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In warfare, preparation is the key. Determine that which your foe prizes the most. Then site your heavy weapons so that they overlook it. In this way, you may be quite sure that you shall never want for targets.
~ Lion El'Jonson


"Of all the Primarchs, save perhaps Mortarion, Lion El'Jonson stands apart. Partially this is due to his taciturn nature -- a brooding silence hangs over him at all times. Yet there is something more...something buried beneath his noble exterior. Perhaps this is a result of his upbringing, growing to maturity alone in the monster-ridden forests of Caliban. Even at a council of war, the Lion moves like an apex predator. He is always watching, always planning, always hunting. He unnerves even his brothers."
- Remembrances of Malcador the Sigillite

Lion El'Jonson, often times referred to as the Lion during his lifetime, was the Primarch of the I Legion of Space Marines, the Dark Angels. Following the events of the Horus Heresy, Jonson and his Crusading fleet returned to his homeworld of Caliban. Inexplicably, they were fired upon by the Dark Angel forces garrisoned there under the command of his once-trusted mentor and surrogate father, Luther, who had been entrusted with the custodianship of Caliban in the Lion's absence. Luther would eventually betray the Lion after allowing himself to be seduced by the offers of Chaos, rallying a good portion of the Dark Angels who had been left behind by their fellows to garrison the Legion's homeworld to his cause and attacking the Lion's fleet as he returned to Caliban. The titanic struggle between the two former friends resulted in the destruction of Caliban and the loss of the Dark Angels' Primarch, as well as the escape of Luther's allies who had sided with the Ruinous Powers.

Known as the Fallen Angels amongst their former Battle-Brothers of the I Legion, it became the overriding goal of the Dark Angels and all of their Successor Chapters (collectively known as the Unforgiven) after the Second Founding to hunt down every one of the Fallen and get them to repent their betrayal of the Emperor and of the Lion. Perhaps one of the greatest secrets of the Imperium of Man, known only to the Emperor himself, is that the Lion is still alive and resting in stasis, buried deep within the Dark Angels' mobile fortress-monastery, The Rock. There he waits to be awakened to lead the Dark Angels in one final Crusade to save Mankind from all the enemies who threaten it with extinction.

Powers and Stats

Tier: At least High 8-C, likely far higher

Name: Lion El'Jonson, The Lion, The First, Primaris Angelus Mortis

Origin: Warhammer 40,000

Gender: Male

Age: Over 10,000 years old

Classification: Primarch of the Dark Angels Space Marines, Supreme Grand Master of the Order

Powers and Abilities:

Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses (The Lion appears to be able to see and feel warp based energies and apparently detect warp taint), Immortality (Types 1 and 3), Regeneration (Low-Mid), Large Size (Type 0; The Lion was stated to be a little under 3 meters tall[1]. Should be comparable to Mortarion who was stated to be twice the height of a mortal man[2]), Information Analysis (Can accurately analyze any chemical he eats/tastes and break them down if required[3]), Limited Memory Manipulation (Can eat creatures/people and absorb part of their memories from their DNA/RNA[3]), Technology Manipulation (His skin can directly connect and interface with his armor, among several other pieces of Astartes equipment[4]), Weapon Mastery (Skilled in a wide variety of weaponry to an extent far greater than what could ever be achievable by a regular human), Martial Arts (As a Primarch, the Lion is one of the best close-quarters fighters in the entire galaxy. Is considered to be one of the most skilled duelists amongst his brothers), Vehicular Mastery, Genius Intelligence, Forcefield Creation (Via Iron Halo[5]), Matter Manipulation and Durability Negation (Power weapons generate a field of energy around themselves that splits the bonds between matter[6], making it easier to break through targets), Clairvoyance (Regularly had prophetic dreams of The Emperor of Mankind descending on Caliban), Teleportation via Dimensional Travel, Mind Manipulation and Soul Manipulation (Primarchs are capable of attacking on every a physical, mental, and spiritual level[7]), Aura (Primarchs are said to contain an overwhelming aura that completely baffles regular humans, as well as sometimes Astartes. Their presence in the Warp is so powerful and influencing that Magnus reduced several Remembrancers to tears over his seeming divinity[8], while Russ could make Ahzek Ahriman himself kneel before him with his sheer presence[9]), possibly Perception Manipulation (During a meeting, the Lion suddenly appeared on his empty throne despite being surrounded by observers and it was implied that he had been there the entire time, possibly suggesting he has abilities similar to his brother Corvus Corax)

Resistance to [Mind Manipulation]] (The Lion is capable of using mental shields to hide his mind and block attempts to read his mind, a skill he learned in his youth[10]), Magic, TelepathyEmpathic ManipulationSoul Manipulation, Reality Warping, Madness Manipulation, Aura (Resistant to all the myriad of different attacks that can be made on him by the powers of the Warp, as well as most of the powers of other Primarchs), Disease Manipulation, Poison Manipulation (Astartes are practically immune to all diseases and poisons, and their Primarchs should logically be even tougher), Corruption (During his youth on Caliban the Lion constantly heard whispers from Chaos and paid no attention to it), Radiation Manipulation (Should almost be entirely immune to the effects of radiation exposure, thanks both to his Power Armor and enhanced physiology), Heat Manipulation (Astartes are incredibly resistant towards extremes of hot and cold, and logically their Primarchs should be far superior), Pain Manipulation (Astartes possess the physiology and mental training to shrug off debilitating injuries, and their Primarchs should easily scale)

Attack Potency: At least Large Building level, likely far higher (Comparable to the other Primarchs. Harmed Madail the Undivided[11]. Inflicted several mortal wounds on Konrad Curze and beat him into a coma[12]. Fought Leman Russ in the past[13]. Stabbed and killed Kairos Fateweaver[10])

Speed: At least Subsonic movement speed (Should be far faster than regular Marines), with Massively FTL+ reactions/combat speed (Comparable to Sanguinius)

Lifting Strength: Class K (Comparable to Angron)

Striking Strength: At least Large Building Class, likely far higher

Durability: At least Large Building level, likely far higher (Withstood warp lightning from Kairos Fateweaver[10])

Stamina: Superhuman (Primarchs are capable of fighting with shattered ribs, caved in abdomens and even fractured skulls[14]. Nothing short of a killing blow can stop them, and even their immensely lesser Space Marine sons can fight for weeks on end without stop)

Range: Several meters melee range, kilometers with ranged attacks, at least thousands of kilometers with teleporter

Standard Equipment:

  • Lion Helm: The Lion Helm is a sacred object of the Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter. It is said to have been worn by Primarch Lion El'Jonson and takes the form of a winged Mark VII Space Marine Power Armour helmet. The helm is carried by a Watcher in the Dark. Built into the helmet is a protective force field which can be activated even when the helm is not being worn. The Lion Helmet is currently worn by Supreme Grand Master Azrael.
  • Lion Sword: The Lion Sword is the great sword of the Primarch of the Dark Angels, Lion El'Jonson. The sword was broken in antiquity and lost. It is now rumoured to be carried by the mysterious Fallen Angel Cypher who seeks to reforge it and present it to the Emperor of Mankind, obtaining absolution and forgiveness for all of the Fallen who wish it.
  • Wolf Blade: A massive dull black Chainsword, that held silver runic teeth and was the personal weapon of the Primarch Lion El'Jonson. It had lain forgotten and nameless in the depths of The Order's fortress Aldurukh on Caliban, until it was found by the Primarch sometime before he joined the Great Crusade. Though the Wolf Blade was already ancient by the time the Lion discovered the weapon, only he was capable of wielding it and the Primarch claimed it was if the Chainsword had been waiting for him to seize it.

Intelligence: Extraordinary Genius (Each Primarch possesses intelligence far above what any unaugmented person and even most Space Marines are capable of achieving, and they are each masters in their own respective fields of combat, being considered the greatest generals humanity has ever produced. In addition, even among his brothers the Lion was renowned for his brilliant mind. Whether understanding tactics and logistics with the same effortless ease as Guilliman, calculating warp jump calculations in his head faster than the ships computers or planning a campaign to the last detail the Lion demonstrated a level of excellence that even the most gifted of his brothers struggled to match. To many he would be considered the consummate general and was arguably the most imaginative strategist and tactician amongst the Primarchs, and while not quite on the level of someone like Guilliman or Dorn when it came to planning, he more than made it up for it with his astonishing ability to think on his feet, able to adapt and change his plans with great ease and this versatility made his Legion one of the most dangerous in the entire Imperium. He was also renowned for his martial prowess that was rivaled perhaps only by Horus, evidenced by the fact he could draw his blade and strike a blow faster than Konrad Curze could react and could block and counter a blow that Guilliman had not even seen coming. When the Lion went to war he fought with clinical movements; a ruthless economy of muscle and motion each thrust and parry executed to perfection. Roboute Guilliman himself admitted that he admired the Lion, and fully believed him to be capable of becoming the Warmaster, surmising that the Lion only lost the position due to his taciturn and secretive nature)

Weaknesses: None notable.



Notable Victories:

Notable Losses:

Inconclusive Matches:


  1. Descent of Angels; Chapter Sixteen
  2. Dark Imperium: Plague War; Chapter Fourteen
  3. 3.0 3.1 Space Marine Codex: 5th Edition; pg 10
  4. Space Marine Codex: 5th Edition; pg 11
  5. Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition); pg 52
  6. The Devastation of Baal; Chapter Twenty One
  7. A Thousand Sons; Chapter Thirty One
  8. A Thousand Sons; Chapter Three; pg 24
  9. A Thousand Sons; Chapter Eleven; pg 94-95
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The Lion
  11. Ruinstorm; Chapter Eighteen
  12. Prince of Crows; Part I
  13. Codex: Dark Angels (4th Edition); pg 20
  14. Betrayer; Chapter Twenty One


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