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|Skull Takers of Hans Kho'ren|
First Founding (30th Millennium)
Chaos Lord Hans Kho'ren
Blood Red and Gold
The Skull Takers of Hans Kho'ren are a warband of Chaos Space Marines drawn from the World Eaters Traitor Legion. The corrupted Astartes of the warband are all Khornate Berserkers. This warband is led by the infamous Chaos Lord Hans Kho'ren.
- First War for Armageddon (444.M41) - The Daemon Primarch Angron, the favoured Champion of Khorne, unified his World Eaters after the Battle of Skalathrax, and led the XII Legion once again deep into the heart of the Imperium and invaded the Hive World of Armageddon in 444.M41, in a lesser known conflict that would come to be known as the First War for Armageddon. The Khornate Warband known as the Skull Takers of Hans Kho'ren sent an entire company of Berserkers in support, carving a bloody trail of slaughter across the doomed planet. But in the end, victory was denied to the Forces of Chaos due to Angron's own foolish belief in his victory before completing a total conquest of the world and the successful intervention of the Grey Knights Chapter of Space Marines. The Grey Knights' assault banished Angron back to the Warp for one hundred standard years and led to the failure of the overall campaign. Leaderless and having suffered terrible casualties, the World Eaters' withdrew back into the, leaving a portion of the Foresworn warband behind on Armageddon. Neither the Imperium nor the Orks have proven able to eliminate these Traitor Marines in the centuries that followed.
Skull Takers of Hans Kho'ren's badge is the same as that of their parent Traitor Legion, the World Eaters, which is a fanged maw engulfing a world on a field of blood red. Some warriors have been seen without a world on their badge, only using the large, fanged maw.
- White Dwarf 278 (US), "Codicium Imperialis: The First War for Armageddon," by Graham McNeill and Andy Hoare