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Knight House Kildare
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The crest of the Knights of House Kildare, showing the intrinsic symbolism of the black petaled Thanatos Roses


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Knight House Kildare







The Noble Knight House of Kildare came to rule Kildrech soon after their colony ship landed on the planet close to ten millennia ago. Continually harassed by Xenos raiders and the ever present danger of hostile native predatory beasts, the Knights quickly became the primary line of defence for the population. However there were other aspects of danger which the Knights could not protect its people from. Kildrech was scattered with a plethora of deadly flora and fauna and while the more bestial animals could be attacked and put down, a lot of the others were of a more subtle nature; poisonous plants, silent reptiles which would drag unsuspecting people under water, small rodents capable of paralyzing larger animals with a bite and dozens of other threats.

The Moirai standing guard over the outer gate of the Knight Citadel on Kych
The Moirai leading a spearhead assault of the Company of Kildare
Kildare Knights securing the ruined city block
Pic capture of the Knights of Kildare sweeping in for an assault on Loyalist positions

Unable to fight the threats of plants and insects, the House instead protected their people by planting vast fields of black roses in the areas known to contain lethal dangers to represent a warning; these flowers became known as a Thanatos Rose after the ancient Terran Greeko god of non violent death. So strong a symbolism were the flowers that they become the principle device and coat of arms of the House. While a number of quasi religions did spring up over the thousands of years, the Knights of Kildare often discouraged such preaching and instead insisted that people trust their fates and destinies and that they, the Knights, alone could help them side step such dangers and twist in their fates.

Synonymous with the symbolism of the Thanatos Roses and the peoples belief in a predetermined destiny or fate, the House personified this belief and created a triumvirate within their ranks, taking on the guise of the ancient Moirai; the controllers of the fate of every mortal. This ruling council of three were embodied in three mighty Knight; Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. Towering engines of white, ornately decorated with the twisting vines and petals of the notorious and symbolic Black Roses, a warning of imminent death wielded by the shapers of fate themselves.

With the coming of the Imperium the House welcomed the compliance fleet led by the VII Legion and worked closely with them in securing the System. With the coming of the Mechanicum forces to Cerberus the House again welcomed the newly arrived and worked closely with them. This willingness and working relationship resulted in not only an efficient transition into the Imperium but also an Oath Bond Alliance between the Kildrech Crusade and the Legio Crucius Templari.

What role the Moirai may have played in influencing the Kildrech Crusade to secede from the Imperium and form the Company of Kildare is as yet, unknown, but the behavior of the Blackshield forces certainly hint at some belief in the Fates. Either way the House has transferred the Oath Bond over to the new incarnation of the Astartes as did the Mechanicum forces on Cerberus.

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