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The White Scars were the V Legion of the original twenty Space Marine Legions of the First Founding. Their Primarch is Jaghatai Khan. During the Horus Heresy the White Scars remained loyal to the Emperor, after which they reorganized and split into Chapters. Drawing on the tribal savagery of their homeworld, the White Scars practice a highly mobile method of warfare, tearing into their enemies with lightning-quick attacks and vanishing before a response can be made.
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The Great Crusade
By the time the 5th Legion was united with their Primarch Jaghatai Khan, he had united the fierce tribes of his homeworld Mundus Planus. Upon meeting the Emperor, Jaghatai recognized him as a man who embodied his ultimate ideal, someone who could unite all the stars of the sky. At his palace at Quan Zhou he swore allegiance to the Emperor and was given command of the 5th Legion. The Astartes adopted the facial ritual scars of the Talskar tribesmen and renamed themselves "White Scars", while many of Khan's loyal tribesmen were allowed to join the Legion.[3a] Jaghatai's palace, located in the rugged, lonely mountain passes of the Khum Karta mountains, would become the Legion's Fortress-monastery.
The Horus Heresy
Jaghatai Khan and his Legion had spent several years in a campaign against the Orks of the Chondax System, which had been intentionally prolonged by the Alpha Legion,[19a] when news about the betrayal of Horus and the Drop Site Massacre arrived. They were urged by Rogal Dorn to return to Terra[7a] The Khan was contacted by Leman Russ who had just returned from Prospero and offered to join forces with him. Horus, however, had anticipated this and sent the Alpha Legion to launch an assault on Russ' outnumbered Space Wolves.[7a]
Although he despised leaving the Space Wolves on their own, Jagathai Khan followed Dorn's urgent request to return to Terra immediately rather than engaging in a costly battle against the Alpha Legion.[7a]
The Battle of Terra
During the siege of the Emperor's Palace the White Scars fought alongside the Blood Angels and Imperial Fists against the traitors. They launched several hit-and-run assaults and together with remnants of the 1st Terran Tank Division and several Imperial Infantry Regiments they successfully harassed the enemy supply lines on Lions Gate spaceport.[7b]
In order to contain the outlaws, renegades and aliens that dwell within the Maelstrom, Roboute Guilliman ordered the surrounding systems to be reinforced. The White Scars were tasked with the main responsibility of securing the area from their homeworld.[5a]
The Sabbat Worlds
The White Scars fought alongside Saint Sabbat during her crusade to liberate the Sabbat Worlds from the forces of Chaos. After her martyrdom on Harkalon, where she suffered the Nine Holy Wounds, her body was retrieved by the White Scars and interred on Hagia.
The Lost Kin
According to the writing of the Great Khan of Quan Zhou, the White Scars learned upon their return to Mundus Planus that their homeworld had been the target of numerous Dark Eldar raids. Jaghatai swore many oaths against the Dark Eldar and fought them in many battles. It was during the battle of Corusil V that he and his first brotherhood followed a mighty Dark Eldar lord through a gate into the webway, vanishing forever.
To this day the White Scars hold a great hate for these aliens.
Battle for Fyre
Battle for Cardrim
Third War for Armageddon
The White Scars committed 3 brotherhoods to the Third War for Armageddon. One of these, the Tulwar Brotherhood led by Suboden Khan, was charged with defending the vital oil and water drilling stations and processing plants located in the Deadlands. In the opening days of the war, the Brotherhood clashed with the White Lightning Speed Kult during the Battle of Dante's Canyon, successfully driving the Orks into the frozen waters of the Tempest Ocean.
Thirteenth Black Crusade
The White Scars send forces to the Cadian Gate under Khajog Khan. Within a short period Kajog's Brotherhood becomes a major threat to Abaddon's Plans, lifting the sieges of three Kasr's. As a result, Abaddon ordered the first company of the Black Legion guided by Zaraphiston as well as a horde of The Lost and the Damned to hunt down and destroy the Brotherhood. Khajog launches a Biker attack on a Black Legion slave convoy on Cadia, plunging into a Black Legion ambush and taking heavy loses. The White Scars withdrew to the Caducades Sea Pylon, with the remaining sixty Brothers viciously fighting to the death.
The Chapter is highly mobile even for Space Marines, specializing in lightning warfare, and making use of attack bikes, Land Speeders, Storm Talons, and other fast vehicles. Those mounted on bikes often make use of a special type of power weapon called a Power Lance, providing the same destructive potential at a much greater range.[3h] Heavily-armoured forces are often left chasing after shadows while the White Scars easily outmaneuver to attack them at their weakest point. White Scar forces prefer to attack their enemy at range, using their speed and firepower to destroy them, but are more than capable of committing their Assault Squads in ferocious hand-to-hand fighting.[3c]
The Chapter organization of the White Scars reflects their home world's tribal culture; for example, Librarians are referred to as Stormseers. White Scars recruit from a single planet, Mundus Planus. The steppes of the world are inhabited by feuding tribes, from which are chosen the best and most promising young warriors, regardless of tribe. Once a warrior becomes a White Scar, loyalty to his tribe is replaced by loyalty to the Chapter and the Emperor.
As their Primarch did during his campaign to unite the steppes, recruits from different tribes are mixed together in squads. Each squad becomes part of a Brotherhood, roughly equivalent to a standard Company. However, unlike other Codex Chapters the White Scars maintain a much higher proportion of bike squadrons and Land Speeders, a reflection of the style of warfare favoured by the Chapter. They are also entirely lacking in Devastator Squads, as the slow, heavy weapons clash against the White Scar's method of battle. The Chapter also maintains relatively few battle tanks, which are often stripped-down versions in order to keep with the rest of the White Scars. Finally, the White Scars do not possess any Dreadnoughts since the thought of confining a warriors' spirit within a sarcophagus is abhorrent to them.[3d]
Notable Chapter Elements
- Jaghatai's Pride - Battle Barge
- Lord of Heavens - Strike Cruiser
- Nomad - Nova Class Frigate
- Warrior of the Plains - Strike Cruiser[12a]
Notable White Scars
- Jaghatai Khan - Primarch of the White Scars.
- Qin Xa - Master of the Keshig.
- Targutai Yesugei - Chief Stormseer of the White Scars
- Hasik Noyan-Khan - Noyan-Khan of the Horde of the Stone.
- Jemulan Noyan-Khan - Noyan-Khan of the Horde of the Earth.
- Shiban Khan - Khan of the Brotherhood of the Storm.
- Torghun Khan - Khan of the Brotherhood of the Moon.
- Honoured Kyublai - Great Khan of the White Scars before Jubal Khan.
- Clan-Brother Jogaten - Sergeant of the White Scars. Bike Squadron[Needs Citation]
- Jubal Khan - Great Khan of the White Scars.
- Suboden Khan - Khan of the Tulwar Brotherhood of the White Scars.
- Kor'sarro Khan - Captain of the White Scars 3rd Company, and Master of the Hunt.
- Khajog Khan - Brotherhood Captain, killed in the 13th Black Crusade.
- Jurga Khan - Captain of White Scars[12b]
- Joghaten Khan - 4th Company Captain, led the 4th Company in the Battle of Cardrim.18
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Its canonicity is in question but was once considered canon.
- The Whitescars, as presented in Chapter Approved - The Book of the Astronomican (1988):
- The Whitescars are organized like most Space Marine Chapters. For over two thousand years they have been guarding the Kolarne Circle, a densely populated cluster of systems, constantly threatened by internal rebellions and nearby Ork warlords. The Chapter has a long and proud history and played an instrumental role in the destruction of Hive Fleet Behemoth (noted as being a Chaos aligned force).
- The Whitescars are completely fleet-based, their fortress-monastery being the space barge Constantinius. Their fleet numbers over a hundred ships, and as a result the Chapter has a high number of Astropaths and Navigators attached to it.
- A unique formation within the Chapter are the Souldrinkers, Space Marine veterans that excel in close combat. These Marines are armed with power-swords and refractor fields and bear their own distinctive shoulder badges and honour banners. Another formation are the Cobra Squads, comprised of regular members of the Chapter's companies that have been equipped with jump packs.
|Loyalist||I - Dark Angels · V - White Scars
VI- Space Wolves · VII- Imperial Fists
IX- Blood Angels · X- Iron Hands
XIII- Ultramarines · XVIII- Salamanders
XIX- Raven Guard
|Traitor||III- Emperor's Children · IV- Iron Warriors|
VIII- Night Lords · XII- World Eaters
XIV- Death Guard · XV- Thousand Sons
XVI- Luna Wolves/Sons of Horus · XVII- Word Bearers
XX- Alpha Legion
- 1:Warhammer 40,000 Chapter Approved - The Book of the Astronomican, pp. 65–70
- 2:Codex: Space Marines (4th Edition)
- 3:US WD256/UK WD257, Index Astartes I: Index Astartes - Lightning Attack - The White Scars Space Marine Chapter
- 4:The 3rd War for Armageddon website (site is no longer active, Internet Archive link)
- 5:Codex: Chaos Space Marines (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex)
- 5a: p. 7
- 6:Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p8, p28, p30, p42/43, p47, p49, p94
- 6a: p. 94
- 7:Horus Heresy (Artbook Series): Collected_Visions:
- 8:Fulgrim (Novel), Chapter 25
- 9:White Dwarf 93 (UK)
- 10:Codex: Armageddon (3rd Edition), p32
- 11:Epic White Scars.pdf - Epic Armageddon Resources on the official Games Workshop site
- 12:Cover of Darkness (Short Story) (published in Legends of the Space Marines (Anthology))
- 13:Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p42
- 14:The Sabbat Worlds Crusade (Background Book), [Needs Citation]
- 15:White Dwarf 300 (US), p. 121
- 16:Imperial Armour Volume Ten - The Badab War - Part Two, 2010 p.64
- 17: Honour Guard (Novel) by Dan Abnett: [Needs Citation]
- 18: White Dwarf 389 pg.30-39
- 19: The Serpent Beneath by Rob Sanders
- 19a: Chapter Two p.341
- 20: White Dwarf 389 pg.30-39
- 21: WD286 pg.71
- 22: Brotherhood of the Storm page at Black Library (last accessed September 7, 2012)
- 23: Black Library's September 7, 2012 Blog (last accessed September 7, 2012)
- 24: Codex: Space Marines (6th Edition) (E-Book Edition) pg.132
- 25: Scars (Novel), by Chris Wraight[Needs Citation]
- 26: Hunt for Voldorius (Novel), Chapter 1, pg. 22
- 27: Savage Scars (Novel), Chapter 1, pgs. 12-13