Name: Avenging Angels
Homeworld: Uilidia, near Eye of Terror
Founding: Unknown (believed to be 22nd)
Gene Seed: Unknown (believed to be Ultramarines)
Chapter Master: Hylon Adarsta
The Avenging Angels are believed to have been founded in the 38th millennium as part of the 22nd founding and to have been forged from Guilliman's gene-seed, but most records for the chapter have disappeared when they were believed to have been destroyed around two millennia after their founding. Their purpose was to be part of the Astartes Praeses that guards the Eye of Terror from the ruinous powers of chaos and they did their purpose well for many centuries.
The chapter master, Gaius Kromus was chosen by the unknown chapter from which the Avenging Angels originate and taught the chapter how to fight against the ruinous powers and other xenos, which terrorized the region. The chapter won many battles against the forces of chaos, mostly against the Black Legion and against other xenos also, including the Eldar and their dark, sadistic cousins. Their crusade on the daemonic planets of the Nomadus system was where a major turn in the chapter's history began. They were being sent to the Nomadus system to cleanse and purge the worlds from Nurgle and the ruinous Death Guard with a squad of Grey Knights alongside to make sure that the Angels were not corrupted by the temptations of chaos. The chapter fought well cleansing many cities and planets in the system leaving one last planet at the centre of the system, Nomadus itself. It was there that they first met the Death Guard.
The chapter drop podded down to the planet and were expecting lethal forces to be waiting for them but none came when they landed in swampish land, cushioning their descent to the ground. When the chapter disembarked, they observed the planet that they were to cleanse. Only for it to be deserted with nothing but rotting swamps and fog. No vegetation was seen apart from some blackened stumps were trees were believed to have once stood before Nurgle infected the planet. Confused, the Chapter Master tried to contact the fleet above him in orbit, only for communications to be lost due to the ionising yellow fog.
It was then that their adversaries were first seen.
Rotting cadavers floated up to the surface of the swamp. The chapter master observed the bodies and decided that they were disturbed by the drop pod landings and should be left alone. It was then that the Death Guard struck. Squads after squad of pestilent ridden astartes rose from the depths of the swamp and attacked the chapter. Surprised by the attack, many Angels Avenged fell being caught off guard before they could regroup. Master Kromus rallied the astartes and charged at the fallen marines of Nurgle. Their counter attack was devastating against the Death Guard as many fell to the chainswords and bolters of the chapter.
The Death Guard lost many due to the ferocity and sheer force of the Angels and retreated from the battle sinking back into the swamps. The Avenging Angels cheered for their first victory but then a scream was heard behind them. It was there that the chapter realised that the battle had only just started. A tactical marine was being held at the throat by one of the rotting corpses that floated to the surface earlier, on only they weren't corpses any more. Green fire erupted from the eyes of the bodies and they attacked the marines. Yet even more fell as the screaming and groaning of the cadavers shuffled towards the Avenging Angels.
The astartes opened fire against the rotting zombies of Nurgle and were shocked by the amount of punishment the rotting bodies could take before falling to the ground. The chapter was also shocked by the sheer strength of the zombies as they got too close and clenched onto the marines and tried to bite through the armour, which they did so with repulsive ease. Many victims howled with pain as they fell into the swamps and sunk beneath the surface of the swamp being swarmed over by the cadavers with their limbs being bitten off as the death-ridden bodies feasted on them. The forces that were used against his beloved chapter and brothers disgusted Kromus.
He roared the battlecry of the chapter and they counter attacked the cadavers of Nurgle. This worked well against them as chainswords roared and hacked down the enemy. It was then that the Death Guard returned to finish off the job. The army of Nurgle rose again from the swamp and attacked the chapter from behind alongside the zombies. The Angels were close to losing and were down from around two hundred marines to only around one hundred. Knowing that if help did not come soon, Kromus and his force would be destroyed. he threw a distress beacon as far as he could and hoped that the fleet above him would find the signal. Thankfully, it did.
Green drop pods fell to the ground alongside a drop pod of silver. Out of them came an entire company of Avenging Angels and out of the other came the five Grey Knights that accompanied them. The new reinforcements tore through the enemy like a hot knife through butter and destroyed almost the entire rotting enemy with some surviving Death Guard disappearing back into the swamp. Kromus walked over to the Grey Knights and his company and thanked them for coming to rescue them after his signal was sent. The chapter then found their dead to recover the gene-seed, only for the gene-seeds to be corrupted and unusable due to the curse of Nurgle that was placed on them from their wounds by the fallen marines received.
When the chapter returned to the ships. They instantly ordered an Exterminatus onto the planets to ensure that all trace of the Death Guard had been eradicated from the system. Then the chapter left to return to their home-planet of Uilidia.
The Eternal Storm:
The chapter returned to Uilidia a month after their battle on Nomadus and had dealt with a small fleet of Dark Eldar that attempted to attack the fleet and raid it. They failed miserably as they were bombarded out of the quadrant by an entire chapter of angry and avenging Space Marines. When the chapter returned to their fortress on the moon of Uilidia, they celebrated their victory against Nurlge's chosen but were soon remorseful for their losses against what the Chapter Master called "A dishonourable trick" only for his Epistolary to say "That's chaos for you sir. The scum are always cowardly tricksters."
About two months after the chapter were refitted and rested, they prepared to leave the system to crusade around the eye and deal with any foes that intended to cross their path. But then Nurgle sought revenge for destroying so many of his chosen. A war band of Death Guard entered the system and poisoned the entire southern hemisphere of the farthest planet from the system, Keeven. Instantly after hearing this, Chapter Master Kromus ordered for an entire fleet of ships along with the Third and Fifth companies and a handful of veterans to attack the planet and destroy the poisonous menace for the blood of their fallen brothers on Nomadus.
The chapter masterfully exterminated all of the Death Guard in cold, gene-enhanced blood on Keeven with few losses. Kromus rejoiced at having his chapter’s revenge against the Death Guard and sunder and the chapter returned to Uilidia to refit again and to prepare for another inevitable assault by the Death Guard and the rest of Nurgle’s forces. Much of the chapter stayed on ships in orbit of the planet so that they would be battle ready if Chaos struck again. It did strike again, but in a cruel and sickening way that has scarred the history of the chapter for all eternity.
Excerpt from Hylon Adarsta’s description of the Eternal Storm to Chapter Master Cambrius Dolomitus:
When we were first founded many years ago, we were given the home-planet of Uilidia. What we didn’t realise was that the governor of the planet committed himself to Nurgle and his ruinous powers. The Death Guard came and infected our planet until we took them out, unfortunately for us, they cursed our planet and it’s system." He paused for a moment and continued,
"A week later, local inhabitants were seen to drop dead wherever they were, what ever they were doing, were it cooking, walking or meeting friends they just fell in a pool of blood. Our Apothecaries all found the same cause of death, a virus. This virus was so virulent that all who were breathed on by the sickened would die three days later. Next, our vegetation started to die, first the trees, then the food crops and then all of the wildlife started to die. We were now getting desperate for help. We requested help from the Inquisition but no one answered.”
Dolomitus sat there shocked and repulsed by this tale and asked for him to continue, but noticed the shaking and clenching of Adarsta’s fists. This tale was clearly bringing back the memories vividly.
When Adarsta organised himself, he continued,
”What happened next shook our chapter down to the very core. All of the people who’d died from the virus re-awakened into zombie armies as servants of Nurgle. They attacked and ravaged our cities and converted others into them, those whom they had bitten would fall and then rise as their killers. This happened across our system, so we had to attack each planet with our entire chapter due to the sheer amount of these corpses.
We dealt with our home-planet first as it contained our forges and fortress. The Siafu as we named them, were destroyed within a matter of months due to our full strength. But after every planet was scoured, we lost more and more brothers, we didn’t have the resources to replace them, our scouts became fully-fledged marines within a year and we ran out of back ups apart from the reserve companies, which were also being treated as battle companies due to the amount of enemies we had to destroy.”
Adarsta ate a mouthful of meat and another swig of wine before he continued his tale of despair and loss.
“ Soon, we had dealt with our system, but then Nurgle launched his final assault on us at our fortress as we rested and refitted from the campaign we’d finished. More Siafu rose from the graveyards and attacked us again. When they attacked, most of our chapter were on ships in orbit of the planet. We launched an enormous bombardment on the Siafu, which dealt with many of them, but our third, fourth, fifth and scout companies had to stay in the fortress to protect it from being over-run." Adarsta could no longer hold the terrible shaking of his clenched fists,
"That’s when Nurgle dealt his devastating blow on us. A warp storm enveloped our planet and blocked all chance of going into the atmosphere. When we tried initially, the ships would lose all power and the occupants inside would die from the toxic fumes, even Astartes fell, including a squad of Grey Knights accompanying us.”
Dolomitus flinched at the thought of an atmosphere so deadly that his third lung would be useless and that even Grey Knights would fall to the disease. “How did the four companies survive?” he asked. “We do not know that Cambrius,” answered Adarsta.
After the powers of Nurgle had launched this devastating blow onto the chapter and its home-system along with the loss of the Grey Knights, the Avenging Angels decided remorsefully to leave the system as nothing could be done there and ordering for the planet to be destroyed was almost unthinkable with 400 brothers still trapped on the surface.
They initially tried to hail the Inquisition to send in support against the menace, as the chapter could not attempt an attack with the storm raging over the system. No reply came as they waited and kept vigil over the system in case the Warp Storm ceased. The chapter stayed in the system, fighting off any forces of Chaos that attempted to attack their fleet and dwindling forces. The chapter was now only 5 chapters strong minus the Scout Company and most of the battle companies. Master Kromus soon declared with a heavy heart that the chapter had been abandoned by the Inquisition and should leave the system to find help and keep vigil over their homeplanet in case the storm ceased.
On the Distant planet of Tomen, the Chapter Master held a service to honour those who were trapped and were killed by Nurgle and his allies and swore that by the blood of the Emperor, the chapter would crusade around the nearby systems until the storm ceased. He also declared that they were abandoned by the Inquisition and that they will no longer ask for their help unless in the gravest circumstances.
The Angels decided to use Tomen as their base of operations and “temporary” Homeworld until the storm ceased over Uilidia. There they sent out fleets to observe the system at long distance and sometimes at short distance if something strange was happening. The storm still raged over the system and still no word was heard from the surface. There was a decent population to take new recruits from and soon, after around 200 years of vigil, the chapter returned to full strength, but the four companies that were still trapped on Uilidia were left untouched. The Scout Company however was recreated so that the chapter could have a fresh batch of recruits if brothers fell. For three hundred years, the chapter watched over the system from Tomen but still no the storm raged and soon the storm became known as the “Eternal Storm”
Death of Master Kromus
After many years of vigil and fighting the enemies of the Imperium, Master Kromus had soon grown weary and tired and was starting to succumb to the one form of death that no man can escape, age. Soon, after 300 years of life in serving the Emperor, Kromus lay on his deathbed in the chapel and called for his chapter to join him in his final moments. He called for the Master of Sanctity, Jonah Aratik to come forward and give him his final prayer before he passed away. But before that, he spoke individually to all of his sons and brothers, telling each of them that they now bear some of the burden of protecting the chapter from the forces of chaos. He then called for the captain of the first company, Hylon Adarsta to come forward, he asked for Adarsta's hand and in it, he placed the ring of leadership that represents the commander of the chapter. With that Kromus drew his final breath and breathed "Help will come." and he entered an eternal sleep. The Chapter then declared three days mourning for their dead Master and kept his body in stasis for him to be buried on Uilidia when the storm ceased. He still lies in the crypts of the temporary fortress on Tomen until the storm ceases.
The unexpected ally
After around 10 years after Kromus' death and keeping watch over the systems and guarding them from Chaos and other uprisings, the astropaths picked up a transmission from an unknown source and craft. They heard "Preparing to start descent to Nomadus. May the Emperor be with you all." Puzzled by this, believing the message to come from the eternal tricksters, the Alpha Legion, master Adarsta ordered for a fleet to be taken to Nomadus, where the plagues began and see who the unknown forces were. They were the Sons of Doom and they would help the Angels win back the planet they lost.
The Sons of Doom were on a crusade around and near the eye of terror after their ships were scattered all around the Eye thanks to an undivided chapter called the Deceivers. The chapter had just been reunited fully with their Chapter Master and the first company and were given orders by him to cleanse the system from where the Deceivers lay, starting with Nomadus and it's moons. The second, third and fifth companies were sent down to cleanse the planet and kill any heretic on sight. What they found was a carbon copy of what the Angels Avenged found when they first landed there 350 years beforehand. Master Hylon Adarsta ordered for the fleet of Angels to keep their distance and hide in an ion cloud near the second planet so that they couldn't be seen and won't misidentified by the Sons and their fleet. He sent out a drone to intercept their communications from the planet and the ships above Nomadus. Adarsta knew what their transmissions would be. on the planet's surface, the Sons of Doom were confused by not finding any enemies to attack or any form of life at all. Captain Amorphous of the fifth company knew exactly what had happened to the planet.
He explained to his first sergeant who asked him where had all of the life had gone, “This was forest sergeant, until Nurgle came. It’s clear that he’s befouled this planet and all that once lived on it. There are no heretics here brother, only bodies.” with that statement, bodies again floated up from the bottom of the swamps. Alongside them were bodies of Astartes, all of which were the Avenging Angels although none of the Sons knew this. Then, history repeated itself as the bodies came to life and shuffled towards the Sons, catching the astartes by surprise. As Adarsta listened to the Comms of astartes dying, he ordered for his first and second company to drop pod down swiftly onto the planet to rescue the Sons of Doom from certain death. Adarsta himself joined them. Astropaths picked up the pods heading towards the planet and attempted to fire at them, believing them to be forces of chaos, but they didn't have time to fire at them due to the speed of the drop pods and when they entered Nomadus' atmosphere, they could not be detected. It was now down to the Avenging Angels to deal with the Siafu and assist the Sons of Doom.
Down on the planet's surface, the fifth company of Sons were in serious trouble, their apothecary had been killed at the start of the battle and the rest of the Marines were being whittled down slowly. Their captain, Eutronus Amorphous, was now starting to understand that his company might not survive this battle if he couldn't send a distress beacon up to his chapter in orbit. The reinforcements he received weren't exactly what he was expecting. Green drop-pods rocketed into the atmosphere and smashed into the swampy ground, crushing many Siafu bodies. Out of the drop pods came assault squad after assault squad and also the Venerable Dreadnought, Judgement, who had been entombed in the war machine in the first battle for Nomadus.
The Angels assaulted the Siafu and cut down many of them with ease due to their experience against the shuffling corpses. The Sons of Doom were astounded by the sheer ferocity and effectiveness of the Avenging Angels until Captain Amorphous roared,
“Well, what are we waiting for? AVENGE OUR FALLEN!”
And with that the Sons charged into the Siafu and killed all of the rest of the enemy. Once the dust settled on the battlefield, Captain Amorphous walked forward towards the line of the Avenging Angels and declared on behalf the Sons of Doom that they were very grateful for their assistance and rescue for their chapter. He then asked for the senior commander of the new allies. Master Hylon Adarsta stepped forward and the two warriors shook hands in the old Terran fashion. He replied,
“I am Hylon Adarsta, chapter master of the Angels Avenged.”
Then Adarsta raised his storm bolter and ordered,
Unsure of what he meant, Amorphous took a step back, but upon hearing a groan from behind him he immediately understood what Adarsta meant and dived forward, hearing the sound of the storm bolter opening fire and blowing a zombie’s head to smithereens. Amorphous stood up and thanked Adarsta and promised that he’d return the favour. With that Adarsta raised his arm forward as Amorphous did the same and the two chapters fully converged together, making the sign of the Aquila to each other and giving each other bear hugs as if they’d known each other for years. It was a great sight to see the two chapters converge as one and the Angels had finally been found after all of those years of solitude keeping watch on Uilidia. The Sons of Doom would prove to be vital against chaos soon after.
Well that's most of the history sifted through and sorted out. Combat Doctrine and Beliefs should hopefully come over the next few days/weeks.
Edited by Brother Cambrius, 30 June 2010 - 11:09 AM.