Beneath the artificial island, many leagues down into the dark blue sea, there are vast deposits of vital minerals and metals needed by the Mechanicum to create the weapons to protect and fight for humanity. But most importantly there is also a very rare metal, which is known by the locals as Tormium and is forged as an additive to create the fabled weapons used by the senior commanders of the chapter. It is a strong, tough but light metal, which is sent to the forges of Mars on occasion when a large deposit is discovered. It is rumoured that Grey Knights use the wonder material in their Nemesis weapons but these rumours are unconfirmed. Masterly forged by the Techmarines of the chapter, every new captain and high ranking officer chooses a weapon to be created out of this material from the metal of the weapon used by the last commander. It is believed to be a symbol of regeneration of the Astartes and is a very important ceremony in the chapter. Most commanders opt for the most famous weapon of the chapter, the Trident, which is a symbol of their homeplanet and of their brother chapters the Emperor's Spears and Tridents. When the mineral is heated to an extent, it is known for it and the weapon to glow xenon blue, which is believed by the Star Tridents depicts the light of the Emperor within their holy weaponry.
Chapter Master Lixamann declared an assault on the fleet of the Orks and within a day the Star Tridents headed for Herdim and assaulted the Ork hordes in ravage ship-to-ship battles and on the swampy grounds of the twin planets Herdim IV and V. All appeared to go well with the Star Tridents not suffering any significant casualties to the green tide and soon after a day and a half of battle, the final assault was to be prepared to completely exterminate the clan of BigRukka around and on Herdim III. Again the planet-fall was successful and the Orks were driven back to their ships in orbit and a large amount of them fled into the thick jungles at the equator of the planet. With the final battle ahead, the Chief Techmarine, Krillin Frazum, was given the honour of leading the 2nd and 3rd companies of the chapter in a bloody ship to ship battle against the Ork space hulks that were beginning to break away from orbit whilst Chapter Master Lixamann and the 4th and 5th companies purged the last of the Orks on the surface. When Frazum’s boarding forces entered into the heart of the Ork fleet in a raging space battle, the fusion generators failed on the central Ork ship after a lucky shot from a Nova Cannon. An enormous nuclear explosion occurred, lasting only for moments but cremating and incinerating all of the landing craft the space marines were travelling in to. Ironically, the lead ship that Frazum and his retinue were on was named the Phoenix’s Wrath. At the end of the campaign with the last of the Orks wiped out, the morale of the Star Tridents chapter plummeted to an all time low and they withdrew back to Marina to regroup and reform with the loss of over two hundred brothers in the catastrophic plasma core failure out in space and the loss of over seventy on the surface of Herdim III. Master Lixamann was devastated to lose his Master Forgeman and two and a half of his companies in one fell swoop. When the chapter returned to Marina, a march of remembrance was made for the honour of their lost brethren, where the chapter sent any recovered bodies out to the ocean on their final voyage.
But despite the heavy and bloody losses at Herdim III, a miracle appeared to have happened in the aftermath of the battle. The trident of Frazum, known as the “Cleanser” amazingly survived the incinerating fireball by being blasted towards the surface of the planet and was discovered by local citizens within the grounds of the main religious complex on the planet. It was deemed a miracle by the chapter and it was placed in the main chapel of the fortress for it to be used when either the homeplanet of the Star Tridents was attacked or if there was a major conflict nearby their homeplanet. It is shown in a case of glass behind the main altar so that any initiate or imperial warrior can observe the wondrous weapon and remember that day of gore and destruction. It is now seen as a holy relic to the chapter and when taken into battle, their Master of Sanctity wields it and his bodyguard the “Black Tridents” protect it further.
It took over 150 years for the chapter to regain its full strength after losing so much gene-seed to the incineration of Herdim III. From then on, the Chapter have loathed and despised the greenskin and have set on countless crusades against many Ork systems in repentance of their mistake at Herdim. The chapter still go on a crusade against the Orks to honour their fallen every 50 years to "pay their dues" to Krillin Frazum and their brothers. In a more darkened time not long after the “Massacre” the colours of the chapter were changed. What was originally white on their armour was painted black in remembrance of their fallen comrades and it still remains black to this day.
It is said that when all three chapters fight together, most recently on the battlefields of Medusa V, they gel together supremely and act as one fighting force. Despite their differences, the friendship between the three chapters is profound and they hold one of the closest relationships in the Imperium. Each chapter comes to their brother's aid if they hear a distress call. Unfortunately for the Star Tridents at Herdim III, help was too far away from either of their brother chapters. Members from both the Tridents and the Emperor's Spears attended the memorial march a month after the massacre when the representatives from both chapters reached Marina. As the Star Tridents rebuilt, their brothers aided them in some campaigns as the chapter’s strength and numbers increased.
But after 112 years of searching, The Tridents came across a clue on the recently purged heretical planet of Golthu. The planet was originally a world that was pacified by the Imperial Fists. There they found a great clue to the Vortex Trident’s hiding place in the old archives recovered deep beneath the main city’s cathedral after a large shell had left a massive crater in the ground upon which a deep chamber was discovered, revealing a massive labyrinth of old data files from the Great Crusade. Soon with the vital information needed at hand, the Triumvirate came to the planet of Baros that they found what they had searched for over a century.
The Star Tridents and their extra companies of Tridents and Spears found a temple that was dedicated to the Emperor and the Imperial Fists. At the centre laid a tomb of an Imperial Fist captain, Decadus. Decadus was a great warrior and leader who had beaten back the old foes of the Imperial Fists, the Iron Warriors many times, including in the Black Crusades of the Despoiler. He finally fell to a strike to the heart from his old nemesis, Grand Captain Houson, who was also once an Imperial Fist before he descended into the dark depths of heresy and chaos. He was buried on Baros due to it being the place where he received his greatest honour and victory against the Iron Warriors and it was the popular belief to the local population that his spirit would return when the planet would be in a dire conflict and he would protect it. On the doorway into the tomb laid an inscription in High Gothic that described of a great weapon that laid in this tomb and that only a son of Dorn could find what they searched for.
Chapter Master Lixamann ordered for the calling of the two other chapter masters to come and open the tomb together. They came with haste to find the weapon that they had been ordered to Crusade for a millennium ago. As they opened the tomb and entered, they found a vast door stood before them. More Old Terran was written upon it. It told them to place a hand on the fist before them. All three-chapter masters placed their hands on the fist of Dorn before them and they immediately drew their hands away as a burning pain tore through them. Looking at each other they nodded in agreement and placed their hands on once more fighting back the pain brought through their bodies as though they were on fire. After touching the fist for what felt like an eternity of pain, which in reality was actually a minute the tomb opened slowly.
Inside they found relics and chronicles of Decadus’ life and at the centre of the tomb bathed in artificial light, lay the body of Decadus in his power armour draped in a cloth. As they came closer, they discovered that the cloth that was covering Decadus' body wasn't just a cloth. He was draped with a banner of the Imperial Fists containing Decadus' name and the image of three tridents pointed at Barbadus, the homeplanet of the Tridents. It was a strange banner also as it was not the yellow colours of the Imperial Fists, but a bright blue banner bearing Decadus' heraldry, on it were three Tridents facing towards a planet believed to be an image of when Holy Terra was known as Earth.
After searching through the histories of the three chapters emerged in the Librarium of the Emperor’s Spears that Decadus was originally from the planet of Barbadus, from which the Trident chapter descended. The Masters then lifted off the banner and were taken aback again by yet another surprise. A shield of the Imperial Fists that bore Decadus’ heraldry was found and beneath it, they found a Trident. It was the fabled Vortex Trident. A power weapon once wielded by Decadus against the Greenskin of Toromor and in many other campaigns before his death. It was clear that these relics had to be protected by the three chapters, though it was unsure from whom. They soon found out.
Lixamann of the Star Tridents took the Shield of Decadus, knowing that he would defend the temple to the last man. He declared as he picked it up that by his blood he would return the shield to its rightful place when the battle was done. The two other chapter masters declared the same as the Star Tridents chapter master, Lord Ryven picked up the Trident since he would be assaulting the Iron Warriors and Phoenix of the Spears picked up the Trident Banner of Decadus as he would be on the highest ground, laying waste to all the enemies who came near with his heavy weaponry. The Masters quickly closed the tomb and made haste to regroup with their chapters. They did so just in time as the fleets of the Iron Warriors battered against the three Trident fleets.
The battle was an extremely bitter and blood soaked one, with losses of ships on both sides, but after the two Imperial ships had been destroyed, two large Iron Warriors frigates broke through the gap and drop-podded 4 companies of Iron Warriors onto the necropolis of Valinus where the tomb lay. Five companies from each of the triumvirate were there in the necropolis, waiting for any enemy to strike down on them with their guns raised at the sky towards where they enemy would come. It was there that the great battle began that decided the fate of Baros and the relics of Dorn and Decadus. As each chapter master returned to their respective companies, they decided to barricade the strong point of the city, being the tomb itself and the buildings around it. The 2nd company of the Tridents took a daring move to use the sewers of the city to attack from behind. Master Ryven lead them, with the Trident of Decadus in his hand.
Up on the ground, the Star Tridents and Emperor's Spears units were taking heavy losses from the Iron Warrior's countless defilers and baneblades that rumbled up the streets after being dropped by enemy Thunderhawks and landing craft, laying waste to all defences. They were whittled down to just two and a half companies each from their original five. It was there that the relics of Dorn took their true power. Lixamann noticed a gap in the Iron Warrior's lines and decided to lead a charge with his new shield and his own Trident of tormium. He roared the battlecry "Purge them!" and he led a great assault containing three assault squads and a veteran squad into the lines of the Iron Warriors. He brought his shield to bear and he rammed into the Iron Warriors. What happened as he rammed into them was amazing. At least three Iron Warriors were blown away by an enormous force and a couple were caught on the spikes of their own tanks, leaving them to hang there whilst their tanks burned, roasting them alive. Lixamann roared a cry of courage and relief and charged at the rest with his squads behind him just as Ryven emerged from the sewers. When Ryven used his trident as a spear, he was amazed by it's power. It managed to tear through a Warrior in front of him, stopping in the armour of an enemy Land Raider. His company charged into the rear lined of the Iron Warriors destroying much of the heavy weaponry and vehicles of the chaos legion.
At that time also, Chapter Master Phoenix of the Emperor's Spears revealed Decadus' banner and all of the Emperor's Spears felt a rush of righteous hatred flow through them whilst the Iron Warriors who saw the banner stood still in fear and shock from an unknown force. The Spears charged at the enemy with their newfound hatred and began to tear down the almost stationary chaos marines. The sheer power of all three chapters hitting at once was immense against even the Iron Warriors. Lixamann massacred them within hours of the initial charge. Any survivors of the Iron Warriors who retreated in the ruins didn't have a chance to escape via their spacecraft both as their fleet was half destroyed and was retreating. The Warriors held a last stand at Martyr's Hill and were purged with no mercy or respite. The planet was once again safe and the battle for Baros had ended in victory for the Imperium.
With the battle done, the chapter masters kept their vow and ordered for the Techmarines to clean up the weapons and re-bless them. When they entered the tomb they were shocked to find that the sarcophagus that held Decadus had collapsed into a pile of rubble after a stray shot from a baneblade’s cannon with no sign of Decadus' body. It was deemed as a sign by the three chapters that they were to keep the weapons and protect them from the Iron Warriors and other foul enemies of humanity. Declaring an oath of protection, each Chapter Master took the relic they inherited from Decadus. They're now seen as the holiest of relics to all three chapters, only to be used during the direst of circumstances.
With that, the 1st companies of each chapter held a service to honour the fallen of the battle and to honour Decadus and Primarch Dorn for granting them these weapons. The tomb of Decadus was re-built from the stones of the original, a shrine was built and on it bore the markings of each chapter's insignia to honour what he gave to them. The tomb has remained sealed from that day.
Twenty-Five years later on Baros Proditor questioned his loyalties once more when the same incident happened again. The Librarians sensed his questioning and ordered for him to repent his thoughts and to take a year’s repentance for his brush with heresy. Proditor endured the year of repentance, which included many punishments from the chaplains to cleanse him of the taints that clouded his mind. He was deemed worthy to return to the ranks of his fellow brothers but was kept under extreme scrutiny in case he put himself and his thoughts out of line again. For another 10 years he kept his thoughts well hidden underneath his trained mind and he was elevated to the rank of sergeant. But then an moment in the Star Tridents’ history proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the soon the be “Fallen Trident.”
Proditor announced that the Star Tridents had become “murderous butchers” who judged people by groups instead of individuals who slay their own brothers for victory and that they had lost their honour, thus he was going to rebel against the Star Tridents and form his own renegade retinue of marines who fight with honour and are not “murderous butchers.” He said that anyone here is willing to join him at his side and those who refused would be killed. Still blinded by their loss, forty out of the fifty-two agreed to join him and the ones who refused were executed quietly and were blasted out into space by opening up the hangar they were in after the ones who agreed to join Proditor left. Proditor masterminded the rebellion and made it so that the next day, they would turn against their brothers and flee to non-imperial space so that they could start their own chapter called the “Fallen Tridents”.
His plan worked almost to perfection, the traitors stormed their company’s ship and held their brothers hostage, and they killed the senior commanders. The Fallen Tridents then gave the choice for their former brothers to join them or die. Nobody joined them and they were executed by bolt pistol. The ship then broke away from the ranks of the Star Tridents and began to send shots towards some of the barges. The Star Tridents promptly fired back and gave chase, but the ship headed back towards the sector that was filled with the canker of chaos so the loyalists turned back. A message was sent to the Flagship of the Star Tridents, the Spear of Marina explaining the course of action made by Proditor and his Fallen Tridents. Enraged by the loss of the entire Fourth Company and the turning of over forty of his own marines, Lixamann vowed that the next time that the chapter met the Fallen Tridents, they would show no mercy to those who had so easily cast away their vows and had broken the “Trident Law”.
It took fifty years for the Fourth Company to regain its full strength. Only a handful of the original members existed for the luck of being on different ships, but that meant the shame was only a greater burden to bear upon them. The small band became the most rigorous when it came to the purity of the mind and body and this became the trait amongst the fourth company when new members filled the ranks. They were taught about the Heresy of Proditor and the Fallen Tridents, it is still seen as a stain of dishonour upon the company and their company banner was edited slightly to show the Trident running through the body of a daemon of chaos. It was seen as a reminder of the dishonour Proditor brought upon the Fourth Company and the chapter as a whole. A veteran member of the First Company who had originally heralded from the Fourth was designated as the new captain and he formed the new basis of Purity in Faith, Body and Mind, which became the company's motto and it is still the same today, only the entire chapter now uses it as their motto.
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The elite squads though, have a special honour guard, similar to that of the Ultramarines who protect the commander and his weapon. Each member posses a Trident that uses a unique electrical force, which when touched, launches an enormous shock through the enemy when it pierces through their armour. Large backpacks that create a giant electrical field are worn for the weapons to work and on the backpacks there are many holy writings and images depicting the wars the Star Tridents have fought in.
It is a symbolic weapon, similar to those used at the start of the chapter's history when they reclaimed the artificial island on Marina from large, amphibious beasts known as Sea Dragons. The Electric Trident weapons are considered some of the most holy relics in the chapter and it is known that they do not posses all of them, five were given to their brother trident chapters as a sign of brotherhood and close alliance between each other. The Star Tridents still posses ten and are considered as the weapons of the Emperor and Dorn and it is believed that their hands guide the tridents.
Storm bolters are very common amongst the officers of the chapter along with the power weapon as their close combat weapon. The Star Tridents mistrust the use of plasma weaponry and so have smaller numbers of the weapons compared to other chapters, normally using bolters and heavy bolters, although missile launchers are also very common amongst the ranks. The chapter traditionally fight by firing heavy weapons at the enemy first, so that the enemy is weakened by the onslaught, then the assault squads attack weakening the enemy further thus leaving the Tactical squads to clean up the rest. This traditional tactic does differ however with who the chapter are facing.
Since the vision that the three Trident chapters received, the Star Tridents are now even more loyal to the Imperium and Dorn. The Chaplains hold a vigil for their fallen brothers every 25 years on the twelfth day of the twelfth month on Marina, a great march of remembrance is held for the lost brothers. It is a heart wrenching sight for the local citizens of Marina and a solemn one for the Star Tridents to see all of the marines in black and carrying a candle for a fallen brother. When a
Edited by Brother Cambrius, 11 August 2008 - 09:00 PM.