The Stormhammer Brigade
"It had finally happened. After months upon months of watching loyal Cygnaran soldiers killed in the streets of Sul under his command, butchered in the name of the Creator of Man, Stryker had decided that it must end at any cost. The traitors to the crown had to be brought to heel; the vicious street to street fighting was too costly on the kingdom's strength with Khador threatening from the north. Some said he finally snapped, that the months of constant bloodshed had drained him of the last dregs of pity for the Menite traitors.
Under the auspices of the title of Lord Commander, Stryker returned to Nemo's labs once more. His old mentor was occupied to the north fighting in Llael to stem Khador's tide, and his laboratory lay unguarded, his assistants left to monitor the experiments there. Taking advantage of his absence, Stryker took control, claiming both the assistants that had helped build the legendary Thunderhead and the ransacked Khadoran war material that had been shipped back to the lab for study after the war was over. Many of the assistants were secret adherents of Cyriss, incorporating their technology and the Maiden's plans into Nemo's experiments; they were overjoyed to have new work.
Utilizing the tougher Khadoran technology, enhanced by the arcane mechanika of Nemo's lab, Stryker was able to create armor on par with anything the northmen could dream of. Whispers abound that the rushed development of the armor resulted in an even poorer safety record that the temperamental Man O' Wars the designs were based on, and that none of those who volunteered for Stryker's new regiment have been heard from again. The rogue witch Alexia has been seen in his company more and more frequently, and that her knowledge of life after death was instrumental to correcting major flaws in the armor. The darkest of rumors hint at a further deal with an Infernal, but no one can bring themselves to believe Stryker would go so far. Still, tales of jet-black horses with manes of fire riding through the streets of Sul strike fear into the hearts of men on both sides of the firing lines.
All that is known for certain is that no living soldier of his new brigade has been seen outside of their armor; indeed, the only troops that are not encased in the new suits are the lab assistants themselves, who occasionally turn up on the field of battle testing weird weaponry that defies belief. But no one dares question Stryker anymore about his motives or his methods. The Lord Commander has tired of losing men in the endless invasion, and he intends to put a stop to it.
He has created the Stormhammer brigade to end the war. No matter what it may cost his soul."
Warcasters:Vidrir, The Storm King (aka Vlad 2)