I got a wild idea to create a Dead chapter from the Cursed Founding. Below is an article I plan to add to the Brotherhood of Angels competition in the Dark Angels Forum. While it is meant to be Dark Angel centric, this one has a bit more of a Blood Angels bent as this chapter was an attempt to splice the two. Anyway, I'd love to hear some other opinions about this chapter as I work on it.
▪ GENE-SEED (PREDECESSOR): Dark Angels & Blood Angels
▪ FOUNDING: 21st ‘Cursed’ Founding
▪ CHAPTER MASTER: Blekaara “Faded Honor”
▪ CHAPTER WORLD: Tyr
▪ FORTRESS MONASTERY: Muspell
▪ MAIN COLORS: Red and Black
▪ SPECIALITY: Close-Combat / Fast Attack
▪ BATTLE CRY: “On our swords will the blood of our foes be shed!”
▪ CURRENT STRENGTH: Destroyed
▪ KNOWN DESCENDANTS: None
The Blood Swords were an attempt by the Adepts Mechanics to purge the flaws in the Blood Angel gene-seed by splicing it with the pure Dark Angel gene-seed. The combination was selected after reviewing the histories of the Blood Angels and all their encounters with other chapters of different gene-seeds. Only the Dark Angels seem to work with the Blood Angels with any sense of cooperation and both chapters and their successors seem to tolerate the quirks of the other.
The creation of the chapter went flawlessly and the spliced gene-seed seemed to have worked and the flaws of the Blood Angels gene-seed seemed to have been removed. The chapter began their service with honor and fought faithfully for the causes of the Imperium. It was not for nearly five centuries that the curse of the Blood Angels began to affect the Blood Swords. The visions of Sanguinius could not fully manifest in the minds of the Blood Swords because of the presence of the blood of the Lion. Both Primarchs had personal experiences with the machinations of Chaos. Sanguinius with his encounters with the Warmaster and the Lion in his youth in the forests of Caliban. As such, brothers that succumb to the madness of the Blood Angels do not see visions of Sanguinius. Instead, it is clouded with visions of the horrors of Chaos encountered by the feral Lion. The effect on the marine is madness and a mental devolution to a feral state. They see the ancient beasts of Caliban everywhere and they attack with feral intensity using only their hands or simple weapons.
The chapter’s fate was further complicated by their dual Primogenitors. Both the Dark Angels and Blood Angels were horrified that a chapter like the Blood Swords existed. Both kept a very close watch on the chapter and as the Madness manifested amongst the brothers, the chapters agreed to unite to purge the chapter. They were joined by their Second Founding Chapters to create a task force capable of wiping out the chapter.
CHAPTER HOME WORLD:
The Blood Swords homeworld of Tyr is in perpetual battle with itself. The planet is continuously wracked with volcanic activity all across the planet. The constant explosions of ash and lava has polluted the atmosphere to make it toxic to life, even space marines could not survive without their armor or rebreathers.
Muspell, the fortress monastery of the Blood Swords, is located in a convergence of volcanos. Using ordinance to destroy sections of the volcanic cones, the chapter was able to direct lava flows away from the monetary and providing a near impassable boundary for anyone foolish enough to approach the chapter on foot. The layers of lava flows have allow the chapter build an expansive fortress that burrowed down into the hardened rock. The crushed debris of the tunneling was mineral rich and was able to be used in a series of subterranean gardens to provide a constant source of food for the chapter. As the Blood Angels have a passion for art, the Blood Swords had a passion for gardening and the tactical acumen of the Dark Angels allowed them to grow large volumes of crops in the confined underground spaces.
The Blood Swords faced their end under the combined forces of the Blood Angels and the Dark Angels. The Chapter struggled with trying to understand why both of their primogenitors would see them destroyed. They tried to contact the leaders of the fleet in an attempt to have a conference of chapters, but all communications went without a response.
The answer came in the form of the Death Company. The maddened warriors of the Blood Angels fought with a frenzy but also with skill and used weapons. The Blood Swords own maddened warriors were feral and fought unarmed or with simple weapons. Seeing the two clash on the fields of battle brought realization and sorrow to Chapter Master Blekaara. The madness that the Adepts Mechanics had hoped to purge by splicing the Lion would eventually claim the chapter and turn every brother into a feral beast much as when the Lion was first discovered. Indeed, the prospect of fighting the primogenitors had sparked the madness in many more warriors than in the past.
To their credit, the crazed warriors of the Blood Swords were able to defeat the Death Company, but they could not withstand the awesome might of the Deathwing. The First Companies of the Unforgiven, in their Codex-deviant formations, were able to assault the fortress from several points. The five-man squads of Terminators closed a noose around the fortress monastery and withered the disciplined fire of the remaining Blood Swords until they were close enough that the assault squads of the Blood Angels could leap frog the terminators and jump onto the fortifications. With the outer defenses overwhelmed and destroyed, additional terminators were able to teleport into the monastery to begin the purge from within. With no hope of survival or escape, the Blood Swords threw down their bolters and attacked with their power blades. But it was not a last act of defiance, Blekaara took the field with his power sword in hand and allowed himself to be struck down in hand-to-hand combat and receiving a noble death. The last bothers of the chapter did the same — preferring to be struck down with weapon in hand than to be executed.
While the primogenitors considered the Blood Swords to be abominations, they will not besmirch their honor for they acted nobly and with honor in each of their engagements.
The Blood Swords had almost no contact with either the Blood Angels or the Dark Angels so they followed the precepts of the Ultramarines and maintained a Codex adherent Chapter.
As brothers began to succumb to the madness, they were taken off the roster and confined for they were no better than animals. At the first opportunity, they would be unleashed upon the foe as a distraction for the rest of the chapter. The affected marine rarely ever survived the conflict in part because they would fight unarmed.
The chapter did not have a large fleet. They only had a single battle barge and a small flotilla of ships to protect it. While requests for additional ships were made to the nearby forge worlds, by the time construction was completed, the chapter was dead. Those ships and vessels of the Blood Swords were given to the Deathwatch along with the Fortress Monastery.
Before the chapter was destroyed, the Blood Swords were able to gain recruits for within the system and two neighboring systems with heavily populated planets. A series of trials were set up on each planet and overseen by a small cadre of marines. Any youth could take on the trials and those that passed would be taken and inducted into the chapter. Each trial is designed to test the youth’s physical and mental strength as well as their intelligence. The first trial is done alone. The second is completed with a servant of the Chapter. The final trial is done in a group and is the most hazardous.
Black with Red
BATTLE STANDARDS OR CHAPTER BANNERS:
In the short history of the Chapter, there have only been a few battle standards to celebrate the the battles and victories of the Blood Swords. Those banners were taken to Baal to serve with honor amongst those Sons of Sanguinius whose chapters have died. The Dark Angels for their part added them to their own Rolls of Honor.
BATTLE HONORS, RELICS, DECORATIONS AND AWARDS:
Description of specific awards, honorariums and honors.
How they fight. Deathwing & Ravenwing in use? Armor Heavy? Specializations? Intolerances?
"Poke 'em in the eye!" or "Repent! For tomorrow you die!"
HOME WORLD OR HOME FLEET:
Any rituals in their home world/base.
Unique beliefs and practices.
Blood Angels and Dark Angels
CHAMPIONS OF THE CHAPTER:
Special characters (As many as you wish)
Edited by Grand Master Belial, 25 April 2015 - 07:40 PM.