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Legions of Chaos: Black Legion

By BravesToaster - 5th December 2010 - 19:39 PM

Written by Torela

The Black Legion is probably the most infamous of the Chaos legions. The Black Crusades, launched by their Warmaster Abaddon the Despoiler, is dreaded by the Imperium.


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Post Heresy Black Legion Marine

A strong part of the Black Legion's infamy stems from their primarch Horus, who was one of the first primarchs to be corrupted by chaos. Horus was a giant, even when compared to the other primarchs, being second to none other then the Emperor himself. A total of eight other primarchs and their legions sided with Horus and ultimately chaos, in a huge civil war that is known as the Horus Heresy (These are the nine Traitor Legions). Horus was eventually slain by the Emperor and this marked the end of the Heresy.


The Black Legion has changed its name twice, first going by the name Luna Wolves. Horus later changed the legion's name to the Sons of Horus, after recommendation from the Emperor, following a great victory. The death of Horus left the legion leaderless and morally devastated. They lost many of their numbers during the heresy and in following conflicts, they also lost the respect of the other chaos legions until Abaddon took command and pronounced himself Warmaster. He ordered the legion to paint their armor black, and renamed them the Black Legion (the elite units of the Luna Wolves and Sons of Horus had before worn black armor).

A well used tactic of the legion, as well as being Horus's favorite tactic is "Tearing the throat out of the enemy". This is done by eliminating the enemy leaders in a swift blow before they have enough time to muster a counterattack. They believe in a very strong and efficient chain of command, with the Warmaster at the top. This has made the legion a very flexible and hard-hitting force that responds quickly to new orders. Being low in numbers helped shape the strategy of the Black Legion. Their commanders are experts at using their troops to their full potential.

Abaddon has gained the respect and even support of the other chaos legions. He has lead many Black Crusades against the Imperium. The last of these crusades resulted in the largest mobilization of forces both the Imperium and Chaos have seen since the Horus Heresy. He also gained a foothold in Imperial space. Billions of souls have been offered to the gods of chaos in the Black Legion's name.

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Symbol of the Black Legion

Abaddon The Despoiler
He was the captain of the First Company of the Luna Wolves and was a member of the Mournival (a advisory council of four captains that assisted Horus). Abaddon is very quick to anger and has an imposing stature, being taller, stronger, and bulkier than the average Space Marine. This and the fact that he had similar facial features to that of Horus started rumors that he actually is a clone-progeny of Horus himself. He had a flagship built for himself, aptly named the Planet Killer. Abaddon as also made many pacts with daemons and the Chaos gods themselves, this have made him blessed by all four of the major Chaos gods (Khorne, Tzeentch, Slaanesh and Nurgle).