I think I may have enjoyed myself a little too much writing this space marine up. Feel free to make comments or request changes as I'm pretty flexible.
Name: Vaylund Thorrun Age: 300 Appearance: He is of moderate height for a legionnaire but this is offset by his slab like physique. His muscles are heavy set and thickly corded, having been built up by years of conflict, albeit that most of his body having been replaced by bionics, he is also lightly tanned. Most of the left side of his body has been replaced with bionics and also sports some dermal armour on top of the vital zones. His right arm is still organic as well as his torso and the right leg up to the knee. Vaylund's left eye has been replaced with a bionic equivalent due to being irreparably damaged by shrapnel from a previous battle. Whatever part of his body that hasn't been replaced by bionics is usually decorated with at least a few scars from previous conflicts.
His facial features include a powerfully built jaw, a narrow hawkish right eye and graced by a hook nose. He usually keeps his raven hair close cropped and only sports a short well groomed moustache. Most people would mistake him to be angry all the time but it is however due to the fact that his eyebrows are set naturally to a frown. The thick bullish neck does not help to offset this misconstruation in anyway either. Part of his lower left jaw has also been reinforced with metal plates due to past injuries.
Power Armour : Mark III Iron Armour -frontal plates heavily reinforced from many battles. It only has minimal ornamentation as Vaylund values utility over aesthetic. The Helmet is decorated with a decal of the Iron Hand over its' face plate. He also bears the decorations of a Sergeant and has not aspired for any form of greater command since.
Personality: Vaylund Thorrun is at first glance what appears to be a cold and ruthless individual. In reality however he is just an eminently pragmatic figure. He is ready to help his fellow legionnaires when the time comes and will always put the lives of his men above his own. When on duty he always seen at the forefront of the fighting, leading by example, shrugging off minor injuries and smiting with righteous fury.
Off duty Vaylund prefers to see the maintenance of his gear first and foremost, with some pieces of his gear almost entirely hand crafted after sustaining so many repairs, while attached tech priests assist him in the more complicated rituals. When not performing maintenance he can be seen helping junior members of the squad in the rites of battle, patiently teaching and repeating until they understand.
Concerning the Iron Hands penchant for bionic replacement Vaylund has often seen it necessary to replace irreparable damage but not to the scale the other members obsess over it. He is however leaning to the fact that the bionic limbs are tougher and stronger than the flesh equivalent. Willingly cutting off one's limbs to replace it with a mechanical one is too extreme for him though. This has led him to some conflicts with other fellow legionnaires in the past.
Background: Vaylund Thorrun is a veteran of the Unification wars and have fought beside the Emperor for as far as he can remember. Vaylund was part of the first groups of Space Marines in the latter days of the unification wars. The eventual defeat of the Techno-Barbarians were already certain by the time Vaylund was first sent to the front lines, having only participated in sweeping actions, witnessed the tactical genius of the Emperor. During those early days and the dawn of the great crusade Vaylund fought valiantly with both bolter, chainsword as well as the esoteric Volkite weaponry gifted by the Tech Priests of Mars. He found his calling in battle though with the heavy weapons, finding himself proficient with the righteous fury of the Multi Melta and the untiring voice of the Heavy Bolter.
At the dawn of the Great Crusade Vaylund was assigned to the X legion 'The Stormwalkers' where his dutiful nature would help temper the more warlike and aggressive initiates. Serving as a sergeant during the early days of the great crusade he fought with cold stoicism, often disdaining major injuries to the point where bionics would better serve in healing him, his fellow marines found him to be a reliable and honourable brother legionnaire. When the Emperor found the great Ferrus Manus on Medusa it was a momentous occasion to have one of the Emperor's own as their leader. The Stormwalkers now being renamed the Iron Hands in honour of the nascent primarch. In the early days of Ferrus Manus he was doubtful of the primarch's ability to wage war, however after a spectacular victory in a set piece battle against the Orks of Salratar II, he quickly changed his mind.
It was on the desert planet of Ortar however where Vaylund was heavily injured by xenos ordnance losing most of his left arm and left leg. They were latter replaced with bionics with certain parts of his body already much more machine than man from previous conflicts. Since then he had his original MK II armour upgraded to the MK III Iron Armour, with its reinforced frontal plates perfect for his role in the vanguard of the assault. He would walk steadily towards the enemy with his heavy bolter letting loose a torrent of explosive death and his squad advancing with him.
During the battle for Istvaan V that the greatest shock would befall the Iron Hands and Vaylund himself. Hearing news of the betrayal by the Warmaster himself Vaylund and his fellow legionnaires volunteered to be in the vanguard but were denied. They were instead assigned to protect the vulnerable flanks of the Iron Hands deployment in the drop zone and near the area where the Salamanders were slated to land. The battle on the ground was brutal and grueling as brother fought brother. No mercy was given to the traitors and amidst the din of the initial wave they appeared successful.
This was the first time Vaylund ever had to fight another space marine and the prospect of doing so again only made his rage against the traitors grow. During the second wave of the landing and the resurgence of the traitors Vaylund was separated in the confusion of the battle and regrouped with fellow loyalist Salamanders. Having already taken many wounds from the second phase of the fighting, Vaylund still demanded to go regroup with his legion, when Ferrus Manus made the call to deploy his legionnaires against the traitor Fulgrim, the Salamander legionnaires were forced to restrain him to have his wounds treated elsewhere. His battle ended there as he was shuttled back up with other grievously injured marines back into the care of the fleet in space.
Hearing of the news that their primarch Ferrus Manus was dead and the Iron Hands all but destroyed made him fly into an almost murderous rage. One Apothecary was knocked out cold by a metal clad bionic fist and another bruised from the waist up as he sedated the angered legionnaire. As the cold drug induced sleep over took him he swore to make those traitors pay one day. Even if vengeance would take a millennia. The traitor fleet however overtook the loyalist fleet in a brutal space battle and scattered them to the stars. Where Vaylund will end up however is up to the Emperor's grace.
Weapons: Voss-Incarnadine Pattern Heavy Bolter painted black with sigils of the Iron Hands and the Imperium adorning it. It is a drum fed variant.
[If allowed to have these with the heavy bolter?:] Tigris Pattern Bolt Pistol painted a dull grey with no decorations and a MK II Legion chainsword with stock camouflage. Equipment: Frag/Krak Grenades, Med Pack.
"Fulgrim!" He screamed as he thrashed against the apothecaries, "Traitors!"
A heavy handed blow caught one apothecary in the side of the head.
He yelled and thrashed again, "I will never forget this. I will not rest until my Brothers are avenged!"PICT FEED from Strike Cruiser Arrasthus medical block
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