have at the bottom.
The year was 841/M31. Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor’s Children was found and returned to his legion on ancient Terra. At this time the Emperor’s Children were few in number because of an accident that destroyed nearly all of the precious gene-seed. The Primarch returned to the 200 or so warriors that were left from the accident. Among them Kabal Asmodeus Vex. Fulgrim took his legion and traveled with Horus and the Luna Wolves until he could rebuild his legion with recruits from Terra and his home planet of Chemos. Kabal anxiously followed his Primarch into battle after battle. Crushing his enemies and striving for the perfection that Fulgrim urged all his sons to strive for. Fulgrim selected a few individuals to become Lord Commanders to command whole companies of marines. Kabal was one of these individuals; his company was mostly made up of the original Terran marines as well as many recruits from Terra itself. Always Fulgrim preached the importance of perfection. However, Kabal strived for perfection in battle most of all. Viewing it as the only perfection that mattered. He only desired glory in battle, to destroy the Emperor’s enemies and show his Primarch that he could be even more perfect than his fellow commanders.
The Emperor’s Children trained every waking hour to their assigned duties. Every aspect of battle was analyzed and used to their advantage, nothing was left to chance. Even among the Lord Commanders a few individuals shown as particularly devote to perfection. Kabal, of course, being one of them. The Emperor’s Children and Kabal in particular viewed other military organizations, be they Imperial Guard, or even brother Space Marines, with nothing but contempt at the slightest hesitation or inefficiency. At the time of the Heresy the Emperor’s Children comprised 30 companies, each lead by a Lord Commander. Every one of these marines were striving for perfection, chief amongst them Kabal Asmodeus Vex. Each company inherited its manner and practices from its Lord Commander. Kabal’s company served him as fanatically as they would Fulgrim himself. Each and every marine in Kabal’s company strove for perfection in battle by serving him. It is recorded that Kabal’s marines were even more fanatically loyal to him than any other companies marines were to their Lord Commander. Scribes and Inquisitors studying the evidence believe the reason for this being that because Kabal’s company was mostly made up of the original marines from Terra and recruits from Terra, they perhaps felt a particular kinship with him as opposed to other commanders. Since the Emperor's perfection was thought by Inquisitors to be embodied by Fulgrim, and in turn his Lord Commanders, captains and lieutenants, and finally the sergeants and marines themselves. Thus, Inquisitors theorize, is how the entire legion could be corrupted so thoroughly by Fulgrim himself being corrupted.
It is documented that Kabal was so utterly obsessed with the perfection of war, that Fulgrim himself cautioned him. During the crusade the finest Artisans were brought to fashion the legions armor, weapons, and vehicles. Fulgrim told Kabal that perhaps he was too driven to the perfection of war that he was neglecting other aspects that can be mastered such as art, learning, and civilization. Kabal’s company had the least artfully crafted wargear of the legion. He looked on such things with scorn, arguing that such devotion to petty things would draw him away from perfection in what really mattered, war and victory in battle. But Fulgrim’s remarks stung him to the core. What need did he have for art and learning when all he ever needed to know and learn was war?
At the Istavaan system Fulgrim allied with Warmaster Horus against the Emperor. Along with the Death Guard and World Eaters Legions disposed of those among their own legions who were still loyal to the Emperor. Brother fought brother in the aftermath of the virus bombing of Istavaan III. Chief among the loyalists was First Captain Tarvitz of the Emperor’s Children. Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters launched an attack, at the head of 50 companies to destroy the loyalists. Horus had little choice but to go along. The Sons of Horus, Death Guard, and Emperor’s Children were ordered to their drop ships. It was Kabal along with Lord Commander Eidolon who defeated their own loyalist brothers. It was Kabal himself who slayed Captain Tarvitz (the leader of the loyalists) in hand to hand combat.
After the Battle Fulgrim preached to his commanders the glory of chaos and Slaanesh whom in turn passed it down to the marines. Denouncing the Emperor they turned to worship Slaanesh, who promised them paradise and a galaxy of ultimate freedom because every experience was one of pleasure. Kabal was disgusted... Kabal looked upon his brothers with disdain, even his own Primarch worshipped Slaanesh and had turned his attention from war to aspects of pleasure and sensation. Only war was true for him, not pleasures of the flesh or sensations of the mind. To him only the sensation of defeating your enemies was worth devoting to. He was appalled by a god who viewed battle as merely one feature of perfection, when war was perfection itself!
The deciding point for Kabal came during the Invasion of Terra (Which took place shortly after the battle of Istavaan). Fulgrim ordered his legion to attack the populace, instilling all manner of horror upon them. Kabal requested an audience with his Primarch to find out why they would attack such a strategically unimportant target. But Fulgrim was already on planet. So Kabal journeyed down to find him. What he found on Terra was the final straw. He beheld his own Primarch directing the slaughter of the populace with glee. Turning his sorcerers upon them with wild abandon. Kabal spoke to him then: “Why? Why do this? We should be assaulting the palace! We should be fighting with our brother legions and slay the false-emperor himself!” Fulgrim temporarily ceased his torture of several innocents and replied: “There will be due time for such an action my son, for now take pleasure in what we have.” “Leave the blood work to the World Eaters; we have the great unholy work of Lord Slaanesh to do here.” Kabal tried to argue with his adopted father but to no avail. Fulgrim was too enthralled with the pleasure Slaanesh was bestowing on him that he could not or would not answer. Kabal came to a decision, he turned and left his Primarch and returned to his awaiting marines. He gathered up any that would listen and made preperations to leave. It was at this time that Horus was slayed by the Emperor and the traitors were in disarray. Only when forced to flee was Fulgrim able to focus enough and receive news of Kabal’s desertion. He deemed him unworthy of Slaanesh’s favor and denounced him as a son.
While the Emperor’s children fled back to the eye leaving a trail of desecrated worlds in their wake Kabal was also fleeing. He also fled back to the eye and it was there that he and his company changed forever. Kabal and most of his legion (only those that were left from the originals from Terra and a few others) declared themselves a new chapter. At first they were in disarray, a confused lonely company of marines fighting against the other traitors in the initial wars around the eye. It is known that upon reaching the eye the traitor legions fought amongst themselves for territory and power. Or in the case of the Emperor’s children, for new playthings and new desires. It was then that Kabal met an individual who had similar ideas. Though Abaddon the Despoiler did not share his ideals for perfection his ultimate goal was to crush the Imperium and bring in a new age. Kabal and Abaddon both were struggling to unite their legions despite the turmoil around them. Both succeeded in uniting their legions and Kabal saw in Abaddon one with vision, an individual who could bring about the destruction of the weak empire of man. Kabal ordered the re-painting of his marine’s armor, simple black and bone, to commemorate their new ideals. The chapter slowly rebuilt itself as the Annihilation Angels. They viewed themselves as the perfect soldiers. With the help of Abaddon, Kabal saw chaos as the means to get back at the Emperor and his Primarch, and to become powerful enough to do so. Understandably Kabal saw worship of one particular side of chaos to be weak. He and his new legion worshipped/used chaos to fulfill their goals of perfecting war so that his former Primarch and the Emperor would fall and a new age of mankind could be realized.
Kabal and his Annihilation Angels have participated in several Black Crusades alongside the Black Legion and other chaos forces, though never with the Emperor’s Children. Though still slightly smaller than other legions they attack with unmatched ferocity, using speed and highly skilled warriors to strike out the heart of an enemy force. They maintain a distinct animosity with the Emperors Children. On occasions where they encounter each other the Annihilation Angels will forgo all other goals at the time and attack them with even more ferocity than they would against loyalist forces. They currently hold several worlds in the eye of terror. Among them are forge worlds for their wargear, garrisoned fortress-worlds, but most of all training worlds that they use to initiate new recruits and perfect the only art that is worth it, war. They remain a smaller legion despite 10,000 years of time because the initiation rituals of the recruits are so unbelievably grueling, and they accept nothing short of perfection in battle. They excel at high-speed surgical strikes and rely on highly skilled warriors to get the job done.
NOTE: The main problems some people (mainly mantis) had with this fluff was the recruiting of new marines and they fact that the broke off. Ok, the EC had about 30,000 marines, Kabal leaving with about 100 or so is quite plausible in my opinion. Now I know people sometimes have problems with heresy and pre-heresy fluff. To this I have to point out that everything about the heresy I mentioned is 100% GW official fluff. I just added a few things about my few guys. Between all the traitor legions there were hundreds of commanders, how many have you heard about? Less than 10? I’m simply creating fluff of one such commander. Also, I hope by now you guys know that chaos legions DO gain new recruits. I’ll do some minimalist math here. Ok, so let’s say my Annihilation Angels legion has 100 marines when they enter the eye. It’s been 10,000 years. So let’s assume my legion only recruits ONE marine every 10 years. Let’s also assume that fully HALF these recruits died or could not take the training (this is near impossible since fluff-wise it’s VERY hard to kill a chaos marine, but I’ll be very tight here). That’s a new 500 marines in the space of 10,000 years. Still less than a loyalist chapter, but suits the purposes of a legion of highly skilled vets of thousands of campaigns.
One small point... why would they split from Slaanesh at all? The example of someone like Lucius shows that Slaanesh doesn't entirely dismiss martial prowess in favour of sensual excess. I don't see why Slaanesh would let such a promising set of warriors as Kabal's warband go rogue without offering them some kind of reason to stay with him.
And quite why they would need a name at all, although it's possible that they need some kind of label to spread their message of "perfection".
Slaanesh doesn't dismiss martial prowess, but still requires it's followers to partake in all other aspects. No slaaneshi worshipper only enjoys one thing. They move through a variety of experiences, looking for newer, and better sensations. This is the part Kabal was disgusted by.he never worshipped slaanesh. For all he cares about is war.Originally Posted by Xerxes
While Lucius's primary pleasure is battle (not war) he still partakes in other things, or he wouldn't worship slaanesh. And remember his main pleasure is one-on-one combat, he bathes in the sensations of killing others, he relishes every stroke of the sword, not the tactics, strategems, etc. of war.
I considered putting in a part where Abaddon helped Kabal break from Slaanesh and instead use the power of pure, undivided chaos. But I thought that was a bit too much fluff liberty.
nice piece of fluff you have there. You mentioned perferction to many times but thats grammar not storyline.
Where did you get the name annhilation angels? that doesn't sound very much like Kabal but hey its your storyline and I can't think of a better name off the top of my head.
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Annhialation angels sounds like a solid name for a solid chapter. I think the fluff's extremely well-written and fits the Angels, myself. It makes sense that not all of the Lord Commanders would have followed in Fulgrim's sick bacchanalias.
its very good, but not sure about the ealry links with The Black Legion and Abbaddon, understand if it came later and if they "participated in many of the Black Crusades" but you don't want to tie them too closly to The Black Legion especially if you want to make them a discinct splinter entity of the EC
Again, I'll say the same thing I said last time..
Slannesh doesn't offer a generic idea of perfection. Slannesh offers people perfection in exactly what they want.. You want to be an exceptional warrior, Slannesh will promise that. You want to be mind numbing gorgeous, Slannesh will promise that. People who were obsessive warriors, like Lucius, were not promised loads of sex and drugs.
Of course, once you've signed the contract, your mind becomes slightly more mutable (especially with all the brain surgery) and your outlook generally changes. But there's no indication that Slannesh promises people anything but what they want.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; March 7th, 2006 at 17:29.
Well apparently me and mantis still disagree on the interpretation of slaanesh. That's fine. So let's just agree and disagree here. But the point is you at least like the fluff right? That's all that matters.Well if you know the symbol for the Emperor's Children it's a talon with wings with a chaos symobl in the back. I've always loved the "fallen angel" motif that the chaos legions have. Hence the symbol for my chapter is horned skull (a daemon skull) flanked by tattered angel wings. It's on the shoulders of all my guys, pluss my lord and raptors all have sculpted angel wings. It's time consuming but has paid off, I've won 3 RTT's with em' so far.Originally Posted by LordLinkWell if you know BL fluff, Abaddon was scrambling to gain a foothold and establish his legion, just like my commander was, just on a larger scale. Only after, when Abaddon was firmly ahead of his legion and well organised did they really ally. Kabal had the loyalty of his marines, but no one to look up to. Hence why he saw Abaadon as an inspiration. They are in no way part of Abaddon's legion. Kabal is just an intricate part of the master plan to destroy the Imperium. Just like all the other legions that march under the banner of chaos.Originally Posted by deversnik
The fluff rocks..
It's just that, in my opinion, you've slightly misunderstood the Emperor's children (and my opinion may be wrong, but never mind.) Reading the Index Astrates Article I'd identify the following points.
1. The legion was comprised of soldiers. They were all soldiers, first and foremost. Yes, they were encouraged to study and art and learning, but really as a self improving sideline. I don't think Fulgrim would have told one of his officers off for over focusing on battle.. Especially when he himself was demanding they annihilate impossibly tough alien races and take thousands of casualties doing it.
2. Fulgrim was not stupid. When explaining Slannesh to his company commanders, which he did before the Istvaan massacre, he will have done so in a way which appealed to them. These marines won't neccesarily have known anything about what Slannesh was the god of, and what worshipping him/her entailed. It would have just been 'we can achieve a perfection we never thought possible.. bla bla bla.'
3. The transformation of the Emperor's children was gradual. It wasn't 'right.. we're all slannesh worshippers now.. let's get it awn!' It was a long series of events and experiences in which the marines were gradually transformed into the depraved monsters they are in the current fluff, culminating in the massive ritual saccrifice on a planet I can't remember the name of where they all sealed their pact with Slannesh.
Given this, perhaps have him initially pleased with the possibility to serving Slannesh, then gradually disturbed and horrified when he begins to realise what Slannesh worship is doing to his troops and his primarch. It's much more believable to me, and it explains his feelings much better. Incidentally, I'd have him leaving before the siege of terra, otherwise he will have been there for Fabius Bile's brain rewiring spree.
There's nothing wrong with an Emperor's children marine breaking away. After all, Fabius bile did it, because he had his own interests. I just feel this is too.. abseloute. Especially the hatred for the legion which, after all, gave them their philosophy and culture in the first place. It's very close to being fine, but I don't think it's well enough explained. He just feels a bit like a Khorne follower sometimes, rather an undivided.. Undivided wouldn't hate a huge part of what chaos is unless they had a good reason to.
Speaking of which, having some kind of relationship between Kabal and Fabius would highly explainable in light of their shared history (although Fabius did make the legion what they are today through his brain surgery) and might explain how they've been able to recruit. Geneseed doesn't survive in the eye of terror, even in a marine body.
You're right though, I love the fluff, I'm just putting unnecessary demands on you because you're writing about my favourite legion, and I know you know the fluff really well.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; March 7th, 2006 at 22:50.
I considered this. But I thought it would make it even longer than it already is... We both have our own opinions of slaanesh, and that's fine. Glad you liked it though!Originally Posted by The_Giant_Mantis