INDEX ASTARTES: THE TAURANS
"As upon the plains of Chogoris,Origins
so unto the void eternal."
- Tauran Maxim
Taurans Marine of the 3rd Company
In the centuries since the fortress-world of Cadia fell, the Dark King returned and the Great Rift split the Imperium of Man in twain, precious few have heard of the reclusive warriors known as the Taurans. Aloof and distant, the Chapter and its nomadic fleets ply the distant darkness of the Imperium Nihilus in a manner not that dissimilar to the ancestral tribes of Chogoris. They shun the glories that once enticed them and almost led to their destruction, keeping their eyes instead on the horizon instead. For the Taurans, there is always more battles to be fought and wars to be won to ensure that Mankind continues to endure.
It is known that the Taurans were founded in the early years of the Imperium, drawing upon the gene-legacies of Jaghatai Khan. By the end of M33, the Chapter had established itself as deserving successors of the Legion, worthy of standing alongside their brethren in Chapters such as the Marauders, Rampagers and Storm Lords. Its ranks were filled with warriors who had, since their initiation into the Chapter, been instilled with tales of glory and honour from an age long past; warriors whose twin hearts sang with joy that the prospect of equalling - or even exceeding - those deeds of legend. There may have been those who called such beliefs arrogant, but the Taurans' ferocious aspiration drove them relentlessly forward on a series of brutal crusades, claiming many worlds for the Imperium and leaving their enemies crushed at their feet.
Few, however, could have predicted that the tumultuous centuries of the so-called Nova Terra Interregnum would bring the Taurans to the brink of destruction and define them for the next six millennia.Homeworld
As of .M42, the fleets of the Taurans are nomadic and far-ranging, roaming across the darkness of the Imperium Nihilus in a manner not that dissimilar to the ancestral tribes of far Chogoris. Scattered reports exist of the Taurans taking eligible youths from the disparate worlds visited during their campaigns; children hardened by the crucible of war and the suffering they have witnessed. Children united by their furious desire to revisit that destruction upon the Emperor's foes. The World-that-Was
The world of XXXXX was claimed by the Taurans early in their existence by ancestral right and force of arms. A small verdant planet, it appealed to the nascent Chapter due to its similarity to the White Scars' homeworld. The peoples of the world were nomadic, travelling untold distances with their livestock as they migrated from continent to continent. These were a proud and hardy people, living in harmony with their herds and giving thanks to the Emperor for each meal. When war broke out between the scattered tribes it would be ferocious and short-lived...
When the Taurans arrived upon XXXXX, the construction of their Fortress-Monastery began. Built at the foothills of the largest mountain range on XXXXX, it could be seen from many miles around, and the nomadic tribes would travel to trade with their new overlords. As time passed, temporary shanties around the monastery grew into a established settlements. The old nomadic ways were abandoned by many, who saw the value and wealth that the Astartes could bring. The Taurans, for their part, sought to reward the XXXXXians for their loyalty. Many were inducted into the Chapter as valued serfs and retainers. For many thousands of years, the Taurans served as benevolent overlords, uplifting the tribespeople and offering them the benefits of civilisation. But the people of XXXXX, primitive as they were, could have little conception of the war for the galaxy that raged above them.
To the wider Imperium, this was known as the war of the two Empires, the Nova Terra Interregnum, in which the Imperium was split in twain. Most of the Chapters of the Astartes carefully declared neutrality, their Chapter Masters choosing to avoid being caught up in the petty squabbles of men when they sought instead to protect Mankind. The Taurans, brash and emboldened with youthful impetuosity, took another path...The World-that-Is
XXXXX wears the scars of its former wars still, even millennia after the Interregnum. The cities that once populated the globe are little more than scattered ruins, long since reclaimed by nature. The tribes of XXXXX, have long since returned to their nomadic state, distrusting cities and instead preferring to live close to the land that sustains them.
- Periodically, forces from the Taurans return to make offerings around their old Fortress Monastery. These offerings might be captured weapons and the bones of fallen enemies, totems and standards, even armoured vehicles, their metal skeletons slowly crumbling. A visual history of the Chapter's hard-fought victories and terrible losses, avenged.
- I think the Chapter might have a complicated relationship with its former homeworld - a place which many of the Chapter's warriors never knew, and yet a symbol of... what? Perhaps the futility of calling one place home, when their focus is the whole of the Imperium? A reminder never to rest, but rather to forge ahead relentlessly?
- I think the idea of the "elephant graveyard" is a good one, and it seems to speak to ideas of veneration and respect - hence your "no man left behind." - is this so that their spirits can rest easy, so they can know a homeworld (and a peace) they might not have had in their lives? Is it so that all the brothers of the Chapter can mingle together as one? There's a lot here that we could exploit and explore.
- If they return periodically to offer tribute at their old Fortress Monastery, than they obviously consider it an important site and would defend it if it was attacked. I think the idea is neat, but if they truly do not care for their old homeworld they wouldn't return to perform rituals with no strategic purpose. Perhaps it is a reminder of the past, and that people, chapters, and all things change and that the past and these changes are important. Or it could be part of a philosophy where the chapter considers that planet their home, but by maintaining this tie they "take their home with them" wherever they go, so to speak.
- I would like to see the Taurans in the Imperium Nihilus, but their homeworld in the main Imperium - I like the idea of them fording the Cicatrix Maledictum to reach their ancestral home, somewhat like bulls migrating.
-Not a strategic asset
- Every ___ years the Taurans rendezvous at a designated area in space and travel to the Chapter world for the Elephants' Graveyard ritual (somebody please come up with a better name than thiswacko.png). This ritual is all important and must be attended by every chapter member (Astartes and serfs alike). At the site of the fortress monastery, campaign trophies are laid down and the remains of fallen battle brothers (or a valued totem or piece of wargear if remains are not recovered) and serfs of note are laid to rest, their spirits set to guard the homeworld.* Librarians and Chaplains spread out among the trophies of past and present victories. Neophytes are gathered to these sites for the ritual of "The Telling". In this way, neophytes are bonded to the spirit of the Chapter and the Chapter worRelations with the Wider Imperium
- Chapter became estranged upon the conclusion of the Nova Terra Interregnum.Organisation
- Tribal structure?
- Fluid, banding around strong leaders
- Brothers of the Snake (squad leaders able to commit their forces)
- Primaris seeking Leadership positions having to prove their worth?Beliefs
- Self-reliance, a result of the Penitent Crusade?
- They are now somewhat distant and aloof from the Imperium as a whole, even as they fight to protect its citizens.
- The wisdom of experience yields greater rewards than the brash enthusiasm of youth.
- Naturally impatient, impulsive - the brothers work hard to centre themselves through meditation, warfare and the arts. (Poetry, Meditation?)
- Reconquering territory that has been lost to the Imperium.
-Disenchanted with the Imperium's politicking, estranged from the machinations of the Administratum, Mechanicus and Ecclesiarchy.
- They have seen their crusade through, have served their penance and are ready to be welcomed back. But they just never do. They remain distant and aloof, ever pushing onwards. Little interest in approval or validation from Imperial authorities.
- Distrust with the Ecclesiarchy -
"The Taurans have a hard time fitting in with the Imperium as it exists. They undoubtedly are a force for good, but they just can't fit in. Any time they work closely with all but the most independent of Imperial organizations, friction inevitably builds until the Taurans eventually withdraw to avoid a repeat of their Diaspora. Only organization like the Rogue Traders or Explorator Fleets and barely established colonies are places where the Taruans are freely welcomed. Like Don Quixote or Massai migrant herders, the Taurans are struggling to hold on to a tradition or a code of ethics that no longer exists and may have never existed. At one time, they raged against this and struggled to MAKE the galaxy conform to their vision. Now with the wisdom of millennia on crusade, they realize they are unique and a fish out of water in the Imperium at large so they stick to the frontiers. Unlike old Terra, there is no shortage of frontier where the dispossed and the unwanted can go to find their fortune and etch their names in the stars. "
The Taurans are an aloof chapter, deeply suspicious of Imperial institutions and their political machinations. They seldom form alliances, but when they do, bonds are deep and lasting.* The chapter is especially leery of the Ecclesiarchy.
Although the chapter does not believe in the divinity of the Emperor and tensions are high with the Ecclesiarch, the Taurans are deeply spiritual. Their spirituality is anima/animus in nature. There is a strong tie in the collective consciousness of the chapter with the strong spirits of certain places and persons both past and present.*
Librarians engage in throwing bone to determine certain chapter actions (whether or not to engage in certain campaigns, answer a call for aid, etc.).*
Taurans engage in ritual combat duals to resolve conflicts and gain advancement ( for example: two equally qualified brothers fight for the right of squad sergeant) in "The Arena".*
- Shock tactics
I see the White Scars and the Taurans diverging somewhat in their combat doctrines - whilst the White Scars are adept at striking fast and then falling back, I see the Tauran as a relentless, unstoppable force. I agree with the idea of constant motion - but not necessarily the idea of speed. Perhaps that's something that dovetails with the ideas from GW
fluff that the Tauran are 'steady' - they're not Dwarven or like the Salamanders, but they are experts at placing the enemy under pressure, and slowly cranking up that pressure until they are inevitably crushed. Whilst my thoughts seem to suggest a troop-heavy approach like the Death Guard, I'm not sure I mean it that way - but certainly the idea of relentlessness - which to me is the watchword of the Taurans.
-noble, but savage, nomadic warrior philosophers of the steppesGeneseed
The Taurans proudly acknowledge the genetic gifts given to them by Jaghatai Khan, and the Chapter has never been reported to have had any statistically significant aberrations or mutations. Whilst there are those who consider the gene-seed of the White Scars to be associated with savagery and bloodthirstiness, the Taurans do not demonstrate this. Still, they are worthy sons of the Khan."savagery can be something that the Tauran work to tame, a thirst for war can be a hunger to reclaim the Imperium, and ferociousness can be an unrelenting and merciless campaign against their enemies."
Edited by Commissar Molotov, 07 July 2019 - 11:22 AM.