And so it was with the aid of their sires the Solvo Angelus joined the monumental task to re-secure the Emperor’s realm, in particularly focusing on the border area between Segmentums Solar, Obscuras and Pacificus. Where the 2 chapters purged the local sectors of zenos pirates and rebels who had established themselves during and in the wake of the Horus Heresy. In recognition of their efforts to support them the freshly invigorated local authorities granted the Solvo Angelus the moon of Horvan Prime to do establish their Fortress Monastery The Infinite Chalice on. Uniquely among the sons of Sanguinius the Solvo Angelus have flourished over the millennia continuing its founding mission to purge foul zenos and traitors alike where ever the chapter encounters them within the Imperium’s borders.
The daily struggle in which life on Horvan Prime has found itself is exacerbated by the high levels of mutation caused by the carcinogens frequently hampering species viability. The effect of the various carcinogens on the individual organisms of Horvan Prime is to lead to a short life expectancy, with most species co-existing with a mutant population alongside the thorough breeds. The high levels of carcinogens present still cause visible defects on the thorough breeds; with pock marked scarring, jaundiced and bloated specimens all too common.
The constant warfare between humanity and the mutants of Horvan Prime has reduced the original colonists to the feral level of development. This has led to both the thorough bred and mutant human population following the seasonal migrations to maximise the scarce resources around them. This intense level of competition from both within and between the 2 populations ensures only the fittest and purest humans remain in the thorough bred population, creating ideal candidates for the Solvo Angelus.
At the centre of the chapter’s Cult of Sanguinius is the belief that they alone are the true descendants of Sanguinius, that they are the solely following Sanguinius plans for his sons. They see the decline and tumultuous history of their kin as proof that they have fallen from both Sanguinius and the Emperor’s grace, with the loss of their sires the Exsanguinators only fuelling this view.
It has been observed that the chapter’s marines believe that by being like their forebears of the Blood Angels legion that Sanguinius will protect them against the excesses of the Flaw. As part of these endeavours the chapter has adopted the colour scheme and insignia of pre-heresy Blood Angels and that they themselves are the only Angels who can legitimately don them.
At the heart of the chapter’s emulation of their forebears is that as each neophyte Scout of the chapter progresses to initiate Devastator he must choose a name of a Legionnaire from the Blood Angels legion to rechristen himself by. The selection of name of who the initiate will be rechristened to is important for a number of reasons. Firstly as the chapter’s brethren believe their namesake aids Sanguinius in protecting himself against the Flaw within himself. Secondly the name the initiate chooses signals his aspirations about how he should conduct himself.
The rechristening ritual is more than symbolic for each initiate as he must enter a deep meditative state where the Solvo Angelus Librarians scrub his birth name from his mind for all time. By this the initiate is literally reborn into the mould of his namesake. At the apex of the ceremony the initiate is presented with his suit of power armour and before he can don his armour plate for the first & only time he must chemically etch his new name onto the left arm of his power armour, adding his name to either the pauldron or vambrace. By doing this the marine is declaring his valour to his peers while also showing his contribution to the pure legacy of the chapter to its enemies by being another Angel who has not succumbed to the Flaw.
It is due to this practice that it is believed that Solvo Angelus pass down suits of power armour in tandem with the progenoid glands of the Angel. The new names adopted by the Solvo Angelus allow its brethren to be hidden from the Sanguinius’ eternal foe of Ka’Bandha as the Greater Daemon will literally be unable to know the Angels true name. Coincidentally it has been noted that there are no reports of Ka’Bandha attacking the chapter.
On the rare occasion when one of the chapter’s Angels falls into the Red Thirst the chapter’s hierarchy activates a kill switch in the Angel’s armour deactivating his power plant. Therefore immobilising the Angel into a statue, trapping him under the weight of his own armour. Locked into this statue the fallen Angel can only loose himself as his mind is ravaged by thirst for blood as he slowly dies protected by his own armour. What happens to these weeping Angels is not clear, but it is believed the chapter whisks these unfortunate souls away where they can meet their demise alone with the gaze of Sanguinius as their solace. It is a great humiliation for an Angel to suffer this fate as not only as his mind will slowly torture him beyond lucidity, but he will suffer the indignity of not having his power armour along with his progenoid glands passed onto to the next generation. It is due to this practice that there is no evidence of the fully transformed Angels being seen without being fully enclosed in their armour suit, and it is believed the Angels in the chapter never remove their armour plate even in private.
1) Chapter Master’s office.
2) Chapter support facilities including its; Armoury, Librarium, Apothercarium, Fleet Command, Warden Office and its Logisticum.
3) The Captains of each of the 3 Companies.
4) The 4 Element Commanders within each Company.
5) The Veteran Sergeants of the individual squads.
The Chapter Master office comprises of the current Chapter Master Amit “Flesh Tearer” and his Sanguinary Guard. Just as their forebears Amit and his Sanguinary Guard are equipped with artificer armour, glaive encarmines and angelus pattern boltguns.
Each Captain of the 3 Companies with his Honour Guard oversees the 400 Angels under his command, with each of 4 types of squads placed into the 4 specialised Elements of Tactical, Assault, Devastator and Veteran. Each Element has its own Commander who is responsible for the specialist tactical and strategic training of his Element. The compartmentalised nature of the Elements within the 3 Companies allows for the specific deployment of the chapter’s Angels when required to vanquish any particular foe of the Emperor.
The 3 Companies are rotated with 2 Companies always on combat patrols throughout Imperial space, while the remaining Company is praetorian over Horvan Prime and their Fortress Monastery The Infinite Chalice. The Praetorian Company is able to deploy its constituent Elements from itself to face any threats to the systems surrounding Horvan Prime. It has been postulated that this rotational system came about to ensure that each of the 3 Companies has sufficient opportunity to replenish its ranks as the Solvo Angelus has no Reserve Companies for the 3 Companies to draw Angels from to sustain their combat potential.
The multitude of support bodies that allow the Solvo Angelus to function answer only to the serving Chapter Master. With the chapter possessing typical Librarium, Armoury, Fleet Command and Logisticum facilities. The chapter’s Armoury is unique among the scions of Sanguinius to feature Storm Eagles over the Storm Raven favoured by their kin, whether this is due to the isolation of chapter from their kin or some unseen favour from the Adeptus Mechanicus is not known.
While the Solvo Angelus has an extensive fleet typical of most Space Marne chapters the chapter only utilises a small portion of its naval assets at any one time, with most of their vessels kept in a state of extended readiness. Due to the common deployment of the 3 Companies only the chapter’s battle barges; Lucifer, Epiphany and Misericord can sustain the 400 Angels apiece. The Solvo Angelus rotates through their mothballed strike cruisers when deploying an Element from the 3 Companies in order to avoid degradation of these timeless vessels.
Unlike their estranged kin the Solvo Angelus have retained the Warden Office from the legion over the installation of Chaplains to the chapter. With the Wardens monitoring spiritual wellbeing of the chapter by ensuring the legacies of Sanguinius is being correctly maintained by his chosen sons.
The Apothercarium of the Solvo Angelus as with other chapters is responsible for the monitoring of the purity of its geneseed and the creation of new initiates for the chapter. In lieu of a Codex Scout Company the Apothercarium oversees the training of the chapter’s neophytes placing them with the best Veteran Sergeants creating the chapter’s Scout squads to be seconded to the 3 Companies. Due to this the Apothecarium head hunts the brightest Veteran Sergeants of the chapter to ensure the highest quality training of the chapter's future Angels.
There have been no observations of the Solvo Angelus fielding a Death Company, with the chapter insisting it does not suffer from the Black Rage due to the patronage of Sanguinius. Although it has been noted that it is possible that chapter hierarchy could treat any Angel who falls into the Black Rage exactly the same as any of other Angel who suffers the Red Thirst and thus hiding its presence away from prying eyes. It has been put forward by more radical minds that there appears to be suffering a relapse of the Black Rage as a decline in the numbers of Angels present in battlefield reports in recent centuries. Yet this is probably due to more frequent Element deployments needed to counter the ever increasing number of disparate threats facing the Imperium in our time.
As stated above the Solvo Angelus do not practice Insanguination and so their neophytes’ under-go the typical method of implantation of the 19 divine organs derived from their progenoid glands to create the chapter’s Angels. Even without the use of sarcophagi the chapter’s horrendously blemished neophytes are transformed into the very image of Angels by the end of their time in the chapter’s Scout squads. Seeing this metamorphosis has only fuelled the chapter’s superiority complex as the chapter’s Angels view this as direct proof of Sanguinius guiding their brotherhood.
Edited by Epistolary Exander, 29 December 2012 - 06:23 PM.