(Warsmith of Iron Clad)
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"A new age is dawning, not an age of ending, an age of strife but asured mutual destruction, taking its time as a cancer, ripping its way through the fleshy material world with gaping maws, screaming with ancient hatred and an endless hunger. This is the day I grow, the day my flesh is carved, and my blood's iron is refined in the crucible of war and survival. It's survival of the fittest, and I am fit to lead you." - Aleksandros Ferratus Vascus upon arriving on Kaedalus II.
Aleksandros never knew his father and grew up in the Lochos Death District Secundus Sector II. His mother was sick from the gas weaponary used during the many wars that existed during Olympia. Vascus developed a lung problem and nearly went blind in his left eye. (The same eye he would have damaged by a daemonic posession giving him a flawed ability of farsight. ) He grew up as a boy stealing and playing with his friends. Trying to get as much money as he could to save his dying mother.
Like many of the boys in Lochos, they formed gangs to stay alive and take what they wanted from others to make ends meet. Vascus did not do it for greed, him being more sentimental he continued to provide for his small amount of relatives. He did well for himself and met Toragath Hyrionus who's father was away on military duty on the many wars. They formed a very close friendship and trusted eachother with their lives. That bond would serve useful in their coming years.
Arrival of the Emperor and the creation of the Iron Warriors legion.
Aleksandros heard the stories about the knights clad in Iron. Fascinated by their coloration and might, he fought to garner the attention of the recruiters. He particpated in underground fighting competitions till one of them saw his potential and recruited him into Perturabo's own.
Siege of Lochos
The unamed tyrant of his city "The Tyrant of Lochos" was a major issue for infrastructure of the region if Perturabo would raise an army worthy of his father's Grand Crusade. Aleksandros made it into the Iron Warriors legion and quickly rose in the ranks in the battles on his world and eventually travelling on the Legion's fleet from planet to planet.
Early Battles for Aleksandros and the Horus Heresy.
Aleksandros eventually faced the Hrud and participated in the lengthy wars of the Grand Crusade. During Perturabo's absence, Vascus was given control of a single ship. Ferrum Maximus, a Retribution Class Battleship, a ship hunter. Vascus had refitted the ship with an extended drop pod bay. (This ship would be lost during the Horus Heresy but by sheer chance a floating derelict in the Kaedalus sector was found to be the same ship and was repaired and reclaimed by the Warsmith) It fought during the Siege of Terra but had jumped before Vascus could make it back aboard his Thunderhawk unamed during the Heresy but survives to this day named "Agony of Vraks". Aleksandros lost his left arm in the fighting and a girl he had protected since the beginning of the Heresy. Her name was Angela, he loved her dearly and she was his adopted daughter. She was killed on an Imperial Fist prison convoy, tortured in front of Vascus after his capture.
After his daughter's death was able to use the electrical coupling in his arm guard to break free of the plasma damaged chains. He subsequently killed the guards that had tortured his daughter and went to the captain's bridge and shot him in his seat, he guided the ship on a collision course with a nearby moon escaping for the Hanger where his partially stripped Thunderhawk resided. It had enough fuel to escape but was found later by a Sons of Horus ship escaping into the Eye of Terror. They planned to loot him, but he overheard the conversation and refueled his Thunderhawk to find shelter on a jungle planet till he would finally go to Medrengard in search of his battle brothers.
Fate of his Warband
His Warband was 89 strong, majority of them had died in the fighting, only survivors were, Toragath Hyrionus, Jascianus S., Ezekiel and Gabriel Artenkos and a new member Kassadus.
Travelling and outmaneuvering Imperial fleet movements and assaulting territories near the Kaedalus and within the sector.