The Hunt for the Fallen is a theme that is central to the Unforgiven as a whole. That having been said, I didn't want the Swords of Aldurukh to be redundant to the lore of the Dark Angels. The great shame and varying degrees of guilt the Unforgiven feel on account of Luther's betrayal are known things. The agenda these Chapters have adhered to as a result is great stuff, and the sins they have committed in the name of it makes the Dark Angels and their Successors darker, more nuanced anti-heroes. Nonetheless, I wanted to explore a different direction. A different way to walk the same path, if you will.
My intent here was to make a Chapter that was original and different while remaining true and respectful to the source material. I wanted this Chapter to be tragic and noble without being Mary Sue-ish. I wanted to pay tribute to how powerful a Chapter of the Adeptus Astartes is within the context of Warhammer 40k without making them seem overpowered - that is, without resorting to "power creep" or ignoring previous depictions of First- and Second Founding Chapters.
The ideas presented in the posts to follow are things that have been bouncing around my heretical cranium for some months now, but this competition has given me the motivation to put them down in a more structured form (and, hopefully, one that is pleasing to you, dear reader).
I invite constructive criticism and debate alike. I hope you enjoy!
1. Introductory piece (from the point of view of the Inquisition)
2. Initial historical investigation by Inquisitor Bastalek Grim
3. "The First Founding" and "Primus Decem" vignette.
4. "The Sword of Three Truths" vignette.
5. "The Fall of Caliban" vignette.
6. "Revelations" vignette.
7. "Debts to the Dead" vignette.
8. "Huntsmen" vignette.
9. "The Second Founding" vignette.
10. A report on the Chapter's gene-seed, by Inquisitor Bastalek Grim.
11. A report on the Chapter's recruiting practices, by Inquisitor Bastalek Grim.
12. A report on the Chapter fleet, by Inquisitor Bastalek Grim.
13. A report on the Tenth Company by Inquisitor Bastalek Grim, and a "Tenth Company" vignette.
Certain excerpts are presented as Inquisitorial reports on the Swords of Aldurukh (of the sort shown in Forgeworld publications). These are meant to serve as imperfect, incomplete accounts written by "outsiders" not privy to the secrets of the Chapter. Generally speaking, any lore not preceded by an Inquisitorial header is from the perspective of an "omniscient narrator" and can be considered to be as "true" as something can be in the grand sandbox that is Warhammer 40k.
I've tried to be faithful to the source material out there, without giving up my license for creativity. The works and authors I owe credit to for inspiration follow:
"A Hunt in the Dark," Angels of Darkness, "Call of the Lion," Master of Sanctity, Ravenwing, and The Unforgiven, all by Gav Thorpe.
Codex: Space Marines (all of them)
Codex: Dark Angels (all of them)
"Deathwing," by William King
Descent of Angels, by Mitch Scanlon
Fallen Angels, by Mike Lee
Horus Heresy: Betrayal, by Alan Bligh
Pandorax, by C.Z. Dunn
Prince of Crows and "Savage Weapons," by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
"Reparation," by Andy Smillie
The Unremembered Empire, by Dan Abnett
Additional credit must go to Captain Semper, Grand Master Belial, Bryan Blaire, twopounder, FerociousBeast, and still other contributors at the Dark Angels forum, whose musings, theories, and ideas about the Unforgiven have expanded my own perspective on the setting.
As might be expected in a shared sandbox like Warhammer 40k, wherein not all authors work next to each other, there are inconsistencies to be found in the lore. I have attempted to reconcile my work with as much of the established setting as possible. One notable timeline inconsistency that could not be avoided, however, is that between Codex: Dark Angels (6th edition) and Gav Thorpe's novel, The Unforgiven. the former establishes the Second Founding as an event that occurred after the formation of the Inner Circle. The latter has Azrael state that the secret library particular to his position indicates the Second Founding occurred "several decades" before the formation of the Inner Circle. As the Codex's timeline is more suitable to my story, I have opted to use it.
Edited by Phoebus, 31 October 2016 - 08:21 AM.