Base of Operations: Deathworld Mjolnir IV, Segmentum Obscurus, near the Eye of Terror.
Rank: Third Founding, Geneseed of Roboute Guilliman
Deviances from the Codex Astartes: Heed the Wisdom of the Ancients, Scions of Mars, Eye to Eye
Combat Doctrine: Due to lack of contact with the rest of the Imperium for 500 years, due to a Warp Storm, most of the veteran marines are ancient, and many of the Chapter’s greatest have been killed or mortally wounded fighting the warp spawned terrors. As such, the lack of access to fresh recruits, the Chapter has been forced to place many of its warriors inside of Dreadnoughts. Fortunately, their Adepts of the Machine God are as skilled as any in the Imperium, and were able to craft lesser versions of the Dreadnought sarcophogai from the abundant metallic materials on their homeworld. As such, the Nova Wolves rely heavily on mechanized warfare, having made extensive use of the vehicles in their armoury, and have been working on a new pattern of Land Raider (the Mjolnir) to serve as a heavy, anti-armour tank in the field. Their Tactical squads tend to be minimal in size, and they frequently rely heavily on their Scouts squads, whom they train to the highest degree in sniper warfare, still operating under the need to preserve as many of their fresh warriors as they can.
Formed as a Third Founding in the 36M, the Nova Wolves were created with aid from the Sons of Guilliman, and their 5th Company Captain was selected to be their Chapter Master. They quickly proved to have an affinity for technology, with many of their marines being called to Mars to learn the ways of the Machine God. Initially they were a roaming chapter, stationed in their Fleet of ships, ready to leap into battle at a moments notice, but as they began to come under inquisitorial suspicion, brought on by reports of them harbouring and studying xenotech, particularly the eldar wraithbone.
Depsite never being accused of heresy outright, the Chapter Master, and his Master of the Forge, decided that they needed an out of the way area to study the weapons of their enemies, and in some cases, incorporate the uses into their own battle doctrine. The planet they chose was a little known deathworld near the Eye of Terror, known as Mjolnir IV.
Around 5-600 years ago, a warp storm formed over the planet of operations they have their fortress monastery on, and lasted for close to 400 years. During this time, recruits were scarese, the only fresh sourse of soldiers being the primitive tribes of the planet.
To compound these problems were constant incursions by warp spawn and worshipers of the Ruinous Powers, who were slowly wearing down the ranks of the Adeptus Astartes. It was with great reluctance, and after a decade of consultation with his Master of the Forge, that Chapter Master Segmund ordered that any Marine of Veteran status who became mortally wounded was to be placed inside any available Dreadnought Sarcophogai, so as to keep the valued knowledge and combat ability of the Marines in service, even if it meant crafting simulacri versions of the revered Dreadnought armour that lacked the ancient potentcy of the true dreadnoughts.
Approximately 100 years ago, the Warp Storm surrounding Mjolnir waned enough for the Chapter to send out a call for aid to purge the remaining daemons and chaos cultists infesting their planet, and much to their surprise, the 400th Cadian answered with lightning speed, leading to a rapid, planet-wide destruction of any non Imperial force, including the natives of the planet, who were purged with extreme prejudice by the zealous guardsmen. At the end of the cleansing action Chapter Master Segmund sent out a request to the psykers of the Inquisition to aid his Librarians in putting up runes and shields around their bases of operation to help guard against chaos infestation, and to help prevent the Daemons from entering their fortress.
Ever since the day the planet was cut off , none of the Space Marines,s, have ever removed their armour in front of a non chapter memeber, leaving scholars to wonder as to why.
Well, I finally got a little bit of fluff worked up for my Chapter of the Ineptus Astartes (the term my fellow gamers have used since my Marines have won 1 out of their last 16 engagements, though they did come away with a Draw last week)
Edited by Zadkiel, 12 April 2006 - 04:35 PM.