The Eternal Sentinels Space Marines Chapter
Chapter name: Eternal Sentinels
Descended from if known: White Scars
Founding number if known: 23rd
Descendants if known: None
Chapter History (notable battles etc): Battle for Idajoleti, the Massacre of Pillarview, the Perditio War
Battle Cry: We Fight for the Dead!
Notable Characters: Chapter Master Esan Aurelius
Colour scheme and Chapter symbol: Silver and Gold, Chapter Symbol an open eye over a sun cross.
The Eternal Sentinels are a Chapter of the 23rd Founding, created in order to better patrol the Ultima Segmentum from threats both without and within. Their gene-fathers are of the White Scars, and prior to their participation in the Baltus Crusade they were a fleet-based chapter. Once they took part in the Baltus Crusade, they claimed Idajoleti as their recruiting world, retiring some of their fleet to system defense. The cultures of the two planets blended into one seamless whole as the two mixed.
The homeworld of the Eternal Sentinels, Idajoleti, is a hive world with a hot climate, with the average temperature being 38°C, reaching up to 55°C in the summers. In response, the people of the planet, the tribal Arobruans, have developed darker skin and use a special face-paint made from the ubiquitous Aye fruit to cool themselves down. Their culture is relatively unchanged and their technology still on the low side even after Imperial contact, simply due to the fact that the hot temperatures are not conductive towards electronic dependence. The hives were built when it was noticed that the adaptability Arobruans had to scalding heat let them work effectively as slaves in Imperial ships, a constantly valuable resource.
The Eternal Sentinels practice the art of Meji Iku, or the twin death. This applies to both personal and strategic combat style, as they elevate one trait above all - the speed necessary to slay the opponent not once, but twice, striking in conjunction to break any blockade. This strategy naturally lends itself to fast moving elements, but also durable and destructive forces that can weather enemy fire and destroy them in return. Towards this goal, the chapter's strategies include the classic "Hammer and Anvil" manuever of the Codex Astartes as a standard practice - Terminator firebases hold the line while flanking land speeders force enemy units to engage with harrying strikes.
The Eternal Sentinels are a mostly codex compliant chapter, with the main exception being their first company - rather than being made up of veterans of the chapter, veterans and terminator-trained pilots are distributed throughout the other 9 companies. Instead, the first company is made up of the assault bike flanking force, supported by the dreadnought suits normally found in the 8th company and transported by massive Thunderhawk formations. This formation is known as the Rapine Devastation, and both respected and feared by the chapter's enemies.
The Eternal Sentinels believe in an Inquisition-approved blend of the Idajoletian's original beliefs and the Imperial Creed. According to the scriptures written in the Oba Iwe, all things in life have an aye, a spirit residing inside that gives it its properties. The Emperor is said to be the source of all aye, and his primarch sons responsible for spreadingbthem throughout the galaxy. As an object is used, its aye becomes stronger and inprinted with the user's personality. When a person that cherished an object with an aye dies, its soul imprint on the aye can be harnessed to empower the object. Upon further study, it appears that there is some basis in this - the time Idajoleti spent in the warpstorm in combination with remnants of the WAAAGH! energy caused a soul imprint on certain relics, psychic energy left behind by the emotions of a strong mind. This resulted in battle brothers that had been born on the planet empowering the weapons they used with their power and experiences. With practice, others could call upon these techniques in battle, boosting their battle prowess at the cost of their life span. This is a dark secret shared by the chapter, causing them to become reclusive and untrusting of other chapters, officially marking the end of their participation in the crusade until the reign of current chapter master Esan Aurelius.
Gene-seed/Geneseed and Implantation
The chapter's geneseed has had unpredicted effects when implanted in the natives of Idajoleti - they have the ability to draw upon the aye within weapons used by battle brothers before them, but not without cost: the more one uses the aye of another, the shorter their life becomes in payment. The average Eternal Sentinel has a shorter life then other space marine chapters, but this is offset by their large implantation pools - the recruiters descend to the hives every two years and select the best of the best through tournaments and trials.
380.M38 - Chapter is approved to be founded in Segmentum Ultima. They spend the next century building up their military might.
089.M39 - The Perditio War begins as the ruling elite of Perditio are revealed to be Alpha Legion agents.
111.M39 - The Perditio War ends with the final exterminatus of the planet as the Inquisition approaches.
450.M39 - The Eternal Sentinels disappear from Imperial records.
745.M41 - The Eternal Sentinels join the first Baltus Crusade to cleanse the Ork presence.
756.M41 - The Battle of Idajoleti commences, wiping out the chapter’s 2nd company. They take control of Idajoleti as a recruiting world.
812.M41 - Esan Aurelius becomes Champion of the 1st company after the Battle of Pureview, in which his entire detachment was slaughtered by Eldar.
879.M41 - Esan Aurelius becomes Chapter Master, indicating a shift in power from the members that want the chapter to stay withdrawn to the younger members that wish to reconnect to the Imperium.
942.M41 - The Second Baltus Crusade is declared, Esan Aurelius becomes overall commander of Astartes forces.
We Fight for the Dead!
USING A ETERNAL SENTINELS ARMY IN WARHAMMER 40,000
Chapter Tactics (Eternal Sentinels)
- Empowered by Death - A unit with this rule that suffers an unsaved wound or hull point reroll to hit and to wound rolls of one during their next turn.
- Estoeric Beliefs - All Armies of the Imperium treat units with this rule as Desperate Allies.
- Knowledge of the Dead - Once per game, a Librarian with this rule may immediately generate an extra power from the Ectomancy discipline when a friendly unit with Chapter Tactics (Eternal Sentinels) is destroyed within 24" of it.
Edited by Cryptix, 07 May 2017 - 11:05 PM.
Added event tag