[12] As a legion they were a fierce enemy for anyone who opposed the Imperium of Man, using time honoured tactics of guerrilla warfare which Corax himself had learnt during the Revolution he himself had commanded to free his people from the merciless slavery forced upon them by the Tech Guilds of Kiavahr. [12] Corax and his legion were reduced from their mighty 80,000 warriors to a meager 3,000 battle hardened veterans. [2a] In addition, Corax displayed a consistent ill-favor and mistrust towards veteran warriors of his Legion born of Terra as opposed to Deliverance. 296 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<1B0EB0499310EF48B66B284E3F31395C>]/Index[283 28]/Info 282 0 R/Length 82/Prev 1174540/Root 284 0 R/Size 311/Type/XRef/W[1 3 1]>>stream The original recruits of the Legion were firstborn sons drawn from tribes of savage yet technologically adept Xeric warriors of the Asiatic Dustfields, which regularly battled with the much larger Yndonesic Bloc. The marines were selected for testing "Thermal Technology" which was considered "highly temperamental. Without the gene tech the Raven Guard Legion remained a small legion, though their continued work with small cells of warriors allowed them to remain no less of a fighting force, though fewer in number then before[12]. [3], The Shadowmasters or Mor Deythan were a unit of Raven Guard during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. The skulls of these birds are worn as small totems hanging from a marine's belt on small chains. Thought to be an original flaw in Corax's gene-seed that he himself may have suffered, it is marked by ones eyes becoming complete blackness. [12] These new warriors were faster, stronger, and more intelligent than any of the older warriors of the Legion, and within a few weeks more aspirants had been successfully implanted with stable gene-seed than ever before (the new gene seed also meant that warriors matured into their new forms rapidly compared to standard Astartes). 283 0 obj <> endobj The battle on Lysithea proved costly for the Legion however, and for many years after veterans of the battle wore Jovian runes in its commemoration. [12] The fighting once joined was fierce and hot-blooded, brother versus brother, and no quarter was given on either side. Out of stock . [30], Before the discovery of Corax, the Raven Guard utilized terror tactics similar to the Night Lords. [12] When the traitors made a surprise withdrawal back to their fortifications, the Raven Guard used this cease in the fighting to regroup and re-arm. The tactical companies became the Talons, the assault companies became the Falcons, and light vehicle squadrons and air support were renamed the Hawks. %PDF-1.5 %���� [4a] The hunt for Kernax Voldorius alongside the White Scars[11b], 4th Company's deployment of several Raven Guard warriors to aid the Ultramarines in their capture of Adaric Vaanes, and the defence of Ultramar[9], and many other campaigns have been successfully won by these masters of shadow. Corax again led the Raven Guard in full strength against traitor forces in the Battle of Yarant, rescuing the Space Wolves. By subscribing you confirm that you are over the age of 16 or have consent from your parent or guardian to subscribe. The main issues could have come from Corax's experimentation with the Raven Guard Gene-Seed to try and create stronger and faster-maturing astartes (although the Alpha Legion is primarily to blame for causing his project's failure), it is never fully stated what is the actual cause. [12] Upon arriving Corax headed for the Imperial Palace, which was being fortified by Rogal Dorn and his Imperial Fists in preparation for the coming Siege (Siege of Terra), upon which after much argument with Dorn and Malcador the Imperial Regent, The Emperor himself boomed in a psychic voice for the arguing to cease and pulled Corax into a vision of extreme light, and showed him the secrets he had been asking for - The gene forging tech used to create the Primarch's by the Emperor himself.