The Void Angels are a supposed Blood Angel successor although it has never confirmed or denied. When the Chapter was founded it was from an unknown geneseed but when the Chapter experienced a catastrophe known to them as The Descent, they began to shows symptoms exactly the same as the Blood Angels gene flaws. Although it has never been made for sure if they are true Sons of Sanguinius, they hold pride in being his progeny. While they are not as reserved as the Angels Vermillion who helped them find their way after The Descent, they do not readily join forces with other forces if it is not necessary.
Since The Descent they have adopted a monastic existence keeping to themselves, for the most part, except for when they travel the galaxy on their Blood Pilgrimages. They are led by a council called the Synod, but a little known fact outside the Chapter is that the Synod is divided because of their strong alliance with the Mechanicum. The alliance has helped them throughout their history but it is now bordering on them being the AdMech lapdogs.
The Imperium was faced with many attacks from the Ruinous Powers for the last dozen or so solar years, Terra feared that Chaos was looking for a weak point before another Black Crusade. The High Lords decided that more Astartes were needed to guard areas where Chaos could attack from. The Void Angels were one of those Chapters that needed to be ready to answer the call when the day arrived.
The Void Angels were created from an unknown gene seed late in the 35th Millennium. The Void Angels were created as a fleet based Chapter and made use of all their ships to aid the Imperium by answering as many calls for help as they could. Their loyalty was unquestioned and their valor and battle prowess was exemplary. The Chapter was highly praised were and were held in high regards by Imperial forces in short time.
The day had finally come to defend the Imperium from Abaddon and his forces. As usual their forces we scattered across Segmentum Obscurus and Segmentum Pacificus, so they had decided to rendezvous and consolidate their forces before they join the other Imperial forces. As their flagship, Angel’s Ark, reached the rally point they saw their waiting forces being attacked by Dark Eldar. The Angel’s Ark immediately opened fire as well as its accompanying ships. The Dark Eldar were taken by surprise and were devastated as more and more ships arrived. The raiders fled to avoid further onslaught and the fleet was in no shape to give chase.
The ambushed ships had sustained a lot of damage so the Chapter Master ordered that all ships be made ready for void travel. Repairs took a while to finish but even when they were done the Techmarines were not comfortable that the repairs were enough. The Master of the Forge recommended that these ships be taken to the nearest forge world or somewhere capable of repairing the ships, but the Chapter Master refused. He wanted to join the rest of the Imperial forces in full force.
As the fleet traveled the Immaterium problems started happening. They were unable to contain the warp engine in one of the ships which led to it detonating. This caused a chain reaction since the ensuing shockwave assaulted other ships, the already damaged ships did not last very long. The explosions damaged other ships as well, some even losing their Gellar fields. This catastrophe was a beacon for the denizens of Warp, drawing them in masses. The ships that had lost their Gellar fields were immediately overtaken and their passengers attacked.
The ships began to come out of the Warp only to immediately be assailed by an unseen enemy. The Angel’s Ark, one of the Chapter’s battle barges, crashed into an asteroid being unable to react in time; the fleet had dropped out of the Warp into the middle of an asteroid field. The ships were finally able to gain their bearings and set themselves into the same orbit as the asteroids. As they were assessing the damage they had taken all ships that had lost their Gellar fields were destroyed, they were not going to take the risk of any Warp denizens hitching a ride on their ships. To make matters worse it seemed that all their attempts to communicate were being bounced back.
This calamity has caused devastating damage to the fleet but they were finally able ascertain where in the galaxy they had ended up, they were in the galactic south of the Segmentum Tempestus in the outer edges of the Veiled Region. Knowledge of this region was very limited and the little there was could not be relied upon. They had no luck trying to communicate with the Imperium so they decided to send one of the few ships, the Strike Cruiser Void Ripper, they were confident would be able to traverse through the Veiled Region by using the Immaterium. In the meantime, they used the remaining ships to explore the region.
The Void Ripper was having problems within the Warp. The Navigator was unable to successfully able to maneuver through the Warp. At one point they had traveled deeper into the Veiled Region. Upon finally reaching normal space they began to send out communications and eventually they heard back from a ship nearby, the ship belonged to the Angels Vermillion. After they had explained what had happened it turns out that the Void Angels had been missing for years. It is unsure why the Angels Vermillion assisted of all Chapters assisted the Void Angels, but they sent an escort ship to see if they could help.
They finally arrived at the crash site after months of void ravel and most of the ships were missing, the few sips that were there stated that they had not been able to reach the rest of the fleet for some time. They set out to find the other ships and eventually they came across the Battle Barge, Angel’s Tear. This was the ship that the Chapter Master was on and it was supposed to have stayed by the crash site. The ship was not responding to communications attempts so the ships were boarded. The scene aboard the ship was one of blood and gore, brother marines along with servitors and serfs lay dead. They could not ponder what enemy could cause this kind of devastation to an Astartes ship. There was not a soul to be found aboard the ship.
The Angel’s Tear had been anchored above a planet that seemed to have hospitable qualities. They decided that they would keep a few squads aboard the ship to continue investigating and the rest would go to the surface leaving half of the Angels Vermillion on board while the rest left to the surface. Upon arriving on the surface they were able to find an Astartes landing craft which had been badly damaged. They began to search the surrounding area when they were assaulted by fellow Marines. The Void Angels were surprised to see their own Brothers staring back at them with unbridled hatred in their eyes, attacking them as they would any xeno filth. They defended themselves but were unable to bring themselves to finish off their brethren. The Angels Vermillion began to open fire on the crazed Marines. Once it was all said and done they had lost many of the landing party, including a few Angels Vermillion, but they still had no answers.
The Angels Vermillion looked over the bodies and they recognized the symptoms all too well. These Marines were suffering from what looked like the Black Rage, but the Void Angels were not Scions of Sanguinius. It was unknown who their geneseed came from but as far as they knew, and according to the Void Angels, they had never shown signs of the Flaws. To make matters worse, the Chapter Command could not be found anywhere. The Angels Vermillion explained what they suspected to the Void Angels and how this had affected the Blood Angels and their brother Chapters for a long time. The Angels Vermillion did not know how to proceed in the matter so they decided to meet with their Chapter and decide what was to be done.
As months passed, the Void Angels secluded themselves from their surroundings and from each other. Unable grasp the concept of what was happening to them, believing themselves were corrupted by the incident in the Immaterium. Eventually the Angels Vermillion returned with a cadre that was to retrain the Void Angels. The Void Angels did not oppose such an action for they knew no other way to proceed themselves.
The first thing that was done is the creation of the Synod, a council of the Chapter Command to lead the Chapter. it is unknown if this was an organizational change that was brought from the Angels Vermillion or if it was something that was done because of the mistakes that lead to The Descent, most believe it was the latter. The Chapter adopted a more monastic existence, sending Companies on Blood Pilgrimages to help the Imperium. The Chapter stayed secluded for a very long time until they finally appeared on Ospt Primus to repel and Dark Eldar attack on the Agri World, where they destroyed the xeno down to the last man. They had been in seclusion for a long time before this and reemerged after the creation of the Ordo Hereticus. This organization has thought the Void Angels suspect ever since their reappearance.
The Void Angels are not based out of a planet, their home base, Angels Calamity, is in an asteroid field located in the outer rim of the Veiled Region. During the Chapter’s infancy one of their battle barges crashed into an asteroid during the Descent. After the Chapter reformed they decided to stay in the Veiled Region and made this their home. They further augmented their home base by adding defense measures into the asteroid field which include weapon platforms, mines, and proximity sensors. The main structure is the Ark which, their fortress-monastery, and they have built additional structures such as the Forges, Reclusium, Crimson Rock, Anchor and Hall of Memory.
One of the attributes of this headquarters is that communication is almost impossible within the Veiled Region, all communications are reflected or just echo into oblivion. The only reliable way to communicate with the Chapter is through the Companies on a Pilgrimage. This fits the Chapter just fine since they are very reclusive, it may have to do with the Chapter being retrained by the Angels Vermilion, since they are such a mysterious Chapter.
In the immediate system there is a death world, Balroy Secundus, which is a hot, volcanic planet. The surface is inhospitable to human life but subterranean habitats have been found. The atmosphere is very dense and traps the heat, making the surface much more torrid. The Chapter recruit from this planet sparingly since the populations is very small.
There is another planet in the system that is much more hospitable, Balroy Quartus. This planet is similar to Balroy Secundus in its atmosphere density. Although not quite as dense it still traps quite a bit of heat which is helpful since the planet is not as close to the star and it does not have the extreme volcanic activity as Balroy Secundus. The planet has more flora and fauna than its sister planet leading to a much higher population. The Chapter recruits a much higher concentration from this planet.
The Void Angels like all of the Scions of Sanguinius have an affinity for quick strikes, although each Company’s combat doctrine varies since it becomes autonomous once they are on a Pilgrimage because of the difficulty to communicate with headquarters.
A few elements that all the companies share are there greater use of Assault Squads and Bike Squads. They use the bikes to weaken the flanks while the Assaults Squads spearheads the force head on. Some Companies will also use Terminators, while others would prefer to use armor to soften the enemy forces.
The Void Angels do not follow the Codex Astartes aside from some of their tactics. They are extremely divergent in organization due to the Decent. The Chapter blamed the Chapter Master who abandoned them during this catastrophe. When the Chapter began to rebuild they established a council to lead the company and not allow any one person have too much power within the Chapter. The council includes the Archimandrite (Chapter Master), Elohim Commander (Sanguinary Guard Commander), High Hieromonk (High Reclusiarch), Sanguinary High Priest, Chief Librarian, Master of the Blade, Warden of the Fleet, Keeper of the Void Gate and the Abbots (Captains).
Another major difference is that they are divided into 5 Companies of 200 Space Marines. Each Company is self-sufficient with its own Librarians, Sanguinary Priests, Chaplains, Techmarines and vehicles. Before they begin their Pilgrimage they will be assigned ships by the Warden of the Fleet. While the support roles still answer to their own particular senior member, they also answer to the Abbots; because of this they also have additional ranks within the Companies. Each support role has a senior member within the Company itself.
The Chapter engages in crusades which they call Blood Pilgrimages, each Company goes on a 100 year Pilgrimage. At any given time there are three companies on a Pilgrimage, while the other two remain at Angel’s Calamity. When they leave on these Pilgrimages contact with headquarters is extremely difficult so they become more or less autonomous. A Company on a Pilgrimage cannot refuse aid to any world that is nearby, the purpose of the Pilgrimages is to travel through the galaxy to show that the Void Angels are there to aid the Imperium and that they are still loyal to Mankind.
Aside from the Archimandrite, the Master of the Blade and the High Hieromonk are held in high regard within the Chapter. The Master of the Blade’s authority is much higher than it would be in other Chapters because of the Void Angels’ close relationship the Mechanicum, while the High Hieromonk’s authority comes from the Chapter’s monastic beliefs. The Chapter’s spirituality, discipline and faith are very important for they are the shield against the Red Thirst and Black Rage. Where the Archimandrite and the Master of the Blade are at opposing sides of the Chapter’s/Mechanicum’s relationship, the Hieromonk is neutral. He cares only for the Chapter’s prosperity and discipline all other matters are trivial to him.
The Chapter has had a long standing alliance with the Mechanicus since shortly after the Descent. The alliance began as a mutually beneficial one, because without the AdMech rebuilding would be almost impossible and Mechanicus wanted to explore the Veiled Region more. A little known fact outside the Chapter is that the Synod is split between distancing the Chapter from the Mechanicum and keeping things the same. The Archimandrite feels that the Chapter has become the Mechanicum’s lapdogs, part of the Synod agrees and the part that does not is led by the Master of the Blade. It has been known for the Master of the Blade to take squads to run missions without the Synods consent, which has almost brought him to blows with the Archimandrite.
Edited by Insein, 07 May 2014 - 12:46 AM.