Chapter Name: Blood Dragons
Chapter World/Deployment: Belenus
Fortress Monastery: Castle Herensuge
Gene-seed (Predecessor): Blood Angels
Known Descendants: None
Forged from the ashes of a lost
world the Blood Dragons prevail with but one goal... Destroy all that invades
their sector. Lead by their bloodlust they are the destroyers leaving nothing
but ash in their wake.
The Blood Dragons proud history
starts when the 8th companies from their gene source the Blood Angels chapter
were given orders to expand themselves in the Dominion of Stars. The high lords
of terra decreed that an Astarte’s chapter from the Blood Angels be formed to
fend off the growing xenos threats. Brahm, Captain of the 8th company, was
selected to take leadership in this chapter’s creation. They set out in the
strike cruiser War Song, and upon entering the Dominion of Star sector the
instrument panels on the strike cruiser began to alarm with read outs on a
nearby planet with very high amount of seismic activity and with very high dose
of electrons being emitted. The techmarines insisted on scanning the surface
for potential resources. Upon entering the orbit of Berien the search confirmed
that nothing was needed from this planet as it was in the process of
geo-thermal reconfiguration. Epistolary Sicero sensed a cry for help in the
nearby moon of Belenus.
Entering the orbit of the moon, long
range sensors picked up localized humans, along with large reptilian creatures
engaged in battle. Brahm and Sicero consulted about possibility for a home
world after deliberation the captain set his company in gear to take this moon
as theirs. As ordered they went to battle with their Storm Ravens thundering out,
and Drop pods screaming down below. Once planet side the battle brother’s were set
out to destroy the beasts that swarmed the humans. Brahm, the leader of the
warriors and his retinue of veterans jetted down from a Thunder Hawk at the
heart of the main battle with an alpha dragon. A Massive beast with a head as
wide as a dreadnought, it breathed huge clouds of fire at the warrior as he
touched down. Brother Corian was unfortunate and was immolated by this attack. Brother-
Captain Brahm roared in defiance as the alpha male advanced; using his wits he
coaxed the mighty reptile into a ravine away from the castle -hive.
The massive dragon blasted flames profusely at the Captain as he backed the
beast further away. The Captain played the mighty beast, but was discovered by
another dragon coming in to intercept the Captain. His auto sensors picked up
the second smaller flying attacker heading at an angle from the ravine.
Mentally triggering his jump pack he flew up the second before the other reptile
smashed into the rocky out cove and plowing boulders upon the unlucky beast
smashing it death. The alpha dragon raged at Brahm hoping to strike a death
blow to the landing warrior. Nearly dodging the heavily clawed talon, Brother
Captain Brahm rolled out of the way, and instinctively lashed out with his
blade cutting a deep wound on the alpha male’s forearm. Scoring a hit on a vital
artery it sprayed the visceral fluid of the huge beast. He then launched
forward as the dragon screamed frantically towards him. The Captain combat
rolled under the mighty clawed talon of the alpha dragon. He then sprung upward
underneath the beast drove his power sword into its chest bone piercing threw,
and in to the heart. The alpha male screamed out a horrid cry, and it then began
to thrash about in its death, Brahm barely ducked out before getting crushed by
the huge beast. The lesser reptiles broke attack, and fled into the forests,
with the warriors of Baal advancing to reinforce their positions. The new
chapter master called of the attack and ordered the marines into their landing
crafts. The village was littered with both human and beast remains. Brahm
decreed this planet was worthy of the chapter home planet and took the name
Blood Dragons as there new title. He then chooses their heraldry color in honor
of the battle. Their heraldry colors became the black ashen covered bodies with
bloody hands, and legs as their armor colors. So the iconic black and red
warriors of Belenus took to war in their sector, and burned their names into
the records of the Adeptus Asartes.
The marines of the Blood Dragons are
based on the death world Belenus located in the Dominion of Stars. Their home
world is covered in mountainous terrain with dense forestry. This site was
perfect as its inhabitants are at a feudal age full of superstition. There
fortress is atop a dormant volcano called Castle Herensuge, which received its
name from the locals thinking all the dragons on Belenus originated from that
ancient volcanic mound of rock. The marines created vast underground fortresses
underneath the mountain. And within the dormant cap houses the triple towers of
the chapter, there lies the headquarters or three houses; the Recluisium, the
Librarium, and the Apothicarion. They act as a pivotal role in the governmental
running of the chapter. The humans that inhabit the moon of Belenus exist in a
pre gun era. Still relying on beasts of burden to help cultivate, and transport
food and goods over a distance. The human population exists in localized
castle-hives. Each hive exists within a wall to protect itself from the dangers
that lurch in the forests. The humans of these habitats only know of the
marines in myth.
The forests floors thrive with all sorts of dangerous creatures, and huge
lizards’ similar to prehistoric Terra. The most feared of the reptiles are
called the blood dragons. They are huge fire breathing lizards reaching twenty
feet in height, and wings spanning twice that size. Their blood red scales
glistens in the shadows like blood flowing down a wall of muscle, and raw
carnage. These lizards are rightly feared having the ability to fly, and
project fire they are the top apex predators. Marines of the chapter hunt down
these creatures in seasonal chapter held gauntlets. Some come back with hides,
teeth, and all manner of trophies then there are those that don’t return at
all. Then there are others that return
with dragon mounts having broken the giant lizard to his will. Great lizards
roam the lush open plains of Belenus some as big as a giant squiggoths, armed
with think impenetrable plated armor. Creatures called land drakes are swift
running predators, lightly red in color and as fast as a full throttled bike. These
swift reptiles can be trained to allow for a marine rider.
In the recruiting process Chaplains
pick a stock of hopefuls to join their ranks from human knights, soldiers, and
fighters worthy of the gift to be a Space Marine. Found within the ranks of the
knightly orders of Belenus come the most ruthless heavy cavalry riders this
side of the galaxy. It’s the occasional outbreak of beasts that venture out to
torment the villages that these knights ride out to mark their deeds. In
addition to the barons of the land still pay homage to the dragon warriors of
old and each year the hive-castles send their elite warriors to the
This tournament pits the elite warriors fight against each other in tests of
might, skill, and a test of mental fortitude. Only the strongest get chosen to
aspire to the rank of chapter recruit. Having survived the tournament the
humans are taken to Castle Herenruge. As a Blood Angel’s successor they to have
some kind of ritual using a grail from the founding gene father the Blood
Angels. Sanguinary Priests use this device to transform the human warriors into
one of the Emperors finest killing machines. After the initial months of
transformation the neophyte is tested to the brink to test their strength,
endurance, stamina, and mental fortitude to serve the chapter.
The Blood Dragons gene seed is from Sanguinius the Primarch
of the Blood Angels. The chapter is also affected by the black rage and more-so
when it comes to the red thirst. The chapter’s Belcher’s Gland has mutated
slightly due to the high amount of reptile and dragon meat the marines consume.
The fluid in the gland creates a highly flammable liquid. The consumption of
dragon meat has altered the chemical compound of the Belcher’s Gland to
activate oxygen byproducts, and methane chemicals, to create a nitro
methane-like fluid. This glands placement is located similar to a human’s
lymphoid gland known as a Tonsil. Often this mutated Belcher’s Gland will swell
to exponential size causing a growth in the neck region until the glands fluid
has been expelled.
The Blood Dragons are very similar to their predecessors in that they favor up
front attacks rather than long range firefights. Because of the upbringing on
the moon they are born into a government under feudalism, and each male member of
the family must enter the military. Since other territories do not agree with
each other they are constantly battling over old vendettas, land raids, or a
lord that want to take over another baron’s territory. As super soldiers of the
Imperium they have honed that same skill and mastered it, using furious
assaults and a multitude of fire or heat based weaponry to annihilate their
enemies. As a chapter they favor aerial combat, and mounted attacks. They often
employ heavy usage of assault marines, and bikers in the initial strikes,
followed by aerial insertion strikes, and finally land raider drop assaults.
Their urban assault force is superior in aspects of fighting skills mainly the usage
of Land Raider Redeemers, and their feared incinerator squads. Because their love
fire based warfare most Imperialist generals dislike the aid of the Blood
Dragons because the high number of collateral damage. Often the marine’s equip
their own helmets with a mandible devises that pierces into the marines
Belcher’s Gland to siphon fluid into the short range flame projectors. Artificers
of the chapter stylize their arms, armor in images of fire, and draconic motifs
into their armor.
The Blood Dragons are organized as the standard Codex Astarte’s permits. There
are ten companies, the last being the scout formations. There is a Reclusiam,
and Librarium, and along with an Apothecarion. Castle Herenruge has three
towers holding these main offices. And they have modeled there organization in
similar image to their founding Primogenitors the Blood Angels.
The Reclusium is the spiritual halls of the Sanguine Draco cult. In these halls
are the deeds, and vows of every warrior brother of Belenus. Here the marines
come to meditate in the great temple, and come for solace in-between battles.
In the lower level of the tower houses the containment cells for the rage
affected battle brothers. This tower is located above the main loading bay to
the armory, where the vast amount of cranes, and pulleys used to transport the
members of the Death Company to their transport. The current high Chaplain is Zacharias.
Zacharias is a very dark man born from a land baron to the southern lands of
Belenus. His demeanor and zeal has landed him to be a much influenced spiritual
leader of the Sanguine Draco cult. His tasks are the chapter executioner and
High Sheriff to those brothers that have succumbed to the black rage. It is he
that is also tasked with the quest to reclaim the heads of those warriors that
may have forsworn their oaths to the chapter, and the Emperor.
In the opposite tower to the Reclusiarch is the Librarium a tower of mystery,
and lore. Those that walk these halls are psykers, and are constantly training
to combat the perils of the warp. Blood Dragon librarians train at using the
warp energies to enhance their martial prowess. Very few travel the path of record keeper;
those menial tasks are reserved for penitence and servitor work. The current
Chief Librarian is Edarthis Maulic, he is a powerful psyker having mastered the
sword and em-blazing his red blade with warp energies to slay in the Emperors
name. He is always hidden under a blackened hood does the chief librarian probe
his adversary for a chink in their armor.
So often a minor glance would stun an enemy leader, as they are too
fearful to enter combat with the master psyker warrior.
The current chapter master of the Blood Dragons is Verus Conrad.
He was made chapter master after the death of master Harod in
the battle against the Dark Eldar where Harod was fatally killed by enemy war
machine. Harod was recovered by the chapter’s apothecaries and was entombed
into the hall of the fallen. And the next night a high council of the triad
towers entered in the main chambers, a room that links all three towers to the
main citadel tower. Here the Captains and the head masters of the triad towers
vote for their next chapter master. It was decided that Conrad master of the
fiery blade would be the leader of the Blood Dragons. For it was he that lead
the assault force to reclaim their fallen lord. It was he that dropped in on
crimson wings and slaughtered the dark xenos in their bazaar base camp. And
upon returning Conrad then presented the head of the xenos warrior that lead
the dark Eldar war party.
The Blood Dragons follow the sanguine draco warrior cult with similar faith as
their parent chapter brought with them, only symbolic to their home world. They
believe the Emperor as a king warrior, they do not praise him as a deity.
Sanguinius is their Primarch, and so they follow the same blood traditions that
were passed down to them. Brahm, when he was issued this fledgling chapter
brought with him the traditions, Along wit a sense of excelling at their mastery
levels. The Chaplain’s chant is from the tome of the dragon, a dragon hide book
chronically listing the chapter deeds. Each warrior of the chapter
is taught these chants, and so causes them to fight with increased ferocity.
The Blood Dragons have also been known to chain themselves to their war gear,
and will never give up no matter what the odds are.
"Fear our Fire!"
*Thanks goes to Greyall for drawing Verus Conrad
Edited by fivepointedstar, 18 January 2016 - 08:54 PM.