The Legio Pallidus Mor is one of the most ancient Titan Legions of the Collegia Titanica and has always been a fervent supporter of the Emperor of Mankind. The Legion participated in some of the most gruesome conflicts of the Great Crusade, often fighting side-by-side with the grim Astartes of the IV Legion, the Iron Warriors.
Within the Pale Riders this is a source of both great pride and great shame: pride for the bloody battles and protracted sieges that eventually led the Iron Warriors to rebel but only deepened the Titan Legion's resolve and devotion to the Emperor, and shame because they did not call out the change that overcame their allies.
It was this shame that led the Pallidus Mor to sequester almost all of its historical data, though they valiantly fought in defence of the Imperium during the Horus Heresy.
Since the great betrayal by their closest allies, the Legio Pallidus Mor's credo has been one of self-reliance, dogged tenacity and grim fatalism.
As a Legion, the Pale Riders have never cringed to pay the butcher's bill, and accounts of detachments emerging decimated but victorious from a battle are the very epitome of this mentality.
A princeps of the Pallidus Mor will always march expecting the worst possible outcome. They will not allow themselves to be misguided by the vain trappings of honour and fame. They will sacrifice anything, including their life, that of their crew and most important of all, that of their god-engine, if it means securing victory.
Perhaps unusually for a Titan Legion, none of the princeps of the Pallidus Mor are interred in an amniotic tank but choose to remain close to their human form while commanding their Titan.
Additionally, this Legion's Titan crews keep themselves in peak physical condition and undergo regular training and fire-drills to allow them to defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat.
As a consequence, each crew-member always carries a side-arm should circumstances dictate the need to fight outside their god-engines or survive alone in the wilds.
- Battle of Cruciatus Primus (Unknown Date.M31) - At the very beginning of what would later be called the Horus Heresy, the Legio Pallidus Mor had been deployed alongside a force drawn from another Titan Legion of the Collegia Titanica, the Legio Metalica. Unknown to the Pallidus Mor, the formation of the Iron Skulls serving with them were secretly in league with the Arch-traitor Horus and believed they could succeed where others had failed: to fully corrupt the Legio Pallidus Mor and rally them to the banner of the Traitor Warmaster. Once the ploy was discovered, the infuriated Legio Pallidus Mor vented their fury on the Iron Skulls, shocked that the Traitors had even dared to suggest that they would so easily spit on their oaths of fidelity to the Throne of Terra.
- Defence of Khania (Unknown Date.M41) - Threatened by the advance of the Tyranids, the Industrial World of Khania called for help from the wider Imperium. First to respond were the tank crews of the 66th Kataran Spears, whose homeworld -- Katara -- lay in the plotted path of the Tyranid Hive Fleet. They were joined by no less than two battlegroups of the Collegia Titanica, demi-Legio Syagrius of the Imperial Hunters, and demi-Legio Barzahn of the Legio Pallidus Mor. Through political connections, overall command of the Imperial forces was given to Marshal Adrel Syagrius of the Imperial Hunters rather than to Marshal Barzahn, a fact the Legio Pallidus Mor would soon come to regret. The Tyranids forced a landing on Khania, quickly consuming the biomass of the northern hemisphere, which was less populated and had therefore also been left more vulnerable. Both demi-Legios deployed side-by-side at Hive Gelon, Khania's capital city. The combined strength of the Legio Pallidus Mor and the Imperial Hunters proved too much to overcome, even though the Imperial Hunters' recklessness almost cost them dearly: the enemy horde was led by a towering Bio-Titan, a Hierophant. Having detected it first, Marshal Syagrius claimed the target as his own and led his venerable Warlord-class Titan, the Augustus Secutor, towards the enemy. Although he wounded the beast quite quickly during their duel, Syagrius underestimated his opponent's swiftness and ferocity. The great Hierophant inflicted great damage on the Augustus Secutor before the Gloria Vastator, another Legio Pallidus Mor Warlord Titan, came at it, guns blazing. The incoming fire led the Hierophant to switch its attention to the oncoming Gloria Vastator, a fatal error when Syagrius and the Augustus Secutor used its distraction to place the kill-shot. While he had survived, Marshal Syagrius never quite forgave Princeps Senioris Krezoc for interrupting his duel. Believing the Tyranids beaten, this mark on his honour wounded Syagrius' pride, a feeling completely alien to the crews of the Legio Pallidus Mor. Fortunately for Marshal Syagrius, the Tyranids returned with even greater force when a second splinter-fleet attacked Khania. This time, Marshal Syagrius chose to divide his Titans and deploy them separately: whilst the demi-Legio of the Pallidus Mor and the full strength of the Kataran Spears would stay at Hive Gelon, the Imperial Hunters -- true to their name -- would hunt down the enemy's Bio-Titans, thus allowing Syagrius to wash the slight to his honour in the enemy's blood. Marshal Barzahn tried to reason with his younger counterpart, but Syagrius was deaf to the Marshal's warnings and strategic assessments. Whilst he was tracking a large reading of biosignals on his Auspex, Syagrius led the Imperial Hunters further and further away from Hive Gelon, ignoring Marshal Barzahn's warning that he was chasing ghosts, for while the Legio Pallidus Mor was deeply embroiled in the fighting at Hive Gelon, the Imperial Hunters only encountered a few broods of Carnifexes, but no Bio-Titans. Too late did Syagrius realise that he was being baited by the Hive Mind. Far outside the range of the Titan's sensors, the Tyranids had started to dig large burrows to attack from under the defenders' very feet. The issued warning came too late for the Legio Pallidus Mor, as the first Mawlocs left their tunnels and threw themselves at the Leman Russ Tanks of the 66th Kataran Lancers. Worse yet, no less than six Bio-Titans tore themselves free of the ground. In the first solar seconds of the renewed Tyranid assault, the Legio Pallidus Mor lost two of its Warhounds as the Carnifexes rushed the smaller Titans' feet and legs and immobilised them long enough for two of the Hierophants to destroy them. The Bio-Titans soon turned their attention to the Imperial Titans, two of them closing in on Marshal Barzahn's god-engine, the Ferrum Salvator. Even as the Gloria Vastator struck its own opponent down, annihilating it with twin strikes from its Quake and Volcano Cannons, one of the Hierophants circled behind Ferrum Salvator and pierced its backplate-armour with its adamantium-hard claw. As the towering Warlord Titan crashed to the ground, the Hierophant fired its Bio-Cannons, signing the death warrant of Marshal Barzahn. While Gloria Vastator avenged the Marshal, the Imperial Hunters finally returned from their long and futile hunt, and with their help the Tyranids were routed for the second time. Khania had been saved.
- Doom of Katara (Unknown Date.M41) - While still on Khania, an emergency astropathic message reached the Imperial troops. In the neighboring Sevasmos System, the homeworld of the Kataran Spears, Katara, had called for aid. The planetary capital city of Creontiades had already fallen into the hands of Khorne-worshipping Chaos Cultists, who had called forth powerful allies -- the Traitor faction of the Legio Metalica who had previously faced off with the Legio Pallidus Mor over ten thousand standard years before. In a sense, the Imperium was fortunate, for the war for Khania had just ended and both Titan formations had not yet been reassigned to other warzones. However, tensions had flared between the new commanding officers of the Legio Pallidus Mor, Princeps Senioris Krezoc, and Marshal Syagrius of the Imperial Hunters. During the victory feast, a diplomatic incident was only narrowly avoided, which boded ill for the future deployment of both Legions. As the Loyalist Legions had suffered casualties, the most efficient solution was for the surplus Imperial Hunter god-engines to integrate into the Battle Maniples of the Pallidus Mors, a decision both commanders reluctantly agreed to. Before their departure from Khania, the Imperial Hunter Reaver-class Titan Nobilis Arma and the two Warhound-class Titans Canis Imperio and Sacra Canis were loaded into the cavernous holds of the Legio Pallidus Mor’s Titan Barque Nunctius Mortis. The war on Katara would be Princeps Senioris Krezoc's first autonomous command of this magnitude, and although operational control resided yet again in the hands of Marshal Syagrius, Krezoc vowed that this time she would not let an ill-advised order cost her Legion so dearly. Upon arriving at Katara, the Imperial forces gathered enough intelligence to determine that their enemy had lingered at Creontiades and not crossed the Kazani Bridge, the sole link between the island upon which Creontiades had been erected and the continental mainland. Seemingly as an act of good will, Marshal Syagrius gave the honour of leading the spearhead to the demi-Legio under Krezoc's command. The Pallidus Mor would land just outside the city of Deicoon, the settlement closest to the Kazani Bridge. Krezoc argued that the wider strategy would be best served by landing their full force at Deicoon and holding back the enemy on the Kazani Bridge, a plan Syagrius had deemed interesting enough to pursue. But when the moment came to order the deployment of the Imperial Hunters, Syagrius chose instead to let the Legio Pallidus Mor hold Deicoon alone whilst his demi-Legio secured the remaining large city of Therimachus. However, Therimachus lay more than a thousand kilometres further west, a distance too great for each demi-Legio to provide support to the other in case of attack. Furthermore, Syagrius ordered Krezoc to merely secure and defend the city until the Imperial Hunters returned. Having vowed not to repeat her previous mistake, Princeps Senioris Krezoc extended her orders and commanded the Legio Pallidus Mors and the supporting Kataran Spears to mount an attack on the Kazani Bridge. So it was that when the Iron Skulls tried to cross the bridge, they marched straight into the defences of the Legio Pallidus Mors. Krezoc's objective was not to take control of the bridge or defeat the enemy, but to slow it down and inflict as many casualties as she could. With the Kazani Bridge acting as a funnel, the Iron Skulls were incapable of bringing their superior numbers to bear. Under the cover of the Kataran Spears' Basilisks and other Loyalist artillery pieces, the Legio Pallidus Mor engaged in a fighting retreat, destroying several Titans before demolishing the bridge itself, causing several Titans of the Iron Skulls to helplessly plunge into the roaring waters of the Kazani Straits. The bridge's destruction also trapped the remaining Iron Skulls and their Chaos Cultists at Creontiades, thus safeguarding Deicoon as Krezoc had been ordered to do. Returning in victory to Deicoon, the Legio Pallidus Mors believed matters resolved. As a precautionnary measure, the Kataran Spears remained to defend the Straits. This precaution proved prescient, for through the use of blasphemous sorcery, the Archenemy rebuilt the Kazani Bridge and crossed it in strength. Worse yet, the cultists struck the Loyalists in the rear at Deicoon, plunging the defenders into chaos. Emerging from Deicoon's lower levels, the Chaos Cultists attacked in force at the very moment the Princeps of the Legio Pallidus Mor had been invited to a great banquet. The Chaos Cultists managed to seize both the crews and their Titans after having overcome the Mechanicum defenders through the use of a bomb designed to emit a potent electromagnetic pulse that made most forms of machinery and electronics inoperable. Believing the Legio Pallidus Mor vanquished, the main strength of the Iron Skulls marched on Therimachus and the hopelessly outnumbered Imperial Hunters. The Khornate cultists put the princeps and moderati in chains, holding them at the top of the twin-spires of Deicoon's Ecclesiarchy cathedral, where the crew would be able to watch as their Titans were corrupted and reconsecrated to serve the Blood Good. The cultists also tried to corrupt Krezoc and her fellow Princeps, but were ultimately thwarted in their efforts as a ragged but fervent group of Imperial citizens succeeded first in liberating the Mechanicum Secutarii Hoplites and then the princeps. Fighting their way through the ranks of the cultists to reach their god-engines, the Legio Pallidus Mors took back their sacred war machines. Once the crews re-linked to their Titans, the cultists stood no chance. Shortly afterwards, the retreating Kataran Spears heralded the arrival of the Chaos Titans. With the city's guns in the hand of the Traitors, the Kataran Spears suffered heavy casualties, whilst the Pallidus Mor had to be wary of where they positioned their god-engines within the urban sprawl. Krezoc decided to use the city itself as cover, forcing the Traitors and the Iron Skulls to level parts of Deicoon just to see their true target. Through concentrated efforts and fierce fighting, the Legio Pallidus Mor emerged victorious, but the city had been transformed into a burning wasteland, the Legio having had no other choice than to fire at the ground beneath Deicoon's central keep and let it crash into the embrace of Katara's fiery heart. Battle-weary, the Kataran Spears and the Legio Pallidus Mor could not rest, for they were needed at Therimachus. The Traitors' sorcery had destroyed the coastal highway, which was the sole route linking Deicoon to Therimachus. Their only option was to cross the continent's heartlands and the dangerous promethium-fields of the Klivanos Plains, which the Iron Skulls had lit on fire. For three solar days and three solar nights, the Legio Pallidus Mor marched through the blazing inferno, a hard march which cost the lives of several Titans and many tanks of the Kataran Spears before the Loyalists reached the foothills around Hive Therimachus. Several Imperial Hunters Titans still fought on, but Marshal Syagrius had been slain. The unexpected Loyalist counterattack forced the Iron Skulls to divide their forces: fully half of them stayed in the city, destroying it in preparation of yet another corrupting ritual. Krezoc realized that the Traitor Titans marching against her were only there to delay the Loyalists' advance, as the enemy's true intention was to complete the blasphemous ritual. Krezoc ordered the survivors of the Katara Spears to shell the city, disrupting the enemy ritual by any means necessary while her Titans sought to cut a path through the Iron Skulls. The Legio Pallidus Mor paid the butcher's bill during this offensive. Krezoc's own Warlord-class Titan, the Gloria Vastator, suffered a catastrophic reactor failure. Krezoc's last mental command before ejection was to guide the great god-engine straight at her opponent so that when the reactor exploded it also caused the enemy Titan's death. In a last-ditch effort to wring victory from the enemy's grasp, Krezoc ordered the Nunctio Mortis to deliver the repaired Ferrum Salvator to the battlefield. Guiding the Titan on foot, and using her own pain and loss of her own Titan as a catalyst to bond with the Ferrum Salvator’s Machine Spirit, Krez turned the Titan's guns on her final foe and then upon the city, killing thousands of innocent Imperial citizens to prevent them from being sacrificed in the name of Khorne. At battle's end, Ferrum Salvator was the only Titan of the line still standing. Demi-Legio Syagrius and demi-Legio Balzahn had been virtually annihiliated, but the Iron Skulls had suffered a humbling defeat. Katara remained in Imperial hands, but the Inquisition's hand proved a heavy one and Katara was declared a Penal World. After having so valiantly fought for the survival of their homeworld, the Kataran Spears were disbanded and the survivors confined to forced labour camps. Without remorse, Princeps Senioris Ferantha Krezoc departed Katara, her duty done and her conscience clear.
- Crudelis Mortem - A towering Warlord-class Titan, the Crudelis Mortem was part of Demi-Legio Balzahn and participated both in the Defence of Khania and the Doom of Katara. It was during this last campaign that the Crudelis Mortem was lost fighting against the Chaos Titans of the Iron Skulls, dying in a great flash of nuclear fire as it's reactor exploded.
- Fatum Messor - Fatum Messor was a Warlord-class Titan assigned to Demi-Legio Balzahn. Like most of the Demi-Legio, it was lost after having endured terrible hardship during the great Battle of Hive Therimachus. During the heavy fighting, the Fatum Messor acquitted itself well against the God-engines of the Iron Skulls, but saw its right leg badly damaged. Limping away from the battlefield as it was ordered to retreat, the Fatum Messor was harrassed by enemy Ravager-class Titans until it was destroyed.
- Ferrum Salvator - The Ferrum Salvator is a proud and ancient God-engine of the Legio Pallidus Mor. For more than a standard century, it was the personal God-engine of Marshal Balzahn, the youngest princeps in the annals of the Legion to ever gain command of a Warlord-class Titan. It was from the bridge of Ferrum Salvator that Marshal Balzahn always led his troops, including during the Defence of Khania where the highly decorated Marshal eventually found his death against Tyranid Bio-Titans. While the Ferrum Salvator’s crew were also slain on Khania, the Titan itself was salvaged and brought back to the Nuntius Mortis - the Titan Barque alloted to Demi-Legio Balzahn -- where repairs immediately began. Ferrum Salvator would also march on Katara, the crewless Titan deployed at the height of the great Battle of Hive Therimachus as it was the sole reinforcement available to the Legio. Crewed by the survivors of the Gloria Vastator around Princeps Senioris Ferantha Krezoc, the Ferrum Salvator turned its guns against the last surviving Chaos Titans, thus securing victory for the Emperor. The Ferrum Salvator is known to have been equipped with a Volcano Cannon and a Mori Pattern Quake Cannon, as well as an Apocalypse Missile Launcher and a Plasma Destructor.
- Gloria Vastator - The Gloria Vastator was a highly venerated Warlord-class Titan that belonged to Princeps Senioris Krezoc. Deployed to Khania as part of Demi-Legio Balzahn, the Gloria Vastator resolutely fought the Tyranids that threatened to consume that world. During the first assault on Hive Gelon, the Gloria Vastator notably intervened in favour of the struggling Warlord Titan Augustus Secutor, thus saving the life of Mashal Syagrius of the Imperial Hunters. It was also the Gloria Vastator which avenged the death of Marshal Balzahn, disintegrating his killer, a great Tyranid Hierophant, by unleashing the firepower of its Quake Cannon and Volcano Cannon at the same moment. The Gloria Vastator would also lead the Legio Pallidus Mor on Katara, first at the Battle of Kazani Bridge, then during the violent urban brawl at Deicoon. It was the Gloria Vastator that took the lead again during the highly dangerous Klivanos Crossing, a desperate race against time through the burning Promethium fields of Katara where the great Warlord was almost lost when it stumbled into a Promethium-lake. Arriving scorched but unbowed for the Battle of Hive Therimachus, Gloria Vastator was sadly lost in a duel against an enemy Banelord-class Titan. Princeps Senioris Krezoc made sure that his Titan's final explosion also saw its slayer destroyed. The Gloria Vastator’s secondary weapons included an Apocalypse Missile Launcher and a Vulcan Mega Bolter.
- Fidelis Venator - The Fidelis Venator was a Reaver-class Battle Titan deployed as part of Demi-Legio Balzahn. It was destroyed at the Battle of Hive Therimachus.
- Imperio Carnifices - Imperio Carnifices was a Reaver-class Battle Titan of Demi-Legio Balzahn. Like so many other Titans of the Legion, the Imperio Carnifices was a casualty of the great Battle of Hive Therimachus during the Doom of Katara campaign.
- Manus Mortuis - The Manus Mortuis was a Reaver-class Battle Titan. It was destroyed by enemy action at the Battle of Hive Therimachus.
- Superbus Falce - Superbus Falce was a Reaver-class Battle Titan. It was lost fighting the Iron Skulls Traitor Titan Legion on Katara.
- Tempestas Deorem - The Tempestas Deorem was a Reaver-class Battle Titan destroyed by enemy action at the Battle of Hive Therimachus.
- Terribilis Osca - The Terribilis Osca was a Reaver-class Battle Titan. It was lost at the Battle of Hive Therimachus when an enemy Banelord fired a clean shot into its head, instantly killing its crew.
- Canis Gladio - The Canis Gladio was a Warhound-class Scout Titan attached to Demi-Legio Balzahn. The Canis Gladio survived the fighting on Khania and the first battles on Katara, but was lost during the dangerous Klivanos Crossing, the Titan's leg breaking through the meagre crust, causing it to tumble and fall into the burning, crude Promethium-sources of the Klivanos Plains.
- Canis Ignem - A Warhound-class Scout Titan of the Legio Pallidus Mor and one of the few survivors of the Doom of Katara.
- Canis Imperio - A Warhound-class Scout Titan attached to Demi-Legio Balzahn. It was destroyed on Katara.
- Canis Vindictae - The Canis Vindictae was a Warhound Scout Titan deployed to the worlds of Khania and Katara and was one of the few Titans of Demi-Legio Balzahn to survive the gruesome campaign known as the Doom of Katara.
- Grand Master Zarath Mallaheim - Zarath Mallaheim is the supreme commander of the Legio Pallidus Mor.
- Eras Balzahn - Eras Balzahn was one of the most talented and unorthodox princeps in service within the Legio Pallidus Mor. His ascension within the Legion was extremely swift, as Balzahn was one of the youngest princeps in the history of the Legion to gain command of a Warlord-class Titan. Following the death of Princeps Lenkal, Balzahn was promoted to the command of the Ferrum Salvator. Rather than keep the surviving crewmembers, Eras Balzahn chose to replace all of his Moderatii by Legion Trainees, constituting his own crew for the Ferrum Salvator. It was while choosing his future crew that Eras Balzahn met Ferantha Krezoc for the first time and offered her a post aboard the Ferrum Salvator. Balzahn continued to rise within the Legion's hierarchy, eventually attaining the rank of Marshal of the Legio Pallidus Mor. His victories on the battlefield were many, but also came at a cost. Balzahn suffered several grave wounds, including the loss of both of his eyes which had to be replaced by bionic implants. His skull was fractured several times, requiring Balzahn to wear a cumbersome metal cage around his head. Eras Balzahn died on Khania, killed by a great Tyranid Bio-Titan.
- Ferantha Krezoc - Princeps Senioris Ferantha Krezoc is a prominent figure within the Legio Pallidus Mor. She became famous following the events of the Doom of Katara, where her sheer obstinancy saw the Legio Pallidus Mor emerge victorious against impossible odds. As a mere Legion Trainee, Ferantha Krezoc was chosen by Eras Balzahn to become one of his Moderatii Minoris in command of the Ferrum Salvator’s shoulder-mounted Plasma Destructor. On her very first training mission, Krezoc was responsible for killing an Eldar Titan which was preying on Ferrum Salvator and its training cadre. Attaining the rank of princeps, Ferantha Krezoc was assigned to the Warlord-class Titan Gloria Vastator in which she fought through many bitter campaigns, including the Defence of Khania and the Doom of Katara. Through most of her early life within the Legion, she remained close to her former mentor and eventually became Balzahn's second-in-command. With the Gloria Vastator destroyed in the heavy fighting of the Battle of Hive Therimachus, Ferantha Krezoc gathered her surviving crew and crossed an entire battlefield on foot to reach the Ferrum Salvator. Although the traumatised Machine Spirit of the Titan initially resisted her, Krezoc's own grief and fury allowed her to bond with Ferrum Salvator and turn the tide of the battle.
- Ganethon Lenkal - A senior princeps of the Legio Pallidus Mors and former commander of the Warlord-class Titan Ferrum Salvator, Ganethon Lenkal was killed fighting the Tau in the Lysades Sub-sector. After his death, command of Ferrum Salvator passed to Eras Balzahn.
- Merys Drahn - Merys Drahn was the princeps of the Warlord-class Titan Fatum Messor. She died during the great Battle of Hive Therimachus on Katara.
- Toven Reliax - Toven Reliax was the princeps of the Warlord-class Titan Crudelis Mortem. He also died during the Battle of Hive Therimachus.
- Princeps Landredd - Princeps Landredd was the commander of the Reaver-class Titan Imperio Carnifices.
- Princeps Marthal - Princeps Marthal commanded the Reaver-class Titan Tempestas Deorem until it was destroyed on Katara. Princeps Marthal and his entire crew were killed when their Titan's Plasma Reactor exploded.
- Agara Vansaak - Agara Vansaak was the moderatus of the Gloria Vastator's Quake Cannon. She survived the destruction of the Gloria Vastator and then served aboard the Ferrum Salvator alongside his princeps. His posting following the Doom of Katara is unknown.
- Brennon Guevereign - Brennon Guevereign was the moderatus in command of the Volcano Cannon aboard the Gloria Vastator. He also survived the emergency ejection of the Gloria Vastatorss cockpit.
- Doran Konterus - Doran Konterus was the moderatus minoris tasked with the control of the Gloria Vastator’s Apocalypse Missile Launcher. Unable to reach the cockpit through the collapse of his corridor, Doran Konterus died with the Gloria Vastator.
- Ferrek Haziad - Ferrek Haziad was in command of the Gloria Vastator's the Vulcan Mega Bolter, but was unable to evacuate the dying Titan.
- Alpha Ventarras - Commander of the Secutarii Hoplites of the Gloria Vastator.
The Titan war machines of the Legio Pallidus Mor are known to utilise ivory and midnight-black colours.
The Legio Pallidus Mor’s badge is a skeletal hand holding up a scythe before a bifurcated shield of black and white. Three black tears are placed on the white half of the shield, which is surmounted by three human skulls, one at the top, and two at the centre of the shield's bottom edge. Two scythe-blades curve away from either side of the larger skull at the top of the shield.
- Imperial Armour - Volume One: Imperial Guard & Imperial Navy, pg. 8
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