+ Who are the Gatebreakers? +
The Gatebreakers are a Chapter of my own devising. I've spent years making up stories in 40k (and 30k), and decided it was the proper time to try to create a compelling force. The (ongoing) tale of their exploits can be found in No Impediment to Progress, my blog in the work-in-progress section of the board.
I've chosen a narrative style to that blog, which has been fun to write, but isn't great in showing 'god-level' details of the sector. This collaborative blog, therefore, is where you can get a grand strategic view of the Gatebreakers as just one of the many pawns in Uridimmu's – and more on this fascinating character from the ominously talented K0rdhal soon – great game.
As a quick summary, the Gatebreakers were a Chapter on the verge of extinction owing to the particular pressures of operating so far from the rest of the Imperium coupled with their degrading biology. No sinister plots or magic influence here – the Gatebreaker's slow decline is emblematic of nothing more sinister than that facing the Imperium as a whole: a lack of scientific understanding and thousands of years of gradual loss in an region of eternal war. Thought lost, a new Primaris Chapter was created, given their heraldry and name and sent to claim Andocrine. Imagine their surprise when they arrive to find the Chapter still extant; still fighting wars...
I wanted to explore the practicalities and cultural conflict that merging Primaris and 'firstborn' Astartes Chapters would cause, as well as enjoying exploring a non-Codex Chapter's culture. In short, the Gatebreakers are an unremarkable – though hopefully not uninteresting – Chapter; and one that reflects how I think the Imperium typically works beyond the really influential Chapters that often sit at centre stage.
I hope you like what you read; I'll be maintaining the narrative over at the WIP blog, and posting up finished models here with more detached god-level info. If you have any questions about markings, organisation, history or Chapter culture etc., this is a good place to ask. In fact, I'd love any questions you have, as that'll help to ensure the worldbuilding for the narrative blog is as consistent as possible. In the meantime, here are some pict-captures of the Gatebreakers as they begin to reassert themselves across their ancient domains.
+ Abstract +
"It is written in the odes that the seventh divine prince pronounced that some men wear masks; because they seek to share the true self beneath with a select few. The sage Hinn disagreed. He said that there is nothing beneath the mask except another mask."
- Oto Yeng, Gatebreakers Claviger apothecary-errant
The Gatebreakers are a Chapter in some distress. Nominally Lords of Andocrine – a system on the very edge of Imperial territory at the Galactic rim – their homeworld has, through necessity, long been abandoned. It is used along with the other inhabited planets in the region by the Chapter only for snatch-and-grab recruitment.
The Chapter itself occupies the vast wilderness space of the region, with the Astartes roving nomadically, only intemittently returning to largest of the ammonia-wreathed dwarf planets of Androcrine. The Chapter specialises in void warfare and ship-to-ship assault.
Or at least; that is its boast. In truth, the Gatebreakers are suffering from numerous and growing gene-rune problems. Their melanchromic organ and neuroglottis are non-functional, and more than ninety per cent suffer catastrophic collapse of the sus-an Membranes prior to leaving the Scout Company-analogues. Many suffer irregularities of the oolitic kidney or paralysis of the multi-lung; while a minority also suffer failures of the occulobe or Lyman's ear, necessitating bionic replacement. While it is officially no shame to bear geneseed with failed or misgenic organs (the Imperial Fists being a good example) the sheer level of failure to the Gatebreakers' seed is a point of deep shame to the Chapter, and they go to huge lengths to conceal the extent of their sickness.
Recruiting heavily in order to make up for the sheer level of catastrophic failure, the Gatebreakers harvest the three worlds of Andocrine regularly, launch slaving raids on any non-Imperial human worlds they come across, and demand payment in the form of a planet's youth when they come to its aid. As a result both of this and of the weak influence of the geneseed, the Gatebreaker's phenotype is hugely diverse.
The Chapter's culture – insular to the point of isolationism – has deemed this inner corruption must be hidden; to the point of short-stocking or withholding their tithe completely. Thus far, their distant galactic position and mobile nature has meant few Imperial parties are particularly interested.
[This text was written a while back; prior to the arrival of the Primaris. I'll cover how they fit into this in a later post.]
+ Markings and heraldry +
The Chapter symbol is a mace, with five points. It's a figurative representation of the Chapter's intentions – a brutal, direct weapon of war. The points symbolise the Chapter's multiple companies and ability to work more independently. Further, the handle contains an orb above the weapon's grip. This symbolises Terra, and the God-Emperor – it is he that directs the Chapter. The ball of the mace, figuratively distant from Terra, represents Andocrine.
Edited by apologist, 20 November 2020 - 03:55 PM.