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|Legio Audax (Ember Wolves)|
Dark Red trimmed with Iron
The Legio Audax (Ember Wolves) is a Traitor Titan Legion of the Dark Mechanicum that repudiated its oaths to the Emperor of Mankind and followed the Warmaster Horus into the service of the Ruinous Powers during the Horus Heresy. The Ember Wolves assisted the World Eaters Space Marine Legion throughout the Great Crusade after they were attached to the 13th Expeditionary Fleet's order of battle, and they shared this Astartes Legion's savage approach to combat. In the later days of the Great Crusade, the Legio Audax received most of its supply and maintenance services from the Redjak Mechanicum of the Forge World of Sarum, which was liberated by the World Eaters and had pledged itself to the service of the 13th Expeditionary Fleet thereafter. This alliance allowed the Titans of the Legio Audax to be equipped with scaled-down versions of Ursus Claw systems -- the great harpoons used by the World Eaters flagship, the Conqueror, for boarding actions. Another peculiarity of the Legio Audax was it's complement that consisted solely of Warhound Titan-variants that possessed additional armour plating than was standard, as well as their use of pack tactics when engaging larger foes. It is known that the Ember Wolves numbered approximately 90 machines in the aftermath of the destruction of Armatura. The Ember Wolves are known to have participated in the Istvaan III Atrocity that began the Horus Heresy and in the Shadow Crusade but Imperial records bear no further mention of their actions.
- Istvaan III Atrocity (ca. 007.M31) - The campaign known in later times as the Istvaan III Atrocity began when the Imperial Planetary Governor of Istvaan III, Vardus Praal, had been corrupted by the Chaos God Slaanesh whose cultists had long been active on that world. In 205.M31, Praal declared his world to be independent from the Imperium. Unaware of the change in Horus' loyalties after his corruption by Chaos on the world of Davin, the Council of Terra charged the Warmaster with the retaking of that world, primarily its capital, the Choral City. When the Imperium finally gathered its forces, the Sons of Horus, Death Guard, Emperor's Children and the World Eaters Legions arrived in the Istvaan System, mustering in orbit above the doomed planet. Under the guise of putting down the Istvaanian rebellion against Imperial Compliance, Horus hatched the plan by which he would destroy all the remaining Loyalist elements of the Legions under his command. He purposely gathered those Astartes who were not loyal to him and used them in the assault on the non-Compliant world. With elements of the Legio Mortis, the Legio Audax and the Legio Vulpa Titan Legion in support, the invasion of Istvaan III then began in earnest. The Ember Wolves are known to have taken part in the final attack on the Precentor's Palace alongside the Titans of the Death's Heads, but little mention of their other actions during the campaign are currently present in Imperial records.
- Syrgalah (Ember Queen) - Also known as the Ember Queen, the Syrgalah led Legio Audax in support of the World Eaters and Word Bearers Legions in their attacks on the worlds of Armatura and Nuceria during the Horus Heresy.
None listed in current Imperial records.
Each of the Legion's Titans is bulkier from additional armour plating and wears a head of dark metal, resembling a wolf or jackal baring it's teeth.
This Traitor Titan Legion's colours are dark red trimmed with iron, decorated with embers and cracked lava designs.
This Traitor Titan Legion's badge is not listed in current Imperial records.
- The Horus Heresy - Book One: Betrayal by Alan Bligh, pp. 40, 56, 96
- Betrayer (Novel) by Aaron Dembski-Bowden