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Dune Raiders
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Overview

Objectives:

Patrol the fringes of Cabal space
Accrue power and technology
Reclaim Torobatl from the Hive

Commander(s):

Primus Lau'urc
Valus Zahu'ul, the Bulwark
Val Thua'urn, the Glassbreaker
Vov, the Oncoming Storm
Vraltras, the Nova Eruption
Vuv, the Confining Nihility

Keep(s):

Fleetbase Pytho
Firebase Cerberus

At war with:

Shadow Legion
Golden Legion (presumably)
House of Salvation
Hive
Vex
Taken
Scorn

Allied with:

House of Spider
Imperial Cabal
Cabal Deserters
Neon Wraiths (presumably)
House of Dusk

 

"The Praetorate fought for only their own power. Calus fought only for opulence and a need to be loved. Ghaul fought only for the attention of some giant orb. The people of the Cabal were crushed under them in their pursuits, but I will fight for your freedom. "
— Primus Lau'urc

The Dune Raiders is a Cabal Legion that serves Primus Lau'urc. Composed of mercenaries, criminals and the most rebellious of Cabal Deserters, they joined with Lau'urc in the hopes of carving a path of liberty from the Empire and will seek out whatever power and technology they can get their hands on to achieve it.

History[edit]

Broken Origins[edit]

"We could have been broken out months ago. But they only see us as tools to be used and abandoned. The only ones we can rely on are each other."
— Lau'urc

The origins of the Dune Raiders can be traced back to the Taken War when Bracus Lau'urc of the Skyburners was incarcerated in the Prison of Elders. It was here she found the shattered remnants of the Broken Legion, that had been devastated by the loss of their leaders Valus Trau'ug and Val Aru'un. For the next four years, Lau'urc fought in the arena. With every victory, every bested opponent, her renown and respect from the remnants grew. However, agents of the Red Legion had begun to grow concerned.

These agents had been sent by Dominus Ghaul to infiltrate the Reef and disable its defenses for the Red Legion's invasion. They utilised the Broken Legion as a Trojan Horse to easily slip into the Reef. While their plan was successful, many of their followers had begun to follow Lau'urc after Ghaul’s death and their promise that the Red Legion would free them proved false. In time, their leader, Val Gu'uam, would plot Lau'urc’s assassination.

In the chaos of the Scorned Barons' escape from the Prison of Elders, Lau'urc and the Broken Legion would also escape by commandeering several Harvesters that had been captured by the Awoken. They eventually took refuge in a Carrier that had crashed on the asteroid 87 Sylvia during the Red War. Before long, a skirmish broke out between Gu'uam and Lau'urc's forces over control of the group. Lau'urc and her loyalists would ultimately win, killing two of Gu'uam's commanders and forcing him to flee. Lau'urc went on to take full control of the Broken Legion's remnants, dubbing herself their new Primus, and evict the remainders of Gu'uam’s Loyalists while recruiting those willing to serve her. Among them was Thua'urn, who had sided with Lau'urc and warned her of the planned attack before their escape.

Rise of the Raiders[edit]

In the years that followed, Lau'urc would lead her crew, now calling themselves the Dune Raiders, in looting Red Legion outposts in and around the Reef to bolster their forces, as well as recruiting deserters and mercenaries from the Red Legion and other Cabal factions like Calus' Loyalists to their side, such as Dhozoz, the Silent Brawn. They would also begin to work alongside the Spider's Crime Syndicate, offering their services in exchange for weapons and munitions.

During the Clash of the Chosen, Lau'urc would attempt to join Caiatl's War Council through the Rite of Proving by sending her chosen champion Bracus Vanum to assault the Awoken Watchtower on the Tangled Shore to loot any relics within. However, the Rite would ultimately be unsuccessful as Vanum would be killed by a Guardian Fireteam. Afterwards, they continued to loot and pillage other Battlegrounds.

After the Empress lost the final Rite of Proving against the Vanguard, a splinter of Caiatl's army led by a Flayer named Vraltras would abandon them and seek out the Dune Raiders to join them, bringing supplies, weapons and ships with them. With the supplies accumulated since their escape, Lau'urc's next order would be to turn the asteroid Sylvia into their new base and repair the Carrier, later dubbed the Thanatos Transfuga. With the asteroid's surface clear, they hallowed it out and converted it into Firebase Cerberus with enough room within to store Goliath Tanks and all of their loot. They also converted its moons of Remus and Romulus into orbital gun emplacements for added defence.

However, despite her failure to join the War Council and stealing from her Battlegrounds, Lau'urc was still sympathetic to Caiatl, especially after learning what had happened to Torobatl, as she viewed her as a more caring leader compared to Ghaul and Calus. Later on, as the Coalition began to form, Lau'urc would express her support to the Empress in the upcoming war against the Voice in the Darkness and its forces. While most of her crew reacted with positivity to this, some like Vraltras and Shumuv were more negative, with the latter even defecting to Emperor Calus.

A New Era[edit]

"You have wasted our lives in the service of dead gods. But, Lau'urc has shown us a better path. One that you are in the way of."
— Ha'ruk

When the Leviathan returned above the Moon infested with Egregore and haunted by Nightmares, Lau'urc sought to move her control beyond the Reef and establish a larger base for her forces. As such, the Dune Raiders moved to claim the Uranusian Moon of Titania and build a mighty Fleetbase and deployed many giant mining drills to gather resources.

They would continue to look for new technologies and ways of making their group powerful, such as Pyramid tech and Arhamkara bones. The former of which would be exchanged with allies in the Coalition.

Not long after the death of the Witness in the Pale Heart of the Traveler, the Dune Raiders would start plundering Pyramid technology from the Shadow Legion left scattered and leaderless following its death and Emperor Calus. Lau'urc would even manage to convince many Shadow Legion members who had not been cloned to her side.

Following the Upheaval on Nessus, Lau’urc would seek to claim an Echo of her own, as well recruit other species of the Cabal to her faction, namely the Clipse and Sindû.

Structure[edit]

"In theory, any Cabal or Psion that can aid in Lau’urc’s ambitions and will bend the knee are welcome, regardless of previous affiliation."
— Unknown Spectral Network agent

Dune Raider armor is primarily Scout Legion based, but coloured pale yellow with teal trim and with bits of Red Legion armor, such as wrist blades and jetpacks, grafted on. However, some parts of the Red Legion armor design have been removed. For example, Dune Raider Psions don't have their heads exposed and Dune Raider Phalanxes don't wield energy shields. But Dune Raider Colossi can have access to Solar missiles and Arc missiles and be identified by differently designed helmets, similar to Scorn Chieftains.

Commanders and other high-ranking members will feature some iconography and color to signify the legion they once served in. For example, high-ranking Skyburners have a brush on their helmet and high-ranking Red Legion have War Beast scales on their arms.

The structure of the Legion is largely similar to other Legions. However, while most are purely loyal to Lau'urc, some lower commanders will compete against each other for Lau'urc's favor in the hopes of increasing their own standing. Lau'urc's inner circle of loyal commanders, referred to as her Chosen, overlook specific functions within the Legion, such as pushing into enemy territory and experimenting with gathered technology. If any individual or crew of Cabal wish to join the Dune Raiders, unless personally recruited by Lau'urc or any of her Chosen, they would first need to prove themselves in a gladitorial arena.

Testudo Company[edit]

The Testudo Company serves as a sub-unit within the Dune Raiders. Commanded by Valus Zahu'ul, they are composed predominantly of elite Phalanx troops for frontline attacks in high-priority raids and pushes into enemy territory.

Members[edit]

Leadership[edit]

Lau'urc's Chosen[edit]

Dune Raider Elites[edit]

Other members[edit]

Former Dune Raiders[edit]

Command Structure[edit]

War Beast variants
Psion variants
Legionary variants
Phalanx variants
Incendior variants
Gladiator variants
Centurion variants
Colossus variants

Technology[edit]

Weapons[edit]

Vehicles[edit]

Other[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The Dune Raiders are heavily inspired by the The Banished from the Halo series.

List of appearances[edit]