From Phil Kelly’s 2009 Space Wolves codex: “Sagas are intended to encourage players to develop some seriously cool names and stories for their Space Wolves characters. You’ll find that after a few games your heroes become a lot more interesting as they accrue personal histories of victory and (dare we say it?) defeat.”
This seems like a lot of fun to me, so I’ve decided to start keeping tabs on some of those figures of note who emerge from our battles. Will they stand forth and become heroes or as so often happens shine brilliant but then like a flickering star fade too soon … forgotten in the empty spaces between Eternities?
Scarbag began his career in Waaagh! Hungry with the kommandos, but soon undertook missions with the rocket troops as well. He quickly rose through the ranks and holds the current rank of Senior Lieutenant. While capable of great patience and subtlety, his preference is for dashing exploits and daring, lightning strikes.
The lieutenant is highly admired by his men. Most of them don’t understand half of what he says, but he is pretty good at translating his plans within plans to something like, ‘Go dat way an’ krump stuff.’
Most boyz consider Scarbag a proper ork so they obey him without question though membership in his squad is seen as a dubious honor except by the most fanatic. While there is always sure to be a good fight it is not unusual for Scarbag to be the only survivor. Still, if you die then you’ll go out with a flash and if you live then there will be teef, growth hormones, and glory all around. What more could any greenskin ask for?
Rivals and subordinates who challenge his authority often have strange `accidents.’ Coincidentally, these happenstances usually take place right when the unfortunate comes to blows with Scarbag. Their shoota jamming, power klaw cables coming disconnected, falling down a fifty foot pit full of electrified, poisoned metal stakes and a booby trapped rocket packed rigged to explode that just happened to be a few feet from where they were fighting and so on. Accidents happen.
MOST RECENT EXPLOITS
Mystery of the Mega Armor (Feb, 2017): Flashboy captures vital information on a mysterious enemy warboss, who is unstoppable in his strange high tech suit of mega armor.
Curse of the Red Git (Dec, 2016): Scarbag’s and his stormboyz’ attack on a manticore goes horribly wrong courtesy of an evil deffkopta pilot. Naturally, the good lieutenant vows revenge.
First Battle of Aptos-III (May 2015): Sisters of Battle were assaulting a fuel dump and refinery as a lead up to a general advance. Flashboy and a small squad of rocket orks rocketed behind enemy lines where they caused much mayhem.
I really like this idea! Makes me want to get writing sagas too!
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I find sagas to be great fun, even if for the most part I don’t inflict the back stories of my guys to my gaming friends, except for the ones who are interested or inflict theirs on me. 🙂
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