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This is FW's background for the Proteus pattern of Land Raider.
|The origins of the powerful Land Raider tanks of the Space Marines are lost in the dim and mythic Dark Age of Technology, but they were no doubt the|
product of humanity’s unrestrained science and hungry conquests of the stars. Rediscovered during the early days of the Imperium, Land Raiders swiftly
became a mainstay of the Space Marine Legions of the Great Crusade, and although many variants and configurations have been forged anew or found
in the dusty silence of dead worlds in the millennia since, few hold the mystery of what the Adeptus Mechanicus refer to as the ‘Proteus’ patterns. This
term is given to a number of different configurations which are believed to be among the oldest of their kind, who share the principle feature that as
well as being a highly durable, environmentally sealed and well-armed battle tank they contain numerous sophisticated augury systems and cogitator
engines, enabling to scan and monitor the events of a battlefield with phenomenal clarity. This has led some to label the pattern as the Land Raider’s
progenitor type — intended for the exploration and conquests of new worlds and harsh and unforgiving alien environments. The Proteus Land Raiders
however lack the armoured frontal assault ramps and larger troop capacity of the more commonplace Land Raider types, which, along with the difficulty
of their reproduction, is likely to have explained their displacement in favour of other patterns during the wars of the Horus Heresy and the dark millennia
that have passed since.
Although an exceedingly rare sight on the battlefields of the 41st Milienium, the Proteus remains a highly regarded war-relic by those Space Marine
Chapters who possess them either through ancient history or as the spoils of war and conquest, both as a command vehicle and as spearhead leader. So
to it is within the Eye of Terror, where the Dark Magos strive to maintain what few Land Raider Proteus that the Traitor Legions took into exile with them,
often replacing failing components with devices of fouler invention where needed to keep the tanks battle-worthy.
So according to this the Proteus was probably the original Land Raider pattern built during the Dark Age Of Technology, and that it was in use by Imperial forces by the time of the Heresy.
It is most likely that they were in use during the Great Crusade, but whether that is early, mid- or late Crusade is purely supposition.