Shrike is most famous for his actions during the Targus VIII campaign against Waaagh! Skullkrak, which invaded the Targus system in 862.M41[1b]. The 3rd Company was originally detailed to eliminate the Orks' orbital defenses, a task they accomplished quickly, but were stranded on the planet when the Thunderhawk gunship inbound to extract them was destroyed in orbit[1a].
Without a pause, Shrike led his company in a two-year guerilla campaign behind the Ork lines, striking without warning at vulnerable supplies and providing invaluable reconnaissance data for the naval vessels in orbit. Shrike's mastery of guerrilla tactics was such that he and his men were all but untouchable, striking at the Orks with impunity and then disappearing without trace into the ruined Hive cities.[1a]
Thanks to Shrike and his company, the Targus campaign was brought to a close decades before the predictions of Imperial Tacticians. By the time the 3rd Company was extracted from Targus, the entire system hailed him as a hero[1a].
The Hunt For Voldorius
Shortly after the Targus campaign began to swing in the Imperials' favour, Shrike received word of the fall of Quintus, where the Daemon Prince Kernax Voldorius had corrupted the Imperial forces and turned the entire planet’s military to the service of the Alpha Legion[1c].
Shrike and the 3rd Company were waging a guerilla campaign against the Chaos forces when unexpected allies arrived in the form of Captain Kor'sarro Khan and his men. Khan, as the White Scars' Master of the Hunt, had been ordered to bring Voldorius's head back to the Chapter's fortress-monastery on Chogoris. The rivalry between the White Scars and the Raven Guard was thousands of years old, but the two Captains forged an uneasy alliance. Their combined efforts led to victory, and Shrike and Khan fought side-by-side to defeat the Daemon Prince in close combat. Shrike returned to the Targus battlezone, parting from Khan on terms of respect.[1c]
Shrike went on to conduct equally masterful actions against Orks in the Donara and Yakhee systems. He is now regarded as a near-mythical figure on many Imperial worlds; whenever Orks invade, desperate citizens offer prayers to the Emperor to send Shrike to save them.[1a]
He and his men continue to war against Waaagh! Skullkrak. If Shrike is aware that his aid is constantly requested by senior commanders of the Imperial Guard and Navy, in those theatres where the Orks press them hardest, he ignores them. He and his men save their efforts for those worlds that have already been abandoned to the greenskins, whose civilian populations are close to being entirely consumed by the invading Orks. Among these people, Shrike is a saviour angel, and a source of whispered terror among Skullkrak's Boyz.[1a]
His primary weapons are a Bolt pistol and the Raven's Talons, an ancient pair of master crafted Lightning Claws[1a][1d]. Reportedly made by Corax himself after the Drop Site Massacre, the Talons are said to be completely unbreakable and can cut through even the thickest vehicle armour.[2a]
- "In the darkness all men are equal, save those that embrace it."[1e]
- We are coming. Look to the skies for your salvation. - to Commissar Lent prior to the Blindhope planetstrike[1f]
- Wherever you tread, tread lightly. We are closer than you think, and our blades are sharp.[1a]
- 1: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition)
- 2: Codex: Space Marines (4th Edition), [Needs Citation]
- 3: Hunt for Voldorius (Novel) by Andy Hoare