Chapter Name:....................Exemplars of Dorn
Founding:..........................23rd / 37th Millennium
Combat Specialty:................Zone Mortalis / Boarding Operations
Gene-Seed:.........................Imperial Fists (via Crimson Fists)
Battle Cry:...........................Strike Hard, Strike Fast; Strike First, Strike Last
The Exemplars of Dorn are a Space Marine Chapter created to be on constant crusade, to forever quest to bring the Emperor's justice to the mutant, alien and heretic. The Chapter has spent its entire existence on campaign, refusing to settle down or waiver in any way with its divine mandate; as a result the Chapter’s Cult is not shaped by any one people, instead solely rooted in its Crusader mandate. This has created a zealous, stubborn Chapter that has developed a particular skill in void warfare.
The Mythos Angelica Mortis, a tomb of knowledge that details Space Marine chapters around the time of the 37th Millennium, names five Chapters that were created with the sole purpose of going on continuous crusade... to replace the terrible losses that had befallen the Emperor’s Space Marine Forces in the age before. Most notable of these Chapters are the Marines Errant, a Chapter of heroic deeds and noble lineage. Another of these Chapters detailed in this work are the Exemplars of Dorn.
The Exemplars of Dorn, like the Marines Errant, would spend their lives on constant Crusade; to never waiver in seeking out and destroying the enemies of Mankind. The Mythos Angelica Mortis names the Crimson Fists as the immediate forbears of the Exemplars. The Crimson Fists being a proud and honored successor of the Imperial Fists. The great work also tells why the Crimson Fists were singled out; because of that Chapters heroic success in the Crusade of Righteous Liberation, a campaign that saw the Crimson Fists re-conquer 84 worlds in the Age of Apostasy. It further states that the Fists were lauded as “...Exemplars of everything their Primarch, Rogal Dorn, represented” and that “...A new Chapter shall be founded, so that more worlds may be re-touched by His glory in this manner”.
Since its inception, the Chapter has sought to live up to their namesake in everything they do, Crusading across the stars and bringing the Emperors light to worlds thought long lost in the darkness of Apostasy.
Never relenting in their duty, the Chapter has refused to set up any kind of fortress monastery or claim a particular world or system for recruiting purposes. The Chapter lives and moves with its Fleet, leaving nothing behind and only trusting in their faith in the God Emperor of Mankind to see them to their next warzone and bless them with recruits. This blind superstition has had the Exemplars accused of recklessness and more on many occasions; even from their Sentinel Founding Brothers in the Marines Errant, who at the very least had the world of Vilamus... and their Primogenitor Chapter the Crimson Fists, who had gone on to claim dominion of the Loki Sector and establish a Fortress Monastery on Rynn’s World. Many a Chapter would meet their ends in similar situations and the Imperium can ill afford to lose more Chapters. Regardless, the Exemplars have never relented... sure in their belief in the divine mandate of their creation and fiery counter accusations of weakness and a lack of faith in the Emperor. This has caused some contention with fellow Chapters, some would say even fostering a divide with their parent Chapter, especially post the tragedy that was WAAAGH! Snagrod.
This zealous and stubborn nature has won the Chapter much renown, especially in the realm of Void Warfare, but at a great cost. The Chapter has been recorded as extinct on multiple occasions, only to be rebuilt by a wayward Crusade. The Chapter has also been almost depleted of its rarer equipment, such as Terminator Armor and heavy vehicles such as Land Raiders, as those have become harder and harder to replace. As a result the Chapter has become notorious for Lightning Strikes with mostly space borne assets like Drop Pods and Thunderhawk Assaults. The Chapters Assault and Devastator Squads are more readily used in place of Light and Heavy ground based vehicle assets respectfully. This has created an excellent Infantry based force that is somewhat limited in protracted land engagements. These losses have not slowed the Chapter down. They will ever continue to Crusade and never let up, even in the face of certain death. Honor demands it. The Emperor wills it.
The Chapter started life as a Codex Compliant Chapter just like their Primogenitor Chapter. However over the many, many years of constant campaigning; the Chapter would start to deviate from the dictates of the Codex Astartes in how the chapter organizes its forces. At the close of the 41st Millennium, the Chapter is organized into Battalions or laterally called Crusades. Each Battalion is made up of 2 Battle Companies with its own Headquarters Detachment of specialists and Veterans. There are only ever 4 Battalions in existence, as the Chapter has always been careful to not ever exceed its allowed number of warriors.
Each Battalion operates independently from the other. It is rare for the Battalions to form into larger formations and operate in the same theatre. The Chapter has not fought as a whole Chapter in almost 500 years. The Chapter Master travels between the Crusades with his own retinue of Honor Guard and Equerries aboard his Flagship, spear heading multi-battalion engagements across the stars.
The Chapter has no dedicated home world or system to centralize a belief system. The entire culture of the Chapter is centralized around the Crusader Mandate that has always ever been at the center of the Chapter. Each Space Marine is immersed in this idea of a divinely inspired order that must be followed, even in the face of certain death. The Marines of this Chapter are a notoriously grim and superstitious group who are fanatically loyal to the God Emperor of Mankind; one of the few Chapters to subscribe to that ideology, something that does not go unnoticed with their Brother Chapters.
Each Battalion does have its own history... with heroic victories and tragic defeats, heroes and rivalries and sworn enemies. The Battalions recruit across the Imperium. In some cases the Battalions are almost completely rebuilt from a particular planet or region of space; in this case, briefly, a Battalion will have a unique culture: As is the case with the current 3rd Battalion... recruited almost completely from a people living in a confederation of city state space stations, who have spent their whole lives in the harshness of space. This has created a Battalion with an above average proficiency in boarding operations. They are known throughout the Chapter as the “Voidborne”. These names and reputations never last, but forever recorded in the Chapters histories.
Like all Sons of Dorn, the Exemplars are lacking the Betcher’s Gland and Sus-an Membrane. Otherwise the Chapters geneseed is surprisingly stable and free of all other major mutations and chaotic contamination. The Chapter further attributes this as a continuing sign of the Emperor’s blessing.
The Exemplars of Dorn wear predominately White power armor with midnight blue squad markings. Honor markings are crimson.
The Chapter badge is a midnight blue shield with twin crimson axes facing away from each other. Chapter Legend states that the symbol used to be a symbol of honor markings recognizing skill in Zone Mortalis missions.
The Battlecry of the Exemplars of Dorn is “Strike Hard, Strike Fast; Strike First, Strike Last”. When uttered in battle... the Chapters Chaplains or Leaders will say “Brothers! Strike Hard!” To which the Battle Brothers will answer “Strike Fast!”. And/or “Brothers! Strike First!” To which the response will be “Strike Last!”.
Edited by Boldthreat, 05 April 2017 - 12:25 PM.