This post has background details of the campaign. The next post has a synopsis and what I need people to do at any given time.
|Savage hunters, the Hounds of the Hunt deploy with guile to hide their true numbers. They strive to preserve humanity where possible, but will not tolerate traitors or renegades. They rarely intermingle with other Imperial forces due to the shame of their curse and aggressive instinct to prove their dominance. |
"The pack is all"
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"Fire and Iron!"
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|Fierce and staunch servants of the Emperor, the Infernal Guardians are dedicated to the protection of the Corvantis Sector, yet they often fight beyond this domain. Their honourable conduct and utter hatred of Chaos has earned them many admirers, yet also detractors due to their disregard for protocol and pomp. No matter whether they fight alongside ally or rival, one thing is guaranteed: the Guardians will fight on any battlefield, against any odds, and always for Mankind.|
""Strike hard and true!""
|Driven by an almost fanatical obsession with purity, the Red Lords differ themselves from their Raven Guard ancestors by fighting boldly and viciously, rather than relying on stealth to achieve victory. Arrogant and proud, the Red Lords are more than willing to sacrifice a thousand civilians to expunge the presence of even one traitor.|
"Purity! Righteousness! Victory!"
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|Members of the Astartes Praeses, the Steel Dogs retain the tenacity and self-sacrifice so common to the scions of Dorn. The extreme psychological conditioning they use to ensure the loyalty of initiates they consider questionable has caused some Imperial scribes to call them mad, but the Steel Dogs know that madness in the service of the Emperor is no madness at all. |
"Canes belli. Bellum dum mors."
|Their rift with the Adeptus Mechanicus has made the Stone Hearts cautious and practical, and this practicality has expressed itself in the creation of a mercantile empire. Some believe the chapter have become more merchants than warriors, but the Stone Hearts' long list of battle honors makes it clear that such views are in error. |
"Mellior quam media"
Resentment, Dislike, Mistrust, Guarded, Wary, Trust, Friendship.
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Hounds of the Hunt:
CHAPTER DISPOSITIONS: Hounds of the Hunt: Feral, cunning, defenders of the Imperium. The officers of the Hounds fight their cousins before ceding leadership. They will preserve mankind whenever possible. They are secretive because of their curse and prefer to attack at night or from the shadows.
Iron Flames- Guarded; they strive to preserve the Imperium at the cost of mankind
Knights Punitor- Wary; they seem to be much like us
Infernal Guardians- Guarded; Savage like us, but untrusting
Red Lords- Dislike; we do not trust fanatics
Sanguinary Crusaders- Wary; like us, but more rigid
Steel Dogs- Wary; Hounds of the Emperor, much like us
Stone Hearts- Guarded; Stone shatters when struck
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Iron Flames: Pragmatism, utilitarian, logical. The overall war comes before anything. Be quick-thinking and act with speed, but be logical and intelligent in your decision-making. Ensure that the Imperium survives, even at the cost your life. Leave compassion out of your thoughts, unless it is totally separate from your choices. The chain of command is to be upheld at all times.
Hounds of the Hunt- Resentment: These marines are savages, more like the berserkers of Khorne than marines of the Emperor. Why should we trust them to fight with us if they can't be expected to hold a position without charging forward recklessly?
Knights Punitor- Guarded: While they seem reliable, and have a respectable determination to do their duty, they hold such concepts as personal honor in a place seemingly higher than that of the greater war.
Infernal Guardians- ???
Red Lords- Dislike: These Red Lords are to concerned with pride and unnecessary adornment. If they spend so much time looking after themselves, how can they prosecute the War?
Sanguinary Crusaders- Friendship: They have fought with us before. We know their ability in warfare, and hold them in high regard. They offer us their ships, and we offer them our might.
Steel Dogs- ???
Stone Hearts- Trust: These Marines of Stone also believe in pragmatism and have little concern for decoration. They are good allies indeed.
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Knights Punitor: We crush our foes and defend the Imperium from all outside forces. Conduct yourself honourably and bring glory to the Chapter. Harness your savage heart and put it to use against your foes in battle. This has always been the way of the Knights Punitor.
Hounds of the Hunt - Wary - They are highly divergent from most Chapters, and their purity is in question. However, we understand their savagery all too well, and therefore we do not totally mistrust them.
Iron Flames - Guarded - They are too focused on victory and logic to be close to us, despite being otherwise respectable.
Infernal Guardians - Guarded - Like the Steel Dogs, they are almost unknown to us, their conduct in the campaign against Timmingburg will decide our opinion.
Red Lords - Mistrust - Though their dedication to purity is admirable, we find their tactics extremely distasteful.
Steel Dogs - Guarded - The Steel Dogs are dedicated to the Imperium, but unfamiliar to us. Their actions in the campaign will determine our opinion of them.
Stone Hearts - Trust - The Stone Hearts are an admirable Chapter that do not display any traits worthy of mistrust. That said, they are very different in attitude from us.
Sanguinary Crusaders - Trust - They are honourable and noble defenders of humanity, while avoiding weakness. Their preference for close combat also meshes well with our own practices.
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Infernal Guardians: "Courage! Kinship! Honour! Sacrifice! These are the watchwords of our knighthood, brothers! We will fight until the stars burn out; on every field, in every city, in every war! By our blood, mankind shall taste freedom! United by Artir's memory, we will defeat the xenos, skin-changer and the Chaotic pawn! In the eyes of our allies, we may be mere savages brought into the fold, but in the eyes of our enemies, we are far more!" Grand Chaplain Fergas Nils, prior to the Battle of Far Hallow.
Hounds of the Hunt: This Chapter is known to contain fierce warriors. However, there are rumours spreading of brothers turning on each other in a feral frenzy. We must be vigilant if we fight alongside these warriors. GUARDED.
Iron Flames: Their attitude to warfare may serve them well, but we have no time for a static war. Furthermore, their lack of compassion contravenes our Knighthood's teachings. WARY.
Knights Punitor: Little is known of this Chapter, but what is known paints a portrait of diligent brutality. We must be cautious. WARY.
Red Lords: They look down their noses at everybody, even their brother Astartes! They should know better than to put on airs and preach their false creed of "purity". We should not have anything to do with these effeminate fanatics, unless the Emperor's will demands it. RESENTMENT.
Sanguinary Crusaders: These warriors are of the noble blood of Sanguinius, who stood by the Emperor in his hour of need and whose sons continue to do so to this day. TRUSTED.
Steel Dogs: They seem to be stoic and dependable, content in serving the Emperor rather than fawning around their superiors - unlike those red buffoons. We'd rather die with the Dogs at our side, than live with those "Lords". TRUST.
Stone Hearts: These warriors are righteous in thought and mighty in deed! They serve our Emperor well and are deserving of our brotherhood! TRUSTED (or friendship if you want).
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Red Lords: To be devoted to Purity is to be devoted to the Imperium. To be impure is to be ground beneath the boots of the righteous and scourged by fire. To tell the difference between the two is our role - and it is one we take extremely seriously.
Iron Flames: Their pragmatic and zealous approach will serve well in this war. Their negative attitude towards us, however, speaks volumes of their true nature. (Mistrust)
Hounds of the Hunt: Feral and unusual marines - the smell of impurity hangs strongly abut them, although their motives are still unknown to us. (Mistrust)
Knights Punitor: Honour and discipline are things we know much about, although sometimes their haste to act reflects badly on them. (Guarded)
Infernal Guardians: Their attitude towards us is all the indication we need to know they cannot be trusted. (Dislike)
Sanguinary Crusaders: A Chapter that works to better itself is a Chapter with the correct goal in mind. They, like us, carry proudly their Primarch's legacy. (Wary)
Stone Hearts: These wayward Astartes more closely resemble merchants than warriors. They waste time trying to reason with or threaten the impure, when true sons of the Emperor would kill first and ask questions later. There are even rumours of consort with xeno artificers - if true, these are sins of the gravest nature. (Dislike)
Steel Dogs: Though they profess to fight against the Great Enemy, they are irrevocably tainted themselves. Assuming you can turn impure mongrels into loyal hounds is folly, and nothing more. (Dislike)
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Sanguinary Crusaders: We seek to better ourselves and to control our Flaw. We sacrifice for the good of humanity, and we gladly die to protect those who show love to what the Emperor stands for. We hate heretics, and we hate those who can not prove themselves. We also will not tolerate wasting perfectly good men.
Hounds of the Hunt: Guarded: They, like us, seem to have a rage about them. While not necessarily our flaw, it does resemble it. Maybe we can learn from them, or maybe we can not. Either way, until we have purged ourselves of our flaws, we can not deny them for theirs. What matters is that they too are searching for a cure to better themselves, and they fight loyally for the Emperor.
Iron Flames: Friendship: We have fought with them in crusades past, sharing tactics, ships, and brotherhood.
Knights Punitor: Trust: Their tactics can often mesh well with ours, and their honor has brought them to be trusted by our men. They will not betray us, and so we will trust them.
Infernal Guardians: Trust: They seem to be savages, which, while it can be good at times, is not always the case. It lacks the grace, mechanical, and artistic flow of combat. However, we have fought by many such chapters before, and it is no reason to dislike them. Who are we to judge after all? We have our flaws, and they have theirs. All that matters is that we fight together in the Emperor's name, bringing security to the Imperium. Besides, coordinating with such tactics is a good way to perfect our skill.
Red Lords: Wary: They, like us, believe in purity. They believe in burning the taint out of this universe, and wish to improve the weaknesses of humanity. They also employ tactics to reduce the amount of needless deaths. However, they do seem to look down upon other chapters, and do seem to be keeping an eye on all of us.
Steel Dogs: Guarded: We do not know much about the Steel Dogs, but their devotion seems to be unwavering. This is good enough for us to fight beside them, but we will guard our secrets and beliefs from them.
Stone Hearts: Guarded: Though we would welcome the Stone Hearts on the field of battle, and trust in their reliability, we believe they might judge us too harshly without understanding the full facts. We will keep an eye on them, for should they discover our flaws, they would not see our nobler side and declare us enemies.
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Steel Dogs The Emperor made us Astartes Praeses. It is a holy charge, and we have not faltered in it. We have done what is necessary. The damnati serve the chapter, and the chapter serves the Emperor. We die to protect the Imperium, and that is as it should be.
Hounds of the Hunt Wary. They are beasts, but they are the Emperor's beasts, for all the shadows that lurk in their past.
Iron Flames Trust. Though not as willing to sacrifice as we are, they still recognize that defending the Imperium is far more important than any questions of personal honor. We can understand this.
Knights Punitor Trust. They may not fight with finesse, but they serve the Emperor and ever heed the call of his servants. They are Space Marines in deed as well as word.
Infernal Guardians Trust. Nobility is a sign of the blessings of the Emperor. Valor is a sign of the grace of the Emperor. Sacrifice is a sign that one comprehends the first two.
Red Lords Resentment. Any chapter which would see citizens dead to save their own lives deserves only exile and damnation.
Sanguinary Crusaders Guarded. They seek perfection - but what will they do when they realize they cannot have it? Their contradictions make them a risk to those around them - as has been shown in their history.
Stone Hearts Wary. They compromise too much in order to retain their independence - but their dedication to that cause suggests they may have hearts of stone indeed. They may not go far enough in pursuit of virtue, but at least they are not already lost.
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Stone Hearts Reliability. Utility. Practicality. These are the virtues of stone. These are the virtues we have held close to our souls for thousands of years. Too many chapters indulge in bloodlust, zealotry, and insanity. That is not our way, and it never will be. Stone in heart, stone in will, stone in perpetuity.
Hounds of the Hunt Guarded. They are named for beasts, and there are too many indications that they act like them.
Iron Flames Trust. They are colder than us, but that is not always a vice. Their dedication to what is effective in the service of what is right shows admirable understanding of the needs of defending the Imperium.
Knights Punitor Wary. Their savagery makes them worrisome and unpredictable allies on the battlefield, for all that they are staunch allies off it. We admire them - but from a distance.
Infernal Guardians Trust. They risk being too noble for their own good. Still, if that is the worst charge that can be brought against them, they are better allies than most.
Red Lords Mistrust. Their obsession with purity has made them weak and prideful. It is only their undeniable effectiveness that keeps them honorable and worthy.
Sanguinary Crusaders Guarded. Their pursuit of perfection risks blinding them to other concerns, and the bloody rites of the sons of Sanguinius are always troublesome.
Steel Dogs Wary. Their dedication is undeniable, but it has made them brittle. Their eyes contain the glint of the fanatic, and one should not rest too easy beside them. Still, they show a pleasing practicality on the battlefield, and that makes them worthy of our respect.
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Hounds of the Hunt - two Clans (approx four companies)
Iron Flames - three companies by the end of the war
Knights Punitor - one company, escalating to four
Infernal Guardians - 1st, 4th and 5th Companies under 1st Captain Kessr
Red Lords - one company
Sanguinary Crusaders - ???
Steel Dogs - two companies
Stone Hearts - one company, plus support, may escalate to two by the end of the war
Legio Solemnitas - Approximately three companies of Plague Marines and veterans, large quantities of assorted hangers-on.
Rift Lords - Slightly over a company of Marines, plus large quantities of assorted hangers-on
Rift Lord Affiliates - two companies of the Adamant Host, four companies of the Skull Hounds, one company of the Swords of Fate, one company of the Shroudwatchers and one company of the Revenants of Mirtagh (an old and respected force. Some would say too old).
Edited by Octavulg, 24 July 2012 - 12:32 AM.