Many of the Traitors clung to their worship of Horus as a god, believing that he would one day return to lead them and punish those who had forsaken their oaths.
This was war without quarter, war without relenting; it was not an act of conquest, but of extermination, and was carried out with a ruthlessness and indefatigability that no unaugmented human could have maintained.
In the solar decades in which they had made war in the Imperium's shadows as well as in the glare of the fires of the frontline of the Great Crusade, it is recorded of them on the black basalt memento-mori on Baal and nowhere else that side-by-side with the Blood Angels they had exterminated a fourth stage Enslaver outbreak on Poseidonis Secundus, marking one of only three occasions in the entire Great Crusade that an Enslaver outbreak of that intensity had been defeated without resort to Exterminatus.
It took all the strength of character of their new commander, Abaddon the Despoiler , to restore the Legion's sense of pride and refocus its Astartes on their ultimate goal -- to destroy everything that the Emperor of Mankind created and raise themselves up as the new rulers of the galaxy in the names of the Ruinous Powers of Chaos. In the end, Abaddon alone remained of the Legion's leaders, demanding obedience from his brothers. War was a matter of identifying the strength and leadership of the enemy, isolating it and then obliterating it.
Now he seeks not just to conquer the Space Wolves, but to strip away all they hold dear, corrupt those under their aegis, and visit upon them the same horrors his beloved Legion once witnessed. Thus, Horus grew to maturity amongst the anarchic gangers that populated the post-industrial nightmare of a world honeycombed with long-extinct mines and dominated by decaying hive city spires.
During this period, when many other Legions were adopting liveries and slowly forging their own martial traditions, the VI notably maintained a curiously unadorned appearance, seldom varying its armourials other than to feature an indication of combat role and tactical division. Unaligned daemon beasts are probably the best way to go.
The Thousand Sons Primarch Magnus was enthralled by the planet's mountain and the tomb of the dormant Daiesthai. The post- Rangdan pogroms had been far from the only "secret" war the Space Wolves had undertaken at the Emperor's command. While many of his brothers and the Legions created in their image were gifted in particular fields of military endeavour, Horus was a natural leader, his greatest genius his ability to meld seemingly divergent allies into a coherent whole.
In the battle's aftermath, the Wolf King and a contingent of his most trusted warriors sought audience with the Dark Angels' commander, Chapter Master Althalos, who was still ostensibly loyal to the Regent of Caliban , Luther. It was for the aftermath of such actions as these and scores of others, of punishment meted out to "oath breakers" whose savagery was named "excessive" even by generals upon whose orders armies went to their graves and worlds were set flame, that the dark tales that had long surrounded the Legion were once more kindled.
Next they boosting their numbers like crazy, made friends with other cool dudes that liked black armor and hated the Imperium, and curb stomped a Death Guard upstart company that was pirating Abbadon's intellectual property and graphic design work, largely ending the Slave Wars.
These traits in their fully matured form are usually emblematic of a Space Wolf who has become a Grey Hunter , the name given to the Veteran Marines of this unusual Chapter.
The Luna Wolves had a culture that was based primarily on that of the hive gangs of their home planet, Cthonia. Urkrathos; Bottom: Wishing his brother the best of luck, Jaghatai wished to seek his answers elsewhere.
If nothing else, Abaddon had proven that the Dark Gods favoured him, something not even the Daemon Primarchs could ignore. The Ruinous Powers were able to exploit the resultant physical and mental corruption and turned Horus and the Traitor Legions under his command against the Emperor.
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