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Chapter of the Profaned Menhir
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Legio XVII

Legio Name:

The Word Bearers Legion




The Profaned




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Great Crusade

The Chapter of the Profaned Menhir are a long standing formation within the Word Bearers, dating back to the Crusade, Imperial Herald era. Named for a constellation in the skies of Colchis thought to be an ill omen or associated with bad luck, the Chapter was relatively small, consisting of only six companies and was primarily equipped as an mass infantry assault force, although they did possess limited quantities of specialist equipment.

Throughout the Great Crusade the Chapter earned a solid, if not outstanding reputation as part of the 712th Expeditionary Force. Their actions are notable in the frequency of unforeseeable complications they encountered. This almost always resulted in a higher than anticipated casualty rate among the Chapter's companies. Legion Command however, aware of the importance of the 712th's work readily replaced these losses so the Chapter was rarely significantly understrength for any length of time.

The continued ill luck however was thought by many of the Colchisians accompanying the Expeditionary Force to be a related to the naming of the Chapter after such an ominous constellation. However, little did the humans see the larger picture of the events involving the Profaned; many of the dark clouds had a silver lining. An unforeseeable tectonic shift swallows half of the 3rd Company, but reveals an ancient, forgotten forge from the Dark Age of Technology resulting in the recovery of a complete, functional STC template. Post censure, an Eldar fleet arrives unexpectedly by means unknown to ambush the 712th. Again, high casualties are taken repelling the xenos, but capture and interrogation of Eldar officers reveals high value intelligence (forwarded to Legion Command: ref: 'She who thirsts').

Also notable regarding the Chapter are the number of Legionaries inducted into the Ashen Circle formation and to assessment and training for the Chaplaincy. The result of this is that each of the Chapter's Chaplains almost continually having and training a disciple which has, in turn, has lead to the Chapter having incredibly strong spiritual leadership and dedication to the Word Bearers cause.

The Heresy

The Chapter of the Profaned Menhir first came to wider Imperial awareness in the wake of the Calth atrocities where recent analysis of pict-captures show they operated alongside the Chapters of the Unspeaking and The Graven Star. The Profaned participated in the Battle of Ithraca where they supported the Calaq War Host after their true intentions were revealed, and rampaged through Ithraca city participating in the wholesale, indiscriminant slaughter of both loyalist forces and citizenry. Following this action they withdrew from the surface before culmination of the poisoning of the Veridian star.

Detachments of the Chapter have since been sighted accompanying Erebus and other central command staff of the legion. This may be related to Chapter's propensity to produce Chaplaincy candidates and their utter dedication to Lorgar Aurelian and the XVII Legion. They have most recently been sighted participating in the Shadow Crusade on numerous of the Five-Hundred Worlds continuing to wreak havoc, sow terror and exalt the pantheon at any opportunity. Their appearance is often in conjunction with the Vakrah Jal or the Word Bearer's mysterious, and devastating, 'daemonic' allies.

The true strength of the Chapter is unknown, and as well as operating in the Five-Hundred Worlds, there are also multiple credible reports of the Chapter operating alongside Zardu Layak in the Inferno System where they were involved in multiple actions. Some of these resulted in large Word Bearer casualties, but more often in crushing defeats to the Loyalists who engaged. The extended campaign was bleeding both sides of manpower, but the Profaned have shown no hesitation at bolstering their own numbers with allies from beyond the veil.

Notable Members

Phael Nyx, Chapter Master of the Profaned Menhir, Chosen of Lorgar Aurelian and Scourge of the Vandax System.

Sol Keres, Dark Apostle of the Profaned Menhir, Companion of the Neverborn.

Charon Kel, Captain of the Second Company.

Hal Rulek, Centurion of Second Company, the Elevated.

Jahl Tolaq, Dark Apostle of the Second Company.

Ravir Dal, Dark Disciple of the Second Company.

Balthasar, Dark Maryr. Noted for the incredible amount of damage inflicted upon him during the Inferno Campaign, and subsequent refusal to die.

Combat Reports for L-XVII-6935


Inferno Campaign
Inferno Campaign Ribbon.jpg 047.007.M31 Inferno Unresolved
The Second Golloch War
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Prelude to War

The Golloch Cluster is a nebulous region of space containing thousands of ..→


Battle Name Date Planet Battle Outcome Battle Summary
The Second Golloch War~Assault on Star Port EN-BE551N 164.009.M31 Gaul Draw

March - Geno Five Two

At the onset of the Heresy the Techno-archivists took full advantage of the emerging civil war. Delegations from Mechanicum agents loyal to the Warmaster had been ..→

The Second Golloch War~The Death of Paterswold 088.009.M31 Paters World Loyalist

February - Eye of Horus

Horus' great betrayal hit the rulers of Paterswold simultaneously with the news that a group of twenty industrialised worlds in the cluster's galactic north had sworn ..→

The Second Golloch War~The Taking of Sevastopol Station 249.009.M31 Sevastopol Station Traitor

April - Covenant of Fire

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