In the following decades preparations were made, and geneseed sought after. Here, problems began to occur. The initial batch of gene-seed, which records indicate was supplied by a successor of the Salamanders, vanished enroute to Rho, leaving no trace. After this the Chapter whose tithe had now been lost refused to provide any more genetic material. Between the late hour of the founding and the sheer volume of Adeptus Astartes already raised, support for the ordained Chapter started to dwindle. It was then that the gene-seed of the zealous Shadow Wolves fell into consideration. A proud example of Adeptus Astartes of Imperial Fists stock, the Shadow Wolves were more than willing to sire a Chapter, and from their stores a supply was formed. The Chapter's Master of the Forge was chosen to lead the training cadre, and with the blessing of the High Lords and the Emperor, the force set out to answer the needs of Man.
Arriving on Rho, the training cadre found a world truly ripe for the birth of an Adeptus Astartes Chapter. The people of Rho were united, but had done so through their militancy. They had spawned a deeply disciplined and stringent society, and formed chains of command as much in their social structure as in their local military force, which until then had been largely devoted to supplying and manning nearby Guard formations. Provided with the great honor and responsibility of a Chapter of Space Marines reinforced their ideals, and they looked upon their world as truly blessed by the Emperor. Their education was strongly infused with military doctrine, their environment produced hardy children, and their dedication to the Emperor was unquestionable. Stefan Hacaitus, the new Chapter Master, made sure to personally oversee the first selection of recruits, and as they stood at attention beneath his calm gaze, he announced to the initiates and their people the name of their protectors. They would honor the symbol of their people, and be known ever after as the Sons of Unity Chapter. As the attending crowd exploded into cheers and celebration, the compliment of Neophytes overpowered them, bellowing the first sounding of the Chapter Battlecry, led by their Sergeants: "Strong alone! Stronger together!"
When Sergeants of the Sons of Unity attempted to detain the Eldar after the battle for debriefing, they were cut down as the Craftworld sought to continue its mad pace out of the system. In retribution the then Chapter Master, Davian Androssen, engaged the Eldar navy and cut a swathe to the Craftworld itself. Eventually the Eldar escaped with their fleet all but decimated, but not before again inflicting painful casualties on Unity forces and subjecting more marines to the Sleeping Death. Androssen’s masterful maneuvers with the fleet earned him the nickname ‘Admiral’ among the locals. At the same time, systems belonging to other nearby xenos faction, and even former allies, began to foolishly entertain ideas of expansion. The danger posed prevented the Chapter from pursuing full justice on the Eldar. The efforts of the local xenos were eventually halted by Unity QRFs, and in the atmosphere of bloodlust, certain voices within the Chapter called for the exterminatus of these lesser races, but Androssen would not permit an action that would completely extinguish a race without an edict from the High Lords of Terra themselves. ‘Admiral’ Androssen’s fame spread throughout fleets and navies in nearby sectors…but his authority within the Chapter was irreparably cracked. It wasn’t long before Androssen stepped down, but his legacy continues to be felt as the Sons of Unity became markedly more adept at employing Thunderhawk formations after transposing the his tactics.
The consequences of the Eldar incident and the xenos incursions that followed were the defining challenges of the next Chapter Master’s career. Despite being relatively new to the Veteran Company, Brother Kahoku, another very skilled void strategist, was elevated to lead the Sons of Unity.
Special Hatred of Chaos (Reapers)
Mistrust of Successor Chapter
The Fortress Monastery of the Chapter is known as the Valley Citadel. The only valleys on the planet are the underwater trenches, and it is in the widest of these that the bulk of the Citadel is housed. Protected from direct attack by melta-type depth charges and torpedo emplacements, and guarded against indirect approach by one of the planets defense platforms and a suite of early warning and targeting systems housed on Rho’s moon, there are few better defended strongholds for lightyears. The Apothecarion is separated from the Monastery, making use of multiple of the Rhoans’ submarine housing craft to stay spread out and hidden among the many other trenches crisscrossing the ocean floor.
Rho is not without mysteries of its own, though. Artifacts have been uncovered in a number of places beneath the surface indicating that the system, or at least the planet was inhabited long before the humans' first arrival, though any actual record of a civilization has yet to be discovered.
The process is grueling, as with any other Space Marine recruitment programme, and plays largely into the world's ocean surface. A common test sends the recruits to one of the few beaches on the planet with a more or less steady descent rather than a drop off, and entrusting each with a stone large enough only to weigh them down. Stripped of any equipment or protection, they are required to navigate along the sea floor, allowed to return only after retrieving a relic of the Chapter placed there for the purpose of the test. Participants are frequently forced to defend themselves from the marauding ocean life using only the boulder given them and their wits, or if the recruit is fortunate enough to be making the return journey, he may taste the might of the Astartes using the power armor gauntlet each successful aspirant must retrieve, equipped with the digital weapons unique to Unity Marines. Successful initiates join the Scout company for a minimum tour of ten years, during which they are exposed to the doctrines of the other specialist companies and assessed for transfer.
Ranged and armored combat is preferred by the Sons, though the importance of hand-to-hand is not lost on them. As skilled tacticians, Unity Marines recognize that the best application of a close assault is to wipe out an enemy unit already withered by concentrated fire. The combined arms of tactical squads and ranged heavy support of devastator squads have a valuable place in every applicable Sons strategy.
The principle shortcoming of the Chapter's combat operations, at least as viewed by outsiders, is how easily they allow those operations to be interrupted by extractions and rescue missions. Every marine of the Sons of Unity is loathe to leave a fallen brother behind; to do so is more than a dishonor to a fallen comrade, but to his squad, his company, and tantamount to friendly fire in severity. Preservation of troops is favorable to noble last stands, a philosophy adopted as much from the Shadow Wolves as the Rhoans for whom it has historically been considered an act of the highest depravity to leave someone, even an enemy, to drown in the ocean's waves.
Rarely are Unity tactics applied to pitched warfare. Instead, commanding officers are expected to analyze every combat situation when possible to determine the best approach and timing for a precision attack, and the Chapter is not above well placed ambushes or small team infiltrations, though these must be performed by Scouts. Plans are made based on an ideal force size, and then usually a smaller secondary detachment is added to provide backup. Among the Sons, those functionaries frequently referred to in other chapters as serfs often include high ranking military officers and strategists from Rho’s upper echelons, who volunteer service, often permanently. Their roles vary from simply receiving and prioritizing orders and requests from the surrounding systems and Terra, to occasionally even aiding in the strategic planning of attacks.
Current Chapter Master: Atlas Shepard
Master of Sanctity: Thane Krios- As devout a Chaplain as can be found in such a dark galaxy, Thane lives for his brothers. He ensures that penances are not only paid, but that every marine understands that any sacrifice they make is of no consequence if it is not in the service of the Emperor and His people.
Forge Master: Talius Zorah- Forge Master Zorah is among the most proficient engineers in the Imperium, said to be able to assemble almost any piece of STC equipment, even tanks, without the aid of a template. With an extensive knowledge of the workings of multiple ship classes, both Imperial and Xenos, Zorah’s expertise has proved a valuable tactical resource on many occasions.
Apothecarion: Mordin Solus - Chief Apothecary Solus rarely leaves Rho, and is almost always at work with his protégé, Apothecary Chakwas, seeking a cure for the Sleeping Death. His training is still felt by the Chapter, as his Apothecary brothers valiantly tend every battlefield the Sons have seen.
Chief Librarian: Javik Perjidas- Considered eccentric and sullen, even for a Space Marine, Perjidas keeps to himself, devoted to his task of recording the Chapter’s feats and falls. On the battlefield he is a frighteningly grim force, eyes lit continuously with warp fire as he flays the enemy with the power of his mind.
Watch(2nd): Salaris Kirrahe-Yellow- Famous throughout the Chapter for his oratories, few can rouse the marines to the fervor of the Emperor’s unending service better than Brother-Captain Kirrahe. On more than one occasion Kirrahe’s company has overcome overwhelming odds, fortified by his simple mantra, “Hold the line!”
Arsenal(3rd): Urdnos Rex-Red- Rare is the marine that can compare with Brother-Captain Rex in size or strength. A Marine of few words but unfailingly loyalty, Rex’s troops are often the first to the fight and the last to withdraw.
Fleet(4th): Johak Moreaux-Green- Preferring the confines of a battle barge’s command bridge, the brilliant Marine pilot that has become captain of the 4th Company will only descend to a planet’s surface in the cockpit, where he will usually remain throughout the battle to direct air support for his brothers.
Marches(5th): Zaeedam Issanis-Black- Stoic and straight forward, Captain Issanis will do whatever is necessary to achieve an objective, and has on occasion been at odds with the Chapter Master for the reckless deployment of his forces. Dependable, but proud, Issanis does not condone failure in his company.
Rites(6th): Kaidan Alenkos-Orange- Captain Alenkos has been dedicated to the discipline and routine of military life, almost since birth. He feels no greater honor than to lead his brothers in their daily rituals, fortifying their strength in the doctrines of warfare with each passing day.
Victualler(7th): Kartneios-Purple- With an uncanny knowledge for acquiring supplies even in the harshest of environments, Kartneios’ marines frequently work alongside the scout company, preparing the way for main Sons of Unity battle groups.
Recruits(10th): Garrus Vakarian- A venerated former scout sergeant, Vakarian’s skill with a rifle has cut many conflicts short, leaving enemies leaderless and confused. His prowess is reflected in his dedication to training recruits in every art of war pursued by the Sons of Unity.
1st Company(N7 Veterans): Condaris Vornael-White- The Veteran Company, though aspired to by every Unity marine, is extremely difficult to enter. Subject to a drastically more intense combat training regimen, and expected to perform the most dangerous operations, no marine in the Chapter can compare one-on-one to a member of the Veteran Company. They are distinguished with black armor, symbolizing their willingness to go beyond the light of the galaxy itself to pursue the enemy. A red stripe inscribed within a white stripe runs down every veteran’s right arm, signifying the blood they are willing to spill in the Emperor’s name. Should the Chapter Master fall, his successor will always come from the 1st company, though it is not always the captain. The Chapter Master always bears a token of this black, red, and white armor on his chest at all times.
8th Company: Nihilus Septimus-Grey- The 8th Company has a long history of service as a vanguard force, working with the 7th Company and the Scout Company to identify threats. Septimus himself is famed for his partly bionic skull, having survived a Chaos legionnaire’s bolt.
9th Company: Feron Drell-Blue- The 9th Company are known colloquially as ‘The Gatherers’. No two companies combined can match the number of fallen battle-brothers recovered by the 9th Company and their apothecaries. Surprisingly few of these fallen are members of the 9th themselves, and they are lauded as heroes by the Chapter as a whole at every gathering.
- Battle Barge: Fire of Shasta
- Strike Cruisers: Normandy, Flame of Ain Jalut, Flame of Torfan, Flame of Palaven, Elbrus
If their dedication to their wards is strong, it pales in comparison to the dedication of a marine to his Battle Brothers. The Chapter Apothecaries are among the most battle hardened soldiers in any given conflict, harboring a 'leave no man behind' policy that's so fully supported by ranking Chapter members that frequent operations are conducted to extract wounded comrades, downed pilots, troops lost behind enemy lines. Unity marines are strengthened by the knowledge that their brothers will never leave them behind. Those marines that are lost on the field of battle are given the Chapter’s highest honors, and annually remembered for their service in the Emperor’s name.
The Chapter's actual worship is minimal, confined mostly to the chants and prayers recited before battle. Penances are performed on the training course, and in more severe cases, on the battlefield; the only means to repay the Emperor for shortcomings is by expunging them. For those flaws which cannot be overcome, Sons of Unity Marines redouble their efforts to erase those they can.
Despite having markedly less worship, the Chapter gives no less attention to their sacred equipment, whose legacy is the true embodiment of their faith. The shells of bolt rounds which find and fell the enemy are used in the Rosarius of Unity Chaplains, etched with the story of each kill. For Sons of Unity marines, Chapter symbols are almost as significant as the orders of their superiors in terms of importance, and are rarely allowed to reach the battlefield, where their loss would be extremely destructive to morale. When a company banner, or Chapter relic does grace the field of battle, though, its importance is second only to the objective, and great losses must be sustained before a Unity strike force would leave such an artifact behind.
Battle-cry: Chaplain/Sergeant Strong alone! Battle-brother Stronger together!
Motto: In fortitudine pax
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