Characters within the Black Legion
, on the tabletop, background, and the Horus Heresy
I am Horus. I am the Warmaster. I am the master of all mankind.
One of the twenty Primarchs created by the Emperor of Mankind for the Great Crusade, Horus and his brothers were scattered to the stars by the Chaos Gods. Landing on Cthonia, Horus was still relatively young when the Great Crusade reached the hive city. The first Primarch to be rediscovered, Horus was better trained in his powers by the Emperor, and when he reached maturity, was given command of the XVI Legion of the Adeptus Astartes, the Luna Wolves. In the following two centuries, Horus led the Luna Wolves with diligence and precision. No legion fought harder, better, or brought more worlds into compliance than the Luna Wolves. As more Primarchs were discovered, Horus in turn formed a bond with each, but he was closest with Sanguinius of the Blood Angels, and their bond was said to be closer than any other Primarch. Following the Ullanor Crusade, the Emperor announced that he was returning to Terra and that Horus was to be named Warmaster of the Great Crusade. The Emperor also suggested that Horus rename his Legion the Sons of Horus, to further solidify his position.
At first, Horus led with the same diligence and precision as before, but the pressure began to get at him. Tragically, he was wounded at Davin by the governor he had installed with a Chaotic weapon. With the Apothecaries unable to heal the wound, First Chaplain Erebus of the Word Bearers suggested that they take him to a local lodge which was tainted by Chaos. Seeing visions of a future where the Emperor was worshiped as a god and he was forgotten, Horus embraced Chaos and led nine of the other Legions in a rebellion known as the Horus Heresy
. At the Siege of Terra, Horus lowered the void shields of the Vengeful Spirit
in a challenge to the Emperor to come aboard and face him. The Emperor teleported aboard with the Adeptus Custodes, Sanguinius, Rogal Dorn of the Imperial Fists, and their bodyguards. Sanguinius found him first, and Horus offered him a chance to stand at his side. Sanguinius refused and attacked, but was struck down. The Emperor then arrived, but held back for fear of harming his most beloved son. Horus in turn so wounded the Emperor that he was close to death when a single loyal Custodes found them. Horus flayed the Custodes with a single look, and the Emperor realized his most favored son was truly gone. Striking with psychic bolt, the blast managed to give Horus enough sense of self to realize what he had become. Begging the Emperor to finish him off, Horus's mind and soul were utterly obliterated, preventing the Chaos Gods from raising him again.
- Antagonistic Offspring
- Bald of Awesome/Bald of Evil: First one, then the other.
- Beware the Superman: One of the things Horus resented The Emperor for was the latter's decision to subordinate the primarchs to the authority of the High Lords of Terra after the Great Crusade.
- Big Bad: Of the Horus Heresy.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Sanguinius's Abel.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Horus does this on a galactic scale.
- Didn't See That Coming: He even admits that he should have known Angron would go down to Istvaan III and finish off the survivors of the virus bombing the old fashioned way.
- Drop the Hammer: His power mace Worldbreaker.
- Dying as Yourself: Begged the Emperor to finish him off after realizing how far he had fallen.
- Evil Former Friend: To the loyalist Primarchs, particularly Sanguinius, Roboute Guilliman, and Rogal Dorn.
- Face-Heel Turn: The most tragic of turn in human history.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride.
- A Father to His Men: Both figuratively and literally (somewhat). Then he's wounded and things turn...ugly.
- Galactic Conqueror: At first, the Emperor was this, and Horus was his second in command; until the Emperor promoted him to Warmaster to finish the job, just before returning to Terra. Then Horus conquered huge swathes of the galaxy on his own before the incident on Davin. Then when he went traitor, Horus lived this trope to the fullest, as he re-reconqured huge portions of the galaxy in a campaign where notions like diplomacy and mercy were almost entirely forgotten.
- It's All My Fault: He was like this a lot in Horus Rising, until the end when he said it wasn't his fault (it wasn't) decided he had had enough, and ordered the Luna Wolves to kill everything.
- Killed Off for Real: Horus is dead in every way possible. The Emperor obliterated his mind and soul, but his body was recovered by the Emperor's Children. Fabius Bile made a clone of him, but it and Horus's body were destroyed and burned to ash by Abaddon.
- Not As You Knew Them: Which Sanguinius and the Emperor found out to their detriment.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Natch.
- Parental Favoritism: Horus was the Emperor's most beloved son.
- Satanic Archetype: He is the greatest, most favored son of a Physical God who rebelled against his father and took one-third of the armies with him. Sound familiar?
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Horus's rebellion was to prevent mankind from falling to a slow decline without hope...and ended up causing exactly that.
- Wolverine Claws: The Talon of Horus, a lightning claw gifted to him from the Dark Mechanicus.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: His was caused ultimately by Erebus and eventually started the Horus Heresy.
- You Are in Command Now: Of the Great Crusade. And he wasn't ready for it.
Ezekyle Abaddon "the Despoiler"
I am the Arch-fiend, the Despoiler of Worlds, and by my hands shall the false Emperor fall.
The First Captain of the XVI Legion, and Horus' right hand man. Following Horus' death, Abaddon took command of the Sons, renamed them the Black Legion, and succeeded Horus as Warmaster of Chaos. In the following ten thousand years, Abaddon has launched Thirteen Black Crusades against the Imperium. With his power, influence, force of personality, and a legacy of his Primarch behind him, the Imperium considers him to be the greatest threat to its existence.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Want to try to replace Abaddon? Go ahead and try. You'll die anyway.
- Badass: Say what you will Abaddon's strategic abilities, but he is a terrifying force on the tabletop.
- Bad Boss: A major reason why the Black Crusades fail.
- Big Bad: Of the Black Crusades, and the top contender for the overall spot of Big Bad of Warhammer 40,000.
- The Champion: He is blessed by the Chaos Gods and the daemon primarchs.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Another major reason the Black Crusades fail.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Seem to be the reason why he's not a Daemon Prince, he refuses to become one.
- The Dragon: To Horus during the Heresy.
- The Dreaded: For the Imperium.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Evil Overlord: Much more so than your average Chaos Lord.
- Evil Weapon: Drach'nyen, his daemon sword. Also his other weapon, the Talon of Horus, which has more of an evil legacy.
- Fangs Are Evil: He seems to have developed them since the heresy.
- Galactic Conqueror: Not quite, but he gets somewhat close...
- General Failure: Despite being the heir of Horus, in ten thousand years Abaddon has failed to conquer the Imperium, leading to him fitting this trope as a commonly accepted piece of fanon. However, upon the release of the Black Legion supplement, only the 13th appears to have the conquest of the Imperium as the ultimate goal. Somewhere along the way, he wised up and started focusing on the Long Game, acquiring superweapons and destroying large tracts of Imperial space surrounding the Eye of Terror. However, his apparent failures have not gone unnoticed by the other Chaos Legions, and are addressed in both Soul Hunter and Dark Creed (where Erebus of the Word Bearers goes so far as to mention that there is talk of needing a new Warmaster).
- Also, it's a given that he is working with the divisive forces of Chaos, he has to get past the most fortified star system in the galaxy to get out of the Eye, and that the Imperium mobilizes every force it can spare from all across the Galaxy whenever Abbadon comes knocking. The fact that he even manages to get those Crusades off the ground at all is a feat of leadership. Considering every crusade has to fight through the most fortified system barring Terra and the fact that he has quite a few toys under his belt, he might just be Chaos's greatest success waiting to happen.note
- Hot-Blooded: Abaddon's temper is legendary.
- Large and in Charge: While there are quite a few Daemon Princes in his ranks and Greater Daemons allied and bonded to his service, descriptions of him describe as being big even for a Space Marine, and that's before his Terminator armor.
- The Magnificent: The Despoiler.
- Number Two: As First Captain he split the role with Maloghurst during the Great Crusade, though he evolved into The Dragon during the Horus Heresy.
- One-Man Army: Abaddon may perhaps be strategically impaired, but on the tabletop he is the most dangerous thing in hand to hand combat.
- Rage Against the Mentor: Abaddon once saw Horus as a god, but now hates his former mentor for failing to conquer the galaxy.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He apparently resembles Horus.
- Wolverine Claws: The Talon of Horus, the weapon which killed Sanguinius and mortally wounded the Emperor, is the only part of Horus' legacy Abaddon is willing to inherit.
- Dual Wielding: He later gained a Daemon Sword named Drachnyen, his close combat attacks combines the strengths of both of his weapons.
- You Have Failed Me: An actual rule of Abaddon's in Battlefleet Gothic, where he'll fire on vessels that have failed a command check.
Maloghurst was a Captain of the Luna Wolves when he was injured in battle and made Horus Lupercal's Equerry.
"Little Horus" Aximand
Captain of the 5th Company of the Luna Wolves/Sons of Horus, and a member of the Mournival. He is one of the "sons of Horus" who bears a great resemblance to Horus Lupercal, leading to his nickname.
Captain of the 13th Company. An assault marine and a "son of Horus" who followed Horus in the Heresy.
The Captain of the Justaerin Terminator squad. Despite only leading a squad, he is a full Captain. He is still serving Abaddon in the 41st millennium, appearing in Soul Hunter
The Veteran Sergeant of the 13th Company, and a mighty Chaos Lord of the 41st millennium, one of the Chosen of Abaddon.
Captain of the 7th Company, and lodge-master of the warrior-lodge within the Luna Wolves/Sons of Hours.
A Chaos Sorcerer of the Black Legion, and the main antagonist of The Fall of Medusa V
The members of the XVI Legion who were cast out or left the Legion as the Horus Heresy began in earnest. Most were eliminated on Istvaan III
Captain of the 10th Company, and promoted to the Mournival follow Haster Sejanus's death.
- Break the Cutie: Horus Rising, False Gods, and Galaxy in Flames are more or less devoted to destroying his whole world view.
- The Captain
- Chainsaw Good
- The Hero: The closest thing those three books have to one.
- Meaningful Rename: When the virus bombing of Istvaan III fails and Horus's treachery is revealed, Loken is given command and re-dubs them the Luna Wolves.
- Oblivious to Love: To Mersadie Oliton, given that he's an Astares.
- Sole Survivor: Of the Battle of Istvaan III.
Captain of the 2nd Company, and a member of the Mournival.
Captain of the 3rd Company, and one of the original members of the Legion who fought in the Unification Wars.
Sergeant in the 10th Company.
Captain of the Luna Wolves 4th Company. Killed by "the Emperor" on 63-19 (or "Terra" as the natives called it). Loken's predecessor on the Mournival.