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The Hexagrammaton, colloquially known as the 'Six Hosts of the Angels of Death' or the 'Six Wings', were specialized formations used by the Legiones Astartes and most famously Dark Angels. Existing outside of regular chain of command and organization of Dark Angels Space Marine Legion, it was an amalgamation of Terran pre-Principia Belicosa era approach to organization of Space Marines and of traditions of Caliban knightly orders.[1a] There were six Wings existing within Dark Angels Legion - Dreadwing, Deathwing, Ironwing, Ravenwing, Stormwing and Firewing although these terms are Calibanite in origin and the original Legion would have used different terminology.[1a]

Origins

Before creation of the First Legiones Astartes, the Space Marines were organized into formation called 'Six Hosts of the Angels of Death'.[1c] Each of the Hosts had its own specialisation and purpose. After creation of the Dark Angels Legion and after Lion El'Jonson was found on Caliban the traditions of the Six Hosts and those of The Order were combined and the Wings of Dark Angels were created.[1a]

Purpose and Organization

While the First Legion organization followed the principles of Principia Belicosa and the legion's strength was organized into Companies led by captains, Chapters led by masters and Orders led by paladins, members of the Wings were distributed amongst squads and companies. There they acted as line legionaries, sergeants, captains or in specialised functions and were assembled on orders from the voted lieutenant of the wing. [1a]

Voted lieutenant acted as both commander of his Wing and often as aide to primarch Lion El'Jonson.[2] Voted lieutenants were elected by peers rather than nominated by superior and have assigned their nominated successors so the command of the Wing is not interrupted in case of voted lieutenant's death.[1a]

On battlefield, the intervention of the Wing had to be requested by commander responsible for area of operations or campaign. When such request is made and accepted, members of Wing are summoned from their duties where possible and assemble to conduct operations per their voted lieutenant's orders. [1b]

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