When the forces left the world they were hailed by the High Lords of Terra, who offered the Khan and his Brotherhood the opportunity to form their own Chapter, to which the Khan accepted with honour. Taking half the Brotherhood under his wing, the Khan left the rest of his men to return back to the Chapter, as he began the process of seeking new recruits and a new world to settle upon. During the newly formed Chapter’s search they received a distress call from the Kavious system nearing Ultramarine borders. The system was overridden with Orks from another Waaagh, so the Chapter mobilised. Using the speed of their bikes and the determination to show their possible might to the Imperium, they struck at the heart of the Waaagh and crushed the Orks before their numbers could grow out of control. The stealth and speed of their attack earnt them the name the Phantoms, which the Khan soon decided was to be the Chapter name.
For years onward the Phantoms continued to use familiar tactics to that of the parent Chapter to repeatedly beat back xenos from nearby systems, Ork and Eldar alike. Using the speed of their bikes they cut through many an enemy, striking where the most damage could be dealt and then purging what remains. This served the Chapter well until they encountered the forces of the Tau Empire. The war, soon named the Torrok War due to the system it was located in, that followed saw the Phantoms lose many battle-brothers, but victory was obtained overall. Were it not for the actions of First Company Veteran Viktor Kraw the Chapter would surely be doomed. As it was Khan Juvieus Kaine was killed in battle, dying while completing the task of eliminating a vehicle as his fellow Marines were extracted. Kraw had decided on a devastating deep-strike to break the foe, which worked to great effect unlike their normal reliance on bikes that they had used so often. As such Kraw was named as the new Khan and the Chapter begun it’s slow recovery.
The Phantoms have remained a fleet-based Chapter since their creation. The fleet that they own has effectively become their own fort, with the two great Battlebarges that they have under their control serving as their sanctuary, as well as their headquarters. These two great vessels have been named The Silent Strike and The Defender, each serving it's own purpose.
The first system is the Harroh system, comprising of four planets and a dying Star, which has been said to be close to going supernova. This has raised fear for the inhabitants of two of the planets, causing a slow and large evacuation to the fourth system of the four. Currently the system is almost void of human life, leaving the planets to return to their once wild landscapes.
The second system is the Giddian system; three planets orbiting two small Stars near the centre. Because there are two stars the climates and environments of the three small planets changes frequently and in regular periods of time. During most of a planet's time period it suffers long periods of heat, enough to kill all life that cannot bear it within hours; taking up at least three quarters of a Terran year. Because of this all three planets have long since dried up and become deadworlds, with no possibility of terraforming any of them.
The third system is, or more accurately was, a fairly small system consisting of a few lightly-populated planets. However the system has been turned to rubble after the Star went Supernova, destroying everything within its path. The planets were broken up into nothing more than rubble, forming a very large asteroid field. It has been found after extensive research that this newly formed asteroid field contains high rates of valuable raw materials, sparking the initiative to begin a large excavation project in the field. So far the project has proved successful, with high amounts of Adamantium being mined and delivered directly to the Forgeworlds.
The fourth and final system is the Kavious system; the largest and most populated of the four systems. Within the Kavious system is seven planets and one giant Star known in the vicinity as Incendia. Out of the four systems Kavious has somewhat taken the highest of priority for a number of reasons:
- Around ninety percent of the population resides in Kavious alone, inhabiting six of the seven planets in the system.
- It is located closest to the Tau Boarders as well Ork territory. This has often been the cause for the frequent attack by Orks and Tau alike to rid of the system of the Imperium's grasp.
- The other three systems are soon becoming useless, meaning the populace has no other place to go except a far distance from the system.
Due to this the Phantoms have somewhat remained protecting the Kavious system from the xenos that try to launch attacks on it. Another noted fact is that the Chapter has been considering taking Kavious V as their homeworld. The planet itself is vast, with harsh conditions riddling the landscape. In the Highlands of the North there are large mountain ranges and a deep winding canyon that reaches from the North right down the most Southerly continent. Heading towards the South lies a dense forest, built up over many a millennia from tall thick trees and shrubs that cover the forest floor. In the Southern region lies the only source of water: a rather large lake, with its only supply deriving from the river that runs through the giant canyon from the mountain range in the North. During the "winter" periods the river would grow in size, sometimes even filling the canyon and flooding the plains that surround the lake. It is usually during this time that the planet's populace make a pilgrimage to this lake, to restock their water supply for the many months ahead. However "winter" is rare on the planet, due to the heat that Incendia beats down upon the surface moisture dries rapidly, so the populace has had to adapt to the lack of water in their bodies. This adaption has helped develop hardy recruits, hence why the Phantoms take so many from Kavious V.
The Phantoms, upon creation, were under the same organisation of the White Scars; which was ten Brotherhoods consisting of varying numbers of Marines, from sixty to over one hundred. From the beginning there was only the one Brotherhood, which Kaine had named "The Shadows" for reasons that no-one understood, bar the first group of Brothers that Certamen took with him to lead the newfound Chapter onwards. After the first few centuries and some heavy recruiting the Chapter managed to obtain enough Marines to form another two Brotherhoods. Though they were small, it was a milestone in the growth of the Chapter. Before the Torrok War the Phantoms had managed to form ten Brotherhoods that would hold the foundation of their Chapter, or so they thought. However after the war The newly appointed Khan Viktor Kraw decided that the current Organisation of the Chapter was unfit for coping against the Tau forces in future battles, so he began to remould the Chapter into a more formal approach. For this he looked towards the Codex Astartes and moulded the Chapter into ten Companies, each consisting of around one hundred Marines. After this change Kraw decided that a few of these Companies should be designated with specific tasks, one that he planned would serve purpose in any situation.
Another soon followed from a battle with the Raven Guard. During a small crusade alongside the Raven Guard Captain Rothgo took heavy note on their style of attack, mainly ambushes, infiltration and sabotage. After the crusade he tried these out in a battle against Orks and found it worked well. Said tactics have been used since.
Up to the aftermath of the Torrok War, the Phantoms were organised a lot like the White Scars - arranged in Brotherhoods, each one with it's own speciality. However after the war the new Khan Viktor Kraw decided that the Phantoms should veer away from this and decided to "formalise" the Chapter to a more suitable style. The Chapter is now organised into the traditional ten Companies, however they are organised in a similar fashion throughout. Due it's reliance on speed as well as combating Tau to it's maximum ability, the Chapter makes good use of Assualt and Vanguard squads in their masses, rather than the traditional use of the bikers that the White Scars are more famed for. Reason behind this is that the Phantoms have found more effectiveness with the use of deep-striking units via jump-packs than risking bikes to charge the enemy down.
Heavy weapons are used on an infrequent basis however. Some Companies have opted for the use of Whirlwinds or Vindicators to create a barrage that can destroy enemies at long range. A more preferred tactic that has come to light is a rapid deployment of Devastator squads in vehicles - transporting them to allocated positions and providing cover fire long enough for the Brothers to set up positions and unleash firepower upon the foe. One such tactic, used in the Seventh Company, is that the devastator marines are carried inside a Landraider alongside the Captain and his squad. When all the squads disembark the Captain and his squad will launch an assault into the enemy closest while the Landraider provides cover fire for the devastators, who can then bring their weapons to bear.
Captains themselves always have their own retinue, mainly a command squad. In a few cases it is a Vanguard squad or, in the likes of the 1st Company, close-combat Terminators. These are often considered iconic in the battle and spark a renewed fury if they fall. The Battle for Croasor has evidence of this. Previous Captain Arcan Terridus was brought down by a Tomb Spider along with the Standard Bearer. At once the rest of the Company fought back with a newfound rage, an adamant mindset to avenge their fallen Captain and to rightfully let the Standard fly high again.
The First Company is exception to the organisation, being that it has all the Terminator suits within it, which is only a small amount compared to much earlier founded Chapters. Still, these units become the main assaulting force alongside the Vanguard squads, combined together to launch the famed Silent Strike attack. Landraiders are more readily availabe, allowing transport of the Terminators if needs be.
The Chapter are nearly up to full strength after recovering from the Torrok War, although the Fourth and Fifth Companies are currently non-existent. Plans to recreate the 4th Company have begun. It is planned that ten men from each Company still in working order shall be selected and made into the Fourth Company. However this hasn't been put into action due to the lack of recruits to fill the empty spaces.
The Beliefs of the Phantoms have changed many a time during their rather young history. These changes vary from the most subtle influences to a big historic event, each one adding something new to their ideas of the universe.
The Phantoms have taken up their own belief of the Emperor. They feel that he is a great warrior who has control over the universe. Such belief was derived from the mix of many recruits that the Phantoms had accepted, but mainly those from Kavion soil. This has contributed to their ideology of speed. They feel that the Empire that the Emperor rules is slowly slipping from his grasp, so they want him to have a good degree of control of the universe and fast, before he makes his valiant return to cleanse it from the ruinous powers of Chaos and the arising Xeno threats.
Another was set in place after the failed defence of Torrok II and reinforced after Kaine's death. This was the true hatred of the Tau Empire and everything it stands for. Normally the Phantoms wouldn't develop such hatred for just one enemy - being the more respectful people that they are they tend not to show hatred of a set enemy. But this one was decided on the last day of the war. As an act of vengeance, Khan Viktor Kraw swore an oath that the Tau would pay for what they did to the Chapter, what they did to many lives and what they could of done to many more. Because of this the Phantoms regularly seek a Tau fight just to give them pay-back . They do know that just doing this alone won't succeed in much, but Kraw like many others have expressed that this is only a build-up to the final fight, the one where Letalis will lead them to the victory they all seek against the Tau.
A practise that the Chapter undergoes is an event held every ten years on the anniversary of the Torrok War. This event is held over a two Terran week period, two weeks before the anniversary of the end of the war. The whole Chapter gathers on the base they hold on Kavion soil, entering the docking bay via Thunderhawks while the main fleet is left within the large asteroid field in the system. Most of the event is of celebration, marking the time when they had their victory over the Tau. During this time many trophies are paraded and many legends told, all keeping the Phantoms entertained. A certain wine has become part of the celebrations - this wine comes from the finest grapes on Kavion fields and is considered a delicacy, so some is issued out during the event. On the tenth day of the event the Chapter pays tribute to the few squads, led by Sergeant Hiro, that chose to stay behind while the rest of the Chapter got away to safety. These men are honoured throughout the day and small tributes are paid to them. On the last day the Chapter pays its respects to Kaine. This involves many prayers to the Emperor, asking him to look after their fallen Khan. It also involves blessing his sarcophagurised armour so that it remains 'pure' for his return.
Some beliefs have always remained with the Chapter right from their creation. The main one is a general hatred of Xenos in the universe, which was set in as part of their main purpose as a Chapter. As they were created to defend systems throughout the Eastern Fringe from the Xeno races, the Phantoms were fed a natural hatred of every single Xeno race and each Astartes is taught that the Xenos are foul creatures that should be eliminated at all costs. The hatred of Tau was reinforced after the Torrok War, so the Chapter focuses more on destroying the Tau than any other Xeno race.
Another belief is a rather peculiar one; one based on the Dreadnoughts. The Phantoms always honour a Chapter Ancient for his willingness to continue fighting for the Emperor. However the oddity is that the Phantoms aren't optimistic on becoming what they honour, much like their Parent Chapter. Most Phantoms feel that being encased in a Dreadnought removes what every Phantom relies on - speed and stealth. Because of this there are very few Chapter Ancients in the Chapter, although this may change. Requested development into the structure of a Dreadnought has begun, with enquiries from Kraw on making the Dreadnoughts more manoeuvrable in battle and over terrain. So far it has been suggested that Chapter Ancients have legs shaped like those of the Imperial Guard Sentinel, but the development is still in progress. It is only known that one Battle Brother has experienced such technilogy and is still in service.
As their first Khan Kaine was from the White Scars along with his chosen men, the gene-seed heritage of the Phantoms is that of the White Scars. The geneseed has remained pure and untainted to date.
Over time, the Phantoms' battlecry has changed. In the early years of their history, they usually preferred "For the Emperor!" or "For the Khan!". After the Torrok War they began to use the cry "We stand as one!". However, with their growing reliance on stealth, their battlecry is heard less and less often, being replaced with deadly silence.
OK guys, this is the final copy before I pitch it off to the Librarium. C&C as always
Edited by Hubernator, 03 April 2010 - 01:13 PM.