These vikings share a bit more with King Arthur than you might expect – check out the Great Companies of the Space Wolves!
Loremasters, The Space Wolves have 12 active great companies (and a 13th one we don’t talk about) and today we’re looking at them and their leader today.
The Champions of Fenris – Company of the Great Wolf
The Champions of Fenris are fanatically loyal to their leader Logan Grimnar. Each warrior is extremely proud of his link to the supreme lord of the Chapter, and constantly vies with his peers for their masters favour. Logan Grimnar firmly believes that a battle can be carried by a few heroes in the right place at the right time, and as such makes effective use of the many Wolf Guard in his Great Company.
Great Wolf – Logan Grimnar
The Bloodmaws – Bran Redmaw’s Company
The symbol of the Bloodmaws is the bloodied Hunter, for their commander Bran Redmaw loves nothing more than to hunt under a full moon. The savagery of his company is legend. Some say the Curse of the Wulfen runs deep within their ranks, for their enemies are often found torn to pieces. Yet these warriors are also cunning – Bran’s numerous Grey Hunters will often lie in wait to the foe’s rear after the fury of his frontal attack forces their retreat.
Wolf Lord – Bran Redmaw
The Seawolves – Engir Krakendoom’s Company
Chosen from the kraken-hunting islanders of southern Fenris, Seawolves men are dark of skin and temperament. They go to war embarked upon armored transports and airborne assault craft adorned with shields, their Swiftclaw outriders ensuring they reach the foe as an unstoppable tide.
Wolf Lord – Engir Krakendoom
The Sons of Morkai – Erik Morkai’s Company
The Company is named the Fenrisian Deity and its current Wolf Lord Erik Morkai has always been grim and stern of aspect. His company has many Wolf Scouts, fellow veterans who appreciate their master’s taciturn demeanor and no-nonsense approach.
Wolf Lord – Erik Morkai
Red Moons – Gunnar Red Moon’s Company
The Wolf of the Red Moon is a skeletal beast that prowls the seven hells in Fenrisian myth, devouring the bodies of the unworthy and yet never growing fat. The Company favors the use of Long Fang and Aggressor Squads.
Wolf Lord – Gunnar Red Moon
The Deathwolves – Harald Deathwolf’s Company
The Deathwolves symbol is the Ravening Jaw, symbolized by a wolf eating a star. The Ravening Jaw in Fenrisian mythology symbolizes the Wolftime, when Morkai will eat the sun and the stars and shroud Fenris in an eternal night. The Great Company is known for its large amount of lupine beasts, be they biological or cybernetic.
Wolf Lord – Harald Deathwolf
The Stormwolves – Bjorn Stormwolf’s Company
Wolf Lord – Bjorn Stormwolf
The Ironwolves – Egil Iron Wolf’s Company
The Great Company specializes in heavily armored assaults and maneuver tank warfare.
The chosen symbol of the Ironwolves is the Iron Wolf. The Iron Wolf in Fenrisian mythology lies dormant beneath Asaheim; a wolf so massive that the mountains represent the individual hairs on his back and the seams of metal his veins. Those who bear the saga of the Iron Wolf are able to rile machine spirits into frenzy. Goading a growling engine of a vehicle can get more speed and distance from it. The machine empathy the bearer of such a saga has can also help it in healing systems and can help in battlefield repairs.
Wolf Lord – Vorek Gnarlfist
The Drakeslayers – Krom Dragongaze’s Company
Wolf Lord – Krom Dragongaze
The Blackmanes – Ragnar Blackmane’s Company
The Firehowlers – Sven Bloodhowl’s Company
The company specializes in close combat tactics, and legend says that their Wolf Lord, Sven Bloodhowl, and his vanguard breathe fire into their enemies’ ranks as they advance. The Firehowlers tattoo themselves with Sven Bloodhowl’s volcanic icon, the Fire Breather, alongside runes and scenes from their own sagas.
Wolf Lord – Sven Bloodhowl
The Grimbloods – Kjarl Grimblood’s Company
The Grimbloods bare the mark of the Fire Wolf. In Fenrisian myth, the Fire Wolf burns hot without being consumed. Thus does the Great Company under Kjarl Grimblood use many flamer weapons; they even have access to twelve Land Raider Redeemers. As a result, their Grey Hunters have a special rite of passage – once a Grey Hunter has killed his prey with flame, he has earned the right to paint his face with blood before each battle.
Wolf Lord – Kjarl Grimblood
Dekk-Tra, the 13th Great Company, was one of the original Great Companies of the Space Wolves Legion of the Adeptus Astartes. Known as Wulfenkind, or the Wolf Brother, they disappeared during the Horus Heresy, only to re-emerge from the Eye of Terror during the Thirteenth Black Crusade.
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Which Great Company is your favorite?