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A sigil commonly used to represent the Kin of the Leagues of Votann as a whole.

The Leagues of Votann is the collective name for the various confederations of the species of squat but powerfully-built Abhuman clones who refer to themselves as the "Kin." They are sometimes pejoratively called "Squats" by the Humans of the Imperium. The Kin are an advanced, starfaring race who possess highly advanced technology and live amid the extreme environments that mark the resource-rich worlds of the galactic core. The Kin share their lives with self-aware, robotic constructs called Ironkin, which they treat as full societal equals in every way.

The Kin have sometimes been misidentified by Humans and xenos species alike as different Abhuman or alien species than their true identity. For instance, the Kin have been mistakenly known to both the T'au and Humans as the "Demiurg," to the Aeldari as the "Heliosi Ancients," and to various other peoples as the "Gnostari," the "Grome" or the "Kreg," among others.

The Kin vary in their classification by the Imperium between a sanctioned Abhuman sub-species of Humanity or a xenos species. However, the Kin's earliest surviving records do establish an ancient link between their Ancestors who settled the galactic core and the sublight, generational Long March mining fleets sent out by pre-Imperial Old Earth, thus making the Abhuman designation the correct one. For their part, the Kin care little what others think of them.

Each of the Leagues of Votann are divided up into groupings similar to clans or nation-states known as "Kindreds," and are ultimately led by a self-aware machine intelligence called a Votann or "Ancestor Core." The Votann are treated as objects of near-worship by the Kin, and when they die, each Kin and Ironkin has their cerebral data uploaded into their Kindred's Votann, a semi-mystical practice referred to as "returning to the Ancestors."

Few intelligent species in the galaxy are as redoubtable, courageous or determined as the Kin who comprise the Leagues of Votann. Nor are many as ruthless when it comes to the risk-and-reward calculus of war. To face them in battle is to stand before an armoured avalanche that crushes all in its path. It is to be appraised and then brusquely dealt with by attackers who see any foe as little more than an obstruction, or else as a hated nemesis whose annihilation is worth any cost.

To those they fight alongside or trade with, the Kin are invaluable allies. However, those they deem a risk to their people's survival they destroy with the same relentless rigour that the Kin apply to harvesting black hole accretion discs, manufacturing their incredible technologies or, indeed, anything else they set their minds to.

The Leagues of Votann are huge and formidable stellar empires, united by a shared history, genetic kinship and culture. As the emergence of the Great Rift sends ripples of upheaval through the galactic core and beyond, they are coming into violent collision with the other starfaring races more than ever before.

Leagues of Votann Important Links
History and Culture VotannHoldHold WorldKin WorldKindredHearthspakeLeagueCrucibleHearthForgeFaneCloneskeinsAncestorsGalactic CoreEye of the AncestorsThe TruthsFar-spaceGrudgeGuildsBattle of Örgvayr
Military Forces OathbandsKinhostsProspectsLeagues of Votann FleetsDemiurgVotannic CouncilHernkynHearthkynTheynKâhlEinhyrEmbyrGrimnyrCthonian Mining Guilds
Technology BrôkhyrLeagues of Votann WargearBrüBarrier-techIronkinIronkin WayfinderGellar Rampart
Notable Kin Ûthar the DestinedYôht Grendok
Leagues of Votann Forces
Command KâhlTheynBrôkhyr Iron-masterGrimnyrEinhyr Champion
Elites Einhyr HearthguardEmbyr
Troops Hearthkyn WarriorsHearthkyn SalvagersHernkyn PioneerBrôkhyr ThunderkynCthonian BeserksIronkin
Vehicles Magna-Coil Grav BikeSagitaurHekaton Land FortressColossus
Robotic Support COG (CORVE-COGL-COG)
Heroes Ûthar the DestinedYôht GrendokKôrv Grudgekeeper

Faction Portals
Imperium of Man Space Marines Adeptus Mechanicus Chaos Craftworld AeldariDrukhari Orks Tyranids Necrons T'au InquisitionAstra Militarum (Imperial Guard) Leagues of Votann

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