|Colour Scheme||Legion Info||Symbol|
|Alternative name:||Warp Runners|
|Colours:||Deep blue with yellow/flames|
|Strength:||~162 Titans (start of Horus Heresy)|
The Legio Astorum (also known as the Warp Runners) is a Titan Legion based on the Forgeworld Lucius in the Segmentum Obscurus. They are known to have been active since at least the Great Crusade and fought on the Loyalist side during the Horus Heresy.[Needs Citation]
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Other campaigns and battles
- 4 Heraldry
- 5 Assets
- 6 Images
- 7 Trivia
- 8 See also
- 9 Sources
The Legio Astorum are the only Legio with god-machines that can be teleported straight into battle. This is a point of pride of Lucians and the matter of envy of other Legio.
Where many Titan Legions are content to commit to a slow and steady advance, safe in the knowledge no foe can stand against them, the Legio Astorum sets its own tempo upon the battlefield. Through careful locomotor modification combined with extensive training amongst its Princeps, the Titans of Legio Astorum are pushed beyond all advised limits, the innate stubbornness of its Princeps seeing the protesting machine spirit as another challenge to overcome, albeit a challenge to be treated with all due reverence. It is upon the cusp of self-destruction that Legio Astorum thrives, its Titans granted a swiftness that few other Legios can match. In this manner has Legio Astorum earned itself a fearsome, and often mythological, status amongst both the ranks of the Great Crusade and the worlds the Titan Legion has aided in conquest.
The Great Crusade
When Mars and Lucius reconnected, the Legio Astorum was moved for the forefunt of the Great Crusade, where the Legion's preference for swift spearhead assaults saw it become a valued part of many Expeditionary Fleets. Unlike many other Legion's on the Great Crusade, the Legio Astorum had no qualms towards forming dozens of smaller battlegroups, retaining only a single demi-Legio of 50 Titans on Lucius at all times. On Crusade, the Legion thrived alongside those commanders that favored the free-thinking. As such, they became firm allies of Jaghatai Khan and Magnus the Red.
During the middle years of the Great Crusade, forces of the Legio Astorum fought on Kamenka Troika alongside with forces from the Thousand Sons Legiones Astartes and the PanPac Eugenians of the Imperial Army against a huge force of Orks. This task was issued by the Emperor himself, and proved a difficult one for all involved. The campaign took two years to complete and caused significant Imperial casualties, including almost an entire Fellowship of the Thousand Sons and the entirety of the Legio Astorum detatchment.[1a]
In the aftermath of the campaign, the Thousand Sons decided to honour the Legio Astorum by recovering the wreck of the last Astorum Titan to fall, Canis Vertex, repairing and transporting her to Prospero to mount upon the pyramid of the Pyrae Cult. Canis Vertex would walk once more around a century later, during the Burning of Prospero.[1b]
The Horus Heresy
The Legion is known to have fought in various engagements during the Horus Heresy, including the famed Battle of Tallarn as well as the Scouring of the Ollanz Cluster and Battle of Beta-Garmon.[Needs Citation]
As the conflict's Cataclysm of Iron raged, however, several of Astorum's Titans joined the Protectorate of Unsubdued Steel. This Blackshield Legio had no loyalty to either the Imperium or Warmaster Horus and went on to build its own empire.
13th Black Crusade
During the 13th Black Crusade the Warp Runners supplied forces in the defense of Cadia. They fought alongside the Howling Griffons and the Drookian Fen Guard on Amistel Majoris against Plague Marines of the Death Guard. The fighting devolved into brutal trench warfare.
Other campaigns and battles
- 010.M31: Battle of Nyrcon[9a]
- 012.M31: Scouring of the Ollanz Cluster[9b]
- 812.M41: Purging of Contqual[5a]
- 813-830.M41: Siege of Vraks
- Early M42: Battle for Sycorax
- Canis Vertex[Needs Citation]
- Dustless Wrath — Fought in the Battle of Beta-Garmon.
- Meritus Castigatio — Part of Battlegroup Praxes. Fought in the Purging of Contqual.[5b]
- Terribilis Vindicta — Part of Battlegroup Praxes. Fought in the Purging of Contqual.[5a]
- Imperator Vigilatus
- Incaeduus Prime
- Invigila Alpha — Fought in the Siege of Vraks.
- Lucius Praetorian — Damaged and repaired many times during the Battle of Beta-Garmon.
- Lucius Pretorian — Fought in the Battle of Beta-Garmon and on Sycorax ten millennia later.
- Praetorian — Fought in the Siege of Vraks.
- Avernus Maxima — Fought in the Siege of Vraks.
- Canis Secundus — Fought in the Siege of Vraks.
- Ferus Arma — Part of Battlegroup Praxes. Fought in the Purging of Contqual.[5b]
- Gaius Thyrsus — Part of Battlegroup Praxes. Fought in the Purging of Contqual.[5b]
- Quis Odio — Part of Battlegroup Praxes. Fought in the Purging of Contqual.[5b]
- Triarii-Dexter — Fought in the Siege of Vraks.
- WarGeld — Fought in the Battle of Beta-Garmon.
- Fortunata Imperiatrix — Fought on Tallarn.[Needs Citation]
- Spirit of Imperial Victory — Fought on Tallarn.[Needs Citation]
- Varr Harax — Princeps Seniores during the Horus Heresy.[9b]
- Rand Drauca
- Kask — First Princeps of Fortunata Imperiatrix.[Needs Citation]
- Talon — Princeps of Fortunata Imperiatrix, over 100 kills.[Needs Citation]
- Silberman — Princeps of Fortunata Imperiatrix, shot by a sniper.[Needs Citation]
- Marnoc — Princeps of Fortunata Imperiatrix on Tallarn, successor of Silberman.[Needs Citation]
- Kurtz — A Warhound Princeps on Tallarn.[Needs Citation]
- Toal — Moderatus of Fortunata Imperiatrix on Tallarn.[Needs Citation]
- Hazan — Moderatus of Fortunata Imperiatrix on Tallarn.[Needs Citation]
- Warden — Moderatus of Fortunata Imperiatrix on Tallarn.[Needs Citation]
Notes on colour-scheme
Whilst the Warp Runners have consistently been depicted as having a deep blue livery with yellow heads, the original Adeptus Titanicus-era minatures combined this with bold flame-patterns which have been absent from most (though not all) of the more modern Forge World models.
- 1: A Thousand Sons (Novel)
- 2: White Dwarf 111 (UK), [Needs Citation]
- 3: Codex: Eye of Terror (3rd Edition), [Needs Citation]
- 4: Imperial Armour Volume Seven - The Siege of Vraks - Part Three, [Needs Citation]
- 5: Wrath of Iron (Novel):
- 6: Apocalypse (2013), pg. 142
- 7: Imperial Armour Apocalypse II, pg. 39
- 8: Codex: Adeptus Mechanicus (8th Edition), pg. 16 — Lucius
- 9: Adeptus Titanicus (2018) Rulebook:
- 10: Titandeath (Novel), Chapter 23
- 11: Adeptus Titanicus: Titandeath, pgs. 20–23
- 12: Imperial Armour Volume Six - The Siege of Vraks - Part Two, pg. 113
- 13: The Swords of Calth (Novel), Chapter 11
- 14: Adeptus Titanicus: Loyalist Legios, pgs. 38
- 15: Adeptus Titanicus: Crucible of Retribution, pg. 27 — The Cataclysm of Iron Timeline