And to celebrate, got a Chapter for you. Would they still formally be a numbered Chapter?
The Sons of the Mace
The Sons of the Mace began life as the Fourth Chapter of the XVth Legion, formed a few years after Unity was proclaimed on Terra. At this time, Legion recruitment had first expanded beyond the Sol System, most notably to Cthonia, and the Hollow World would leave a particular mark upon the Fourth Chapter of the XVth Legion. Its Legionaries were noted to be of a particularly callous mien and evinced a tendency towards rapid, close-range attacks.
These trends were not reversed by the finding of the Primarch and Gwin-Krong. Instead, the Fourth Chapter began to be used almost as a dumping ground, where the most unstable and violently disposed of the XVth’s marines were placed. This extended to those of their revered fallen who took poorly to confinement within a Dreadnought.
Nonetheless the commanders of the Chapter took this in their stride, for Azothastra found a use for them. They were deployed as his sanction against enemies which warranted the harshest punitive measures, or a vanguard against the most powerful opponents. As such Voram Dresth, Chapter Master of the Fourth, gained a certain renown for his ability to maintain control over his warriors, even if the Chapter was never high in favour with their master or Imperial high command.
Over time, their numbers were swelled by Aspirants from the wilder regions of Gwin-Krong, whose tribal structures served to bind the warriors more closely even if they remained aloof from the rest of the Legion. Dresth would perish in the carnage of the Vesprid Cull, but was succeeded by Zha Moke, a fierce and capable warlord who continued his predecessor’s work with no small amount of zeal.
Treated with a wary respect by their brothers, the Sons of the Mace had little truck with the gene-bred beasts favoured by others in the Legion. Because of this and their methodology in war, they came to retain one of the largest armoured echelons in the XVth.
Edited by bluntblade, 28 March 2020 - 05:59 PM.