Updated version - Chiss Space Marines. ....and wait for heresy to be shouted!....plz no
What do you think?
Founding: 5th (Officially) - Likely much earlier (See recent events)
Chapter Badge: Two crossed Power Maces superimposed by a Skull, above a white crescent moon.
Within the larger galaxy, the local conflicts of the blue skinned population of Tarnost goes mostly unnoticed. The planet exists in a constant state of late medieval feudal tension and battle. Long ago, the local humans bodies developed enhanced durability and light blue skin as a biological protection against the high gravity and intense, astrologically induced, radiation of their home planet. There biological toughness and fierce warrior culture make them surprisingly good recruits as potential Astartes. Which brought the first Angels of Death to Tarnost, the future Knight Wardens. The first battle-brothers shocked the locals, who still see them as gods of war, ever watchful over their chosen world. The warriors of Tarnost constantly battle not only for their noble houses, but for the notice of the Angels of Death and Emperor of Mankind, for the best of their youth are chosen to join the watchful. These neophytes, should they survive the trials and implantation process, emerge with an appearance reminiscent of their genesire and their homeworld, Astartes with dark blue skin and red eyes. The culture of the chapter is a combination of ways of Vulkan and their feudal home. The battle-brothers favor fierce close combat with weapons inspired by medieval times. But these technologically advanced knights are also smiths, following the teachings of Vulkan. Knight Wardens typically work with their brothers to maintain, refine and customize their armor and weapons of war. They are sons of the fire in their own way. But they are also stubborn, as their homeworld's cultural influence of high personal expectations, coupled with the expectations of an Astartes, has made them extremely intolerant of failure. This over-expectation has caused conflicts with other Imperial forces and at times, unwanted questions.
As each Battle Brother hails from the common warrior culture of their homeworld of Tarnost, (with very few exceptions), the chapter has developed a renown expertise in brutal close combat warfare. Over the course of their service to The Imperium, the Knight Wardens have developed a particularly vicious reputation in melee combat reminiscent of such savage chapters as The Executioners and Caracharodons. This dark reputation combined with their lack of tolerance for failure has cause many problems in the past, including clashes with other servants of The Imperium.
Knight Wardens favor power maces, power axes and lightning claws, although they do make use of conventional close combat weapons such as power swords and chain axes (they tend not to favor chainswords). But of all weapons, there is one every battle brother favors above all others, a unique pattern of power mace found only within their chapter - the Crescent-pattern Power Mace. The Crescent-pattern has the head of the mace formed from 6 razor-sharp crescents, like those found on their chapter badge (hence the name). This creates a weapon that combines the crushing blunt force of a power weapon wielded by a super-human with traumatic blades that tare open a wound when the weapon is retrieved from an enemy, both crushing bone and causing massive internal damage. In the hands of a well trained warrior like an Astartes, a single well aimed blow from one of these weapons will mortally wound almost any enemy. (OC - *inserts gif* "power maces? no, much more better!"*)
*Will include story iv thought up about 2 maces in particular that develops into a chapter tradition (inspired by my reading of Deathwatch: Ignition currently)*
The sons of Vulkan are well know among the Astartes for their unique "ember-like" bioluminescence to their eyes and a tendency for skin pigmentation to permanently darken in response to prolonged exposure to high levels of potentially harmful radiation as part of their biological defence mechanism, often adopting an unnatural granite-like or obsidian quality with sufficient exposure. The Knight Wardens show the measurable superiority to the already superhuman Space Marine norms in relation to extreme temperate tolerance, radiological resistance and cellular repair common to the Vulkan geneseed. However, the Knight Wardens have developed an even more unusual skin quality than their gene-sires, due to the unique mutations of the humans from their homeworld; Vulkan's geneseed significantly darkens their natural light blueish skin tone to a dark blue color and turns their eyes red. This combination of effects, coupled with their Astartes might, often stuns onlookers at first contact, even among other Astartes. To mere mortals, their shocking appearance, dark armor and vicious efficiency in close quarters battles often creates an sensation of pure fear far more potent than an encounter with a more human looking Astartes. The effect of their appearance and their style of warfare has raised unwelcome questions of purity and loyalty on more multiple occasions.
Recently, battle-brothers serving with the Deathwatch have discovered ancient writings from their early history and artifacts long thought permanently lost. But while these findings often present chapters with reason for celebration, these instead offer mysterious and potentially grave realizations. As stated previously, the very first battle-brothers of the chapter lacked the now characteristic blue skin, as they did not hail from Tarnost, but where did they come from? The ancient tale told to neophytes for thousands of years claim they were brothers of the Salamanders and the Storm Giants, but is that the whole truth? The writings found while in service to the Deathwatch suggest that at least one battle-brother may have hailed from non-Vulkan lineage. The artifacts, a partial suit of armor and the oathseal of one of the ancient Crescent Maces, point to the unthinkable. Based on the seals of the parchment and armor as well as fragments of mostly burnt paint, that warrior belonged to the II Legion, a Lost Legion, which by all accounts is thought impossible. All records of those Legions, their sires and their fates is expunged, yet here a piece remains. The legions were known to have existed at some point, but the fate of their warriors after they were "lost" was never disclosed. Various information implied that their warriors were at least partially absorbed into other legions. If that were true, could it be possible that one of these warriors had survived past the heresy? Even so, these possibilities did not answer why such an Astartes was allowed to help form a new chapter or why his armor was apparently deliberately burnt. Despite providing more unwanted questions than answers, this does present the chapter with a closely guarded new truth. The Knight Wardens are a far older chapter than anyone, including themselves, believed, whose origins are not as set-in-stone as the records tell. For now, the Knight Wardens wisely keep this information among their highest leadership and the Emperor himself.
*OC - see what I did there? Set-in-stone, feudal culture?
Color Scheme - Chaos Black, Midnight Blue, Charadon Granite, Mechrite Red, Mithril Silver
Edited by The Lord Marshal, 09 May 2018 - 07:00 PM.