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Saalam al'Harb Aleykuum

The Peace of Chaos be Upon You!
There is a name whispered quietly and with fearful reverence, even by the most depraved,
the most evil, the least sane of the worshippers of Chaos. That name is Malal . . . the true and only
god of Chaos. Any man who dares to look within the unholy black pages of Liber Chaotica, that
fateful tome held sacred by the worshippers of Chaos, would find the following words.
...And he that went before now came last, and that which was white became
black and all direction was thrown against itself. Grown mightily indignant at the
presumptuous words of the false gods, Malal did turn his heart against them and
flee into the chambers of space... – Kirwan 1:32
...And no man looked to Malal then, save the true Apostle - the Prophet Caleb
Daark, may the peace of Chaos be upon him, who came to comfort those who
smile upon their misfortune, and who bear no love for the damned. At such times
as a warrior's heart turns to Malal, all the false gods of Chaos grow fearful, and
the laughter of the True Lord of Chaos fills the tomb of space for there is no
Chaos god save Malal and Caleb Daark is his Apostle who came to show men the
True Path... – Kirwan 3:16
...Malal guides the Believer on the True Path. Let the follower of the false gods
abandon their idolatry and the wicked abandon their sin. In submission to the will
of Malal there is only glory and peace. Let all come to Is'Malal. - Kirwan 8:44

History of Jieshi Is'Malal

The origins of the Jieshi Is'Malal are tied to the Alpha Legion, the twentieth and last of the
first founding chapters established. Alpharius was re-discovered by Horus of the Luna Wolves in
the 30th Millennium.
Instead of sending Alpharius back to the Emperor as soon as possible, Horus began to
train Alpharius, often allowing the newly-found Primarch to take tactical command of the Luna
Wolves. Horus was impressed with Alpharius' skill and ingenuity, while at the same time
Alpharius was in awe of the martial power wielded by Horus, and his knowledge of when and
where to use it.
Eventually, Alpharius was sent to meet the Emperor, but they spent little time together
due to the pressing needs of running the Imperium. Alpharius was quickly sent to take command
of the Twentieth Space Marine Legion, which came to be known as the Alpha Legion.
The Alpha Legion was the final Space Marine Legion created for the Great Crusade, and
Alpharius threw himself and his Legion into the Great Crusade, eager to emulate the actions and
successes of the more established Legions, and to prove his own Legion's worth. Their first
campaigns were highly successful, and Alpharius' preferred tactics were quickly adopted by the
Legion as a whole. Alpharius advocated that the best attacks came from multiple directions, and
that keeping a commander's options open was the way to success. No Alpha Legion force ever
engaged an enemy without a backup plan, with flanking forces and infiltrators always ready to
capitalize on any weak points exposed by the enemy.
Alpharius was said to have tirelessly worked towards the training of his officers,
encouraging independent thought and listening to their advice. He constantly set challenges for
them, sometimes in the middle of a battle, to force his officers and troops to adapt and improvise.
On rare occasions, he would disappear entirely, to assess how the Alpha Legion performed
without its leader.
Often berated by the other primarchs, particularly the Ultramarines Primarch Roboute
Guilliman, Alpharius' only consistent friend and supporter was Horus. When Horus renounced
the Imperium and raised the banner of revolt, Alpharius was quick to side with his mentor against
the Emperor.
It was after the defeat of Horus at Terra that the Alpha Legion scattered. Unlike the other
legions, the Alpha Legion did not retreat en masse into the Eye of Terror (although it is believed
that Alpharius did establish a base of operations in the Eye). It was during the Great Scouring that
Belak first heard the Word of Malal.
Belak was a Commander in the Alpha Legion, a confidante of Alpharius himself and one
of the Alpha Legion's most promising officers. It
was on Hira that Belak encountered Malal's envoy,
the Shadowlord, who bid him 'SPEAK' and as Belak
spoke his aide Vardek recorded - this manuscript
became the Kirwan

A Fifth Chaos God

In the beginning there was Chaos and
Chaos was with Malal and Chaos was Malal. And
the galaxy was without form and Malal spawned
Khaine to build up and tear down, Zeench to
change and to decree fates, and Nergal to harvest
and reclaim all that would be given form. But the
Sons of Malal refused their Father's commands for
they too were the spawn of Chaos. Their step-
brother Slaanesh also refuse to acknowledge his
True Master. And in their presumption, the false
gods of Chaos rejected the True Lord of Chaos and
a two-thirds part of the Children of the Warp
rebelled along with them. Yet, as Malal became
aware of the physical world and the Children of
Men who inhabited it, he sent his prophets among
them. The first of these sent to the Children of
Man was the man who would unify the tribes of
Figure 1: Malal
Earth as their Emperor.
The Emperor spoke the truth of Malal but the priests of the Ecclesiarchy perverted this
into the Imperial Cult. Nevertheless, the adherents of the Ecclesiarchy are considered to have
divine religion and they too oppose the false gods of Chaos. The Eldar also once knew of the truth
of Malal, but their Farseers perverted and twisted this truth into the worship of Khaine, but here
too a divine spark remains for the Eldar oppose the false gods as well. The good and the righteous
among them will earn their reward from Malal. But the way of the infidels who worship the god
of the Law or worse those who worship the false gods of chaos, their way Malal confounds. Malal
guides not the sinner or the infidel.
Though he is the first Chaos power, Malal's relationship to the other gods of Chaos is a
strange one. All gods of Chaos pursue purposes that are wholly their own, yet only Malal occupies
a position so resolutely parasitic upon his own unfathomable creed. To be a follower of Malal is
to be a chaotic warrior bent upon shedding the blood of other chaotic creatures. As such, Malal
is both feared and hated by the other gods. Malal's worshippers, too, are loathed by other
chaotics; they are outcasts beloved by neither the friends nor enemies of Chaos, dependent upon
the least whim of their patron deity. Few men worship such a god; fewer still live long in his
service. The bonds that tie master and servant them ever closer, and it is a rare man that can
loosen the bonds once forged.
Malal is a renegade Chaos God, who has turned against the others and is dedicated to
their destruction. His followers, sometimes called the Doomed Ones, or the Is'Malal (those who
submit to Malal) seek out and destroy the followers of other Chaos Gods wherever they may be
Malal is the True Lord of Chaos, the Power of Chaos that represents Chaos' indiscriminate
tendency toward destruction, even of itself. His dark temple is bleak and stark, compared to the
edifices of the other Chaos deities. Witchfires burn at seemingly random places around his hall,
and glimpses of futures that might be flicker within them. One long hall is dedicated to trophies
collected. A Bloodthirster rages against the spikes driven into its limbs, nailing it to the wall. A
plucked Lord of Change lies curled up in a very small cage, its bared flesh covered in welts. A
Keeper of secrets floats blinded and deafened, denied any sensation whatsoever. And dozens of
champions all displayed, impotent, cut off from their gods. Tally keepers scurry through the
darkened hall, inscribing the fate of those on display, and placing the newly arrived.
Malal loves using trickery to cause the other Chaos gods to lash out against each other. A
spell here, a broken vial there, a strip of fabric, an uprising, or a single word. These are the tools
that Malal uses in his plot to undermine and destroy the Chaos gods. Malal's powers come from
the struggle of a single (relatively) powerless figure trying to fight a larger oppressor. Every slave
that plots against his master, every worker that hates his boss, every peasant who looks with
anger upon the palaces of the rich, every man who cries out to the uncaring gods about his
placement in life feeds more power to Malal.
The symbol of Malal is a skull, bisected down the middle, one half white, the other black.
This can vary from very stylized, to very naturalistic or even bestial. The waxing or waning moon
is also his symbol, a natural representation of the dual nature of Malal. His followers favor dark
and light livery, especially bisected patternings. The number eleven is associated with Malal.
Malal is not a god of warriors, nor of wizards, the decadent, or the desperate. He is the
god that the lower classes turn to to avenge themselves on the higher classes who attempt to
strangle and stop them from their true glory. He is also the god of those who have been wronged,
but lack the power to correct this. His followers come from people whose hatred of Chaos
becomes so strong, that they willingly bond with Chaos to fight it at it's own level. Many an
overzealous official or priest has lost his soul to Chaos when he allowed his hatred to blind him
to the price he was paying.

Religion of Is'Malal
The religion of Is'Malal is based on the Revelation of Caleb Daark the Prophet. Caleb Daark
was born on the Alpha Legion Homeworld (the original name is lost but the Kirwan refers to it as
Irem, a garden world in the Segmentum Solar). Caleb Daark was born into a wealthy merchant
family but he was also a fierce warrior. His martial talents came to the attention of Alpharius and
Caleb Daark was recruited into the Alpha Legion of the Adeptus Astartes.
His great tactical acumen - it is said he never lost a battle - led Alpharius to adopt Caleb
Daark into his own household and raise him to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Caleb Daark
became a great champion of the legion, leading his vaunted 2nd cohort to many victories.
When Horus rebelled and declared himself a god, Alpharius joined his mentor but Caleb
Daark had his doubts about the divinity of either the Emperor or Horus. He contemplated the
matter for 40 days and 40 nights on his garrison world of Hira in the Eastern Fringe. After fasting
and praying for 40 days, the messenger of Malal revealed himself to Caleb Daark.
"Child of Earth, Thou knowest the True Way - SPEAK!"
Caleb Daark hesitated at first but the angel insisted - "SPEAK!" – Kirwan 7:14
Caleb Daark began to speak and thus he revealed the Kirwan - the True Way of Malal the
first and only True Chaos god. The angel said, "No more shall you be called Caleb Daark but Belkor
shall be your name for you are the revealer of Malal's truth to the sons of men."
The Prophet Belkor went among his men and taught them the True Way, many became
his willing disciples. No longer dupes of the False Emperor nor pawns of the Ruinous Powers, his
men struck out to claim the galaxy for the True god, Malal.
The Alpha Legion garrison on Hira was attacked by the forces of the Ecclesiarchy soon
after the Legion was declared Excommunicatus Traitoris by the Emperor. Leading the assault was
a charismatic and beautiful canoness of the Sisters of Silence named Laila Munira. As her forces
approached the Adeptus Astartes fortress, Belkor asked for a truce and parley. Such behavior
was unheard of among the genetically enhanced supermen who comprised the Astartes.
Intrigued, Laila agreed. Belkor publicly disavowed Apharius and the Chaos Powers he served - he
revealed the will of Malal to rid the galaxy of the cancer of Chaos. Convinced that Belkor was no
pawn of the Ruinous Powers, she joined her forces to his in the Death Pact and became Belkor's
During the Horus Heresy, Hira was attacked by Loyalist and Traitor forces alike, neither
obtained control of the planet and Belkor was heralded as a hero. The people willingly embraced
the True Faith seeing it as the path to salvation - a belief confirmed by the many victories of the
Hirani Garrison.
A key tenet of Is'Malal is the concept of Amtal - a philosophical concept with the basic
premise that to know a thing well, one must know its limits. In other words, only when an object
is pushed beyond its limits will its true nature be seen. For societies that live in the harshest of
environments, Amtal is the only logical test of objects upon which people depend for survival.
On Hira, for example, even during the years before Belkor, the natives were strict practitioners
of Amtal.
Regardless of its purpose, every design as well as every piece of material was tested until
it was literally destroyed. It is not difficult to understand why such societies would so zealously
apply Amtal. Theory could not be depended on if one's own life and the life of the community
was at stake. However, such societies rarely viewed Amtal as merely a practical way of reducing
the dangers of failure. Amtal became religious ritual. Life on Hira was the ultimate test in which
all things were known by how they were destroyed.
The hostile nature of the environment was personified by Malal, the great Examiner. Only
Malal appears to be exempt from Amtal, and the reason seems to be that this deity is the ultimate
tester, the final applier of Amtal to all things on Hira.
With such a mythology, Amtal, in even its simplest forms, takes on a metaphorical
dimension. In any of its applications it represents life itself, and is applied finally to human beings
as well as to objects. If a failed power armor suit means certain death for an individual Alpha
Legionnaire, the failure of an individual to carry out a necessary task means the death of an entire
community. All Hirani are, consequently, subject to Amtal at all stages of their lives. Every act
becomes a further test to prove the worth of everyone to the community. If an individual fails
that test, the consequences are the same as if an object had been pushed beyond its limits: The
individual was destroyed.
It must be pointed out, however, that an individual's failure and death does not
necessarily mean shame. For the Hirani, how the individual faces that failure is highly significant.
After all, it is in the ending, in the extension beyond natural limits that the truth is revealed. Thus,
for societies like the Hirani, Amtal is the very cycle of life and death.

Is'Malalic Government
"The establishment of justice for all citizens of the state, Is'Malalist and non-
Is'Malalist alike, is one of the major purposes of the Is'Malalic system of
government. Corruption, bribery, abuse of authority, the creation of social conflict
for personal or group benefit, torture, exploitation and oppression, are all evils
against which the Is'Malalic system must struggle." -
From the first Is'Malalic state on Hira there was a Caliph, the leader of the Is'Malalists,
and an Is'Malalic government somewhere in the world. The system of government under Is'Malal
is based upon the Kirwan and the Sunna or Traditions of the Prophet Belak. As Is'Malalic
government must suit many different times and situations, the basic rules and principles are set
out in the Kirwan but the details are for the Is'Malalists of a given time or place to decide. There
has always been a lot of discussion amongst Is'Malalist scholars about the best way to implement
these rules and principles.
The sovereignty of Malal, the message conveyed by all the prophets, is the foundation of
the system. Legislation contained in the Kirwan becomes the basic law of the state. This puts the
fundamental law of the society beyond the lobbying power of interest groups and ensures that
legislation is just and equitable. The government must make decisions based on what Malal has
revealed. If it does not, according to the Kirwan, it is not Is'Malalic, for those who make decisions
on other than what Malal has revealed are unbelievers (Kirwan 5:44). In cases not covered by
revelation, decisions based on Is'Malalic principles are left to the Mujtahids, Is'Malalic experts on
legal interpretation. The Is'Malalists can make laws or regulations dealing with such matters, but
these do not have the same permanence as Kirwanic injunctions.
Malal said in the Kirwan that He was going to create a 'caliph' or representative upon the
earth (2:30). Human beings are these caliphs. This means that all humanity is responsible for the
establishment of the laws and principles revealed by Malal, not some superior class of priests or
holy men. Thus, Is'Malalic government is not a theocracy. All human beings are equal, the only
distinction made by Malal is in their degree of righteousness. Is'Malal allows no distinction
amongst people based on tribe or race, ethnic group or amount of wealth. The Is'Malalists are
different from other people only in that they are conscious of the importance of submission to
Malal's decrees.
The establishment of justice for all citizens of the state, Is'Malalist and non-Is'Malalist
alike, is one of the major purposes of the Is'Malalic system of government. That is why the
apostles were sent among us over the centuries. It says in the Kirwan "We sent before Our
apostles, with clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of Right and
Wrong), that humanity may stand forth in justice" (57:25)
Corruption, bribery, abuse of authority, the creation of social conflict for personal or
group benefit, torture, exploitation and oppression, are all evils against which the Is'Malalic
system must struggle. It is the duty of every individual Is'Malalist and of the Is'Malalic government
to strive for justice and to prevent and oppose evil. If injustice spreads in a community with none
to denounce it, then that whole community and its government is transgressing the law of Malal.
Where injustice is rife there cannot be peace. The Kirwan warns that nations in the past have
been destroyed for such neglect.
Consultation has a high status in Is'Malal. This is indicated by the name of surah or chapter
forty-two, "Consultation". It is in this surah that those people who conduct their affairs by mutual
consultation are linked to those who establish regular prayer and those who spend on helping
others (Kirwan 42:38). The extent of the consultation to be carried out is not defined in detail.
Some scholars argue that only those knowledgeable about Is'Malal need be consulted. Others
argue that this is an endorsement of mass consultation through general elections. The principle
of consultation is however, quite clearly essential and how it is implemented will be related to
the temper of the time or the location. Although non-Is'Malalists are not involved in consultation
as a rule, there is nothing to indicate they cannot be included in consultation on national affairs
or affairs not dealing with the Faith. However, as the head of state must implement the Kirwan
and Sunna, it is necessary that this position should be held by a Is'Malalist.
Is'Malalic government is a system of government which follows the laws and principles of
the Kirwan and the Sunna of Belak. Government is the responsibility of all humanity, especially
of those people who understand that they are the 'caliphs' of Malal, not the privilege of a ruling
class of theocrats. Is'Malalic government enforces the law of equality and it establishes the rule
of justice. It is always based upon consultation. Is'Malalists believe that only when this system is
established can there be justice and harmony in society.

Cultural Details
The intricate mystic rites with which the Hirani surrounded almost every contact with
water are made far more understandable when one considers the environment which inspired
them: the harsh, sand-covered surface of Hira, possibly the most inhospitable world ever
colonized by human beings. Water, which made life possible, is seen as being the carrier of that
life. It is something to be fought for, conserved, treasured — and in the eyes of the Hirani, it is
holy beyond all other things.
Every ceremony involving water is supervised, if not conducted, by a Sayyadina (Hirani
priestess) initiated in the rites and trained in their practice. If no Sayyadina is available, it is
permitted for the female in the group with the greatest knowledge of such matters to be
temporarily consecrated into the office.

Every Hirani's first exposure to water customs took place minutes after he or she is born.
The amniotic fluid surrounding the newborn is saved and distilled following the child's expulsion
from the womb. This water is then fed to the infant by its godmother (usually one of the mother's
best friends) in the presence of a Sayyadina; this feeding is the baby's first, given before it is
returned to the mother to nurse. As the baby drinks, it is the godmother's duty to say to the
newborn, "Here is the water of thy conception." In this way, the child is seen as tied to its parents
by the bond of water, as well as being tied, by extension, to the rest of the tribe. This unity is very
important to the Hirani: it is, in fact, the basis for their entire social structure.
How the "water of conception" ritual originated is not precisely known. It is believed,
however, to be one of the most ancient Hirani rituals, dating back to their original placement on
Hira in the eighth millennium. Faced with an unforgiving environment and the absolute necessity
for each tribe to live and work as a single organism in order to survive, the Hirani undoubtedly
seized upon this rite as a means of stressing unity from the beginning of an individual's life.

Daily Rituals
In a Hirani sietch (settlement), the first workers who donned their stillsuits and braved
the day are the dew gatherers. As soon as the light of predawn could be seen, the gatherers
hurried outside with their scythe-like dew reapers, gleaning the available moisture from
whatever plants grew near the sietch. When the collecting is finished and the precious water
safely stored in the reapers' sealed handles, the dew gatherers carry the morning's harvest to a
Sayyadina so that it — and they — can be given her blessing. The water is then carried to the
tribe's communal basin.
Shortly after the dew gatherers are finished, the head of each household in the sietch
comes to collect the family's daily allotment from the general stores. The allowances are
niggardly (less than a liter per day for a household of ten, for example) but adequate, given the
Hirani's ability to recycle their water in stillsuits and stilltents. The Sayyadina distributing the
water also gives her blessings to its use and to those consuming it, and prayers of thanks are
offered to Malal for providing the means of survival for another day.
A family's last action before retiring for the night is to divide among its members the water
produced by their reclamation chambers (small rooms adjoining one's quarters where bodily
wastes are recycled for their water). It is considered unlucky to leave free water standing unused
unless stored in one of the sietch's evaporation-proof basins; the best place to keep a household's
water is thought to be within the bodies of that family's members.
As the water is consumed, the head of the family chants: "Now do we consume that which
will one day be returned... for the flesh of a man is his own, but his water belongs to the tribe."
Like the "water of conception" ritual, this nightly reminder served to emphasize the image
of the individual as a part of the tribal whole.

Water Rings
These metallic counters represented the volume of water released by a body processed
through a deathstill. They are manufactured in denominations ranging from fifty liters down to
one thirty-second of a drachma (a drachma being one two-hundred-fiftieth of a liter), which
serves to give some indication of how precise the Hirani water-measuring devices are, as well as
the importance placed on even the most minute quantities of the precious substance. The
counters for water released by the bodies of Hirani who have died a natural death, or by those
of strangers found in the bled who are treated as a water-gift from Malal, are consigned to the
care of the sietch's Naib and considered held in common by all the people. Those tallying the
water once held by enemies killed in group combat are similarly treated.
Only the water rings which represented the water of one killed in a personal combat are
given over to individual members of a tribe: they — and possession of the water they measured
— are the property of the combat's victor. This is the winner's compensation for the water lost
during the fight, since it is required that combatants face each other blade to blade, without their
stillsuits. (The water is stored in the sietch holding basin, of course, but its owner is permitted to
draw upon it at need, or bestow it upon needier members of the tribe).
The rings possessed great social significance above and beyond their representation of
water. In Hirani betrothal, the would-be groom presents his water rings to his fiancée; she would
then arrange them on fine wires to be worn either as earring or (more commonly) as hair
Part of the marriage ceremony involves the groom putting the newly fashioned
ornaments on the bride. This use of the water counters helps regulate much of the interaction
between the sexes. A wali, or untried youth — one yet to meet another male in mortal combat
— cannot marry. Thus, the only men in the sietch who will father children will be those who have
already proven themselves capable of survival. Cowards, weaklings, and other such undesirables
are never given the opportunity to clutter the gene pool; as further insurance, children born out
of wedlock are left in the desert, a sacrifice to Malal.
In addition, the requirement that men possess water rings before a marriage could take
place helped to control the polygamy permitted Hirani males. It is not permitted, for example,
for men to divide their counters between two or more women, so multiple marriages did not
take place. If a man wished to take another wife, he has to wait until he accumulated more rings;
and any Hirani suspected of inviting challenge solely for that purpose is considered ridiculous and
made the laughingstock of his tribe.
It should be noted, also, that Hirani women who killed an enemy (an outside enemy,
invariably, since women could participate in the formal challenge ritual only via a champion) are
not awarded the combat water or its rings. These are turned over, instead, to the tribe's Reverend
Mother and are believed to confer Malal's "special blessing" on their donor.
Following the death of their owner, water rings are returned to the tribal store, or, if worn
by a woman, remained with her until her death.

Funeral Rites
No memorials are held for out-freyn killed by the Hirani; their water is simply reclaimed
and the dry remains discarded. For their own, however, the Hirani believe it necessary to conduct
a formal memorial service in order that the shade of the departed one would leave in peace and
visit no harm on the tribe. The ceremony always took place at the rising of the moon on the
evening of the death, after the body has been run through the deathstill under the supervision
of a Sayyadina.
All the members of the sietch gather around a mound made up of the dead man's or
woman's belongings and the water bag containing the fluid released by the deathstill. The naib
speaks first, reminding the others that the moon rose for their lost comrade and will summon
the spirit away that night. He then declares himself a friend of the deceased, describes a time
when he had personally been helped or taught by the dead person (in such a small, tightly bound
community, such occasions are common) and take one item from the pile. This will be followed
by the Naib's claiming certain items for the deceased's family and by his claim of the crysknife,
which will be left with the remains in the desert. The other members of the tribe will then come
forward, declare their friendship and its reason, take an item, and return to their places. When
nothing remained of the mound except the water bag, a Sayyadina came forward to verify its
measurement and to turn the water rings over to the appropriate person.
The tribe then chants a prayer committing the spirit of their comrade to Malal and
recommitting their own destinies to that god as well. The sietch water-masters took charge of
the bag following the prayer and, with the entire tribe serving as witnesses, poured the now-
liberated water into the communal basin, ending the ritual.

Water Bonds
Among the Hirani, water is also seen as the ultimate bond between individuals regardless
of whether they belonged to the same tribe. For instance, a person from one sietch who saved
the life of a member of another is owed a water debt, not only from the person saved, but from
his or her tribe as well. Such a debt to another is considered a heavy burden, and is paid and
cancelled-as quickly as possible. The water of one group's dead, if shared with another, also
created a bond, this one indissoluble. Once such a sharing have taken place, the two groups are
no longer seen as distinct; they are melded into one larger organization, since water, once mixed,
is impossible to divide.
A living person's water — provided it is in the form of blood, and not just water carried in
a literjon or stillsuit catchpocket — created an unbreakable bond as well. If a stranger, or even
an enemy, could force or convince a member of a Hirani tribe to drink of his blood, he is a
Wadquiya (adopted member) of the tribe: joined to them as one of their own, and safe from
having this water taken unless he offended the tribe. (It is for this reason, incidentally, that no
Hirani will ever attempt to wound an enemy in a fight by biting him, even if doing so meant
certain victory).
Pledges of loyalty to a single person, such as that of each member of a tribe to its naib,
are also made in the name of water — in this case, to the water of the individual. A tribe's pledge
to its leader did not end, nor its acceptance of the new leader's rights begin, until the funeral
service for the dead naib is completed and his water free.

Other Customs
As more information concerning the Hirani is made available, it becomes clear that many
customs other than those described above are in use.
One custom, however, is a striking example of priority determination, and deserves
mention here. It has long been accepted by Imperial scholars that the Hirani hold water to be of
supreme importance, and its procurement and conservation the highest priority of the individual
or of the tribe. No drinkable water, it is thought, is ever wasted; even the water of those given to
Malal is being used in the service of the Hirani by placating their god.
However, a religious document recovered after the Jieshi Is'Malal raid on Tyrus III
describes an exception to that rule:
the water of one possessed by demons shall not be touched, not by man nor beast... no
one shall say that it once belonged to a friend, or offer prayers for the release of its spirit; for a
demon has dwelt within and it is forever tainted… Let it be taken into the desert in the heat of the
day and poured out into a basin to steam away.... Let a guard be posted so that no creature drinks
of it. – Kirwan 52:25
This exception seems odd at first blush, but makes sense when one considers the Malalist
hatred of other Chaos cults. It is also worth noting that Malali 'daemons' are called Djinni and are
not considered to be demons but the servants of Malal.

The homeworld of the Jieshi Is'Malal is Hira, a daemon world in the Satyressia Expanse, a
small warp ravaged area of space just beyond the Sabbat Words in the Sanguinary Worlds.
For a daemon world, Hira is more pleasant than most though by Imperial standards it would be
a death world. Hira is mostly desert, with less than 5% of its surface covered by standing water.
What water there is on this unforgiving world is locked in naturally occurring underground
cisterns. The air cycle is not powered by waterborne plankton as on most terrestrial worlds, but
by ephemeral blooms of plant life and microscopic 'sand plankton' fed by airborne water and
subterranean water sources.
Hira is extremely dry and extremely hot. The average global temperature is an oppressive 47°C
with average humidity near zero. Only 5% of the planet is covered by free-standing water (several
shallow seas in the eastern hemisphere). Most of the planetary population lives along these
seacoasts - life in the deep desert is all but impossible though some feral tribes eke out a living
far from the main population centers having found an underground water source to exploit.

Organization of the Legions

The Legion is comprised of 11 warbands, each the size a loyalist Space Marine Chapter.
The first warband (Banu), the Quarish, the personal warriors of the Sultan have four cultist armies
attached (Karat) – the Kinan, the Manat, the Jadhima and the Akhdari – for a total strength of
1,000 Astartes troopers and 40,000 human troopers. The total strength of the Legion is 11,000
Astartes and 140,000 human troops augmented by such djinn and local cultists they attract.
The warbands of the legion and their attached human cult armies are:
1. Bani Quarish
a. Karat Akhdari
b. Karat Jadhima
c. Karat Kinan
d. Karat Manat
2. Banu Amran
a. Karat Amran
3. Banu Baraq
a. Karat Baraq
4. Banu Hotai
a. Karat Hotai
5. Banu Hura
a. Karat Hura
6. Banu Jumah
a. Karat Jumah
7. Banu Kalb
a. Karat Kalb
8. Banu Khuza
a. Karat Khuza
9. Banu Samad
a. Karat Samad
10. Banu Tamim
a. Karat Tamim
11. Banu Yaman
a. Karat Yaman

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