"X" will stand in for a name until I decide on their name.
All of this is very much still in the brainstorming stage and as such is very cut up at the moment.
General Idea: Ashen Claws/First Claw (Night Lords/Carcharadons inspired demi-legion opposed to Chaos.
Your thoughts are welcome as I figure this out. Keep in mind this more of my usual, long project, especially with the holiday.
++Please be courteous.++
"Only the Dead Truly Speak" - Attributed to Malgus Daalore, "The Black Warden"
Founding: First/Various (see Ancestry)
Primary Ancestry: Ashen Claws (Raven Guard), Night Lords, Heresy Era Blackshields
The X are a very large warband of renegade space marines drawing their lineage from the days of the Horus Heresy. Before its original members banded together, they were outcasts spawned of The Great Betrayal. Some were Night Lords of either Terran stock or among the first Nostramo recruits inducted after the legion's reunion with their Primarch. Others were formerly of the 18th Chapter of the Raven Guard, who became the renegade Ashen Claws. Among the last to join were Astartes of unknown lineage from the many Blackshield warbands that roamed space during the Heresy. Each and every X is an outcast from their original brethen, their new brotherhood all they have left.
The X were drawn together by a bold but forgotten warlord known as Malgus Daalore, once a Astartes captain in one of the legions. None now know from which legion he hailed, for only the Spodusari have ever seen his face. The Inquisition, in its study of the X, has tried to unravel the mystery of "The Black Warden" and believes he was a Terran born member of the Raven Guard or Night Lords. It is believed by the Imperium that the real Malgus Daalore died centuries ago and that the current leader of the X is simply one of a long line of successors who have each taken up his mantle, always being referred to by his title in lieu of name and even wearing one his ancient suits of armor. But the death of Malgus Daalore is as much a myth as the man himself and "The Black Warden" of the X has never once been seen without full armor. Only one truth is known, that he brought his new brethen together through a singular unity: that they are outcasts with no allegiance save each other, all vehemently opposed to Chaos, though like the Night Lords they do use it within limitations for their own ends. Though they are renegades, they actively fight against Chaos warbands and despise all Chaotic corruption.
Given that the X are fleet-based warband and have collected many different classes of ships over the centuries, they have become well suited to naval combat. If they are not acting with a main fleet, their naval vessels usually operate in smaller strike groups; it is rare to see a X vessel alone. Their ships are modified for both ship-to-ship combat and planetary assaults, typically using their force of astartes as the final hammer in such actions.
As the X are descended from factions such as the Raven Guard, Night Lords and Blackshields, they focus largely on assault tactics. It is typical for a force of X to quickly deploy from an orbiting naval asset by drop pod or drop ship, before striking hard at the enemy with a series of faints and ambushes. They utilize a large number of assault marines and raptors, supporting tactical infantry, with elites in reserve. While they do possess armor, they typically utilize it in support role, rather than in an armored assault.
*Pre-Entry Notes, Disregard for now*
Avoid combat with Imps, unless attacked
Usually fight for resources - newer war material, archeotech, ships etc
Trade for above
(What is the best way to make a organization structure within B&C code?)
The X as a whole is quite large and numbers between 6000-10000 Astartes. The warband follows the organization doctrines of the Legion Astartes with their own twists, many of which are drawn from their former legions. They do make use of specialist officers and units such as Equerries and Recon Squads. However, while they have units reminiscent of Chaos units such as Raptors and Beserkers, they are naturally different because of their despise Chaotic corruption, this also means that there are no Noise Marines, Possessed or other heavily corrupted units in their armies.
Basic unit is 10 man Squads led by Sergeants formed in 100 man Companies led by Captains
Companies are grouped into 5 Company Battalions led by a Commmanders/Corphyus
2 Battalions make up a 1000 man Chapter led by a Lord/Warsmith
First Chapter all veteran, elite, "The Atraemorta", The Black Doom, led by the First Master/Atramenti include the 1st Company led by the First Captain/Talonmaster, the 2nd Company led by the Second Captain/Terrormaster and Veteran Companies 3-10.
There is also a Librarus with (in rising order) Librarians, Sorcerers, and Magisters led by the Arch-Magister, although they not true Chaos Sorcerers due to their philosophy on Chaos.
The Apothecarium is made up of (in rising order) Apothecaries, Senior Apothecaries, and Surgeon Masters led by the Chief Apothecary
The Armory is made up of Techmarines and Warpsmiths led by the Master of the Forge, while the Lord Alchemancer serves as chief Quartermaster.
The X make use of a rather strange version of a Chaplaincy charged with teaching their brothers how to use Chaos for their own ends without becoming corrupted by it. They are made up of (in rising order) Chaplains, Senior Chaplains, and Dark Apostles led by a High Chaplain, who enforce this will and also execute those who show signs of Chaotic corruption, especially mutation.
Chief among the senior officers of the X are the Praetors/Warlords and first among them is the Lord Preeminent, Regent of the X. These mighty warriors along with other chosen leaders of the X form the Spodusari, sometimes called the Ashen Court, the true leadership of the X under The Black Warden.
Relic Gloriana class Battleship (Flagship): Malefic Intent
Battle Barges: Executrix, Abyss' Truth
Battleships (Oberon & Desolator class): Second Death, Ominous Remuneration
Battlecruisers (Mars & Armageddon class):
Strike Cruisers: Warpsong, Talon's Embrace
Other Cruisers (Lunar & Dictator class Heavy Cruisers): Last Command, Soul Hunter
Escorts (Claymore class Corvettes, Falchion class Frigates & Infidel class Raiders): Raven's Wind, Terran Son, Xarax' Retribution
The Augur of Xarax (pronounced Zaaraz, the second "a" is almost silent) is truly odd phenomena. It was once the primary navigator of the flagship Y, but early in the X history, while traversing the warp, the vessel was beset by demons, instantly killing the secondary navigator who was on duty. Realizing the ship and all within would be torn apart if they remained, the primary navigator, a woman named Xarax, woken by the attack, attempted to use her sight to rip the ship out of warp even though she was far from the protection of the navigator's sanctum. She was successful, lurching the ship into realspace, damaging it heavily and saving them from the grip of Chaos, but sacrificing her soul in the process. The X Librarus, seeing what would happen and knowing the ship need its last navigator, performed an arcane ritual to bind her soul to the ship itself. Yet unlike some similar rituals attempted by others, Xarax did not become the Machine Spirit, as that had been miraculously undamaged in the struggle, instead her soul, now forever open to her sight, took up residence in the bowls of the ship which she had once called home before her mutation, creating The Augur of Xarax. Since then The Augur of Xarax has been used in times of great need as an oracle of sorts to guide the X and help protect them from the mechanization of Chaos. Its secrets have save them from destruction on many occasions since.
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Edited by The Lord Marshal, 10 January 2019 - 08:58 PM.