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The Kaerls are the warrior serfs of the Space Wolves and Planetary Defense Force of the homeworld of Fenris. They are under the direct command of Space Wolves and are known to be fierce, effective fighters.[1c]

Kaerls wear grey uniforms (including a tunic), and are armoured in Carapace armour. They are also equipped with night-vision visors. When aboard void ships, they are equipped with blast-armour with translucent face masks.[1a][1c][1d][1e][1f]

For weapons the wield heavy Skjoldtar autoguns, known to be more powerful than the autoguns and lasguns of the Imperial Guard.[1a][1c][1d][1e][1f]

The most elite of the Kaerls join the Aettguard, which guard The Fang.[1d]

The Kaerls are organized into units known as "rivens" , each lead by an officer kaerl known as a "rivenmaster". Rivens are various sizes, with rivens often having hundreds of kaerls. These rivens are further broken up into squads of six kaerls, each lead by a "huskaerl".[1f][1g][1h]

Notable Engagements


The term is maybe related to the Scandinavian "Karl" or german "Kerl". While "Kerl" is a general term for guy, "Karl" referred specifically to able-bodied men who could be conscripted for an army.
See also Housecarl.