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The Dreadwing

Icon of the Dreadwing

The Dreadwing was the name given to one of the six specialised "wing" formations of the Dark Angels Space Marine Legion that existed during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. These formations were known collectively as the Hexagrammaton and existed outside the regular chain-of-command and organisation of the Ist Legion. Each was led by an officer elected to the position known as a "voted-lieutenant." The Dreadwing was disbanded at some point after the end of the Horus Heresy.

The Dreadwing was specialised in the use of tactics to defeat the worse foes faced by the Ist Legion on the battlefield and was deployed when there seemed to be no other way to destroy an enemy. The Dreadwing was the only formation of the Dark Angels Legion known to employ the infamous Legion Destroyer Squads.

The Dreadwing formation as a whole was led by a voted-lieutenant known within his Legion by the title of "Dreadbringer."

The Dreadwing unleashed mass armoured assaults that made use of Land Raiders, Spartan Assault Tanks, Mastodons and Fellglaive super-heavy tanks. These vehicles and the Dreadwing Destroyer Squads were often outfitted with the Imperium's infamous advanced weapons of mass destruction, including Phosphex Weapons, Radium Weapons and Vortex Weapons.

The preceptor of the Order of Shattered Crowns in the Dark Angels' Hekatonystika was said to also be a member of the Inner Circle of the Dreadwing.

History[]

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A Dreadwing Interemptor armed with a Plasma Burner bringing utter devastation to the enemy during the Great Crusade.

Perhaps the most feared of all the branches of the Hexagrammaton, garnering a reputation that far outweighed the wing's influence within the Legion, the Dreadwing was composed of those Astartes whose role was the utter annihilation of the enemy, the salting of the earth and the breaking of worlds. When called out from the ranks, the initiates of the Dreadwing were experts in the brutal tactics of massacre, purge, and the deployment of Exterminatus-class weaponry, though many also specialised in the use of terror as a weapon.

It was an evolution of the old Host of Bones that had existed during the early days of the Ist Legion, its brutal tactics refined and temperamental nature dulled by the influx of Calibanite recruits, though it retained many of the Skandic ceremonies and titles that had marked its origins.

Its initiates were, however, far from dim brutes, for the Dreadwing saw to the duty of caretaking some of the most dangerous technologies that existed anywhere within the Imperium. Its ranks included not only the vast majority of the Legion's Destroyer and Moritat cohorts, but also a large number of Techmarines, forge adepts and no few Apothecaries, those considered among the least orthodox of their kind and often of morbid disposition.

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Sergeant Belian, an elite Dreadwing Interemptor, during the Horus Heresy.

In the sealed vaults of the Dreadwing rested the least stable of the Dreadnoughts maintained by the Ist Legion, those whose minds remained trapped with the horrors of wars long since ended, as well as artificial warriors of a more fearsome nature.

In the years after the initial outbreak of the Horus Heresy, as attrition and despair cut at the prohibitions of the Great Crusade, the Dreadwing would also play host to those warriors given dispensation by their primarch to resume use of their psychic powers in violation of the edicts of the Council of Nikaea.

For Lion El'Jonson would not see his Legion plunged into the greatest war in recorded Human history barred from the use of one of its most powerful weapons. To choose between victory or the sanctity of the dictats of Nikaea was no choice at all, for the Lion would always choose victory, no matter the cost to be paid in the aftermath.

Eskaton Imperative[]

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A Legion Arquitor Bombard Tank of the Dreadwing, launching a deadly barrage from its Graviton-Charge Cannon.

When the Primarch Lion El'Jonson decreed that a world must die, it was the veterans of the Dreadwing that took command of such operations. The warriors of that grim brotherhood took the lead, opening the forbidden vaults of the techno-arcane and searing the battlefield with dire weapons of annihilation.

The ordering of the Eskaton Imperative was an inevitable death sentence, for even those that managed to survive the bombardment and rallied to those few havens that escaped the rain of death would fall to the guns of the Dreadwing, a sign of the Lion's willingness to sacrifice everything in the name of victory.

Interestingly, "Eskaton" was also a title utilised within the Dreadwing to denote a warrior who had overseen the final death of an entire race or world. One such Dreadwing officer that held this title was Marduk Sedras, one of the Ist Legion's oldest living Space Marines during the latter years of the Great Crusade.

Interemptors[]

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A Dreadwing Interemptors Squad wielding deadly and powerful Plasma Burners.

Even among the brethren of the infamous Dreadwing, Dreadwing Interemptors were a grim breed, dedicated as they were to a singular purpose -- the utter annihilation of the enemy. Interemptors were a Ist Legion-specific unit utilised exclusively by the Dark Angels' Dreadwing. They were most similar in armament and tactical function to the Destroyers of other Space Marine Legions.

Armed with Plasma Burners, they brought absolute devastation to their enemies. When the Interemptors attacked, they left behind no trace of those they conquered -- no bodies, no ruins, nothing. They took no trophies of their victories and told no tales of those that had fallen before them, those consigned to death at their hands were forgotten forever. They were Lion El'Jonson's ultimate sanction, his final curse for those foolish enough to stand against the Dark Angels.

Unit Composition[]

  • 4-10 Interemptors
  • 1 Interemptor Praefectus

Wargear[]

Naufragia[]

The Naufragia was the name given to the Dark Angels Terminators of the Dreadwing during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. They were known to be armed with Plasma Cannons and Phosphex Incinerator Cannons. Once unleashed, these weapons could turn entire enemy squads to ash.

Notable Dreadwing Members[]

  • Voted-Lieutenant Constantine - Voted-Lieutenant Constantine was the Dreadbringer of the Dreadwing during the Great Crusade and a Paladin of the Dark Angels Legion. He was succeeded as the Dreadbringer by Farith Redloss.
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Dreadbringer Farith Redloss of the Dreadwing

  • Voted-Lieutenant Farith Redloss - Farith Redloss was the Dreadbringer of the Dreadwing during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. Redloss was originally a native of Caliban, but most of his family was killed by the Great Beasts that roamed its global forests. When he was 8 standard years old, his settlement was rescued by The Order and the Primarch Lion El'Jonson. The young but determined warrior was selected to become a member of the Dark Angels Legion after the arrival of the Emperor on Caliban. Eventually commanding the Dreadwing after succeeding Voted-Lieutenant Constantine, he became the voted-lieutenant of the formation after recommendation by his predecessor. As commander of the Dreadwing, Redloss was frequently at his primarch's side. When the Lion arrived at Macragge during the Horus Heresy, Redloss led his honour guard and later helped battle Konrad Curze when the Night Lords primarch was loosed upon the planet. Farith later helped lead the hunt for Curze, and personally led the Dreadwing in the attack on the Zepath System in the search for the Night Haunter. He also took part in the hunt for Curze in the Illyrium region of Macragge when the Lion finally cornered his maddened brother. Redloss continued as the Dreadbringer during and after the Imperium Secundus period, commanding Dark Angels at the Battle of Pyrrhan and the Second Battle of Davin. Along with Holguin, the commander of the Deathwing in this period, he was the only commander of a Hexagrammaton wing to survive the escape from the Ruinstorm.
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Eskaton Marduk Sedras, Master of the Dark Angels Legion's 23rd Order.

  • Eskaton Marduk Sedras - Marduk Sedras held the rank of eskaton, a title used by the Dark Angels Legion's Dreadwing. This title was used to denote a warrior who had overseen the final death of an entire species or world. At the start of the Horus Heresy, Sedras was one of the oldest living Space Marines, having faithfully served the Emperor for more than 250 Terran years. There was very little that Sedras hadn't seen. Before any battle began, he often imparted his wisdom to nearby Imperial units, inspiring them to even greater deeds.
  • Lieutenant Annael
  • Lieutenant-Ascendant Danaes - Danaes was a Dreadwing member drawn from the Ist Legion's 3rd Order.
  • Sergeant Belian - Belian was the sergeant of a Dreadwing Interemptor squad during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.
  • Sergeant Halswain - Halswain was a Terminator who served in the Dreadwing.

Notable Vessels[]

  • Intolerant (Unknown Class) - The Intolerant was a Dark Angels capital ship of unknown class that ferried the units and vehicles of the Dreadwing into combat.

Iconography[]

The iconography of the Dreadwing at the time of the Horus Heresy consisted of a stylised hourglass, a pair of skulls centered within, located on the top and the bottom of the hourglass. This central symbol was centered within an eight-pointed Iron Halo symbol.

Star Phantoms Ancestry[]

The Star Phantoms Chapter is a suspected Successor Chapter of the Dark Angels whose heraldry closely matches the skull and hourglass icon described for the Dreadwing.

The connection between the ancient Legion formation and the Star Phantoms of today remains unknown.

Angels of Venegeance Dreadwing[]

The Angels of Vengeance Chapter's 1st Company of Terminator-armoured Veterans is known as the "Dreadwing" rather than the Deathwing like other Dark Angels successors.

Whether or not this is named after the Dreadwing of the Hexagrammaton is unknown.

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