Vincendi - Former Veteran Scout Sgt - Raven Guard - Current assignment Scount Squad Alpha, Legio Blood Company.
I'll toss my hat back in the ring on this again. The character was born out of the Index Astartes Collaberative Fluff Story as my part of it, so some of the following ties into that story-line.
Fluff First, WIP
when I get home from work, and then painting when I get to it on the production line
Vincendi is an old man despite his marine given energy and vigor. Drawn from the home world of the Raven Guard, Deliverance, Vincendi worked the underhive mines as a youth, growing strong in body and spirit. However, he was given to have a kind heart; sharing his rations with the older members of his mining family and helping them pick up the slack of their duties.
Until a rival mining family decided to expand their territory and remove his family's stake from their possession. In what was called a freak mining accident, 3/4 of his family was wiped out. The rival family had sabotaged the explosives set up used in clearing a new tunnel, an event that drew a larger than normal work detail. Vincendi and several others where cut off in a side tunnel and attempted to work their way out.
The rival family had other plans and sent their hired thugs into the tunnels to remove any survivors. A week long running fight between Vincendi's small band and the gun thugs ended in a dead end tunnel shoot out. When the smoke cleared Vincendi walked out of the tunnels severely wounded using an old shotgun as a crutch. He had vowed vengeance in the blood of the last of his kin.
Several months passed as the rival family consolidated their hold on their new land stake. Several mining parties where lost, enough to spread fear through the rest of the mining teams and stretch resources to their breaking point. Rumors of a ghost in the mines, a wraith of the lost family seeking revenge.
More months passed, and the family began to suffer. They became indebted to other families as they lost more and more men and material. Finally, in the middle of one of the worst storms in the last century, the ghost struck. When the Arbites investigated the next morning, they found a charnel house full of a family slaughtered by knife and close range
shotgun bursts. Amidst the remains they found the crest of the forgotten family etched into the stock of a worn out shotgun.
Vincendi was taken by the Raven Guard that night. As overlords of Deliverance, they oversaw the planet and scanned it for taint, be it Chaos induced or plain human greed. Impressed by his survival skills, as well as his field craft in surgical strikes, the Raven Guard decided that he would make an excellent addition to the Chapter.
Vincendi excelled in the skills of a scout for the chapter. Marked out as a rising star, he instead turned down several promotions to a full battle brother over the course of his first 51 years with the legion. His refusals where borderline insubordination, and when pressed he simply stated he would serve the Chapter better amongst the scouts. None could deny his skills and several times he was left where he was amongst the scouts.
Eventually his refusals would be taken no longer, and after several weeks of penitent prayer under the careful watch of the Chaplains, Vincendi was elevated to the rank of full battle brother and assigned to a Tactical Squad in the 5th company. 10 years later he was promoted to Sergeant of his squad after leading a counter attack against the hated traitors of the Iron Warrior legion during the Purging of Medina IX. An action that saw his squad leader killed and the unit take 75% casualties in the process, but despite the losses and superior numbers in a fortified bunker, not a single Iron Warrior was left alive.
He continued to serve in this capacity for another 25 years before he was inducted into the first company. Here he learned, as all veterans must, how to use the revered tactical dreadnaught armor and as well as proficiency in the art of the Jump Pack as all Raven Guard veterans do. Vincendi however, did not like to use either of these, preferring the relative stealth of his revered Tactical Armor. It was believed amongst his fellow brethren that Vincendi had become attached to the machine spirit of the ancient suit of Mark-4 armor, the only modification of which was a replacement Mark-6 Corvis helm.
15 years later, Vincendi was considered as a replacement commander for the 3rd Company shortly after its leader was slain in battle. The Chaplains’ studied him during prayer and it became apparent to them, with his history of turn down promotions and honors that he would once again refuse. Vincendi had confided as much to the Master of Sanctity when approached about the issue. Instead, Kayvaan Shrike was given the honor of leading the 3rd into combat. Vincendi had trained Shrike back in his extended tour amongst the Scout Company, and thought the young man brash and impulsive, but brilliantly talented in the arts of tactics and warfare. While proud one of his trainees had ascended to such a position, he was also saddened that he had not tempered the man more.
Vincendi asked to be transferred back to the Scouts to once again act as instructor for the fledgling Raven Guard recruits. Twice his appeal was denied until he was sponsored in the request by the very Master of Sanctity who he had confessed to. Reluctantly, Vincendi was transferred back to the Scout Company, as a Veteran Sergeant. As a veteran Vincendi was allowed to keep his armor. But by this time, it had become so worn and damaged that despite his constant ministering and the best attempts of the Techmarines, the armor was beyond full repair.
Vincendi instead made a request of the Techmarines, to modify the armor to keep the spirit intact but allow him to use it in his new Scout posting. The armor was stripped down to bare essentials, a new power supply fashioned and modified. As an end result, the armor weighted 80% less but suffered little in the way of protection compare to normal scout armor. Dubbed Artificer Scout Armor by Techmarine Aaken, the armor has continued to serve the Chapter and Vincendi well.
Vincendi continued to train the Scouts under his command for another 36 years until he and 3 squads of recruits where assigned to assist the 4th company in an action against the Xenos Tau forces on Oberoth in the Eastern Fringe. After the mission went from bad to worse during a botched assault, the remaining forces had went to ground and continued to attack the Tau, eventually pulling more forces onto the planet and away from other sectors. Vincendi’s scouts accounted for the assassinations of 3 Tau Ethereals, 4 Tau Generals, and numerous other leading elements including the mass detonation of their human auxiliary encampment and the better part of Tau heavy armor on the planet.
The Raven Guard 4th company was eventually relieve by the 3rd company under now Captain Shrike as he pursued the forces used to reinforce the planet. Accompanying Shrike’s Battle Barge was the Legio Strike Cruiser Spear of Justice, returning the remains of fallen battle brothers and soliciting fresh recruits for the Legio. Leaving his scouts, now all promoted to fill battle brothers, Vincendi volunteered to be a scout for the legion and upon approval of Captains Shrike and Chekar, as well as attending Chaplains and Librarians, was inducted into the Legio and dispatched aboard the Spear of Justice to a Legio mustering point.
• Has a shotgun because it was his preferred armament. I also, have an unhealthy liking of the shotgun as a weapon.
Has an auspex because I do computer and blackberry support, about as close as I can get to my techy side without being a techmarine
• Is Raven Guard because I’ve played that chapter since 3rd ed. was released.
• Uses a Bolter with m40 targeter and silenced stalker shells because he’s a scout and it works perfectly well as a sniper weapon. I also tend to snipe when possible but like the tactical flexibility of an assault rifle.
• Is a scout because, like me, he prefers freedom of movement and quickness vs. lost of protection. I chose to wear leather armor rather than plate in medieval reenactment for that reason.
• Is a sergeant and teacher because I am a trainer in my job and I like to teach.