and Enemies of the Fighting Tigers
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Good Friends (and Enemies) Are Hard
For the true do-it-yourself (DIY)
gamer, the work is not done in merely creating an interesting army: now
that army needs a background story that fits with the 40K milieu developed
by Games Workshop. Allies and enemies are a huge component of that background,
or "fluff." The expressions "One is judged by the company one keeps" and
"One is known by the quality of one's enemies" has special relevance for
a DIY army.
In creating the Fighting Tigers,
I have used actual games I've played (and plenty of poetic license) as
the basis of my chapter's background story. While I could have made up
everything from scratch, it felt more authentic and palpable to use actual
victories and defeats, friendships and rivalries in crafting the Tigers'
"fluff." As years have gone by and my real-life opponents changed, so too
has the Tigers fluff. Read along, and I think you'll see what I mean.
Though the Tigers are unswervingly
loyal to the Emperor and beloved by the people they defend, they have few
friends outside the Regulus star system, the Tigers' home. Here are descriptions
of some of their allies.
The Space Wolves answered the Tigers'
call for help in rebuilding after their losses against the Warband Bloodcomet
(the forerunners of the Saracens) and the
two Chapters have been fast friends ever since. The Tigers and Wolves have
often fought alongside each other, with the firepower of the former a perfect
complement to the assault capabilities of the latter. In particular, the
Great Company of Keric Quicbrand has
had extensive contact with the Tigers, even conducting regular "training
sessions" with them. When the Tigers were off-world during the
Deserts of Auros IX Campaign, the Space Wolves defended
Veda against the Dark Eldar.
Some of Keric's heroic Space
Wolves, who recently defeated the Dvergar
to claim the Ring of the Wolf King
Tiger Warriors: Created by Jennifer Burdoo
War for Armageddon required (not without some confrontation)
the first call-up of an Imperial Guard regiment from Veda. The Vedic Tiger
Warriors were at first unskilled, but were ably led by seasoned foreign
officers and backed by first-rate elite units. They first served on Armageddon,
under the watchful eye of Commissar Acosta, then went to
Cadia to deal with the 13th Black Crusade. Recently, they were reassigned
to deal with Tyranid incursions within the Segmentum Tempestus.
Want to read more about the Vedic Tiger Warriors?
Hailing from the hot and arid eighth
planet of the Regulus system, the Kenteans are a fierce and honorable people
whose warriors make excellent Imperial Guardsmen. Eschewing tanks and other
vehicles, each regiment of the Ebon Leopards relies instead on infantry-carried
heavy weapons. Want to read more about the Ebon
Leopards of Kente?
Inquisitor Varman Kumar:
Kumar is a mysterious figure known
to traverse time and space with seemingly equal ease. It was Kumar who
alerted the Imperium to the enslavement of Veda by the Ozone Scorpions,
which led directly to the formation of the Fighting Tigers. Kumar has often
worked alongside the Tigers throughout their long history; unbeknownst
to them, he recently facilitated Shamshir Talatra’s
split from the Tigers and the founding of the Fearful
Symmetry. Want to read more about Varman
Inquisitor Varman Kumar
summoning daemonic rakshasas: whose side is he really on?
In the distant past, the Tigers
made pacts of convenience with a few minor Eldar Craftworlds, but those
alliances have long-since ended. The Tigers fought several campaigns alongside
the Mordian DCXIV (aka the “Panthers Purple”), and have also been aided
by units of Ogryns (the “Iron Lions”) as well as a Ratling sharpshooter
unit known as “Roary Tolman’s Tomcats.” Want to read more about these
The Fighting Tigers have gone to
war against almost every alien race in the galaxy, especially Orks, and
have time and again battled the forces of Chaos. Recently, however, the
Tigers have grown estranged from the Imperium itself, and consider almost
all of its forces as hostile.
The Fighting Tigers remain fiercely
loyal to the Emperor, but have always had a tense relationship with many
elements of the Imperium. Veda is geographically and culturally isolated
from the rest of the empire, and differences were established early on.
For example, the Ecclesiarchy expressed concern when the Tigers “went native”
and assimilated Vedic culture, customs, and religion shortly after taking
control of the planet from the Ozone Scorpions. The Tigers claim that the
High Lords of Terra questioned their loyalty during the Badab War, and
ordered them to stay out of the conflict. Imperial aid was not forthcoming
during the Shindering of the Templars, but in the aftermath, the Ultramarines
assumed rigid—and harsh—command of the shattered Tigers under Second Company
Captain Lucius Tiberius Britannicus.
Fighting Tigers against
a successor chapter of the Black Templars
More recently, the Tigers have feuded
with the Dark Angels and Blood Angels over suspicious activities and perceived
slights. Knowledge of—and zealous opposition to—the Tigers’ tradition of
using cloning and female Space Marines has grown throughout the Imperial
forces, and several of them have called for the Tigers’ eradication. Raja
Khandar Madu has looked askance at the bureaucratic inefficiency,
institutionalized brutality, and lack of foresight and cohesiveness that
permeates the crumbling Imperium, and has stopped the sending of tithes—including
A proclamation of independence from
the Imperium and open war between it and the Tigers have not yet occurred,
but it is only a matter of time….
of the Ozone Scorpions:
Lynatharr and the Kabal of the Ozone Scorpions lost a power struggle against
Asdrubael Vect and the Kabal of the Black Heart and fled Commorragh. Settling
on Veda, the Dark Eldar found it ridiculously easily to enslave the primitive
humans of the Regulus Secundus system and exploit its great natural wealth.
In their first action as a new Space Marine Chapter, the Fighting Tigers
defeated the Ozone Scorpions, captured Syryx Lynatharr, and imprisoned
him, alive and conscious, in a stasis chamber. Eight hundred years later,
during the attack on Veda by the Warband Bloodcomet (see the
Saracens), Lynatharr’s stasis chamber was damaged and he managed
fled into the Maelstrom, where radiation mutated their appearance and made
them sensitive to sunlight. Eluding the Tigers and rival Dark Eldar, the
Scorpions carry out seemingly senseless operations, much of which (including
their return to Veda, countered by Ferin Ironhammer) involve the
recovery of ancient figurines that may possess vast power. Want to read
more about the Ozone Scorpions?
BigHed: Created by Patrick Eibel
comical name (a contraction of the Ork insult "Shorty Big-Head"), the Blood
Axe Warboss Sho-T is no laughing matter. His raids against Regulus and
other star systems are so ruthless and well organized that at first they
were believed to be the work of Ghazghull Thraka. Sho-T is his own master
and cunningly makes use of looted Imperial gear, numerous squadrons of
swift and deadly Ork vehicles, and masses of infantry to overwhelm the
Sho-T BigHed, ruler of Auros
IX, and his long-suffering Big Mek, Sprokkits
have fought Sho-T on numerous occasions, notably during the Blood
Deserts of Auros IX Campaign. Sho-T won that contest, but the Tigers
are preparing to contest him for the planet again….
dat supposed to be? Dat didn't 'urt!”
BigHed, shrugging off a barrage of heavy bolter fire
Talatra was Raja alongside Khandar Madu before his recklessness
resulted in disaster against the Tau.
Removed from office and expelled from the Tigers, Shamshir—guided by Inquisitor
Varman Kumar—eventually learned to become a better leader and built
up the Fearful Symmetry, an army of Space
Marine renegades aided by daemonic allies.
remains loyal to the Emperor and bears no animosity towards the Tigers
(indeed, he fought to save Veda from a Tyranid attack), he is considered
an outlaw and a traitor, and has defended himself several times from the
Tigers and the Imperium.
Shamshir Talatra is always
accompanied by the tiger Panja
legend, never confirmed by Imperial sources, says the Fighting Tigers and
the Astral Claws were created simultaneously using related geneseed.
The Astral Claws became infamous for their treachery against the Imperium
during the Badab War and survive (in a limited fashion) as the Red Corsairs.
The Tigers claim that during the Badab War, they petitioned the High Lords
of Terra to be sent against these traitors, but that the High Lords, fearing
the Tigers may have been touched by the madness that claimed Lufgt Huron
and his Astral Claws, ordered them to stay out of the war. Whether or not
the shared origin story is actually true, the Fighting Tigers believe it
and have vowed vengeance against the Claws/Corsairs for bringing disgrace
upon their lineage.
years after the founding of the Fighting Tigers, Chapter Master Hermann
Weiss and his Knights Templar (descended from the Black Templars geneseed)
succumbed to promises of power and respect from agents of Khorne. Weiss
renamed himself Baalzephon Zgorch and led his traitor Templars,
now known as the Saracens, into the Maelstrom (this event--and the
subsequent attack on Veda--became known as "The Shindering of the Templars").
While his Saracens
established a new base, Zgorch recruited a large number of Chaos Space
Marines and organized them into the Warband Bloodcomet. Using them,
he lured the elderly Shiva
Nagordarika into a trap that, in the end, wiped out more than 80%
of the Fighting Tigers, crippled Shiva, and killed millions of peasant
warriors and non-combatants on Veda and neighboring planets. The Warband
Bloodcomet was destroyed but Zgorch lived on, his Saracens intact, ready
to unleash Khorne’s wrath again.
your orders, Captain V’aarken: pursue the striped fools to their boltholes
and burn Veda to a cinder.
it is the Tigers that will be hunted.”
Zgorch, to his second-in-command, following the initial ambush against
the Fighting Tigers
Leopards of Kente
Fighting Tigers vs. Dark Angels (fiction)
of the Ozone Scorpions
Deserts of Auros IX: Tigers vs. Sho-T
Last updated: July