Some more concepts then based on them being Blood Angel successors, the death/cemetery/cremation theme, and the comments about Vikings (with focus more on the non barbarian-warrior parts):
* If we go with the earlier suggestion that bones that remain after cremation are seen as blessed by the population of Fellheim so would it not be surprising that the Heralds of Ash have taken up that tradition, but since astartes bones are tougher than non-transhuman bones would it mean that more bones survive after cremation.
* The Heralds of Ash, as the Emperor’s Angels of Death, are only cremated used the finest of wood when possible, but if no other means exist do they use what is available to burn them. Likely do the Chapter always take with them the right kind of wood when going on warpath/missions, maybe brother all carry some wood with them in person and/or are followed by serfs/servitors carrying the wood.
* It’s a graven sin to allow a brother to just lay and rut where he fell. Possibly are the Chapter’s high command and heroes ritually entombed if their bodies can be recovered – if they Chapter is old enough can enough of their command/heroes fall for them to have to reuse space and move old ones bones to ossuary or charnel house; those bones may then be used for relics or in similar ways as suggested for the Fellheim’s population (skulls as drinking cups, femurs used for gun stocks, etc.)
* They keep the Battle Brothers who has fallen to the Holy Rage awake and non-sedate (if tightly strapped down) when not in combat. Their ravings and screams are faithfully recorded, since it is believed that there are prophesies and holy insights hidden in them.
* The Heralds finds it easier to resist the Red Thirst if they consume raw, fresh meat.
* When possible do the Chapter’s Apothecary not just collect the gene-seed of the dead but also their blood.
* Believe itself to be doomed and have begun to embrace the notion that if they cannot continue then their best approach is to make certain that they leave a bold legacy.
* They try to keep their hunger and rage in check by doing some form of artistic endeavours – fitting for a Cemetery World could be: calligraphy + death poem writing; gravestone carving; death mask making; scrimshawing; coffin making; sculpting of grave statues; mausoleum planning and making;
* The Chapter’s battle-brothers rest in coffins or grave niches.
* Lots of psyber-bats, -wolves and/or other psyber-linked animal associated with vampires.
* Sometime battle-brothers fall into a “holy trance” in which they produced stigmata, (unknowingly?) copying the bane wounds of Sanguinius.
* Are masters of mechanised warfare, so they quickly can get close enough to hit the enemy with their close combat weapons.
* Have preference for fighting a special kind of enemy (human renegades, xeno groups, similar) because they prefer the taste of their blood/flesh.
* The Heralds, when possible, treat all the dead no the battle field with proper burials/cremation and death rituals. Be they allies or enemies (even if the burials/ cremation and death rituals for the latter is likely very different than the formers).
* Is seen by many as overtly morbid, their teachings focused on death and mourning.
* Have traditions of meditating before battle to reach a death-like trance in an attempt to commune with their ancestors and the Emperor.
* The battle-brothers are seen as the revenants of the dead by the people of Fellheim.
* The battle-brothers armour adorned with images of bones and/or similar symbols of death.
* Many/all of the Chapter’s battle-brothers paint or tattoo their faces to resemble skulls and/or corpses.
* See the Dreadnoughts as the honoured dead returning to fight alongside their kin again.
* Specialise in fighting zombies and their master. Likely allied with Ordo Sepulturum.
* The Chapter’s battle-brothers rest in coffins and/or grave niches.
* Many of the Chapter’s helmets are painted or sculpted to resemble skulls.
* Chapter that try to protect cemeteries and areas used for burial, and maybe even stay after the conflict have ended to help the people rebuild their cemeteries.
* Meditative rituals during which the battle-brother is buried alive and has to claw themselves out when finished.
* Before becoming Scouts, aspirants are buried alive and has to claw themselves out.
* The Chapter’s Chaplains drink the mixed blood of gathered battle-brothers to receive visions of guidance from the Chapter’s ancestors.
* The Chapter place much spiritualism on blood; to them it represents the blood of the martyrs who have died in service to the those who are living and they believe that no lesson can be learned without blood being shed.
* Cremate their dead and paint themselves and their wargear with the ashes from the funeral pyre.
* The battle-brother paints themselves and/or their armour in calaca/calaveras style.
* Chapter’s honored dead include not just Astartes but also chapter-serfs.
* Chapter’s honored dead include not just Astartes but also machine-spirits.
* The Chapter highly respect the dead and punish populations they find wanting in their treatment of their dead.
* Use flowers as a way to honour the dead, or maybe even offerings, and keep great flower gardens to constantly have access to flowers.
* Battle-brothers always carry around candles they light at any graveyard or lone grave they pass, including the ones they dig themselves.
* Many to all of the battle-brothers mutilate themselves so their faces resemble skulls.
* When not on duty the Chapter’s battle-brothers are expected to help out with cleaning and repairing the gravesites on Fellheim.
* Beside the normal nutrient-past and similar when on mission do the Chapter’s food only consist of what is traditional served on the day/s for prayer and remembrance of the dead on Fellheim.
* When not on duty the Chapter’s battle-brothers are expected to leave prayers and offerings/markings on the gravesites on Fellheim.
* Go to battle to funeral music. Maybe with the battle-brothers singing hymns.
* All the Chapter’s serfs are trained mourners.
* The battle-brothers have sad, pathetic faces and an air of melancholy around them. [A reference to Mutes]
* Are often more interested in protecting the dead than the living.
* After battle the Chapter keep a great memorial service for the fallen, they will likely expect any allied Forces to participate, and react hostile to any who don’t.
* The parts of the fortress-monastery use by the living are simple and austere, while the parts used to host the dead are bedecked and ornate.
* Battle-brother’s write death poems before important battle.
* The battle-brothers carry with them calaveras or similar to give to children and/or the dead.
* Are usually a quiet, sombre, and melancholic Chapter but have great revelling feasts for the death after battle and/or at certain returning times.
* A high position among the chapter-serfs is that of the Death Singer, who sing for the Chapter’s dead. Likely each company, if not squad, has their own Death Singers.
* All battle-brothers have sallow faces and sunken eyes, around which are tattooed rivers of black tears flowing across their cheeks.
* Lots of psyber-linked carrion eater animals (ex. jackals, crows, ravens, vultures, etc.).
* The skulls, bones and belts/feathers of carrion eater animals are used as decorations and marks of honour.
* Carrion eaters are somehow drawn to the Chapter’s presence and follow them.
* The Heralds (secretly?) controls the ships that have the heredity charter right-n-duty to ship the dead and dying to Fellheim.
* Specialise in finding and fighting heretical Resurrectionist cults.
* Whippoorwills (and/or other animals seen as psychopomps) follow the battle-brothers.
* Believe it’s wrong to not treat dead enemies with at least the minimum of respect that they treat their own dead.
* When not in armour they dress similar to the stereotypical image of a Victorian undertaker.
* When not in armour they dress similar to the mourning attire worn by Victorian middle-/upper-class women. [The idea is based on that we know that 40k have a very bad understanding of history and historical cultures, so if a Chapter associated with [ mourning / death / cemeteries / such ] do dress in garbs that they know was historically associated with that it is very possibly that they make some mistakes, like missing that the traditional garbs they use were used by women.]
* The battle-brothers’ armour and other wargear are covered in the bones of their fallen brethren.
* Has a group of serfs whose only duty is to constantly recite the names and deeds of the Chapter’s fallen.
* All battle-brothers carry scissors to symbolise their role as cutters of life threads.
* The Chapter’s dead are buried or entombed together with a guardian/guiding animal.
* The Chapter’s fallen’s gravestones, death plaques or similar only have their name and the Chapter’s symbol carved into the, because they believe that all titles and honours are lost when the spirit moves to join the Emperor
* The Chapter perform their funeral rites every time battle-brother/s leave on missions since they may never return to the Chapter.
* While traveling the Warp the Chapter have a constant celebration honouring their dead.
* The Chapter’s dead are honoured during times of remembrance with song, dance, offerings and animal sacrifice.
* Each battle-brother carries a portable shrine with them where they honour their forbearers and prey for their guidance.
* Each battle-brother’s cell has an altar for remembrance, sacrifice and prayer to the fallen marines who previously resided in the cell, who (it’s believed) guide and protect the battle-brother now living there.
* The corps-ashes of the Chapter’s dead are thrown on the living battle-brothers and their equipment before missions and/or deploying.
* The Chapter believe that in exchange for fruit, flowers, incense and an altar beside the fire (or similar), the Chapter’s dead provide prophetic dreams, ghostly advice and as many lucky breaks as possible for their living gene-seed-kin.
* Are believed by the natives of Fellheim to be psychopomps and have begun to style themselves on the people’s idea on how a psychopomp should look and act.
* Are believed by the natives of Fellheim to be the war-dead and have begun to style themselves on the people’s idea on how those should look and act.
* Hear voices of the dead (or at least believe they do), and sometimes they actually speak to the battle-brothers…
* Maybe they works closely with one of the Orders Vespila of the Adepta Sororitas.
* Maybe they works closely with one of the Orders Planxilium of the Adepta Sororitas.
* Recruit from the young fallen on battlefields.
* The Chapter’s Librarians are each followed by two psyber-ravens.
* The Chapter’s Librarians are each followed by two psyber-wolves and -ravens.
* Allied with a Squat faction.
* The Chapter’s Librarians/corresponding cast rune-stones/sticks as part of their rituals.
* The Heralds send its battle-brothers, at a certain point of their service, to serve as bodyguards to the Chapter’s allied - could be a specific organisation; a specific sub-group (like a Navigator House); all the higher ups in sector/sub-sector where the Chapter’s fortress-monastery lay; or similar. [A reference to the Varangian Guard]
* Allied to a Rogue Trader dynasty. Possibly do the dynasty’s main ships (if not all) have the protection of a squad of battle-brothers at all time. Maybe do they take their recruits from the dynasties ships. [A reference to the Varangian Guard and the Vikings as traders, explorers and faraway (for that era) travellers]
* Take human survivors of worlds they have pacified to serve as chapter-thralls and servitors, doing the most menial and undesirable thrall-tasks. [A reference to the Vikings as slavers.]
* Has a sauna culture.
* The Chapter’s Librarians sacrifices one of their eyes as part of their training.
* Many of them wear rings, bracelets, necklaces and similar by precious and/or shiny metals. Possibly is it so that the higher up in ranks and/or glory the more piece of jewellery a Herald wears. [A reference to that the Viking showed their wealth and status with jewellery.]
* Many of them wear rings, bracelets, necklaces and similar by precious and/or shiny metals.
* Believe that battle-brothers that don’t die in battle are not allowed to join the halls of the honoured dead. This likely makes them weary of facing Nurgle forces.
Edited by Gamiel, 26 November 2020 - 09:55 PM.