" I will have war unending, until the halls of Kharabor are ours once more! " - Chapter Master Dhorin Ironshield.
"Swiftness alone cannot win this war. Patience and Strength will guide our path to victory." - First Chapter Master Zidor Khan
* Early founding. 4th? 5th? Something like that. I'd like the Stonebound to be an old Chapter.
* Initial, broad objective is to stomp the heck out of an ork empire festering in Segmentum Pacificus.
* The Stonebound take Kharabor (Mountainhome) as a homeworld, and entrench themselves against the massing Ork threat, whose inhabitants call them the 'Stone Giants' for their impenetrable armour. Inspired, the Chapter names itself the Stonebound.
* After surviving the initial greenskin attack, the Chapter goes on the offensive.
* The orks are dug in quite well on their worlds, and fast attacks prove less effective at destroying them than slower-paced but heavier assaults.
* The Stonebound reclaim many worlds for the Imperium, and their heroic exploits earn them the favour of many allies - Regiments, local AdMech, Ecclesiarchy and so forth.
* The Stonebound establish underground fortresses on these liberated worlds, and use them as a combined fortress and treasury - the Chapter is prone to mining up the rare, useful metal named 'Stormsilver' when they get the opportunity. Stormilver is only found in large quantities in this particular sector, and The Stonebound are loath indeed to share their prized hoard of it with anyone.
* Eventually the highly successful Stonebound become more isolationist in nature, quick to distrust others and assume any offer of help is a ploy to gain access to their numerous treasuries. Their old friendships with others fall by the wayside and are eventually all but forgotten.
* Millennia later, at the start of M39, the Stonebound are spread thinly across their claimed territories, and are completely unprepared for the return of the Waaaaagh. Innumerable orks run rough-shod over the sector, fighting through the Stonebound through sheer numbers. Chapter-held worlds fall all over the sector, including their homeworld, Kharabor.
* The Stonebound, now outnumbered and desperate, rally at a planet called Irol, formerly one of their recruitment worlds, and once again hold off the Ork attacks, with heavy losses.
* Irol, renamed Kagara (Keystone), becomes the Stonebound's new homeworld.
* Since that time, all the way up to 'modern' 40k, the Chapter is fighting a war against time, rebuilding itself as quickly as possible so they can take back Kharabor before the Orks ruin it completely or another Imperial faction reclaims the world and the treasures stored within.
* This is by no means a guaranteed success. The greenskin hordes swarm as thick as flies around most of the sector, and every battle costs the Stonebound more lives they cannot afford to lose. Though some of the younger elements of the Chapter insist they must look to rekindle their old alliances, the Chapter's leadership struggle against their own inherent prideful, unyielding nature.
"'Tis but a humble place, compared to the halls of our fathers." - Captain Dagrim Stonereaver, First Company
* Fomerly Kharabor, a world of hills, forests and valleys dominated by great, ornately built cities and the Stonebound's nigh-impentrable mountain fortresses and underground vaults, which I must make sound utterly magnificent.
* Kharabor and the surrounding sector at large are rich in 'Stormsilver' and the Stonebound use it for magnificent weapons and armour that demonstrate their excellent craftsmanship as well as acting as symbols of wealth and power.
* The loss of their homeworld (and much of their 'domain', along with most of the Stormsilver) has such a profound effect on the Chapter that even those Stonebound who have never seen Kharabor yearn to reclaim it, at any cost.
* Now the Chapter's Homeworld is Kagara, a steeply mountainous world with an elliptical orbit that is much warmer underground, prompting semi-subterranean civilisations who live underground in the winter.
* These migratory clans have lots of deadly wildlife (and each other) to fend off and make for a source of good recruits.
* The clans forge axes as a coming-of-age ritual/rite of passage (one side of the axe is typically a mining pick, might or might not make it into the IA)
* The Stonebound build their monastery in one of the deepest and sturdiest caverns, and are fairly distant from the clans when not conducting recruitment trials.
* Stormsilver in the Chapter's possession is now sometimes referred to as 'The Bones of Kharabor'. It's only added to weapons and armour in extremely limited quantities, and is seen as transforming the Bones of Kharabor into the instruments of it's reclaimation.
"That which does not kill us will live to regret their failure" - old Kharabori folk saying.
* The Stonebound are quite different from other Scars successors. The influence of their former homeworld is quite strong in the Chapter.
* However, recruits are still taken from any clan and put into mixed squads rather than sorting them by clan.
* Forging an axe is a rite of passage for new battle brothers, taken from Kharabori clan traditions.
* After losing Kharabor, forging with Stormsilver slowly takes on aspects of a ritual, with recitations of oaths of vengeance, pledges to the Mountainhome, and prayers to the Khan and The Emperor.
* Librarians in the Chapter are known as Sages, and are in charge of the Grudge Stones.
* Grudge Stones record the names and deeds of the Stonebound's most notable enemies, and can only be broken when the enemy in question is slain. To bear grudge stones is a mark of shame for a Company, and the breaking of those stones is cause for celebration. Those hunting a foe listed on the Grudge Stone often mark the stone with their blood, as the Grimdark equivalent of shouting 'It's On Now'.
* The Stonebound strongly venerate the Emperor and the Khan. They take immense pride in their lineage and history.
* The Stonebound believe that they were always in the right to lay claim so many worlds, because they are of the line of The Emperor, the Great Uniter, and they seek to bring humanity together under His rule once more.
* That said, the Stonebound have become largely bitter, paranoid and isolated since their younger days, with many of their old alliances having been gradually ignored or discarded by the Stonebound at the height of their glory.
"We will give as many lives as it takes, until Kharabor is ours." - Brother Zelek Stonehewer
* Initially the Stonebound used fast attacks like most sons of the Khan, but not as much anymore: Instead, they use a slower, more methodical approach that has proven effective against the ork empires they've faced.
* Said approach is influenced firstly by the rough terrain and the innumerable warhosts of the foul greenskins, and then is later enforced as a tradition.
* But, strategic flexibility is still very much a key thing for the Chapter. There's enough bikes, aerial forces and assault units that moving slow and shooting is far from their only option.
* For instance, fast attack doctrines are still commonly used, but as support for the main assault rather than as the core of the attack.
* The Stonebound do use Dreadnoughts, although not everybody in the Chapter is comfortable with it. Those that are ok with Dreads see them as walking links with the Chapter's history and symbols of great honour.
* Possibly include something about an iron talisman that is worn around the neck of those willing to become Dreadnoughts if the worst should happen?
* Shown to revere the warrior within the dreadnought rather than just the machine.
"The ways of our ancestors endure, just as we do." - Sage Varkand Flamebeard
* Codex organisation. Can't see any reason to change from it, to be honest.
* Obviously depleted a bit in number, rebuilding a Chapter takes time after all.
* First company has their own heraldry and seldom operates as a whole company, instead assigning squads to work with other companies.
* Members of the 'Redshields' First Company get given a plain red shield, which over time is engraved with personal heraldry and other details. When a 1st company veteran dies, the shield goes on the walls of the Fortress Monastery.
*More recently, Reserve Companies have seen a lot more action since the Chapter is still under-strength.
"The lineage of the Emperor will not be broken, come what may." - Apothecary Barburn Brightaxe
* White Scars Geneseed. No notable changes or deviations.
* Heightened aggression as is common with sons of the Khan. Unknown if related to the actual geneseed or just inherited from the surly Kagaran/Kharabori population, but it's not enough of an issue for it to be a problem.
* It is not uncommon for Stonebound to memorize the lineage of the geneseed they bear until they can, by memory, trace their descent back to the Khan and the Emperor.
"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken!"
or, more recently,
Outline updated on 23/3/2016, for the Mountainhome!
Added 'Stormsilver' stuff, replacing 'greed for relics' with 'greed for rare metal', which is pure, undiluted Dwarvishness.
Removed Chaplain and Techmarine involvement in forging; consensus opinion is that that's too much like the Sallies.
Ritualised forging is now reserved for when Kharabor Stormsilver is being used in the act of forging, and even then only after losing the homeworld in the first place.
So I read the 'Liberalia Martiale 2016' thread, and...Well, here we are again.
Hopefully everyone's not too tired of me failing to deliver with these guys.
Especially because I recently figured out what I wanted from the Stonebound: MOAR TOLKIEN.
More specifically, I wanted an analogue for the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain to be the Chapter's immediate future.
So there's going to be less subtlety and more greed, more pride (especially in their heritage), and more stubborn disavowment of these flaws by the Chapter at large.
I also want their mission to reclaim Kharabor to be THE goal for the Chapter, something that shapes their very personality, and almost every facet of the Chapter is coloured by their yearning for their old homeworld.
See, the Stonebound don't want their homeworld back. They need it, with an intensity that's rapidly approaching unbridled obsession. For some of the Chapter, it is because they pine for the Chapter's lost glory days, and long to rise up once more. For others, it is because they greedily yearn for the lost treasures of their ancestors, and for others still it is simply because Kharabor is their true home. But the main reason, the one all Stonebound can agree on, is that losing their homeworld to the dirty greenskins is an irrevocable stain on their honour, and the honour of their ancestors.
And that blow to their pride is terrible enough that they will risk everything to avenge it as soon as they think they have a real chance of success, which is going to be any day now (in-universe).
I'm keeping the grudge stones and the "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken!" battlecries though, because they're both amazing ideas. Oh, and the Legacy Saga sidebar, obviously. That probably goes without saying, but hey ho.
As always, all shades of opinion are welcome, be they scornful mockery or polite approval.
C&C is especially welcome, 'cause I bet there's a whole bunch of problems with this Chapter that I haven't foreseen. Again.
Edited by Ace Debonair, 23 March 2016 - 10:01 PM.