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House Ioeden is a Renegade Knight House formerly of the Questor Imperialis that repudiated its oath of loyalty to the Imperium of Man during the Horus Heresy.

House History[]

House Ioeden Cerastus Knight-Castigator

House Ioeden colour scheme as displayed by the Cerastus Knight-Castigator Rightful Monarch.

The tale of House Ioeden is a bitter one, for the household once stood as guardians of two dozen worlds, lords of an empire grander than most. So great was their prowess that even the Age of Strife and the predations of foul xenos could not topple them, for they stood strong against the horrors unleashed upon the galaxy.

Yet their good fortune was not fated to last forever and it was ambition and pride that would see their downfall. Though much has been lost from the records of the house, it is clear that treachery from within toppled its empire, for as brother turned upon brother anarchy enveloped their worlds.

In time, the Knights of House Ioeden became little more than raiders, warbands of once-honourable Knights clinging to the shadows as they sought to reclaim a sliver of what they had once possessed.

Raiders they remained until the coming of the Imperium and though House Ioeden resisted Imperial Compliance at first, they were enticed to the Emperor's side by promises that, in time, their empire would be restored and their household united once more.

Holding to their oaths, detachments of House Ioeden joined the expeditionary fleets of the Great Crusade, each disparate element falling under the command of one who desired the title of high king once their house stood united. As the solar decades passed the Imperium held true to its world, restoring those worlds lost to House Ioeden -- yet it was not House Ioeden who would rule but lesser officials born upon foreign worlds.

House Ioeden Knight Paladin

House Ioeden Questoris Knight Paladin Stalwart Warrior. Note that at the onset of the Horus Heresy, its allegiance was marked by the personal heraldry of Malikkia Ioeden born upon this Knight's left shoulder.

As more of their ancestral land fell into the hands of others, hope within House Ioeden was replaced by bitterness. It took little effort for the Warmaster Horus to bring the household to his side, promising them their worlds back to rule if they could but take them from the hands of the Emperor. Motivated by their desire to regain the power they had once held, House Ioeden spat upon their oaths, uniting for the first time in millennia. Whole again, their Knights fell upon their homeworld of old, butchering those loyal to the Emperor and ruling those that remained with an iron fist.

Yet House Ioeden were not destined to return to glory for they quickly fell upon one another, splintering into factions as many sought to ascend above their peers. Riven by distrust, it took little effort for others to seize their worlds, casting House Ioeden into exile.

No longer beholden to honour, duplicity and misdirection became the weapons of the house, their Knights often marching into battle bearing the heraldry of ancient households before falling upon their erstwhile allies, only later events revealing that it was House Ioeden that had perpetrated such treacheries.

Little remained of the coherent entity they had once been, for the Knights of House Ioeden once more became raiders, making war from the shadows in the Warmaster's name, searching for glory long denied to them.

Notable Campaigns[]

  • Battle of Beta-Garmon, "The Titandeath" (006-013.M31) - House Ioeden took part in the long and savage Beta-Garmon campaign, which included hundreds of war zones across dozens of worlds. During this conflict, House Ioeden provided Knight support to the Legio Vulpa. Even before the greater armies of the Warmaster Horus reached the star cluster, the battle lines had long since been drawn, and fighting had been going on for many Terran years. It was a cauldron of battle that would consume millions of lives before its end and see the demise of entire Titan Legions, earning this campaign the dire moniker of the "Titandeath." The Beta-Garmon Cluster, also known as the gateway to the Throneworld of Terra, was the last hurdle that the Warmaster's forces had to overcome before they reached the Imperium's capital world. Heavily fortified by the Loyalists, Beta-Garmon would become one of the greatest and bloodiest battles of the Horus Heresy, as well as one of the longest-lasting.
  • Defence of Ryza (012.M31)
    • Treachery of House Ioeden (012.M31) - With the fall of Ryza Secundus the way to the Forge World of Ryza was open to the Traitors in the service of Horus, yet it did not stand unguarded. Across the surface of the world orbital defences were spurred into life, their barrels turned upwards to the skies in anticipation of the impending invasion. The loss of Ryza Secundus had left Ryza isolated from the wider galaxy but it had not left the world unprotected. Initial forays by the Traitors were easily repelled, many of the landing craft blasted from the sky and what remained proved easy pickings for the Loyalist forces stationed across the world. Once more, when direct methods proved untenable the Traitors moved to more duplicitous means, calling upon those whose allegiances were not as they appeared. The arrival of the Traitor fleet had served as the herald for Mechanicum dissidents to emerge from the shadows and soon sporadic warfare broke out across Ryza, an angered minority seeking to upend the current order and replace it with another, far more sinister one. In reality, hastily assembled forces of manufactoria workers and rebel Tech-priests were of little threat to the power of a Titan Legion or the vast ranks of the Mechanicum Taghmata but they did much to hinder the efforts of the Loyalists, spreading their forces thin across Ryza as the Hierophant Technis sought to impose order upon the planet once more. In this, the dissidents achieved their goal, for their desire was not conquest but distraction, splitting up the defenders until a vital target proved vulnerable enough for the Traitors in orbit to exploit. Such an opportunity presented itself at Conveyance Terminus Nine-Omega, an expansive spaceport located on the southern continent of Ryza. A vital hub of transport and storage, Conveyance Terminus Nine-Omega was the largest of its kind on Ryza, used as both a centre of export and a staging ground for military forces, capable of supporting vast legions of troops should it be required. At the time of invasion, Conveyance Terminus Nine-Omega was garrisoned by a battlegroup of Legio Honorum Titans and the Knights of House Ioeden, a minor house known for their actions as raiders -- skills that had proved helpful to Ryza when they had sought supplies to fuel their industry in the preceding years of the Horus Heresy. When insurrection saw the fall of a forge-fane near Salvation Isthmus, the threat was deemed considerable enough to require the attentions of the Legio Honorum. Led by the Princeps Seniores Galxexu, the Titans of the Legio Honorum moved to recapture the forge-fane, safe in the knowledge that the orbital defences of Conveyance Terminus Nine-Omega, in conjunction with the Knights of House Ioeden, would ensure the spaceport's safety in their absence. It was only upon returning to the spaceport, as a cacophony of warnings announced the impending descent of the Traitors upon Conveyance Terminus Nine-Omega, that Galxexu realised his mistake, one that would ultimately prove fatal to himself and much of Ryza, for House Ioeden in truth served the Warmaster.
  • Battle of Beta-Garmon, "The Titandeath" (012-013.M31) - House Ioeden took part in the long and savage Beta-Garmon campaign, which included hundreds of war zones across dozens of worlds. During this conflict, House Ioeden provided Knight support to the Legio Vulpa. Even before the greater armies of the Warmaster Horus reached the star cluster, the battle lines had long since been drawn, and fighting had been going on for many Terran years. It was a cauldron of battle that would consume millions of lives before its end and see the demise of entire Titan Legions, earning this campaign the dire moniker of the "Titandeath." The Beta-Garmon Cluster, also known as the gateway to the throneworld of Terra, was the last hurdle that the Warmaster Horus' forces had to overcome before they reached the Imperium's capital world. Heavily fortified by the Loyalists, Beta-Garmon would become one of the greatest and bloodiest battles of the Horus Heresy, as well as one of the longest-lasting.

Notable Knights[]

  • Rightful Monarch (Cerastus Knight-Castigator) - Rightful Monarch was the Cerastus Knight-Castigator piloted by Malikkia Ioeden. The iconography displayed on the banner of Rightful Monarch above showcases the blood duels Malikkia had fought against other claimants to the high kingship of House Ioeden, with the sword representing his martial supremacy and the two kill markings the "usurpers" who had fallen to his blade.
  • Stalwart Warrior (Questoris Knight Paladin) - Stalwart Warrior was one of 17 Questoris Knights recorded within the retinue of Rightful Monarch at the outset of the Horus Heresy. Combat records place the last known location of Stalwart Warrior on Ryza during the invasion of the Forge World, the Questoris Knight given a position of command in honour of its past service. Fragmented pict-captures suggest that Ryza may have been the Knight's final resting place as, following the conquest of Conveyance Terminus Nine-Omega, evidence exists tying the unknown pilot to a blood duel challenge issued to Malikkia Ioeden; that the latter was seen in subsequent battles on Ryza while the former was not, suggests Rightful Monarch added a new tally to its honour banner.

Notable Personnel[]

  • Malikkia Ioeden - Malikkia Ioeden is a pilot of the Cerastus Knight-Castigator Rightful Monarch. Since the fracturing of House Ioeden during the Age of Strife, no single high king had ruled, with many claimants vying for supremacy of the household at any one time. Malikkia was one such claimant and gained significant support during the waning years of the Great Crusade thanks largely due to the favour the Warmaster Horus showed to him.

House Strength[]

Divisions within House Ioeden, combined with infighting and frequent transfer of Knight banners between household battlegroups, owing to its Scions changing allegiance from one heir claimant to another, make it near impossible to establish a firm measure of strength. At the onset of the Horus Heresy, seven heir claimants existed, each of which held their own warband of Scions. The largest, consisting of an estimated 75 Knights, was led by Malikkia Ioeden and active in the regions around the Forge World of Ryza.

An additional 90 Knights were confirmed active across the remaining warbands, rating House Ioeden as a Secundus-grade household. Cerastus and Questoris Pattern Knight armours were the most common, with few rarer patterns having survived the collapse of House Ioeden's old empire; those that did were readily fought over, resulting in considerable delays to the repair of such ancient relics.

House Allies[]

Loyalist Titan Legios[]

Traitor Titan Legios[]

House Appearance[]

House Colours[]

The colours of House Ioeden are purple and white with gold trim, with secondary colours of ultramarine blue.

House Arms[]

The arms of House Ioeden consists of a large white avian skull centred upon a red saltire ('X' symbol), all centred within a black livery shield that is outlined in red.

Sources[]

  • Adeptus Titanicus - The Horus Heresy: Traitor Legios (Specialty Game), pp. 114-117
  • Adeptus Titanicus - The Horus Heresy: Titandeath (Specialty Game), pg. 95
  • Adeptus Titanicus - The Horus Heresy: The Defence of Ryza (Specialty Game), pp. 11-12, 17, 24, 64-65
  • Warhammer Community - The Defence of Ryza: The Story (23 July 2020)

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