Created in the 26th Founding, the Ghost Dragons are a young but eager Chapter and are desperate to prove themselves. Trained by a cadre of Salamanders Space Marines, they were taught to destroy their foes with purifying flame and plasma. They were also told of the importance of every Imperial citizen, for without the common people there is no Imperium. This mindset has made them heroes to many civilians in their home and nearby systems, for they know they will not be forsaken and used as bait. Unfortunately for the Ghost Dragons this belief in humanity has cost them; the 3rd Company was ravaged by Tyranids as they bought time for the evacuation to be completed on Arnok IV.
The Ghost Dragons have a homeworld located on the Eastern Fringe, to the galactic west of the Tau Empire. Their homeworld is in a solar system with 10 planets, Noverion is the 4th planet, a cold desolate world with a rich supply of minerals, but little else. Most of the other worlds are barren, lifeless rocks. Apart from the 8th planet Turian which is an Agri-world.
The surface of Noverion is covered in snow and ice with only three regions suitable for human settlement. The three regions are all isolated from each other by massive mountain ranges and glaciers. Travelling between the regions is practically impossible for the human populace due to the frequent avalanches and the dreadful beasts that roam the mountains.
The interaction between the Marines and the tribes of Noverion is common, throughout the year Marines will visit each tribe to expand their knowledge of metal work and keep an eye on potential recruits. At the end of the year, hopefuls will be gathered and subjected to many trials, which will test their physical and mental states and they will be judged by Chapter serfs who will select the best of the aspirants and take them on a perilous to the Ghost Dragons fortress-monastery. The surviving aspirants are submitted to further trials once they have made the gruelling expedition. One of the final tests is for each recruit to forge their own weapon in the Chapters forges, with the knowledge they should have learned from the weapon smiths of their settlements. Using the weapons they have made themselves the aspirants are sent back out of the fortress to survive as a team within the treacherous mountains.
The weapons forged by the aspirants are later passed on to their families, who proudly display them as a symbol that one of their own has gone to join the Emperor’s chosen.
The Ghost Dragons fight like the beasts from which they claim their name. They will study their enemy, observing its strengths and strike suddenly from the skies. Scouts are almost solely used in this role and once they have transmitted their findings the marine commanding the strike force will make his decision and plan the assault. Thunderhawks and Drop Pods fall into the midst of the foe unleashing their cargo in enemy positions. The Ghost Dragons will not linger in an area for long after the enemy has been defeated. The Assault Squads are often the first into combat after the Scout Squads have wreaked as much havoc as possible behind enemy lines, the Assault marines will commonly use flamers to burn through as many of the foe as possible before a defence can be formed.
As the Scouts and Assault squads get stuck in Tactical marines and Devastators will be advancing with armoured support to mop up and engage the heavier defences that the assault squads would struggle to destroy like armour and fortifications.
The Chapter follows the Codex Astartes and thus has ten companies; with the first being veterans, second to fifth being the battle companies, sixth to ninth being the reserves and the tenth consisting of the scouts. With the exception that each of the battle companies has four Tactical Squads, four Assault Squads and two Devastator Squads. When the Chapter was created it did follow the seven company structure that the Salamanders use but when the Chapter reached its homeworld it was reorganised to allow for a faster recruitment rate.
As the Chapter is still fairly young it does not possess many suits of the legendary Tactical Dreadnought Armour or Terminator armour as it is more commonly known. The Ghost Dragons make extensive use of Thunderhawks so they have a dedicated demi-company of Specialist pilots. There are also only a handful of Dreadnoughts in use, an example is the first Dreadnought sarcophagus used by former Captain Alten who was mortally wounded slaying an Iron Warriors Warsmith. The Masters of the Chapter fear that there may be many more Brothers entombed in the Dreadnought shells, as Tau incursions become ever more frequent and Tyranid splinter fleets roam through the Eastern Fringe.
Chapter Master Harmokan contrary to the way of the Salamanders is not the Captain of the first company and he lords over the Ghost Dragons with a near fanatical Honour Guard who accompany him at all times. Harmokan has revealed he has broken tradition because he claims to have been granted a vision by the Emperor that he will fall in battle leaving the Chapter to appoint their own Master after his death.
So far only one member of the Chapter has been inducted into the Deathwatch controlled by the Ordo Xenos; Brother Sedullon of the 3rd Company who went above and beyond the call of duty fighting the Tyranid menace on Arnok IV. The Chapter patiently wait for him to return and learn from his experience with the legendary organisation. During deployments alongside other Space Marine Chapters the Ghost Dragons have heard rumours of a mysterious brotherhood known as the Legio but they have not yet sent any of their brethren to join the alliance.
The Ghost Dragons are humanitarian much like the Salamanders who trained them. Their belief in the manifest destiny of mankind leads them to see the citizens of the Imperium as its very lifeblood. When the Chapter enters a warzone one of their first directives is to find and protect any citizens of the Imperium. Some enemies have used this against them, such as the Iron Warriors, who once lured the 4th Company into a deadly killing zone after broadcasting fake distress calls. Captain Galvanon suffered a severe wound resulting in half of his head receiving Bionic replacement.
They respect the Emperor but do not worship him as a God as some Chapters do; the Emperor himself is human. The Ghost Dragons show the most reverence to the Primarch Vulkan. It was from him that their gene-seed was gifted and they see him as their spiritual leader and father.
The Chapter values their Librarians; they find them an extremely important asset to their fighting ability. Their skills of premonition can prevent disaster, and the destruction they can unleash is most impressive. The capability to teleport around the battlefield, then drown enemies in purifying flame are Chapter favourites.
History and knowledge is revered by the Chapter, they are curious about their Legions' activities in the Crusade and the Heresy. Upon joining the Chapter all history of an initiate is collected by the Librarians prior to receiving their first implants, such as their family history which is used to check for any ancestors who had previously joined the Chapter. Initiates whose family have previously given up a son to join the Ghost Dragons are pushed even harder in their training in order to live up to their heritage. In some cases Initiates with living relatives in the Chapter are placed in their Company, or in even rarer cases their squads. Many of the original members of the Chapter have fallen in battle, but they are never forgotten by the Chapter. Every warrior who was fallen in the Chapters name has his name inscribed on a great wall in the Reclusiam by the Captain of his Company.
The Ghost Dragons Chapter was created using the gene-seed of the Salamanders; only very pure samples were used to avoid mutation. The Marines do not seem to have developed especially dark skin of that you see on the Salamanders, but this is likely because Noverion has nowhere near the radiation levels of Nocturne. All organs appear to be functional: the Marines can enter suspended animation, spit venom (however this is not commonly used), learn from eating dead creatures and the Ossmodula does not cause the bones to grow abnormally unlike the Black Dragons.
“For the Emperor, Vulkan and Noverion!”
Edited by Reyner, 13 March 2012 - 03:01 PM.