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Dragonborn by Greyall Dragonborn by Greyall
Beliefs and Myths Among the Forces of the Imperium
Section 334/8
Draconis Astartes

Although our Lord Emperor, His will be done, denounced all false deities and showed Mankind the way to illumination - himself a beacon in that path - He, in His glorious wisdom, knew precisely how to shape the nature of Man, like a sculptor who knows his material and how to apply his chizel.

Thus did the Emperor understand that it is in Man's very nature to create totems from beasts, both real and myth. This, unlike any adoration of so-called "Gods", is a drive for our growth and betterment, the very antithesis of conformity and stagnation that come with relying on the omnipotence of a false god.

Long has Mankind admired and envied the beasts that share his world. The archives of Holy Terra show that, in every competitive environment, there are those that take for them the qualities - and even names - of specific creatures, striving to become and surpass them in their very nature. One of the most curious aspects of this practice is that it is not governed by a strict rule or ranking. See how the Space Wolves have taken the Fenrisian Wolves as their symbol and namesake, even though the deep-dwelling Kraken far surpass them in size, strength and threat. Take the Raven Guard, their totemic animal a fierce predator, for sure, yet in truth very little compared to the Leophar that inhabit the caves of the very same spires. Throughout Mankind's History, animals like the Eagle (blessed be the Emperor), the Wolf, the Raven, the Lion and many others have attained for themselves the statute of symbols, their significance going beyond the boundaries of biology.

Yet one totem exists whose power and evolution throughout human History merits its own discussion: the Dragon. Holy Terra has never birthed Dragons, as far as our oldest archives on biology show, and yet belief and mentions of Dragons have roots as ancient as any other beast, real or mythological. No doubt this was born from contact with the remains of animals long extinct when Humanity was still young, as were the Saurians, yet what is remarkable is that, even before proof of existence of reptilian giants (already a moment of amazement to our then primitive brains, for sure), human mind managed to escalate them into something more. There and then was born a myth that would be present in every era of our History, and in almost every civilization.

It should be of no wonder, then, that the symbolic might of the Dragon remains as strong as ever. Perhaps even stronger. For, you see, in time our exploration and conquest of new planets has allowed Manking to finally come face to face with what can only be described as Draconic creatures. The Salamanders of Nocturne are the most famous of such beasts, though not the first. On Kallua-Rungi the Magos Biologis discovered the Starnesuchus, giant aquatic reptiles able to glide long distances from one Ocean to another during the planet's Cycles of Evaporation. Many others could be named, including some, like the Mist Drakken of Laupstrum or the Irumus of Formong 44, which are the very image of the old myth of Holy Terra, both in its Western and Eastern depictions, respectively.

The latter specimen, precisely, will allow me to finish this section by showing the true strength of the Dragon Mythos. Formong 44 is as idyllic a world as one can wish for in this harsh Era and Universe. A temperate climate, diverse flora and relatively controllable fauna has allowed its human settlers to establish hab-zones worthy of our most unbridled pride. Unfortunately, Formong 44 sits on the very doorstep of a Dark Eldar Webway exit point and this, in turn, has meant that a planet that might've been unremarkable in terms of military forces has in turn been chosen by the White Scars (their hatred for the Dark Eldar burning as ever) as the birthplace of one of their successor Chapters, the Wyrms Eternal. This designation owes, of course, to the Chapter's continual resistance - and success - against the Dark Eldar, but also to Formong's most amazing natural feature, the Irumus.

Irumus are gargantuan reptiles that make their home beneath the sky-piercing mountains of the Northern Hemisphere (the area where the Wyrms Eternal have established their fortress). Their serpentine bodies - with four short but extremely strong legs - allow them to navigate both the underground tunnels and the jagged surfaces of the mountainous ranges at staggering speeds. They feed beneath the surface, preying on creatures as large - if not as fierce - as them, yet spend much of their time above, challenging each other in earth-shaking fights for territorial dominance. To human settlements they represent little danger, yet on those rare occasions when one climbs down from its rocky lair, destruction is assured and on a frightening scale, falling to the Astartes, most often than not, the destruction of the beast, whose bones, skin and meat are then taken to the Fortress-Monastery with all the reverence.

What's remarkable about the interaction between Astartes and the Irumus is that even the augmented minds of Space Marines managed to widen the scope of the Irumus' already amazing capabilities. Though the beasts possess no other weapons than fang, claw and size, their underground-dwelling nature, combined with the fiercely totemic nature of the White Scars, meant that the Wyrms Eternal symbol is a mix of the real animal and the Dragons Holy Terra, capable of flight and able to spew fire. Even now every single Marine (and Formonghian) attributes these abilities to the Irumus, with various accounts of flying leviathans and burned cities.

And so History repeats itself. Yet the Dragons endure.

Whew...a friend asked me to draw a symbol for a thread about Dragon-related Astartes - which I did, but added a bonus: a Samurai Marine (of the Wyrms Eternal). I know, it's not very samurai-ish, but lately I've been more adept at keeping design influences toned down. Maybe someday I'll draw the Chapter Master.

Hope you like this. Cheers, all.
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Fivepointed-star Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
I'm still waiting patiently for that Wyrms Eternal CM you mentioned. :) 
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
It shall be Done :)
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20334Survivor Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
OMFG THIS IS BEYOND AWESOME!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Thanks, mate :)
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20334Survivor Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Anytime hope to see more while I watch ;)
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Balthasar52 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I love it 

but dont get the storie can a single marine slay one of these beasts or fail in the effort

Eny way im a real dark angel fan and warhammer 40k fan 


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SPARTAN-WOLF Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Is this guy in the Salamander Chapter or Black Dragons Chapter?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
It's from the Wyrms Eternal Chapter mentioned in the text, mate.
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SPARTAN-WOLF Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Oh sorry my bad.
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stalker9292 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
G.L.O.R.I.O.U.S!

p.s. FUS DA HAMMER!
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diego2528 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
yeah, they are not samurai but more fantasy knight(bretonia and the like) you know "i fight dragons!"
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin, naal ok zin los vahriin,
Wah dein vokul mahfaeraak ahst vaal!
Ahrk fin norok paal graan fod nust hon zindro zaan,
Dovahkiin, fah hin kogaan mu draal!
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SchwarzDrago Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
FUS RO DAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
EXTREMELY awesome :)
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Gracias, mate.
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Blacktemplar777 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Your Works better and better!
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BlooDrunk666 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Great! I dont know what else to say... You are a great artist!
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Talancir Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
there's really nothing to say that will do this justice.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thanks, mate =)
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saresk34 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Very nice. And your friend definitely did his research on catching that Humanity has always known of "Saurians" even though we were never supposed to have met them.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thanks, mate. The text is mine, though ;)
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saresk34 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Oh, haha! Well it still applies!
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kubuk13 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive! So cool !!!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thanks =)
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Lord-Faesight Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Just plain awesome
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you =)
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Ratibor31 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
More lokely, this is fusion of Slamanders and White Scars...

Congatulations for such incredibly neat art!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thanks, mate, that was the idea indeed.
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Ratibor31 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
kudos!
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Creative-lee-1982 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you =)
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Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Very, very cool my friend.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thanks, matey. Cheers.
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Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
No worries
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Holy... Wow... Nice name for the chapter too xD

Oh, And also... When you said samurai influence, the only thing I see on the guy that has any semblance of a samurai is the shoulder pads xD

Anyway, I'm guessing these guys are hated by the Ultrasmurfs also because of indoctrination?
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Well, he's got a katana and several pieces of lamelled armour but yes, toned down.

I'm afraid I don't understand that last part. Whose indoctrination are you referring to?
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
These guys, Dragons? They don't seem to be Codex adherent... or at least not 100% xD
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Oh, right. No, they aren't. Well, theoretically, White Scars are Codex Marines, so their successors should be, aswell. But that's far as hell away from the truth. The Wyrms Eternal are adepts of Assault Squads and Land Speeders, but they like Dreadnoughts, unlike their original Legion.
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Haha... I just had an image of a Dreadnought skiing around in a Tribes map going really fast xD
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Shamblin85 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Oh man, this is by far one of my fav's thus far! Amazingly well done!
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thanks, mate =)
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VladLylyk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
P.S. Looking forward to the next art;)
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She-who-thrist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Also There was a legend of a dragon who fought the Emperor and was sealed in Mars. The Void Dragon, the Most Powerful C'tan
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
To reference that would've earned the author of that treatise a session with an Inquisitor, most likely. =)
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She-who-thrist Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Much like the Hertic Saint. But think about it, who or what is the Machine God, What being with such power lives on mars to generate life.
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I'm sure they'll tell a tale about it in time, but it's one of those mysteries that gives 40K its juice.
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She-who-thrist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Praise the Raptors for using such Pre-hersey Jetpacks that look bad ass
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Greyall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Amen.
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She-who-thrist Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
at least it looks better then those jetbikes, because >_> they look like their riding Hotdogs
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