For nearly a thousand years the chapter patrolled the Segmentum Pacificus fighting back the tide of traitors and heretics, reclaiming numerous worlds to the Imperium. As the chapter neared its first millennium of existence, the enemy’s resistance increased drastically. In a series of daring and costly conflicts, the Eagles followed the trail of corruption and discovered its source, a chaos fleet orbiting the planet Fidelis. Though the chapter succeeded in cleansing the taint of chaos from the planet, their fleet had been annihilated.
The crippled chapter claimed Fidelis as their homeworld and began the painful task of rebuilding. Struggling to remain combat effective the Eagles Eternal diverged from the Codex Astartes, adapting new tactics in order to overcome the challenges they faced. These divergences became a staple for the chapter throughout the millennium, and though the chapter would recover from its losses the Marines would retain the traditions to honor their history.
Fidelis is a feudal world in the early stages of gun powder resembling the revolutionary age described by scholars of ancient Terra. Before the arrival of the Eagles Eternal, the planet had no way of defending itself from aggressors, and had been enslaved by heritics. Once the Chapter cleansed the planet, they took it for their own, allowing the inhabitants to remain ignorant of the universe around them.
Settled upon the main continent lies the largest nation on Fidelis, Paternus, from which settlements across the sea have been founded on smaller continents and sub continents. Wanting the freedom to be their own nation, these settlements long ago started a war with their fathering nation. Sending out its army’s, Paternus attempts to hold onto its claim’s though bloody conflict. These events give the Eagles ample opportunity to select its recruits.
Even since the planet was first liberated, battles have been fought on Fidelis without end. Using primitive gunpowder weapons often many soldiers are left wounded and dying on the field of conflict, wounds that would result in amputation if treatment would be left up to the locals. Marching towards the engagement in formation, these brave warriors are standing side by side as the enemy fires upon them. The courage it takes to remain in position awaiting the order to fire as death hurtles towards you is unparallel, making these mortals the perfect aspirants to join the ranks of the Eagles Eternal.
Descending upon a battleground, the space marines gather all combatants should a conflict show any signs of promising warriors. For all the courage a man may have, nothing can prepare him for a squad of Astartes rounding up those around them. It hasn’t been unheard of for a platoon to open fire upon the Marines in a moment of fear, though never to any effect. The terror of seeing an eight foot armored giant stride through a controlled volley has caused several heart attacks. It has not been unknown for at least one man on the field to drop to his knees in worship, recognizing the armored figures from stories of the statues of the Eagles Spire.
Gathering up all present serves the chapter’s goal of remaining unknown to the locals, and while not all recruits show the skills needed to become an Astartes, those that fail give a sense of challenge to others. Taken to the fields north of the Spire they train with only a hand full of Marine instructors. While they have come together as enemies, training is rigorous and purposeful, and soon they have forgotten their old rivalries.
Those that fail become serfs or servitors for the chapters needs, should they survive. Once the recruits are ready to be initiated into the Eagles Eternal, they pledge their lives to the Chapter, and are taken into the spire for the first time.
Rifles used by the armies of Fidelis are single shot gun powder weapons. The time it takes to reload a rifle is significant, and forces soldiers to hone the precision of their aim. A majority of recruits joining the Eagles Eternal are already expert riflemen before inception, the training of a neophyte only increases the marine’s ability to fire under pressure. Many Marines in the chapter take pride in their marksmanship.
The Eagles Eternal have faced extinction several times, each time having to adjust in order to survive. Their adaptability has given them much renown over the years, the ability to overcome new adversities that others would struggle with. The chapter has become well known for repeatedly deviating from the Codex Astartes.
While the Marines have fought all manor of the Emperors enemies, most of their engagements have been against Traitors and Heretics. Respectively they have become very talented at combating the agents of Chaos, their changing tactics preventing the archenemy from predicting their movements.
Brother O'Bannon was inducted into the chapter immediately following the war for Fidelis. As such he was the first Fidelian to be recruited into the chapter. O'Bannon served with the Fourth Company for several years before his transfer to the Second Company.
The young marine earned a spot early on in the Veteran Company after his valiant actions and bravery in the defense of Thraxus Prime from the Ork horde led by wag boss Gore Skaul.
He was later made third squad leader of Second Company after single handedly holding back eldar pirates from overwhelming his position for 27 consecutive hours before reinforcements could arrive. - Siege of Derna
After the death of his Company Commander, O'Bannon assumed his duties and led the 30 Marine task force and liberated Tri' Ple III from a band of Night Lords led by the infamous "Master of Shadow". After returning control of the world to its governor, O'Bannon was gifted with the "Aquila Edge" an Ancient sword that had long been used as a symbol of leadership. Upon returning to the Chapter his command of Second Company was made permanent and he was honored to carry the Aquila Edge. - Tri' Ple III
When Chapter Master Nicolas was interned into a Dreadnaught sarcophagi, O'Bannon was made the new Chapter Master. Because he is the first Eagle Eternal born of Fidelis, and his natural leadership skills, Chapter Master O'Bannon is highly respected by the Chapter. His presence on the battle field inspires his Marines to achieve great things.
Unlike other chapters, Neophytes of the Eagles Eternal do not enter a scout company. With limited mobility from sector to sector, the Marines had to reconsider deployment options. It would not be possible for rapid relocation from one warzone to another. In order to ensure that the youth of the chapter received combat training, Neophytes would have to be assigned to Battle companies without being tied to a Scout Company like other Chapters.
Upon indoctrination to the chapter, recruits are assigned to their battle company, most commonly whichever company is on duty in the Spire. It is with this company that they will experience combat for the first time, and train under their peers. Once the Neophyte receives the rights to wear power armor, the new battle brother remains with his company and fills any squad vacancies.
Three specialist Honor Companies are maintained within the chapter. These companies were made under the most unique of circumstances, the first two of which were created in the years that followed the chapters rebuilding. The third Honor Company was formed during the Age of Apostasy. These companies were designated with honor after their participation in intense conflict’s that marked turning points in the chapter’s history. Each company has one hundred battle-brothers, and only seasoned and experienced Marines are offered a chance to join these companies.
The Honor Companies within the chapter have set themselves apart from the other companies. Showing both courage and distinction on the battlefield, they operate as the spear and hammer of the chapter, often operating on their own in far off worlds. Individually they make up for more combat actions than the battle companies combined. These companies spend the most time deployed, and only return to Fidelis for resupply. Even then, attempts are often made to bring the supplies to them. During larger campaigns these units will fight alongside a battle company, and enemy’s destruction is swiftly sought.
Following the results of the First war for Fidelis, the Eagles Eternal had lost all ships capable of Drop Pod insertion. It wasn’t until a boarding action preformed by the second company that a suitable ship was captured and reclaimed for drop operations. For their bravery in such a daring action, the second company was forever rewarded with the control of the ship, and the decoration of being the first Honor Company.
During the Invasion of the Forge world Mon’Tau, the Eagles Eternal deployed a Battle Group consisting of three full companies. The Third, Fifth, and Eighth Company’s, fought alongside forces of the Marines Errant against the invading Chaos forces. While the conflict consumed the entire surface of Mon’Tau, the Halls of Zuma’s forge saw the most intense combat. Led by Commander Simms, Fifth Company was tasked with capturing the Zuma Forge. The armored tactics preformed by the Fifth won the company much Prestige amongst the Mechanium. With every step the Marines drove the Traitors back, they weathered wave upon wave of enemy counter-attacks without falter. Slowly the arch enemy was routed from the forge by the constant Hammering of loyalist bolters.
After the Heritics where routed from Mon’Tau, awards were given to several of the Marines for their brave actions. No unit was as decorated as the Eagles Fifth Company. For the actions preformed in Forge Zuma, Commander Simms was rewarded with an Artifact Hammer from the Moderati Princips himself. Upon return to Fidelis, the Battle Group was received by the Chapter Master himself. Upon his review of the seventy-eight survivors he declared the remaining members of the Third and Eighth Company be combined into the Fifth, and that from that day on act as the chapters second Honor Company specializing in Armored tactics.
Like in most Codex chapters, the first Company is designated as the Veterans Company. These veterans are chosen only from the Honor Companies. This ensures that only the best of the Chapter are selected, as these Marines progress to become Veteran Sergeants that lead Squads into battle. The Veteran Company rarely engages in combat in full, as squads are often sent on patrols with other Companies to act as support units.
Though the Company has no standard size, it usually numbers no more than a hundred and fifty Marines. Its increased size is to allow for deployment with Battle-Companies and still maintain sizable force to remain on Fidelis and respond as a reactionary force, and further training of those stationed at home.
Unlike other Chapters, squad markings in the Eagles Eternal do not display imagery to signify the type of squad. While Battle-Companies still maintain the standard six Tactical squads, and two Assault and Devastator squads, each squad is marked by number only. Marines are very proud of their squad’s traditions, and often display the markings on not only their shoulder pad, but also on knee pads, power packs, chest armor, or more.
While many chapters also denote company markings through variation of color on the shoulder trim, this is not present with the Eagles. Instead each Marine displays their Company by number on their shoulder pad next to their squad. The Veteran company is further marked by their white trouser, while Veteran Sergeants assigned to other companies wear the standard blue armor leggings with a blood stripe down the sides.
Before becoming Space Marines, recruits had no knowledge of life amongst the stars. Stories of the nightmares of hell taking over their world before god’s angels descended upon them to liberate his empire. The chapter has developed a belief of the Emperor as there god, and they as his angels, meant to do battle with his nightmarish foes. They prefer to fight the forces of chaos and heretics, though are content to do battle with xenos threats also, seeing all of their enemies as blasphemous to their God-Emperor.
The Eagles Eternal constantly seek out conflicts to train in the fire of war in order to have the skill to protect the Emperors realm. Each Marine grows up knowing of the daemons that enslaved their forefathers. Seeking to protect their home, and avenge the loss of their fleet, they draw the hated enemies into combat, that they might defeat chaos itself in one final battle. It is believed that this embedded discontent for chaos is to cause a strong resistance to the wills of dark gods.
The chapter’s Gene-seed is taken from that of the Crimson Fist. Like many children of Dorn, the Eagles Eternal show an extreme sense of stubbornness that has led to many conflicts within which they remain in operation long after allied forces have pulled out to regroup.
Having been in existence for Nine Millennium, the Eagles Eternal are very proud of their history. As these events have shaped and changed the very chapter itself, the details of these events are carefully recorded and taught to the younger generations.
The first scans of Fidelis showed a number of orbital defense lasers, enemy strongholds, troop garrisons, and it was believed that more where hidden from view. To soften up the opposition a company of marines was shuttled to the planet undercover of a meteor storm. Operating at night, the Marine Raiders rooted out a number of priority targets in order to clear the sky’s for a full invasion. After sabotaging several Orbital Defense Lasers and communications relay’s, ground forces then turned the enemy’s weapons upon the orbiting chaos fleet, thus signaling the chapter to begin its assault.
As the battle in space began, additional ground forces were sent to the planet via Drop Ship and Thunderhawk transports. Tanks rolled out of cargo bays and fired their devastating weapons into the enemy’s defenses. Rhino’s bearing the markings of the chapter’s first company, Veterans of the Eagles Eternal, sped to meet the heretics in battle. Having already lost many battles to the element of surprise, the enemy forces gathered for retaliation and the war began in earnest.
Repeatedly the heretic forces clashed against the marines, each time being routed and driven back. In space, the chaos fleet was torn apart by the anvil and hammer formed by their own guns on Fidelis, and the fleet of the Eagles Eternal. Without orbital support, the traitors’ efforts lessened and began to wane, their destruction drew ever closer. Unable to beat the Emperors finest in number alone, the heretics summoned ruinous powers to aid them. As the cracks and seams to the warp weakened around the Fidelis, Daemons leapt forth to take their claim to the world. Bolstered by these forces, the chaos army attacked anew, and the darkness pushed back at the light.
Faced with this new threat, the Eagles Eternal deployed all of their forces to the surface of Fidelis in order to ensure the destruction of all chaos forces embedded there. As the last of the Marines made planet side, cracks in the warp continued opening in the space around Fidelis, and a second fleet of chaos warships and daemon possessed vessels revealed themselves to the chapter. The battle in space once again erupted, and many ships were destroyed outright. Those that survived became targets of chaos boarding parties who attempted to capture the vessels for their own use, a number of which were destroyed by the crew, unwilling to allow such perversion to their beloved ships.
The marines desperately fought for survival. Time was running out as more and more daemons came at them. All seemed lost when suddenly the chapter’s librarians screamed out in unison. Each one had just bear witness to an identical vision of the world coming to an end in fire and death, as a massive warp storm engulfed the planet. At its epicenter, the librarians saw a location hidden in the mountain range of the main continent upon which they fought. Believed to be the site of the sorceress ritual, the chapter master gave the coordinates to the flag ship, “Emperors Splendor” and ordered immediate bombardment. Unfortunately, as the flag ship prepared to fire, it was dealt an engine crippling blow. Unable to maintain its orbit, the Massive vessel was pulled out of the sky by the planets gravity.
Unwilling to fail the chapter in its cause and dedicated to their mission, the surviving crew of the “Splendor” did their best to guide the ship into the target location. The battling marines looked up in horror to see their beloved ship cutting a path though the clouds before it dragged an earth scarring path though the mountains of Fidelis. The bottom hull and lower decks of the vessel dragged though the ground and became an obliterated mess of mangled metal, but not before crossing paths with the heretic sorcerers. In an instant the ritual had been put to a bloody end, and the ruinous powers turned in upon itself. The daemons collapsed back into the warp, and the chaos fleet was pulled back into the warp. At the highest of costs, the war had been won, and the liberation of Fidelis complete.
Edited by War Angel, 17 December 2012 - 02:31 AM.