Very recently I put up some pics of the painted minis of my home-brew chapter and started to properly think about writing an IA. No sooner had my pics gone up than Bjorn Firewalker (of this parish, as they say in the papers), asked a question about my background which set my brain a-whirring in a very different direction to my original thoughts. Coupled with Freakshow668 encouraging me to get on with sorting out my background and well, here we are. So thank you both for getting me moving!
This isn’t so much an Index Astartes as the beginnings of the thinking about the outline of the basic structure of the broad-brush contents that might, with further work and input, become, at a push, and after some time, an Index Astartes. Maybe.
So where to begin? A name would be a good start however I’m not sure what… As anyone who has looked by my picture stream knows, the brave warriors of my chapter currently bestride the galaxy as the “Something Something Marines”. I have some ideas though, I promise!
Option 1: The “Somethings” of “A specific, and therefore unique, place/region” eg The Praetors of Orpheus.
This has the benefit of guaranteeing uniqueness and I do have some useable names from the Chapter background that could work here (Rejiska – the chapter homeworld, Thorbius – the sector they primarily operate in, Raddeum – the Raddeum Expanse is a stretch of space that includes/overlaps with/etc the Thorbius sector and the Something Something marines have patrolled and protected it.
Option 2: The “Something” “Something” marines eg Space Wolves, Crimson Guard, etc, etc
I think at least one of the words in a name like this needs to be descriptive of either the way the marines look and/or the way they act or behave. Eg the Space Wolves have a whole wolfy thing going which then extrapolates out to a norse/Viking theme (or possible it’s the other way around and the norse/Viking thing is distilled down to the “wolf” concept).
So what do I know about my chapter? Looks-wise they are in bright white armour with red and grey detailing and the chapter symbol is a dark red lions head. They defend a particular region of space (operations outside that sphere are not forbidden but are rare) and their homeworld, including their frequently attacked fortress monastery is called Rejiska. Their structure and culture is very much feudal knights inspired.
Therefore the words running around my head at the moment are, in no particular order: White, Radient, Knights, Pure, Pale, Silver, Crimson, Vermilion, Wardens, Sentinals, Guardians, Praetorians, Shields, Lions, Argent
Option 3: The “Somethings” eg the Novamarines
I’m not sure about this one, I think I’d prefer a two-part name but then again maybe I’ve just not thought of the right one-word name yet…
Right, that’ll do for the moment. If you have any ideas or if you think some of the words/names just aren’t suitable, let me know. I’ll add in more about the Chapter background in history in future posts so that might help.
EDIT: added "argent" from Bjorn's suggestion.
Edited by Graceless, 28 June 2020 - 04:01 PM.