Steel Brother --- Tech Priest/Chaplains of the Steel Vanguard
Hospitaller --- Apothecary
The Steel Vanguard was born in the 10th founding under the command of Clan Commander Klantius from The Iron Hands whose exact Clan within the Iron hands is lost to the mist of time. The Clan culture adopted by the Iron Hands on Medusa also appears to have faded away as well over time as the Steel Brotherhood drifted between the stars far from Medusa’s tribal influence. After its creation the chapter was tasked with reclaiming forge worlds, shipyards, and other military assets within the Halo Stars; ever pushing the limits of the Astronomicans range. With the overreaching goal of recovering arms and armaments from the heights of the Dark Age of technology while keeping an ever present eye out for new threats to the Imperium. The chapter has had repeated forays into the far reaches of space spanning centuries at times with little or no contact with the greater Imperium. Most knowledge of the Chapter is dated from the Nova Terra Interregnum millennia ago; The Steel Vanguard much like its predecessors the Iron Hands prides itself on self-sufficiency and prizes it autonomy and looks at others with suspicion.
The chapter is lead by the College of Steel Brothers, much like their progenitors the Iron hands are lead by a Chapter Council. This throwback to the Iron hands traditions has been augmented over the centuries. With the addition of the Logis of the Oraculum:The statisticians of the Steel Vanguard, the Logis are analyzers; with Cortex Implants, elctro grafts suited to cogitator access allowing them to rapidly sift through the scores of collected data of the Brotherhood. It is said that they can accurately predict almost anything with very small margins of error, making them extremely useful when planning where the Steel Vanguard will deploy next for best effect. Considered prophetic within the Steel Brotherhood the logis of the Oraculum’s words hold great sway in the Steel College.
Each company is represented and total membership of the college is limited to 100.
The teachings of the Ecclesiarchy are not the same as the beliefs of the vanguard but many of them are similar. The ranks of the battle brothers take seriously the veneration of the Emperor and all that he stands for. Major divergences appear when one notices the veneration of the Emperor of mankind as the Omnissiah. There is no distinction in this. The machine spirit must always be placated with many ritualized, prayer-like petitions to the spirits within the chapter’s entire vast armory. Machines are respected as kin much more so than the average imperial citizen. The Steel Vanguard are zealots that adhere to a particular school of thought that dates back to the Moirae Schism when Steel Brother Gaius brought the prophecy back to the chapter following his time with Magos Uar. The following are the 6 tenets of the Moirae.
Emperor's entire purpose in initiating the Great Crusade and the creation of a galaxy-spanning Imperium of Man was to seek the destruction of Chaos once and for all.
The Psychic power generated by the faith of billions of people is used to protect them from the influence of Chaos “The Emperor Protects”
Flesh is fallible, but ritual honours the Machine Spirit.
Understanding is the True Path to Comprehension.
Comprehension is the key to all things.
The Omnissiah-Emperor knows all, comprehends all.
The Battle Barge Omnissiah’s Wrath received several distress signals emanating from a supposedly dead world near the ghoul stars. The chapter fleet was assembled and dispatched within 6 weeks of receiving the distress signal. The star system Humis Levo had long ceased to be a part of the Imperium, with a dimly lit star in its death throes the once thriving human worlds were now abandoned dead worlds. This far from Holy Terra the light of the Astronomican was weak at best and non-existent at times. Once there the Steel Vanguard encountered the remains of an Adeptus Mechanicus Explorator Fleet badly damaged near the Explorator Base on Rigia IX. Crippled by internal dissent because of the Moirae Schism they did not notice the more dire threat the local Cythor Fiends posed untill it was too late. The combined forces of the remaining Adeptus Mechanicus and the Steel Vanguard were able exterminate the foul xenos in system but at great cost. Chapter Master Klantius perished, and supposedly Magos Explorator Uar of the explorator fleet.
What was left of the explorator fleet was left drifting with the loss of their few remaining navigators. The remaining Adeptus Mechanicus fell on the side of the Moirae Schism that began on forgeworld Moirae and deemed heresy on Mars itself. The timing seemed felicitous the remaining defunct Explorator Fleet was requisitioned along with the remaining crew. The schisms effects were felt immediately within the chapter and soon entire companies fell swiftly to the heresy when exposed to the remaining Moirae Tech-Priests. The belief structure of chapter was already entering a gray area of reverence for the Emperor/ Omnissiah that the heretics quickly seized upon with some Steel brothers openly calling for the fusion of the Adeptus Mechanicus and Ecclesiarchy. The College of Steel Brothers paralyzed with internal dissent sequestered the entire chapter on Rigia IX hoping to avoid open civil war within its ranks. In what would be known as the Synod of Riga IX the chapter adopted the tenets of the Moirae beliefs most notably the fusion of emperor’s god worship with some of the tenets of the Adeptus Mechanicus.
Shortly thereafter the Ghoul Crusade began. The reasoning behind the Ghoul Crusade was twofold. First it was to liberate the fallen relics lost by the Pale Wasting where close to 10 chapters fell vastly increasing its access to weaponry; secondly it would put them in a position outside of the greater turmoil of the Nova Terra Interregnum that was plaguing the Imperium. By forcing themselves to the outer edges of the galaxy known as the Ghoul stars they toiled in mostly solitude for the better part of two millennia slowly merging completely with the remaining Ad Mech forces.
As the centuries passed their obsession with Iron over flesh reached its current fever pitch. Most battle brothers don’t even resemble fellow space marines from sister chapters; bionics and armor cover them in entirety. Eyes, skeletal structure and muscle all replaced with sacred vestments of steel; precious vitae is removed and replaced with a more efficient oxygen and waste-carrying synthetic chemical substitute, allowing for the easier healing of wounds and more effective immunological defense against disease and toxins. Vocal cords are replaced with Vox-casters and voice-synthesizers allowing for communications between all members of the chapter and the remaining members of the exploratory fleet. To an outsider of the chapter understanding battle brothers communicate is impossible to all but members of the Adeptus Mechanicus (even the Inquisition cannot translate it) as it sounds like bursts of coded noise with a twittering quality that can be used as an extremely effective cant alternatively it can be used as a means of data file transfer. Only when they want to communicate with outsiders do they resort to normal language. Alien to the Steel Vanguard is the hatred and rage of the Iron Hands, part of the metamorphosis of the chapter involves all initiates undertaking The Rite of Pure Thought that replaces the human brain's creative, emotional right half with a Cogitator; thus battle brothers are no longer bound by human emotion, this decision was made to remove more common paths of temptation of chaos. No fear, anger, sadness, joy, disgust or even surprise. All of this was done to show devotion to the Emperor and to continue his crusade for eternity.
Without any recruitment worlds or any human population centers readily accessible they incorporated the use servitor-wombs of the Adeptus Mechanicus Biologis.
The Steel Vanguard has a full inventory of gene-seed, another decision made during the time spent outside the Imperium was the use of servitor wombs to grow the ranks of the stock material used for recruitment. This practice continues today in a much more efficient manner. Aspirants are screened for physical perfection that is free of mutation and psyker genes. Those who show exceptional valor, skill or cunning are selected by the Hospitallers to serve in the genesis program.
Genesis Program --- Genetic Repository Stasis Tanks store a vast host of collected Spermatozoon and ovum. It is here the Hospitallers determine the perfect combination for a desired recruit. The ovum in placed into a servitor womb with the Spermatozoon where it grows into potential Initiates, those who fail the indoctrination program are instead turned into servitors. It is in this way they breed those most likely to survive the gene-seed and bionic augmentation.
Fortress-Monastery Extremis Infernus converted Ark
Battle Barge Omnissiah’s Wrath
Strike Cruiser Hatred's Embrace
Strike Cruiser The Steel Spear
Forgeship Manus' Legacy
Where there is uncertainty, I shall bring light
Where there is doubt, I shall sow faith
Where there is shame, I shall point atonement
Where there is rage, I shall show its course
My word in the soul shall be as my bolter in the field.
Edited by Uaronain, 16 February 2013 - 02:03 PM.