|88th Alphic Lions|
Shock Assault, High-Mobility Warfare, Strategic Decapitation Strikes, Rapid Deployment Operations
The 88th Alphic Lions is an elite and renowned Tempestus Scions regiment of the Ordo Tempestus that has earned renown through its mutual alliance fighting alongside the First Founding Blood Angels Chapter.
Though the 88th Alphic Lions have fought against a vast range of deadly foes, they have proven most effective in war when fighting against the debased entities of the Warp. However, the feature most noted about the Lions by other Imperial bodies is their alliance with the Space Marines of the Blood Angels Chapter, with whom they have fought on several occasions and secured a great many victories for the Imperium.
- Salvation of Jalbree (Unknown Date) - It was on the volcanic moon of Jalbree that the 88th Alphic Lions displayed their skills to the Blood Angels. Senior Sanguinary Priest Corbulo was leading a small strike force of the Sons of Sanguinius to the planetoid on a secretive mission for his Chapter. The 88th Alphic Lions had also been sent there on a mission to defend the world against a daemonic tide that was spilling up from one of the volcanoes. Under ash-filled skies, the Scions and the Adeptus Astartes united to fight back the surge of furious warp-spawn, and whittled down the outflow of creatures with blistering, synchronized raids. The Militarum Tempestus proved their exceptional bravery to the Blood Angels when halting the progress of a throng of Seekers, allowing Corbulo to destroy the Greater Daemon of Slaanesh that led the brutal incursion. Since that battle the 88th Alphic Lions have regularly found themselves allied to Blood Angels strike forces, with their rapid pace and deadly impact on the battlefield complementing the fast strike tactics preferred by the Sons of Sanguinius.
The Tempestus Scions of the 88th Alphic Lions primarily wear black-coloured fatigues and Carapace Armour with silver-coloured trim, as well as black-coloured left knee guard and Slate Monitron. The Omnishield Helm is gold in colour. The right poleyn (knee guard) and left pauldron (shoulder guard) are red in colour.
The Lion is a common heraldic beast throughout the Imperium's statuary and monuments. Its connotations are obvious, the beast embodying nobility, strength and pride. All of these characteristics run strong within the 88th Alphic Lions, making the Lion an apt symbol indeed.
- Codex: Militarum Tempestus (6th Edition), pg. 25