Warhammer 40,000 just isn’t a very delicate setting. It is a galaxy the place the Imperium of Man will crash large church-tanks collectively in the midst of a massed melee, and the place a man can go from fairly OK to having a daemon lord casually explode out of his face in a heartbeat. Angron, the Pink Angel, takes these non sequiturs to a complete different stage.
The man mainly has two objectives in life: be mad and beat ass, and he’s been very, very mad for happening 10,000 years at this level. Now he’s returning to the setting in a giant manner, alongside together with his World Eaters clan of Chaos House Marines, and he definitely appears to be like very scary and spectacular, however what’s his deal, and why is he all of a sudden again and extra violent than ever?
An uh-oh origin
Angron is among the 20 sons of the Emperor of Mankind. Method again earlier than the yr 30,000, the Emperor engineered 20 excellent boys referred to as primarchs to assist him lead a terrific campaign to unite humanity. The extradimensional forces of Chaos, fearing the Emperor, determined to throw a monkey wrench within the works and scattered his boys throughout the galaxy to a wide range of completely different planets, most of which had been fairly horrible.
Angron grew up on Nuceria, a high-tech world that loved gladiatorial fight. Angron didn’t get to roll with the leaders of the planet; he was one of many gladiators, they usually put a strong piece of expertise in his head referred to as the Butcher’s Nails. Angron was an empathetic, caring protector… however the Butcher’s Nails overrode his higher nature and turned him right into a homicide machine.
Finally, Angron was in a position to rally his fellow gladiators to stand up towards their merciless masters. Then the Emperor confirmed up. The Emperor gave Angron the gross sales pitch (be part of me and your brothers, unite the galaxy, and many others.) and Angron instructed him to go kick rocks, absolutely desiring to die in his insurrection. The Emperor yeeted Angron out of there, refusing to waste one among his sons’ wonderful genetic materials on what he noticed as a failed reboot of Spartacus.
The Emperor gave Angron his personal chapter of House Marines, the World Eaters, who’re constructed off Angron’s geneseed — initially his personal cloned sons, in a way. Angron by no means forgave his dad, and he went on to repeat the cycle of abuse by putting in the Butcher’s Nails into every one of many World Eaters. When Horus, one other primarch, kicked off the Horus Heresy to overthrow the Emperor, Angron obtained proper on that practice and rode all of it the best way to Daemon Station.
The Horus Heresy finally failed, leaving the Emperor a damaged corpse on the Golden Throne and the Imperium irreversibly shattered. However there was no peace. Angron maintained a method of ramming his face — or the World Eaters’ faces — into the goal repeatedly. It’s not probably the most subtle technique, but it surely earned Angron the favor of Khorne.
Khorne is among the 4 Chaos gods, and if you happen to’re questioning what his gross sales pitch is, it’s: “BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!” Khorne loves blood, battle, homicide, and slaughter. Angron and Khorne are a match made in heaven, and Khorne uplifted Angron to be a terrifying Daemon primarch.
Within the present timeline, which takes place within the forty first millennium, the Imperium of Man is having fun with a pleasant respite after a bunch of daemon-hunting House Marines managed to banish Angron again to the Chaos realm of the Warp. However with the Arks of Omen occasion, Angron’s again, and he’s beefier than ever. He has a large chain-ax in a single hand. His off hand? He used an iron bar to beat a daemon of extra and sin down, and after an extended sufficient thrashing, the daemon and the iron bar merged right into a sword. It’s each metallic as hell and excellent — in brief, basic Warhammer 40K.
Within the Arks of Omen occasion, Abaddon the Despoiler — Horus’ lackey and the Warmaster of each Chaos-corrupted House Marine chapter — is beginning yet one more campaign throughout the celebrities with the Balefleet ships, accompanied by a Chaos demigod referred to as Vashtorr the Arkifane. Whereas Abaddon and Vashtorr are working collectively to overthrow the Emperor (who’s nonetheless on that throne 10,000 years later), Angron’s simply sort of inflicting bother. He’s stronger than ever; if you happen to banish him, he’ll return in eight weeks, eight days, and eight hours. (That’s 9 weeks complete, I assume, however Chaos beings love to put on the drama.)
Angron is a compelling character as a result of, regardless of all the homicide and gore, he began as a scared little child on an alien world pressured to struggle for his life. Which, by the way, is the origin story of most House Marines, Chaos-tainted or in any other case. When salvation lastly got here for Angron, nonetheless, it wasn’t within the type of a loving, noble primarch like Roboute Guilliman. It was within the type of a merciless, abusive father who scorned the slaves who had been his mates, his household. The Butcher’s Nails nonetheless hang-out him even when he’s been reshaped into a strong, brutal Daemon primarch; he’s transcended his bodily kind, however the psychological results of the Nails are so sturdy they’re nonetheless embedded in his thoughts.
The upcoming World Eaters military codex and the novel Angron: The Pink Angel will seemingly shed extra mild on Angron and his boys, however one factor’s for sure: They’re again, they’re mad, they usually need to flip your cranium right into a chair.