Titles: The Captain of Industry, The Infernal Inventor, Saint Misthrax of the Smithy
Squad: The Iron Battalion
House Motto: With fire and brimstone!
Insignia: A black tower on a field of red, sometimes depicted over two crossed muskets
As a child, Runcible was obsessed with the natural world, learning what he could about the laws of physics and biology around him. Even before his father gave him commands, he was the first to leave home, setting off on journeys of discovery and adventure to far-off lands, and bringing back what he could of new metals and exotic plants.
When the Emperor commanded him to go forth and conquer, he did so without question, preferring to fight his battles through carefully drawn-out tactics that meant rarely fighting an opponent on equal footing. But after making a name for himself, he requested a small contingent of soldiers for a special mission of his own: to understand the workings of death itself.
Some say he set out for the fabled Clockwork Nirvana of Mechanus, or the rolling Plains of Elysium—but the young prince and his men vanished from the face of the earth for nearly a century. But legend has it that he wound up in a far worse place, and after mastering the secrets of Hell, blasted his way back out again with fire and brimstone. Certainly, in a forgotten province far to the West, there was a strange volcanic eruption—and not long after, Runcible returned, with only one of his men at his side. He had been changed, somehow, by the ordeal—his appearance aged, and demonic, with wicked horns and a prehensile tail.
But he brought back with him secrets of sulfur and coal, introducing guns to Valdis, alongside the highest-quality steel the world has ever seen. Raising new troops from the outcasts of society, he trained his squadron with ruthless efficiency. Using what he called "tactical secrets of the infernal legion," the Iron Battalion quickly became invincible in battle, and Runcible Misthrax, quick to spare repentant prisoners, spread his teachings of the Litany of Iron to all those he would listen.
With the retirement of Chreos, Runcible sees an opportunity for a new world. Under his father, innovation and technology have floundered, with the world staying unchanged over the centuries except for prayer and conquest. And this is unacceptable—the march of progress must begin once again. If Valdis is to move forward into a better, more enlightened and prosperous era, it needs a ruler unsatisfied with the status quo, one who will do whatever it takes to bring forward science and modern prosperity—and Runcible knows right now of no one else who could accomplish that.
Lieutenant Sir Rosenkreuz, the Iron Crusader
LG Tiefling Tactician
Of all the men Runcible brought with him on his expedition into the world beyond this one, only one returned with him. Sir Rosenkreuz, like his commander, was twisted into something changed and demonic; though he bears a greater share of scars and pain, he is said to be the optimistic voice in the Iron Legion, regularly reminding his men of the noble goals behind their embrace of technology.
The Iron Legion
Trained in tactics and martial arts, the Iron Battalion fights as a ruthless battle square, using a combination of technological and exotic weapons. Commander Misthrax has recruited primarily from half-orcs, bestial half-races, and human criminals, showing exceptional discipline in forming a fearsome group from society’s outcasts—from his studies of the natural world, he has seen that there are bigger things to fear than others’ appearances.