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The legend of the Night Angels resounds deep in the hearts and minds of the Imperial citizens in Segmentum Obscurous. From the most powerful of military commander to the common Emperor fearing citizen and to even the weakest of hive dwellers, the noble Night Angels are guardians to all who would would face the Emperor's foes. But all was not glorious and right in this tale of a chapter's struggle for righteousness. Indeed the achievements of man are measured in blood.
At the onset of the Age of Rebirth M32 after enduring the first of Abaddon's Black Crusades, the High Lords of Terra deemed it imperative to bolster the North Western front against the Legions of Chaos. Imperial leadership feared another of Adabbon's cursed attempts at blazing a path of annihilation towards Segmentum Solar. Forever prepared for the logistics of fathering a new chapter, the Ultramarines chose Captain Justinus Evander and a squad of veterans to prepare the new 4th founding chapter for its many trials ahead. Originally the Night Angels were called the Royal Knights, integrating the regal culture of their chosen homeworld, Daethos. Over the few centuries the newborn chapter neared full strength and was almost ready to be fully involved in the conflicts of the galaxy. Although disciplined and professional, they yearned for that promise of glory and honor as a fully functional chapter of the Emperor's finest. Pain and suffering was all they received.
The schemes of traitors turned to venom and steel as Adabbon unleashed another Black Crusade onto the galaxy. An Iron Warrior and a Night Lord warband with thousands upon thousands of chaos followers brazenly besieged the regal lands of Daethos. An Imperial Guard fleet sent to bolster the Daethan sector was quickly destroyed and the forces of destruction made rapid landfall. While the Iron Warriors bombed the Royal Knight's fortress monastery in a lengthy siege, the Night Lords spread terror and murder throughout the capital city. Millions of people were flayed alive in just a few scant days of the siege, the once beautiful cities turned to ash. Many were tortured, crucified on eight pointed stars, or disemboweled and screaming for a scant hope of salvation. Despite the pure methodical will of the Iron warriors, it was the ignoble deeds of the Night Lords that fueled the fires of vengeance the most. Infiltrating the loyalist's defenses, the disgraceful cowards murdered Chapter Master Evander and many of the Royal Knights captains by exploiting the dishonorable aspects of their base tactics.
The young captain Atreidus, a close friend of the chapter master, vowed vengeance upon the Night Lords for the death of his battle brothers. Despite his teachings on the Codex Astartes, he personally searched for the scum with a retinue of his closest warriors he found only slain Night Lords on his path. Surly they were no kills of the Royal Knights, for each corpse had unique wounds upon them. It was when he continued his search he stumbled upon a skirmish that shocked the Astartes. He witnessed three Night lords battling a group of their brothers. A certain Night Lord- no, a midnight clad angel lofted upon sapphire feathers of pure energy, gleaming sword in hand, was locked in a duel with his opposite, a Night Lord with black razor claws ripping through the air on plumes of fire and smoke. The angel bested the Night Lord, but before Atreidus could peruse, the three Legionaries fled into the cloak of darkness. With the aid of reinforcements from the Space Wolves and an army of Imperial Guard, Atreidus and the Royal Knights were able to liberate their homeworld from destruction. Despite their victory, the bleeding chapter only felt shame and defeat.
Witnessing with horror the raw destruction wrought upon his home-world, Atreidus took it upon himself to see the Night Lords purged from existence. As one of the few remaining captains of the Royal Knights, he became the second, and last, chapter master of the Royal Knights. Inspired by the mysterious angelic figure, his first motion immediately renamed the chapter to the Night Angels. His next priority was to rebuild the chapter over the centuries by reaching out to nearby sectors, veterans of their own planet, and even other chapters for new recruits or assistance. The Night Angels armored themselves in darkest midnight and the most holiest of angel motifs. By claiming dominion in twilight, they would enter the realm of the Night Lords and staunchly oppose them, in both spirit and body. No longer would the evils lurking in darkness strike terror and fear into the hearts and minds, but the promise of dawn's comforting light spirited by the Night Angels.
Such is what Atreidus dreamed of, however, not without even more trails. The chapter master's goal was to counter the Night Lords terror campaigns by inspiring even the lowest of Imperial citizen with the hope of a brighter future. But he also had a very personal hate for Chaos to the point of over-zealousness. Three centuries after the Siege of Daethos while fighting with the Inquisition to root out chaos forces on the planet Isador, Atreidus's hate for chaos grew to rage and perhaps borderline fear. To prevent the spread of Chaos, he ordered his Night Angels to annihilate everyone in the capital hive city and surrounding cities. Although the few forces of chaos were destroyed in a few months, billions of innocent lives were slaughtered at the hands of the Angels. After months of being stuck in a zealous haze, Atreidus saw the streets run with blood in such quantity that it mirrored the siege of Daethos almost perfectly. The same grief that met him after Daethos struck him again a hundred-fold. He never forgave himself.
Word of the massacre leaked out into Segmentum Obscurous, and the Imperial citizens were horrified by the Night Angel's actions. It would take a millenia and great deeds of heroism and sacrifice for the Imperium to forget the evils of the Angel's past. As such the Night Angels have dedicated themselves to restoring their honor and being true angels for mankind. Atreidus's last and final vow, and the oath of every chapter master that followed, is to set the chapter onto a path of righteousness that would last well into the 41st millenia.
Daethos is surprisingly beautiful for a Space Marine home world. Lush temperate and tropical forests with an array of rivers, streams and ponds cover the four great continents surrounded by deep blue oceans. Of the four major continents, one stands out with its massive mountain peaks dominating the surrounding forests and valleys below. Vines and moss cover ruins with intricate markings and runes of an ancient civilization are scattered about the world, placed in perfect locations of natural beauty. During the night, a luminous fungus glows sapphire deep in the forests adding to the spectral effect of the blue twilight.
Despite its outward regal appearance, Daethos was once a world of constant war and strife. Feudal kingdoms were consistently at war with each other and such ensuing battles were vast and savage. Lines upon lines of solders would clash in bloody close quarters combat as arrows rained down from the skies. It was in these deadly conflicts that heroes arose and honed their particular skills. As such, Daethos was a perfect world for the Royal Knights to pluck the greatest of warriors from.
However, when chaos besieged Daethos, the kingdoms were destroyed and the planet unified under autocratic ruler, the Duke. Over time under a strong central ruler, the Daethan people built built giant cities of grand royal design with the aid of many of the most advanced technologies of the Adeptus Mechanicus. However, corruption in the ruling class often depraved the common citizen of their more basic rights and as such, people began to hate their leadership. It would take centuries of oppression and corrupt traditions before a brilliant young fleet captain, Reinhard Lohengrin, defeated the ruling class in a civil war. He became Duke after executing most of the nobles unwilling to give up their power.
The new Duke of Daethos would revolutionize the Daethan military which would benefit the Night Angels with more astute recruits and prove to be a great asset against the 13th Black Crusade. Because of their in depth association with galactic politics, obtaining scholarly information, they were able to build the finest military academies to train future officers of the Royal Daethan Guard. Many would die due to the rigorous nature of the academies set from the traditions of the warrior-kingdoms. However, the strongest and smartest of the surviving young recruits gets taken by the Night Angels for the trials where they are taken to more harsh worlds for more extensive training.
Over the centuries after the siege the Night Angels rebuilt their fortress monastery, Arcadia, inside, around, and on top of the tallest mountain peak, piercing the clouds themselves. The Daethan capital, a smoldering ruin after the Siege of Daethos, was rebuilt at the base of the great Arcadian mountain slowly growing around it.
“It takes half a glance to notice they have already lost.” – Chapter Master Zynk Kaladin
While Codex adherent throughout most of the chapter’s lifetime, over the years the Night Angels have become especially proficient at air to ground operations to make up for their lack of air support at the Siege of Daethos. They are notable for employing a "Descent of Angels" type of warfare where marines and armor deploy from thunderhawks while landspeeders provide support for advancing ground forces. The Night Angels believe by successfully controlling the skies, all enemy ground forces are bound to fall prey to the overwhelmingly mobile Astartes ground forces. Using the Codex Astartes as a guide, captains will meticulously plan their moves to yield overall strategic victories. This has created an iconic flow of Night Angel battles, where small tactical maneuvers and greater maneuverability press the enemy into overwhelming kill zones.
The Night Angels have also become adept in fleet engagements due to their masterful ability to rule the heavens themselves. Because chapter recruits come from the finest military academies in the Daethan sector, the Night Angels are extremely astute on military strategy, tactics, and logistics. With the aid of these well-learned and brilliant officers amongst Night Angel leadership combined with the sheer ferocity of Astartes boarding actions, their successes in fleet engagements have gained fame amongst Imperial Naval fleet command. As such, the Night Angels under Chapter Master Zynk Kaladin and the Royal Daethan Navy under Duke Reinhard were a valuable asset against Adabbon's fleet during the 13th Black Crusade.
1st (Eagle) Company - Silver - Master of the Veterans
2nd (Hawk) Company - Gold - Master of the Speartip - Captain Lucian
3rd (Griffon) Company - Red - Master of the Arsenal
4th (Condor) Company - Green - Master of the Marches
5th (Owl) Company - Black - Master of the Fleet
6th (Phoenix) Company - Orange - Master of the Rites
7th (Falcon) Company - Purple - Master of the Cavalry
8th (Harrier) Company - Grey - Master of the Watch
9th (Raptor) Company - Blue - Master of the Sky
10th (Raven) Company - White - Master of the Recruits
“I need a better quote...” –Brother Seth Valandrius
The houses of nobility stem from a line of royalty started long before Daethos was found by the Imperium. As such, interpersonal honor, chivalry, and manners are a staple part of life on the planet. The Night Angels are revered and awed by the Daethan people because of their royal, knight-like authority over the land. As such, some Angels have become arrogant believing that their haughty status deserves respect and admiration from not only the people of the Imperium, but also other chapters.
Despite their pride, the Night Angels display such legendary charisma on the battlefield that Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy commanders, especially the young Duke Reinhard, often fight alongside their guardian angels, to an extent, under Imperial command. The chapter empathizes with the noble struggles of the Emperor's soldiers and uses Astartes skills to alleviate the burden on the front line forces. By striking the strongest of enemy lines precisely with a plethora of fast attack aircraft and then efficiently redeploying to other locations, the Night Angels gain control of the battlefield for Imperial forces to finally overwhelm their foe.
Because of their image as angels, the Night Angels have adopted strong respect for the Blood Angel's primarch. Legend stated that the Angelus Noctis, the mysterious Angel captain Atreidus later made legend, was sent by Sanguinius himself to watch over and protect the Emperor's loyal servants. Sanctioned by the Duke of Daethos, statues of the Red Angel stand in prominent places in the vast capital city to remind the people of his most noble sacrifice at the hands of the arch traitor Horus.
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In an ironic mock to the Night Lords the Night Angels often shout "Ave Imperator!"
Edited by Zynk Kaladin, 03 June 2012 - 06:16 PM.