It is the 41st Millenium. For more than a hundred centuries, The Emporer has sat upon the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the master of mankind and ruler of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustlble armies.
Greatest among his soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors clad in immense suits of powered armor. These elite fighters are divided into Chapters, with each Chapter possessing its own creed and fighting style. Among the most fanatical of these regiments are the BLACK TEMPLARS.
Hailing from no one homeworld, the Black Templars long ago embarked on a seemingly never-ending crusade to purge the Emperor's dominion of aliens, mutants, heretics -- and worse. The life of the Black Templar is one of constant and bloody war -- and thus their numbers must be constantly replenished. In the arenas of the Templar's planetary Chapter Keeps, the worthy are culled from the weak.
But to heed the call of this brother-hood demands not only incomparable courage, sacrifice, and strength, but a willingness to abandon everyone and everything one knows and loves.
Including one's self...