Within the sixth legion the Priests of Fenris stand apart from their warrior brothers, under their mantle lie many specialists and disciplines, hierarchies and orders of vared skill and unique application. Some are keepers of the Rout’s spirituality, some gene-weavers and flesh-makers, others are techno-savants, adepts of the machine and keepers of the Legion’s armouries and wargear. These latter priests are the Priests of Iron, scions of the machine and mirror of other legion’s tech-marines.
A sub-sect of the Priests of Iron are the beast-keepers, warrior adepts that control inducted machines of Mechanicum, known among other legions as Praevians, they walk to war in the company of battle-automata and wreak bloody havoc on the enemies of mankind.
Favoured automata among the Priests of Iron are the Vorax class war-machines, developed for clearing the under-hives and culling the populous of indentured work forces on Mechanicum controlled worlds, their savagery and design for ruthless combat makes them ideal companions to the warriors of the Vlka Fenryka.
When inducting such battle-automata into the legion, the Priests of Iron do so by sacred ritual. Daubed in blood and under the light of the waxing moon, the Priests of Iron slit the throat of adolescent Saeneyti, native to the slopes of Asaheim, binding it’s spirit to the machine and bonding it with the soul of Fenris. The death of beast is significant, for only with sacrifice can life be created. The skull and hide of the Saeneyti is cleaned with sacred balms and mounted upon the battle-automata, giving the machine a shadow of its former life.
Until Next Winter…