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Crimson Sons of Vengeance
▪ GENE-SEED (PREDECESSOR): Blood Angels
▪ FOUNDING: 9th founding(early M35)
▪ CHAPTER MASTER: Commanding Chaplain Alvoro(c.M35)
▪ CHAPTER WORLD: Kavillion Secondus
▪ FORTRESS MONASTERY: Templum Luctus
▪ MAIN COLOURS: Deep Red(Primary), Bone(Secondary), Black or Gold trim
▪ SPECIALITY: Alpha strikes that open up close combat opportunities
▪ BATTLE CRY:
Force Leader/Chaplain: What are you to the Angel Above?
Response: His Sons!
FL/C: What are you to the enemy?
R: WRATH AND DEATH!
▪ CURRENT STRENGTH: 1200 strong counting Death Company, Sanguinary Guard, Neophytes and Chapter Serfs
▪ KNOWN DESCENDANTS: None as of M36.
▪ ALLEGIANCE: Inquisitorial mistrust but loyal to the Emperor and supremely loyal to the Blood Angels and Sanguinius
ORIGIN OF THE CHAPTER:
The chapter was created after the warp storm which developed in the Dolchiate Sector had grown to swallow an entire solar system into it. They are to be the guardians of the sector and principally reside within the Semyon System which befell a massive tragedy some millennia ago. There are rumours that some members were either involved or very closely linked with the tragedy due to the high detail often spoken of in the songs or poetry they write, however these have yet to be confirmed by a living soul or trustworthy source.
CHAPTER HOME WORLD:
Kavillion Secondus was a lush rural world prior to the tragedy. It is about twice the size of Terra with a slightly augmented gravity level. It is now a world of much warfare and bloodshed having just recently been reconquered in the name of the Emperor.
The people of Kavillion Secondus no longer remember the societies that existed prior to the tragedy that has made it such a forlorn world but no matter how dark life was, the legend of the angels flying upon flame tipped wings remained strong and was passed down from generation to generation. As of M35, the men and women of Kavillion Secondus live in tribal villages that at most reach a population of 150. Infighting and treachery amongst families within the villages themselves is a common occurrence, creating a populace of extremely selfish, sceptical and violent human beings.
The homeworld of the Sons resides in the Symeon System and is the only inhabitable world of the system. It is neighboured by a death world and a ferro world. A shadow resides over the entire system with the husk of what remains of Kavillion Prime, a world which had an Exterminatus declared upon it some time very near to the tragedy that befell the entire sector, being torn apart by the gravities of each world of the system. Prime is now considered a sanctuary world by the Crimson Sons of Vengeance, it is rumoured that the Sanguinary Guard are the only Sons with free access to this corpse and that any other who wishes to even fly through it, must seek extremely special permissions only granted by the Commanding Chaplain, First Captain or the Sanguinary High Priest.
In M41, the Crimson Sons of Vengeance find themselves fighting on all fronts in the Dolchiate Sector. The first company is spread thin across hundreds of battlefields. The second company is attempting to push back tyranids as they devour humanity from within with genestealer cults spread across the sector’s worlds, the third and fourth companies have been scarcely heard from in over a millennia with the first rumoured to being engaged with various eldarkin in and out of the webway and the other having travelled deep into Warp Storm Rott. The fifth company doing all it can to quench riots and mass murders from erupting planet wide as the Tau, spreading their vile lies and confusion, overtake world after world. The Sanguinary Guard are seldomly seen as they have sworn to protect the sanctity of the corpse of Kavillion Prime. The reserves can barely be called that as they move from battlefield to battlefield without rest or respite.
The Crimson sons, much like any sons of the angel, favour close quarters fighting. They have however molded each company of the chapter to match the designated opponents on the battlefield.
Therefore, each battle company operates much like a fleet based force, while the specialist companies bring their expertise to the field when called upon.
ROLL OF HONOR:
C.Early M35 - The Retaking Campaign
The entirety of the Crimson Sons of Vengeance Chapter completes its warp jump into the Dolchiate Sector and travels into the Semyon System aboard and accompanied by its massive fleet. They immediately assess the system as one ideal for a base of operations in the sector and deploy an elite vanguard force unto Kavillion Secondus, facing off against agents of Slaanesh and their traitorous Emperor’s Children allies. Many years are required to completely purge the world of Chaos’ taint but ultimately the Sons prevail and begin construction of the Templum Luctus. It is to be noted that the commander of the Chaos Warband escapes Kavillion Secondus with some kind of priceless artifact, something that Commanding Chaplain Alvoro is not soon to forget.
C.Early M.35 - The Assault on the Fortress of Lies.
During The Retaking Campaign the 6th and 7th Assault Specialist Companies are dismissed from the ongoing Campaign to deal with a Tau stronghold that has sprung up on a nearby world without Imperial defence or guidance. These two assault oriented companies use their own tactical specialties to distract and overwhelm superior Tau number and firepower during planetfall but also to push and break through the Tau’s defensive lines and positions to force the xenos to flee and secure a second planet in the Emperor and the Angel’s names. This marks the first and possibly only time these specialist companies would work in tandem to such an efficient and devastating end.
120.M35 - The Cleansing of Prime
With the Templum Luctus complete and total control on every world of the Semyon System, the First Captain and Sanguinary Guard focus their attention inexplicably to the corpse-planet, Kavillion Prime. An elite force of 50 Space Marines arrive and like a surgeon’s scalpel remove all of the cancer from the remains of the world in the form of Xenos, of which Eldar and Genestealers held a heavier presence, while efficiently preserving the relics found about the remains of the once living world. From henceforth Sanguinary Guard will often stand vigil upon what remains of Kavillion Prime.
The Crimson Sons utilise the Codex Astartes to organise themselves but do have the following divergences:
Much like the Blood Angels, they use the Baal Class variant of Predator as well as the Furioso, Death Company and Librarian variant Dreadnoughts. The Death Company is also present.
The Battle Companies(2, 3, 4 & 5) are composed of 5 assault squads, 3 tactical squads and 2 devastator squads. This provides the Sons with added mobility mobility on the battlefield, and reflects their desire for close quarter fighting.
As they prioritise, and often suffer greater casualties amongst, assault squads, the specialist companies reflect this in that the 6th and 7th company are entirely composed of assault marines. The former being the jump pack mobility specialists whereas the latter are deep strike focussed. The 8th company is composed of the devastator and heavy weapon specialists of the Chapter.
The 9th and 10th company very much resemble the tactical reserve and scout companies described in the Codex Astartes. However the Sons diverge in how a scout becomes a fully fledged battle brother.
As per the Codex, scouts are evaluated on and off the field and can be assigned to the Sanguinary Priesthood, the Librarius or the Reclusiam, if they show the qualities required to succeed within these organisations. Any scout not destined for this sort of specialised duty is immediately upgraded to the 9th Tactical Reserve Company. Within this company these battle brothers are put through greater duress to test their resistance to the red thirst and the black rage, but they are also studied for career improvement and thus further allocation to one of the specialist companies or to a battle company should their mastery of the thirst and rage be acceptable.
Finally, the remaining divergence is in the command of the Chapter as well as of each Company. For reasons that elude even inquisitorial probing, the Sons are always led off the battlefield by a triumvirate of a Reclusiarch, Sanguinary Priest and a Captain. Of these three, the Reclusiarch seems to be the final decision maker however he can not directly oppose the Sanguinary Priest and Captain if they are united. This is reflected in the Chapter Head Quarters with the establishment of an old Blood Angel Legion rank known as the First Captain, and the participation of the Sanguinary High Priest who must counsel with the Commanding Chaplain who is considered the acting Chapter Master as far as Codex duties are concerned. For clarification, the High Chaplain rank is still in use and commands the Reclusiam without being overruled by the Commanding Chaplain.
Endovelicus - Battle Barge - Favored ship of the Commanding Chaplain.
Ataegina - Battle Barge - Favored ship of the First Captain and Sanguinary Guard or of the High Priest and Priesthood.
Neto - Strike Cruiser - Favored by the 2nd Battle Company
Borvo - Strike Cruiser - Favored by the 3rd Battle Company
Cariocecus - Strike Cruiser - Favored by the 4th Battle Company
Trebaruna - Strike Cruiser - Favored by the 5th Battle Company
Dercetius - Strike Cruiser - Favored by the 6th Specialist Company
Runesocesius - Strike Cruiser - Favored by the 7th Specialist Company
15 Rapid Strike Vessels
33 Thunderhawk Gunships
The Crimson Sons of Vengeance are affected by the death of Sanguinius much like other Sons of Sanguinius. However whereas the Blood Angels impossibly seek the Angel’s beauty in art and life or the Flesh Tearers seek to tap into His fury, the Sons focus on the melancholy of His death by seeking such tragedy in their lives or even in the events that encompass them. Through the contemplation of this and the performing or writing of various music, lyrics, poetry and prose, they hope to contemplate this black mark on their geneseed in a more secure fashion so as to abate the calling of the red thirst or of the black rage. This humbling process also permits them to stare fate in the eye as a demi-god amongst men should and face all trial and difficulty with the resolve that it won’t be the end, simply another chapter to their ever growing epic.
Other beliefs are shared amongst the organisations within the Chapter. For one, the reverence of the corpse of Kavillion Prime. Not much information is released to this effect but it is believed by many imperial scholars that the Guard will often reside upon the shards of the world in reserved contemplation and many of the Sons’ heroes and greats have been allowed to make the pilgrimage in the hopes of being enlightened to the consequences of failing the Angel.
Many Adeptus Astartes chose the men to join their ranks from backward or desolate worlds. Men who have nothing to lose and everything to gain from joining their ranks. Men who have been hardened to life and its atrocities. The Blood Angels are similar in this selection as a battle hardened youth can make the best soldier and although the Crimson Sons of Vengeance are no different, they emphasize the gift of this demi-godhood more so than the physical or mental capabilities of the elected. And so, the ultimate goal to becoming a Son is in fact to accept the Father as your own.
On worlds such as Kavillion Secondus, where men must often strive and fight day and night to survive, the Sons set up their recruitment method. Firstly, on a world which has been reclaimed in the name of the Imperium, the Crimson Sons of Vengeance aid the ecclesiarchy in establishing its main functions of returning the people to the Emperor of Man. They then begin establishing a voluntary sanction upon the world known as The Will of the Angel. This sanction allows any full grown man to submit himself to the trials of selection in determining whether he is fit to become a Son or die trying. Few undertake this sanction of their own unless faced with certain death to begin with which explains why so many who take on this process are men sentenced to their world’s specific death penalty.
Upon receiving a death sentence or upon a man’s own realisation of inability to achieve the Emperor’s Salvation, many men will submit themselves to The Will of the Angel. This is seen by many as the first step of the selection process. These men are clothed in unmarked or simple robes and placed within a highly servitor guarded monastery. Each monastery is equipped with a library containing the greatest literary and philosophical works of Sons of The Angel from every Chapter descending from the Blood Angels. These works often are collected around the person and essence of the Primarch Sanguinius and are made available so that these men may consider the decision they have made. These men are held in the monasteries of their respective worlds until a fair number of them can board a Crimson Sons of Vengeance ship and be brought to Kavillion Secondus. Upon reaching the homeworld of the Sons, those who have submitted themselves to The Angel’s Will are brought to a secluded location on Secondus. This location is known simply as the Bowed Terrace. The Terrace is an obsidian island of a hundred feet of polished cliff edge, followed by a cylindrical 4 foot wide plateau, leading to a 50 foot rise unto the terrace itself. With the seas constantly whipping around this island, the obsidian like surfaces of the terrace, rise and plateau are often difficult to manage and often lead to the first deaths upon the Bowed Terrace. The men are bound, gagged and thrown onto the lower plateau of the terrace from thunderhawks gunships. From that point on, no Space Marine or other interference is allowed until the Angel’s Elect remain. Many imperial and inquisitorial scholars have pondered on the nature of this selection process and the Crimson Sons have been quite secretive and reclused about it. What is known is that this is not a trial of willpower or strength, as the bones of survivors and warlords or mass murders alike have decayed to be blown away into the wind or swallowed by the sea. According to any Son willing to speak on this trial, only the Angel’s own are picked off the Bowed Terrace and move onto the next phase.
The second phase is often more rigorous than the first, but not in the physical sense. These elected individuals are brought to the Templum Luctus where they reside until death or are permitted to serve and ultimately receive Sanguinius’ gene-seed. The elect who reside in the Sons’ Fortess-Monastery have access to the Reclusiam and Sanguinary Priesthood as well as any work done by the hands of a Battle Brother, as these are the ressources depicting The Angel and the relationship he has with his sons. The selection performed here had also been masked to the eyes of Imperial and Inquisitorial agents alike. What is known is that no meeting or the hierachy or even of Battle Brothers exists to select the elect further, only that they are called forth in an individual basis to serve the Chapter as serfs or are never called upon and end their lives in this monasic state.
Achieving the status of serf, they are assigned a Battle Brother to serve as well as respinsibilties to Chapter and to the Templum Luctus. From henceforth it is remarked that over 90% of Chaptet Serfs do eventually become Battle Brothers, a remarkably high rate amognst even the greatest of Space Marine Chapters in current existance. Many Imperial Scholars concure that the way of life learned while serving as serfs is extremely conducive to this success rate.
Finally comes the originally unexpected but soon sought after day. These serfs have grown to not only have a reverance for Sanguinius but also a true and established love and complete desire to bring glory onto this father whom they claim found and cared for them even onto the life of warfare and hardship that awaits them. The serfs that are chosen for the operation of transforming a man into a Space Marine are accompanied by a Chaplain and Sanguinary Priest, all three men robed and hooded and always in deep contemplation of the task ahead. The serfs then are operated on and inserted into a sarcophogi which in turn is filled with Sanguinary Priest blood which is known to contain a diluted portion of Sanguinius’ blood. The transformation then begins. Most serfs are known to survive this process however there are those who inevitably perish. The Sons claim that these have received The Angel’s Mercy and await their brethren by His side having served the purpose He set out for them, unbeknowst to any living soul. The surviving men leave the sarcophogi and witness their second birth for the first time as their corpse like husks are replaced by healthy, powerful forms and like all their cousins of The Angel, they find their frightful or hard-featured appearences turned unmarked and lovely, in The Angel’s image.
These go onto serve as scouts of the 10th Company and should they grow and survive will complete the surgical aspects of the transformation, followed by a second stint in the sarcophogi before being assigned into a Battle, Specialist or Reserve Company.
The pilgrimages to Kavillion Prime is the most sought after ritual that any Crimson Son seeks to be permitted to do. Many of these pilgrimages have yielded some of the greatest works by the heroes who do spend time upon the corpse of the world. However there are some rumours of those same heroes never returning. It is believed that the Sons induct these men into the dreaded Death Company as they finally succumb to the visions of the Angel’s demise at the hands of the Archtraitor.
Aside for this great honour, the Sons do participate in sharing their artistic creations communally with their battle brothers. Critique is never offered and often considered an offense, as they believe that the contemplation of tragedy needs no form but simply must be felt by the creator and the audience.
CHAPTER BANNERS OR BATTLE STANDARDS:
The Chapter Symbol found of banners and standards is a single, stylised white feather upon a red background. The Sons have adapted this symbol as the one signifying the loss and inspiration that is The Angel Above, known to the imperium simply as Sanguinius. It also not only reflects their loyalty to their Blood Angel and successor Chapter “cousins” but also their own artistic reflective attitude towards the arts of literature and musical composition.
This symbol is reflected on each Battle Brother by a crude drawing of a black feather on the bone colored shoulder pads.
HONORS, RELICS, DECORATIONS AND AWARDS:
The Crimson Sons of Vengeance are still quite young in their history to have established honors beyond those of the Codex Astartes, however there are some that have begun being passed down from the respective Company and Chapter leadership groups.
One of the obvious ones is the chapter symbol found on each Sons’ shoulder pads. The symbol begins as a crude drawing of a feather but can then be added upon. Squad Sergeants have the authority of honoring combat squad leaders and weapons specialists with such a designation, so too do Captains onto the Sergeants and their personal honour guard or command squads. It is noted however that the Company Captains have been given free reign as to styilze the chapter symbol as a personal heraldary. Each of these modifications is never to be removed as it would be disrespectful to the battle brother responsible for bestowing the honor, and because of this one can trace a Crimson Son’s career.
Force Leader/Chaplain: What are you to the Angel Above?
Response: His Sons!
FL/C: What are you to the enemy?
R: WRATH AND DEATH!
The Crimson Sons of Vengeance share the Blood Angels gene-seed and in doing so they find themselves sharing in the same joys and pains. They are known for a very similar longevity as the original sons of Sanguinius, with some Sons only beginning to become pillars of the chapter well into their 300th year of service, while many of the revered martyrs amongst the battle brothers find themselves joining The Angel after a millennia of fighting in His name.
The Sons are also known to suffer from the Black Rage and the Red Thirst. Their view of handling these curses is particular for a Blood Angel Successor Chapter. Both are seen by this Chapter as the result of the human psyche being overpowered by a part of Sanguinius spiritual presence inhabiting a Space Marine. The legendary Death Company is therefore seen by the battle brothers of the Chapter as the group of brothers that have personally felt The Angel reach into their very souls, whereas the leadership of Company and Chapter keep a wary on these Sons and on the effect their presence has on the rest of the Chapter. The Red Thirst is shared amongst all Crimson Sons and the entire Chapter shares the same view of origins of this curse as they do for The Black Rage, however the act it encourages is considered more acceptable than the reverence battle brothers will have for the Death Company. Although it isnt known if the drinking of blood happens on or off the field of battle or under what kind of conditions.
CHAMPIONS OF THE CHAPTER:
(Currently updated until mid to late M35)
Commanding Chaplain Achilleus Alvoro
Although no information is readily available on the Commanding Chaplain’s activities prior to leading the Crimson Sons of Vengeance, which often attracts more than one inquisitor’s gaze, however since being defacto Chapter Master, he has been nothing but the ultimate weapon of the Emperor and Angel’s wrath. His most notable engagement has been to lead his Chapter in The Retaking Campaign and bringing not only the world of Kavillion Secondus back to the Imperium but also ensuring the protection of the Symeon System and giving a bright hope to the entire Sector.
First Captain Mencius Diogo
The first Captain is also amongst those whose past is shaded in mystery. However his brilliance in combat and near symbiotic control of the famed Sanguinary Guard of the Sons during The Retaking Campaign have made his name hallowed amongst even the captains of the Sons of Vengeance. His firstmost achievement during that campaign was being first on the ground to achieve first blood even before any of the Guard had drawn their weapons.
Sanguinary High Priest Osvaldus Benedito
Osvaldus Benedito was still very young in his Space Marine career as a Blood Angel when the Sons were created. The Blood Angels being notified of these new cousins imminent birth had planned to send a percentage of their scouts and neophytes to aid in the quick establishing of this Successor Chapter. Benedito volunteered. Becoming a Sanguinary Priest of the Crimson Sons, it wasnt long before his meekness and faith in Sanguinius were outshone by his wisdom and the Sanguine Miracles he performed through The Angel Above’s blessing. Benedito was thus made Sanguinary High Priest before The Retaking began and quickly became a force to be reconned with on the battle field. He is known for guarding a suicide styled sternguard squad against the gigantic explosion of a fellblade that they downed. An explosion that left nothing but Benedito and the sternguards standings for many kilometers around.
Chief Librarian Alaricus Galharde
The nicknamed prince and known Regent of Kavillion Secondus rose to his position very quickly following The Retaking Campaign. A part of the first batch of Kavilionite recruits, Alaricus’ psychic powers were quickly noticeable by the leadership of the Sons. His prowess was in fact so remarkable that he not only was blessed to reach the ranks of Battle Brothers but was quick to rise the ladder of the Librarius and compete for the position of Chief Librarian even before reaching his first half century of service.
It is told that a psychic attack was detected on Kavillon Secondus, inducing murderous rage amongst the people itself, and that the elect of the Librarius reunited within the Templum Lectus to defend against and repel the attack as best as they could. However, the victims only found there situation worsening as more and more of the people of Kavillion Secondus were falling to this psychic induced rage. As time passed, the attack began to take its toll even upon the elect, each day that passed was announced alonside the death of one of these powerful Space Marine Librarians. By the 7th day only Galharde remained and the leadership of the chapter was nowehere near to finding the source of the attack. On this day Commanding Chaplain Alvoro was ready to take matters into his own hands to preserve what was now his most powerful Librarian. He stormed into the room now filled with bleeding bodies and a lone Son sweating profusely, fighting with all his might. Alvoro stared into the eyes of Alaricus Galharde and saw a man determined not to fail. He attempted to reason with this proud Son but all Galharde would respond in a barely heard whisper was “I will not fail my people”. As time passed and the day began darkening, blood began trickling down his noes and yet still Galharde’s reply was “I will not fail my people”. Finally night fell and blod began trickling from his eyes, at the sight of this Alvoro charged at him in a hoped attempt to conserve his life. Upon making contact an explosion was felt instead of heard across the planet. When the dust cleared, Galharde carried Alvoro out of the room and as reports began coming in over the vox about how the rage left the populace and all recovering could only explain the cure as a pronounced feeling of love that washed the rage away, Alaricus Galharde was heard saying to a near out of conscience Achilleus Alvoro: “I will not fail my people.”
This display of power and love made the promotion of Galharde to Chief Librarian and Regent of Kavillion Secondus a formality.
Edited by Dolchiate Remembrancer, 25 May 2016 - 08:57 PM.