Broolian Beastmen

Broolian Beastmen

The so-called Broolian Beastmen are a line of genetically engineered warriors, the product of an insane experiment by the mad geneticists of the planet Broolia. The Broolians first saw service as mercenaries in the employ of several stellar empires and have now fought in countless warzones across the Orion-Cygnus Spur.

ART BY ROBIN CAREY

The very first batch of Broolians to see service fought alongside the 27th Shock Army of the Svargan Autocracy, and though they served well they were treated exceptionally poorly by the Shock Army’s Marshall-Generals. It is estimated that ten thousand Broolians were contracted by the Shock Army for service in the Siege of Fort Glaistig. By the time that campaign was concluded and the nigh impregnable fortress at last reduced, less than a thousand Broolians remained. The Beastmen’s savagery and ferocity had been ruthlessly exploited time and again as they were used as a ‘forlorn hope’, thrown against the walls until at last they forced a breach.

A warrior known as Torgo was amongst the survivors, and even though he served with distinction he and his beast-brothers were written out of the histories of that war, the glory and the honour for ending the war conferred upon the 1st Autocrat’s Guard regiment.

Beast-Captain Torgo

In the aftermath of the Siege of Fort Glaistig, Torgo determined that if he and his beast-brothers were to spill their blood they would do so for themselves. Instead of returning to Broolia, Torgo led the remaining Beastmen in casting off the chains of subservience and striking out for themselves.

Within a year, Torgo had formed his beast-brothers into a formidable mercenary cadre. While no great tactician or indeed businessman, Torgo is unusually gifted for a Broolian in that he is well able to judge how a potential employer intends to treat him and his force. Should he reach the conclusion that the would-be employer hopes to utilise his force as cannon fodder he is want to teach them a lesson, often a fatal one. Those who deal with Torgo fairly find in the Broolians a surprisingly loyal force, and one more than willing to participate in the most ferocious and bloody of battles.

Beast-Captain Torgo insists on taking the same risks as his beast-brothers, and so is ever to be found at the forefront of the battle. He wields the same flame thrower he has carried since his earliest days of service, unwilling to take up a weapon others might think more suitable to the commander of a successful and feared mercenary force. In battle, Torgo is ferocious and savage as are all his kin, eschewing subtlety as soon as the bullets start flying and the charge is called. Few can stand up to such a charge, for the Broolians of Beast-Captain Torgo fight not for wealth, but for the sheer, savage joy that was seeded in their bestial hearts by the insane geneticists of the planet Broolia.

Torgo’s Trench Raiders

The Broolian Beastmen have proven themselves highly aggressive and effective warriors in the wars of the Cygnus-Orion Spur, serving as mercenaries with the armies of almost every one of the competing stellar empires and many of the small planetary states. The most successful band of Broolians are those serving under the well known leader Beast-Captain Torgo, and amongst them a specialised and highly-feared group has recently emerged. These are Torgo’s Trench Raiders.

The Trench Raiders first rose to prominence during the ongoing wars between the Tannenburg Empire and the Orlean Republic, a gruelling conflict that has ground on for decades and sees no sign of reaching a conclusion. A front extends across several planetary systems bordering the two stellar empires and both sides have almost become accustomed to the continual state of war. Hundreds of divisions have been committed by both empires, the war long ago having become a series of more or less static planetary sieges. Trench lines hundreds, even thousands of miles long extend across entire continents, in places as close as a few dozen yards apart, in others separated by hundreds of miles. To man these trenches is to exist in a state of grinding misery interrupted by short bouts of intense terror. The human mind cannot tolerate such a state for long, but it has been found that the Beastmen revel in the anarchy of such total war and their deployment might, a few dare to hope, tip the balance.

Torgo’s Trench Raiders have proven themselves experts at a military tactic that has been practised for centuries. They specialise in infiltrating the crater strewn wastelands in between the trench line, often using soot or similar methods to camouflage themselves against the night. Utilising the natural cunning these entirely unnatural warriors seem to be imbued with, the Trench Raiders cross no-man’s-land under the direct gaze of enemy snipers and machine gunners before leaping down into their chosen target trench and using crude and brutal hand to hand weapons to slay the surprised occupants. Having completed their attack, the Trench Raiders unleash great bursts of flames from hand-held flame throwers and hurl handfuls of grenades at nearby lengths of trench in order to create havoc and dissuade pursuit, before fleeing once more across no-man’s-land to return to their own lines.

Most amongst the high commands of the various stellar empires’ armed forces regard trench raiding as a highly valuable enterprise, but one that represents a suicide mission for most troops that attempt it. For this reason it has often been assigned to convict troops, and this is the reason the Broolians were first committed in this way, for many high commanders regard the Beastmen as expendable. To the surprise of many however, Torgo and his beast-brothers have proven themselves highly skilled at this type of mission, somehow surviving attack after attack when lesser troops would have eventually fallen or been driven mad by combat stress.

There are numerous missions the Trench Raiders may be committed to, and Beast-Captain Torgo is always certain to make sure his Beast-Brothers are not being wasted on an operation they cannot win. Despite this, the Broolians display a staggering contempt for death that renders them keen to participate in battles even the bravest of human warriors would flee from. The most common objective of any trench raid is simply to sow confusion and fear amongst enemy troops, degrading their morale and ensuring they never get a moment’s rest while on the front line. It is also fairly common for trench raids to be launched with the intention of capturing enemy soldiers or, if possible, officers, in order to gain valuable intelligence about enemy strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes a trench raid is launched against a specific location on the enemy front line, such as a command bunker. In this case it is not uncommon for a human officer of the army employing the Broolians to accompany the group in order to locate the exact target and exploit it according to his orders, such as sabotage, theft of a vital system or locating specific intelligence. Needless to say, fatality rates amongst these officers are far higher than amongst the Beastmen, and it is not uncommon for the trench raiders to return from a mission having attained all of their objectives but having lost their accompanying officer. This fact has not gone entirely unnoticed amongst higher command echelons, but has been overlooked while the Broolians have remained successful.

With Torgo’s success in the field of trench raiding, several other Broolian mercanry warbands have started experimenting with the tactic. To date, Torgo’s Trench Raiders are by far the most successful but others are rapidly learning. It can only be a matter of time before Broolian trench raiders employed by rival stellar empires clash in the crater-strewn hell of no-man’s-land, escalating the wars of the Cygnus-Orion Spur to a new level entirely.

The Constantine Suppression

The desert world of Constantine was ruled by the Orlean Republic for many centuries before wars in nearly systems had unforeseen ramifications amongst its divided peoples. The Republic had always considered Constantine part of its core holdings and derived many valuable natural resources from a number of mines scattered across its barren wastes. In truth however, the native people of Constantine, the descendents of a far earlier wave of stellar colonisation, resented the rule of the distant Orlean Republic, regarding its oppressors as decadent and haughty. When a score of nearby worlds succeeded in breaking away from under the yoke of one or other of the stellar empires, the people of Constantine were inspired to rise up themselves.

The uprising came as a shock to those Republic units garrisoned on Constantine. While initially uncoordinated, the rebels very quickly organised themselves around a hardcore of demagogues and viziers. They won their first major victory when they overran the headquarters of the 126e Régiment d'Infanterie, butchering the unit to a man and displaying the severed heads of dozens of troops for all to see. Inspired by this brazen act, the uprising soon spread to every settlement and city and in short order the Republic had entirely lost control.

In response to this emergency, Orlean Republic high command dispatched the nearby 11e Demi-Brigade of the Colonial Corps to conduct a lightning strike against what it judged was the leadership of the uprising, while simultaneously mustering several divisions of the regular army in preparation for a major suppression operation. The Colonial Corps were bolstered at the last minute by the addition of Beast-Captain Torgo’s Broolian mercenaries, who took part in the landings at the Khan plateaux.

It was fortunate indeed that the Broolians had been added to the Republic’s order of battle, for without them the 11e Demi-Brigade would have been massacred. It transpired that a number of officers within the ranks of the Constantine garrison conspired to take advantage of the anarchy gripping the world and turned against their masters. Constantine was rapidly descending into a multi-sided civil war, into which Beast-Captain Torgo found himself and his beast-brothers unexpectedly pitched.

It was during the Khan Breakout against rebel Orlean Republic units that Torgo determined which of the many sides he would fight alongside. Unlike the rebellious officers and the ruthless insurgents, the Colonial Corps alongside which he and his beast-brothers fought proved themselves worthy allies. Throughout a campaign that lasted a further six months the two bodies of troops fought alongside one another through dozens of battles, each earning the eternal admiration of the other despite their nigh diametrically opposed traditions.

The end of the Constantine Suppression came when the rebellious Orlean generals and their forces were at last defeated, Beast-Captain Torgo leading the assault against the very same garrison fort where the 126e Régiment d'Infanterie had been massacred. Amidst the ruins and bones Torgo came upon evidence that the 126e had been betrayed and that the entire uprising had been orchestrated as a prelude to secession. It fell to the commander of the 11e Demi-Brigade of the Colonial Corps to execute his erstwhile officer brother according to the traditions of the republic, a deed Beast-Captain Torgo declined to witness.

No Broolian would betray his brother is such a manner, Torgo knew, swearing as he took his leave of the ruined garrison that so long as he drew breath no beastman would ever lower himself to such wicked depths of treachery.


Broolian Beastmen

The so-called Broolian Beastmen are a line of genetically engineered warriors, the product of an insane experiment by the mad geneticists of the planet Broolia. The Broolians first saw service as mercenaries in the employ of several stellar empires and have now fought in countless warzones across the Orion-Cygnus Spur.

ART BY ROBIN CAREY

The very first batch of Broolians to see service fought alongside the 27th Shock Army of the Svargan Autocracy, and though they served well they were treated exceptionally poorly by the Shock Army’s Marshall-Generals. It is estimated that ten thousand Broolians were contracted by the Shock Army for service in the Siege of Fort Glaistig. By the time that campaign was concluded and the nigh impregnable fortress at last reduced, less than a thousand Broolians remained. The Beastmen’s savagery and ferocity had been ruthlessly exploited time and again as they were used as a ‘forlorn hope’, thrown against the walls until at last they forced a breach.

A warrior known as Torgo was amongst the survivors, and even though he served with distinction he and his beast-brothers were written out of the histories of that war, the glory and the honour for ending the war conferred upon the 1st Autocrat’s Guard regiment.

Beast-Captain Torgo

In the aftermath of the Siege of Fort Glaistig, Torgo determined that if he and his beast-brothers were to spill their blood they would do so for themselves. Instead of returning to Broolia, Torgo led the remaining Beastmen in casting off the chains of subservience and striking out for themselves.

Within a year, Torgo had formed his beast-brothers into a formidable mercenary cadre. While no great tactician or indeed businessman, Torgo is unusually gifted for a Broolian in that he is well able to judge how a potential employer intends to treat him and his force. Should he reach the conclusion that the would-be employer hopes to utilise his force as cannon fodder he is want to teach them a lesson, often a fatal one. Those who deal with Torgo fairly find in the Broolians a surprisingly loyal force, and one more than willing to participate in the most ferocious and bloody of battles.

Beast-Captain Torgo insists on taking the same risks as his beast-brothers, and so is ever to be found at the forefront of the battle. He wields the same flame thrower he has carried since his earliest days of service, unwilling to take up a weapon others might think more suitable to the commander of a successful and feared mercenary force. In battle, Torgo is ferocious and savage as are all his kin, eschewing subtlety as soon as the bullets start flying and the charge is called. Few can stand up to such a charge, for the Broolians of Beast-Captain Torgo fight not for wealth, but for the sheer, savage joy that was seeded in their bestial hearts by the insane geneticists of the planet Broolia.

Torgo’s Trench Raiders

The Broolian Beastmen have proven themselves highly aggressive and effective warriors in the wars of the Cygnus-Orion Spur, serving as mercenaries with the armies of almost every one of the competing stellar empires and many of the small planetary states. The most successful band of Broolians are those serving under the well known leader Beast-Captain Torgo, and amongst them a specialised and highly-feared group has recently emerged. These are Torgo’s Trench Raiders.

The Trench Raiders first rose to prominence during the ongoing wars between the Tannenburg Empire and the Orlean Republic, a gruelling conflict that has ground on for decades and sees no sign of reaching a conclusion. A front extends across several planetary systems bordering the two stellar empires and both sides have almost become accustomed to the continual state of war. Hundreds of divisions have been committed by both empires, the war long ago having become a series of more or less static planetary sieges. Trench lines hundreds, even thousands of miles long extend across entire continents, in places as close as a few dozen yards apart, in others separated by hundreds of miles. To man these trenches is to exist in a state of grinding misery interrupted by short bouts of intense terror. The human mind cannot tolerate such a state for long, but it has been found that the Beastmen revel in the anarchy of such total war and their deployment might, a few dare to hope, tip the balance.

Torgo’s Trench Raiders have proven themselves experts at a military tactic that has been practised for centuries. They specialise in infiltrating the crater strewn wastelands in between the trench line, often using soot or similar methods to camouflage themselves against the night. Utilising the natural cunning these entirely unnatural warriors seem to be imbued with, the Trench Raiders cross no-man’s-land under the direct gaze of enemy snipers and machine gunners before leaping down into their chosen target trench and using crude and brutal hand to hand weapons to slay the surprised occupants. Having completed their attack, the Trench Raiders unleash great bursts of flames from hand-held flame throwers and hurl handfuls of grenades at nearby lengths of trench in order to create havoc and dissuade pursuit, before fleeing once more across no-man’s-land to return to their own lines.

Most amongst the high commands of the various stellar empires’ armed forces regard trench raiding as a highly valuable enterprise, but one that represents a suicide mission for most troops that attempt it. For this reason it has often been assigned to convict troops, and this is the reason the Broolians were first committed in this way, for many high commanders regard the Beastmen as expendable. To the surprise of many however, Torgo and his beast-brothers have proven themselves highly skilled at this type of mission, somehow surviving attack after attack when lesser troops would have eventually fallen or been driven mad by combat stress.

There are numerous missions the Trench Raiders may be committed to, and Beast-Captain Torgo is always certain to make sure his Beast-Brothers are not being wasted on an operation they cannot win. Despite this, the Broolians display a staggering contempt for death that renders them keen to participate in battles even the bravest of human warriors would flee from. The most common objective of any trench raid is simply to sow confusion and fear amongst enemy troops, degrading their morale and ensuring they never get a moment’s rest while on the front line. It is also fairly common for trench raids to be launched with the intention of capturing enemy soldiers or, if possible, officers, in order to gain valuable intelligence about enemy strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes a trench raid is launched against a specific location on the enemy front line, such as a command bunker. In this case it is not uncommon for a human officer of the army employing the Broolians to accompany the group in order to locate the exact target and exploit it according to his orders, such as sabotage, theft of a vital system or locating specific intelligence. Needless to say, fatality rates amongst these officers are far higher than amongst the Beastmen, and it is not uncommon for the trench raiders to return from a mission having attained all of their objectives but having lost their accompanying officer. This fact has not gone entirely unnoticed amongst higher command echelons, but has been overlooked while the Broolians have remained successful.

With Torgo’s success in the field of trench raiding, several other Broolian mercanry warbands have started experimenting with the tactic. To date, Torgo’s Trench Raiders are by far the most successful but others are rapidly learning. It can only be a matter of time before Broolian trench raiders employed by rival stellar empires clash in the crater-strewn hell of no-man’s-land, escalating the wars of the Cygnus-Orion Spur to a new level entirely.

The Constantine Suppression

The desert world of Constantine was ruled by the Orlean Republic for many centuries before wars in nearly systems had unforeseen ramifications amongst its divided peoples. The Republic had always considered Constantine part of its core holdings and derived many valuable natural resources from a number of mines scattered across its barren wastes. In truth however, the native people of Constantine, the descendents of a far earlier wave of stellar colonisation, resented the rule of the distant Orlean Republic, regarding its oppressors as decadent and haughty. When a score of nearby worlds succeeded in breaking away from under the yoke of one or other of the stellar empires, the people of Constantine were inspired to rise up themselves.

The uprising came as a shock to those Republic units garrisoned on Constantine. While initially uncoordinated, the rebels very quickly organised themselves around a hardcore of demagogues and viziers. They won their first major victory when they overran the headquarters of the 126e Régiment d'Infanterie, butchering the unit to a man and displaying the severed heads of dozens of troops for all to see. Inspired by this brazen act, the uprising soon spread to every settlement and city and in short order the Republic had entirely lost control.

In response to this emergency, Orlean Republic high command dispatched the nearby 11e Demi-Brigade of the Colonial Corps to conduct a lightning strike against what it judged was the leadership of the uprising, while simultaneously mustering several divisions of the regular army in preparation for a major suppression operation. The Colonial Corps were bolstered at the last minute by the addition of Beast-Captain Torgo’s Broolian mercenaries, who took part in the landings at the Khan plateaux.

It was fortunate indeed that the Broolians had been added to the Republic’s order of battle, for without them the 11e Demi-Brigade would have been massacred. It transpired that a number of officers within the ranks of the Constantine garrison conspired to take advantage of the anarchy gripping the world and turned against their masters. Constantine was rapidly descending into a multi-sided civil war, into which Beast-Captain Torgo found himself and his beast-brothers unexpectedly pitched.

It was during the Khan Breakout against rebel Orlean Republic units that Torgo determined which of the many sides he would fight alongside. Unlike the rebellious officers and the ruthless insurgents, the Colonial Corps alongside which he and his beast-brothers fought proved themselves worthy allies. Throughout a campaign that lasted a further six months the two bodies of troops fought alongside one another through dozens of battles, each earning the eternal admiration of the other despite their nigh diametrically opposed traditions.

The end of the Constantine Suppression came when the rebellious Orlean generals and their forces were at last defeated, Beast-Captain Torgo leading the assault against the very same garrison fort where the 126e Régiment d'Infanterie had been massacred. Amidst the ruins and bones Torgo came upon evidence that the 126e had been betrayed and that the entire uprising had been orchestrated as a prelude to secession. It fell to the commander of the 11e Demi-Brigade of the Colonial Corps to execute his erstwhile officer brother according to the traditions of the republic, a deed Beast-Captain Torgo declined to witness.

No Broolian would betray his brother is such a manner, Torgo knew, swearing as he took his leave of the ruined garrison that so long as he drew breath no beastman would ever lower himself to such wicked depths of treachery.