Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Leman Russ

Well blog, its been awhile. Sorry I haven’t worked on you for a while, WAY to many things have been happening, including school. Anyways, here’s that thingie on Leman Russ I said I’d do.

Name: Leman Russ

Legion: Space Wolves (Legion #6)

Homeworld: Feris


Leman Russ was first discovered by the humans on the feral and savage world of Feris living among a group of wolves (like Mongli in the Jungle Book), he was name Leman of the Russ (his adopted tribe).

As all primarchs, Mr. Russ soon began to conquer his homeworld, and by the time the Emperor had heard of his exploits, Leman of the Russ was the greatest warrior on Fenris.

The Emperor needed to prove that this man was a primarch, one of his lost sons, so, he disguised himself and went to Fenris saying that he could be any man at 3 competitions of that man’s choosing. Naturally, Leman disagreed, HE was the greatest man alive! So he challenged the Emperor at one of the many feasts in his castle.

Trial Number 1: Drinking! Leman drained his entire cellar of alcohol, something the Emperor couldn’t, or didn’t do. Trial Number 2: Eating! Dear Russ ate three entire deer! Once again, the Emperor couldn’t, or didn’t match him. But, the Emperor was so disgusted with this supposed “great” man that he called him a glutton and a drunk, so angry was Leman at this that he grabbed his sword and rushed at the Emperor, saying that the 3rd trial would be a duel.

So they fought, it only took the Emperor a moment to realize that Leman was defiantly a primarch, but he let the fight continue. Finally, when he desired to end it, with a blow from his powerfist, he smashed Leman Russ against the wall of his castle, a blow that would have killed a normal man. However, Leman simply got up, and then, realizing who the Emperor was, swore an oath of allegiance to him!

Leman was given the 6th Legion of Space Marines, and promptly named them the Space Wolves. Leman threw his Space Wolves into the great crusade, gaining a reputation for being fierce warriors, if not slightly unstable.

Many exploits are told about the Space Wolves and their primarch, like how Leman Russ destroyed a Titan by himself and how he stuck Lion’el Johnson (Primarch of the Dark Angels) across the face when he angered him. To this day there is enmity between those two chapters (they’re now chapters at least).

At the beginning of the Horus Heresy Leman Russ was ordered to bring the Thousand Sons to justice after they and their Primarch (Magnus the Red, a one eyed giant), had refused to give up sorcery. This battle was tragic because, though Magnus did indeed use sorcery, he was, at the time loyal to the Emperor.

Though the Space Wolves won the battle, it left them at the far edge of Imperial Space during the Heresy and thus they were unable to aid the Emperor in the Siege of the Emperor’s Palace on Holy Terra.

During the aftermath of the Heresy, when the Codex Astartes was drawn up, Leman Russ refused to accept it, in particular that the legions be broken up into smaller units of 1000 each, called chapters. In fact, he went the farthest of all the Primarchs who disagreed with it (reportedly Vulkan of the Salamanders, though he had less than a chapter remaining by the end of the Heresy, and Rogal Dorn of the Imperial Fists). Though in the end both Dorn and Vulkan accepted the Codex Leman Russ never did, and though he created the Wolf Brothers second founding chapter, the chapter met with ill luck and in fact no longer exists today.

Leman Russ was last reported seen during the Feast of the Emperor’s Accession on Fenris. During the feast Leman received a vision, after which he gave orders to his Wolf Guard bodyguards, then announced he was leaving and would return for the final battle of Wolftime.

Thus ends the tale of Leman Russ, the most beloved of the Primarchs… oh, one more thing… he’s so cool, he’s got a tank named after him, the Leman Russ Main Battle Tank of the Imperial Guard.

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