The Celestial Tigers
Known as a staunch and loyal guardian to those under their protection, the Celestial Tigers have earned a reputation of being a benevolent and righteous ally to those faithful to the Imperium. To their enemies, they are viewed as being merciless and stalwart foes on the fields of battle. They believe it is their duty, with the strength bestowed upon them by the Emperor, to defend those who have not the means to do so themselves.
The arrival of Mhutai Khan and his retinue to the surface of Jiggu was met with a dignity and calm that impressed the Astartes to no end. Reactions when civilizations first come into contact with Astartes typically vary from borderline hysteria to undignified obeisance, and to see such a controlled reaction spoke highly of the discipline instilled in the people of Jiggu. The inhabitants of Jiggu were viewed to be excellent candidates as recruits and the land optimal as training grounds for the newly created Chapter.
Though a relatively young Chapter, the Celestial Tigers have carried themselves with integrity and honor since their inauguration.
The population of Jiggu numbers close to 4.1 Billion. It is considered sparsely populated in respect to landmass, although numbers swell as you travel towards towns and cities. The world is made up of three main continents; in order of size they are Mikan, Hanguk, and Nihon. There are small islands spread throughout the world at varying locales, and most are uninhabited. The continents are located in temperate zones of the world and so the people enjoy varying seasons with no extremes in temperature.
Jiggu is orbited by one large moon named Dal, which happens to be heavily laden with adamantium, a key component in the production of Terminator Armor and Imperial Titans. Being so large and having a strong gravitational pull, it is the reason for the violent waves and storms that are common on Jiggu. The Celestial Tigers have established a small moon base, The Forever Vigilant on Dal. They keep two companies based there at all times. It is done on a rotation, and every company is required to hold the post with the exception of the 1st Company. One company posted is required to maintain lunar security, while the second is tasked with transit security to Urdesh.
With tail length included, the beast measures four meters in length. It possesses large canines, resembling those of prehistoric cats of old from Terra, measuring up to 40cm long. Sheathed within its large paws are curved claws measuring upwards of 10cm long. It is covered in a coat of white and has faint gray stripes covering its body. The eyes are of a glittering gold color and hold a wisdom all of their own.
It is said a White Horangi will live for centuries and legend tells that there is only ever one in existence at a time. In the beliefs of the Hanguk, centuries past, it was a sign that a rightful ruler sat upon the throne of the kingdom if someone caught a glimpse of one. In present times, the sighting of one is a sign of good fortune to the witness. It is also a known to be the honorable guardian of the moon that circles Jiggu. Of course this is all unfounded and probably has more to do with the fact that it is an extremely rare occurrence to see one. They make no sound and do their best to not be seen.
It is with this knowledge that Mhutai Khan derived the Chapter name. It would also be used as the name chosen for the Chapter Master's Honor Guard.
Mikan and Hanguk are in close proximity to one another, with only the Strait of Yalbeun (which connects the Taitan Ocean to the Keun Ocean) separating them by a mere 17 kilometers. The Strait has been the center of centuries of conflict between the inhabitants of both lands. Whoever controls the strait, controls access to both oceans and their bountiful resources. Nihon is located several thousand kilometers to the southeast of Hanguk and is home to inhabitants who raid the southern coasts of Mikan and Hanguk. Violent waves originating from the oceans crash against the shores of all continents, and it is not uncommon for tsunamis to occur throughout the year. Having to rebuild their devastated towns at any given time period has given way to a resiliency in the populations throughout.
All three of the main continents are covered in dense forests and jungles which are inhabited by various natural predators and their prey. Large mountain ranges reach across the continents, and vary in elevation, peaking at nearly 9,000 meters.
Careful examination of the cultures revealed that each of the three separate continents made war in different manners, but all were ultimately driven towards hand-to-hand of some form. This influenced Mhutai Khan into adopting a combination of lightning-fast engagement and savage but skillful hand-to-hand combat into their combat doctrine.
The most intriguing of the three for Mhutai Kahn were the people of Hanguk, who recruited young men from an early age to begin training in diplomacy, tactics, philosophy(especially the teachings of the great monk Gwarang), and their own sacred martial art (Hwarangdo) as potential leaders. The groups of young men and boys were called the Hwarang (Flowering Knights to reflect their constant state of learning) and history of Hanguk shows that members of this group made the most effective and successful leaders. In fact, it would be noted that the majority of Captains and Sergeants had been of the Hwarang prior to their trials as successful aspirants. The term Hwarang would later be used as an honorific for the members of the Terminator Squads of the 1st Company.
The people of Jiggu vary slightly from continent to continent, but there are many shared traits. Although short of stature, the majorities are of athletic build and possess high levels of endurance. The various cultures of Jiggu all venerate martial prowess, and honor the warriors of their civilizations. Skin color varies from a tawny hue, for those who spend their lives working the grain fields, to unblemished ivory, for those of nobility. The people of Jiggu, although varying in culture from continent to continent, were introduced to martial arts at an early age and practiced throughout their lifetime. Their pointed emphasis on honor and loyalty were also added as being another undeniably positive trait for recruitment.
Initial talks with the natives of Jiggu were difficult, but the mental agility of Mhutai Khan allowed for communication to flow quickly once his grasp of the native language increased.
The ideals of the Imperium of Man and the combined cultures of Jiggu proved to be in alignment and so the task of bringing them into the fold of the Emperor was not an arduous one. Only one request was made from the native people, and that was to allow the people to maintain their current way of life. Although the requirements of a local PDF had to be met, there was no other significant change to the culture.
Mhutai Khan agreed to the request based on several grounds; their way of life produced a prime pool of candidates from which aspirants could be chosen, much of what they practiced had no conflict with the teachings of the Imperium, and the main reason for presence in the sector was the material rich moon. All males have a requirement to serve in the local military, which has made the creation of a PDF a particularly easy transition.
All members of the Celestial Tigers are encouraged by their leadership to interact with the inhabitants of Jiggu when given an opportunity. This requirement bolsters the relationship between the Chapter members and the natives of Jiggu resulting in increased quality of potential aspirants and recruits for the PDF. Maintaining this relationship built on mutual respect and sharing the same loyalties have only increased the bond over time. This has also paved way for the Celestial Tigers to maintain their humanity. There have been no reports of heretics of any kind to present date and it is believed that this is largely in part due to the magnanimity shown the inhabitants of Jiggu.
The highest point on Jiggu, Gangpokhan, sits on the continent of Hanguk. It is the location the Chapter has chosen as their base of operations. The fortress monastery, referred to as The Sanctuary of the Horangi is integrated into the base of the mountain, which provides a natural form of protection from orbital bombardment. It was personally designed by First Gukseon Mhutai Khan, and integrated the style of the culture of the Hanguk in its appearance. Recruits are escorted to The Sanctuary of the Horangi where the trials to become aspirants begins. It is an expansive structure that spans the entire length and width of the mountain base.
”The people of this world trust us, and so to forsake our sacred vows of guardianship and to leave them to suffer at the hands of the enemies of the Imperium would strip us of all we hold foremost in our beliefs.”
Five Commandments to a Secular Life
1. Loyalty to one’s Lord is foremost
2. Obey and respect your Superiors
3. Trust among Brothers is paramount
4. Retreat is an unforgivable sin
5. Never take a life without just cause
These commandments were laid down as required learning. All aspirants must understand and put into practice these teachings. No matter the spiritual beliefs of your culture, these tenets are inviolable and are a key component to becoming a Brother in the Celestial Tigers Chapter.
The Chapter believes in humane treatment of all under the protection of the Emperor of Mankind and so have a reputation of being magnanimous and honorable to a fault. Honor as a whole has been found in short supply and the Astartes, as viewed by the Celestial Tigers, should never be found wanting in that regard. In that same vein, the very idea of retreat has no place in the minds of a brother of the Chapter. Such an action is rewarded with the Chapter's most severe of punishments.
Self-sacrifice is not uncommon, and has been a hallmark of their involvement since their first battles for the Imperium and has led to victories which otherwise may never have occurred. The natives of the planets that fall under the protection of the Celestial Tigers adore their guardians, and their arrival is always welcomed with celebrations across the lands. At times this philanthropic mindset has put them at odds with members of other Chapters who feel that their methods could prove detrimental to some battlefield strategies. Combined with their ideals on warfare, their magnanimity has causes strife with a select number of Chapters. There is a documented incident with a force of Death Eagles where members of both sides exchanged heated words and nearly came to blows over the rules of engagement.
The Death Eagles claimed the Celestial Tigers too narrow-minded and should use whatever strategy necessary including stealth, while the Celestial Tigers maintained that using the shadows as a point to strike from is less than honorable and would bring shame to their Chapter. The end result was a deployment placing the quarreling Chapters on opposite ends of the field of battle. Gukseon Yushin expressed the Chapter's view on the Death Eagles in a statement recorded after the battle.
”I honor the Death Eagles for their contributions to the Emperor's cause and their continued fight against the enemies of the Imperium, however I find their method of warfare, which focuses on stealth and retreat, leaves an abominate taste upon my tongue.”
All brothers, from the lowest aspirant to the esteemed Chapter Master, of the Chapter are in a constant state of learning. There is always an aspect of their existence that can be improved upon or examined. It is not uncommon for members of the Celestial Tigers to engage in discussion of ideals and tactics with the leaders of a world under their protection.
The high levels of antipathy the Celestial Tigers have towards the Orks and other Xenos has led to cooperation between the Chapter and members of the Inquisition on several occasions. The Celestial Tigers have also seconded battle-brothers to the Deathwatch at the request of the Inquisition by virtue of their experience battling Xenos.
The armor of a Horangi differs in that it is painted in the colors more closely related to their namesake. Gleaming white, combined with light grey accents, and blood red lenses make up their scheme. All members are armed with lightning claws giving them a fearsome appearance as well as lethal close-combat capability like their namesake. Just as the White Horangi is said to be the moon's guardian, the Honor Guard perform the same function for their beloved Gukseon.
Their views on battle have led to few long range specialist troops in their Chapter, this also has been applied to what vehicles they utilize.
Stealth techniques and sniper techniques are frowned down upon by all brothers and are viewed as a cowardly way to wage war. It is believed by the Chapter that to end an enemy's life while they are unaware of your presence invites the same fate upon you. It is better to see death coming and face it head on.
Troops are thrust into combat via any method that would allow them to quickly engage with the enemy. Typical strategy includes engaging the enemy at short range with massed bolter fire after delivery from transport. The distance between the Celestial Tigers and their foe is the covered at an alarmingly fast pace. Once within appropriate distance, combat blades and the like are employed to engage in the contest of arms.
Hwarangdo is the art practiced by the Hwarang, elite leaders of the people of Hanguk, and has been integrated into the Celestial Tigers’ training. The art is broken into two areas of training: unarmed combat as well as armed combat focusing only on a small number of weapons. Unarmed combat is composed of throws, joint locks and breaks, and submission techniques; but the use of these techniques by Astartes will in the majority of cases result in fatality. Armed combat as taught to the Astartes, focuses on the use of swords, which allows most of the techniques to be easily related to the use of chainswords and other like weapons employed by them.
The use of Assault Bikes and Attack Bikes are found in every Company, as well as Rhinos and Razorbacks (minus the 10th Company). All of these platforms enable the brothers of the Celestial Lions to close quickly with the enemy. Assault Squads are in higher numbers as well.
The following shows that the Celestial Tigers employ six total Battle Companies and two total Reserve Companies.
2nd through 7th Company Celestial Tigers Company Organization of Squads
-4 Tactical Squads
-3 Assault Squads
-2 Bike Squads
-1 Devastator Squad
8th and 9th Company Celestial Tigers Company Organization of Squads
-5 Tactical Squads
-2 Assault Squads
-2 Bike Squads
-1 Devastator Squad
The Celestial Tigers still use the 1st Company as the Veteran Company and 10th Company as the Scout Company as per Codex Astartes.
Beginnings of a Chapter - 172.M40 the recruitment for the Celestial Tigers was carried out with much success. Chapter Master Mhutai Khan was a key component to the decision that the inhabitants of Jiggu would be excellent candidates as recruits and the land optimal as training grounds for the Chapter. The people of Jiggu, although varying in culture from continent to continent, were introduced to martial arts at an early age and practiced throughout their lifetime. Their pointed emphasis on philosophy and tactics were also added as being another undeniably positive trait for recruitment.
Careful examination of the cultures revealed that each of the three separate continents made war in different manners, but all were ultimately driven towards hand-to-hand of some form. This pushed Mhutai Khan to adapt a combination of lightning-fast engagement with savage but skillful hand-to-hand combat in their combat doctrine
The most intriguing of the three for Mhutai Kahn were the people of Hanguk, who recruited young men from an early age to begin training in diplomacy, tactics, philosophy(especially the teachings of the great monk Gwarang), and their own sacred martial art (Hwarangdo) as potential leaders. The groups of young men and boys were called the Hwarang (Flowering Knights to reflect their constant state of learning) and history of Hanguk shows that members of this group made the most effective and successful leaders. In fact, it would be noted that the majority of Captains and Sergeants had been of the Hwarang prior to their trials as successful aspirants.
The term Hwarang would later be used as an honorific for the elite bodyguard, a squad composed of Terminators, to the Gukseon.
Celestial Tigers at Full Strength - 221.M40 marked the completion of the founding of the Chapter. All one thousand allotted positions were occupied and the Celestial Tigers were ready to serve the Emperor’s cause. The occasion was marked with attendance by a full Company of White Scars to do honor to the accomplishment of Mhutai Khan and all who supported the endeavor.
The Battle Barge Yi The Great and nine Strike Cruisers(The Shining Moon, The Masterful Daemun, The Valiant Rhee, The Blazing Yeung, The Dutiful Hoon, The Enlightened Sage, The Zealous Wan, The Impetuous Taejo, and The Gaero Exemplar) was gifted by the Adeptus Mechanicus for the founding and in anticipation of tithes to be received from harvesting the material rich moon, Dal. A full complement of Terminator suits were also given over, and would soon be donned by the elite members of the First Company, the Hwarang.
Death of the Khan582.M40 Gukseon Mhutai Khan gave his life in the defense of Jiggu in a final stand. His actions bought the rest of his companies enough time to eliminate the Ork Warboss, Snagga Gutrippa and thus effectively rendering the Ork Waaagh leaderless. The Orks were then routed and effectively defeated.
With the death of their Chapter Master, the mantle of leadership fell to Captain Yushin of the First Company and captaincy of the First was given to Brother Alcheon. Having been trained by Mhutai Khan since the Chapter's creation, and being an established and trusted leader for over a three centuries, it was a fitting move. He had fought alongside his liege throughout, as is the honor of the First Company, and so all the wisdom Mhutai Khan was absorbed by his earliest pupil. Since his elevation to Gukseon, Yushin has led the Celestial Tigers on victory after victory, until 739.M40.
Night Lords - 739.M40 This was marked as a time darker than any other to befall the Celestial Tigers. Communication links with the 4th Company, who was currently tasked with transport security for the harvested materials from Dal (material rich moon of Jiggu), was lost. Homing beacons showed that the escort ship in use was still en route to its destination. When within hailing range of Urdesh, no reply was given. Ships were sent out to investigate and provide escort for both the materials transport and security ships. Visual of the ships was made, and upon closer inspection it was apparent that both vessels sustained attacks.
Investigation of the ships led to the discovery that a brutal attack had occurred and all materials were plundered. Not a living soul was found on board the transport and remnants of body parts along with blood were found throughout. On the main bridge of the ship the remains of the command were found lashed to their posts with cabling from their own instruments. Their bodies indicated an agonizing death.
Logs were reviewed and a power failure of over ten minutes was noted in the ship's logs. A vox message was received shortly after the initial failure, and the words "Ave Dominus Nox!" rang out as the only words spoken. It is safe to assume that some splinter of the traitorous Eighth Legion was the source of attack.
On the Strike Cruiser manned by the Celestial Tigers 4th Company, named The Valiant Rhee, the scene was equally horrific. It was obvious that resistance was much higher here, and that was to be expected. There were no Astartes onboard the transport ship and so any resistance towards the raiders was minimal at best. The Valiant Rhee was scoured from top to bottom, and little if any sign of Astartes were found. There was an occasional piece of armor or weapon found, and any bodies recovered revealed that the progenoid glands had all been removed. But upon searching the lower deck\'s armory, a heroic scene was uncovered. Spread throughout, bodies littered the floors. A mixture of Celestial Tigers and Night Lords were found fallen from a fierce battle. No bodies had been looted and all remained intact, as much as could be after such brutal fighting. At the center of the scene was the body of Sergeant Wonsul of the 2nd Squad with no less than seven Night Lords counted as fallen to his efforts.
Inquiry showed that Sergeant Wonsul had not died in the attack but had gone into suspended animation thanks to the Sus-an Membrane after the extreme trauma his body had endured. For his valiant efforts he has been given the honor of serving his Chapter again as Brother Wonsul, an Ironclad Dreadnought. He still serves the 2nd Company as an inspiration, and is often referred to when in need of a paradigm of Chapter values. Brother Wonsul\'s account, which is heard by all new members of the 2nd, reminds his brothers of the debt to be repaid for the loss of their fallen brethren to the Night Lords.
Greenskin Encounter - 782.M40 an incoming Ork force was detected entering the Halo Zone by perimeter. Trajectory projection showed the invading force was to be headed towards the planet Opimae, an Agri-World in the area of protection of the Chapter. Gukseon Yushin declared that no greenskin would land on Opimae and that the Orks would be annihilated in the void.
The Celestial Tigers’ main Battle Barge, Yi The Great, was dispatched with six full companies of battle-brothers(the 7th and 8th Companies were tasked with Celestial and transport security respectively, the 9th was on a separate mission, while the 10th was conducting Scout training) along with the two Strike Cruisers; The Shining Moon and The Masterful Daemun. The course of action was to be a boarding action taken against the three incoming Ork Terror Ships and their escorts. The choice to conduct a boarding action was made to give the 4th Company a chance to blood themselves after their devastating losses less than a century before. The hunger for battle was palpable, and the blood of the 4th was up to bring havoc to the enemy.
The 1st and 4th Company would board the lead Terror Ship, while the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th would bring about destruction of the other two Terror Ships. Standard action was taken and all escort ships were eliminated and all significant threats to the Astartes ships were neutralized. Swift boarding actions were initiated and all Ork Terror Ships were boarded in impressive time. The enemy on board was engaged and eliminated mercilessly in the battle that ensued. It was said that Brother Wonsul held a kill tally of one shy of two score in this engagement. His fury was said to be magnificent to behold and his actions drove his fellow brothers to their own feats of glory. Minimal losses were sustained while maximum devastation was inflicted. All bodies of brethren fallen in combat were recovered and given Chapter honors for their actions in battle. Once all was recovered, the Ork Terror Ships were scuttled and no Xenos presence had come within threatening distance of Opimae.
The Inquisition - 901.M40 the Celestial Tigers committed two full squads(Tactical Squad Myoung and Assault Squad Tang) from the 5th Company, who was on transit security detail, to assist Inquisitor Zalleus Royce of the Ordo Hereticus with the investigation of a possible threat of heresy on the planet of Tarnagua. The beginnings of a cult of Slaanesh was found and promptly exterminated. The leader was a heretic by the name of Xalar the Sense-Ridden. Over two hundred members of the cult were rooted out summarily executed with no fatalities suffered by the Celestial Tigers.
A member of Tactical Squad Myoung, Brother Sergeant Fong, was designated as mission leader for the Astartes. He earned personal praise for his tactical acumen and the decisions made under fire which resulted in a citation awarded by Ordo Hereticus. Inquisitor Zalleus lauded the resolve and conviction all members put forth throughout the investigation in his personal account to his superiors. The relationship between the Celestial Tigers and the Ordo Hereticus is noted to be favorable.
Yushin's Last Stand - 007.M41 marks the fall of Gukseon Yushin to the forces of a Chaos fleet, controlled by Papulaes the Plague, that had been detected near the dead world M'kar in the Halo Zone. To prevent the threat from reaching any Imperial worlds and corrupting them, the Celestial Tigers' fleet in orbit around Jiggu was called together. Once warp transition had been made, contact with the enemy fleet was immediate. The Celestial Tigers were outnumbered two to one, but retreat was not an option.
Chapter Master Yushin fell while leading an assault, alongside his famed Hwarang, on the enemy's flagship. Yushin had asked that all members of his Hwarang accompany him in a risky boarding which would more than likely take their lives. To a man, the entirety of his Hwarang agreed with the only objection being made by First Company Captain, Alcheon. Fearing the loss of his master, he voiced his concern, but honored his Gukseon's wishes once Yushin made it evident he intended to lead them.
Gukseon Yushin and the Hwarang teleported onto the command deck of the Scabrous Beast, a Chaos Heavy Cruiser, and effectively decimated the opposition. However, several of the Hwarang and Yushin himself fell in the fierce melee that took place. When the data from all the Terminator suits were combed it was shown that Gukseon Yushin, a warrior with over four centuries of experience and a master of combat, felled the Chaos Lord\'s Champion in the first moments of combat. He also brought low several Chaos Marines onboard and their cursed crew. But his demise was eventually brought about by the Papulaes and the daemons he summoned. Although able to end the existence of the Chaos worshipper, his life was forfeit in the exchange. All bodies were recovered thanks to the teleport homers installed in all of the members Terminator suits.
Although victory was claimed, the loss of their Gukseon was felt Chapterwide, and a period of mourning followed. The entire Chapter had the trim of their right pauldron painted black for the rest of the year.
The Anniversary - 221.M41 on their Chapter's homeworld of Jiggu, a celebration was held in rememberance of the founding of the Chapter. It had been a millenium ago that the Celestial Tigers were first established. All ten Companies were present at full strength and in full ceremonial regalia.
The Adeptus Mechanicus bestowed the newly built Battle Barge, to be named Pride of Mhutai, as a gift for a thousand years of continual relations. There is also need to mention the Chapter's continuous flow of materials which may have played a part in the gifting of a newly built Battle Barge.
Gukseon Junjeong chose the name Pride of Mhutai to honor the Celestial Tigers' first Chapter Master.
Purging of Selion - 392.M41 Lord-Chaplain Daesun was the most senior Chaplain within the Chapter, and served alongside the Chapter Master as part of his senior officer staff for nearly three centuries. He was the senior-most Chaplain of the Celestial Tigers and close friend of Gukseon Junjeong. His fall at the Purging of Sileon Tertiary impacted the Chapter greatly.
Chaplain Daesun was visiting the Dal moon base, The Forever Vigilant, to deliver a sermon to the 6th Company who were on rotation. A distress call was received from the world of Sileon Tertiary, which falls under the area of responsibility of the Celestial Tigers, stating that the world was under attack by Orks and .
The planet of Sileon Tertiary skirts the edge of the Halo Zone, and is defended by the PDF, assigned Imperial Guard units and some orbital defenses. Serving as the first line of defense against any invaders, its purpose is to warn the Imperium of any incoming attacks from their sector.
Once the distress call was received, Chaplain Daesun ordered the dispatch of half of the 6th Company and the half of the 10th Company, refusing to leave the home world completely unguarded. The 6th and 10th Company was the closest Astartes force to Sileon Tertiary, as the rest of the Chapter was mission committed, and was honor bound to provide aid. A request for assistance was broadcast to nearby Imperial relay stations. Once all members of the assembled strike force were aboard the 6th Company's Strike Cruiser, The Dutiful Hoon, they departed with haste. It was unknown how long ago the message was sent and so immediate action was required.
Once translation into real space was made, contact with the surface was attempted. Return messages were received by the ship's vox receivers and indicated resistance was still in existence but was dwindling.
Utilizing drop pods, the force was delivered to the surface as soon as they were within appropriate distance. Scanners indicated a heavy saturation of Orks surrounding the most Capital city, where the last bastion of resistance was holed up. The drop pod's guidance system was set to land in a concentrated formation amidst the Ork horde nearest the city. The objective was to link up with the resistance and hold out until reinforcements arrived. The lives of the inhabitants were paramount and so action was to make immediate contact and provide aid.
Drop pods struck the surface and over one hundred brothers were disgorged. Bolter fire filled the air, reaping a savage toll on the surprised greenskins. Amidst the chatter of weapons fire, the words of Chaplain Daesun could be heard proclaiming the superiority of the Imperium over the Xenos invaders and encouraging the strike force to make for the lightly defended ramparts of the capital city.
The push towards the survivors went unimpeded due to the greenskins incapability to adjust to the opposing force that was thrust into the conflict. No resistance by the Orks was noticeable until the last hundred meters to the defended gates. The remaining PDF and Imperial Guard unit increased their efforts and put forth a staggering amount of fire from the walls, which unfortunately was the end of their supply. The ad hoc leader, Captain Moleen, met Lord-Chaplain Daesun at the gates with a look of relief. He relayed the status of forces within the city, which numbered less than a thousand, and informed the Chaplain that there was very little likelihood of any survivors outside the stronghold.
Chaplain Daesun proclaimed that assistance had arrived and to maintain their faith in the Imperium and its servants.
What followed was two full days of constant fighting. Ammunition was exhausted at the end of the first day, and yet there was no end to the horde of greenskins. All the battle brothers of the Chapter had to transition to the use of chainswords and combat blades from then on. The fighting was intense throughout, but was at its height wherever Chaplain Daesun was, his magnificent crozius felling the brutes with every stroke. His proclamations and words gave rise to heightened levels of resistance by the dwindling survivors. That was when he fell, brought low by the combined efforts of a unit of Killa Kans.
The demise of Lord-Chaplain Daesun put the remaining Celestial Tigers into frenzy, filling them with zeal. The fighting continued, and in the darkness of the night the telltale indications of drop pod insertion could be seen in the night's sky. Reinforcements had finally arrived in the form of the 2nd and 3rd company of the Celestial Tigers as well as a company from the Salamander's Chapter who were in the locale searching for a relic of some sort. The overwhelming amount of support proved too much for the Orks, and their end was quickly met.
Survivors included nearly three hundred members of the remnants of the PDF and Imperial Guard unit and citizens; one third of the 6th Company and less than a fifth of the 10th Company of Celestial Tigers; and nearly the entirety of the reinforcements.
The loss of such a large number of brothers required several decades to recover from and the impact that the loss of Lord Chaplain Daesun had on Gukseon Junjeong as well as the Chapter was immense.
Vengeance - 403.M41 the Celestial Tigers would mount an attack on a Night Lords force that was in sector and was on the surface of Tilageal attempting to acquire resources which included ammunition, weapons, and slaves. Information sent via astropath was provided by a Rogue Traderand showed that the raiders had a cruiser at high anchor above the planet.
The force dispatched the Pride of Mhutai, The Valiant Rhee, and The Blazing Yeung to provide overwhelming force. The esteemed battle barge would engage the enemy strike cruiser in void warfare while the remaining two strike cruisers would dispatch their Astartes via drop pod to the surface. The 4th and 5th Company were the chosen forces to attack the surface and mete out vengeance for the attack on The Valiant Rhee nearly four centuries prior. Brother Wonsul's fervor was palpable as he retold the atrocities the Chapter had endured on that dark day.
As the ships shifted into real space, the enemy vessel reacted. It was obvious retreating meant leaving behind an untold number of resources as well as their traitorous brethren and so the enemy cruiser attempted to maintain distance from the newly arrived force. As planned, the battle barge moved to engage while the two strike cruisers positioned themselves for drop pod insertions.
Upon landing onto the surface and extricating themselves from the pods, the Celestial Tigers were engaged by the traitor marines who were desperate to escape. The fighting was fierce, and the fiercest of it could be found wherever members of the 4th Company were. Their ire was evident in the savagery they displayed whilst making contact with the enemy. No mercy was asked or given, and the air was filled with the fine mist of blood drawn by the likes of bolter and blades. Not once were the raiders able to regain a foothold, and their destruction was absolute. Brother Wonsul's wrath was said to be that of the White Horangi's, and his animality was a marvel to witness.
The once careful movements of the enemy cruiser turned into one of desparate retreat once the other two Celestial Tigers strike cruisers moved to join the Pride of Mhutai in destroying the Night Lords' vessel. The signs of a transition into warp travel were picked up by the sensors on board the loyal Astartes vessels, and then the foe fled, leaving behind their accumulated spoils and fallen brothers.
Captain Hansu of the 4th Company gave praise to his battle brothers and dedicated the efforts and triumph over the enemy to their fallen brothers of the 4th. Over one hundred of the traitors were executed, along with the destruction of their landing crafts. Thousands of inhabitants were rescued from future slavery, and the equipment recovered was copious.
Revitalization - 422.M41 the losses suffered from the Purging of Sileon Tertiary were finally recovered from and the Chapter was restored to nearly full strength.
Cleansing of Joura - 491.M41 the Celestial Tigers dispatch the 3rd Company to aid Guard forces in the pacification of the world of Tellian Minor, located approximately 200 light years from the Imperial World of Joura. Guard forces had been unsuccessful in their attempts, and the need for a quick and decisive end to the conflict was in order.
The military leaders responsible for the rebellion quit the field once the first sightings of Astartes drop pods were seen in the night sky. With the leadership, all high level government officials, disbanded, the once organized resistance quickly fell apart. Any sign of continued uprising was quickly quelled, and the once tumultuous situation was now calmed. All leaders responsible for the upheaval were summarily executed by order of the Imperial Guard Commander and a new government was quickly established.
Investigation by Imperial officials showed the base beginnings of a cult of Chaos present. Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor Ishmael Ludo proclaims the remaining people and newly established government free of taint.
Saviors of Duskea Primus - 547.M41 first contact with the Dark Eldar is made on the planet of Duskea Primus located on the fringe of the Halo Zone. Celestial Tigers from the 6th Company arrived on the surface to determine whether the inhabitants of the planet were potential candidates for inclusion into the Imperium.
Members of the population fled in the wake of landing Thunderhawks, and barred their homes and buildings in terror. When communication was finally made after much diplomatic finesse it was evident that past experience with outsiders had proved to be detrimental. Many times a malicious force would land on the surface and appropriate members of the planet’s population to serve as slaves or sport to an alien race, the Dark Eldar.
The denizens of the planet were found to be of good character and were indeed a lost fragment of the human race. They welcomed the prospect of inclusion into the Imperium, and conversion to servants of the Emperor was effortless.
Within several Terran months, the arrival of the raiding Xenos was being anticipated. As per their usual past forays onto the planet for slaves, the Dark Eldar made their appearance. However, the presence of Astartes forces was an unexpected one, and the invaders were greeted by the howling of bolters and the whir of chainswords. Taken completely by surprised the pirates were ousted from the planet and the kill tally exceeded expectations.
The population of Duskea Primus are dedicated servants to the Imperium, and with the aid of the Celestial Tigers and newly arrived Guard forces in the sector, have established a PDF along with other planetary defenses.
Chaos Grows, Honor Besmirched - 627.M41 Captain of the 1st Company, Sejong, and an unidentified Captain of the Death Eagles Chapter come to blows after repeated insults heaped upon the Celestial Tigers for their combat doctrine. The slander came as no surprise after a previous altercation between the former Gukseon Yushin and the then Chapter Master of the Death Eagles some seven centuries prior. This bout occurred just hours prior to a unified assault on swelling Chaos forces in the Segmentum Pacificus.
It is unclear who the first to land a blow was, but once the first blows were exchanged the two parties were quickly broken apart by other Astartes forces present. An honor duel was called for by Captain Sejong and was accepted by the Death Eagles Captain. Terms were that both parties would utilize chainswords and nothing else.
It is clearly noted that Captain Sejong quickly overpowered the opposing Captain, and the issue was resolved. Once the Chaos forces were forced to flee, it was with great haste the Death Eagles vanished without word or trace.
Captain Sejong is recorded as saying, “As was expected but hoped for against, the shadow dwellers skulk away into the void stung by the failings of their Captain in the contest of arms we conducted. Had I known such a bout would breed such petulance, my request for satisfaction would never have been made. Current times require cooperation amongst us, no matter our underlying differences. The Imperium needs us, and the Emperor’s vision calls for our unity. ”
Fall of a Gukseon – 739.M41 – Gukseon Junjeong is lost while in battle with forces of Chaos on the surface of the planet Hitale, located in the Scarus Sector of the Segmentum Obscurus. The exact means by which he fell is a mystery. By all accounts made by his Horangi, he simply disappeared whilst combating a foul Chaos sorcerer. The 1st and 3rd Company were beset on all sides by all manner of servants of Chaos at the time; daemons, marines, and unknowns.
The Gukseon had pointed out the possible reason for their presence, and spearheaded the effort to destroy it. Followed by his duty bound Horangi, the lethal force scythed down the fell servants while making their way to the Chaos Sorceror. Once within striking distance of the Chaos Magus, resistance increased tenfold. The flurry of bodies and continuous melee allowed no eyes to view what happened to the honored Gukseon.
One moment he was battling the Chaos Sorceror and then they were there no longer. It was believed the two were swallowed up by some fell portal to the Warp, but that is speculation. With the disappearance of Junjeong and the leader of the Chaos forces, disorder followed. Daemons dematerialized and the remaining Chaos marines fell to squad loyalties. Had Sejong not taken control, the loss of the entire 1st and 3rd Company could have quite possibly happened. The following minutes were a battle of desperation, but ended with victory for the loyalists.
Junjeong is succeeded by Captain Sejong of the 1st Company. His elevation to Gukseon goes unopposed but the loss of the Gukseon is keen. His leadership had governed the Celestial Tigers for over seven centuries and was to be sorely missed. Gukseon Sejong’s former position is now held by Captain Lee.
Death Watch Trials and Lessons - 802.M41 the return of Veteran Sergeant Jurisan from his service with the Deathwatch led to the creation of additional training that would aid in future encounters with various Xenos species. His three decade long stint with the Inquisition was as an Assault Marine, his specialty as a Celestial Tiger.
Along with the several honors received for his time in service to the Ordo Xenos, Jurisan was effectively moved to control of the Veteran Vanguard Squad of the 1st Company and serves there to this day. It was remarked by Gukseon Sejong that “the lethality of the White Horangi mingles within his blood.”
Endevore Affair - 997.M41 members of the 7th Company, 3rd and 5th Squads of the Celestial Tigers are the first to make contact with Tyranids in the Chapter. The occurrence happens on the world of Endevore as the two squads are requested to aid Inquisitor Maxus Zhale of the Ordo Xenos in the purging of a possible Genestealer Cult on the hive world. Investigations revealed the presence of an extremely large cult which had ingrained itself amongst the population.
Efforts to destroy the Xenos were met with resistance by both a large number of the local population and the cult itself. Request for assistance was sent to the PDF to provide support in dealing with the human population while Astartes began the culling of the cult. Training received by Veteran Sergeant Jurisan proved to be invaluable. The Genestealer Cult was undermining planetary law and causing uprising throughout the hive city, but was quickly destroyed thanks in no small part to the Chapter’s extensive training in fighting Xenos.
The eradication of the cult was deemed to be “too late,” by Inquisitor Zhale, and the planet along with others in the sector were put on alert for a future Tyranid fleet arrival. The size of the cult on Endevore was said to be capable of producing an extremely powerful beacon to be homed in on and all Imperial forces in the Segmentum should be prepared for an incursion by Tyranids.
Segmentum Pacificus Threatened - 999.M41 the arrival of a small Tyranid splinter fleet was forecasted by the loss of the planet Mariuse Primary and then shortly after Mariuse Tertiary, which both had “gone black.”
All transmissions from both planets had ceased abruptly, but the final word from both was proclamation of rebellion and uprisings. Inquisitor Zhale believes that the presence of a Genestealer cult on both planets was of a high probability, but in both cases the growth of either was not halted before becoming out of control. He was led to this conclusion by the proximity of both worlds to the now cleansed planet of Endevore.
First encounter with the Tyranid force was near the planet of Hale, which lies approximately 3000 light years southeast of the Imperial World of Ultima Macharia, by an Imperial frigate which was able to transmit pict feeds and a plea for help before being overcome. It is believed the Xenos splinter fleet originates from Hivefleet Leviathan which is currently in conflict with ork forces in the Segmentum Tempestus. How this splinter fleet made it this far into Segmentum Pacificus is unknown, but it seems to reek of possible adaptation of new tactics by the Xenos invaders.
With the Tyranid force located relatively close to the homeworld of the Celestial Tigers, all forces were recalled to the moon base The Forever Vigilant on Dal with the exception of the 9th Company who had just docked at Urdesh with the latest shipment of resources.
A request for assistance was sent out to all receiving stations in the Segmentum. The Celestial Tigers, upon completion of the muster, have departed orbit of their home world Jiggu, and are currently en route to intercept the Xenos before they can make planet fall elsewhere. The 8th Company is to maintain position on the moon base and to continue requesting aid from any Imperial forces in the Segmentum as well as continuing their mission of safeguarding Jiggu and its inhabitants from any opportunistic foes.
***More to Come!***
More C&C is always welcome! Please let me know what you do and don't like! Also, I would like to include someone else's Chapter(s) in some of my timeline as a possible ally in an upcoming conflict. Let me know if interested!
Edited by Armond, 20 July 2012 - 02:47 AM.