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[IRON GAUNTLET 2017] IA - Exemplars of Dorn Mk.2


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Chapter Name:....................Exemplars of Dorn

Founding:..........................23rd / 37th Millennium

Chapter Master:...................N/A

Chapter World:....................N/A

Combat Specialty:................Zone Mortalis / Boarding Operations

Gene-Seed:.........................Imperial Fists (via Crimson Fists)

Known Descendants:............None

Current Strength:.................Unknown

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.

 

ORIGINS

 

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. 

 

HOMEWORLD

 

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.  

 

COMBAT DOCTRINE

 

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. 

 

ORGANISATION

 

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.  

 

BELIEFS

 

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.

 

GENESEED

 

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. 

 

APPEARANCE

 

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.

 

BATTLECRY

 

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!”. 

 

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Author's Forward:

 

Its been a year since I initially started these guys and I figured it would be a good time to pick them back up.  Here is the link to the previous thread:

 

Original Thread

 

I am still trying to follow the original themes I had in mind.  Note the updated Chapter Badge.  Yes, its pretty much a recolored Executioners badge, but here me out.  I love the back story for that symbol in Extermination and it fits with my chapters theme.  On top of that, I really enjoy how it looks.  I know that may hit me on originality.  Always open to thoughts of course.

 

I also have been contemplating another scheme:

 

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What do you guys think of that?

 

Anyway, its late... more to come and I look forward to participating in this.

 

Thanks.



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Well done. As for the different colors, the backstory you wrote- the Chapter divided into Battalions, which have not fought together for 500 years- allows you to use BOTH, with one Battalion painting their armor black to mourn fallen brothers (or whichever explanation you find appropriate, e.g., the black armor means those Marines serve as the God-Emperor's executioners).

I'm surprised your Crusading (fleet-based) Chapter didn't think to bring (or seize) a forge ship or other mobile manufactory, which would help resolve its difficulty repairing and replacing arms, armor, and vehicles.

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Reasons to use the Steel Crusaders ('Codex: Space Marines' supplement): Because you think giving Sternguard Veterans a heavy bolter wtih special issue HEAVY BOLTER ammunition is ALMOST as much fun as shoehorning an Earthshaker cannon into a Land Raider.

 

Reasons to use the Iron-hearted Angels ('Codex: Blood Angels' supplement): Because you think the Librarian Dreadnought needs Furious Charge AND It Will Not Die to beat down a Chaos-worshiping punk and his Defiler, while a Stormraven needs a Vanquisher cannon to beat down this punk's Heldrake.


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Well done. As for the different colors, the backstory you wrote- the Chapter divided into Battalions, which have not fought together for 500 years- allows you to use BOTH, with one Battalion painting their armor black to mourn fallen brothers (or whichever explanation you find appropriate, e.g., the black armor means those Marines serve as the God-Emperor's executioners).

 

I join here. You don´t have to recolour the whole army, except you want that.

 

With your Chapter being specialised in fighting on space ships and in Zone Mortalis they may use plenty of short range weapons like melta and pistol/CCW combinations instead of heavy weapons.



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You're off to a good start. I would personally say all you really need to do is expand on the solid fou dations you have.

As you mention, your chapter is fleet based however you could go into more detail on the flagship and what it represents for the chapter. Even what the average battalions' fleet composition looks like would be nice to have. You may want to look into what a Predatation Nomad Fleet formation is like as to me it seems to fit in to how the Exemplars operate.

Another thing to expand on is why the cultures of a world hasn't sinked into the Batalions. Is it seen as a form of weakness so they memory wipe recruits? Do they do it to unity the chapter and bring together a stronger brotherhood? It's certainly an interesting idea that a culture is rejected so explain why they do this.

As I said before, you've got a good foundation. Just keep working away at it and you'll get far :)

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Excellent start here brother! I also agree that using both colour schemes would be a brilliant way to add more variety to the chapter.

Looking forward to more :)
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Interesting.

I had the same idea of dividing my chapter into battailons which act seperately. Great minds think alike, right? :P

 

Good start here. Keep it up.

 

Regarding color scheme and chapter badge:

 

- I agree that you should use both schemes. The white ones could be the "normal" Marines, while the black scheme could be used for the veterans (which would yet be another commonality to my chapter but that doesn't matter). The more experienced a Marine get, the darker his attitude and character becomes, which is reflected by his blackened armor. Medieval executioners wore mostly black. Could fit.

 

- I do see your point regarding your chapter badge. Have you considered to use a double-bladed axe? Something like this maybe:

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or maybe two crossed axes?

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Hope that helps. :)


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I really like both schemes, either would work well or as the others have said, the black one could be a Veteran scheme (or maybe even a Night-world camouflage variant?) The only thing that I might change would be to make the Sgt's loin cloth blue instead of red, just to tie the black scheme back in with the standard white a bit more? 



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Regarding colour scheme: I like both, however I tend to like the white one more because the black makes it look more like Black Templar. Perhaps go white and use the new heraldry that you created? That would be sweet.

 

Perhaps under the heading Origins, have notable battles included? The Chapter is 4 millennia old, the campaigns and fights could be used to explain why they have changed their battle doctrine compared to their progenitors. Explaining how and what caused the heavy depletion of armored vehicles in more depth etc  would be good. A very good start to the Chapter.


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So like everyone else has said this is a good start, it feels like the basis of a cannon army. It's a good soup stock, now it's time to add in the flavor. I hope the questions I pose help in that endeavour.

 

  • Is each battalion completely self sufficient, and more or less a chapter on it's own barring a Chapter Master and retinue?
  • How often do the 4 battalions/crusades meet if at all, and is there any sort of ceremony when they do?

  • Are they all operating near each other so as to share resources or are they much more separated?

  • Where are the rest of the Dept. Heads (Rechlusiarch, Chief Librarian, Forge Master, Chief Apothecary)?

There is one point I'd like to raise about the Chapter Master doing so much traveling, it might end up leaving him the least informed one of all, since an unavoidable amount time is spent going between theaters, just a thing to possibly consider.



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Well done. As for the different colors, the backstory you wrote- the Chapter divided into Battalions, which have not fought together for 500 years- allows you to use BOTH, with one Battalion painting their armor black to mourn fallen brothers (or whichever explanation you find appropriate, e.g., the black armor means those Marines serve as the God-Emperor's executioners).

I'm surprised your Crusading (fleet-based) Chapter didn't think to bring (or seize) a forge ship or other mobile manufactory, which would help resolve its difficulty repairing and replacing arms, armor, and vehicles.

 

Thanks, Brother.  You know I never really thought about having the Battalions with different heraldry.  I do not know if I will go that way, but I like the idea.  

 

 

You're off to a good start. I would personally say all you really need to do is expand on the solid fou dations you have.

As you mention, your chapter is fleet based however you could go into more detail on the flagship and what it represents for the chapter. Even what the average battalions' fleet composition looks like would be nice to have. You may want to look into what a Predatation Nomad Fleet formation is like as to me it seems to fit in to how the Exemplars operate.

Another thing to expand on is why the cultures of a world hasn't sinked into the Batalions. Is it seen as a form of weakness so they memory wipe recruits? Do they do it to unity the chapter and bring together a stronger brotherhood? It's certainly an interesting idea that a culture is rejected so explain why they do this.

As I said before, you've got a good foundation. Just keep working away at it and you'll get far smile.png

 

Thank you for the questions.  My current idea is that a Battalion is roughly 1 Battle-Barge, 2 Strike Cruisers and support craft.  This ends up being 5 Battle Barges (+1 for the Flagship of the Chapter) and 8 Strike Cruisers plus support ships for the Chapter Fleet.  

 

My thought on why the cultures never really last is due to the ever crusading nature of the Chapter.  They do not settle down, they are constantly moving.  Whole companies and battalions could be drawn from a particular culture; but as the Battalion moves on and more and more of the marines die... their culture becomes less and less important over time, until its ultimately replaced by another culture that completely rebuilds the Battalion.  My whole idea here is that cultures come and go, but the Crusade, it never ends... its what truly unifies the Chapter... its all there is.

 

 

Interesting.

I had the same idea of dividing my chapter into battailons which act seperately. Great minds think alike, right? tongue.png

 

Good start here. Keep it up.

 

Regarding color scheme and chapter badge:

 

- I agree that you should use both schemes. The white ones could be the "normal" Marines, while the black scheme could be used for the veterans (which would yet be another commonality to my chapter but that doesn't matter). The more experienced a Marine get, the darker his attitude and character becomes, which is reflected by his blackened armor. Medieval executioners wore mostly black. Could fit.

 

- I do see your point regarding your chapter badge. Have you considered to use a double-bladed axe? Something like this maybe:

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or maybe two crossed axes?

https://image.shutte...e-267935807.jpg

 

Hope that helps. smile.png

 

Thank you regarding the Battalions.  You know its something that I still go back and forth on.  On one hand, I do not want to spit in the face of the in lore idea of what the Codex Astartes is.  We are talking about a book that is like the Holy Bible and The Art of War was mixed together and then baked for 10,000 years.  On the other I just cannot reconcile that the Marines Errant are spread just as thin as this Chapter, but they endeavor to stay compliant.  That seams difficult... especially when considering what the 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th companies are and represent to the chapter as a whole.  I feel the Chapter has to divide its forces more formally.  

 

I have considered two crossed badges.  That may be a possibility to go with.  I am biting the bullet and ordering custom decals... I may just do that.



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I really like both schemes, either would work well or as the others have said, the black one could be a Veteran scheme (or maybe even a Night-world camouflage variant?) The only thing that I might change would be to make the Sgt's loin cloth blue instead of red, just to tie the black scheme back in with the standard white a bit more? 

 

Thanks,  I honestly see myself switching to the black scheme and abandoning the white.  I love the white scheme, but the black one is just as cool to me and im favoring the idea of painting black more so than the white.

 

 

Regarding colour scheme: I like both, however I tend to like the white one more because the black makes it look more like Black Templar. Perhaps go white and use the new heraldry that you created? That would be sweet.

 

Perhaps under the heading Origins, have notable battles included? The Chapter is 4 millennia old, the campaigns and fights could be used to explain why they have changed their battle doctrine compared to their progenitors. Explaining how and what caused the heavy depletion of armored vehicles in more depth etc  would be good. A very good start to the Chapter.

 

Thanks Lephisto, I do need to flesh out the battle history of the chapter.  This is where I really need to focus on to explain why the Chapter shifted from standard codex adherent to the Battalion format.  I want this to have been a slow shift that is eventually formalized, maybe post the almost destruction of the Chapter.

 

 

So like everyone else has said this is a good start, it feels like the basis of a cannon army. It's a good soup stock, now it's time to add in the flavor. I hope the questions I pose help in that endeavour.

 

  • Is each battalion completely self sufficient, and more or less a chapter on it's own barring a Chapter Master and retinue?
  • How often do the 4 battalions/crusades meet if at all, and is there any sort of ceremony when they do?

  • Are they all operating near each other so as to share resources or are they much more separated?

  • Where are the rest of the Dept. Heads (Rechlusiarch, Chief Librarian, Forge Master, Chief Apothecary)?

There is one point I'd like to raise about the Chapter Master doing so much traveling, it might end up leaving him the least informed one of all, since an unavoidable amount time is spent going between theaters, just a thing to possibly consider.

 

Here is a brief overview of how I imagine my Chapter organizes its forces:

 

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My thoughts are this:

 

The Chapter Master has his own retinue of Equerries, Honor Guard and Chapter Council... this is where you find the Head Apothecary and Master of Sanctity, ect. ect.  Then you have the Fleet Commanders and Ship Captains... they answer directly to Chapter Command.  The Battalion Commanders are like mini-Chapter Masters, once in theater they are in charge of the actual military campaign and replacement of forces.  

 

The Chapter Master and his Flagship are always attached to a Battalion on Crusade.  Sometimes 2-3... rarely ever 4 are called and they operate as one battleforce.  The Battalions are self sufficient in that they can replace losses, they can manufacture some equipment, and persecute Campaigns on their own.  But where they Crusade and why is determined by a higher authority.  So when its time to move on from one Battalion to another... I want this to be a fluid thing usually done at the end of a Crusade, before the start of a new one. 


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To minimize confusion, perhaps you should either number the Companies in the traditional manner (1st Battalion commands 1st and 2nd Companies, 2nd Battalion commands 3rd and 4th Companies, etc.), or designate Companies with letters (1A and 1B indicating "1st Battalion, Alpha Company" and "1st Battalion, Beta Company", 2A and 2B indicating "2nd Battalion, Alpha Company" and "2nd Battalion, Beta Company", etc.).

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Reasons to use the Steel Crusaders ('Codex: Space Marines' supplement): Because you think giving Sternguard Veterans a heavy bolter wtih special issue HEAVY BOLTER ammunition is ALMOST as much fun as shoehorning an Earthshaker cannon into a Land Raider.

 

Reasons to use the Iron-hearted Angels ('Codex: Blood Angels' supplement): Because you think the Librarian Dreadnought needs Furious Charge AND It Will Not Die to beat down a Chaos-worshiping punk and his Defiler, while a Stormraven needs a Vanquisher cannon to beat down this punk's Heldrake.


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I actually have quite a few things I'd like to comment on here, but I don't have time so will have to come back to it. A few things before I go:

- re: the Mythos Angelica Mortis, you're aware this is specific to naming/recording Chapters of the Astartes Praeses, yes? Seems there might be some confusion here?

- I prefer the white scheme :tu: Both purely from an aesthetic standpoint and because, as has been pointed out, crusading black power armoured Dorn successors is a slot the Templars have pretty firmly made their own, I feel
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