Brother Daon Akkad
Chapter of Origin: Astral Claws
Role upon Induction: Veteran Sergeant (Devastator Squad Akkad)
Deathwatch Specialism: Devastator
Veteran Sergeant Daon Akkad
Brother Akkad is of slightly smaller build than most Adeptus Astartes, but still benefits fully from all his implants and genehancements. His is completely at home in his power armour, having almost lived in it every day of his life with his Chapter. His face carries two scars, one on the left cheek which was the result of an Orkish axe, the other earned above his right eye when his helm was breached fighting the hellspawn of the Maelstrom. He keeps his brown hair cropped short for comfort under his helm, but otherwise wears his centuries well. He eschews service studs or tattooing, instead relying upon his natural Perception or heraldic battle markings to identify others of a similar service.
His armour is well maintained, but lacks a patient machine-spirit, that matches the pride of the lion he displays on his shoulder. His left gauntlet has had the tips of the fingers refurbished to hold a point, thus forming the striking arm of the lion. His heraldic device is a mix of new and old - his loyalty to his Chapter and to Badab is obvious by his refusal to change to the Tyrant's personal panoply. When fitted for the Deathwatch, his right should bears a golden/black Lions' head on a blue field, surrounded with a golden rim. The Blue field and trim together denote his Veteran Sergeant status.
Akkad is distant to all but his kin. Politics however plays a strong role in the matter of his leaving his parent Chapter and like any stray this has made him more malleable than most of his more inflexible brethren. He comes from a Noble house and therefore has a grain of superiority that runs through him, but this is mostly manifested in his beliefs that Humanity must be protected, but the pinnacle of that defence are the Space Marines and all must bow before them. The Astartes are autonomous and hold ancient rites and rights that allow them a free reign as long as it is to "Defend and uphold the Imperium and safeguard those souls and worlds within it." Which is the decree given by the High Lords of Terra to the Maelstrom Warders at conception.
Akkad believes firmly that en-masse human troops are useful, when fielded with support but normal humans are weak, fragile and incapable of defending themselves.
Akkad can be stand-offish and arrogant at worst and cold and clinical at best, but these are all tools in the arsenal of a Squad commander and someone who once held a high opnion in the halls of power on Badab. Akkad is patient and understanding with individuals, but can be uncompromising with groups or those he deems unworthy or suspicious. He is particularly careful around operatives of the Inquisition, knowing that politics, subterfuge and lies are part of their arsenals too. Akkad prefers to trust his perception first, follow on with reason and then when action is required, execution with a will.
Akkad sees himself as one of the Emperor's Finest, standing shoulder-plate to shoulder-plate with his brothers against the darkness. He is the lock that holds the gates of hell shut, a defender of the Imperium and upholder of the Dominance of Mankind.
Akkad is all-rounder with a wealth of experience, not always good, of different cultures among Astartes of the Maelstrom Warders and the men of the Tyran's Legion. He has some knowledge of Void Combat from his time with the Rogue Trader Melindra Orduul. He has extensive experience of boarding operations, artillery control, detached duty and independent squad level operations with and without support. He has operated with the Mantis Warriors on several occasions and has even learned some of their battle language. This, plus his Rogue Trader experience and his time with the Tyrant's Legion has marked him, unknowingly with the capability of working with others not of his ilk.
Akkad in his Armour, Demi-Legio III Tactical
Battle Record and Honours:
The Battle Of Hellsiris, 715.M41 (WIA, decorated, Crusade badge)
The Suppression of Badab, 718.M41 (decorated, Wreath of Thorns - Chapter specific)
The Fall of Joq, 745.M41 (Acc. Rogue Trader Orduul)
The Battle of Cygnis 447/14-3, 806.M41 (Acc. Rogue Trader Orduul - decorated with RT household crest)
Fourth Quadrant Rebellion, 867.M41 (WIA, decorated with Marksman's Honour)
Crusade of Wrath 869.M41 (Black Templars, Maelstrom Warders Crusade badges)
Destruction of Tithe Fleet VX542/11 in 901.M41 (Censured - unofficial)
Deployed to the Deathwatch 109.904.M41
Akkad likes to take samples of the battlefields he has fought on, by making capsules to store the soil etc in heavy bolter, cut-down shells. He will later indulge in what he calls "sampling the bouquet" whereby he opens the capsules and uses his enhanced gene-senses to delve into memories of old battles, comrades, victories and defeats. The largest sample he has is from his home-world of Badab Primaris, which contains the rich soils of the hanging gardens, the fields where he grew up, the scents of the cities and houses he has been in and the hallowed air of the mountains in which the Space Marines of the Astral Claws train. Akkad is sentimental, which is a rarity in Space Marines and sometimes wistful. His initial aloofness can be cooling and he has a tendency to mask genuine pleasure with cool indifference.
His armour is bellicose and prevents all attempts at stealth, growling at interlopers, challengers and making a nuisance of itself any time the idea of shirking from his heavy responsibilities as a Maelstrom Warder surfaces. To soothe this Leonine beast, he gently taps the forehead of the helm, which subdues the fierce war-spirit within, knowing that he listens to it.
Akkad speaks some Oothican, which is the home language of the Mantis Warriors and has also trained in some of their esoteric martial arts. Whilst not flowing or graceful, such as say the Blood Angels own techniques, it makes up for this by being brutal, thorough and shockingly effective, much like the Astral Claws themselves.
Weapons and Equipment:
Heavy Bolter (known as Cadence)
Ammunition Backpack (250 Heavy Bolter rounds in twin hoppers of 125 x each)
3 x Frag Grenades
3 x Krak Grenades
Initial 1000xp: Devastator Advances
Mighty Shot 500xp
BS Simple Advance +5BS 200XP
Per Simple Advance +5Per 200XP
Earned XP: Advances
Intermediate Ballistic Skill Advance +5BS 500xp Dev Advances
Simple Advance Strength +5, 200xp, Dev Advances
Simple Advance Toughness +5 500xp, Dev Advances
Signature Wargear - (Heavy Bolter, Cadence! Requisition Value 20, Renown Level: Initiate) 500xp Gen Space Marine Advances
Tactics: Assault Doctrine 200xp Codex Advances
Tactics: Defensive Doctrine 200xp Codex Advances
Awareness +10 400xp Codex Advances
Dodge +10 400xp Codex Advances
Tactics: Void Combat +10 400xp Codex Advances
Tactics: Assault +10 400xp Codex Advances
Tactics: Defence +10 400xp Codex Advances
XP Spent: 17,000 11/02/2019
Edited by Mazer Rackham, 11 February 2019 - 12:36 AM.