The Red Bulls Space Marine Chapter was founded after the fourth Black Crusade of Abaddon the Despoiler to bolster the imperial strength north of the Eye of Terror.
Since the first Red Bull Battle Brothers put on the blessed Power Armour, the chapter took part in some minor campaigns. After reaching full strength in M35, the Red Bulls were eager to prove their worth among their brother chapters.
In the following centuries the Red Bulls started a liberation crusade around their homeworld. In the wake of the Black Crusades some Chaos Cults have formed on several planets. The Red Bulls descended on the worlds without mercy, slaughtering thousands of Cultists. Even today there are stories on these planets of silver blue Marines charging through the cities and killing the foes of the Imperium.
During the 12th Black Crusade a small Chaos force worshipping the god Khorne managed to land on the homeworld of the Red Bulls chapter, Mejico. As it is common in the Chapter, the Chaos Space Marines were faced head on. After bitter Fights the Chaos Space Marines were finally shattered, but to a high prize. Several cities lay in ruins or had to be completely purged and Chapter Master Roberto Hernandez was killed.
After this Chaos invasion the Red Bulls, now under command of Chapter Master Franzisko Torres, vowed, that no traitor would ever set his foot on Mejico again.
At every time one strike Cruiser of the Red Bulls Chapter, carrying half a battle company and some elements of the first company, is on patrol near the Cadian Gate. More than once a single traitor vessel emerged from the Eye of Terror to be instantly obliterated by a massive broadside from the Red Bulls. If a vessel survived the initial barrage, the Red Bulls, impatient as they are, boarded the vessels and destroyed them from within.
Mejico is a Death World in the Segmentum Obscurus on the northern fringe of Imperial space.
There are no natural oceans on this world and it is completely covered by deserts.
Storms rage on the surface, so the population had to build underground cities to survive.
The air is filled with Copper particles so no human can survive on the surface without a respirator and protective goggles. Combined with the storms the Copper particles would shear the flesh from a human in seconds.
Every few hours the storms decrease to a strong wind. Even then the Copper in the air is fast enought to embed itfelf in human flesh. Those few humans that were on the surface without proper protective clothing are easily spotted. When the wounds are healed, the skin of these people gets a metallic gleam.
The planet's core is rich on Promethium and the People of Mejico build vast wind traps to filter the Copper particles out of the Atmosphere.
The Red Bulls Fortress Monastry is in the deserts, far away from the hive cities. It was built in a natural mountain and is the only inhabited structure above the ground.
But even in this environment native life can be found. In some vast natural valleys, which are sourrounded by mountains, the storms can't reach, although there is a constant wind.
In these valleys the native plants and animals of Mejico can be found.
There are some kind of predator animals, but the most dangerous creature native to Mejico is the Red Bull. This gigantic creature easily reaches three times the size of a terran Bull. Generally it is a peaceful animal, but easily provoked. Due to the permanent exposure to the Copper filled air, the hide of the Bull is very thick and nothing short of a Chainbalde is able to penetrate it.
Due to the high percentace of Copper in the atmosphere, the ground, plants and animals, the population of Mejico has to import the majority of their goods, mainly food and water from nearby planets. Emergency rations of food and water are stored in every hive city, but they could feed their inhabitants for a week at maximum.
The Red Bulls consist of ten companies.
When a Scout receives his black carapace, he is promoted to a Devastator Squad. After gaining come Combat experience wearing a full Power Armour, he joins a tactical Squad.
The most ferocious Space Marines may advance in one of the feared Red Bull Assault Squads.
If a Space Marine becomes a veteran, he isn't automatically removed from his company. In times when the first company has it's full strength, the veterans stay in their companies and form veteran squads. Usually, these are Vanguard Squads.
When joining the first company, the Marine dons his Terminator armour. The Terminator armour has an inverted colour scheme. Why the first company started to use the inverted colour scheme remains a mystery. It is only known that this is done since the first Red Bull Battle Brothers received their Terminator armour.
In their Organization the Red Bulls follow the Codex, but they do not follow the battle tactics by the letter.
The combat motto of the Red Bulls is best described with „Hit them hard and hit them first“.
Instead of using firing lines and cover, the Red Bulls continously advance towards the enemy, Bolters blazing.
The Red Bulls are easily provoked by any threat to the Imperium and will fight every foe on every world, regardless the cost.
The way of meeting the enemy head on is also practised in the Red Bulls' fleet. Every vessel is capable of ramming an enemy. The ships of the Red Bulls have special prows. When an enemy vessel is detected, the Space Marines gather in the prow section. If the enemy survives the initial barrage, the Red Bulls vessel rams the enemy in their vulnerable sides. As soon as the prow penetrates the enemy ship, massive hydraulics split the prow allowing the Red Bulls to board the vessel.
Like most other Astartes Chapters, the Red Bulls believe that the Emperor is a supremely powerful human being and honor his sacrifice to uphold the psychic beacon.
Descending from Roboute Guilliman himself, the Red Bulls venerate the Primach like all other Ultramarines Sucessor chapters do.
Franzisko Torres is an example for what it means to be a Red Bull. He fights without fear and is always leading from the front. His orders are to be followed instantly for his patience is always very limited.
He also was the only Red Bull who brought the skull of a Bull after his trial to become a veteran. This skull was later implemented in his personal banner, after he became Chapter Master.
Native to a world where even the wind can kill you, the Red Bulls regard eben the environment as a possible threat. So no Red Bull Space Marine would willingly remove his helmet or part of his armour. Even the Scouts of the Chapter have a fully enclosed hemlet. Only in their chapter fortress, or their own vessels, the Red Bulls take of their armour.
The loyalty of the red Bulls was never in question, but their habit of wearing full battle plate alle the time has lead to a certain level of mistrust.
Rumours about skin diseases or even mutations were heard, but the continously checking of their provided geneseed shows no flaws.
Seeing a Red Bull Marine without his armour would be a shocking experience nonetheless. As part of their indoctrination a Neophyte has to stay outside the chapter fortress for several hours, wearing nothing but a respirator and reciting the chapters many regulations. While being outside the chapter fortress, the eyes of the Neophytes are forced open. This trial is performed during the time of wind, not while the storms rage on the surface. The trial of the million bites, as it is called, helps the Neophytes train their concentration even while enduring pain. This trial is the reason why the skin of the Red Bulls has a coppery shimmer and their eyes are bloodshot.
The Red Bulls' geneseed is that from the Ultramarines and shows no degenerations or mutations.
Because of the existing mistrust due to their habit of wearing full battle plate all the time, the geneseed of the Red Bulls is checked unusually often.
“To Victory! Charge!”
Author's note: English isn't my native language, but I hope there aren't too many mistakes in it.
It is my first attempt writing an english IA article, so I hope you enjoy reading it.
Grammar corrections are welcome, too.
Edited by - Deathwing -, 29 July 2010 - 07:53 AM.