Forsaetid Radherja, Primaris, Dark Imperium

The Forsaetid Radherja, or as they are more commonly known: Primaris Space Marines, are those newly forged warriors that were assigned to the Vlka Fenryka to bolster their forces, integrated into the Rout and its ways to fight alongside the established wolf-brothers.

A peculiarity that sets the Vlka Fenryka’s Primaris Marines apart from others of their kind is that those would-be warriors who were selected for Cawl’s experimentations in that time so very long ago were, like their brothers, children of Fenris. Abducted from their birth world under the sanction of the Wolf-King at the behest of Lord Guilliman. Three raiding parties from the southern ice plane tribes settled in for another cold winter night and ceased to exist before the dawn, an act never committed to the sagas, and forgotten to the passing of time.

Those warriors taken from the ice world would not set foot upon Fenris for another ten millennia.

The literal translation of Forsaetid Radherja from the Fenrisian tongue into high-gothic is ‘Justian Seraphus’ or ‘Angel of Judgement’ in low gothic, but the phrase in Fenrisian mythology in fact has duel meanings. The first meaning, as the varying gothic translations reflect, is that the Forsaetid Radherja are the spiritual keepers of the Underverse, who’s role is to ensure that justice is served upon the souls of the dead at their time of passing, inflicting great tortures and providing protection in equal measure dependent upon a mortal’s actions in life. The second meaning is ‘Unjust Executioner’, a feared mantle placed upon a tribe member who takes justice into their own hands, to stray from the tribe’s laws and be given this title is damning and considered a poor omen.

The mantle was given to the newly inducted Primaries Astartes during the opening actions of their first major engagement. Such was the effectiveness of the Primaris Astartes, Jarl Grimnar likened the ferocity of the Imperium’s new super-soldiers to an angelic host serving justice upon souls found wanting.

Until Next Winter…

Vlka Fenryka – Legion Structure

Taking inspiration from the collation of information by Drake Setta at Battle Bunnies following the release of Inferno the following post looks to replicate and build upon this documentation to outline the fighting structure and organisation of the Rout:

Legion size, estimated at the time of the Burning of Prospero to be 95,000 to 100,000 legionaries. Inferno outlines information on eleven of the Greay Companies, totalling 73,200 legionaries as part of the Censure Host. The list below looks to build on this within information collated from Horus Heresy sources:

The legion is divided into Thirteen Great Companies:

Onn Company ‘the Breakers of Rings’
Jarl: Gunnar Gunnhilt ‘Lord Gunn’
Terminators of the Varagyr and Legion command elements
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 3,000 Legionaires

Twa Company ‘the Thread Cutters’
Jarl: Unknown
Veteran infantry and Dreadnoughts
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 800 Legionaires + 60 Dreadnoughts

Tra Company ‘the Eagle’s Keepers’
Jarl: Ogvai Ogvai Helmschrot
Close assault infantry and support armour
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 9,800 Legionaires

For Company ‘the Blood-Worm’s Masters’
Jarl: Hvarl Red-Blade
Heavy Infantry (including Breacher and Assault Units) and Artillery
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 8,600 Legionaires.

Fyf Company ‘the Blood-Ice Storm’
Jarl: Amlodhi Skarssen Skarssensson
Mixed infantry and Light armour
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 10,000 Legionaires

Sesc Company
Jarl: Unknown
Composition Unknown
Numbers  committed to Prospero: Zero

Sepp Company ‘the Wight-flame’s Wielders’ – Landayvan
Jarl: Unknown
Black Cull, Destroyer and Immolation units, Siege weapons and Artillery
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 5,200 Legionaires

For-Twa Company ‘the Slaughter-Fire Heralds’
Jarl: Unknown
Reconnaissance and Infiltration units
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 9,500 Legionaires

Tra-Tra ‘the Serpents of the Battle Moon’
Jarl: Sturgard Joriksson
Heavy Weapons, Rapiers and Infantry Support units
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 7,800 Legionaires

Dekk Company 
Jarl: Unknown
Composition Unkown
Numbers  committed to Prospero: Zero

Dekk-Onn Company ‘the Sea-Flame’s Bearers’
Jarl: Varald Helsdawn
Veteran infantry (high Terran numbers)
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 9,200 Legionaires

Tolv Company ‘the Shield-Gnawers’
Jarl: Jaurmag / Oki ‘Scarred’
Close Assault Infantry and Ground Assault vehicles.
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 8,700 Legionaires

Dekk-Tra Company ‘the Corpse-renders’
Jarl: Jorin Bloodfang
Pursuit and Assault units.
Numbers  committed to Prospero: 600 Legionaires.

It is acknowledged that this list leans heavily upon the Forge World publication of Inferno (Book VII of the Horus Heresy series), some Jarls and their place within the company differ in the Black Library publications.

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Book VII – Inferno

With the seventh installment of the Horus Heresy campaign books almost upon us i can reveal that, not only will i getting this tomb but i will be reviewing it on none other than the 30k channel with my old Thousand Sons adversary @1kson, be sure to check out his work on instagram.

inferno

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40k Open Day – Insights from Mark Bedford

Having made the pilgrimage to Warhammer World for the 40k open day at the start of the month I had the pleasure of discussed the prospective direction that the Vlka Fenryka will be taking in the new book, Book 7 Inferno.

Part of the discussion was around a Heads Upgrade Kit, which Mark is keen for it to be a set of helmetless heads, with varying hair styles and facial hair that conveys a savagery but a practicality to  wearing a helmet over. So no tall mohawks or outlandish styles. We also discussed the knot-work leather masks described in the literature, looks likely that these won’t make an appearance as the aesthetic never looks right. These are some of Mark’s sketches:

We had a discussion about the units wolves would get, whilst not very forthcoming there was a lovely a sketch of a middle-ages warrior inspired suit of power armour, the idea being their armour would be gilded, inlaid with jets and ivories, not bright colour but subdued and more natural tones.

Mark was very excited to discuss a theory about Fenris, which he as pitched to Alan Bligh, but doesn’t know how much of it is included within the book. The premise being that Fenris isn’t a natural world colonised from before old-night, but a manufactured death world, wither physically built or terraformed and populated with monsters and extreme climatic conditions to breed the toughest warriors. He as keen to articulate that this could be another play on the phrase; ‘there are no wolves on Fenris’, because there wasn’t anything before they created it.

Another idea Mark was very animated about was the premise that Wolves Legion isn’t as old as it’s purported history, say 50 years old but with 200 years of sagas and traditions, how is this so? He suggested that this could be part of the dark and eerie psycho-conditioning of the Legion, giving them a noble background and a history to keep them calm and in check, rather than just being bred-executioners sent out to do the task too unsavory for the other legions to handle.

Whilst I’ve tried to interpret our discussion and recall it as best i can, i’m sure there are things I’ve missed above, but the general principles are there.

Until Next Winter…

Upplander

For many, the word Upplander conjures up the image of Kasper Ansbach Hawser, also known as Ahmad Ibn Rustah, a human academic of some significance prior to the Heresy. Hawser was noted to disappear under mysterious circumstances at about the age of eighty, only to reappear years later as a Skjald, or oral historian, for the Vlka Fenryka around the outset of the Horus Heresy.

In fact, Upplander refers to any visitor or traveler making planet fall on Fenris, authorised or otherwise.

upplander-introduction

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Inspiration and Nostalgia

The inspiration for the current incarnation of the Vlka Fenryka being developed in this log comes all the way from January 1997, specifically issue 205 of White Dwarf and Anthony Warrington’s entry into Golden Demon 1996 for Best Warhammer 40,000 squad, for which he was awarded 2nd Place (Pictured Below).

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This squad, for me, epitomised everything the Space Wolves were and should be, I was at the tender age of eleven absolutely amazed by these models, their posing, the subtle conversions and the use of Logan Grimnar’s Great Company colour scheme, not the vibrant yellow of Ragnar’s Great Company normally pictured. The hulking Terminator clad veteran with twin lightning claws is the direct inspiration for the Jarl created in this log.

Until Next Winter…