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In the Warhammer 40,000 setting, the Purge are a sub-faction of the Death Guard, Chaos Space Marines devoted to Nurgle.
Participation in Vaxhallian genocides, responsible for 14,000,000,000+ deaths
The Chaos Space Marines of the Purge despise life in all of its forms. They have waged war against mankind and aliens alike for three thousand years, in an attempt to eradicate all life from the galaxy. Where they attack, pestilence and famine soon follow.
Enemy Forces on Vraks - circa 841823.M41
- Disciples of Xaphan - 50,000 (estimated)
- Garrison Auxilia - 10,000 (estimated)
- Labour Corps - 1.5 million (estimated)
- Planetary Defence Force - 500,000 (estimated)
- Militia - 1.5 million (estimated)
- Frateris Militia - 250,000 (estimated)
- Other Vraksian Renegades - 1 million (estimated)
Legionii Excommunicate Traitoris
- Chaos Space Marine Warbands - 11 warbands identified (numbers unknown)
- World Eaters sub-factions
- The Sanctified
- Berserkers of Skallathrax
- Death Guard sub-factions
- Lords of Decay
- The Tainted
- Apostles of Contagion
- The Purge
- Iron Warriors sub-factions
- Steel Brotherhood
- Other non-aligned factions
- The Faithless - Alpha Legion warband of Arkos the Faithless
- Black Brethren of Eyreas - Possible Black Legion sub-faction
- Adharon's Reavers
Other Renegade Forces
- Other Heretical forces - 500,000 (estimated)
- Traitor Fleet Assets (identified in the Vraks system)
- Anarchy's Heart - Despoiler class
- Blood Dawn - Styx class
- Fallen Sun - Slaughter class
- Ferrum Invictus - Devastation class
- Gore Feasters - Iconoclast class
- Damnators - Infidel class
- Armed transports
- Aharon's Bane - Heavy transport
+++ Compiled by 88th Imperial Guard Siege Army HQ, Thracian-Prime: Thrace sub-sector: Scarus sector +++
+++ For transmission to: Segmentum Obscurus, Departmento Munitorum, Operational Command: Cadia +++
Nurgle Rhino of the Purge warband, destroyed during fighting against the 19th Siege regiment.
The Dark Tongue runes on the Rhino read "Aarh'nurgh'lem".
Chaos Predator Annihilator of the Purge identified in Sector 596-442.
Nurgle worshippers. Infamous for genocidal campaigns and indiscriminate use of chemical weapons. Post-Vraks campaign location unknown.
The Dark Tongue runes on the shoulder pad read: 'Plague' "Purge".
Eleven Traitor warbands were identified during the Vraks campaign:
Points: 150 + Models
Even among those mortals who serve the Ruinous Powers, the name of the Purge is spoken of in dread whispers. A Chaos Space Marine faction of uncertain origins, for more than three millennia this numerous warband, ever growing in number, has brought death and catastrophe to dozens of worlds, and in their wake poison, famine and pestilence follow. This bleak company is known to be waging an avowed genocidal war against all life, and whether their target is human or xenos they care not so long as they are destroyed. In battle a Purge warband advances with steady, implacable hatred, systematically exterminating anything caught in their path. Caring little for any pretensions of martial glory, they favour the use of poison gas, deadly toxins and other indiscriminate weapons to decimate their foes.
1 Chaos Lord
1+ Plague Marine Squads
0+ Chaos Terminator Squads
0+ Chaos Space Marine Squads
The Purge may only contain models and squads with the Mark of Nurgle.
Extermination Force: All Squads in the Purge formation must be deployed within 18" of the Chaos Lord and may not Deep Strike, or if coming on from reserve, they must enter the table within 18" of the point entered by the Chaos Lord. Squads in the Purge formation may also purchase normal unit transports as per their entry in Codex: Chaos Space Marines.
Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Purge are infamous for their use of biological weapons, poison gas and other fiendish devices of death. The following rules appy to the Purge formation:
Creeping Death: The attack of the Purge is heralded by a creeping bombardment of poison gas shells. On the first turn of the game the Purge player may place D3 Poison Barrages, and on a D6 roll of a 4+ a single extra barrage on the second turn and on the D6 roll of a 6 a single barrage on the third turn.
These Poison Barrages have the following profile: Apocalyptic Barrage (3), S - (always wounds on a 4+, no effect on vehicles), AP5, Pinning
Blight Grenades: All squads in the Purge count as being equipped with Blight Grenades at no cost.
Chem-burners: Models in the Purge can swap their Flamers and Combi-flamers for Chem-burners (and one shot Combi-Chem Burners respectively) as +10 points each.
|Chem-burners||Template||-||5||Assault 1, Poison (3+), Pinning|
'All mortal creatures must die. Only then can the galaxy be born anew.'
The Purge loathe life in all its forms. They have waged their pitiless war against Mankind and alien alike since late M36, consumed by their self-imposed quest to exterminate all living creatures. Having seen first-hand the dread threat of Chaos, they believe that the galaxy is hopelessly corrupt and that the only salvation lies in the sterility of death. The Purge know that they are too few in number to achieve this on their own, and hence they pray nightly to the God of Plagues for a mighty pandemic that will destroy all lesser creatures. Though the Purge see their purpose as pure, those who witness the pestilence and starvation they leave in their wake are under no illusion as to their true allegiance.
The vile Chaos renegades known as the Purge seek to vent their hatred of all living things, and choose the verdant Imperial world of Vaxhallia as their victim. The planet's surface is soon riddled with consumptive disease and crippling famine. Over the course of a single month, the Purge engineer the destruction of no fewer than fourteen billion Imperial citizens.
The Purge warband lays siege to the beleaguered Tau Sept world of Ke'lshan, which is recovering after a series of invasions by both the Imperium and Hive Fleet Gorgon. Their attempt to corrupt the world's atmosphere, turning it into a corrosive soup that would cleanse the planet of life, are foiled at great cost by Fio'O Sho'Aun, renowned Tau artificer and weaponsmith, whose experimental Remora throne-fighters duel with airborne Blight Drones for control of the skies of Ke'lshan.
Predator Battle Tank of the renegade Astartes warband known as 'The Purge'. This vehicle, once of the venerable Deimos pattern, is confirmed as having participated in the Vaxhallian Genocides of 926.M41, where the population of an entire hive world was given the choice of drinking from a water supply tainted by the blessings of Nurgle, perishing from dehydration or being slain at the hands of the Purge.
|Creatures||Beasts of Nurgle; Blight Drones; Foetid Bloat-drones; Great Unclean Ones; Lords of Contagion; Mabrothrax; Malignant Plaguecasters; Noxious Blightbringers; Nurglings; Pestigor; Plaguebearers; Plaguebulls; Plague Hulks; Plague Ogryns; Plague Toads; Plague Towers; Plague Zombies; Poxwalkers; Rot Flies|
|Characters||Abcellyoth; Aynthrexes; Bilerot Vomitflesh; Lothar Bubonicus; Vorxec Calvarius; The Carrier; The Entomancer; Epidemius; Ferrue Fayne; Tormus Fayne; Foulspawn; Nathaniel Garro; Ghulroth; Goresqualor; Gulgoth; Jibberjaw; Ku'gath; Mamon; Adrius Meinloka; Mephidast; Mortarion; Necrosius; Nurgle; Putricifex; Scabeiathrax; Achkovas Spengh; The Thanator; Typhus; Ussax; Ystareth|
|Groups||Apostles of Contagion; Blessed Flesh; Callers of Sorrow; Carnival of Chaos; The Cleaved; Company of Misery; Death Guard; Death Priests; The Grey Death; Inevitable Order; Legio Mortis; Lords of Decay; Mournful Song; Pox Tribes; The Purge; The Reborn; The Scourge; Sorcerer-Kings; The Tainted; Tainted Sons; Vile Savants|
|Things||An'garrach; Balesword; Blight Grenade; Bloodrot Rounds; Bone Maul; Corruption; Cursed Carillon; Death Head; Dolorous Knell; Doomsday Bell; Epidemia; Father of Blades; Foulswarm Grenade; Horn of Nurgle's Rot; Icon of Despair; Icon of Seeping Decay; Manreaper; Palanquin; Pandemic Staff; Pestilent Flail; Plague Banner; Plaguebringer; Plague Cauldron; Plague Chalice; Plague Claw; Plague Flail; Plague Knife; Plague Skull of Glothila; Plaguesword; Poxwalker Hive; Puscleaver; Scab; Scourge Shells; Staff of Nurgle; TP-III; Undead Heart|