We have always been here. We are farmers, we are shepherds. We are warriors! We drink, we dance and we fight!Long had we lived on these mountains, the land of our forefathers, defending it with our blood. Some things never changes no matter who comes... We always been here, we will always be. We were here when the Sun God faced the Moon Wolf, and we will be here when their sons decide the fate of the stars... We are Dragani, And we have been chosen!Dragani Tribe Elder at the start of the "Ascencion" ritual.
Ancient Rogue Trader Pict of a Dragani Warrior.
The Grey Talons were part of the 13th founding in the early 36th Millenium.
Despite the lack of reliable information, the Chapter gene seed is suspected to be from the White Scars, due to their wild savagery and thirst for war typically found in the sons of the Khan.
The Chapter Keep named Herminium Mons, loosely translated into High Gothic as "The Hearth", is situated in the Highest mountain range of the feral Planet Ophiussa in the west of Segmantus Pacificus.
A mountainous and rocky planet, lacking in natural resources, the tribes that make this world their home fight each other for survival. These tribal wars tend to be brutal and provides the chapter with hardened recruits used to the realities of war.
Home to several warring tribes, the chapter recruits from several of the most tough and unyielding tribes.
The coming of the Sons of the Sun God is a event worth of celebration in every tribe visited. These visits to recruit aspirants are well integrated within the tribal culture which calls these events the "Ascension"
Chosen recruits are given a night with a fertile female of their choosing so they can leave their bloodline within the tribe.
The chapter seems to have abandoned the Codex Astartes in organization and disposition, but without further evidence collected by the Imperial intitutions it is considered conjecture.
The Grey Talons don't use Devastator Squads, Heavy support being provided by the chapter veichles.
The Veterans are awarded the Honour of using Terminator armour, while Sargents commonly use MK6 armour. On closer inspection this award of MK6 armour seems to be a badge of office, no doubt tied to some chapter tradition.
Each company is a self sustained army on its own right, the most experienced battle brothers leading the Tactical squads.
The chapter also as an independent organisation called Slí An Chroí, under the direct orders of the Chapter Master.
Loosely translated as Body, Mind and Spirit, this organization brings together the Chaplains, Apothecaries, and Librarians, dedicated to the heal and balance of the battle brothers of the chapter. They also serve as guides and counselors to the company captains.
The Chapter also lacks ancient technology using more common vehicles such as the rhinos and predators and whirlwinds.
Techmarines skills are highly valued by the chapter, and these battle brothers rarely see battle.
The warriors of the chapter also carry the skulls of worthy allies fallen in battle so their spirits can take joy in the heat of battle once more.
This chapter tradition is seen with dread outside the chapter, and most Imperial institutions tends to the avoid the chapter due to their terrifying reputation.
They are especially feared by the Imperial Guard, where rumors of this infamous tradition spread like wildfire.
Due to their Tribal background the warriors of the chapter are highly superstitious, and adopted several costumes from the tribes of their home planet.
The Librarians tend to focus in the art of divination to better help direct the course of battle, and it is a skill greatly appreciated within the chapter.
After battles, enemy skulls are collected, and burnt so their spirits are destroyed, and worthy allies or brothers skulls are collected, and some might be given the Honor of seeing battle again.
The Grey Talons space marines prefer Brutal Assault, Close Combat actions.
The Chapter seem to split into a number of Battle Companies designed to operate independently. Each has an augmented auxiliary force of Scout Marines for reconnaissance and evaluation of the enemy,
Some accounts indicate that they seem to have abandoned the Codex Astartes-prescribed symbols and insignia that signify rank and assignment in a Battle Company. In their place, the Battle-Brothers use a wide range of tribal markings, corresponding with their Tribal traditions. This is naught but conjecture, however, as again, the Grey Talons are quite unwilling to discuss the intricacies of their Chapter’s organisation.
Only a few intelligible accounts of the Grey Talons exist that tell of the Chapter's very disciplined order of deployment and combat, despite the evidence from casual observers that they are a barbarous and savage Chapter in nature. Their tactical deployments and use of shock-assault tactics is highly reminiscent of the Black Templars. Although these Chapters are diametrically opposed in character, they both tend to display an overriding desire to close with the enemy and shatter their foes in bloody personal combat.
The core of their tactics rely on large detachments of mobile Space Marine infantry. In this way, the Grey Talons make use of the bloody prowess of their combat brethren to carry the day in battle. They often endeavor to be the initiator of combat actions and prefer not to fight on the defensive. Tactical operations often begin with a Battle Company using its integrated Scout Marine forces to probe enemy positions and identify weak points and any target with strategic value. Once identified, a preliminary bombardment to weaken the enemy lines is made followed by a complete and overwhelming assault. They may use Drop Pods, Storm Ravens, or teleportation to make these attacks, and the assaulting forces are often a mix of Tactical and Terminator Veterans.
Every warrior of the chapter also owns a "faca", a large-bladed fighting and utility knife, occasionally used to settle arguments "of honor". In these situations two warriors will attack with slashing attacks to the face, stopping the fight when one of the participants could no longer see clearly as the result of blood seeping from one or more facial cuts.
The gene-seed of the Grey Talons appeared to be stable and displays no aberration or mutation.
"Desperta Ferro" which loosely translates into "Awaken Iron" while beating the Faca on the chest so it sparks.
Captain Korr unknown company.
Edited by Sete, 25 September 2016 - 12:10 AM.