|Battle Cry||"March! Onward!" and "For the Titan Lord!"|
|Successor Chapters||Moon Raiders, Guardians Reforged, Honorable Cyclones, Diamond Smiths, Iron Ancients|
|Specialty||Titanicus support operations. Heavy ordnance. Siege. Execution of Exterminati.|
|Colours||Blaze Orange, Azure Blue|
This page details people, events, and organisations from Warmasters Triumvirate, a fan re-working of the Warhammer 40,000 Universe. See the Warmasters Triumvirate page for more information on the Alternate Universe.
The Titan Marchers were XVIIth Legiones Astartes. Once led by Raj Vokar. They crushed the enemies of mankind with heavy weaponry and the collossal might of the Titan warmachines. During the Brotherwar that followed the Great Crusade they would remain loyal to the Imperium of Mankind, at the cost of their beloved gene-sire. They are still proud defenders of humanity deep into the 41st millenium, even after splintering into many different successor chapters.
Pre-Primarch History & Reunion
The XVIIth legion was founded in the waning years of the Unification Wars, with it's recruits primarily drawn from the hive cities of Ursh. During their short tenure without a Primarch, they would become known as the 'Steel XVIIth' and were well known for their characteristic calmth and calculated stoicism, but the early XVIIth also carried itself with grim and dour nihilism. They thought of themselves as workhorses who ground their way through the early Great Crusade without real joy or purpose beyond the expansion of Imperium and service to the Emperor. The legion would only exist like this for a small number of decades.
Raj Vokar was the fifth Primarch to be rediscovered. After being spirited away from Terra, he had ended up on the forge world of Manaan, on the border of Segmentum Solar and Pacificus. There, he had risen up against the tyrannical noble class that had ruled the heavily polluted world from their paradise moon for millenia. With the use of cunning and the brutal force offered by the massive Titan-like war machines known as the Raakshas, Raj had set fire to the paradise moon and united Manaan under his banner.
Reunited with his gene-sons relatively early in Great Crusade, Raj had more than enough time to reshape the legion to fit his ideals and tactics. During his education within the Imperium, he found himself fascinated by the collosal Titans of the Adeptus Titanicus. Those massive walkers were very similar to ones found on Manaan. The Raakshas were based on the same Dark Age technologies as the Imperium's Titans, but had diverted from the designs of the Machine God. Still, they proved to be of great interest to the techpriests and in exchange for patterns of the Raakshas and access to the facilities of Manaan, the Titanicus would provide the XVIIth legion with more Titan Legio cohorts than any other Astartes Legion. This agreement decisively shaped the future of the Steel XVIIth or, as they know from then on out, the Titan Marchers.
Not only did the Liberator of Manaan overhaul the Titan Marchers tactically, he also overhauled them culturally and spiritually. Gone was the dour nihilism of the old days, replaced with optimistic self-reflection and a desire for self-improvement. Where Marchers had once thought of themselves as nothing more than tools made only to work until they were broken, now they were proud warriors fighting not only for a better future for humanity, but for a better future for themselves.
The Great Crusade
When the Titan Marchers rejoined the Great Crusade after their reunion with their gene-sire, their role was different from before. Instead of taking to a single front and pushing the borders of the Imperium like the other legions, the Titan Marchers became a massively spread out legion that attached itself to other fleets. This meant that over the course of the Great Crusade the Titan Marchers fought alongside their cousins from the other Legiones Astartes more than any other legion. This allowed them to build many strong relationships with their cousins, particularly the Silver Blades and Chosen of Hecate. A single chapter of Titan Marchers would be placed under the command of each of Raj's Primarch brothers, as a sign of unity and trust.
Over the course of the Great Crusade the Titan Marchers faced many of the terrifying horrors that skulked the galaxy, from the savage Orks to the mysterious and devious Eldar. They also faced the onslaught of the Rangdan Xenocides, crushed the Gykon, killed countless Hrud and brought down numerous non-compliant human cultures.
The Titan Marchers were notably absent from the Council of Nikaea. The legion had excused itself, as it had no psykers among it's ranks, and considered itself unfit to make a decision on the matter. Ultimately, the Emperor of Mankind decided in favor of banning the use of psychic powers in the Astartes legions.
The Titan Marchers were present during the Ullanor Campaign. Here Raj would first field his greatest creation: Apocalypse-class Super Battle Titan Apocalyptican. Assigned to the same prong of the campaign as Deshain Kane and the Emperor, the Marchers would follow behind the speartip of Custodes and Gunslingers, lead by their respective primogenitors. Cut off from reinforcements, and with the rest of the speartip slain, Deshain Kane, in an unprecedented act of selfish insolence, decided not to save the Emperor from the brutal Warboss Urlakk Urg. When Raj and his sons came to rescue the Emperor and Deshain, they found the Primarch of the Gunslinger defending his incapacitated father. Deshain told them that the Emperor had come to his rescue and paid the price for it. Raj, while outraged, believed his famously honest brother, and retired from the campaign along with his legion in order to safely escort the Emperor back to Terra.
While Malcador the Sigillite declared the Warmasters Triumvirate, which placed the Great Crusade in the hands of Jon-Frederic Aristide, Je'She of the Watch and Marduk Engur, Raj began reinforcing the defences of the Imperial Palace. Many chapters of Titan Marchers joined Raj on Terra during his time of mourning, while others continued the Crusade alongside other fleets, taking out their grief on the enemies of mankind. During this time, Raj was declared Praetorian of Terra.
A second devastating blow against the legion's morale would come seventeen years later. Malcador the Sigillite detected the warp echoes of a powerful and dark spell being cast on the planet Miletus, homeworld of the Chosen of Hecate. Warmaster Je'She reluctantly sent two of Lambach's closest brothers, Linares of the Silver Blades and Raj Vokar, to bring Lambach back to Terra. The Titan Marchers' 30th chapter, informally known as the Iron Ancients, had been attached to Lambach's personal expedition fleet for over a century. Raj hoped that through them he could make Lambach and the Chosen see reason. This turned out to be incorrect however, as when Lambach refused to return to Terra, fighting broke out across Miletus. The Iron Ancients, refusing to open fire upon the legion that they had crusaded alongside of for decades, fled with the traitors as they abandoned Miletus.
The Warmasters Triumvirate was originally envisioned as a way to continue the Great Crusade, while ensuring that the power of the Astartes legions would not be abused. It proved impossible to prevent conflict however, as Warmaster Aristide eventually came into conflict with Warmaster Je'She. In defiance of Malcador's decrees, Aristide put down several planetary governors in the Ultima Segmentum and openly declared himself in favor of Astartes governance. In order to prevent further hostilities, Malcador called for a summit on the world of New Hope. Warmaster Je'She, who was in favor of mortal rule, brought Linares and Raj with him.
After several days of negotiation between the two Warmasters, with Warmaster Engur overlooking the Summit, Malcador's ship finally arrived in system. To everyone's horror most of the ship's crew was dead, including the Regent of Terra himself. Conflicting reports from the survivors quickly lead to fingers being pointed between the pro-Mortal and pro-Astartes groups. Before long accustations lead to open conflict. The Brotherwar had begun.
The Titan Marchers, along with the Silver Blades and Sentinels, fought against the pro-Astartes Astral Wardens, Iron Guard and Emperor's Dragoons for several days. Before long the "neutral" forces of the Gunslingers, Soaring Host and Leviathan Host also joined the fray. Countless marines died in the first days of the Brotherwar. The fighting on New Hope continued until the arrival of Valorn Adras and his Pale Hounds broke the stalemate. The loyalist forces quickly fled from the system, but were cut off from one another.
The Titan Marchers found themselves in a crisis of resolve. This third blow against their morale caused some of the Titan Marchers to call for a return to Manaan, where they could wait out the conflict. Others called for an immediate return to Terra, to return to their posts and to guard the wall. Raj ultimately settled on a third option: to bring the Titan Lord's fury to all enemies of the Imperium, both the traitors and the deserters.
During this time it also became apparent that several more chapters of Marchers had fallen to the Ruinous Powers, specifically those that had been attached to the fleets of the traitor legions. Those who had been attached to the separatist legions thankfully returned to the Imperial fold.
After several years of constant fighting, they ultimately decided to return to Terra. On Terra, the Astartes of the XVIIth quickly took back their posts on the walls of the Imperial Palace. When the Siege of Terra finally came, they would be among the first to enter the fray. When the Siege reached it's climax the full force of present Titan Marchers defended the Eternity Gate, lead by Raj Vokar himself. The Marchers of Manaan stood in the shadow of the Apocalyptican for days, until the traitorous Gunslinger Primarch Deshain Kane burst through their ranks and managed to infiltrate the Apocalyptican. He executed Raj in his command throne and brought down the Super Battle Titan from the inside, it's explosion killing thousands of marines, loyalists and traitors both.
On the burnt and broken remnants of the battlefield, Deshain Kane ascended into daemonhood. Linares the Blademaster arrived on the scene in order to fight the newly ascended Daemon Primarch and avenge his beloved brother. The Blademaster received unexpected aid from the equally traitorous Lambach Kropor, who had never wanted to Raj to die. After the burning form of Deshain Kane was banished to the warp, Lambach Kropor took Raj's corpse back with him. Linares knew he would be unable to stop him.
After Marduk Engur had been slain by the combined effort Linares, Pacha the Earthquake and Warmaster Je'She, the Brotherwar had ended. This allowed the Titan Marchers to focus on rebuilding. Taarush Amin, Chapter Master of the legion's second chapter, was unanimously elected to the position of Legion Master. Taarush was immediately faces with a monumental task. No legion had been as spread out as the Titan Marchers. While their strategies had yielded valiant results during the Great Crusade and had rewarded them with friendships among many of the legions, it had resulted in the Astartes of the XVIIth legion forming less powerful bonds with their fellow battle-brothers.
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|Pages of the Warmasters Triumvirate Project|
|Loyalist Legions:||II-Golden Mountains - Silver Blades - The Sentinels - Titan Marchers|
|Traitor Legions:||Chosen of Hecate - Doomsingers - Forge Lords - I-Leviathan Host - Loxodontii|
|Seperatist Legions:||Corsairs Gallant - Dusk Phantoms - Emperor's Dragoons - Iron Guard|
|Unknown:|| Death's Heads - Gunslingers - Knights Stellaris - Pale Hounds |
Smoke Stalkers - Soaring Host - Star Wardens - Ussaran Liberators
|Primarchs||I-Marduk Engur - II-Pacha -|
|Related Pages:||Warmaster's Triumvirate Timeline|