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Rabid Bunny 666
09-08-2008, 18:40
Apart from the WD article on them, what other background is there on this regiment?

Sikkukkut
10-08-2008, 04:41
If by "Vossie" you mean the Vostroyan Firstborn, then I believe the Rebel Winter novel is about a Vostroyan regiment. Other than that I'm not sure.

Malevon
10-08-2008, 05:02
From Lexicanum:

Vostroya is a world in the Halo Zone beyond the Eye of Terror, which swore allegiance to Mars during the Age of Strife. It is now ruled by a committee of Techtriarchs, a mix of Mechanicus Magos and more traditional Imperial planetary government. During the Horus Heresy, Vostroya refused to provide regiments to the Emperor, preferring instead to reserve the population in the manufactorium blanketing the world. After the Heresy came to an end the Vostroyans agreed to supply every first born son to service with the Imperial Guard.

According to Vostroya's Offering of the First Born, the eldest son of every family must enlist in the Regiments. There are no exceptions to this law, which applies even to the Techtriarchs and the most noble families. For most Vostroyans, it is an honor to join the Firstborn, as great importance is attached to the payment of the debt owed to the Emperor millennia ago.

Unlike other Imperial Guard regiments that are raised en-masse, the Firstborn get a steady flow of new recruits from their homeworld. As a result, the Firstborn regiments have existed unbroken since they were first created. This is not always easy to organize, but ensures that Vostroyan regiments maintain their highest potential, as well as ensuring there's a core of veteran warriors. One consequence of this method is that the Firstborn are considered a brotherhood of warriors and are proud to train the recruits according to their own exacting standards. Few Imperial Guard regiments have a stronger brotherly bond than the Vostroyans.

The Firstborn are trained in very difficult conditions among the ruined industrial areas of their homeworld.

Vostroyans are disdainful of Imperial Guard regiments which they consider to be less devoted than themselves. They are strictly disciplined and act as a warrior brotherhood when in the field.

Being away from centralized control of the Imperium, Vostroyan soldiers and officers retain a very archaic appearance compared to the rest of Imperial Guard. The Firstborn are based in appearance on the real world Russian Cossacks and the Czarist Russian army, whereas the Valhallan Ice Warriors are based on Russia's Soviet Red Army. Firstborn use long and very ornate rifles. Officers bear lasguns integrated with axes. Standard bearers bear ancient tribal sabers and daggers, and ritual scars on their upper torsos.

The Vostroyan Firstborn prefer to use Plasma Guns and Heavy Bolters.

Vostroya is a world in the Halo Zone beyond the Eye of Terror, famous for its Vostroyan Firstborn regiments. Vostroya swore allegiance to Mars during the Age of Strife. It is now ruled by a committee of Techtriarchs, a mix of Mechanicus Magos and more traditional Imperial planetary government.

Since the Great Crusade, Vostroya has acted as an industrial world, supplying arms and ammunition to the armies of the Imperium. In the ten thousand years after the crusade, the Vostroyans have continued the same task, living and dying on the production lines and complying with the endless schedule of manufacturing and assembly.

During the Horus Heresy, Vostroya refused to provide regiments to the Emperor, preferring instead to reserve the population in the manufactoria blanketing the world. After the Heresy came to an end the Vostroyans agreed to supply every first born son to serve in the Imperial Guard regiments.

Vostroya isn't technically a hiveworld. Neither is it a forgeworld. Instead, it falls somewhere in between (labelled an Industrial World). It has a population of about 9.3 billion. The birth and death rates are very high, keeping the population figures fairly stable (taking into account the fact that first-born sons are extremely numerous, providing a massive amount of soldiers for the founding and reinforcement of Imperial Guard regiments.) The landscape is extremely bleak - highly polluted. Life outside 'managed' zones is almost impossible. Animal and plant life is almost non-existent. Most food is imported.

There are seven large and distinct administrative zones/regions stretching around the planet's more temperate equatorial belt (e.g. The Magdan, Sohlsvodd, Muskha, etc). The far colder north and south are unlivable.
Vostroya has one moon - Turtolsky.

Vostroyan moustaches are viewed as a sign of adulthood and masculine virility. The importance of a moustache for Vostroyan men varies depending on the region they come from. The people of Muskha, for example, place extreme levels of importance on having a moustache. A man without one is considered to be openly rejecting his manhood. Beards are acceptable so long as they're accompanied by a moustache.

Vostroya has high born officers, and low born soldiers. Only rarely does a low born Vostroyan become an officer, an example of this is Captain Sebastev, whose officers are killed, and ends up with him leading first a comapny, and later an entire regiment consisting of approximely 23 men.

TERMS
ossbokn-vyar - a form of hand-to-hand combat .
chevek - outsider, a non-vostryan.
rahzvod - a clear alcoholic drink, much like today's vodka.
khek - swear word
ohxolosvennoy (ohx') - A thick and salty drink brewed like coffee,
described as being made from powdered grox meat with stimms and preservatives added. Manufactored primarily on Vostroya, the vostroyrian workers swear by it as it is the only thing that helps them through their double shifts.
ushehk - seven string instrument played by a bow, the high pitched notes and
small sizes might make it attune to a fiddle or violin.
Shiny - slang for a fresh from training into the Vostroyan Firstborn Regiments, a replacement.
zadnik - derogatory term
Treatis Elatii - Vostroyan religious text pertaining to the Grey Lady, Saint
Nadalya, the Vostyran patron saint.
Hope that helps.

Rabid Bunny 666
10-08-2008, 14:25
Thanks Malevon.

Slaaneshi Slave
10-08-2008, 15:54
and later an entire regiment consisting of approximely 23 men.

Is that a mistake, because a regiment of 23 men is a little... small. :wtf:

Curufew
10-08-2008, 16:04
It's from the novel Rebel Winter. The regiment at the end of the story has dwindle to 23 men due to casualties from local world rebels and orks.

Slaaneshi Slave
10-08-2008, 16:06
Almost sounds like the guys in Fifteen Hours.

Col. Tartleton
10-08-2008, 16:47
What kind or warfare do they fight? Armored/ Mech grenadiers/ Regular line?

How big is the regiment at full strenght? 10k like a full regiment or about 1k like a valhallan mech regiment (based on CC novels) or somewhere in the between.

Curufew
10-08-2008, 17:33
What kind or warfare do they fight? Armored/ Mech grenadiers/ Regular line?

How big is the regiment at full strenght? 10k like a full regiment or about 1k like a valhallan mech regiment (based on CC novels) or somewhere in the between.

*spoilers*

Well they're fighting to escape from enemy held terrority to the terrorities under Vostroyans control. The regiment consists of 6 companies. They have Chimeras with them when they're running so I assume they're a mechanise regiment.

ironcurtin117
10-08-2008, 20:42
They're from a hive/forge world so they're pretty well equipped. I read that they're well supplied in the terms of new fodd- I mean troops so I'd assume that they would also get shiny new vehicles and weapons with each boat-load of newbies.

Light of the Emperor
10-08-2008, 22:06
Factory workers on the planet must devote 1 out of every 10 hours to the maintenance and production of Firstborn equipment. The weapons are all ornate and handcrafted and are passed down through generations. And, according to the new rulebook, these weapons are sometimes worth more than the man carrying it.