Mazer: I've had a look at the Astral Claws rules but I'm not sure about the Rival (Inquisition) Talent. I wonder whether something else would be appropriate? I think the thing to consider would be when and how your Marine left the Astral Claws. Did he have disagreements with Huron? Was he involved with the Tyrant's Legion at all? I was wondering whether he might've had knowledge of the Imperial Guard but it might not work if he is a Marine who's somewhat disenfranchised with his Chapter.
Yes, I think maybe Rival (Fire Hawks) might be more suitable - I'm trying to time Akkad's leaving with just before the Declaration of Secession, so that literally, he's on the road to Erioch before the whole thing blows up and then it follows him. Vagaries in the warp will help with that.
He will have Common Lore (Imperial Guard) and also Common Lore (Tyrant's Legion) as well I would imagine.
I would suggest Chapter bonuses as +5 Willpower and +5 Fellowship as he would both be fierce in command and used to leading Tyrant's Legion.
I have a background being built for him. Basically he's one of the old guard. I started doing Astral Claws after seeing this amazing thread http://www.bolterand...aplain-wip-229/
and decided that the Astral Claws after Huron takes over become a touch more politicised, so you have the older marines, those that saw and still see Rovik Blake as the real Chapter Master and decide to keep the old Lion head heraldry. Then there's the expansion of the Astral Claws, withholding gene-seed tithes, when everyone starts drinking the cool-aid and painting their shoulders blue. Akkad is not one of them. It goes a tad deeper as well, with old noble house rivalry cooking under the surface, so the two camps are fairly opposed - but come together for Badab, for the "Steel-shoulders" are loyal - not to Huron, but to the Chapter and Badab.
The Astral Claws have 5000 years of destroying the enemies of the Emperor. Akkad isn't going to spit on that - nor is he going to give up his love for Badab. No matter how far away he is.
This is where Akkad's fate comes in. He's a Sergeant, has been working with the Tyrant's Legion of course, but he and his fellow detractors are good Marines in a bad political situation - they get bad assignments, they are the last on the list for gear and repairs. They can't be deprived of food or ammunition, because Huron wants them fighting, but he wants them dead or gone to break the old link.
Finally, he decides to sent the Sergeant away, partly to try and wrong-foot his Loyalist opponents, partly because to just kill Akkad will cause others to see it as martyrdom, for the sedition to be given credence. So he makes an example, fulfils his obligations and gets rid of a dissenting voice, all cleanly because he's not murdering anyone directly.
Akkad approached the Throne of Judgement in the Palace of Thorns. His only clothing was his robe, proudly displaying his heraldry and the rank embroidery of a Sergeant of a Devastator squad. He stopped some forty paces before his Chapter Master and knelt.
Huron was entombed in the massive silver casket of his Terminator Armour, his face stone, cold and his eyes dark and unreadable. The Ghost Razors flexed ominously, casting blue light from their powered edges around the chamber. He did not speak. Corien Sumatris, Centurion and right hand of the Tyrant took a breath.
"Brother Daon Akkad, you are hereby stripped of your rank and privileges. You will be given over to the keeping of the Deathwatch - to honour a pact made centuries ago. You will take your armour and weapons and die alone and forgotten. You will die by the will of the Tyrant - and for Badab."
Sentence was passed, with only a delay in execution.
Edited by Mazer Rackham, 18 January 2018 - 11:40 PM.