With the Deathwatch fresh on everyone’s mind, we would like to bring you a little lore behind Artemis of the Deathwatch! Let’s take a look!
Via our good friends at Lexicanum
A veteran of a hundred campaigns, Artemis was recruited into the Mortifactors from barbaric nomadic tribes living on the Feral World of Posul a century before joining the Deathwatch. As a youth Artemis was one of the greatest warriors of his tribe and paved the floor of his father’s lodge with the skeletons of his slain enemies.
Gaining many enemies due to his reputation, Artemis was ambushed by fifty warriors from an enemy tribe. Succeeding in killing them all, he nonetheless took heavy wounds and was only saved by the Chaplains of the Mortifactors. Recognized for his strength, he was healed by the Chapter’s Apothecaries and began the process of being transformed into a full-fledged Space Marine.
As a full battle-brother, Artemis quickly distinguished himself and showed great talent in the art of xenos slaying. Such were his skills that he became recognized by the Ordo Xenos, which asked to recruit him into the Deathwatch. Artemis accepted the call and served first under Inquisitor Severnius against Genestealer cults on the Missionary World of St. Capilene, helping save the planet from falling under Tyranid domination.
Inquisitor Severnius praised Artemis, promoting him as second-in-command of his kill-team. For two decades he fought alongside Severnius, rooting out alien corruption wherever it may be found. On Varnix Prime, he thwarted a Hrud attempt to capture an Adeptus Mechanicus base while on the Agri-World of Tarrenhorst he and Severnius discovered an infestation of Warp entities that enslaved entire populations psychically.
It was against these new foes that Artemis and Severnius encountered one of their most daunting challenges. The creatures began attempting to psychically dominate the kill-team and bend them to their will. Though Severnius was able to physically shield most of the kill-team, three Space Marines fell under the aliens’ control and turned their Bolters on their brethren. A further two Space Marines were cut down by gunfire, but Artemis persevered and hacked down one of his erstwhile allies as the Kill-Team formed a defensive circle, assailed by hordes of alien-dominated victims.
Artemis, Severnius, and the two remaining Space Marines fought viciously and were able to barricade themselves in a small temple dedicated to the Emperor. Severnius by this point was exhausted by having to maintain his psychic shield while the three Space Marines desperately held off enemy attacks. For six days this situation continued until the Kill-Team was able to finally contact Thunderhawk gunships and coordinate a rescue. But before the gunship could land, the weakened Servenius was killed by one of the enslaved Space Marines, and command of the Kill-Team now passed to Artemis. Once on their orbiting ship, Artemis declared Exterminatus and blasted the world with Cyclonic Torpedoes.
Artemis continues to serve in the Deathwatch, destroying Xenos infestations wherever he may find them. He has gone on to become one of the most successful members of the Deathwatch.