Grand Master Vorth Mordrak

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Grand Master Vorth Mordrak

Post by Constantine on Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:46 pm

I decided to take the existing fluff/background on my favorite GM and flesh it out a little. I am not finished yet, but thought that I would share what I have done so far. Give it a read and tell me what do you think Brothers

Vorth Mordrak is a Grand Master of the Grey Knights Space Marine Chapter and is the sole survivor of an attack upon the Fortress World of Mortain by the Renegade Space Marines known as the Red Corsairs. Since that time, Mordrak has continued to be protected by the ghostly apparitions of his fallen comrades who died on that world. Determined to finally lay the fallen to rest, Mordrak has sworn to end the despicable individual responsible for his Battle-Brothers' deaths, the powerful Chaos Lord Huron Blackheart.

In 920.M41, the Renegade Chapter of Chaos Space Marines known as the Company of the Shadow invaded the Imperial Fortress World of Mortain. The Renegade Astartes intended to perform a great Chaotic ritual that would submerge Mortain in the ethers of the Warp, transforming it into a Daemon World where their dark master could extend his influence. These vile plans were halted by the intercession of Grand Master Vorth Mordrak and Inquisitor Kracen’s surgical strikes on the locations where the dark rituals were nearing completion. The Company of Shadow and their zombified thralls were swiftly defeated. Such was the ferocity and undeniable supremacy of the Grey Knight’s attack under Grand Master Mordrak’s leadership, that the Chaos Space Marines holding the less significant positions not yet reached by the Grey Knights fled the planet and rode the winds of the Warp back to their night-shrouded homeworld of Bastonbeil to lick their wounds.

There was no time for Mordrak to order his Strike Cruiser to chase the fleeing Chaos Marines and end their threat completely, the Chaos rituals although largely stemmed, had still opened up significant warp rifts across the fortress world that if not sealed would be the doom of the planet, and see it consumed under an unstoppable wave of daemon’s.
Mordrak immediately committed himself and his Brotherhood to destroying the daemons that were entering the material world by securing the sites where reality had been torn. In addition to stemming the tide of Daemons entering Mortain, complex rituals of cleansing were required to undo the Company of Shadow’s unholy work.

Grand Master Vorth Mordrak’s psychic might and prowess was the focal point to the purification rituals he and his Brotherhood were performing planet wide. Mordrak was personally leading the rituals closest to the largest of the warp rifts. This particular rift was centered in Mortain’s primary Shrine of the Aquila and was the last and most vital rift to be closed. Mordrak was knee deep in daemonic viscera, yet his armour was burnt clean of the daemonic filth as the purity of the emperor’s power flowed through him. The rift began to close, and the frustrated screams and curses of the greater daemons being denied their prize shook the very ground. At this most vital moment in the ritual a fleet of Red Corsairs, led by the infamous Chaos Lord Huron Blackheart, arrived in orbit, thinking the planet to still be under the control of the Company of Shadow -- whom Blackheart considered rivals in need of eradication --. Huron began fusion-bombing Mortain, his attack was unleashed upon the planet at the exact moment that Mordrak’s men lent their psychic might to his and closed the final warp rift.  

Grand Master Mordrak watched the rift close as the first of the fusion bombs struck his location. Such was the fury and intensity of the orbital barrage that his Terminator armour’s autosenses overloaded and shut down, the last thing Mordrak saw before unconsciousness claimed him were the brass wings of the shrine’s Aquila enveloping him. When Mordrak regained consciousness there was nothing but blackness, as best he can recollect it took him 3 days to free himself from the rubble of the Shrine of the Aquila. Upon reaching the surface he was greeted by a visage of utter destruction, not a single building stood, and he was completely alone.

The guilt of survival gnawed at him daily. The visions of his fallen comrades haunted his sleep, and their voices constantly filled his waking hours. Mordrak submitted himself to the Rituals of Purity, fearful that he had somehow become corrupted, but he was judged to be clean of any Chaotic taint. But these manifestations continued to plague him to the point of insanity. Mordrak was unable to find either the cause of his sufferings nor relief from them. The mystery deepened upon the world of Ralindiri. When the Grand Master was separated from his strike force by a teleporter malfunction, Mordrak was left crippled and stranded alone upon the mist-wreathed plains that swarmed with daemons. His weapon slipping from his nerveless grasp, oblivion closed in upon the doomed Grey Knight. But then a miracle occurred, as two score Terminators appeared out of the mists and encircled the unconscious Grand Master. Mordrak was found an hour later, surrounded by score upon score of slain daemons. The Grand Master's deliverance remained unexplained, as well as the identity of his mysterious saviours. The mystery of Mordrak's enigmatic survival persisted for some months, until the Grand Master took the field on the Blood plains of Belos III. This time there were multiple witnesses. The mysterious warriors appeared in all 5 major battles, always fighting in close proximity to the Grand Master. Mordrak caught clear sight of his allies, seeing plainly the apparitions' heraldry -- the same blazons borne by those Grey Knights slain upon the world of Mortain. Given form and voice by Mordrak's own psychic might, the souls of Mortain's fallen brothers had become bound to Mordrak at the moment of their deaths. Thus the cause of Mordrak's visions were finally explained. Though a powerful force, they were also unwelcome, for they continued to whisper of betrayal and vengeance. Mordrak concluded that only one individual was responsible for the deaths of his fellows -- the infamous Chaos Lord Huron Blackheart, whose Red Corsairs had destroyed Mortain. Gathering a force of Battle-Brothers, the Grand Master departed Titan in order to finally lay the fallen to rest.
Mordrak has set himself upon no small task, as Huron Blackheart is one of the galaxy's most powerful Chaotic warlords whose fleets and armies in the Maelstrom are said to rival those of the Traitor Legions themselves. Mordrak came close to achieving his vengeance on one occasion, but was cheated by the artifice of Huron. This formidable quest is further hindered by his oath to continue carrying out the Chapter's greater mission of responding to daemonic incursions, forcing the Grand Master to set aside his own quest for vengeance, often at the urgings of his spectral companions. In order to free the slain, vengeance must be won, but Mordrak and his ghostly bodyguard continue to hold true to the Grey Knights' sworn cause.

+++"There is nothing in the arcane and blasphemous arsenal of the forces of Chaos that can compare to faith. With the power of faith, our weapons become shining instruments of deliverance that can cleave the mightiest daemon in twain. With the power of faith, our minds appear as slivers of pure agony to the daemon, driving into the wretched forms of those who would dare stand before us. With the power of faith, our words become commands that cause the daemon to cower and cringe in terror. I could meet my enemies unarmed without a shred of fear in my chest, for I know that the Emperor watches over me and guides my hand. So let them come. We shall show them what the power of faith can do."+++ (Brother Captain Stern)
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