Thirty Years before the atrocities of Isstvan III, some fifty Death Guard Legionaries from all seven of Grand Companies who had been deemed too hot-headed and wayward were formed into a unit under tutelage of a handful of old veterans who embodied the stoic and taciturn aspects of the Legion, in a bid to reign the insubordinates back. Amongst the longest lived Astartes within the 14th Legion, a Terran born officer by the name of Onus Telegarion was selected to be the chief mentor of the unit and was granted the unusual title of Demi-Praetor. The unit was sent away from the main body of the Legion and over the years was all but forgotten, until Mortarion called his assets to Isstvan III in 005.M31.
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Whilst the Lord Inheritor has many indentured scrappers he has been known to hire the labour of some kind of reclaimer-for-hire when a job requires specific equipment or skill sets. These mercenaries are extremely eclectic in appearance and role and usually very resourceful.
To allow the ‘barrow wights and reclaimers to toil undisturbed, this cyborg has been hired to keep watch for approaching threats, may they be the survivors of war or competing gangs and tribes.
This particular example appears to have been hired principally for his combat abilities and armaments which seem to be of a quality that rarely survives the wars that scour Sargovo. It is likely some of this tech and weaponry was given as payment by the Lord Inheritor.
This man’s extensive and high quality cybernetics suggest he may once have been affiliated with the Adeptus Mechanicus.
On the War World of Sargovo, a great many tribes, gangs and cultures scrape a life from the remains left by almighty battles that scar its surface. One such tribe, led by a rogue Mechanicus adept of the Lachrimallus order known as the Lord Inheritor, exist as bone pickers, harvesting the flesh and tech spared from total destruction.
‘Barrow Wights are one of the many roles that the Lord Inheritor fills with the mutants, the survivors and the lost of this War World. This particular specimen looks like some sort of possibly unique abhuman strain, though the extremely pale skin and malnourished frame are likely due to living most of its life underground, not seeing the sun for most of its life as catastrophic battles scour the surface world. When the tides of war ebb, the Lord Inheritor begins his salvage operations and amongst the first to emerge from the underworld and behold the vast destruction under the sun are the ‘Barrow Wights.
Matt Bell’s Iron Hands pictured alongside JS-D’s Raven Guard and Death Guard.
Two Death Guard Legionaries under the command of Onus Telegarion, formerly a Demi-Praetor of the Death Guard, now commander of the Vengeance Host.
Pictured: Acciptab the Spurned, Mor Deythan sergeant, XIX Legion. Also note the ad hoc repairs on the Raven Guard Armour, utilising parts from other armour marks, even using pieces from other Legions.
I urge you, go and see Matt Bell’s blog, Born in Iron: The Tenth Legion, great stuff.
The shadowed and sinister Mortarion was Primarch and Commander of the Death Guard Legion. Raised upon a nightmare world of fell secrets and necromantic horror where humans were hunted like animals, the darkness that surrounded him seeped into his soul and would never leave him. Fiercely driven and relentless, the reaper-Primarch led his Legion to become wrathful liberators, spectres of death and judgment to whom no battlefield was insurmountable and no foe too terrible to face. With lies and half-truths did Horus sway Mortarion to his cause, and the price that he and his Legion would pay for their role in the Heresy would be nightmarish beyond imagining.
Pictured with some Raven Guard I recently finished and some of Matt Bell’s Iron Hands which will feature in a post soon.