The Avengers were founded as part of the 14th Founding as ordered by the High Lords of Terra. They are tasked with the protection of space along the southern edge of the Imperium, A lawless frontier far from the light of the Emperor made up of failed colony worlds, renegade strongholds and long forgotten human settlements. These isolated and forgotten systems have become home to an increasing population of renegades, deserters, cultists and dangerous criminals all hoping to hide from the light of the Emperor, as well as the scum of the Imperium these worlds experience increased attacks from the xenos forces which lurk on the fringe of humanity preying on the weak and isolated. The Avengers have patrolled amongst these worlds since their founding standing guard against the horrors which lurk in dark .
The Avengers are a fleet based chapter and do not maintain a home world. They believe like their Imperial Fist forebears and many of their successors that space marines were created to conquer new worlds not to garrison them. The Avengers maintain a sizeable fleet of ships ranging from frigates and strike craft to forge ships able to carry and supply everything the chapter may need. The backbones of the Avengers fleet are there 3 Battle Barges The Pyropus Contego, The Warp Dagger and The Wandering Knave which provide mobile staging points from which the Avengers launch their crusades. But it is the The Warp Blade that is the heart of the fleet and the Chapter. The Warp Blade is a Vengeance Class Grand Cruiser and serves as the Chapters Flagship, it is also the Chapter Masters personal barge.
Though the Avengers follow the Codex Astartes they do not follow it as rigidly as other Chapters. The Avengers maintain 10 companies as per the Codex although the disposition of these companies’s differs to the tenets as written in the Codex
-The 10th Company being used for the training of the chapter’s recruits, The Captain of the 10th Company is known as the Master of the Recruits
-The 2nd to 9th companies being organized into Battle Company’s each led Captain.
The 2nd to 6th Companies are responsible for patrolling the fringes of Segmentum Tempestus and the worlds contained therein.
While the 7th, 8th and 9th company’s are held in reserve ready to assist any of their brother companies or to respond to threats the other companies can not reach in time.
Each of these companies follows the Codex Astartes in disposition but they also contain there own squads of veterans and armored vehicles, making them able to respond to all threats in a tactically efficient manner. Due to this fact each of the Battle Company’s may contain between 100 and 150 Marines.
-The 1st company is made up of Chapter Master, the Chief Librarian, Master of Sanctity, Master of the Arsenal, Master of the Fleet, Master of the Watch and the Master of The Forge as well as their personal retinues.
The Avengers also maintain a high number of Techmarines among their ranks as being on the edge of the Imperium they need to be self sufficient and keep running the massive forges which supply everything the chapter needs in its task of patrolling and protecting the Imperium. As such the Avengers have a deep respect for their techmarines and their equipment and each marine is trained to maintain and repair his war gear.
Like any Chapter that follows the tenets of the Codex Astartes, the Avengers pride themselves on their versatility and flexibility, able to adjust to rapidly changing combat situations with calm, ruthless efficiency. The favored combat doctrine of the Avengers focuses where possible, on decisive short-ranged firefights and bloody assaults, and when able to fight on their terms an Avengers force will adopt such tactics. In keeping with this preference tactical squads have a tendency towards flamers and melta guns and close-ranged specialists such as Terminator Squads are a regular sight in an Avengers force. Squads are deployed in the Codex proscribed pattern of ten men and receive training to also split into two five-man 'Combat' squads - one led by the squad Sergeant, the other by a senior member of the squad with the division of weaponry and manpower allowing for greater tactical flexibility in the field of battle, One squad often supplying covering fire while the other squad closes into combat with the enemy.
It was inevitable they would develop an expertise in battling the many races of xenos that plague the outer fringes, As such the chapter has developed close ties with the militant arm of the Ordos Xenos - The Deathwatch, and views selection for and training with a great honor.
The Avengers hold true to the Emperors vision of the unification of all Humanity. They venerate the Emperor as the leader of Mankind and as their spiritual father to whom they owe their existence. The chapters Chaplains teach that is the Avengers duty to the Emperor and humanity to defend the galaxy from all threats in preparation for the day when the Emperor rises from the Golden Throne and the Primarchs return to begin the next Great Crusade. As such the Avengers hold themselves as the protectors of mankind and have vowed to bring justice to all corners of the Imperium to ensure the continued survival of humanity.
The Avengers were created using Iron Knights Geneseed which is descended from the Imperial Fists and Rogal Dorn and as such is missing the Betchers Gland and the Sus-an Membrane, The geneseed tithes sent by the Avengers are stable and show no further signs of corruption or degradation.
"For Dorn, For the Emperor, For all Mankind"
Edited by Dangerousdan73, 05 June 2010 - 11:48 AM.