, both from the novel series Space Wolf and the tabletop and background.
"Here I am, and here I shall die."
One of twenty Primarchs created by the Emperor of Mankind, Leman and his brothers were scattered to the stars by the Chaos Gods to prevent the coming of the Imperium. Landing on Fenris, Leman grew up amongst the Fenrisian Wolves, with two wolf brothers Freki and Geri. Eventually captured by the people of Russ, Leman was taken in by their king. Eventually succeeding him, Leman Russ went on to conquer Fenris. When the Emperor arrived, Leman was one of the few Primarchs who did not bow to his father, instead challenging the Emperor to an eating contest, a drinking contest, and contest of strength. Leman won the first two but failed the third, and submitted to the Emperor, taking control of the VI Legion of the Adeptus Astartes, renamed Vlka Fenryka
, the Wolves of Fenris, more commonly translated as the Space Wolves.
During the Great Crusade, the Wolves were believed to be superstitious barbarians who destroyed all in their path with utter savagery, but were actually unfettered battlefield analysts who would utterly exterminate any foe without restraint. In short, the Emperor's secret weapon: a Legion designed to kill another Legion. Leman Russ also became a rival of Lion El'Jonson, the Primarch of the Dark Angels, though the two eventually became firm friends. When the Horus Heresy
began, Russ and the Wolves were ordered by Malcador the Sigilite to bring Magnus the Red, Primarch of the Thousand Sons, to Terra for charges of sorcery. Russ's orders were altered by Horus, who had already fallen to Chaos, and he was charged with destroying the Thousand Sons. Russ and the Space Wolves destroyed the Thousand Sons home world of Prospero, but took heavy losses in the process, though they still joined the Dark Angels and the Ultramarines in trying to reinforce Terra. After the Emperor ascended the Golden Throne, Leman Russ departed Fenris to find a means to heal the Emperor, promising he would return for the Wolftime, the final battle.
- Badass: He once split an entire glacier with a single punch, Broke Magnus the Red´s back after a grueling fight and has one of the most numerous and powerful tanks in the Imperial Guard named after him.
- Blade on a Stick: The Spear of Russ, destined to be reclaimed by the Primarch upon his return for the Wolftime. Turns out Russ never really liked the Spear, but kept it for the Emperor's sake, as it was a gift.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He earned such a brutal reputation during the Great Crusade that the Space Wolves were nicknamed "the Rout".
- Drinking Contest: One of the ways he beat the Emperor.
- Fiery Red Head
- Hero Killer: In Prospero Burns, Russ implies to Kasper Hawser that the Wolves were the ones who "erased" the II and XI Legions, which means Russ may have killed their Primarchs.
- Hypocrite: Russ was fantastically opposed to psykers. He would then proceed to have Rune Priests use bones and totems on divining the future. In fairness, he genuinely believes that the Rune Priests draw their power from Fenris, and not the Warp. Apparently the Emperor never managed to convince him he was wrong.
- In Prospero Burns a Space Wolf Rune Priest actually outright admits that they wield psychic power, indicating that the whole "draws their power from Fenris" thing is just a cover story the Wolves use to keep their own psykers in service (Fear to Tread supports this notion as well). Which, really, just sort of makes Russ more of a hypocrite.
- And again in "Betrayer". When he calls the World Eaters to account for their habit of slaughtering entire planets, Angron accurately points out that Russ does the same. Russ counters by saying that the Emperor orders him to do so, leading Angron to point out that doesn't actually make Russ's actions any better. At least Angron has a mentally crippling implant forcing him to do what he does. Russ just obeys his father, right or wrong.
- His men have plotted to kill Blood Angels because their gene seed is too "deviant" ignoring how his own causes the Space Wolves to literally mutate into animals.
- Made of Iron: After receiving a Power Fist to the head from the Emperor, Leman said that he had a head ache from the drinking contest.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: If your name is The Emperor, or if he even thinks your name is The Emperor, he will do whatever you tell him to, even if that means wiping a world clean of life.
- Raised by Wolves: Literally.
- Rebellious Spirit
- Undying Loyalty: While his devotion to The Emperor basically means he will quite happily destroy entire civilisations in the blink of an eye, one has to admire the complete and utter fealty he shows towards the man he sees as his father.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lion El'Jonson.
Logan Grimnar is the Great Wolf, the Chapter Master of the Space Wolves, a position he has held for six hundred years. In a galaxy of Well Intentioned Extremists
and Knight Templars
, Logan Grimnar has proven himself to be a true hero, more concerned with the people of the Imperium than its rulers.
- A Father to His Men
- An Axe to Grind: The Axe of Morkai
- Badass: Lets see...
- Big Good
- Cool Old Guy: Almost everyone thinks so.
- Gentle Giant: As much a loving and kind grandfather to his charge as he is a great warrior.
- Lightning Bruiser: combined with Unstoppable Rage, is able to sprint in Terminator Armor during the Inquisition and Grey Knights' assault on Fenris. Let that sink in for a moment: the guy is so thoroughly pissed that he is able to run in armor that is so heavy that even Astartes are only able to trudge slowly when wearing it.
- Nice Guy: A violent warrior, yes: But what sets hims apart from his peers is that he actually loves and cares for the humans that he fights for.
- Papa Wolf: Literally. Even the Inqusition thinks twice about murdering innocents for a reason; Logan is it.
- The Red Baron: Nicknamed the Old Wolf.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
- What the Hell, Hero?: After the First War for Armageddon, the Inquisition rounded up the Imperial Guardsmen and innocent civilians who had seen the Chaos hordes, sterilized them, and sent them to forced labor camps. Logan fought against this, going so far as to kill a Grey Knight Grand Master (Technically, the Grand Master got the axe for firing on the Wolves during parlay.) and Lord Inquisitor, and though he failed, he has never forgiven the Inquisition, the Administratum, or the Ecclesiarchy for this. Ever since, Inquisitors have tried to steer clear of Fenris for fear of what might happen. That's right, folks: The Holy Ordos of the Emperor's Inquisition fear not the daemon, the alien, or the heretic, but Logan Grimnar? He terrifies them on an unprecedented level.
Bjorn the Fell-Handed
The oldest warrior in the Imperium, Bjorn was a Wolf Guard and the first Great Wolf of the Space Wolves. Wounded in battle, Bjorn was encased in a mighty Dreadnought, and is now only called upon in the event of the most fierce fighting.
The Wolf High Priest (Master of Sanctity in other Chapters) who personally recruited Logan Grimnar into the Chapter, and is the only Space Wolf to turn down an offer for Wolf Lord.
The Rune High Priest (Chief Librarian in other Chapters) and a senior adviser to Logan Grimnar.
Lukas the Trickster
A rebellious Space Wolf who delights in playing tricks on both his opponents and his fellow Space Wolves.
- Combat Pragmatist: The dirtiest fighter among the Space Wolves.
- Fiery Redhead
- Meaningful Name: Lukas <-> Loki
- The Prankster: Known, among others, to have trapped an Inquisitorial delegation in a grox pen while they were in heat. The grox, not the delegation.
- Taking You with Me: After losing his second heart to a Dark Eldar, he replaced it with a stasis grenade, insuring that who defeats him on the battlefield is trapped in a monument to Lukas' ego.
- Weirdness Coupon: He's pissed off half the Wolf Lords, the Inquisition, and whole swathes of others. Why is he still in? Logan Grimnar recognizes that he represents the Space Wolves rebellious nature, and the other half of the Wolf Lords think he's hilarious.
- Wolverine Claws: Wields a Power Claw.
Ragnar Blackmane (né Thunderfist)
The protagonist of the Space Wolf
series of books. A former warrior of the Thunderfist tribe, Ragnar was recruited into the Space Wolves when his village was attacked by the Grimskull tribe.
A Wolf Priest of the Thunderfist Great Company, Ranek is the one who recruited Ragnar and Strybjorn.
A Space Wolf who was part of Ragnar's Blood Claw pack. He and Ragnar have a rock relationship.
A former warrior of the Grimskull tribe. He and Ragnar had an intense rivalry over the circumstances of their recruitment.
The training Sergeant at Russvik (where Ragnar, Sven, and Strybjorn trained). Following their original sergeant's death, Hakon became their squad commander.
The Rune Lord (Chief Librarian) at the time Ragnar Blackmane was a Bloodclaw.
The Wolf Lord of the Great Company that Ragnar, Sven, Strybjorn, Hakkon, and Ranek belong to. He is a major player among the Wolf Lords, seen as a possible successor to Logan Grimnar.
Captain of Berek Thunderfist's Wolf Guard, and Berek's lieutenant.
A member of the Wolfblade (the group of Space Wolves who guard House Belisarius), Torin volunteered for the assignment.
A member of the Wolfblade, Haegr suffers from a defect which causes him to eat vast amounts of food, becoming actually fat. But don't let it fool you, there is plenty of muscle in him.
A young Wolf Priest who helps lead the counterattack on Charys.
Wolf Lord of the Thirteenth Great Company, they have been crusading in the Warp since the Horus Heresy
Chief Rune Priest of the Thirteenth Company
An Inquisitor who saved the life of Logan Grimnar. He comes to Fenris seeking an Eldar talisman in hopes of finding a cure to a plague affecting his world.
The Inquisitor apprentice of Sternberg. She makes an impression on Ragnar that leaves him with "un Space Wolf" feelings.
Captain of the Light of Truth
, a Inquistorial naval vessel used by Sternberg.
A Navigator of House Belisarius, a Navigator house of the Navis Nobilite, who are long time allies of the Space Wolves.
The Lord of House Ferraci, one of the houses of the Navis Nobilite and an ancestral enemy of House Belisarius.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Big Bad: Of Wolfblade.
- Cain and Abel: He's suspected of having murdered his brother to become Lord Ferraci.
- Extra Eyes
- Karma Houdini: He doesn't experience any concrete retribution for his actions, but Torin points out that plans going back decades have been irreparably ruined by Ragnar's action.
An assassin of the Callidus Temple of the Officio Assassinorum employed by Cezare Ferraci and an unknown patron with the Administratum.
The Commander of the PDF on Hyades. Actually one of the Fallen Dark Angels and secret ally of Madox.
A captain of the Deathwing, the first company of the Dark Angels chapter. Also, commander of a Kill-Team sent to investigate and retrieve one of the Fallen Angels.