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House Draconis

The crest of House Draconis

Danial Tan Draconis is both the current leader of House Draconis and the high king of the Knight World of Adrastapol, an elected position which carries with it dominion over the entire Majestis System.

Gaining the title of high king under the difficult circumstances of the Donatos War, where his father, the previous high king, was cut down by those he once called friends, the young Danial Tan Draconis quickly grew into a seasoned leader and a fine tactician. He saved the campaign from ultimate disaster and reclaimed the Industrial World of Donatos Primus in the name of the God-Emperor.

Whereas most rulers of a Knight World are fierce traditionalists, High King Danial Tan Draconis can be considered exceptionally progressive for a man of his culture and upbringing.

On Adrastapol, he is the instigator of several profound changes in Adrastapolian society, such as rapid industrialization of the economy and the creation of a true Planetary Defence Force, better housing and living conditions for the serf classes and the institution of true political and social equality between male and female Knights.

While many of these measures proved unpopular with the conservative traditionalists of House Minotos, others, like the Nobles of House Pegasson, approved of it.

In hindsight, it is clear that without the reform measures enacted by High King Danial Tan Draconis, Adrastapol would have fallen to the savage Orks of WAAAGH! Killfist, which very nearly conquered Adrastapol during its Second Ork War.

History

Notable Campaigns

  • Donatos War (Unknown Date.M41) - When the Industrial World of Donatos Primus reported some civil unrest, none would have thought that this would spark an all-out war. The corruption of a local Chaos Cult soon spread to fully half of Donatos' Planetary Defence Forces which forced its planetary governor to call for aid. The later stages of the planetary revolt revealed the presence of a far more dire enemy than mere armed workers and turncoat soldiers in the form of a a warband of Chaos Space Marines from the Word Bearers Traitor Legion, the Scribed Blade of the Dark Apostle Varakh'Lorr who hoped to attain daemonhood through an occult ritual and the blood shed in the war to come. As regiments of the Astra Militarum gathered to reconquer Donatus Primus, Segmentum Command placed High King Tolwyn Tan Draconis at the head of its army, for with the high king would come the strength of no less then six houses of Imperial Knights. Forcing a landing upon Donatos Primus and reconquering its southern half proved to be relartively easy, but as the campaign neared completion and the Imperium was about to claim victory, three of the Knight houses, including Houses Chimaeros, Manticos and Wyvorn, switched sides in the middle of battle. What should have been an Imperial victory turned into a desperate retreat, which was further exacerbated by the death in battle of High King Tolwyn. With barely 50 Knights remaining out of several hundred, the surviving Imperial Knights could not assault their enemies head-on but needed to tread carefully. To oppose Gerraint's claim to the throne, the Loyalist survivors chose Tolwyn's son and designated heir, Danial Tan Draconis, as their new high king. Although deemed unfit to rule by many of the older Knights, Danial managed to organise a limited counterattack against the Renegade Knights, which failed spectacularly through the duplicity and sorcery of Alicia Kar Manticos, Gerraint's consort who had long been in service to the Chaos God Tzeentch. Reduced to little more than two dozen Knights, Danial and his childhood friend, the Freeblade Knight of Ashes, rallied his last Knights in a desperate but ultimately successful second assault on the Valle Electrum which eliminated all the enemy commanders and paved the way for ultimate Imperial victory.
  • Second Ork War (Unknown Date.M41) - Five standard years after the ordeals of the Donatos War, Adrastapol was invaded by the numberless hordes of WAAAGH! Killfist. Where before the Knights of Adrastapol had stood united, they were now divided, for the wounds of Donatos had been left to fester. While the relations between House Draconis and House Pegasson remained cordial, House Minotos had become increasingly reclusive and only reluctantly accepted the high king's progressive ideas about how to modernise their world's defences and economy. With the House Minotos portion of the planetary defence network far from complete, the Orks of WAAAGH! Killfist easily gained a foothold on Adrastapol. Swarmed by the greenskins' sheer numbers and defeated on the field of battle, House Minotos was forced to fall back to its mightiest strongholds and fortresses, abandoning the countryside to the xenos. Further to the north, House Draconis had initial success at countering the Orks' orbital landings. Draconis forces succeeded in destroying several Rokz in surgical strikes and annihilated several smaller Ork warbands before they could coalesce into the unstoppable green tide of a characteristic Ork WAAAGH!. But soon even House Draconis was forced to retreat in the face of the enemy's numerical superiority. Those townships that had not heeded the high king's order for evacuation were invariably razed to the ground and their population slaughtered by the bloodthirsty Orks -- and several Knight fortresses suffered the same fate. With House Draconis and House Minotos pinned inside their ancestral keeps and the Orks closing on the territories of House Pegasson, a lone Imperial vessel braved the guns of the Ork armada to deposit a small relief force of Imperial Knights on Adrastapol, a band of Freeblades calling themselves "the Exiles." Their leader was none other than Luk Kar Chimaeros, the famed Knight of Ashes. Making planetfall on the edge of the Pegassine lands, the Exiles were able to establish a short-lived communication with the besieged High King Danial who tasked them to gather what forces they could and hurry to the relief of House Minotos. Together they might stand a chance of breaking the siege of the Draconspire which had entered its third solar day. The communication was abruptly cut short on the high king's end, leaving the Exiles to fear for the worst. As they would later determine, Gogrok Killfist's personal Gargant had unleashed some kind of weapon upon the Draconspire which caused all electrical devices to stop functioning, leaving the defenders to fight the Orks with blades, autoguns and antique crossbows. Filled with a great sense of urgency, the Exiles first rallied the defenders of the Eyrie -- the principal fortress of House Pegasson -- where their small band was strengthened by several lances of Pegassine Knights. Thanks to the impressive numbers of the Pegassine air assets the small army was transported by macro-lander to the plains of Minosaal where the forces of House Pegasson and House Minotos crushed the smaller Ork horde besieging the Labyrinth, the mighty fortress of House Minotos. Joined by the surviving Knights of House Minotos, the army quickly pressed north to break the siege of the Draconspire which was entering its last desperate stage, as the survivors of House Draconis had been forced back to a handful of key locations. As High King Danial Tan Draconis duelled the Ork Warlord Killfist in the ruins of his throne room, the relief force launched their attack on the unsuspecting Orks, the din of their battle-horns momentarily outmatching the clamor of combat. Facing a fresh army and destabilised by the news of their warlord's demise, the Ork resistance began to crumble. Seeking to rout the enemy, High King Danial -- still bleeding from the wounds suffered in the battle with Killfist -- led a mounted sortie of House Draconis Knights from the Draconspire, for in the shadow of Killfist's towering Gargant the Orks were beginning to rally. Worse, the Gargant's energy-stealing weapon was being readied to fire again. With pinpoint accuracy, the Marchioness Lauret Tan Pegasson coordinated her house's firepower on the Gargant's weapon arm, annihilating it. With their mightiest weapon destroyed, the Orks finally fled the battlefield, pursued by the vengeful Knights of the gathered Knight houses of Adrastapol. Though the fighting would continue for many solar months to come, the Orks' hold on Adrastapol had been broken.

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Sources

  • Kingsblade (Novel) by Andy Clark
  • Knightsblade (Novel) by Andy Clark
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