TEMPER THY WRATH
The Omega Hounds Space Marines Chapter
“Build me a son, Belisarius, who will be strong enough to exorcise temptation, and brave enough to know no fear; one who will be ceaseless and unending in bloodshed, and loyal and subservient unto death.”
Upon landing on what was assumed to be a compliant mining world for resupply in 409.M39, Rogue Trader Lord Khodessa discovered the entire native populace had long since fractured into violent feral tribes that would engage in warfare and culling coinciding with its lunar cycle. Some Imperial Scholars have attributed this phenomena to the probability of the VIII Legion’s invasion coinciding with a ‘full moon’. The Night Lords’ way of murder appeared to have ingrained irrevocable psychosis upon the tribes, slowly birthing an association to the lunar event with slaughter and wanton violence.
Lord Khodessa, staunch optimist as he was, saw the planet’s potential as prime recruitment grounds for Imperial Army or otherwise. The self-appointed historian would remark in the sixth volume of his autobiography, Candid Encounters: A Journey Beyond Darkness, “Adlan IX is not an emerald of the Imperium for its prestigious carbon resources, but rather a ruby for the lesson in blood bathed upon its people by the VIII Legion.” Unfortunately, Lord Khodessa’s vision of the planet submitting any recruitment tithes for the Imperium failed to materialize. Fleet data indicate the Rogue Trader’s flotilla was forced to flee the Adlan System: renegade Astartes bearing the tattered banner of the Night Lords had come for their tithe.
The Emperor’s light, however, would find its way back to the planet. As the galaxy was torn asunder at the end of the 41st millennium and the Great Rift threatened to extinguish the Imperium forever, the 27th Battlegroup of the Indomitus Crusade’s Primus Fleet reached the Adlan system. The forces of the Imperium instantly became a bulwark against the renegade Astartes. The now resurrected Guilliman, forever the empire-builder, never failed to recall a planet he had been tasked to bring back into compliance, and once word from the 27th Battlegroup had reached him, he immediately ordered an Adeptus Astartes chapter under the Ultima Founding take Adlan IX as its home world to ensure the continued stability of the sub-sector.
As victories mounted for the Omega Hounds, so too did the need to replenish their ranks. Overly zealous with a taste for complete destruction, the first battles badly bled the Chapter. So fervent was the early slaughter lust that Astartes Invicta Warsuit pilots volunteered entombment into Redemptor Dreadnoughts so they could administer the Emperor’s wrath on a greater scale. The frontal assaults featured utterly primal bloodshed, the Hounds paying little care for self preservation. Looking to induct the next generation of aspirants, they now turned to Adlan IX’s verdant forests. The Chapter’s Apothecarion listened to the psychopathic screams cutting through the moonlit night. It would seem Rogue Trader Lord Khodessa would have his wish of Adlanian recruitment finally fulfilled. Mostly ignored during the initial stages of the Omega Hounds’ fortress monastery construction, the populace of Adlan IX was now looked upon to tribute their youth to the service of the Imperium.
The Hounds considered the instability of the warring tribes and expected immediate tithe submission resistance. A heavily armed envoy led by Death Speaker Khortoch discovered the opposite. At the sight of the pale artisan-crafted features of his death mask, the Adlanian tribe threw their eyes to the ground and promptly offered every last male youth of their tribe to the envoy. Khortoch remained displeased— and not at the willingness of the tribe to surrender their offspring. Night Lords remnants, known to don skull helms akin to his own, had been driven from the Adlan System upon the 27th Battlegroup’s arrival. With conclusions drawn and vows sworn, a fierce hatred was born that night toward the remnant bands of the VIII.
Possessed by rage and hate unfathomable, the Hounds’ fleet desperately pursued the Night Lords renegades into a rift in the warp. Experts among these space-time anomalies, the traitors feigned retreat. Giving chase, the Chapter’s lead strike cruiser’s Gellar Field suddenly collapsed. Countless horrors of the warp spilled into the ship. Her final vox transmission was Khortoch ordering the rest of the fleet to retreat. Ominous vox-static echoed throughout the bridges of the remaining Omega Hounds Strike Cruisers: ‘False Sons of The False God. You claim no right to the Sons of Nostramo. You are sentenced to that which is beyond Death.’
The full meaning of the VIII’s promise would not reveal itself until decades later when the traitors launched a second series of brutal strikes against the Omega Hounds. The Night Lords war band unleashed frothing superhuman berserkers against the vengeance-thirsty Hounds. Rage-incarnate, these maniacal traitors fought with neither arms, nor armour, directed by the whips of their masters, ignoring both pain and wound. The Hounds met and matched their their fury in close combat and the skies seemingly laughed with cackling thunder. Upon analysis of the slain monstrosities, the Chapter’s Apothecarion discovered an unspeakable truth. These twisted suggestions of Astartes had been created using the geneseed of the Omega Hounds that had fallen with Khortoch in the warp rift years ago.
With these warrior-priests in place, their liturgies remoulding the Chapter and quelling its foam at the maw, the Omega Hounds evolved into a disciplined combat force. Frenzied assaults matured into stoic advances. The Right of Axe, vicious melee doctrines instilled among the Hounds by Khortoch’s Executioners, were superseded by disciplined bolt rifle drills. The Hounds remain vigilant, ready in their defence of the Exilis Ostium sub-sector against the remnants of the VIII Legion, and whatever other horrors thirst to see Humanity extinguished from the stars.
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The Omega Hounds’ primary iconography features a snarling beast reminiscent of the Canis species of ancient Terra under a letter from a similarly primitive alphabet believed to, when combined, represent the Chapter’s nomenclature. Imperial archivists suggest the imagery of the red hound under the black omega symbolizes the Chapter’s internal rage corralled by the black office of their Chaplaincy. Thus, the veterans of the Hounds are granted a white omega, their experience beginning to lord over their bloodlust more so than the Chaplaincy. As veterans obtain the rank of Lieutenant, the flames of ferocity have become smouldering black coals of hate. Upon elevation to Captaincy, and their subsequent induction into the priesthood of the chaplains, black has now overtaken their insignia, believed to represent their mastery of rage— the death-face of their helms granted the crimson they sow in the name of the Emperor.
While the Indomitus Crusade was said to have been ignited to bring an abundance of light to the lost candles of Humanity amidst the darkness, some warn Adlan IX should have been left to have its wick and wax exhausted. The deranged native populace of the planet remains, intendedly, oblivious to their perilous existence. The Omega Hounds keep their charge of humanity in a perpetual state of ignorance, bound to the unending cycles of madness that haunt them with every full moon. The ancient tenant, Endurance of the Favorable prevails on Adlan IX, ensuring the Chapter’s recruitment tithes are of hardy, albeit somewhat psychotic, stock. Critics have often associated the Omega Hounds’ bouts of rage with the psychotic tendencies of the Adlanians. The Hounds dismiss such pondering as that of spoiled cretins; the Chapter lacks the luxury of choice and survives with what reality offers. Still, the Council of Khortoch keeps rigorous screening protocols in place to prevent heathen Adlanians beyond redemption from admission into their ranks. This has resulted in a worryingly low rate of recruitment.
Yet for a broken people largely used as a heretic Astartes recruitment source for untold centuries, the Adlanians are surprisingly genetically stable. The militaristic tendencies and structure of the remnant band of Night Lords, traitors infamous for their contempt of the Ruinous Powers, evidently saw the value in keeping their recruitment stock free from the taint of Arch Enemy. Even so, the traitors have had a nominal degree of influence. Most male Adlanian children dream of being absconded to the stars by their Death Chieftains, joining the Tribes of Night for slaughter eternal. The Council of Khortoch begrudgingly accepts this established culture and the grim parallels it suggests between the Omega Hounds and the Night Lords.
Some speculation firmly suggests they are of VII Legion stock, noting their stern disposition matching that of the Dorn descendants of the Executioner cadre which initially trained the Omega Hounds’ Awoken. Outlandish and heretical theories whisper a particularly savage progenitor, drawing superficial parallels to the XII Legion’s penchant for bellicose brutality. Their infamy of rage also garners theories linking the Chapter to the VI and IX Legions, though such musings remain in serious doubt due to the Chapter’s gene-seed free of the visual manifestations of the genetic flaws of the Space Wolves as well as displaying neither the Black Rage nor the Red Thirst of the Blood Angels.
What remains without question is the purity of the Omega Hounds’ geneseed. Still, their often-cited crazed manner of war has put their geneseed tithes under extreme scrutiny. To the Priests of Mars however, logic rules over frantic hearsay, and tithe examination after tithe examination has resulted in satisfactory conclusions. The ensuing frustration of the Adeptus Mechanicus over the continuing rampant rumination and ensuing queries regarding the Omega Hounds, some scholars say, is what has vexed them into spiteful silence regarding the Chapter— ironically fuelling further speculation.
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The Council of Khortoch has woven much of Guilliman’s most recent exploits into their catechisms, eschewing all but the scantest of details of his history prior to the founding of the Omega Hounds. The dissemination of this knowledge unto the chapter has left many Hounds with a disturbingly narrow view of the Primarch. Nonetheless, the Captains and Death Hounds utilize many doctrines of his Codex Astartes as methods of grounding those with insatiable bloodlust. In fact, the memorization of entire tactical treatises are oftentimes used as forms of penance in minor offences of conduct.
Despite the ruling Chaplaincy and their teachings, a healthy minority of the rage-afflicted Astartes assigned to the ranks of the Assault Intercessors tend to hold significant resentment to any form of tether to their perceived limitless bloodshed. Indeed, they believe their massacres birth rite rather than blemish. The most vocal of these dissenters quickly find their fate in the hands of the Chapter’s Judicars— a grim reminder that these tempting beliefs must be thwarted at all costs.
Though the reverence of Robute Guilliman may appear absolute, the Hounds lack a defined chapter cult, instead fully worshipping the God-Emperor. This degree of piety is not without precedent. The systemic integration and expansion of the Omega Hounds’ Chaplaincy has required the Chapter to maintain strong relations with the Ecclesiarchy. The Council of Khortoch sacrificed a considerable portion of Astartes autonomy in exchange for their Cardinals legitimizing their many Chaplains with blessed Rosarii. Several accusations from other branches of military might of the Imperium have labelled the Omega Hounds as nothing more than unsanctioned attack dogs of the Holy Synod. It is not uncommon to see entire companies of Hounds seconded to holy crusades in the Exilis Ostium sub-sector.
While the Omega Hounds maintain largely compliant to the Codex Astartes, their strict reform into the disciplined Chapter they are today has also had overarching effects on rank progression. Neophytes first receive Reserve Intercessor designation as they hone their proficiency of ranged combat. The most gifted marksmen among these are promoted to Eliminator Selection of the Vanguard Company. Those chosen would progress through the ranks of Infiltrator, Incursor, and lastly, Eliminator. The Hounds are well-suited to keeping an attentive vigil on their enemy from the shadows, ready to engage at the whistle of a vox order. The Chapter even places these silent killers in long-term reconnaissance upon previously conquered worlds, watchful Hounds maintaining obedience among their submitted foes.
Omega Hounds in the Batteline Reserves displaying innately elevated levels of rage are earmarked for assignment to the ranks of the Assualt Intercessors. There, they are largely free to indulge their instinctual massacres, the worst of these Hounds receiving the Emperor’s Mercy through Absolver-fired bolts amidst the battlefield, or, in more formal settings, via the Judicar’s executioner blade in the hallowed halls of Noster Castrum amongst their gathered brethren. In fact, the Chapter deploys significantly more Judicars alongside these units than other chapters. While to outside observers, the addition of these warrior-priest executioners would seem typical for the Omega Hounds, it is actually due to Inquisitorial Decree of Inquisitor Von Flaskk of the Ordo Astartes.
The Right of Axe, while marginalized from its former prominence, remains potent among the First Company. Those of compliant tempers and great prowess within the Assault Intercessors endure long enough to be tutored in the Right of Axe by the veterans of the Hounds. Blade Guard Veterans of the Chapter are renowned for their disciplined ferocity, the lethality of the Executioners’ on full display, released through gore spatters as they steadily strike a careful balance between finesse and rage. This rank has sired several Captains over the centuries; these Astartes showcasing mastery of their temptations of slaughter in their gruesome deployments to the eyes of the Chaplaincy.
Intercessor Veterans also represent a strong portion of the First Company— many Hounds view the mastery of the bolt rifle as the pinnacle of Astartes warfare as well as a clear sign that they have conquered their innate rage. Bolter drills are never abandoned as the Hounds rise through rank. This perfection of skill is reflected no matter the theatre of war: in the open battlefields upon Xenos worlds to the claustrophobic quarters of haunted hulks, the bolts of the Omega Hounds chasing down their foes across the stars, ripping them apart until triggers are depressed.
Edited by KBA, 27 July 2020 - 02:05 PM.