|Battle-Brother Vei'Sal-peq, 3rd Company, 9th Squad (Devastator)||CHAPTER NAME: ..............THE PRAETORS OF DENZARR|
FOUNDING: ..................8TH [M.34]
CHAPTER WORLD: .............ORZIN'S LANDING
FORTRESS MONASTERY: ........FORT VARSHEN
GENE-SEED (PREDECESSOR): ...IMPERIAL FISTS [BLAZING SWORDS]
KNOWN DESCENDANTS: .........SHIELDS CARDINAL
Created during the 8th Founding and ordained by the High Lords to reclaim territory lost during the Howling, Chapter 518 spent many years operating from its fleet, waging war against the alien and insurgent. After a century of campaigns and purges, Chapter 518 would come across what was known as the Denzarr sector. Long a prosperous group of star systems that brought many resources and vital trade into neighbouring sectors, it had suffered terribly during the Howling and Imperial control was all but lost. The young Chapter, along with its crusading allies, set out to reclaim this vital portion of space. It took half a century for them to fulfill their objective, with many Space Marines and an untold umber of mortal soldiers dying to bring back the Emperor's light to the fallen realms of the Denzarr sector. Due to both the vital importance of the sector and the time, resources, and effort it had taken Chapter 518 and its allies to retake the lost systems, Chapter Master Daur Ulsyn and Commander-Militant Aemilia Roth of the Crimson Shroud, a minor Ecclesiarchial military order, jointly decided to claim a portion of territory as their own, allowing them to recover from their losses but, more importantly, defend Denzarr and its worlds from existing and future military threats.
Orzin's Landing, a feral world on the edge of the Zun system was chosen as the Chapter's new home. Once the Fortress-Monastery, Fort Varshen, was constructed, Master Ulsyn ordered that a ceremony be held in honour of the fallen but equally to renew their vows to the Emperor, Imperium, and newly-acquired protectorate. At the culmination of this event, Master Ulsyn told to his brothers they would henceforth be known as the Praetors of Denzarr.
While a small portion of the Praetors stayed behind on Orzin's Landing to establish Fort Varshen's full operational capability, the rest of the Chapter set out to eradicate any lingering malign presence within the sector and along its borders. Over time the Chapter would erect redoubts and minor fortresses across Denzarr to better defend its planets and people. These keeps would also serve as recruitment and listening posts for the Chapter, left under the care of the Reserve Companies and the overall command of the 6th Company Captain.
The Praetors of Denzarr, while having a defensive operation as their raison d'être, are strong proponents of the concept of offence being the best defence, no doubt a legacy of their early years operating a fleet-borne crusade force alongside some of the Imperium's most zealous warriors. The Praetors display a marked preference for fighting in close quarters like knights of old, cutting down their foes with disciplined volleys of short-range bolter fire and great swings of gleaming blades, ensuring that the light in their foes' eyes be extinguished for all eternity.
This predilection for close-ranged warfare has also shaped how the Chapter's warriors use their Arsenal's equipment and vehicles: as an example, the Praetors will usually deploy a vanguard force via Drop Pods and low-altitude insertion via Thunderhawk or Storm Raven. Therefore tracked vehicles are only utilised when combat drags on and extra support is required or in situations where the preferred deployment tactics are sub-optimal.
As adherents to the guidance written in the Codex Astartes, the Praetors follow the standard division of ten companies with roughly one hundred Marines in each. For identification purposes, they use a simple but reliable system: the left shoulder pad is emblazoned with the black-and-white ringed fist symbol of the Chapter while the right shoulder pad is marked with the Codex-approved tactical designation symbol. The left knee pad is coloured to match the Company colour and inscribed with the Astartes' squad numeral. Sergeants are designated by a red helmet, while Veterans wear white helmets, and Veteran Sergeants wear red helmets with a single white line down the middle. Chapter specialists, such as Techmarines and Librarians, follow the identification guidelines from the Codex.
Edited by Dosjetka, 19 November 2020 - 03:15 PM.