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- "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind."
- ― Icadius Trajan, Primarch of the IInd Legion.
The Knights of Apocalypse were one of the 1st founding Space Marine legions created by the Emperor of Mankind. After the Legion's exile from Imperial space along with the XIth Legion, their history and previous deeds were wiped out of all Imperial records.
With the return of the lost legions to the Imperium, their history has too returned, shedding much light on the time before their disappearance.
While the 20 Primarchs were still infants, the Ruinous Powers of Chaos scattered the Primarchs across the Milky Way Galaxy. In the aftermath, the Space Marines created from what limited gene-stock was available from the IInd Primarch numbered roughly 1000. They accompanied the Emperor of Mankind and the Legio Custodes as he began the Great Crusade, staying in reserve for when their Primarch was re-discovered.
Soon, the Primarch Horus was found, and reunited with his legion, the Luna Wolves. Horus treated the other Astartes he came across, those of the IInd legion, with pride and almost familial love. He included the IInd legion in some of his earlier campaigns alongside the Emperor, preferring to keep them in top shape for the awaited return of their Primarch.
As it so happened, the next Primarch to be discovered was none other than Icadius Trajan, the Primarch of the IInd Legion, who had risen to the title of Warlord on the planet of Bahamut, uniting the disparate clans of the world into a formidable army ready to expand from their home.
Upon meeting the Emperor, he was united with his Legion at long last, and instantly recognised them for what they were, his sons. He gave them the title of Knights of Apocalypse, his harbingers of the end times for all who opposed his father's glorious rule. From then on, the Knights of Apocalypse fought side by side with the Luna Wolves in many campaigns throughout the early days of the Great Crusade.
In the early days of the Great Crusade, the Knights of Apocalypse established their fortress-monastery on the world of Bahamut, where their Primarch had grown up. The world of Bahamut is a harsh and unforgiving craggy wasteland. Scattered cities dot the landscape, and in the center of the largest valley, sits the fortress-monastery of the Knights of Apocalypse, the Dragon's Maw.
Home to many beasts and primitive Xenos, the planet was purged multiple times during the crusade to wipe away all traces of Xenos life.
Speciality Ranks Edit
- Dreadwings - Dreadwings are an elite assault unit equipped with dual hand flamers, Terragon pattern jump packs, and optionally chainswords. The sergeant of a Dreadwing squad, called the Dreaded One, is often found wielding two inferno pistols as opposed to flamers. The Dreadwings are fast attack units able to deploy rapidly from above, deliver immense amounts of damage to enemy lines, before jumping back behind their own front lines for another assault.
- Redscales -
- Chief of the Scale -
The armor of the Knights of Apocalypse is usually decorated in golden symbols of dragons. Helmets of the legionaires were built to look like a dragon's face, and their armor almost covered in scales.
Assault marines of the legion's jump packs seem more like dragon's wings than an engine, and the roar of the jump pack imitates that of a dragon itself.
The legion's colours are black, with red pauldrons. The mesh, vents and grills of the armor are gold, as is the Palatine Aquila upon the chest.
The legion's badge is a dragon's head and neck turned towards the front of the astartes.