Space Wolves are fierce Imperial Space Marines, formed when their Primarch, Leman Russ, was given command of the VI Space Marine Legion by the the Emperor of Mankind.
Even though their Allegiance lies with the Imperium of Man, they do not adhere to the Codex Astartes. For this reason, their organizational structure is quite different from that of other Space Marines. Space Wolves are known for not just their ferocity but also their typical anti-authoritarian behavior.
Wolf Priests recruit new warriors from the feral tribes of Fenris. The Priests choose the finest youths only after they have proven themselves in battle.
After rigorous physical training, youths (Claws), are given the spirit of the Wolf, a genetic cocktail known as Canis Helix. This, however, is just the beginning of their final tests. After an inspection by the psychic Rune Priests, receive their gene-seed of Leman Russ alongside other anatomical gifts. They must survive the transformation into a full-fledged Space Wolf. They must also be able to find their way home, alone, armed with just a spear and a dagger.
Only then are they accepted into a company.
Throughout their history, Space Wolves have had many notable warriors – such as Urlik the Slayer and Bjorn the Fell-Handed. They are also expecting the return of Leman Russ, whose comeback has been predicted by Bjorn.
An interesting feature of the Wolves is the fact that they exhibit more canine characteristics (larger teeth, hair growth) as they grow older. Many of them also transform into humanoid creates called “Wulfen” in the passion of the battle. This also makes them less corruptible by the Forces of Chaos.
It is important to note that the 13th Company uses entire packs of Wulfen in battle, unlike the other Space Wolves Companies that use individual Wulfen.
A Space Wolves army is a deadly force to be reckoned with. They are very versatile and effective in battle, reputedly unmatched in close combat situations.
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