Vostroyan First Born
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 honour 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.6 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. They specialize in urban and winter style combat.
Being away from centralized control of the Imperium, Vostroyan soldiers and officers retain a very archaic appearance compared to the rest of the Imperial Guard. Their weapons are passed down from firstborn to firstborn and are usally worth more than the guardsmen who carry them.6 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.
Notable Infantry Regiments
Vostroyan 5th Firstborn Regiment
The Vostroyan V Regiment was commanded by Lord Marshal Graf Harazahn, supreme commander of the Imperial forces on Medusa V. The regiment defended Hive Euryales against Chaos forces when Van Grothe’s Rapidity overwhelmed the planet.
Vostroyan 7th Firstborn Regiment
The Vostroyan VII Regiment defended Hive Euryales on Medusa V alongside Lord Marshal Graf Harazahn and the Vostroyan V.
Vostroyan 9th ‘Old Irascibles’ Firstborn Regiment
Circa 790.M41 – Defended the planet of Nimbosa against the Tau effort to annex the world. The regiments heroic sacrifice in dying to a man to defend the factory city of Polia convices the Imperial citizens to refuse to submit to the Tau Empire.6 Apparently reformed after their destruction on Nimbosa the regiment was once more destroyed to a man defending the hive city of Karak Prime against Hive Fleet Moloch, after detonating the hives nuclear stack.
Vostroyan 11th Firstborn Regiment
The Vostroyan XI Regiment served under Lord Marshal Graf Harazahn, supreme commander of the Imperial forces on Medusa V
Vostroyan 16th Firstborn Regiment
Defended the planet of Nimbosa.
Vostroyan 22nd Firstborn Regiment
The Regiment was instrumental in the liberation of Kurkaris. It is one of the very few Vostroyan regiments to make use of Rough Riders squadrons (called Hussars) in order to better engage the Orks in Kurkaris’ thick forests.
Vostroyan 68th Firstborn Regiment
Defended Danik’s World from an ork invasion and a planet wide rebellion. Last known records of the regiment indicate it had dropped to a strength of around 30 effectives, all from 5th company. The bulk of the regiment was destroyed by the rebellious forces, both with sedition and ambush tactics. 5th company, that had previously been detached as a rearguard, suffered heavily it making in back to Imperial lines. The Captain of the company, Gregorious Sebastev, was officially placed in command of the hardened survivors, shortly before the whole group was seconded to the Inquisition. The eventual fate of these survivors, and therefore the regiment itself, is currently unknown.
Vostroyan 241st Firstborn Regiment
Nicknamed the “Legia Zaimprowizowany” or “Improvised Regiment”, the 241st are famous for their ad-hoc organisation. They can frequently be found adopting the fighting style of other regiments. The commander during the Medusa V campaign was Colonel Illyich Szradislav.3
Vostroyan Heavy Armoured 24th ‘Iron Bloods’
Consisted of less than 1,500 Guardsmen at founding-strength.
Notable Vostroyan Firstborn Members
Lord Marshal Graf Harazahn – The Fall of Medusa V
Lord Marshal Graf Toschenko – Nimbosa
Colonel Illyich Szradislav – The Fall of Medusa V
Colonel Maxim Kabanov – A colonel in the Vostroyan 68th regiment, he served on Danik’s world.
Captain Gregorious Sebastev – A captain in the Vostroyan 68th regiment, he and his 5th company were the only survivors of the regiment after two crushing defeats on Danik’s world.
Corporal Devakov – The Fall of Medusa V