Founding Chapter: Ultramarines
Founding: 26th Founding
Chapter Master: Lord Connor Bodolf
Home World: Larentia V (The Grey Planet)
Colours: Dark and light grey, yellow trim
Speciality: Codex Chapter
Strength: Defending with massed firepower and deadly counter assault
Battle Cry: Lupus stat praesidio (The Wolf stands guard)
The Grey Wolves chapter was formed following the events of the Battle for Macragge at the end of the 26th Founding. Under the guidance of Chaplain Ortan Cassius in relation to the sheer magnitude of the Tyranid threat, it was agreed that a greater, more autonomous elite presence would be needed in the galaxy to combat future xenos invasions, thus with several volunteers from Cassius' Tyrannic War Veterans to provide experience and assume positions of command, the Grey Wolves were formed and dispatched to the furthest reaches of Imperial space, to the Nuntis system to hold the front line against the advances of Hive Fleet Litoria.
The Grey Wolves are a relatively young chapter in the history of the Adeptus Astartes, consequently several high ranking Astartes among the senior staff are former Ultramarines and as such have a fundamentalist view of the teachings of Primarch Roboute Guilliman. However newer generations of Grey Wolves, born from Grey Wolves geneseed have a less indoctrinated perspective, and instead of blind faith in the Codex Astartes, they use the wisdom within as a guide. This differing attitude is a cause of several instances of in fighting and rivalries, however it is generally considered that as the chapter grows the newer culture will dominate the old, and greater stability will be ensue.
Due to its dismal state in the aftermath of a terrible Tyranid invasion, coupled with its new role as home world of the Grey Wolves, Larentia V is given the nick name “The Grey Planet”
Currently the former hive world is home to several hundred nomadic tribes, scraping a living from the decimated landscape. The Grey Wolves use this to their advantage in their recruitment of new Battle Brothers, as the harsh environment nurtures resilience and cunning in the young Grey Wolf aspirants.
As a Codex chapter, the Grey Wolves follow the doctrines of the Codex Astartes with regards to force Organisation, with all but one exception. Advancement in the Grey wolves requires distinguished service in the Suicide Squads.
The Forlorn Hope are comprised of the most experienced, and bravest marines in the chapter. Typically deployed by drop pod at the start of only the most desperate of engagements, their role is primarily to swiftly take out a designated high value target to undermine the enemy's efforts. Following success, its is not uncommon that the members of the squad will perish to overwhelming numbers. Only the most cunning and resourceful marines survive these missions. Of these survivors, few are marked for advancement, whereupon they are removed from their duties in the Forlorn Hope, and will typically serve as either a Veteran Sergeant, A Vanguard Veteran, a Terminator, or in a Command Squad until a suitable command position is made available for them.
Once accepted into the ranks of the Forlorn Hope, each marine is expected to paint his helmet bright yellow as a sign of his honoured status. This helmet then remains this way for the rest of his career.
The exception to this rule is Captain Luk "Khârn's Bane" Fenrir, who was promoted to Captain of the 4th Company in the early days of the Grey Wolves existence in response to his heroics during the 'First Blood' campaign.
Where some Astartes are happy to pit aspirant against aspirant in a battle to the death, the Grey Wolves instead choose to make better use of their Blood Trials. All aspirants are initially screened by chapter Librarians and Chaplains. Following this, the Neophytes are organised into squads and given basic Imperial Guard equipment, and are then utilized as cheap troops. The survivors are assessed, and those few found suitable are processed into Scouts.
The Master of Scouts
As with most Codex chapters, the 10th company is reserved for neophites and scouts. Consequently the 10th rarely go to battle as a company, but rather as seconded units to other companies. Currently Scout Sergeant Gunnolf Lyall leads a group of scouts seconded to the 4th company. In order to better train and observe scouts in the field, the Master of Scouts Niall Farkas currently serves in Captain Fenrir's Command Squad as a shield bearer.
Relationship to Ordo Xenos
Due to their proud and ongoing history fighting the Tyranid threat, under the guise of both Ultramarine Tyrannic War Veterans and Grey Wolves, the chapter has developed a positive relationship with the Ordo Xenos. Consequently, Chapter Master Bodolf can often rely on inquisitorial assistance when he needs it, and in return, the Ordo Xenos themselves are frequently welcomed to break in new recruits, fighting alongside the Battle Brothers of the Grey Wolves as they frequently clash with the servants of the Hive Mind.
Noted Campaigns and Battles
755.M41:757.M41 [Nuntis System] First Blood
755.M41 – The Evacuation of Larentia V
Led by the new Chapter Master Lord Conner Bodolf, the infantile Grey Wolves enter the Nuntis system in 755.M41 and head straight for the focus of a Tyranid invasion on Larentia V. There they assume control of the local militia and simultaneously provide air support for evacuating ships, and slow the tide of the advancing Tyranids. Estimates show that thanks to Astartes intervention, as much as 65% of the Hive world’s dense population was saved. Unfortunately due to the scale of the invasion, much of the planet itself was assimilated and consumed in giant Tyranid Reclamation Pools. Despite overwhelming odds, Bodolf is able to maintain defence of the planet for two years, denying the Tyranid’s total victory.
757.M41 – Fenrir’s Culling
With hope fading fast for Larentia V, Veteran Sergeant Luk Fenrir (Later Captain Luk “Khârn’s-Bane” Fenrir) launches a daring strike from the Battle Barge Eternal Vigilance against the Norn-Queen’s bio ship with support from the local navy. Although many pilots were lost, their sacrifice enabled Fenrir and an accompanying tactical squad to board and assault the bio ship.
The fighting on board was both relentless and brutal, and Fenrir’s squad drew many casualties. After two days Fenrir was able to reach the Norn-Queen and after an intense battle was able to pierce the creature in the soft flesh under its neck, killing it and severing its psychic link with the Tyranid army below on Larentia V.
The effect was immediate, ‘Gaunts quickly turned on each other in a wild savage display of blood lust, Gargoyles fell from the skies in droves. Among the chaos, the Grey Wolves under Chapter Master Bodolf launched a swift and brutal counterattack, slaughtering thousands of xenos invaders within mere hours. Two months later, though practically reduced to a desertified shell, Larentia V was declared free of Tyranids. As a consequence of his heroic actions in the skies above, Sergeant Fenrir is promoted to Captain of the 4th Company.
995.M41 - [Tarth System] The Heresy at Novastad Prime
During a routine recruiting mission to the Death World of Novastad Prime, in the neighboring system of Tarth, Captain Fenrir discovered disturbing signs of heretical behavior from some of the aspirants in the Blood Trials. Fenrir's investigations led him discover a traitorous cult dedicated to the dark God Khorne. A full extermination of the entire village attracted the attentions of a brigade led by Khârn the Betrayer, who launched a full assault against the unprepared Captain. Through the fighting, Captain Fenrir was able to engage the Betrayer in single combat, and though he was near fatally wounded, he was able to disable the traitor and remove him from the battle.
This minor victory was enough to ruin the moral of the assaulting Chaos marines, and allowed the Grey Wolves to recover their fallen Captain and make a fighting withdrawal. Similarly, having taken too many casualties and with their great leader incapacitated, the Traitor Marines collected their Champion and abandoned the planet to recoup their losses.
Persons of Note
Chapter Master Lord Conner Bodolf
Previously a decorated Tyrannic War Veteran of the Ultramarines, Conner Bodolf was handpicked by Chaplain Ortan Cassius, and approved by Marneus Calgar and the High Lords of Terra to assume command of the Grey Wolves. He is reknown for his stubborn refusal to accept defeat and his ability as an exceptional defender.
Captain of the 4th Company, Luk “Khârn’s-Bane” Fenrir
Fenrir rose to fame in the chapter in 757.M41 during the 'First Blood' campaign in the Nuntis system, during the famous battle 'Fenrir's Culling'. His heroic actions lead to his promotion to Captain of the 4th Company where he currently serves. To date, Fenrir is the only Captain to have been promoted without first serving time and distinction in the notorious but glorious Forlorn Hope.
As with all Battle Company Grey Wolves Captains, Fenrir is currently juggling the responsibilities of recruitment and the protection of the Imperium of Man. His Battle Barge, the Eternal Vigilance is home to the entire 4th company, including secondments from the venerable 1st company.
The nickname "Khârn's Bane" was affectionately gifted upon the Captain by his men following the outcome of a duel between Fenrir and the legendary Khârn the Betrayer during the 'Heresy at Novastad Prime', where the nobel Capatin was able to narrowly best the traitor before succumbing to his wounds.
Apothecary Trevor McDonald
Recruited by the Ultramarines from the highlands of Ultramar in the blood trials of 693.M41 and selected for duty with the Grey Wolves, Trevor McDonald is a trusted ally of Captain Luk “Khârn’s-Bane” Fenrir and often fights alongside his Captain. McDonald is credited with saving the lives of the Captain and his Command Squad on uncountable occasions, including saving Captain Fenrir's life after receiving multiple grievous wounds during his duel with Khârn the Betrayer.
Chaplain Ortan Cassius of the Ultramarines
Chaplain Ortan Cassius is responsible for the formation of the Grey Wolves and the selection of Conner Bodolf as Chapter Master. Despite having his own great responsibilities to the Ultramarines. Cassius does on very rare occasion lend his service to the Grey Wolves, and is said to view them with great and uncharacteristic warmth.
More can be found out about Chaplain Ortan Cassius at Index Astartes Ultramarines.
Master of the Scouts Niall Farkas
Scout Sergeant Gunnolf Lyall
Father Librarian of the 4th Company, Lykaios Phelan
Techmarine Ulric Weylyn
Inquisitor Drogon Thormir of the Ordo Xenos
Edited by J!MM!L!C!OUS, 01 February 2013 - 02:57 PM.