The Legion of Carnage is a Chaos warband dedicated to the Chaos God Khorne. Formerly the 111th Company of the XII Legiones Astartes the World Eaters. The warband is lead by the fanatical Chaos lord Krälgor “The Herald of Carnage”.
Like many Khornate warbands the Legion of Carnage favours close combat tactics, and full frontal attacks. Additionally the Legion of Carnage continues the use of the XII legions favored tactic of Drop pod assaults as a shock tactic against their foes. Unlike many of the former World Eater warbands, numbers are not being depleted but rather are steadily albeit relatively slowly growing. This is due to the fact that the Legion of Carnage has established a series of bases on feral daemon worlds within the Eye of terror where they can recruit new initiates. The key to the Legion of Carnage being able to grow is their home world deep within the eye where a day single day on outside of the Eye is roughly equates to a month on the planet. This means that while the Legion of Carnage is going about prosecuting their endless war of carnage in khorne’s name, aboard their fleet which they are largely based out of, when time comes to replenish their fallen ranks they can do so as years have often passed on their primary home world.
The 111th Company was founded on Terra during the creation of the XII Legion which then known as the “War Hounds”. While it was never proven to be intentional the 111th Company had a peculiar trend in its structure that many thought was entirely too reoccurring to be purely random. That structure is most of the recruited Astartes tended to come from extremely violent backgrounds with some even rumored to have been convicted murderers, yet almost all of the officers were high born citizens.
Saarvinus Grael was the Captain of the 111th Company. He was the youngest of three sons from a Terran family that rose in prominence due to their unyielding support of the Emperor at the onset of the Unification Wars. Grael from an early age as schooled in military tactics, trained physically for combat and tutored by the best academics available. Even before Grael’s transformative ascension to the ranks of Astartes he was considered to be an exceptionally intelegent person able to make accurate complex calculations in seconds in his head which in turn contributed to him being considered a tactical genious being able to best even veteran Imperial tacticians. Grael was the picture of a self-restrained disciplined officer that would have risen to prominence in any of the legions… any but the XII. Perhaps because Grael was by all obvious standards an exemplary officer he was put in charge of 111th so that he could keep the War Hounds more aggressive Astartes on a mangable leash. Conflict between Captain Grael and the Astartes was apparent from the beginning , but it sharply increased after the 111th first combat deployment. The 111th was tasked with taking and holding a 15 block hab sector during the Sa’afrik Liberation. Their orders were to take out any all hostile forces before they could forcefully conscript the civilian inhabitant. The rules of engagement were to take extreme caution to avoid civilian casualties. Due to the vast size of the target area Grael issued his orders to his seargents who were to function with autonomy so that they would be able respond to any changing factors in the mission. The mission proceeding as planned until an hostile unit hid amongst the civilians and ambushed an Astartes and managed to kill one of the squad members running point. When the report went across the company vox channel within seconds all but two squad sergeants upon the urging of their men gave the order update target parameters to list civilians as hostile elements. Though it only took 10 minutes and 23 seconds to break though the vox interference and Grael to reassert control to give a ceasefire some units did not stop killing until 5 minutes later. In the end over 2,000 civilians had been killed. After that incident Captain Grael commanded the 111th with an iron fist, and micromannaged his squads to an excessive level. Because of this his men started see him as a control freak, and Grael saw them as savage animals that only he could keep in line. In the end tensions continued to rise.
United with the Primarch
While many of the legion captains were heart mortified of not heart broken upon the discovery of the unhinged nature of there genesire few were more appalled than Grael was when he witnessed Angron kill several of the other captains. After the XII Legion was united with Angron and became known as the World Eaters, the Legion sought to emulated their Primarch, and in doing so their battle tactics became more head on assaults with melee units, which in turn meant there casualties also drastically increased. Early on the 111th Company earned itself a bad reputation within the Legion for being considered too cautious, and even worse not showing pure veneration of their Primarch under Captain Grael’s leadership. While none could argue with the fact that the 111th Company accomplished every mission, critics were quick to point out that even though Grael had far fewer casualties, his tactics also took longer than a head long approach would have. This would prove to be the salvation of many in the company, but the death of the saviors at the start of the Horus Heresy.
The Crusade Continued
While Grael had ordered that no one in the 111th was to undergo the butchers nail psycho-surgery, participate in any of the gladiatorial fighting pits or any of the warrior lodges that were ever spreading through the legion. It did not stop the legionares of the 111th from doing all three. Whereas in the Warhounds Grael’s orders had been obeyed as iron laws that were imbued in his rank. In the World Eaters his iron grip on the 111th company was slipping as his voice became a single note of resistance against the orchestra that was the changing of the legion from the Emperor’s Warhounds to Angron’s Eaters of Worlds. While on the surface the 111th still obeyed Grael, in the shadows other figures began to gain in authority, in the 111th company, and before long Grael was leading the company in title only.
The Warrior Lodges
Like many of the other legions the World Eaters began to have secret societies sprout up with in them known as Warrior Lodges. The Word Bearers helped establish these lodges within each legion, but early on it was difficult for a lodge to be established in the 111th due to Gael being admitately against such things. Despite this a lodge was established within the 111th by an individual few would have expected, but respected. That individual was known as Krälgor. Krälgor was a veteran warrior who was among the first of the XII Legion from Terra to join the super human ranks of the Astartes. Krälgor was known to be one of the best duelist in the 111th, and a peerless warrior on the battlefield. Even when the rest of the 111th fell into disgrace under Grael’s command Krälgor was still held in great regard amongst the XII Legion across all companies. Yet despite this great respect and renown Krälgor did not lead a squad, and was known to never disobey orders or break the chain of command. In fact if Krälgor had on fault in the eyes of his comrades it was the fact that he was a fanatic for rules and following them, so much so that his brethren would often joke with him saying that he must have had the gene seed of Guilliman instead of Angron. Thus it took the company by great surprise when it was Krälgor who founded the Qaul’ta Morguul warrior lodge in the 111th company, despite Gael giving strict orders forbidding such lodges. This simple act of defiance proved to be the first step for Kralgor toward the path to leadership of the 111th. As the lodge membership grew to include all save a few members of the 111th company Krälgor became the most influential voice in the company. As the lodges from other companies began to meet and communicate with one another Krälgor quickly became the unofficial leader of the 111th company as he was now the one talking to the captains of the other companies, not Gael.
Council or Nikaea
After the ruling of the Council of Nikaea the Word Bearers offered to extend there services to all the legions who wanted them so that they could provide and train chaplains to help with the mental wellbeing of the Astertes within the legion. The XII accepted this offer and and thus the Word Bearers sent chaplains to each company to find and train World Eaters from each company to become chaplains. Atazoth, the Word Bearer assigned to the 111th quickly saw that Krälgor was the perfect person to be trained to not only be a chaplain, bit to be the one to deliver the 111th into the hands of the dark gods just as his Primarch Lorgar had planned. At first Atazoth simple taught Krälgor how to be a chaplain, but as their friendship grew he began to teach him of the dark gods. By time Atazoth was recalled to his legion Krälgor had become quite adapt at incantations, daemonic rituals and many other arcane rights that no mortal should know. Out of all of this new found knowledge, the one thing that attracted Krälgor the most was the lure of the Blood Father whom he and his brethren would later learn to call Khorne.
The Horus Heresy
As time had passed Krälgor’s influence had grown, and his devotion knowledge of chaos with it. When the time came to assemble units to be sent down to the surface of Isstvan V to crush the rebellion there it was Krälgor who ultimately without the knowledge of Grael hand picked the individuals from the 111th to be sent down. All of those chosen were those individuals that were most loyal to Grael and refused to join the warrior lodge. Kralgor knew full well that those good ng down to the planet surface would never leave it so he made sure to include any and all 111th legionaries that would stand the the way of what he now saw as the Blood Father’s true plan for the legion. When the dissenters planet side Krälgor became the first chaplain in the XII legion to officially take up his new title of Blood Priest. Angron ever being one detached from his men bestowed leadership of the 111th on the second in command Captan Carryark Thulme who while loyal to Angron and the Warmaster saw his primary goal being the preservation of the Legion. Thulme understanding the influence Krälgor had decided to elevate Krälgor to his second in command and personal advisor on all issues regarding the 111th company. When word reach Thulme and Krälgor that Gael and a squad of those loyal to him were still alive on Isstvan hold up in the palace with Garviel, Krälgor insisted that he be the allowed join the force sent to exterminate them once and for all. Thus in his power armour which he had newly christened in blood and the skull rune of Khorne Krälgor made planet fall, and took the honor of taking the head of captain Gael. Afterwards Krälgor began preaching of the blood father openly and spreading the corruption or chaos throughout the 111th, though Thulme proved to never be a believer.
Skalathrax until now
When the World Eaters began fighting the Emperors Children on the world of Skalathrax Captain Thulme organized the 111th as best he could to fight this fight like any other battle of the Crusade. So when the weather became inhospitable to the point that even Astartes would freeze to death if they were out on the cold night, he ordered his men to take shelter. Krälgor was enraged when he received the order so when he heard that Khârn had refused to stop fighting and was killing all who would take the path of cowardice, Krälgor gathered his warriors and joined Khârn in his purge or the weak. Krälgor continued to burn the shelters with a flamer like Khârn until and his men were confronted by captain Thulme and those loyal to the captain. At that moment Krälgor threw down his flamer, drew his two chainaxes and challenged Thulme to an honour duel on the grounds that the cowardly actions of Thulme were unworthy of the Blood Father, and thus Thulme was unworthy of leading the 111th. Krälgor slew Thulme within only a few seconds, and then fell upon those who had stood with Thulme in his moment of cowardice. When Kralgor had killed those who brought dishonor to the 111th, and was covered in their blood, he had a vision gifted to him from the Blood Father. In the vision he saw the legions of the Blood God, and the warriors of the 111th marching and fighting side by side. As one daemon or World Eater would fall, two more would rise from the rivers of blood flowing from their enemies. At this moment Krälgor declared that the 111th were reborn as Khorne’s Legion of Carnage. Krälgor gathered all of his men and fought their way towards the transports killing any who came across their path regardless of legion. When they got to the transports they took everything they could and returned to their ship as well as stealing a few other ships that were poorly defended due to poo battle deployments on Skalathrax. Krälgor set ordered all his ships to plot a course to the same location as his flagship which was a set of coordinates given to him in his vision. They left Skalathrax and found the region they named the Blood Cradle in the Eye that they established a bases at and now reside when not on their ships. The blood Cradle was a crimson pocket in the eye which was not completely exposed to the warp. In it there was a total of 15 habituated worlds with the largest of which being the one they established their main base on.