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The Chaos Primarchs

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The Primarchs of the Space Marine Legions are akin to gods among men, scattered at birth and later rediscovered by the Emperor, they are giants striding across mighty battlefields, laying waste to all before them for the noble cause of mankind. Or at least they used to be. Half of the Primarchs turned traitor, siding with Horus in what was known as the Horus Heresy. Nine of the Emperorís sons turned against him and tried to wrest control of the Imperium from their father. This article is an introduction to who these Primarchs are and what happened to them.

Angron- Primarch of the World Eaters

Angron, no name brings forth greater images of utterly wanton death and destruction than his. Angron is the Primarch of the World Eaters Legion, and during the Great Crusade his Legion was known for their ruthlessness and barbarity in combat. Many times worlds would surrender at the mere mention of the World Eaters, for if the Legion went to war they showed no mercy. Angron grew up on a world where the primary distraction for the masses was Gladiatorial Combat, and Angron was first and foremost a warrior. He grew to immense fame in the gladiatorial arenas, his fury and prowess unmatched, especially after his masters implanted his brain with technology to increase his aggression in combat. Angron knew no peers in battle but he would spare the mightiest warriors he battled and train them further himself until one day when Angron staged a slave rebellion. For some time his army of Gladiators defeated every army their overlords tried to throw at them, though their numbers were whittled down with each battle until finally Angron and his warriors prepared their last stand against their enemies. It was the night before battle that the Emperor teleported down to the battlefield to stand before Angron, who had dug his grave before him and was prepared to die in battle with his warriors.

The Emperor told Angron that he was his son and the master of the World Eaters Legion, but Angron refused to go with his father, wishing only to stay with his warriors and fight. The Emperor teleported away and Angron prepared for his death. However the Emperor would not allow his son to die and teleported Angron to safety as the battle commenced. Furious Angron watched his disheartened warriors cut down, and the mad warrior Primarch never forgave the Emperor.

When Horus sought to overthrow the Emperor Angron never hesitated, throwing himself and his Legion into the Horus Heresy with ruthless and destructive abandon. The World Eaters were at the forefront of every assault on the Emperorís Palace and Angron dueled with his brothers defending the palace on more than one occasion.

But with the death of Horus the World Eaters fell back, fleeing into the Eye of Terror. Yet they were not done yet, the Legion waged war for territory in the eye as Angron ascended to Daemonhood and became a truly horrific avatar of death, reveling in the taking of skulls for the throne of Khorne. However the Legion was split forever when Kharn the Betrayer turned against his brethren on the world of Skalathrax.

Nevertheless Angron continues to lead his warriors from the Eye of Terror occasionally to sow death throughout the Imperium.

Most recently Angron was at the forefront of the 1st Armageddon War, and it took the combined might of a hundred Grey Knight Terminators led by Brother-Captain Aurelian to defeat Angron and his bodyguard of Bloodthirsters. Though the Grey Knights casualties were almost total, and Angron is not gone, at least not for good.

Perturabo- Primarch of the Iron Warriors

The Primarch of the Iron Warriors is Perturabo, during the Great Crusade Perturabo and his legion were foremost amongst the siege experts of the Astartes Legions, ever called to crack the mightiest bastions encountered by the Crusade Fleets. Spread thin and forced to race around the galaxy from one insane warzone to the next Perturabo became extremely jealous. Particularly of Rogal Dorn, Primarch of the Imperial Fists, who was also proclaimed a mighty siege and defense expert. It was a great insult to Perturabo when Dorn was asked by the Emperor to design his palace fortress. Thus when Horus requested Perturaboís aid in battling the Emperor the Primarch accepted with glee, relishing the opportunity to destroy the bastion built by the cursed Dorn.

However success was not to be, for the Emperorís Palace did not fall despite the lengthy siege, and in the end Horus fell. Yet Perturabo was not defeated, instead the Iron Warriors were not routed, they retreated in an orderly fashion, sowing destruction and death in their wake as they fell back to the Eye of Terror. It was Perturabo who lured Dorn into the trap known as the ďIron CageĒ where the Imperial Fists met a pointless meat grinder designed for no other purpose than to slaughter the legion. Only the intervention of Roboute Guilliman saved the Imperial Fists from total destruction.

Now the mighty Daemon Primarch Perturabo rules over a daemonworld in the Eye of Terror, watching as his Warsmiths wage constant war for power and favor, occasionally striding forth to do battle with the minions of the corpse god.

Alpharius Omegon- Primarch of the Alpha Legion

Alpharius Omegon was the Primarch of the Alpha Legion, the last of the Adeptus Astartes Legions. Yet he had a secret that few outside the legion ever knew, that Alpharius Omegon was in fact a pair of twins, named Alpharius and Omegon respectively. Alphariusí legion was ever seeking to prove themselves to their elder brethren, constantly trying to demonstrate their superiority, and specializing in spy networks and infiltration.

Alphariusí fall to chaos was strange, he was convinced that the only way to stop chaos was to side with Horus, and so he did. Little did he know that even by siding with Horus the eventuality of thousands of years of war that he was trying to stop would happen anyway, how Alpharius reacted to this is anyoneís guess. During the Horus Heresy the Alpha Legion sought to destabilize the Imperium, spread the defenses thin and delay reinforcements from reaching Terra, waging a campaign of their own, separate from the plans of Horus. Nevertheless the Alpha Legion failed, and not long after the Horus Heresy ended with the death of Horus, Roboute Guilliman slew Alpharius in battle. It is not known whether Guilliman knew that the twin Omegon existed, or whether Omegon still lives or not. Perhaps the Alpha Legion still follows Alpharius Omegonís plan to see Chaos destroyed, it is doubtable though. For the Alpha Legion of today is a sick and twisted parody of the Legion it once was, skulking in the dark, spreading forth spy and infiltration networks vast and powerful, striking when the Imperium is weakest, ever trying to tear the Imperium apart and always following their own mission, separate from the plans of the other Chaos Legions.

Mortarion- Primarch of the Death Guard

Mortarion is the Primarch of the Death Guard, as an infant he landed on the highest mountain of the polluted, poisonous world of Barbarus. He was taken in by one of the foul Lords of the world, who hunted the normal humans living in the low lying valleys for sport. Mortarion grew to strength in the safekeeping of his adoptive father, but soon came to hate what his father did. He fled from his home and took up the cause of the mortal men, teaching them to fight and defend themselves and teaching them how to resist the poisons surrounding the mountains of Barbarus. One by one the mountain strongholds fell until only the citadel of Mortarionís father still stood. It was then that the Emperor came to Barbarus, but Mortarion would not submit to his authority. So the Emperor challenged Mortarion to a test, to see if the Primrach could survive to reach the final peak. Mortarion did try but he failed, collapsing near death almost at the summit of the mountain and his former fatherís stronghold. The Emperor wouldnít let him die though and rescued Mortarion, sacking the final keep and freeing the people of Barbarus. However Mortarion was resentful that his task had been completed by another. He took the keep of his father as his own and made it the home of the Death Guard legion, formerly known as the Dusk Raiders.

Over the years of the Great Crusade the Death Guard became specialists at waging war in the most inhospitable of places, where even the other Astartes Legions could not fight effectively, and over time the Legion grew prideful, looking down on the mortals Mortarion had once sought to protect with the same contempt of those lords they had overthrown.

Their pride was to prove their undoing, for as Horusí fleet made for Terra, 1st Captain Typhon killed the fleetís navigators and left the Death Guard drifting helplessly, and it was then that the Destroyer Plague came. Even the mighty resilience of the Death Guard was no match, and as the last marine succumbed to the plague Typhon took on the title of Typhus, Herald of Nurgle. The Legion was resurrected as the foul Plague Marines, led by the very avatar of death itself Mortarion, who had become a Daemon Primarch.

In the warp Mortarion sculpted his Daemon World to resemble Barbarus but since then not much has been recorded of the foul Daemon Primarch. Whether any shred of sanity remains in the foul Primarch one can only guess, and what machinations he has been up to are also a mystery.

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Fulgrim- Primarch of the Emperorís Children

The tale of Fulgrim is a sad tragedy. The Primarch of the Emperorís Children ever sought perfection and the praise of his father however that search for perfection was to be his, and his Legionís undoing. For Fulgrim never realized that perfection could not be reached, yet in his quest he led the legion into extremes of excess and decadence beyond all sanity, and straight into the embrace of Slaanesh.

It was during the Istvaan V Drop Site Massacre that Fulgrim finally broke, he slew his closest brother Ferrus Manus and at that moment finally realized what he had done, and what his Legion had become, and in his despair he gave in to a foul daemonic entity, his greatest folly of all. The Daemon took over the mighty Primarchís body, the soul of Fulgrim trapped inside the shell of his physical frame, ever watching the horrors the daemon commits and screaming in torment.

The Daemon Primarch Fulgrim led the Emperorís Children away from the fighting of the Emperorís Palace to bring death to the people of Terra, in wanton violence and ecstasy, and following the Heresy it was Fulgrim who used the foul blade known as the Anathema to mortally wound Roboute Guilliman.

Imperial Records speak of the mighty and terrible Daemon Primarch, champion of Slaanesh coming forth from the Eye of Terror to bring destruction and death to the Emperorís Realm occasionally though few such incidents are known of in any detail one can assume that there just arenít any survivors when the foul Emperorís Children attack. Indeed Fulgrim seems to take delight in the irony of his Legionís name, pretending to be servants of the Emperor only to turn on their would be allies and sow destruction, reveling in the despair of the people as they believe the Emperor has sent his daemons to destroy them.

Konrad Curze- Primarch of the Night Lords

Known as the Night Haunter, Konrad Curze grew up alone, without any guide or parent in the back streets of a world of perpetual night known as Nostramo. The world was controlled entirely by criminal syndicates, crime and murder were everyday occurrences on the planet. To combat this Curze became even more horrifying than his enemies, hunting down the criminals mercilessly and slaughtering them in the most gruesome ways possible, leaving their corpses on display as warning to all others. Within short order the Crime Syndicates had collapsed and an unwritten curfew had enforced itself, none wishing to invite the wrath of the Night Haunter.

Somehow Curze knew when the Emperor would arrive and accepted him as his father immediately. The Emperor placed his hand on Curze and told him he had great plans for him, to which Curze only replied that he knew exactly what his father intended for him.

During the Great Crusade the Night Lords were the most terrifying of Legions, wielding fear and terror as weapons against their enemies. Sending their foes into utter confusion and chaos of utter fear and waging campaigns of wanton violence and horror, bringing their foes to heel by being even more evil than they were, yet Curze always used such violence to accomplish a task, never as the purpose itself.

However his Legion did not see it that way, after Curze departed from Nostramo the crime returned just as bad as before, if not worse, and ultimately the recruits into the Night Lords were the most utterly brutal of murderers and hardened criminals, relishing in death and destruction and murder. Curze sided with Horus on principal but throughout the Heresy came to realize his mistake and further realize what his legion had become. Curze finally understood that he had lost control of his legion and his principals were nothing to them.

So he made a palace from flesh and bone at the end of his campaign of violence and there he waited for death, allowing an assassin through his fortresses defenses, and not even attempting to defend himself. Curze died hoping for forgiveness but his legacy continues. The assassin fled with the artifact known as the Umbra Nox, the crown and symbol of office of the Night Haunter. The Captain of the Legionís Raptors known as Zso Sahaal chased after the Assassin and recovered the Umbra Nox, but in doing so the Eldar attacked his ship and crippled it, leaving it to drift through the warp for ten thousand years, before Sahaal finally awoke on the ruined ship. Zso Sahaal recovered the Umbra Nox once more and realized what the Legion had become following the death of Curze. Where Sahaal has gone and whether he will attempt to take back the Legion from its current horrendous masters is unknown.

As for Konrad Curze, perhaps the Emperor forgave him in death, perhaps not. Only the Empreor truly knows.

Magnus the Red- Primarch of the Thousand Sons

Another of the great tragedies of the Horus Heresy is the fate of Magnus and the Thousand Sons. The Legion of the Cyclopean Primarch was loyal and dedicated to the emperor, upholding learning and using Sorcery to keep the rampant mutations in their gene-seed in check. However despite their best efforts to argue to the contrary the Emperor banned sorcery, and so the legion continued its practice in secret, and when Horus fell to the clutches of Chaos, Magnus attempted to warn the Emperor using sorcery. Not knowing whether he could trust conventional means of dispatching a warning or how long before Horus acted, Magnus expended an immense amount of power in breaking through the wards of the Emperorís palace to contact his father directly. However despite this the Emperor did not believe Magnus, after all how could Horus, his most favored son ever do such a thing? Thus the Emperor dispatched the Space Wolves to bring Magnus to account for his actions. Spurred on by lies from Horus, Leman Russ and his Legion descended on Prospero and despite the mightiest efforts of the Thousand Sons and Magnus himself Prospero burned and the Legion was slaughtered. In the last desperate moment before Russ slew him Magnus prayed for forgiveness, and his prayer was answered.

Tzeentch, the Changer of Ways answered Magnusí plea and spirited him and his warriors away to safety. However now in the clutches of the chaos gods the Legionís mutations ran utterly rampant, desperate to stop them the sorcerer Ahriman stole the Book of Magnus and cast a spell known as the Rubric of Ahriman to halt the mutations. The spell worked, sort of, it turned the bodies of most of the Legionaries into dust and fused their souls into their armor for all time. Only the most potent sorcerers survived the effects of the spell. Furious to see his already weakened Legion turned mostly into walking automatons Magnus exiled Ahriman and now tries to rebuild the works of Prospero on the daemon world known as the Planet of Sorcerers deep within the Eye of Terror and occasionally tries to gain his vengeance on the Wolves of Russ.

Lorgar- Primarch of the Word Bearers

Lorgar is the Primarch of the Word Bearers, the first legion to fall to chaos, or as the Word Bearers would say, become enlightened. Lorgar grew up on a fanatical shrine world, though he disagreed with the primary doctrine of the government and in a campaign of faith overthrew the lords of Colchis. When the Emperor came to him Lorgar gladly joined the Great Crusade and took command of the Word Bearers, building shrines and monuments to the Emperor on every planet the Legion conquered.

The Emperor on the other hand saw this as a waste of time, and told Lorgar in no uncertain terms that he should stop such actions and get on with the fighting. Lorgar was crushed by what he perceived as rejection by his god. In his despair the Chaos gods came to Lorgar and showed him the true way. From that point on the Word Bearers implanted chaos cults on every world they brought to compliance, and planted the seeds of the Heresy. It was first Chaplain Erebus, who carried out Lorgarís plans and corrupted the mighty Horus.

During the Heresy the Word Bearers attempted to tie up and slaughter the Ultramarines in a deadly ambush, but the effort failed and the Ultramarines broke free from the Ambush and raced back to Terra, helping to thwart Horusí plans.

Nevertheless the chaos cults seeded by the Word Bearers caused an immense amount of destruction and blood shed in the Imperium and it was many years before the Imperium recovered.

To this day Lorgar leads the Word Bearers on their fanatical crusade to enlighten the galaxy to the worship of the Chaos Gods, ascended to Daemonhood and dispatching his Dark Apostles to spread his word to all those who will listen, and slaughter those who will not as sacrifices to the dark gods.

Horus- Primarch of the Luna Wolves

Horus was the Primarch of the Luna Wolves during the Great Crusade. The first Primarch to be discovered, Horus was named Warmaster by the Emperor, the war leader of the Great Crusade while the Emperor retired to Terra to conduct his own plans. Horus while outwardly confident was in reality incapable of dealing with the burden of command, and the pressures eventually led to his fall to chaos, helped along by First Chaplain Erebus of the Word Bearers. Once he had embraced the Chaos Gods Horus renamed his Legion the Sons of Horus and led the traitor Legions against the Emperor, coming extremely close to succeeding before even near death the Emperor managed to strike Horus down once and for all. Shattered the Sons of Horus retreated under the command of First Captain Ezekiel Abaddon. For centuries the Sons of Horus brooded in the warp, guarding the shrine containing Horusí body until the Legion sunk so low as to lose the body of Horus to the Emperorís Children. It was then that Abaddon finally cracked and renamed the Sons of Horus the Black Legion, welding the disparate bands back together, destroying Horusí corpse and continuing Horusí crusade against the Imperium and the Emperor.

Since the end of the Horus Heresy Abaddon the Despoiler of Worlds has launched 13 Black Crusades against the Imperium, each one barely held back by the desperate forces of the Emperor, and each one wreaking a terrible toll on the Imperium.

What might have happened if Horus lived is a matter of conjecture, and whether Horus felt any remorse for his actions, or ever realized that all his ideals of saving humanity from the Emperor were false are also mysteries that will never be known. All that is certain is that The Black Legion is still very much alive and constantly poised to assault the fortresses of the Imperium without mercy, ever seeking the final death of the cursed Corpse God.
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Awesome Vash. You make my piece on Abaddon look tiny.
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Excellent work, sir. I'll be adding this to the Important topics sticky. Goes without saying but +1 karma for another excellent article.
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I love Alpharius, you might want to think about a spoiler heading in case others haven't read "legion" though.... That's up to you though.


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Vash that's a really useful article, thanks for posting it up.

However I don't mean to come across all pedantic and such but I'm pretty sure that it was Brother-Captain Aurelian, not Alexian who slew Angron but I haven't read that passage in a while.

Just saying.
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Awesome Vash. You make my piece on Abaddon look tiny.
Don't worry, I've been doing this for years and I'm in a writing frenzy, that's just the 3rd such article I've written in the last 24 hours!!! And I'm planning more! I'm in a writing mood and I don't intend to waste it .

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I love Alpharius, you might want to think about a spoiler heading in case others haven't read "legion" though.... That's up to you though.

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Yea Alpharius is cool though I didn't like Legion so much. I may start a Chaos Army this summer, but if I do it will likely be World Eaters, I really like the Night Lords and Alpha Legion but after all the finickyness of my other armies I think it might be nice to just race across the battlefield without a care for once whether it works or not .

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Vash that's a really useful article, thanks for posting it up.

However I don't mean to come across all pedantic and such but I'm pretty sure that it was Brother-Captain Aurelian, not Alexian who slew Angron but I haven't read that passage in a while.

Just saying.
Hmm... *takes out thinking cap* you know I do believe you are correct. I'll have to double check but I think that's right, I'll go ahead and edit the article.

I mostly work from memory since I've read so bloody much of the 40k material and double check things in revision or if I can't remember or am unsure of something, mostly specific dates, names and places so I do get things mixed up occasionally.
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Could we just add to the bit on the Night Haunter about the fact that he had visions of the future, so knew about the Heresy, and that he would be killed by his father.
Plus, it isn't known exactly why he let himself die. His final words can be interpreted multiple ways, that he wanted forgiveness, as you said. Also, there are these two ways to interpret it, depending on where you put the stress in his final words:

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"Death is nothing compared to vindication"
He has allowed himself to be killed, as this way he gets away with what he did, as death is nothing compared to the punishment he should have received, if you follow his Chaos interpretation.

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"Death is nothing, compared to vindication"
In this one, fine, he gets killed. So what, everything he did, the destruction of Nostromo, his rebellion, is now vindicated, as the Emperor has lowered himself to the same level of savagery to remove him, resorting to simple, brutal violence. The fact that he has been proven right makes up for his death.



And yes, come join the Night Lords. We have the coolest Primarch, as, with my belief in the third interpretation of his final words, who else proved their point so decisively? Horus tried, but was cut down. Konrad Curze? The act of cutting him down was the proof! How do you try to fight against that? If you fight him, you vindicate him, and he wins, if you go along with him, he gets what he was fighting for, so he still wins! Hooray for the Night Haunter!
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With the Night Haunter I always thought it was the second interpretation. I haven't read all the Heresy books so I'm just going off the Horus Heresy: Collected Visions book.
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Well, the book "Lord of the Night" strongly favours the third interpretation, the one about his actions being vindicated by his death. Not sure if thats the one you meant, but whatever.
I've seen people that believe all of them, so any of the interpretations is valid, really.
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