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I am finally finishing up the background for my Fandex DIY Chaos Marines, the Soul Reapers. Here is the section on the origins of the warband. I will follow this post up with more fluff as I finish it up over the next month or so.

Feedback and comments welcome.

Throughout the long and dark history of the Imperium of Mankind, all to often those who have been created to be mankind’s greatest defenders have become its most feared and fearsome foes, the galactic pillagers known as Chaos Space Marines. Turning from the blessed light of the Emperor, these once loyal and honored Space Marines heed the siren call of Chaos and now seek to tear down and destroy that which they once fought so valiantly to protect and preserve. While no one knows exactly how many of these treasonous Adeptus Astartes infest the galaxy; what is known is that they present one of the greatest threats to the Imperium’s continued existence.

While most of these vile traitors can trace their lineage either to the original legions that followed Horus in his bloody mutiny against the Emperor or warbands composed of Chapters or remnants of Chapters who have deserted the blessed Emperor in the millennia since, this is the tale of those who followed a slightly different path to damnation. Known today as the Soul Reapers, this ruthless band of renegades was once known as the 17th Company of the World Eater Legion…

…The Heresy had been defeated and the loyalists could claim victory, though it was a hollow victory, for the once strong and vital Imperium was in tatters with the hellish glow of funeral pyres still burning across the galaxy. While the Legions still loyal to the Emperor attempted to hold the shattered remains of the Imperium together, the vast majority of the traitor legions retreated into the Eye of Terror to lick their wounds and recover their losses. While Angron and the rest of the Primarch’s were content to claim their worlds and re-shape them to suit their whims, their inactivity and perceived cowardice did not sit well with Captain Midus Krug and the surviving members of the World Eaters 17th Great Company.

To Captain Krug and his loyal brethren the act of hiding like cowards within the confines of the Eye of Terror while the Imperium still stood enraged them beyond measure and for them this was the beginning of the end. How could they find either pride or honor in this deplorable situation; a situation that grew even more precarious with each passing day. The Legions, always at odds with each other, were now openly fighting one another, as they sought someone to blame for the failure of the rebellion. To make matters worse, the degeneration that had begun with the World Eaters embrace of the Chaos God Khorne was rapidly accelerating; turning the once proud and valorous warriors into mindless blood seekers and madmen.

Despite the best efforts of Captain Krüg and his lieutenants in the Seventeenth, the infection of Khorne was beginning to take hold within their ranks. Captain Krüg decided immediate action was required before he was left with nothing but a pack of bloodthirsty murders. The only option that was available to his forces was to commandeer ships from the legions fleet and leave the daemonic planet his Legion had claimed as its own. While this move was fraught with peril, for he risked the very lives of his brothers with his mutiny, he knew his action was required to prevent his company from degenerating into the mindless fools that the rest of the World Eater Legion was fast becoming. His actions were gratified when he and his lieutenants heard news of the slaughter upon Skalathrax. As the rest of the Legion turned upon itself, the Seventeenth headed deeper into the Eye of Terror.

As the Seventeenth wondered ever deeper into the Eye, they came upon the Daemon World of Tekerak and finding that it met their requirements, they decided to claim it as their new base of operations. It was on Tekerak that they faced their first battle as an independent force. Captain Krüg took the planet by rights of conquest, slaying its former lord, the Daemon Prince Malekhi, in single combat on the steps of his temple. Exploring the temple that Malekhi had formed for himself from the very bones of the planet, Krüg found many passages scribed on the walls about 'reaping souls for the Lords of Chaos'; believing a force greater and more powerful than even fate had brought him to the planet, Krüg decided that the Seventeenth would forever be known as the Soul Reapers.

Deep within the bowels of the temple, Krüg found vile texts which told how Malekhi had managed to come to power and how he planned on furthering and strengthening his holdings, the artifacts of Salmora. The text’s Krüg found explained that Salmora had once been a very powerful Daemon Prince, a Daemon Prince who during the ancient times, when mighty Warp Storms spanned the galaxy had created or perverted a total of 12 artifacts. He had used the artifacts to wage war against the chosen champions of each of the Dark Gods, in an attempt to ascend to godhood. In the end, Salmora had failed; however, his near ascension gave Krüg hope, if he could gather the artifacts of Salmora he would have the authority to reunite the Legions and destroy the weakling Imperium.

Upon hearing the news that Abaddon was going to launch an invasion into the Imperium, the leaders of the Soul Reapers decided that this would provide the perfect diversion to slip past the Imperial blockade and begin their search for the artifacts of Salmora. Not desiring to have any competition in their quest, Krüg decided to remove all references to the Artifacts from Tekerak before leaving to join Abaddon’s crusade. However, both Krüg and his lieutenants deemed the information provided within the temple to valuable to destroy, so instead they dismantled the temple and moved it on to Krüg’s Grand Cruiser the “Death Incarnate,” where it was reassembled in its entirety. With this task complete, the Soul Reapers headed toward the rally point for the massing Chaos fleet.

During the war counsel held on Abaddon’s flagship, Krüg managed to secure the Soul Reapers fleet the position of flank security for the Dark crusade’s leftmost flank. Once the Soul Reapers emerged from the Eye, and before the rest of the Dark Crusade had even materialized, they broke off and raced toward a little known warp conduit they had found within the texts of Salmora. The Soul Reavers fleet reached the conduit just as Abaddon’s flagship broke through into Imperial Space; however, before he could even curse their names, they had jumped into the warp headed for the Eastern Fringe. For this treacherous action, Abaddon and the Black Legion have harbored a burning hate for Krüg and his Soul Reapers.


Since the moment Krüg had first read the ancient texts, he had begun to have visions of the Vitae Salmora Cluster near the Ghoul Stars and the planet Ehdan the home world of the Salmora. It would be on the freshly claimed and conquered Ehdan that Krüg and the Soul Reapers would set up their base of operations, and it would be from this base that they would coordinate the search for the missing Artifacts. A search that continues to this day…
 

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Some nice fluff, looking forward to the next installment :victory:

Would like to know a bit more about Krug himself though.
Keep it up, and +rep
 
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