I've been writing stuff on this thing for 8 years.
What am I doing with my life.
- Create redlinked articles from Thousand Sons, continue to improve parent article, related articles and category, ie
- Khayon's warband
- Known members page
- Finish Astelan
- Sort out the Ahriman and Magnus articles
- Battles page
The Cleansing of Arrigata
Towards the end of the Great Crusade, Horus assembled three Legions to take back the technologically advanced planet Arrigata from the separatists who controlled it; the The Sons of Horus, World Eaters, and Ultramarines. Most of the planet was quickly conquered, except for the massive fortress within which most of the leaders of the planet cowered. Eager to be on his way, Horus commanded Angron to take back the citadel and kill only the leaders.
Eagerly, Angron led the assault. However the fortress was heavily defended and the casualties were horrendous, a dozen World Eaters falling for a meter of land. Eventually, a ramp of corpses led up to a single breach in the wall, and the Marines plunged in. Filled with rage over their fallen brothers, they were merciless.
By the time the Ultramarines arrived, the battle was all but over. The inside of the fortress was filled with the dismembered and mangled corpses of the defenders, for not one soul had been spared the vengeful fury of the World Eaters. It was a slaughter. The World Eaters, as part of the 203rd Expeditionary Fleet, freed Alpha Shalish from lacrymole occupation.[10a]
Angron led the World Eaters in the first surface attack on Isstvan III to destroy the remaining Loyalist Marines. Roughly one-third of the Legion itself was marked to die by orders of Angron. The World Eaters bloodily massacred most of them, plunging into the enemy ranks like a white hot dagger. It is rumoured that when the Iron Hands arrived to destroy the traitors, Angron turned his forces around and engaged them in what was some of the most bloody fighting of the Heresy.
The Siege of the Emperor's Palace
The walls of the Imperial Palace seemed to touch the very sky, so tall were they. Before the walls milled the combined forces of the Traitors, an army so vast and terrible that its like has never been seen before. Nor will its like be seen again until the end of times, and the final battle. Beastmen and all manner of corrupted mutants, all the Greater and lesser Daemons of Chaos, and the Traitor Legions in their fell might surrounded the last bastion of the Loyalists.
The walls of the Palace were high and strong, but were breached by the Titans of the Death's Heads Legion. Into those breaches, at the forefront of each assault went the World Eaters. They charged reckless through the maelstrom, leaving heaps of their dead, consumed by madness and their lust for slaughter.
It was here, in the desperate and close fighting in the breaches that a Marine named Kharn became a bloody legend, butchering and carving his way toward the Emperor's inner sanctums. They moved into the corridors running through the mile thick walls, and the tunnels and chambers swam with blood. Even as the Emperor fought Horus above the ruins of Terra, Kharn fell at last before the Eternity Gate, atop a great pile of corpses.
As the World Eaters withdrew with the other Legions after Horus's fall, some dark impulse or whispering from the gods bade them take the bloodied carcass of Kharn with them, alone out of the millions of corpses left around the Palace.
The Battle of Skalathrax
On the daemon world Skalathrax, shortly after the heresy, the World Eaters and the Emperor's Children fought. Amid the World Eaters was the champion Kharn. After a full day of vicious fighting, the terrible Skalathrax night began. Horrified, Emperor's Children and World Eaters alike ran to their shelters, for the freezing night would kill even a Space Marine in a matter of moments.
Kharn raged over being delayed from battle for even a night. Filled with anger when he saw that his brother Marines were creeping back to the shelters, he took up a flamer and burned them down, slaying with his chain-axe Gorechild any who tried to stop him. The night was filled with the screams of the dying and the freezing as Kharn strode the streets of the dead city of black stone, killing Emperor's Children and World Eaters alike, burning any shelters he found. The night was lit by flames as the Emperor's Children and World Eaters fought each other and themselves for the few remaining shelters. By morning, most of the World Eaters were dead, the survivors split into small warbands, the shattered remnants of once great Companies.
The First War for Armageddon
The arrival of a massive and ancient space hulk at the outer edge of the Armageddon system heralded the first of the terrible wars to plague this planet. In this costly conflict, the Daemon Primarch Angron led his World Eaters in a massive invasion of the hive planet. Imperial resistance on the continent of Armageddon Prime was swiftly crushed, and the defenders withdrew beyond the vast equatorial jungles dividing Armageddon Prime from Secundus. Here, under the guidance of Logan Grimnar of the Space Wolves, the Imperial forces established a new line of defences and awaited the renewed onslaught. Complacent, and believing the campaign to be all but won, Angron wasted weeks erecting great temples and monoliths to his patron Khorne - or so it seemed. In reality, a local Warp Storm which had allowed a large portion of his army to be summoned, was dissipating, and without its influence, much of his army (daemonkind) was likely to be pulled back into the Warp. So his hand was forced into erecting the monuments and temples. This proved to be a mistake.
When Angron renewed his offensive, pushing through the sweltering jungles to reach Armageddon Secundus his host was met by a solid wall of defence. Nonetheless the World Eaters crashed recklessly into the Imperial line, and they were aided by the daemons of the Warp. The Imperial defences were almost overwhelmed by the sheer fury of the World Eaters assault. Angron himself led his bodyguard of Daemon Princes and Bloodthirsters against the centre of the line, held by the Space Wolves, hoping to come before the Great Wolf and slay him.
It was at this point that Grimnar played his trump card; an entire Company of Grey Knights teleported into the midst of Angron's daemonic honour guard. The titanic struggle that ensued saw earth rending energies unleashed, as the burning white light of the Emperor's finest came against the darkness of Khorne's dread servants. Angron's retinue was destroyed by the Grey Knights at a terrible cost, and the survivors now faced the corrupted Primarch.
It was this combat that would decide the fate of the world. The Grey Knights, through a supreme sacrifice, summoned the energy for a massive psychic blast that completely annihilated Angron's corporeal form and banished his spirit to the Empryean, whence it could not return for a hundred years. A great part of the Grey Knight Company, including the Chapter Master, were destroyed in this action, for Angron was a foe of murderous strength.
With the destruction of the Primarch, the World Eaters fell into disarray and were routed. The Warp-summoned Daemons of Khorne vanished as swiftly as they had appeared, losing their fragile grip of the material plane. The survivors of the World Eaters gradually fell back into the Eye of Terror. It is said that the now recovered Angron hungers for revenge.
Thirteenth Black Crusade
During the 13th Black Crusade of Abaddon the Despoiler World Eater warbands would appear in mass to fight alongside the Warmaster. Most notable of these was the army of Kossolax the Foresworn.[2a] By 999.M41 the largest army of World Eaters in living memory had assembled.
Other Notable Campaigns
Warbands of the World Eaters have known to have been involved in:
- The Bloodtorrent War
- The Siege of Vraks
- The Cholercaust
- The Fall of Absolom Reach
- The battles for the Herakon Cluster
- The Defense of Parathen City
- The Solar Rebellion
- Angron, Primarch.[5d]
- Dreagher, 9th Captain, inspired the legion name 'World Eaters'
- Ehrlen - Captain.[Needs Citation]
- Gheer, Legion Master of the War Hounds, killed by Angron
- Khârn, originally Captain of the 8th Company
- Lhorke, Legion Master of the War Hounds, interred in a Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought ca. thirty years before Angron's discovery[16c]
- Macer Varren, Captain, escaped the Isstvan system and recruited by Nathaniel Garro for Malcador
- Vostigar Catacult Eres Captain
- Shabran Darr - Centurion
- Delvarus - Centurion
- Vorias - Librarian
- Skane - Sergeant
- Jeddek - Standard Bearer
- Kargos - Apothecary
- Gahlan Surlak - Apothecary
- Esca - Codicier
- Endryd Haar - Blackshield
- Angron - Daemon Prince.[5d]
- Bazrak the Frothing - Warband Leader
- Crull - Lord of the Blood Legion of Khorne warband.
- Hans Kho'ren - Warband Leader[14a]
- Headsman of Cellebos - Warband leader
- Khârn – Champion of Khorne, called "The Betrayer" after his actions at Skalathrax
- Kosolax - called the Foresworn.
- Lheorvine Ukris - Known as Firefist, commander of the Fifteen Fangs warband
- Roghax Bloodhand - Warband Leader
- Skchalick - Warband Leader[14a]
- Umbragg - Warband leader
- Varlag the Butcher - Warband Leader
- Zhufor - Lord of the Skulltakers warband.
Notable Known Warbands
Since the Battle of Skallathrax, many World Eaters warbands and fragments have been encountered. These include: