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I've just been going through the CSM codex (4th ed) looking for the names of the original Traitor Legions, but I seem to be missing one.
Page 7 says that there were 20 SM legions created originally and page 12 says "fully half of them failed that test (fell to Chaos)", so, we should have 10 Traitor Legions.
On page 13, under dropsite massacres, I can find 8 of them mentioned.
Then, on page 14, second paragraph, it says "Horus now controlled nine legions..." but I've still only seen 8 at that point.
From later in the codex we know that the Thousand Sons headed to the Maelstrom late in the Hearsay, so there's number 9. Am I missing number 10 or is there a gap in the 4th ed fluff and they just aren't mentioned by name?
8 Legions from Page 13:
Sons of Horus ---> Becomes Black Legion
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Hence the whole missing Primarch thing. Gaps in fluff left presumably to give players material to work with for their armies.
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Word bearers were the first legion to fall from grace when the emperor shunned there worship of him and found the 'new' gods. They stayed hidden pretending to still be loyal.
Through subtle means they turned Horus and his sons, along with the death guard, emperors children and the world eaters.
At the drop site massacre the Iron Warriors, Night Lords and Alpha legion joined the traitors along with the Word Bearers who through of there false loyalties.
Magnus joined the Legions of Horus when the Emperor sent the space wolves after him for using forbidden sorceries.
Um, maybe -- DARK ANGELS!!!
What do you think the secret they have been keeping for so long is? They turned coat and went with Horus, and then once they realized that they might have made the wrong decision turned coat AGAIN, and said that they were with the Emperor the whole time...
Anyway, that's my theory. GW fluff doesn't actually come out and say it, but it sure alludes to it.
Doesnt explain why 2 chapters are erased from records. You got to a marine codex (i know Dark Angels have it) It has a list of the 20 legions, 2 are erased. The fallen have nothing to do with it.
Wasn't it only some of the Dark Angels that turned?
The story I know is that when Azreal (Or whoever the DA Primarch is) went off to go splat the traitors in the Horus Heresy, he left his 2nd-in-command in charge of base on the homeworld (Sorry there's no specifics, I'm rubbish with names). The 2nd-in-command took this as an insult, and went traitorous. He then used his silver-tongued ability to turn all the other Dark Angels left defending the base. So, when all the still-loyal Angels returned, they met hostility from their homeland. There then followed a massive battle, in which the Dark Angel's homeworld was mostly destroyed. This is, I believe, where the Fallen Angels come from, they're the surviving traitorous Dark Angels.
Oh! It's also widely beleived that the 2nd-in-command is still kept imprisonned or in stasis or something right in the centre of their Fortress-Monastery thing.
EDIT: I also once heard someone say that the Rainbow Warriors (or similar) were one of the 'data expunged' Legions, as they appeared at the start of 40k, and GW never mentioned them again after a few years. Though, I personally beleive it was because of their embaressing name and colour scheme.
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By that logic, they would just have to erase the fall to chaos. To erase the entire chapters existance, even during the great crusade.....Something else must have happened, something big
There are some rumors about a primarch who was Alpharius's twin brother, and co-commanded the Alpha Legion. His name was Omegon, or something like that. So he may have been one of the missing 2 primarchs. There ws also some stuff about someone called Rubinek that was retconned out of existence...
That's all I know.
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