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+ FORGE FIRMAMENTUM +
The Adeptus Mechanicus Forge World of Firmamentum is found deep in the Cygnus Arm of Segmentum Obscurus. A relatively young Forge World, Firmamentum was colonized in 089.M31 as part of the effort to rebuild the Adeptus Mechanicus in the ashes of the Horus Heresy. It is located in a relatively quiet area of Imperial control and benefited from an unusually long period of peace on its own soil from the Moirae Schism in ███.M35 until the unexpected arrival of an Ork-infested space hulk in 975.M41.
DATAFILE 1: Typical skyline on Firmamentum.
Firmamentum has maintained a very respectable reputation for its understanding of melta- and plasma-based weaponry, though not nearly to the levels of fanaticism evidenced by Ryza. Monumental cooling towers cluster around its hives and forges, and banks of radioactive storage pools provide a stark contrast to the ashen wastes surrounding them. Firmamentum supplies not only specialist weaponry for nearby Munitorum depots, but also the titanic reactors for much of the sector Battlefleet. Major imports include indentured workers (fully-functioning or to be processed into servitors) and raw materials such as adamantium ore and promethium.
DATAFILE 2: The emblem of Forge Firmamentum.
The symbol of Forge Firmamentum is the monochrome bisected cog of the Adeptus Mechanicus, overlapped with a Doric column of stone. Together they form the ancient letter Φ, the first in the true name of the Forge World and the representation of the Golden Ratio. Firmamentum’s colors are dark red and grey, in honor of the original Martian colonists.
DATAFILE 3: The general structure and hierarchy of Forge Firmamentum.
+ LEGIO FIDELIS +
Among the first colonists of Firmamentum were several Titans of Legio Astraman, the Morning Stars, who had been called from the Forge World of Graia in Segmentum Tempestus to aid in the defense of Holy Terra. With them were brought the remnants of House Fraterri, an Imperial Knight Household whose original homeworld had been wiped clean during the Heresy and whose history has since been irretrievably lost. The ranks of the God Machines slowly grew as Firmamentum progressed towards full Forge World status, culminating in the foundation of Legio Fidelis, the Inculcators.
Legio Fidelis displays the same cog-and-column emblem as its native Forge Firmamentum and its colors of green and yellow are an homage to its former ties to Legio Astraman. The Legio consists of three Demi-Legios of approximately 6 engines each. It maintains a pair of ancient Reaver-class Battle Titans; however, the majority of its heavy engines are of Warlord-class. Each Demi-Legio also includes several Warhound-class Scout Titans to support and protect their larger brethren. All Titans constructed on Firmamentum follow the designs of the Forge World of Lucius.
DATAFILE 4: Lux Aeterna surveys the battlefield.
+ FRATERRI FIDELIS +
House Fraterri has been fully annexed into the larger Legio to become the Fraterri Fidelis. Their original feudal roots have been all but forgotten, and have since been supplanted by the structure and traditions of the Collegia Titanicus. The smaller Knight chassis serve as skirmishers for the larger Titans, operating in closer quarters and against smaller and more agile foes than the main battle engines can effectively engage. The Fraterri are divided into Maniples of three Knights, all of the same pattern. It is expected that multiple Maniples will operate in tandem to complement each others' weaknesses.
Service in the Fraterri Fidelis is used as training for prospective Moderati, who will eventually serve on the larger Titans. Many Hastati, or Knight operators, form close bonds with their engines and choose to stay in the Fraterri. The majority, however, are transferred into the Legio and their previous engines are reassigned to new operators. Due to this steady turnover, and relatively higher combat losses, individual Knight engines are not given the same honorifics as the more distinguished Titans – instead of a name, they have only a designation.
DATAFILE 5: Knight engines of the Fraterri Fidelis.
+ SKITARII FIRMAMENTUM +
Due to their origins in different Forge Worlds, the Legio and the local Cult Mechanicus keep a professional but at times strained relationship. Legio Fidelis is fiercely loyal to the Forge Firmamentum; however, they maintain their own separate traditions and reserve a high degree of autonomy. That being said, Fidelis does work as closely with its assigned Skitarii macroclade as most other Legios.
The Legiones Skitarii of Forge Firmamentum reflect their homeworld’s status as a relatively young Forge World in their weaponry and tactics. Many of the more ancient and, some would say, bizarre weapons and equipment have been replaced with newer and less-refined technology. Owing to the specialization of their Forge, the Skitarii Firmamentum make frequent use of plasma- and melta-based weaponry. These are supported with a heavy emphasis on fortifications and methods of siege-craft. Man-portable ion shields and defense lines are common, as are Tarantula-pattern autonomous sentry platforms.
DATAFILE 6: A garrison unit of Skitarii Firmamentum guards access to the upper levels of an industrial complex.
The Skitarii Firmamentum provide the majority of infantry support to Legio Fidelis in the form of Macroclade 633. However, the Legio does maintain its own small corps of soldiers in the form of the Tesserarii Fidelis. In practice, the Tessararii serve more as an honor guard for the Legio’s Principes and Hastati than as a frontline fighting force. However, they are both well-equipped and well-trained for operations in which closer monitoring by the Legio is required.
+ DRAMATIS PERSONÆ +
DATAFILE 7: Hastatus Seniorus Onesimus Rehor and Fraterrus Primus.
Onesimus Rehor is the current Hastatus Maximus of the Fraterri Fidelis. His is Fraterrus Primus, an ancient Paladin-pattern Knight engine. As one of the longest-serving members of the Fraterri, he is in line for ascension into the ranks of the Legio. Rehor is a man driven by ambition, and is laboring towards eventual Princepture of a Battle Titan. In the meantime, he is fiercly loyal to the Hastati under his command and champions the needs of the Fraterri within the greater Legio.
DATAFILE 8: The amniotic casket of Princeps Paulus Aleksandr.
Paulus Aleksandr is the Princeps of Lux Æterna, a Lucius-pattern Warlord Titan in Demi-Legio Secundus. He is a relatively young Princeps and only 87% augmentic, relying on his amniotic casket both for sustenance and for direct interface with the MIU of his engine. He is rarely seen away from Lux Æterna, spending the time in transit between warzones in a chemically-induced coma to ward off the effects of Manifold withdrawal. Princeps Aleksandr has served for 34 operations, spanning 153 years and has developed a reputation of being supremely competent.
DATAFILE 9: Magos Grievious of Mechanicus Firmamentum, with attendants.
Magos Grievious is a high-ranking member of the Mechanicus Firmamentum, specializing in archeotech. The Skitarii Firmamentum, who he will not hesitate to sacrifice to his objectives, venerate him as being touched by the Omnissiah while certain members of the Legio Fidelis consider him to be blatantly dangerous and in dire need of cognitive reimaging.
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SUPPLEMENTAL UPLOAD FOUND - INDEX ASSASSINORUM 316648
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+ NOTABLE OPERATIONS +
089.M31 - Foundation
An expansion expedition, consisting of elements of Legio Astraman and the Martian Cult Mechanicus, founds the Forge World of Firmamentum in the Finial Sector.
DATAFILE 10: Foundational history of Forge Firmamentum.
███.M35 - The Moirae Scism
Though far from Mars, Forge Firmamentum nevertheless becomes entangled in the Moirae Schism. Initial attempts at control are successful until the data-poisoning of Fabricator Abiram sparks complete anarchy. Warring factions of Mechanicus and Skitarii Firmamentum spiral into a vicious campaign for control of the Forge, until Legio Fidelis intervenes. A new Fabricator is installed, the traitors erased and all records sealed to the highest degree.
763.M39 - The Abelheim Campaign
A worker revolt on the nearby resource world of Oberon erupts into heresy with the appearance of the foul daemons of Khorne. The Fraterri Fidelis and Skitarii Firmamentum are requested to pacify the insurrection in the foundry city of Abelheim, but fighting quickly spreads to encompass much of the sector. The Ordos Juris and Ordo Malleus spend the next four years vying for control of the operation.
875.M41 - The Defense of Antiphon
A demi-Legio of engines of the Legio Fidelis come to the aid of the shrine world of Antiphon, besieged by the pernicious Eldar. This would be the first combat operation of the lauded Warlord Titan Lux Aeterna, and of the eventual Princeps Maximus Paulus Aleksandr.
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976.M41 - The Coming of the Beast
A space hulk appears in the Firmamentum System. It is promptly shredded by the orbital defenses; however, wreckage and Ork landing craft fall on the Forge. The xenos immediately seize what technology they can and begin constructing crude war engines. The Titans of Legio Fidelis engage in a lengthy campaign against the Gargants, while the Skitarii Firmamentum clears the Forge sector by sector of any resistance. Battles rage for three years before Firmamentum is declared purged.
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976.M41 - Rebuffed at Barnes 595
Years ago the Legions of Discord assaulted Kimball Prime, destroying the primary Imperial manufactorum in the sector. Leaders of the in-sector armies of the Astra Militarum and Adeptus Astartes regrouped in secret. Drawn by the loss of a major manufactorum, the Adeptus Mechanicus joined their strategic auguries. Hungry for revenge, the Astartes proposed to conquer and cleanse the corrupted Chaos temple world of Barnes 595 - an act of symbolism over pure strategy. Although initially hesitant to partake in this emotional response, the Mechanicus was swayed by the promise of archeotech believed lost in the planet’s swamps and dead forests, or buried in the collapsed sub-basements of its byzantine shrines.
Two maniples of the Fraterri Fidelis, one maniple of the Skitarii Firmamentum and the venerable Warhound Canis Leto were rerouted to support the invasion. The steadfast troops of the Legions of Discord stood firm against the combined attack on the planet. With their strike forces extinguished or hastily falling back, by the end the Forces of Order had been rebuffed, claiming little more than their initial beachhead. Although not repulsed entirely from the planet, the effort to cleanse the temple world had ground to a halt, its only trace yet more bones rotting among the dead forests and abandoned shrines of Barnes 595.
Refer to Operational Log 160103
995-999.M41 - The 13th Black Crusade
Firmamentum contributes two Demi-Legios of Legio Fidelis, four Maniples of the Fraterri Fidelis and three Macroclades of the Skitarii Firmamentum to support the defense of the Cadian Gate and surrounding area in the face of the 13th Black Crusade. The forces of Firmamentum were badly mauled in the following four years, but the survivors managed to extricate themselves before the destruction of Cadia.
999.M41 - The Noctis Aeterna
The 13th Black Crusade culminates in the formation of the Cicatrix Maledictum, a galaxy-spanning warp storm that cuts the Imperium in twain. For a time warp travel becomes impossible, isolating Firmamentum and stranding the surviving elements fleeing the destruction of Cadia. Eventually the eddies calm and intersystem travel resumes, however cautiously. Though on the grand scale the Imperium is deeply divided, on a smaller scale many individual ties are actually strengthened. Firmamentum becomes an even more vital manufacturing and trading hub for the surrounding region and establishes agreements with the Lathe Worlds in the nearby Calixis Sector.
111.M42 - Present Day
Over a century after the Noctis Aeterna, Firmamentum has rebuilt its martial strength and is engaged in multiple protracted campaigns in a number of systems within the Finial Sector. Echoes of the distant Plague War poison several population centers. Aeldari strike forces attempt to out-maneuver the vanguard of an awakening Necron Tomb World. Questing tendrils of a new Tyranid hive fleet have begun to strike outlying worlds. In the face of the deepening darkness, the holy engines of Legio Fidelis stand ever-ready to defend the Dark Imperium.
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Edited by CommodusXIII, 08 August 2018 - 05:29 PM.