" " - Chapter Master Dhorin Ironshield.
"." - First Chapter Master Bhasar Khan
* Early founding. 4th? 5th? Something like that. I'd like the Stonebound to be an old Chapter.
* Initial, broad objective is to stomp an ork empire festering in Segmentum Pacificus.
* The orks are dug in quite well, and fast attacks prove less effective at destroying them than slower-paced but heavier assaults.
* Take Kagara as a homeworld, whose inhabitants call them the 'Stone Giants' for their brown armour. Inspired, the Chapter names itself the Stonebound.
* Eventually stomp the orks out of the area and crumble their empire, but ork attacks on the sector are still remarkably frequent. To help counter the ever-present threat, the Stonebound build keeps on various worlds in the sector to act as strongholds for local populace or as garrisons for task forces.
* Chapter continues to fight off all threats in their area. Main enemies are orks, of course, but Eldar raids, pirates, and the odd traitor force happen to show up once in a while.
* Most Chapter keeps lost over time, either abandoned or destroyed by xeno attacks. Rediscovering them would be a priority, but the Stonebound are kept busy enough with enemy attacks that they can't make a point of going to rediscover the lost keeps. This is the status quo in 'modern' 40k.
"." - Sage Varkand Flamebeard
* Kagara, mountainous world with elliptical orbit that is much warmer underground, prompting semi-subterranean civilisations who live underground in the winter.
* The migratory clans have lots of wildlife (and each other) to fend off and make for a source of good recruits.
* The clans forge axes and chainmail shirts as a rite of passage (one side of which is often a mining pick, might or might not make it into the IA)
* Stonebound build their monastery in one of the deepest and sturdiest caverns, and are fairly distant from the clans when not conducting recruitment trials.
"." - Captain Tagarn Strongarm, Third Company.
* Stonebound are quite different from other Scars successors. Obviously. The influence of their homeworld is quite strong in the Chapter.
* However, recruits still taken from any clan and put into mixed squads rather than sorting them by clan.
* Forging an axe and chainmail is mandatory for new battle brothers as a rite of passage. Often done in groups with Chaplains reciting litanies, which is also true of most of the Chapter's forging. Techmarines also supervise.
* Librarians are known as Sages, and have Grudge Stones which record the names and deeds of notable enemies, and can only be broken when the listed enemy is slain. To bear grudge stones is a mark of shame for a Company, and the breaking of those stones is cause for celebration. Those hunting a foe listed on the Grudge Stone often mark the stone with their blood, as the Grimdark equivalent of shouting 'It's On Now'.
* Stonebound venerate the Emperor and the Khan. They take immense pride in their lineage and history.
* Believe fervently in the United Humanity that their Grandfather and Father tried to achieve, not that they're in much of a position to restart the Great Crusade. Follow the White Scars belief pattern of 'kill the dirty xenos first, then start the Crusade anew'
"Diligence is a greater virtue than haste." - Brother Zelek Stonehewer
* Initially the Stonebound used fast attacks like most sons of the Khan, but not as much anymore: Instead, they use a slower, more methodical approach that has proven effective against the ork empires they've faced.
* Said approach is influenced partly by the style of warfare common to Kagara (much slower) and the terrain on the planets they most commonly defend being unsuited to mass bike attacks.
* Strategic flexibility is still a watchword of the Chapter. There's enough bikes, aerial forces and assault units that moving slow and shooting is far from their only option.
* Fast attack is still commonly used, but as support for the main assault rather than the core of the attack.
* The Stonebound use Dreadnoughts, although not everybody is comfortable with it. Those that are ok with Dreads see them as walking links with the Chapter's history and symbols of great honour.
* Possibly include something about a silver talisman that is worn around the neck of those willing to become Dreadnoughts if the worst should happen?
* Shown to revere the warrior within the dreadnought rather than just the machine.
"." - Captain Dain Stonereaver, First Company
* Codex organisation. Can't see any reason to change from it, to be honest.
* First company has their own heraldry and seldom operates as a whole company, instead assigning squads to work with other companies.
* Members of the 'Redshields' First Company get given a plain red shield, which over time is engraved with personal heraldry and other details. When a 1st company veteran dies, the shield goes on the walls of the Fortress Monastery.
*This section feels a little empty, but I don't know what else could go here, to be honest.
"." - Apothecary Xaven Brightaxe
* White Scars Geneseed. No notable changes or deviations.
* Heightened aggression as is common with sons of the Khan. Unknown if related to the actual geneseed or just inherited from the surly Kagaran population, but it's not enough of an issue for it to be a problem.
"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken!"
Updated 7/4/2015 for great dwarfishness
Really gonna have to write these guys up properly sooner or later.
Edited by Ace Debonair, 07 April 2015 - 04:47 PM.