Hvarl Red-Blade, Jarl of the Fourth Great Company, ‘The Ravager’, ‘The Headsman of Koltok’
The commander of the Fourth Great Company of the Space Wolves, Hvarl Red-Blade had a reputation as a dourly humorous and often choleric-tempered warrior, whose greatest joy was found in the din of war and whose battle-cunning was something of a legend. Master of his Great Company for more than five decades at the time of the Raising of Prospero, he was a veteran warlord as renowned for scourging tactics as he was for encouraging the taking of heads from the enemy fallen as a form of competition among his warriors. Each gory trophy was to be accompanied by a tale of how it was taken around the Great Company’s fires after battle, and without a grand tale, the head-taking was held of little account and the warrior scorned, and so were his Space Wolves pushed to greater reaches of valour.
Though considered volatile and perhaps a little insane by his fellow Jarls and Thegns, Hvarl’s often striking insights into a foe’s plans and motivations made his voice one that was still well respected in the Einherjar – his Legion’s war council – whilst in battle, his sharp-witted savagery was counted on by his Primarch to leave nothing alive in his Great Company’s wake.
Hvarl Red-Blade’s famed axe was not of Fenris as might have been expected, but a stone-grey power blade re-forged by the Iron Priests from a battlefield trophy taken from a huge machine-warrior made in the shape of a long-dead king he battled on the edge of the Maelstrom. This battle, fought on the dead world of Koltok, saw him elevated to Thegn, and first earned him the name of the ‘Headsman’. In a thousand battles since it has never failed him.
Until Next Winter…