The Phoenix Legion
Planting Seeds – The Founding
Into the Fire – The Blight of Irea
Rising from the Ashes – The birth of the Phoenix Legion
With the destruction of most of its hive centres and the cleansing of its major food sources, Irea III took nearly a century to rebuild. During this time, the Phoenix Legion allocated significant resources into providing aid in any way it could. From materials, to expertise, even labour at times; the Legion has been right at the center of Irea's reconstruction. Chapter Master Taigon has proclaimed that because Irea III is their home, the Marines of the Chapter must hold a personal stake in its well being. It is because of their failure to defend the system properly that things are as they are, and working to nurture its regrowth is both a responsibility and a privilege. What comes of it will be a homeworld that will serve the chapter well for millennia to come.
The people, and government of course, have responded very well to the Chapter's involvement. Where once their was distrust for their sudden abandonment of the people to fight battles elsewhere in the galaxy, centuries of direct assistance and policing from the chapter have begun to mend old wounds.
Irea V, VI, and VIII
The Phoenix Legion is host to a stable but flawed gene-seed that has warped their self-image and challenged their faith for millennia. A subtle mutation in the Progenoid glands cause them to retrieve more than simple genetic data but also neurological data from the brain of the marine that seeded them. Contained in the Proto-Omophagea as it develops, this data is stored chemically and can be transferred to its new host upon re-implantation in the form of impulses and hallucinations, even memories at times. While these symptoms do not always develop, they can be startling if and when they do. Fortunately, on a biological level the mutation is very difficult to spot, and even then seems like it would have little affect on the system. Only by successfully re-implanting a progenoid that has been used over a full lifetime are the effects apparent.
It's unclear when the mutation itself began to appear, over centuries of service its easy for such things to go unnoticed as marines refuse to disclose something that may classify them unfit for duty. It's believed it came about in M39 when the Legion's implant success rates began to decline from ten to six percent. Since then Apothecaries began to understand and document it in secret, it has become central to the Legion's culture, and even more so since the transition into the Phoenix Legion.
Where once it was a coveted secret only discussed by the closest of battle brothers unfortunate enough to be afflicted by it, the sparks (as they're called) are now a welcomed occurrence. Marines within the chapter now trace their lineages back through time, trying to trigger episodes where they can pull from the experiences of their ancestors. Better yet, Marines in combat now allow themselves to be taken by these episodes rather than fighting them. Acting as their ancestors and pulling from skills they may not have mastered yet, these marines are beginning to conquer the drawbacks of their mutation that can incapacitate those who fight to keep control of themselves.
Initiates have, since adopting these practices, taken less and less time to train; and the Legion phased out its scout company long before crossing the rubicon. Combat simulations seem to spark these experiences, especially in those of particularly old lineages. This has helped to offset the lower success rates in surgery, but even still the Chapter has to take in more recruits than normal to maintain fighting strength. Also, many marines object to having their implants removed before death, coveting the opportunity to impart their experiences on the next generation. This has put pressure on the chapter's medics, as each soldier who is not harvested on the battlefield is a severe disappointment to their comrades, and can even draw rage on the fallen's behalf.
With their perspective warped by their gene-seed mutation and the events of the Blight, the Phoenix Legion have become obsessed with the idea of rebirth and transformation. Casting aside notions of tradition and content, they have begun to rewrite everything they've known about warfare and the logistics that support it. Working closely with the Mechanicum, they design new weapons and machines of war to respond to ever increasing threats at their borders. Vindicated by their victory in the blight, they have also cast aside all context of cost and focus solely on attaining the inevitable success of their campaigns. Their stalwart belief that so long as the enemies of the Imperium lay dead that humanity will thrive in whatever wasteland remains.
Each marine seeks to prepare themselves for the inevitable end so that they lay the best possible framework for future marines. Their lives devoted to self improvement and expansion of repertoire, some will spend days or weeks at a time locked in training or simulations; each moment of their experience adding to the stockpile of knowledge left for those who would come after them.
Of course much of this process relies on the retrieval of their progenoid, which has taken on its own form of holiness to the chapter. Viewed as the most holy gift bestowed upon them by the Emperor himself, members of the Phoenix Legion covet their genetic heritage above all else. This puts particular pressure on the chapter's medics, who have risen to the challenge of ensuring no fallen marine goes un-recovered in battle.
Marines will also refuse to be preserved after death, choosing instead to leave themselves to future generations. They see the construction of dreadnoughts not as an honour, but as a horrific end to the culmination of their deeds.
With the return of Guilliman and the start of the Indomitus Crusade, a new rhetoric has entered the halls of the fortress monastery. Their practices of advancement vindicated with Cawls new inventions, a swirl of vigour has taken hold of the chapter and few are positioned to stop their now rampant pursuit of new practices and equipment. Entire companies were rotated out of active duty to cross the Rubicon together, seeking newfound power in a newfound form. Performing the surgery with Ashen Priests rather than servitors, the chapter has managed to reduce failed implantations to just under 27%. But the losses have still been considerable, and ever vigilant recruiting methods have been needed to keep up. Thankfully, few marines see death as a deterrent; especially knowing their seed would be harvested immediately for future use.
Even Cawls inventions have since been examined and improved upon, and new designs such as the Escort pattern repulsor and the Striker pattern bolt rifle have already found widespread use across the chapter.
Where their strength and resolve was tested for millenia as the Agriguard, the Phoenix Legion has entered and era of refinement and reorganization. Their tactics are heavily influenced by the Red Talons, relying on vehicles and warmachines to face the brunt of the enemy. Their success against impossible odds in the Blight has also influenced their default strategies as well, moving in as mechanized infantry in the wake of heavy orbital bombardment to mop up what scum remains on the scorched battlefield. But simple adherence to old wisdom is behind them, and the chapter has begun to reevaluate each and every battlefield practice they once held dear.
The chapter has specific strategies for dealing with a number of threats, but most begin with orbital bombardment and end with sweeping advances to clean up survivors. On swarmed opponents like Tyranids or Orks the chapter fleet glass entire warzones, knowing most of the strategic assets under their control will already have been destroyed, before moving slowly through the wreckage to exterminate what remains. On more more refined enemies like Aeldari or Tau, artillery cruisers will deploy rapidly to orbit and focus their fire on key strategic locations before swift vehicle advances attempt to overwhelm and overpower the remaining ground forces.
In all cases, the strategies the Phoenix Legion employs will always keep their marines as close to support assets as possible. This is because the recovery of each progenoid is paramount, leading to a large corps of medical staff that accompany each platoon into battle. Most often, it is easier to bring support assets along with main battle groups than to keep lines back; made even more easier by the vehicle-mounted movements the chapter normally employs.
These tactics have proven consistently successful and easily adapted to suit new threats the chapter faces, but commanders are always weary of enemies ready for their common tactics and look for opportunities to experiment with new methods and strategies.
Somewhat unorthodox, the Phoenix Legion has modified their chapter structure to better suite their tactical fluidity. In their current state, each company is expected to fulfil any role necessary to take control of a warzone and eradicate the enemy. Because of these expectations each company requires significant equipment and support to perform its combat operations, which in turn requires clear communication with other Imperial military factions.
Battle Companies 1-10
The 11th Company [The Torchmen]
Edited by FoxLGV, 13 September 2019 - 02:06 AM.