And now a new Chapter concept, but I'm still taking suggestions and thoughts about the Nyght Flyers if people have any:
The Death Dealers chapter is a Blood Angels successor chapter that has fallen to decadence and internal corruption. A few battle-brothers with followers have broken free and try to return to their duty the Imperium.
Their armour is black with blue-grey highlights. Their decorations are in silver instead of gold, and gems are usually white, pale blue or pale grey, minimal angelic decorations/markings (including decorative wings) and then only on the artificer armours. There helmets’ eye-lenses are usually blue.
+ was thinking of the symbol seen here, the one behinde the letter, as their symbol, in grey on black.
For millennia the Death Dealers chapter have been the secret rulers of their home and recruitment world, the hive world of Ördögház, in time most of the chapters battle-brothers become more interested in ruling their world, with the indulgences that offered, and interna politics rather than their duty as the Emperor’s Angels of Death.
An example of have far they had fallen was that they seldom sent battle-brothers to conflicts that they saw had no real consequence to their own space, rather staying put to continue with their political games. And when requests for help was received, they often sent death cult assassins instead of Space Marines, with the excuses that their Marines was better needed somewhere else.
The Death Dealers have twelve companies, known as covens, instead of the standard ten, and each coven is, similar to the Iron Hands’ clan-companies, a self-contained unit responsible for its own recruiting and maintenance of its motorpool. Each of them also controls one of the planet's twelve great hive cities (there exist more hive cities on Ördögház, but they are of lesser importance). The covens are not called by number; instead, each coven is named after the hive city it controls, and has also taken the hive’s symbol as their coven symbol, usually shown on their right pauldron in white, grey, silver or blue. Each coven is led by an Elder, who is chosen from the coven’s veterans.
+ have not decided if the coven are normal company sized or if the Chapter divide 1000 by twelve.
The twelve great hive cities are [names and symbols] [If I ever Index-ar this so would this probably be in a side box. The symbols are likely going to be based on things you can get from GW’s transfer sheets]
As a way to prevent the Chapter from getting into political infighting and completely lose leadership at important time do to the lose of the Chapter Master, known as a Grand Elder, to death or the Flaw, the Death Dealers have three Grand Elders at all time, with two of them sleeping in stasis-sarcophagus while the third is awake and leads. Unless the awake Grand Elder falls to death, thirst or madness, will he after a century of being awake and leading the Chapter awake one of the other Grand Elders and after sharing blood and information go into stasis himself while the awakened Grand Elder leads for a century, this follows a pattern so there will always be two intervals between awakening. If a Grand Elder is lost before his time is at end, the next Grand Elder in line is awaken to lead the chapter through the crisis, ones the crisis is over the other alive Grand Elder is awakened, informed what has happened and partake in the choosing of a new third Grand Elder, before going back into stasis together with the newly chosen Grand Elder.
There is a lot of political infighting between the covens, and even officers within a coven, but this is never allowed to hinder the Chapter’s effectivity (or that’s at least the official line). As part of this do each coven secretly control the local noble houses and official organisations of their hive city, and try to make just their hive city the most powerful. The Chapter also do external politics with the noble families, trade houses, and organisations from other worlds, in Ördögház’s near space, or that the hive world is dealing with.
Each of the coven controlled hive city also has a network of secret monasteries belonging to the death cult the Honoured Acolytes of the Emperor’s Death Dealers, or simply the Acolytes. The cult sees the Death Dealers as semi-divine and believe that by killing for them they do the Emperor’s work and relive the Marines of lesser duties so they can focus on greater ones in His service. What the Acolytes don’t understand, or maybe want to understand, is that many of their targets are only market for death because of the chapter’s political games, and when they are sent out in the galaxy to fulfil requests for help, their masters seldom focus on more important stuff but instead their own self-gratification or internal politics. The cult’s assassins and warriors are mostly female since most of the promising young males are taken in by the chapter as aspirants.
The Honoured Acolytes of the Emperor’s Death Dealers, is its own organisation but are fanaticly loyal to the Death Dealers and follow any order they give. They are either sent our alone (solo or in group) or beside Death Dealers as support, depending on the mission needed. It's not uncommon for battle-brothers that have been marked as potential officers to be send out to lead cult assassins as a preperation for leadership of Astartes.
While the Death Dealers have grown decadent are they still Space Marines and honour and status is earned through combat and the slaying of enemies. But their focus is on the enemies of their homeworld, its subjects and trade partners, not the enemies of the Imperium or humanity as a whole. They also prefer to send their death cultists or forces from the Ördögház Free Regiments against enemies whose defeat would bring them little of status or honouring.
Beside fighting, and sending cult assassins, after the enemies of the Imperium do the Death Dealers go after Imperial groups (that are not their allies) that try to take over something the Chapter is interested in (a trade, the right to first buy from a world, a local organisation, etc.). They also help their political allies in their dealings, in exchange for deepened alliances, direct or future favours, or similar.
Because of [event] and [event] have they sworn vengeance against the Blood Wolves, respectively Skyrar's Dark Wolves Chaos Space Marines warbands. Space Wolf Lord Harald Deathwolf’s slaying of the leader of the Blood Wolves, Svane Vulfbad, have made some of the Death Dealers antagonistic toward him and his company since they feel he robbed them of their vengeance. This led to a clash at [event]; together which some inappropriate comments regarding the origin of the Blood Wolves and Skyrar's Dark Wolves, has made Death Dealers distrusted and disliked by Space Wolves, with Harald Deathwolf swearing that he would never fight by their side.
During the Defence of Baal, did the Death Dealers sent a force of battle-brothers and assassins to help against the Tyranids. The survivors decided to stay with the Blood Angels instead of returning to Ördögház with the Primaris technology, to help rebuild and to create a new path for themselves instead of the one the chapter had been walking for ages. They plan to return one day, something they both fear and hope for. Hope that will once again see their home and will be able to reform their brothers; fear that they will not, or worse, find that those left have fallen deeper and become renegades, or even sworn themself to Chaos.
+ because of reasons (the material used; how the STC was put together; ancient programming nobody knows how to change; such) do all the lamps produced on Ördögház give of a bluish light, this also affects the Death Dealers space ships, which are re-equipped with basics (and some not so basic) items from Ördögház’s factories and artificers.
+ defects in their gene-seed turn them pale of skin and sensitive to UV-light, their eyes often change colour to an electric shade of blue or gold when agitated, with some of them having this inhuman eye-colour permanent.
do they have a Sanguinary Guard? If they have one, they are silver with bluish highlights instead of gold. Should the blood drops gems be in red, or in pale blue or white? They don't have a Sanguinary Guard
+ Like many of the Sons of Sanguinius do the Death Dealers use artistry as a way of meditation. In their case the artistry usually take the form of gem cutting, silver smithing, jewellery making, stone engraving, and painting.
+While the Death Dealers, like all Chapters, train for all environments, ranges and weapons, do they have a preference for close range combat, with many of the battle-brothers always carrying pistols and/or throwing weapons (knives and stars are the most common).
+ do the Apothecary, Chaplain, Librarian, and/or Techmarine stay in their Codex given colour/s, or something else?
Orban, Sandor, Zoltan, Balazs, Viktor, Kraven, Soren, Nathaniel, Rigel, Kahn, Mason, Duncan, Andreas, William, Marcus, Varga, Cassius, Hajna, Istvan,
Company = Coven
Chapter Master = Grand Elder
Company Master = Elder
Edited by Gamiel, 14 April 2021 - 12:48 PM.