The Dark Angels have the honour of being the first Space Marine Legion
created by The Emperor of Mankind
. In the early days of the Great Crusade, the Dark Angels became the test and standard by which all future Legions would be judged and based. As such, they were prone to experimental methods of combat, creating six "Hosts" known as the Hexagrammaton
. These later became known as the Dreadwing
, and Deathwing
although these terms are Calibanite in origin and the original Legion would have used different terminology.[40b]
They were also equipped with large number of advanced Archaeotech
weapons. In this period, the Dark Angels were not even known as the 1st Legion as no others existed yet, the Emperor simply referred to them as his "Angels of Death" or the Six Hosts. In these early days of the Great Crusade, the 1st Legion was undoubtedly the most powerful.