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Forgive me, for this is going to be long, but I will try to break it up into at least two posts. I started working on this and just got on a roll. Thanks Ragnar02 for the idea.

What if the Heresy were a little different than they remember it...?


The Fall:

With the ever-increasing animosity between the Imperial Fists and the Iron Warriors, Perturabo’s ire towards his brother Rogal Dorn grew into hatred. Seen by Perturabo as the Favored Son, Rogal Dorn had the ear of the Emperor, and had been given the trust of protecting Terra. Decades of seething anger kept beneath the surface caught the attention of the Dark Gods, who drew the Arch Betrayer out of this reality in the midst of one of the Legion’s bloodiest battles and slowly bent him to their will.

Though it seemed like only hours had passed to Perturabo, it had been nearly a year for his Legion when he returned bearing a “new truth” and ready to step back into command of his sons. The battle that the Legion had been fighting in had not gone well with news of the disappearance of their Primarch. Fearing him dead or captured, it was all the Master of the First Chapter, Commander Ophidion, could do to keep the Iron Warriors fighting. Though they suffered terrible losses, the Legion conquered the sector they had been fighting in. In their sorrow at the loss of their Primarch, the collective company commanders had turned to Horus Lupercal and the Emperor for guidance.

Horus was of a mind to set Ophidion, as the cool head who had seen his men through the battle despite the disappearance of their lord and master, as the Legion Commander. Instead, the Emperor overruled Horus’ decision and, in an order sent by the Emperor’s Adeptus Custodes, placed Rogal Dorn at the head of the Iron Warriors “until the return of My lost son” in an attempt to heal the growing rift between the two legions. Instead, this move angered not only Horus and his legion, at being refuted by his Father, but also the Imperial Fists, who felt that their Primarch had been taken from them.

The Betrayal:

Eleven months and six days from when he entered the Warp, Perturabo was placed back on the world which he had been striving to conquer, eager to find his Legion and spread the word of the new Gods he had found. Instead, what he found was an embittered platoon of his Iron Warriors that had been left to secure the world. The veteran sergeant who had been left in charge of the garrison informed Perturabo of both the events that had transpired with the Legion in his absence, and some truly disturbing news. While he was gone, Perturabo’s adopted father had died and his home world of Olympia had fallen into a state of chaos.

Gathering the platoon with him, Perturabo sped towards his home planet in an attempt to reclaim the world. What he found instead was that his Legion had arrived before him. Commander Ophidion had been sent by Rogal Dorn to quell the uprising, and he had brought more than a great company with him, over two thousand Marines in all. When he approached Commander Ophidion to reclaim his role, Ophidion acquiesced, but begrudgingly so. He feared that Perturabo would only leave them again.

The orders that Perturabo gave while reclaiming the world were carried out, but the horrors that the Great Company had to commit were beyond even their battle-hardened sensibilities, and they soon saw through their Primarch’s guise of sanity into his true nature. When the siege of Olympia had ended, more than five million Olympians, and hundreds of Iron Warriors, lay dead. Ophidion confronted Perturabo in the throne room of the palace where the Primarch had been raised, and was backhanded through the door for his insubordination.

This was the last straw that broke the relationship between Primarch and Legion. He had abandoned them in their time of need, ordered them to murder their own families and commit atrocities in “pacifying” their own world, and now he had assaulted one of their own, their chosen champion. All but the platoon of Iron Warriors who had come with Perturabo departed at once, bound for Terra and the Emperor’s Palace.

While all of this was occurring, the Word Bearers legion was spreading their religion of discord throughout the Great Crusade. Perturabo met with one of their Dark Apostles and showed him the “gifts” he had been given by the Dark Gods. These gifts were sent to four of his brother Primarchs.

To Horus Lupercal – Warmaster and Primarch of the Lunar Wolves, was sent the Scepter of Tzeentch himself, allowing him to believe himself the “true” changer of ways and enthralling him to that dark God. To Leman Russ – Greatest Huntsman and Primarch of the Space Wolves, was sent the Claws of Blood, driving him mad with the lust for its namesake and binding him to Khorne for all time. To Fulgrim – Narcisist supreme and Primarch of the Emperor’s Children, was sent the most beautiful and elegant sword he had ever seen, the Hand of Cornelia. This sword was possessed by a deamon who took over his body and exiled his soul to a painting of the Primarch so he could watch as the deamon ruled his Legion in the name of Slaanesh. And finally to Alpharius and Omegon, Soul Twins and joint Primarchs of the Alpha Legion, was sent a pair of green rings. The rings, once donned, shattered the spiritual bond between them, but formed a more physical one. The two are now forever bound at front and back of the same body, their distorted heads spewing noxious fumes and vile liquids in an attempt to destroy each other as their plague legion falls further into the corrupting grasp of Nurgle.

His own Legion turning traitor to him, Perturabo set his sights on Rogal Dorn and plotted his revenge. Through secret communications, Perturabo, with the assistance of Horus, convinced the Imperial Fists Legion that their Primarch had abandoned them in favor of the Iron Warriors. He appealed to them as a forsaken father to forsaken sons. In the end, they were turned to Chaos and secretly began weakening the defenses of Terra in preparation for the coming rebellion.

Rogal Dorn, for his part, caught wind of Perturabo’s return and immediately made preparations to return to Olympia and present his lost brother with his former command, which would allow Dorn to return to Terra and his own warriors. Rogal Dorn had to use every ounce of his leadership and guile in commanding the Iron Warriors and was glad to be rid of the manipulative lot of them. Before the Legion departed, however, Dorn received word from his brother that he should bring only a single cruiser and make haste for an urgent conference of Primarchs to be held on Olympia in secret.

He made all haste to the meeting, but was greeted with a sight so horrible that it broke even his stalwart heart. A thousand Imperial Fists were lined up to greet him at the landing field. Each one had removed all Legion markings from their armor, leaving them a solid yellow, but dipping their right hand (the hand one placed over the heart in salute) in the blood of fallen Olympians, and each one held a bolter that had been twisted and perverted by the warp. Standing at the head of this Chapter was Perturabo, Fulgrim, and Ferrus Manus (who had recently been swayed by his friend to join the cause), all laughed evilly as Rogal Dorn, the one Primarch who could have prevented the destruction of Terra, was gunned down by his own sons.


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Traitors to the Imperium:

Joining Perturabo in his Heresy and rebellion against the Emperor were: Fulgrim and the Emperor’s Children, Horus and his Sons, Leman Russ and the now renamed Blood Wolves, the twin Primarchs and their Alpha Legion, Lorgar and the Word Bearers, Mortarion and the Death Guard, and Ferrus Manus and the Iron Hands. The most shocking betrayal, however, was Roboute Guillaume and more than half of the Ultramarines.

Fulgrim, Horus, and Perturabo all entreated Guillaume to see that they were not betraying the Emperor, but striving to bring peace to the embattled Galaxy. It was their father who, having conquered the galaxy in blood and war, had retreated to Terra and abandoned them, but had continued the orders for more blood to be shed and worlds to be enslaved. Guillaume, torn by indecision, put the decision to his Chapter Masters to decide, but even they were split down the middle. It was this very indecision that tipped Guillaume into Chaos. His mind and soul were torn apart by the struggle between loyalty and duty, and so the Dark Gods claimed part of him.

The Ultramarines Legion, by far the largest, was divided much like the Dark Angels were, but such was the skill of their tradecraft and ferocity of their fighting that the entire Legion nearly wiped itself out of existence. It would be nearly a thousand years before the survivors on either side could take the field in any numbers again. By that time, the survivors among the traitors had repainted their armor a dingy gray and the two sides will drop any task to fight each other to the death.

Loyal to the Cause:

Those legions that remained loyal to the Emperor were: Jaghatai Khan and the White Scars, Angron and the World Eaters, Magnus the Red and his Thousand Sons, Vulkan and the Salamanders, Corvax and the Raven Guard, Konrad Kurze and the Night Lords, Lion El’Johnson and the Dark Angels, Sanguinius and the Blood Angels, and the majority of the Iron Warriors, in spite of their Primarch’s turn.

Angron had been tempted by this talk of a Blood God, but was distracted by the discovery of a system with several worlds full of Orks and spent most of the war mastering their style of combat by emulating it and then improving it. When his commanders finally got through his haze of blood and fighting to inform him of civil war in the Imperium, he was reported to have smiled for a moment, the only time anyone alive had seen him smile, and then completed the eradication of the Orks in the system within days so that he could join the battle on Terra.

The Heresy:


Magnus the Red had prior knowledge of the Heresy, but when he used magic to try and warn the Emperor of coming events, the Emperor sent orders to Leman Russ and the Space Wolves to bring Magnus to Terra to answer for what he had done. Leman Russ had no intention of allowing Magnus to live, but Magnus had also had foreknowledge of the rise of the Blood Wolves and prepared to meet them in battle.

Along with the Space Wolves, the Emperor had sent the Sisters of Silence, who were meant to still the magics of the Thousand Sons and allow Leman Russ to capture his brother quickly. The Blood Wolves, unable to contain their feral selves under the influence of Khorne, instead raped and slaughtered the sisters while still some distance from Prospero. This short-sighted act on their part allowed Magnus and his Sons to confuse and distract the Blood Wolves while he made contact with Sanguinius.

All knew that the Blood Angels and Space Wolves had no love lost between them, so when Sanguinius learned that the Leman Russ had turned traitor to the Emperor, he abandoned his orders by the Warmaster to make for the Signis sector and sent his entire Legion to Prospero in an all out assault. The resulting battles lasted only a few short months, but left the Blood Wolves slaughtered almost to a man. A single cruiser escaped, with Leman Russ reportedly aboard after receiving grievous wounds in a duel with Sanguinius, and made for the Eye of Terror. The two loyal Legions quickly patched their wounds and made ready to head for Terra to help prepare for the defense. Sanguinius, in return for his aid, demanded Magnus present himself to the Emperor and await judgment upon their arrival. Magnus agreed.

Preparations for the Defense of Terra:

In the absence of Rogal Dorn, the only Primarch close to Terra when word of the Rebellion began to spread was Konrad Kruze, who was awaiting disciplinary action by the Emperor. Malcador the Sigilite was forced to call upon him to assist with the preparations for the defense of Terra, and so granted Kruze a temporary reprieve. Kruze’s innate paranoia and lingering anger over his “reprieve” allowed him and his retinue of 100 Night Lords to discover the Imperial Fists betrayal before the arrival of the traitor Legions. There were a full two thousand Imperial Fists on Terra working on the defenses, and only 100 Night Lords, so they were forced to slink through the shadows and deplete the traitors’ numbers a little at a time while outwardly appearing to assist them. This was exactly the kind of work Kruze was destined for, and so his anger faded and his loyalty was renewed. With the help of the Adeptus Custodes, he eventually caught or eliminated all of the traitors on Terra, while bringing the remainder of his Legion to Terra to replace them.

They were not masters of siege warfare, as the Imperial Fists were, but they were soon reinforced by Commander Ophidion and his Chapter of Iron Warriors. Who better to establish an unassailable defense than the masters of assault? The chapter repaired all weakened defenses and sent word to the rest of the Iron Warriors of all that had transpired, imploring them to help Terra and not rejoin their traitor Primarch.

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Istvaan V:

Perturabo and his co-opted Imperial Fists Legion, now called the Bloody Hand, established themselves on Isstvan V and began to draw upon Horus’ status as Warmaster to recruit Imperial Guard and Adeptus Mechanicus, as well as Titan Legions, to their cause. Pertuarabo had always been uncharismatic, but his mind was as sharp and pragmatic as any of his fellow Primarchs, he used his abilities at manipulation and intimidation to draw nearly half of the Guard to him, as well as several of the other Astartes Legions.

Malcador the Sigilite, unaware of Horus’ turning traitor, sent orders from the Emperor for him to bring a force of seven Legions against Perturabo in retaliation for corrupting the Imperial Fists and weakening the defenses of Terra, a capitol offense in the Emperor’s eyes, even for a Primarch. The White Scars, Raven Guard, Salamanders, Luna Wolves, Death Guard, Emperor’s Children, and Iron Hands were all en route to Istvaan V, the sight of the bloodiest day in the history of the Adeptus Astartes.

Of the three loyal Legions, Janghatai Khan was the only Primarch to escape the battle and continue leading his depleted forces. Only the speed of the White Scars allowed them to evade total annihilation, while the Raven Guard brought Corvax back to Terra in a stasis chamber. Vulkan was lost on Istvaan V, presumed dead, but later resurfaced to assist with some of the rebuilding of the Imperium. Janghatai Khan vowed to never rest until the honor of his Legion was restored, and so spent the rest of the war harrying the traitor Legions and attempting to slow their progress towards Terra.

The Siege of Terra:

At Horus’ urging, Perturabo sent all of the forces he could muster straight at the heart of the Imperium in an attempt to defeat the Emperor before any more forces could reach Terra. With three Legions decimated, the Dark Angels and Ultramarines each involved in internal conflict, the Thousand Sons and Blood Angels tied up on Prospero, and the World Eaters distracted in some unknown location, that left only the Night Lords and a portion of Perturabo’s own Legion to defend Terra. At the same time, there were seven traitor Legions ready to move. There would never be a better chance.

All seven legions made haste towards Terra in the largest armada that had ever existed. Not even when the Emperor had left Terra at the start of the Great Crusade had so many ships been gathered in one battle formation. They made it to the Terran System and were slowed only slightly by the defenses of Mars, thanks to the Black Mechanicus, before encircling the planet and preparing for what they thought would be a relatively short siege.

What they found, instead, was that the Blood Angels and Thousand Sons had been able to reach Terra completely undetected and were now facing more than three Legions, one of whom could neutralize any Chaos magics the traitors could bring to bear. Additionally, Perturabo discovered that most of his former Legion had stayed loyal to the Emperor, and stood to a man on the walls against him, causing him to go into a blind rage for a full day.

The siege of Terra lasted 55 days, with neither side gaining the upper hand for long. Magnus was reprimanded by the Emperor, but then told to defend Terra at all costs from the machinations of the Empyrean, which he did so to great effect. With the Iron Warriors holding the defenses, Konrad Kruze led numerous small raids consisting of both Night Lords and Raven Guard on the rear of the enemy lines. This forced the traitor Legions to direct their reserve forces towards the rear of their lines, instead of assisting in the assault.

In the end, it was the arrival of Angron and the World Eaters that broke the siege. Their time spent fighting against the Orks had not only honed their fighting skills in close combat, but had also had infested some of their ships with small Ork populations. By the time the Legion reached Terra, there were a sizeable number of them on each ship, which Angron (being insane, but not stupid) forced into assault missiles and fired at the traitor Legion’s ships, as well as firing at the armies on the ground.

The World Eaters’ entire Legion then assaulted directly into the center of the traitor Legions, going berserk the moment they exited the drop pods and forcing the Chaos forces into disarray. Some believe that Perturabo was becoming impatient with not being able to best his former Legion in a siege, others believe that several Ork missiles made it through the ship’s defenses and he was forced to leave, but it is widely established that Perturabo took a Great Company of Bloody Hands terminators from his command ship and teleported directly into the Imperial Palace, an impossible feat if not for the assistance of the Dark Gods.

Sanguinius was there, making a report to the Emperor on the progress of the battle, when Perturabo arrived. Anger at the death of Rogal Dorn and revulsion at his betrayal caused Sanguinius to fly into a blood rage and attack Perturabo with all his might. Sanguinius’ passion and anger clouded his vision, which allowed Perturabo to strike him down in cold blood.

The Bloody Hands faced off against the Adeptus Custodes while Perturabo and the Emperor fought to the death on the steps of the Golden Throne itself. The Emperor was able to strike Perturabo down, but not before being dealt a mortal blow by the daemon sword in his hands. Collapsing onto the Golden Throne, tears falling from his eyes at the sight of not one, but two of his sons dead on the ground at his feet, the Emperor used what remained of his strength to plug himself in to the machine he had prepared for this instant. His mortal body lay dying, but his psyker’s mind was elevated beyond caring about such things. His birth cry on the throne, or perhaps his death cry to the universe for his sons, sent a psychic shockwave through the astronomican that caused entire systems to shake in all directions.

Konrad Kruze, able to shake off the effects of the shock faster than any of the other Primarchs, gathered ten full companies and ordered them to seek and destroy every commander the Traitors had as they attempted to gather their wits about them. He directed each squad where exactly to go, and gave orders to behead every commander they saw Astartes or Human.

This rapid decapitation of the enemy, literal and figurative, so confused the enemy that they were routed within hours. When the battle was over, five thousand heads were piled at the Lion Gates, a grim monument and small atonement for the loss of the Emperor.

Edit: because I apparently can't remember the difference between Imperial Fists and Iron Hands...
Let me know what you think, if you can make it through it all.:biggrin:
 

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This is really amazing fluff. I'm glad I helped inspire this and I would really like to read more pieces done by you in the future.
 

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Man this is some pretty amazing stuff. How long did it take for you to write and come up with it all???
 

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This little piece of work took me about 3 hours. I was on a roll, like I said. My usual fan-fic takes a few days for 1500 words, but that's because I nitpick and rewrite everything.
 
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