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==History of The Fallen==
 
==History of The Fallen==
  
Okay, so after the [[God-Emperor of Mankind|Emperor]] found [[Caliban]], Lion was made commander of the Dark Angels, and they began recruiting from Caliban's population, including taking on many of the Knights that served in the Order with Lion, amongst whom was his friend and mentor Luther. According to conflicting accounts, most of the Terran Dark Angels were relegated to garrison duty on Caliban while Lion and the Calibanian Dark Angels went off and fought in the [[Great Crusade]]. This apparently caused no small amount of discontent among the garrisoned Angels, who were under the command of Luther; [[Chaos]] was quick to take advantage of Luther's resentment and convinced him to betray his [[Primarch]].  
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Okay, so after the [[God-Emperor of Mankind|Emperor]] found [[Caliban]], Lion was made commander of the Dark Angels, and they began recruiting from Caliban's population, including taking on many of the Knights that served in the Order with Lion, amongst whom was his friend and mentor Luther. According to conflicting accounts, most of the Calibanite Dark Angels were relegated to garrison duty on Caliban while Lion and the Terran Dark Angels went off and fought in the [[Great Crusade]]. This apparently caused no small amount of discontent among the garrisoned Angels, who were under the command of Luther; [[Chaos]] was quick to take advantage of Luther's resentment and convinced him to betray his [[Primarch]].  
  
 
At some point after the Siege of [[Earth|Terra]], Lion El'Jonson returned to Caliban, and the Dark Angels garrison opened fire on his fleet. Heading to their fortress-monastery, Lion fought Luther in single combat whilst the Dark Angels continued their orbital bombardment. Unfortunately, Caliban was never really tectonically stable, and the force of the bombardment caused the planet to break apart... somehow. The only thing to survive was the fortress-monastery. By the time Lion's loyalists got in, Luther was a gibbering wreck and Lion was nowhere to be seen. The garrisoned Dark Angels were apparently thrown through the [[Warp]] and scattered across the stars. Ever since, the Dark Angels have hunted for the Fallen Angels to restore their honor in the eyes of the Emperor.  Kinda hard to believe that five hundred Astartes gave a legion of more than a hundred thousand so much trouble.  Remember, they went straight to Caliban and didn't see much action against traitor marines, meaning they didn't take the losses other legions did.  Not even close.
 
At some point after the Siege of [[Earth|Terra]], Lion El'Jonson returned to Caliban, and the Dark Angels garrison opened fire on his fleet. Heading to their fortress-monastery, Lion fought Luther in single combat whilst the Dark Angels continued their orbital bombardment. Unfortunately, Caliban was never really tectonically stable, and the force of the bombardment caused the planet to break apart... somehow. The only thing to survive was the fortress-monastery. By the time Lion's loyalists got in, Luther was a gibbering wreck and Lion was nowhere to be seen. The garrisoned Dark Angels were apparently thrown through the [[Warp]] and scattered across the stars. Ever since, the Dark Angels have hunted for the Fallen Angels to restore their honor in the eyes of the Emperor.  Kinda hard to believe that five hundred Astartes gave a legion of more than a hundred thousand so much trouble.  Remember, they went straight to Caliban and didn't see much action against traitor marines, meaning they didn't take the losses other legions did.  Not even close.

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The Fallen
Fallen angel.jpg
Battle Cry Unknown
Original Homeworld Caliban
Current Homeworld Various/none
Primarch Lion El'Johnson
Champion Cypher
Strength Suspected to be 100-150
Specialty Evading the Unforgiven
Allegiance Various (see below)
Colours Pre-Heresy Dark Angel black


REQUESTING DATA ACCESS, security_clearance: INQUISITOR. Processing...

Database error #0754339867, access: DENIED

Greetings Inquisitor Yzaguirre, the information which you are attempting to access is classified and may no longer exist. Your service record and citizen number have been logged and recorded, any further interest in this subject on your behalf may result in the unfortunate early termination of your career.


REQUESTING DATA ACCESS, security_clearance: INNER_CIRCLE. Processing...

Adeptus Astartes DNA confirmed, scanning... chapter: Disciples of Caliban, rank: Company Master, access: GRANTED

Welcome son of Lion El'Jonson, here is the latest intel on the movements of the Fallen ones. As always this information is FOR DARK ANGELS EYES ONLY and takes precedence over all other duties, no matter how urgent. For the Emperor and the Lion!

Incoming Data Stream...


The Fallen Angels are renegade members of the Dark Angels Legion who turned on Lion El'Jonson during the Horus Heresy. To those Dark Angels who know of their existence, they are simply known as "the Fallen". And there are absolutely no dark angels secret agents like there are on the Dark Angels's Page. In truth, the "loyalist" chapter are all closet heretics *BLAMMITY BLAMMITY BLAMBLAMBLAM!* While the fallen are all closet heretics. XX Legion is also full of closet heretics. There has been close cooperation between Alpharius and Cypher.


History of The Fallen

Okay, so after the Emperor found Caliban, Lion was made commander of the Dark Angels, and they began recruiting from Caliban's population, including taking on many of the Knights that served in the Order with Lion, amongst whom was his friend and mentor Luther. According to conflicting accounts, most of the Calibanite Dark Angels were relegated to garrison duty on Caliban while Lion and the Terran Dark Angels went off and fought in the Great Crusade. This apparently caused no small amount of discontent among the garrisoned Angels, who were under the command of Luther; Chaos was quick to take advantage of Luther's resentment and convinced him to betray his Primarch.

At some point after the Siege of Terra, Lion El'Jonson returned to Caliban, and the Dark Angels garrison opened fire on his fleet. Heading to their fortress-monastery, Lion fought Luther in single combat whilst the Dark Angels continued their orbital bombardment. Unfortunately, Caliban was never really tectonically stable, and the force of the bombardment caused the planet to break apart... somehow. The only thing to survive was the fortress-monastery. By the time Lion's loyalists got in, Luther was a gibbering wreck and Lion was nowhere to be seen. The garrisoned Dark Angels were apparently thrown through the Warp and scattered across the stars. Ever since, the Dark Angels have hunted for the Fallen Angels to restore their honor in the eyes of the Emperor. Kinda hard to believe that five hundred Astartes gave a legion of more than a hundred thousand so much trouble. Remember, they went straight to Caliban and didn't see much action against traitor marines, meaning they didn't take the losses other legions did. Not even close.

However, things are a bit more complicated than that.

Over the years, it has been shown that not all of the Fallen Angels are followers of Chaos, and many (possibly even most) of them regret their pre-Heresy actions and realize that they were wrong; these members of the Fallen have gone into exile and try to blend into the local population and live a "normal" life, although quite how an eight-foot tall, five hundred pound superhuman with enough muscle to tear a bear limb from limb and the external ports from his Black Carapace poking through his skin is supposed to just "blend in" is anyone's guess.

A rare sighting of three Fallen Angels working together

Additionally, some of the captured Fallen have claimed that Lion El'Jonson took his sweet time to get to Terra, implying that Lion El'Jonson was trying to wait and see who would win the civil war and side with the victor. This is probably the Fallen lying, as they would have no way of knowing whether or not the Lion took his time, considering they would have been scattered through the warp by then. Lion certainly had reason to be displeased with the Emperor (Horus correctly suspected that he resented not being chosen as Warmaster, as he was the first Primarch as well as the Primarch most renowned for his tactical genius), however the consensus viewpoint amongst fa/tg/uys seems to be that these are just the ramblings of tortured Fallen repeating lies told to them by Luther and that the Lion's ABSOLUTE LOYALTY remains intact. Whatever the truth is, only the Emperor knows, and he isn't talking. Mostly because Horus ripped out his tongue and his vocal cords have faded to dust, but that's beside the point. One Horus Heresy book did note that El'Jonson supplied Perturabo with extra siege weaponry before the Drop Site Massacre on Istvaan V in exchange for the Iron Lord supporting him as the new Warmaster when Horus was slain. He didn't realize that the Iron Warriors were traitors until it was too late. Similarly, one confrontation between the Lion and Konrad Curze ended with the latter correctly predicting that the Lion's attempts at pursuing him and the Night Lords would be used against him as evidence of his disloyalty.

There are even reports that some members of the Fallen may be Closet Loyalists attempting to subvert Chaos from within by drawing the Dark Angels' attention to where it is needed most only to disappear once the Dark Angels arrive leaving them free to battle the true threat to the Imperium, just as planned.

Amongst the known Fallen Angels the most famous is Cypher whom Games Workshop just gave a data slate full of AWESOME AND WIN. Check this shit out, the only guy with a BS of 10! He's more of a sniper then a sniper!

It is also highly possible that the Death Watch commander Izrafil (the only Black Shield commander in the history of Death Watch) was in fact the Fallen ex-Chief Librarian Izrafael; this suspicion is fed not only by their similar names, but also by the strange disappearance of Izrafil during a xenocidal campaign which also involved Dark Angels forces.

What counts as Fallen?

While the Unforgiven put all of their focus on hunting the their wayward brethren, there is an important distinction between "true" fallen and just another traitorous space marine. In Pandorax, one of the major villains is a renegade Consecrators Space Marine, who refers to himself as Fallen and has even had contact with Cypher.

Once he was caught, he refused to be broken and repent in the dungeons of the Rock and claimed that he would escape if they did not kill him. To which Azrael & Asmodai laughed in his face. (YES, ASMODAI ACTUALLY LAUGHED!) Then they told him that the "true fallen" were led unknowingly by Luther into rebellion and can still be saved if they repent, while his descent into heresy was his own fault and he was not led astray, finding Chaos because of his own selfish desires whatever they may have been. So Dark Angels simply consider other more recent renegades as traitors worthy of only death.

So they decapitate him.

Ophidium Gulf Crusade incident

The precise details of this incident are somewhat sketchy, not being helped by the fact that Games Workshop have released several seemingly conflicting versions of the event. What they all agree upon however is that the Black Templar Strike Cruiser Ophidium Gulf disappeared in mysterious circumstances shortly after making contact with a larger Dark Angel force and taking captive a Fallen Angel in a "joint" operation. Initially reluctant to comply with the Dark Angels' demand to hand over their prisoner, they realise that the Dark Angels aren't messing about when their ships start powering up their weapons and, greatly outmatched, are left with no choice but to relent. After handing over the prisoner they make a single astropathic communication on way to the system jump point but are never heard from again, the implication being that the Dark Angels ambushed them to prevent the secret of The Fallen from becoming public. Which is stupid of the Dark Angels. Everyone would assume that Cypher was the only renegade Dark Angel and would shrug off the threat delivered to the Black Templar ship as the Dark Angels protecting their honor by wanting to be the ones to deal with the traitor(?) to their Legion. Instead, their actions blew the whole thing out of proportion.

There are several interesting notes we can take from this:

  • This is the first (known) time that any chapter outside of the Unforgiven has had contact with the Fallen; the Black Templars immediately realized that the individual was an Astartes however they chose to take him prisoner rather than execute him as a heretic giving some credence to reports that not all Fallen are Chaos worshipers.
  • In the story as told in White Dwarf 312, the Fallen taken prisoner is none other than Cypher, who remarks upon seeing the Templars "You are not the lapdogs of the Lion... how curious."; the Templars agree to meet the Dark Angels at a pre-arranged point for a prisoner transfer but are never heard from again afterwards and Cypher mysteriously and inexplicably vanishes from his cell, thus proving he is awesome! Other versions of the story have the prisoner as wearing ancient Mark 1 Power Armour and seemingly being rescued by other Fallen masquerading as Dark Angels before the real Dark Angels presumably turn up to destroy the Ophidium Gulf to stop the story leaking out.
  • When the Unforgiven say that they're willing to do anything to keep their secret safe, they're not kidding; murdering brother Astartes is pretty fucked up by the moral compass of most loyalist Chapters, for the Dark Angels however it's not something which they will hesitate to do or agonize about later as long as they keep their secret safe and "honour" intact. In fact, it's probably not too big a stretch to say that no other loyalist Chapter is as close to being excommunicated from the Imperium as the First Legion and it may even have already been so were they not tolerated due to their strength and importance.
  • The Black Templars have not forgotten about this incident, and have strong suspicions as to the eventual fate of their battle brothers; despite their apparent mutual affinity for entering battle dressed in robes, the Dark Angels (whom were already regarded with suspicion by the Templars' for their rampant secrecy) are now openly distrusted even more than the Templars distrust any Chapter who aren't sons of Rogal Dorn, which is saying a lot as the Templars distrust pretty much everyone anyway. Seeing as how the Templars are well above Chapter strength, could probably count on support from the Space Wolves who are also above Codex strength and whose not-so-friendly rivalry with the sons of Lion El'Johnson has on occasion spilled into open conflict, we could make the supposition that if the combined Unforgiven weren't at or near Legion strength themselves then the Templars and Space Vikings might have tired of waiting for the Inquisition to dig up the Dark Angels secrets and taken matters into their own hands. The Dark Angels sure do like making powerful enemies! (To be fair, the Dark Angels have known ties with all their successor chapters, and have been known to take the field at above-Legion strength in the past by combining forces with these successors.) They also requested that the Inquisition make a formal investigation, which has been indefinitely suspended after the Inquisitor in charge of the investigation "disappeared".
  • A recent event (as in its form the new Iyanden supplement) reveals Dark Angels only seem to care about the Imperium finding out their little secret, as a similar even happen when Iyanden was fighting a chaos mini-empire ruled by a Fallen. Only here the Dark Angels didn't hunt down and kill the Eldar (granted it may be due to their use of the Webway). Meaning they're more willing to trust and work with Xeno Scum than Imperial forces. Of course, it's not like the Eldar are going to tell anyone in the Imperium, or know about the Dark Angel paranoia. Of course seeing how the Eldar only turned him over because they've read their minds...

Grey Knights

More than any other Chapter, the Dark Angels and the Unforgiven fear what would happen if the Grey Knights should become involved with a hunt for the Fallen Angels. Making Inquisitors or even fellow Space Marines "disappear" is one thing. Trying to do the same to Space Marines from a Chapter designed to fight and kill Daemons? Near suicidal, even by 40k standards. However, as revealed in the novel Pandorax, it's irrelevant. When the Black Legion goes after a warp portal on the planet Pythos, the Grey Knights request the help of the Dark Angels, to repay a favor the Grey Knights performed for the Dark Angels. Azrael refuses, holding it as blackmail, so Supreme Grand Master Kaldor Draigo tells Azrael a little fact: over the years, the Grey Knights have captured and interrogated Traitor Legionaries as part of Inquisitorial searches. One of these prisoners revealed that he knew about Space Marines the Dark Angels captured and kept up on the Rock. Several times in the book, Draigo warns Azrael that the Dark Angels will not interfere in his operations, or he will go straight to the High Lords of Terra and tell the High Lords about what the Dark Angels are doing. The threat is so real that Azrael commits the entire Dark Angels chapter (over nine hundred Astartes and nearly one hundred Neophyte Scouts) to the threat.

Of course, the whole issue with the Fallen was partly the Grey Knight's fault anyway; way back in the Horus Heresy, Garviel Loken & Half-Heard Cruze were sent to Caliban by Malcador to see where the Dark Angels loyalties lay, but ended up getting captured and interrogated by Luther. Though it was clear the Fallen were absolutely clueless that the whole galaxy was at war around them, there were starting to be influenced by dark forces. Eventually; they were freed by these guys along with that one guy who was different from the other Fallen but managed to cause a fuss and kill someone, upsetting the fragile balance of ignorance that the lone warrior had been trying to maintain and tipping the Fallen over the edge. So while the bro-fisting Loken & Cruze could go back home and act as if nothing had happened and found the spotless Grey Knights, the Dark Angels came back and found their whole planet extremely pissed off and have to spend the next ten thousand years clearing up Loken's mess.

So yes, the Grey Knights are aware of the existence of the Fallen Angels, but for all intents and purposes, they don't care. That's the real tragedy of the Fallen. The perceived shame? It's all in the Dark Angels collective, neurotic heads.

Which, at the end of the day (or the Imperium, as fluff would have it) is hilarious. In a grimdark laugh-or-you'll-cry sort of way.

The Traitor Legions and Warbands of Chaos
Chaos
Legions
:
Alpha Legion - Black Legion - Death Guard
Emperor's Children - Iron Warriors - Night Lords
Thousand Sons - Word Bearers - World Eaters
Legion
Offshoots:
Apostles of Contagion - Bloodborn - Broken Aquila
Foresworn - Plague Fleet - Prodigal Sons
The Consortium - Warband of Subsector Aurelia
Fallen
Chapters
(Including
Judged):
Adharon's Reavers - Blood Gorgons - Company of Misery
Corpus Brethren - Crimson Slaughter - Deathmongers
Death Shadows - Invocators - Lords of Decay
Oracles of Change - Red Corsairs - Shriven
The Brazen Beasts - The Flawless Host - The Scourged
Skyrar's Dark Wolves - Steel Cobras - Voidrippers
Unknown/
Other:
Disciples of Destruction - Dragon Warriors - Extinction Angels
Punishers - The Cleaved - The Purge
The Pyre - Sons of Malice - Sons of Vengeance
The Reborn - Violators - Warp Ghosts - Bleak Brotherhood