But if somebody I love or trust or love and trust has their fist up in me, I experience that combination and it is euphoric. Let me break it down for you: if I take my pants off for you, you are special. If I ask you to shove your fist in me, you are golden and I have established trust and communication with you. It makes me feel incredibly connected to them, and that makes for a very arousing experience. It almost feels spiritual, even though I am not a spiritual or religious person.
Zhu-Kong tried to punish everyone within New York but the One convinced Danny to merge with him, creating a giant robot. Zhu-Kong and the merged Danny battled it out through the streets of New York. Meanwhile, Davos killed the last incarnation of Shao-Lao and Danny's chi once again was depleted.
However, the One gave him his last remaining ounce of chi and Rand once again engaged in combat against Zhu-Kong and defeated him as well. Chi-Enhanced Physiology: Danny Rand possesses the power to harness the mystical spiritual energy, or chi, as a result of having defeated Shou-Lao the Undying in combat. After he plunged his fists into the dragon's molten heart, absorbing its chi, Rand gained the power of the Iron Fist, allowing him to focus his chi and enhance his natural abilities to extraordinary levels, thus branding himself with the dragon's mark on his chest.
Danny Rand has learned new techniques and new depths to his own abilities over time by learning from his predecessor, Orson Randall , as well as from reading the Book of the Iron Fist. Meditation: Rand is a master of meditation and relaxation techniques. Master Martial Artist : Rand is a master of K'un-Lun's martial arts, [ citation needed ] and is proficient in many of Earth's martial arts, including but not limited to: Kunlunquan, [ citation needed ] Shaolinquan, [ citation needed ] Fujian White Crane, [ citation needed ] Judo, [ citation needed ] Aikido, [ citation needed ] Wing Chun, [ citation needed ] Ninjutsu, [ citation needed ] Muay Thai, [ citation needed ] Karate, [ citation needed ] Boxing, [ citation needed ] and even loose street fighting tactics.
Weapons Master: He has been trained in the use of almost all martial arts weapons. Nervous System Control: Rand has near-complete control over his nervous system, enabling him to deaden himself to pain, but not during a fight, as it takes a lot of concentration.
Pressure Point Locator: Rand can locate different pressure points on a human's body to incapacitate, paralyze, severely injure, or kill a person. Master Acrobat: Rand is an extremely skilled acrobat capable of many difficult feats. Multilingual : He can speak fluent in K'un-Lun, [ citation needed ] English, [ citation needed ] Chinese, [ citation needed ] and has a limited vocabulary in Japanese.
Danny possesses the strength of an Olympic-level athlete with intensive and regular exercise. Because of further training and study he has undergone with the Book of the Iron Fist , it's possible Danny Rand can now achieve even greater levels of strength. Iron Fist was then sent back to Earth, with a new outfit that was provided by the Ancient One and gave the Iron Fist immunity to magic.
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I hold back the storm when nothing else can. Retrieved on 11 February Categories :. Stream the best stories. Start Your Free Trial. Try Now. Energy Projection. Orks wreak havoc across the galaxy , the T'au Empire expands in the Eastern Fringe , the Tyranids send vast alien swarms from beyond the stars to consume all in their path, and the Necrons awaken to reclaim what was once theirs. And above all, more deadly than any other foe, the forces of Chaos chose this moment to begin their most concerted invasion of the Imperium.
Under the eye of Abaddon the Despoiler and his 13th Black Crusade , countless worlds fell to darkness. Madness and heresy are rife and violent Warp Storms tear great rents in the galaxy. Blind in their ignorance, the High Lords of Terra send billions to their deaths in a bid to save the Imperium. Yet it took the Aeldari , a more far-sighted race, to realise that what the Imperium needed now was a hero, a symbol of the Emperor's will made manifest.
The Imperium needed a primarch. The full might of the 13th Black Crusade assailed the Fortress World of Cadia , which stood as the lone sentinel of the Cadian Gate , the only predictably stable way out of the Warp maelstrom known as the Eye of Terror.
Though severely outnumbered and assailed on all sides, the Imperial defenders held their ground, mounting a valiant defence under the superlative leadership of the Lord Castellan of Cadia, Ursarkar E. As the conflict became increasingly desperate, many heroes of the Imperium gathered on Cadia.
Saint Celestine swept down upon Cadia in its darkest hour, her miracles instilling faith in its ragged protectors. Inquisitor Katarinya Greyfax , long a prisoner of the Necron Lord Trazyn the Infinite , was released from captivity to lend her prodigious will and talents to the cause. Urged on by the Harlequin Shadowseer Sylandri Veilwalker , he had unlocked the secrets of the Necron -built black pylons that studded the surface of Cadia and other worlds throughout the Cadia System.
Abaddon had long sought out these ancient and mysterious structures to destroy them during his many Black Crusades , which weakened the veil between reality and the Immaterium. In truth, Cawl had been en route to honour an ancient pact made with the Lord of Ultramar many Terran millennia ago, but on Cadia he saw a chance to reverse the Despoiler's work and perhaps close the Eye of Terror forever. But it was not to be. The Fortress World of Cadia tears itself apart.
Though the servants of the Emperor fought with dogged determination and courage, Cawl's works were undone when the pylons were destroyed and Cadia was dealt a final death blow.
Those few Imperial defenders that were left alive were forced to flee before the flood of the forces of Chaos that assailed the doomed world. As they did so a terrible Warp rift yawned in their wake as the Eye of Terror actually began to expand.
Yet there was still one chance of salvation that remained -- Cawl's ancient pact and the mysterious artefact that he transported within an armoured auto-reliquary. Declaring themselves the Celestinian Crusade in honour of the Living Saint who still lit their way through the darkness, the surviving warriors of the Imperium made for the Macragge System within the Realm of Ultrmar, with the forces of the Despoiler hot on their heels.
With the aid of Yvraine , the surviving Imperials of the 13th Black Crusade retreat to the Webway gate on the ice moon of Klaysius in the Cadia System. At the same time, the Aeldari race had been rocked to its very foundation by a cosmic upheaval of great significance. Yvraine , the Daughter of Shades, had walked many Paths during her long life, from that of dancer to Warlock to Aspect Warrior.
She eventually had become a famed Corsair leader until a mutiny forced her to flee into the Webway , where she ended up in the Dark City of Commorragh , the primary home of the Drukhari. Fighting as a gladiatrix in the dark city's infamous Crucibael arena, she defeated many foes before having fallen to a priestess of Morai-Heg , however, while she lay between life and death, she was resurrected by Ynnead and chosen to act his prophet in the material realm.
Her rebirth during this Night of Revelations caused a great Dysjunction within Commorragh, and the Dark City was beset by the daemonic servants of Slaanesh. Fleeing the Drukhari forces of the Dark City's Supreme Overlord, Asdrubael Vect , Yvraine, aided by the mysterious warrior known as the Visarch , and followed by some of the Drukhari who believed in her cause, successfully brought word of the Whispering God's awakening to Craftworld Biel-Tan.
While there, the craftworld underwent a swift and terrible cycle of death and rebirth during the Battle of Biel-Tan that brought the Yncarne , avatar of Ynnead, into being. Some amongst the Asuryani embraced Yvraine's belief that the cycle of death and rebirth would be their salvation, and became her followers, known as the Ynnari -- the Reborn.
Others rejected this upstart's teachings as arrogance and dangerous in the extreme. But Yvraine pressed on regardless, and departed Biel-Tan in search of the time-lost artefacts known as the Croneswords and formulated a desperate plan to turn back the tides of Chaos. It was this mission that brought Yvraine through the Webway to the frozen moon of Klaisus in orbit of the Fortress World of Kasr Holn in the Cadia System , leading an army of the Eldar from every faction who once more laid claim to the ancient name of Aeldari.
They emerged from the moon's Webway gate just in time to rescue the Celestinian Crusade from their pursuers. Driving off the Heretic Astartes of the Black Legion , the Ynnari negotiated common cause with the Celestinians, agreeing to aid them in reaching the Realm of Ultramar. Thus, as Warp Storms billowed and spread across the galaxy, the assembled pilgrims hastened through the Webway, bearing a thin sliver of hope between them.
Theirs will be the strength to prevail, not only when victory lies within easy reach, but even when it seems unattainable, when doom settles like a shroud all about.
In those times of darkness, my noble sons will shine the brightest of all. In the closing years of the 41st Millennium, the stellar realm of Ultramar came under sustained attack from myriad foes. Menacing shapes stirred in the intergalactic void, the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Leviathan drifting inexorably towards Guilliman's realm.
Yet the greatest threat of them all was that posed by the dark servants of Chaos. A vast horde of Traitors, Renegades, mutants and madmen fell upon Ultramar under the leadership of the foul Daemon Prince M'kar the Reborn. That invasion plunged dozens of worlds into bloody battle, war raging from the worlds of Espandor and Tarentus to oceanic Talassar. Yet eventually, after long solar months of sorrow, bloodshed and loss, the Ultramarines prevailed. M'kar was defeated and his armies driven off, pursued to the stellar void beyond the bounds of Ultramar.
So began a period of rebuilding and consolidation across Ultramar, as Marneus Calgar and his Chapter led their peoples' efforts to shore up the battered defences of their realm. It was a period of repose and recovery that was to be all too swiftly ended. In the days immediately after the fall of Cadia at the climax of the 13th Black Crusade, Abaddon the Despoiler, Lord of the Black Legion , was informed by the Chaos Sorcerer Zaraphiston of a disturbing reality.
The sorcerer had discovered through his Warp-scryings that the Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl had escaped Cadia's destruction with a device in his possession that could turn the tide of the Long War in favour of the Imperium of Man. The Despoiler also learned that Cawl was one of a number of survivors of Cadia, now calling themselves the Celestinian Crusade , who had escaped into the Webway with the aid of the Aeldari Ynnari and were making their way to Macragge , the homeworld of the Ultramarines Chapter.
So it was that Abaddon was able to muster a sizable force of warriors from the Black Legion , the Iron Warriors , the Night Lords and a number of other Traitor factions, and hurl them against the worlds of Ultramar. While some Heretic Astartes warbands struck at the outer star systems in an effort to tie up potential Loyalist reinforcements, the main Traitor horde rode the tempestuous currents of the Warp straight into the Macragge System itself.
So began another desperate and bloody invasion of the Ultramarines' realm remembered as the Ultramar Campaign of the 13th Black Crusade. These individuals, joined by the Ynnari's commanders Yvraine , the Daughter of Shades, and her war leader The Visarch , first stepped from the Webway and onto the soil of the Shrine World of Laphis in the Macragge System.
They were surprised to discover that they had set foot in a war zone, but they soon defeated the local Chaos forces that had been in the vicinity of the Webway portal. The Celestinians and their uneasy Aeldari allies defeated the Heldrakes besieging the local Ultramarines fortress and then convinced the Space Marines to grant them passage to Macragge, though Yvraine and the Visarch sent the majority of the Ynnari back into the Webway to carry out missions more pressing for their people.
The Celestinians arrived at Macragge aboard an Ultramarines Strike Cruiser to discover that the capital world of Ultramar had come under a full-scale invasion by the forces of Chaos. While a massive battle raged in orbit between the Chaos and Loyalist fleets, on the ground the Fortress of Hera, the Ultramarines' fortress-monastery , was in danger of falling to the Archenemy.
Gaining an audience with Marneus Calgar , the Chapter Master of the Ultramarines and the Lord of Macragge, Belisarius Cawl revealed that he was over 10, standard years old and had known the Ultramarines' Primarch Roboute Guilliman during the time of the Horus Heresy.
Cawl explained that he had been tasked by Guilliman with finding a way to restore the primarch to life even before his mortal wounding by the Daemon Primarch Fulgrim in the time after the Heresy. Within the auto-reliquary he had kept with him since before coming to Cadia, Cawl maintained a unique suit of Artificer Armour , the Armour of Fate , that could sustain the primarch's life functions, and the Emperor's Sword , a weapon in which was embedded a small portion of the Emperor's own psychic essence.
Though Calgar and his Chapter Council were wary of the Celestinians, especially because they had openly allied themselves with xenos , Chief Librarian Tigurius supported their story. He explained to Calgar that he had been having prophetic dreams and the arrival of the Celestinians was no coincidence. In fact, it might be the Ultramarines' only hope in the face of the Chaos onslaught. Calgar accepted this explanation, and allowed the Celestinians and the Ynnari into the Temple of Correction where Guilliman sat in stasis despite his reservations about the newcomers.
While Cawl began his work on the time-frozen body of Guilliman, seated upon his throne in the temple, the Black Legion took notice of the activity and launched a massive assault upon the Temple of Corrections, fearful of what the Loyalists were attempting. The Celestinians, aided by the Ultramarines' officers and the 3rd Brotherhood of the Grey Knights led by Grand Master Aldrik Voldus who had come to Macragge to aid the defence, faced off against over a hundred Black Legionaries.
Yet, even as the Loyalists fought to give Cawl just one more solar second to complete his work, more Chaos forces poured into the shrine from above using Dreadclaw assault boats, and the defenders quickly found themselves overwhelmed. The resurrected Primarch Roboute Guilliman.
Only then, at the last, did Yvraine call upon the power of her patron, Ynnead , the partially awakened Aeldari god of the dead. The alien god's power over life and death combined with Cawl's arcane technology to heal the primarch's wound and awaken him from his ten-thousand-year slumber. An awakened and enraged primarch proved more than the Chaos attackers were prepared to deal with. Guilliman shattered the attacking forces of Chaos and provided an extraordinary surge in morale for his Ultramarines and the other Loyalist forces.
The Imperials quickly swept the Black Legion before them, breaking the back of the Chaos assault upon the Ultramarines fortress-monastery. In that one moment of resurrection, the fate of Macragge and of all Ultramar was decided. In the wake of the battle in the Temple of Correction, Guilliman was crowned as the restored primarch of the Ultramarines Chapter and all of its Successor Chapters, and as the Lord Macragge and rightful ruler of Ultramar.
Marneus Calgar happily ceded the role of Chapter leadership to his gene-father, while Guilliman declared that the autonomy of all the worlds that had once belonged to the Realm of Ultramar and gone their separate ways in the millennia since the Horus Heresy was revoked. Ultramar was to be restored to what it had been in the golden age of the Imperium, a miniature stellar empire comprising five hundred human-settled worlds. Once in full control of the Loyalist forces on Macragge, the primarch's strategic genius was unleashed, and the forces of Chaos were driven off of Macragge and then from most of Ultramar within approximately seven solar months.
At that time, Yvarine, the Visarch, and the remaining small force of Ynnari took their leave to pursue their own agenda, with the primarch's wary blessing -- and thanks.
During this time, the primarch found himself suffering from a spiritual malaise, as he was forced to come to grips with the reality of the Imperium of Man in the late 41st Millennium. Far from the golden rule of prosperity, scientific wonder and freedom promised by the Emperor, the Imperium in His absence had degenerated into a despotic, tyrannical regime defined by ignorance, fear and superstition.
At first despairing, Guilliman finally found hope for humanity's future once more deep in his heart and declared that he must make his way from Macragge through the roiling tides of the Warp to Terra.
There he would consult with his father, the Emperor, and determine what must be done to save the Imperium from the servants of the Dark Gods. And so began the fateful Terran Crusade. Gathering forces from all across the Imperium who were able to reach Macragge as the Warp grew ever more turbulent in the wake of the 13th Black Crusade, the primarch assembled a massive Imperial fleet to reach Terra, beginning what was later remembered as the Terran Crusade.
Leaving Macragge and Ultramar in the capable hands of Marneus Calgar , who was once more placed in overall command of the Ultramarines, Guilliman's crusade fleet was passing near the great Warp rift known as the Maelstrom when it was intercepted by a Chaos fleet led by the Daemon Primarch Magnus the Red and his Thousand Sons Traitor Legion. Magnus had stirred himself from the Planet of the Sorcerers for the first time in millennia in recent days, to assault the Fenris System of his ancient foes the Space Wolves , and now to confront his former brother.
The Thousand Sons primarch cast a potent sorcerous ritual that flung the Terran Crusade Fleet into the Maelstrom, with no apparent way for it to escape from the labyrinthine clutches of that wound in reality. With time in the Warp indeterminate, the Terran Crusade wandered from Daemon World to Daemon World within the Warp rift, taking steady casualties from the constant daemonic assaults.
All during this time Roboute Guilliman's guilt and frustration began to grow, weighing down his psyche as the Loyalists found it impossible to escape the Maelstrom's clutches. But a beacon of hope came when on one such world Guilliman received a psychic message from the Asuryani Farseer Eldrad Ulthran , now an ally of the Ynnari , which laid out a series of landmarks for the Imperial fleet to follow to escape the Warp rift.
But when the much-diminished crusade reached the starship graveyard which marked the passage back to realspace , it was met by another massive Chaos fleet, this time of the piratical Chaos Space Marines known as the Red Corsairs , led by the Lord of Change Kairos Fateweaver.
The Chaos forces assaulted every voidship in the Imperial fleet, and Kairos ultimately succeeded in defeating Guilliman by using his psychic powers to wrap the primarch in chains literally crafted from his own guilt.
Threatening the immobilised primarch's life, the Greater Daemon forced the rest of the Imperial fleet to surrender. The Terran Crusade found itself in dire straits, brought by Fateweaver's command to a Blackstone Fortress hidden in the Maelstrom by the Red Corsairs, a secret gift from Abaddon the Despoiler. There the primarch and his remaining followers would have rotted for eternity were it not for intervention from an unexpected source -- the Aeldari Harlequins led by the Shadowseer Sylandri Veilwalker and Cypher , the mysterious Fallen Angel who was a sometimes enemy and sometimes ally of those loyal to the Emperor.
In return for a promise to bring the Fallen Angel before the Golden Throne, Cypher freed the primarch and his compatriots. With their starships lost to them, their crews sacrificed to the Ruinous Powers , Veilwalker offered another path to Terra -- through the Webway gate that lay at the heart of the massive xenos star fortress.
The Imperials forced their way deep into the interior of the Blackstone Fortress, defeating the sudden influx of Khornate and Tzeentchian daemons that barred their way. The last hurdle was represented by the Bloodthirster Skarbrand the Exiled One who directly assaulted the primarch after slaying the heroic Emperor's Champion Marius Amalrich.
Guilliman managed to defeat the Greater Daemon in hand-to-hand combat largely because of the wound that Amalrich's Black Sword had left in Skarbrand's fiery hide. With Skarbrand's fall, the Terran Crusade passed through the Webway towards Terra, only to discover that the Labyrinth Dimension was already haunted by Magnus the Red and the forces of the Thousand Sons. As Veilwalker explained that there had long existed a secret exit of the Webway on Luna , the moon of Terra, Guilliman realised that his daemon brother had been waiting for them.
As soon as they opened the Webway exit in the Sol System, the Thousand Sons would rush through behind them, unleashing a major Chaos invasion right on Terra's doorstep, allowing Magnus to gain the glory ahead of the Despoiler. But with aid from the Harlequins and other Imperial forces such as the Sisters of Silence and the Imperial Fists , Guilliman and his Terran Crusade survivors managed to overwhelm the Thousand Sons and cast Magnus back through the Webway portal, permanently sealing it so that it could never be used again to threaten the Throneworld of the Imperium.
At long last, Guilliman was escorted by the awed defenders of Terra to the Imperial Palace , where the survivors of the Celestinian and Terran Crusades at last went their separate ways. There, he finally met for one full solar day with his father, the Emperor of Mankind, for the first time in ten millennia.
Roboute Guilliman stood before the Golden Throne and communed with the Emperor. Through their telepathic interaction, the primarch was disturbed by what had become of his father's mental state. He felt that the Emperor had lost all pretenses of humanity and gave off an overwhelming sense of coldness.
The Emperor greeted Guilliman with interest, but as a creator would a long-lost tool, not as a father would with his son. Guilliman feared that the long centuries of suffering had stripped away whatever warmth and humanity the Emperor had once possessed. None know what was said between them, but when the primarch emerged from the Inner Palace, he declared that he was taking up the mantle of the Lord Commander of the Imperium once more.
Now the first among equals among the High Lords of Terra just as he had been after the Horus Heresy , Guilliman promised the people of the galaxy that he would assemble the greatest fleet and armies seen since the Great Crusade to take the fight to Chaos Belisarius Cawl and Roboute Guilliman, deep beneath the surface of Mars , oversee the final stages of development of the Primaris Space Marines.
For ten millennia, the Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl had been working on a task set for him by Guilliman before he was mortally wounded by the Daemon Primarch Fulgrim in the days after the Horus Heresy : a new legion of transhuman warriors.
While some attempt to connect the first resurrection to John and therefore insist that the first resurrection referred to here in Revelation is a spiritual resurrection, I think there is good evidence to suggest otherwise. It seems to me that the burden of proof lies on anyone who denies that they refer to the same kind of resurrection.
If I have correctly identified the second resurrection above, it seems impossible for that also to be the kind of spiritual resurrection that Jesus refers to in John of those who have crossed over from death to life so that they will not be condemned. After all, at least some in the second resurrection are condemned to the lake of fire, the second death. Second, note that at the beginning of your excerpt, the author says "I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded. In John 5, the opposite dynamic is in effect: there are people with living bodies who have dead souls, and these souls Jesus raises to life by his "voice.
Lastly, while there is much to recommend the connection of Revelation 20 to John e. In Revelation , those that participate in the first resurrection are identified as "those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.
This identity of martyrs does not seem to be in play in John 5; instead those who come alive are "the dead who hear the voice of the Son of God. In John , there is a realized component to the resurrection that Jesus speaks of: "a time is coming and has now come.
For these reasons, I think it is best to understand the first resurrection as a bodily resurrection. The "first resurrection" refers to a spiritual resurrection in which the martyred saints come to life in heaven to reign with Christ during the present age. It's possible that all the saints participate in this, but that the author's purpose is to give encouragement especially to those to whom he is writing facing a possible martyrdom.
I believe this can be demonstrated from the text. To see this, first we need to understand where the beheaded saints reign. Thrones are a common feature throughout the book. In , John says he "saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. Under the altar in heaven cf. Lastly, we note that John says he saw "the souls of those who had been beheaded.
Now, we must deal with the objection from my previous answer - that these souls "come to life", which must mean a bodily resurrection.
The problem with this interpretation is that it assumes a temporal flow to this vision - first there are souls on thrones, then they come to life and reign. But this interpretation ignores that the thrones are already meant to constitute the substance of the reign. It is not as if souls on thrones in heaven leave their thrones for new thrones on earth. Rather, these souls "come to life" in order to reign on the thrones there in heaven. This accords well with the rest of the book too. In , we read, "The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.
Likewise, in we read, "To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Likewise, the martyrs are victorious over the beast through their deaths, and so are raised and seated with Christ in the heavenlies. The other thing helpful in understanding this resurrection is to see when it happens.
The proper interpretation of the visions in chapter 20 hinges on a right understanding of its relationship to the visions at the end of It's my understanding that chapter 20 is best seen as a recapitulation of the visions before it rather than a chronological continuation. Most relevant is that I take the battles depicted to be one and the same battle, one at the end of the age at Christ's return. If this is so, then it seems best to understand the one thousand years as constituting the present age and the reign of the seated martyrs as happening in the present as well.
I conclude then that John's vision is one of the martyrs being raised to life in heaven in order to reign with Christ during the present age. John's Revelation, therefore, does not contradict previous understandings of a single resurrection, whether found in Jewish tradition or in 1 Corinthians 15 and elsewhere. There is still only one resurrection of bodies at the end of the age, in preparation for a final judgment before the great white throne.
The first resurrection is for believers, the second you mention in your question. This second resurrection appears to be for judgement. The first death is natural death. The second is final death after the second resurrection; this second death is apparently hell. Christians, from the first resurrection, are not subject to the second death, according to the text. Whether everyone in the second resurrection undergoes the second death is not clear from the text.
The vision is of souls, not bodies, and appears to take place in Heaven, not on earth The point being made is that these saints, though they died bodily, nevertheless lived i.
In this they are clearly distinct from the rest of those who have died a physical death In addition, Jesus connects this idea, of believers being raised spiritually from death to life, with the bodily resurrection of all who are in the grave, at the close of the age v The vision in Revelation 20 of the martyred saints reigning with Christ presents them as victors rather than victims and provides hope, reassurance and encouragement for those yet facing similar martyrdoms; especially given that a long period of time awaits pictured here as a thousand years between these first century martyrdoms and those that will immediately precede the return of Christ Rev It might be helpful to read this passage in the light of Matthew Acts , and Daniel This parenthetical part of Revelation 20 Vers 5 'the rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over' is actually missing in some of the extant manuscripts:.
In fifty years a shadow of their making will arise to envelop this area of space which, unopposed, shall be the doom of your people and mine. Catastrophe will reign, and you shall lament your inaction this day. Chapter Master Pedro Kantor defends his Chapter's homeworld. Auspicious fate dictated that we should fight side-by-side this day but, fate is a fickle creature.
At our next encounter, it will be my fists that bear the stain of your blood. And with that, the alien turned and was gone, and the shadows that lurked amongst the scree of Widow's Spire and Darkridge were gone also. Kantor weighed the words and actions he had borne witness to and led his men into Traitor's Gorge.
There in the darkness a great victory was indeed his, forever ending the Ork threat in the Jaden Mountains. Returning to the lowlands, Kantor continued the rebuilding of his Chapter, and in time raised the Crimson Fists out of ruin to once more stand alongside the greatest champions of Mankind. But in all the years of triumph that followed, the robed figure's words would dwell heavily on Kantor until, at the last, they met again Following the losses of the Rynn's World Campaign, the Crimson Fists found themselves in the unusual position of having a disproportionate number of Veterans and specialists amidst their ranks, Techmarines and Apothecaries in particular.
The presence of these experienced brothers was vital to the rebuilding of the Chapter, for without the Techmarines' intricate knowledge of the workings of the Machine God , the Crimson Fists could not maintain the wargear of their armoury and remain a viable fighting force.
Without the Apothecaries' knowledge of the complex process of creating new warrior brethren, the Chapter would dwindle and disappear within a short span of years. The safeguarding of the Chapter's gene-seed is of paramount importance to the Crimson Fists, and it is a rare day when they will withdraw from the field of battle before their Apothecaries have recovered the Progenoids of every last fallen brother, even in the face of overwhelming enemy attack.
The Crimson Fists have begun recruiting additional brethren from not only Rynn's World, but across the entire Loki Sector. The process couldn't be rushed, however, for the Crimson Fists had a long and noble tradition to maintain, and to compromise on the quality and suitability of Aspirants at such a critical juncture could one day spell its doom.
Though the newly re-formed 10 th Company consisted of only a few Scout Squads , the Chapter had begun to forge the future of the Crimson Fists with every battle they fought.
These squads had been the recipients of much of the Chapter's knowledge and experience and had already distinguished themselves in their early actions against Ork forces in the sector; tellingly, the Scouts were also developing an abhorrence for Greenskins rivalling that of even the Chapter's Veterans.
As one would expect of Successors to the Imperial Fists , the Crimson Fists are steadfast warriors, reluctant to yield so long as victory is possible. Defeat is a bitter pill to swallow for their Battle-Brothers and they would rather die fighting than accept that failure. Nonetheless, the Chapter's brush with annihilation has tempered this ardour with grim reality, forcing them to withdraw when they find themselves in futile conflicts.
The Crimson Fists' lives were to be expended for greater rewards than the salving of personal pride or the pursuit of vengeance, even against the despised race of Orks who nearly brought the Chapter to its knees.
Now the Battle-Brothers of the Crimson Fists fight for more than honour and renown -- they fight so that their Chapter may survive, and one day regain its former glories in the service of the Emperor. With Cadia's fall and the loss of the network of Necron -built Cadian Pylons that had long prevented the Eye of Terror from naturally expanding into the Materium , the Warp rift began to expand exponentially across the width of the known galaxy.
This tear in reality, known as the Great Rift , effectively rent the Imperium in half. The beleaguered forces of the Imperium increasingly found themselves overwhelmed as the power of Chaos and the xenos hordes grew unstoppable. Whole sectors of the Imperium lost contact with Terra , while others reported the onslaught of rabid Greenskin hordes, aggressive T'au fleets or undying Necron hosts, seemingly driven to conquest in the face of the expanding Warp Storm fronts.
Heretic Chaos Cults and rogue psykers rose up in the billions, and every Imperial world now seemed set to burn in the fires of unending war. But all was not lost, for upon the Ultramarines ' homeworld of Macragge during the Ultramar Campaign of M41, the genius of Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl combined with the power of Ynnead , the Aeldari god of the dead, to resurrect the Primarch Roboute Guilliman from his millennia-long, deathless slumber.
Before his wounding, Guilliman had anticipated the need for a new breed of hero for this, the darkest age in the Imperium's history. He knew that the galaxy would need warriors resilient enough to stand against the Forces of Chaos as the Imperium found itself poised on the brink of annihilation.
To that end, for 10, standard years, Archmagos Cawl had been working upon improving the Adeptus Astartes themselves. The result were the Primaris Space Marines of the Ultima Founding , a more powerful corps of transhuman warriors, more potent than even the original Astartes. New armies were raised in breathtaking numbers and new and terrible weapons were developed whose fury even the worshippers of the Dark Gods would be unable to withstand.
Gathering a great new armada, composed of elements of the Adeptus Custodes , the Silent Sisterhood and a vast war host of Primaris Space Marines from many newly founded Chapters, the Lord Commander of the Imperium launched his Indomitus Crusade.
History seemed doomed to repeat itself when Rynn's World was struck by daemonic incursions during the Warp Storms that followed the birth of the Great Rift. Though Rynn's World found itself far to the galactic south of the primary anomaly, like much of the Imperium Sanctus this did not save the planet from an outbreak of unregulated psychic phenomena and Warp Storm activity.
The Daemon Prince Rhaxor -- a daemonic warlord of terrible might -- and his hellish legions attacked, and the Crimson Fists were once more outnumbered and besieged upon their homeworld, their forces barely restored to half-strength. Three times Pedro Kantor led spearheads out to drive back the foe. When the Indomitus Crusade arrived unlooked for at Rynn's World, they broke the daemonic legions of the Daemon Prince. Roboute Guilliman himself led the relief of Rynn's World, linking his forces to the surviving Crimson Fists and the Rynnsguard Planetary Defence Force , before working with Pedro Kantor seemingly as equals to coordinate the annihilation of the daemonic menace.
After the fighting was done, Roboute Guilliman himself gazed upon the piled dead of their foes and commended both the Chapter and their stalwart leader. The Crimson Fists marvelled at the return of the legendary Primarch, but were even more grateful for the arrival of Primaris Space Marines bearing their own heraldry. In the wake of the planet's second salvation, Archamgos Cawl's Ark Mechanicus Zar-Quaesitor , delivered an equal measure of redemption to the Crimson Fists themselves in the form of company after company of Primaris Battle-Brothers.
The technologies to fashion new Primaris Astartes were gifted to the Crimson Fists' Apothecarion, and hope kindled anew in the hearts of those Battle-Brothers who had survived the daemonic invasion of their world. Guilliman had decreed that those Chapters who had suffered the keenest losses and the highest rates of attrition fighting against the myriad foes of Mankind would be the first to receive Primaris Space Marine reinforcements.
The Crimson Fists proved to be one of the first recipients of these new transhuman warriors, and would be able to finally rebuild their decimated Chapter.
Here were warriors whose genetic composition was closer to their own Primarch, Rogal Dorn, than had ever before existed. For his raw material, Cawl had selected warriors of Terra, and had taken them only a few generations after the original Imperial Fists had been created by the Emperor. Indeed, some had been held in stasis since the days of the Great Crusade ; a few of the Primaris Space Marines could recall having seen Rogal Dorn himself. When these transhuman warriors of the Ultima Founding had been brought before their parent Chapter, it was like a meeting of brothers separated at birth.
Arriving at a time of great darkness and upheaval, the Primaris Astartes' strength was welcomed. Rogal Dorn thought there was no higher purpose to the existence of the Astartes than the unification of Mankind. I see that in you also. And his determination. We -- I -- need men who fight bravely even when faced with great tragedy. I have seen with my own eyes in recent days how you inspire intense loyalty in those around you.
And I see you hold duty above glory or vengeance. My brother would be proud. Reassemble your Chapter, Pedro Kantor, and look now to the future rather than the past -- the Loki Sector, and the Imperium entire, has need of you.
With the injection of Primaris Space Marine reinforcements, the Crimson Fists have become an effective fighting force once again, especially against the hated Greenskins. In the aftermath of the battles upon Rynn's World, Pedro Kantor had much to do. The daemons had brought ruin to much of the planet.
The Chapter, so painstakingly rebuilt, was once more decimated, and with Primaris reinforcements from Archmagos Cawl, there were entire new companies of Crimson Fists that had never known Rynn's World or the Chapter's rituals.
They required swift cultural integration to ensure that, like a wounded body fitted with a hurried prosthetic, the Chapter did not reject these newcomers for the strangers they were. As in awe of the Ultramarines Primarch as Kantor was, the Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists was simply too overstretched to do more than thank the Lord Commander of the Imperium for his timely arrival.
Pressed for time, Guilliman spent but three solar days on Rynn's World as his Crusade refitted itself. Before he left, Guilliman summoned Pedro Kantor. The Chapter Master arrived late, still arrayed in his blood-soaked and battle-worn Power Armour.
Noticing the Chapter Master's discomfort, the Lord Commander of the Imperium put Kantor's mind at ease, for he had not summoned him for censure, but to speak to him both sincerely and most gravely. He commended the stalwart Chapter Master for his leadership, tenacity and stubbornness in the face of overwhelming odds, as well as his dedication to the performance of duty above all else. He assured Kantor that he upheld the proud genetic legacy of his gene-father Rogal Dorn. The Primarch told Kantor that he would need such men in the days ahead, as they faced the encroaching darkness on all sides.
He ordered the Chapter Master to reassemble his Chapter and to look towards the future rather than the past for the Imperium had great need of him and his Crimson Fists. This speech inspired Kantor beyond the ability of words to describe.
The thought that his genesire would have approved his choices stilled many questions that had long churned in his mind, and he set about the restoration of the Crimson Fists with a will. Yet the galaxy does not stand still; the war for the survival of Humanity raged on, and with the opening of the Cicatrix Maledictum the Imperium's battlefields had redoubled and its plight became more desperate than ever before.
Even as he worked to build his Chapter's numbers back to full strength, and to integrate the Primaris Space Marines into the Crimson Fists' ranks, Kantor ordered other plans set in motion, some of which he had discussed with Guilliman on the day of the Primarch's departure. The turbulent years of destruction and the long, slow fight to rebuild had left the Crimson Fists with a greater than normal strength of Veteran warriors, whose expertise was now desperately needed amongst beset neighbouring star systems.FREE - FISTS Log Converter Program NEW Version Now Available - July 19, Check out the FISTS Log Converter program written by Graham G3ZOD. This is a handy aid for tracking your FISTS Awards - - - AND (at the click of a button) - - - It will electronically send your completed award log to the FISTS Awards Manager!