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The Chicken Walkers: Ironstrider Ballistarius Lore

By Travis Pasch | August 2nd, 2020 | Categories: Lore, News / Rumors, Warhammer 40k

Ironstrider LoreThe Ironstrider Ballistarius lore is a study on perpetual motion, treachery, and data. The chicken legs of the Ironstriders never stop on their quest for the Machine God.

The Tech-priests are always looking for new ways to deliver pain on the enemies of the Machine God. If you love chickens or just cool gun platforms, you’ll have fun with this one. Grab a bucket of fried chicken and learn about some Ironstrider Ballistarius Lore.

Initial Inspiration

We have to go back in time quite some ways to find the first spark of an idea for these walkers. Way back in the 33rd Millennium, Tech-Priest Aldebrac Vingh took his initial inspiration for the Ironstriders from the stilt-legged seekers. He worked for centuries to perfect the design. Everyone who saw the design was flabbergasted at how close he came to achieving perpetual motion. Even Belisarius Cawl was impressed with the efficiency of the two-legged walkers. The more the chicken walks, the more power it gives to itself. A perfect design powered almost with nothing but two moving legs.

Sadly Vingh was about as good at politics as  Dorn was. He was quickly ostracized by jealous tech-priests. Despite creating the breakthrough he never reaped any of the rewards. He mysteriously died when he fell onto a pile of bullets, no one cared to investigate further.

ironstriderLost Technology

After his not so mysterious death, the design secrets were lost, along with the keys to the walkers as well. He must have set up a destruction protocol at his death so his enemies could not steal his secrets or know how to turn the walkers back on once they stopped moving. If he couldn’t have the chickens, no one could.

He created too perfect of a machine, however. The other Tech-priests decided they would just never let the striders stop moving. So they have just let the striders run giant circles, keeping themselves powered up for thousands of years. The Imperium isn’t one for waste and the Tech-priests keep thousands of them alive in treadmill factories all across the Forgeworlds. They farm the energy these machines create as they stride forever. They use the kinetic energy generated from these machines to power far less graceful machines

The walkers pound endlessly until they are called to war. Riders are lowered by crane onto the moving machines and ride them to war. The work of perpetual motion was beautiful and genius. Of course, the Imperium turned such a great thing into a machine of war. The Skiitari riders mount their favorite weaponry on them and use them to blast their enemies apart.

They move tirelessly through the millennia, legs pounding away until they are destroyed in battle. Finally, they are able to rest, their perpetual motion both their greatest strength and weakness.

Ironstrider Art

Ironstriders Walk To War!

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