|“||It is in our nature to create things that will outlast us. So we strive; we craft, we build, we make, we fight and do not yield. For within each frail human body is the will to grasp the stars and walk a path into eternity itself.||„|
Vulkan was one of the 20 superhuman Primarchs created by the Emperor of Mankind from his own DNA to lead his Great Crusade and reunite the scattered peoples of humanity within the Imperium of Man. The XVIIIth Legion, created from Vulkan's genome was re-named the Salamanders after the great fire-resistant reptiles native to his volcanic homeworld of Nocturne in memory of the legendary contest between the Emperor and Vulkan that had involved slaying one of those dangerous beasts.
The outcome of this contest had revealed the Emperor's identity and restored Vulkan to the Imperium. Approximately a thousand standard years after the Horus Heresy, Vulkan hid 9 sacred artefacts he had created around the galaxy for his Chapter to find, as a test to see if they were worthy of his leadership.
He then disappeared, leaving his Chapter with the message that whenever the Forgefather of the Salamanders had found all nine items, Vulkan would return to lead his Chapter to victory over the enemies of the Imperium in its final days of greatest need, according to the signs foreseen in the Chapter's book of prophecy, the Tome of Fire.
Powers and Stats
Origin: Warhammer 40,000
Classification: Space Marine Primarch of the Salamanders, Perpetual
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immortality (Type 1 and 3), Regeneration (At least High, likely Low-Godly due to his nature as a Perpetual), Resistance to magic, mind, and soul attacks, Extreme resistance to pressure, Near immunity to heat, Immunity to disease and toxins, Teleportation.
Attack Potency: Solar System level (Comparable to the other Primarchs, such as Sanguinius, who managed to make a small crack in Chaos-empowered Horus' armor and had earlier before fought Ka'Bandha, one of Khorne's greatest Bloodthirsters, and broke his spine. Ka'Bandha is almost certainly stronger than lesser Bloodthirsters, who can grow to the size of star systems in the Eye of Terror, and the likes of Khârn, who can fight great enemies in the Eye of Terror.)
Lifting Strength: Class T+ (At least comparable to Angron)
Striking Strength: Solar System Class
Durability: Solar System level. Nearly impossible to kill due to his nature as a Perpetual (Perpetuals are beings who will essentially live forever, always returning to life by either regenerating their bodies or reincarnating should there be nothing left to regenerate. Supposedly the only thing able to permanently end a Perpetual's life is a substance known as fulgurite)
Stamina: Immense, endured numerous tortures inflicted upon him by his brother, Konrad Curze, without ever breaking mentally or physically, potentially nigh-inexhaustible as he fended off an entire planetary invasion of some of the strongest Orks ever encountered by himself for an unknown period of time without ever having a chance to stop
Range: Several meters with Dawnbringer, at the very least thousands of meters with The Furnace's Heart
- Dawnbringer: A colossal warhammer so big that none but a Primarch could hope to lift it. Dawnbringer was an incredibly formidable weapon, supposedly being made from indestructible materials and capable of sundering anything which stood against it. It also possessed a built in teleporter, allowing Vulkan to instantly travel vast distances, even to far away planets.
- The Furnace's Heart: A weapon similar in build to a Plasma Pistol gifted to Vulkan by his brother, Ferrus Manus. Using individual, supercharged shells, the gun could produce powerful, laser-like blasts capable of annihilating vast numbers of heavily armored foes in a single shot. While Vulkan did not favor this weapon, he would still carry it into battle to honor his brother.
- The Draken Scale: Vulkan wore a suit of beautiful Artificer Armor which was viewed as a relic in its own right. The skull of the firedrake Kesare was mounted on its shoulder, inspiring the Legion's iconography.
Intelligence: A wise combatant and competent military strategist, like many of his brothers. He also was capable of designing spacecraft, and advanced metallurgy by centuries on his home planet. Every Primarch bears intelligence far beyond all manner of the average or even above average human reach, with virtually all of them being considered geniuses in the fields they hold expertise in, with few capable of matching up their intellect individually.
Weaknesses: Fulgurite, which is stated to be the only thing capable of truly killing a Perpetual. However, Vulkan was stabbed in the heart with a shard of Fulgurite and still eventually resurrected, meaning the substance likely only prolongs the period before reincarnation as opposed to negating the process entirely.