|CHAPTER NAME:................THE SONS OF TEMPEST|
SUCCESSOR OF:................THE MARINES ETERNAL
The greatest sin is to die in the Emperor’s service. The Sons of Tempest do not honor their dead, they reproach them, as only the living may continue to serve.
“To mourn is to celebrate the great atrocity to which such sinners have succumbed.” - Chapter Master Bastien
No records remain of their progenitor chapter, the Marines Eternal. Whether a result of the conditions of their founding or of the destruction of their founding chapter, the Sons of Tempest developed a dogma intolerant of death in the Emperor’s service. Fallen brothers are treated as sinners rather than martyrs. This position has kept them at odds at times with the Ecclesiarchy and their brother Astartes, particularly the Star Phantoms.
The Sons of Tempest purge the records of fallen marines, so much of their history has been lost. Those seeking information beyond the chapter's living history must look to accounts from organizations they served besides. Imperial records show that the Ork warboss Nagrim Skarzod was defeated by the Sons of Tempest in 112.M38 and can confirm a number of actions taken in the Melmoth System following the discovery of a Genestealer Cult on the hive world Bertram. The Ordo Xenos reported the detection of an Eldar craftworld in the Ulthar System in 294.M39 and its ultimate destruction with the aid of the Sons of Tempest in 327.M39.
“There is nothing heroic in death.” - Chaplain Roumain in his final communication with Mortuary Chaplain Wycliffe of the Star Phantoms
The current Chapter Master, Bastien, has served for over 800 years and most of the history is known from his tenure. Bastien took command of the Chapter during the suppression of the Macharian Heresy in 412.M41 following the death of his predecessor. Eight of the Chapter's companies had been deployed in that campaign where they served notably beside the Star Phantoms, the Marines Malevolent, and the Magma Dragoons. A violent conflict between the Star Phantoms and the Sons of Tempest nearly erupted over the issue of martyrdom in a heated debate between the chapters' chaplains. The chapters have since ceased all communication.
The Ork Warboss Toofrot invaded the subsector Montaigne in 533.M41. When three companies of the Sons of Tempest eventually arrived to reinforce the Imperial positions, the Orks had achieved total control of several systems. With the support of the Imperial Navy, the Sons of Tempest dislodged the greenskins planet by planet over the course of 12 years. The Ork warbands eventually tore themselves asunder on the plains of Davenant after the death of Toofrot.
Towards the beginning of the next century, the Sons of Tempest are known to have taken part in the Pepys Crusade. After the Arch Heretic Garrick lead the Pepys Sector in open revolt, four companies of the Sons of Tempest and a myriad of other Imperial forces were sent to claim his head. The campaign opened with the Purge of Dryden, where the chapter was responsible for the deaths of half the world's population. This was soon followed by the Massacre at Dorinda after the captain of the tenth company ordered the mass killing of civilians for their disloyalty. While the Sons of Tempest spearheaded the efforts of this campaign, the honor of Garrick's ultimate destruction was to be claimed by a conscript of the Windsorian 609th.
The Sons of Tempest's next major engagement revolved around the aftermath of the First Tyrannic War. The chapter committed seven companies into hunting down splinters of Hive Fleet Behemoth. In the first year warring with the Tyranids, the entire Sixth Company was lost after the destruction of their Strike Cruiser above Orgel VII. The Sixth Company was never reformed and is referred to as a great stain on the chapter's history. Their loss has earned a particular enmity for Tyranids throughout the chapter.
At the end of the Second Tyrannic War, the chapter dedicated three companies solely to tracking and destroying splinter fleets of Hive Fleet Kraken. As a result, the Deathwatch have taken to recruiting Sons of Tempest regularly for their experience with the Tyranids. There are currently 14 brothers serving with the Deathwatch.
Following the Night of a Thousand Rebellions in 992.M41, the chapter sent four companies to reclaim the Imperium's lost territories. However, five years into this campaign, with the advent of the Third Tyrannic War, the chapter recalled three of those companies prematurely in order to engage Hive Fleet Leviathan alongside those that had been hunting the remnants of Hive Fleet Kraken.
The chapter's Fortress-Monastery is located on Ariel, the sole moon of Tempest. Ariel's surface is formed of a dark basalt and is without an atmosphere. Aspirants are trained and assigned companies on Ariel, where weapons and munitions are produced for the chapter and where the Chapter Master resides with his honor guard. While the majority of the chapter remain permanently fleet-borne on their company's strike cruiser, the Chapter Master remains stationed on Ariel except in extreme circumstances.
Despite the planet’s Adeptus Non tithe status, regiments of Imperial Guardsmen are frequently drawn up and deployed to the deadliest warzones to facilitate recruitment for the Sons of Tempest. The chapter recruits exclusively from the children of their veterans, taking them from birth to Ariel in order for them to be tested and trained. Few of these children survive the training and fewer are successful. In the last trial before initiation, aspirants are dropped without equipment into the oceans of Tempest and stranded for days in order to weed out the weak. It is not uncommon for all the participants to drown.
To the Sons of Tempest, the Emperor is venerated as the founder of the Imperium and Father of the Astartes, but He is also celebrated for His undying service. Even restricted to His throne on Terra, He continues to shine the light of the astronomican, the Imperium's greatest treasure. The chapter tends to avoid discussion of Primarchs with other Astartes. As most Primarchs were either slain or are missing in the line of duty, the Sons of Tempest often speak of them as failed creations.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the chapter's identity are their opinions of death and martyrdom. Death is seen to be a cowardice, a way of shirking one's duty. As the dead can no longer serve, death is viewed to be a great sin. The belief in martyrdom being fully integrated throughout Imperial dogma, this has been a constant point of contention for the chapter. While they have not been censured for their beliefs, they have a particularly difficult time working besides other Imperial organizations. Purging chapter records of the deceased also complicates such matters. Other Astartes tend to have long memories doused in the traditions of their forebears, so it can lead to issues when the Sons of Tempest have no recollection of shared exploits or ancient grudges.
“It will not work Cyril, you are trying to force it. You have to guide your opponent carefully to that point where you have him completely at your mercy.” - 7th Company Captain Hercule addressing his sparring partner
Famously, after arriving to reinforce the Lion Warriors during the Felidane Heresy of 890.M40, the Sons of Tempest did not deploy any forces for the first three years of their involvement due to their overly cautious nature and the constantly shifting situation on the ground. Taking the inaction as a grievous insult, the Lion Warriors now refuse to participate in any campaign involving the Sons of Tempest.
The Sons of Tempest are most effective mounting defenses or slow advances due to their meticulous and careful nature. In a planetary assault, their first action is generally a mass assault to establish a foothold followed by reinforcement of that position. They are known to be able to turn even the most exposed positions into elaborate fortifications.
As autonomous fighting forces, companies retain their veterans and scouts rather than separating them into their own organizational structures. The most senior brothers of a company will be assigned command of five marine fire-teams, which will arm themselves according to the mission at hand. In order to keep larger stores of geneseed, a company is generally made up of 80 marines and considers itself to be at full strength if it can field 15 fire-teams. Initiates are generally folded directly into a unit.
The Honor Guard on Ariel, led by the Chapter Master, is composed of a veteran from each company. It is the responsibility of the Astartes remaining on Ariel to defend the Fortress-Monastery and train initiates before they are assigned to companies. Members of the Honor Guard serve their companies as advisers to the Chapter Master.
“They leave us to carry on their task without them. I marvel at such selfishness.” - Captain Moriau of the 9th Company
Possibly as a response to the destruction of their founding chapter, the Sons of Tempest are especially careful with their stock of geneseed. Initiates do not see combat until their progenoids have been fully matured and extracted. Novice marines thus spend an extra ten years training before they are thrown into the fires of war. In addition to this, each company stores half of its own geneseed stores separate from the rest of the Chapter. These stockpiles are typically housed in the vaults of a company’s strike cruiser.
Edited by Micius, 15 June 2015 - 06:50 PM.