The Views of the Aetheric Swords on:
The Lords Inviolate:
The Aetheric Swords largely view the Lords Inviolate as blood-brothers, and are always careful to treat them with the honour due to kinsmen. They don't always get along, however - Speakers for the Lords Inviolate can sometimes come across as condescending, which often brings a bitter taste to meetings between the two forces. On top of this, sometimes cunning Librarians of the Aetheric Swords, their minds aflame with their own ambitions, have been known to drive a wedge between the two Chapters in order to advance their shady personal goals.
The Sons of Calderon:
The Swords are wary of the Sons of Calderon. They worry the Chapter is too closely bound to the Machine God and the Adeptus Mechanicus, rather than the Emperor. Though the Sons show little to no sign of a divided loyalty and the two Chapters work reasonably well together, the Aetheric Swords are nevertheless watchful.
The many rituals and chants enacted by the Conflagrators are something the Aetheric Swords look upon with respect, placing a similar importance on ritual and rites of preparation for battle. The sometimes overly aggressive and entitled nature of the Conflagrators, however, does rub some of the Swords entirely the wrong way. The wiser Captains of the Swords will nevertheless act as a mediating influence - giving room for others to speak their minds without provoking the Conflagrators' ire.
The Eagles of Glory:
This Chapter appears brash, arrogant and perhaps at times deluded. But there can be no doubting their skill at arms, courage, conviction or dedication to the Emperor, and for this the Eagles of Glory have the respect of the Aetheric Swords. The two Chapters lack understanding of each other's ways, but can prove to be highly effective when working together.
(As an aside, the Eagles of Glory are fantastic and have my total approval)
The Blackjaw Kindred:
If there's one Chapter in the Liber Cluster more unorthodox than the Aetheric Swords, it's the Blackjaw Kindred. The Swords find them quite unsettling, dedicated to worship of abstractions of the great Primarchs and the Emperor. However, their culture seems built on solid ritual and seems to understand the significance of the Undying Choir, in their own way. The two Chapters would probably coexist fairly well, but prefer to leave each to their own devices.
The Iron Ravagers:
Again, caution is the keynote with this Chapter. They embrace the strength of the machine tightly, and risk separating themselves from the Emperor in favour of a metallic God. The Iron Ravagers are no doubt mighty allies, but are also thought of as a cautionary reminder that servitude must always be to The Emperor first and foremost.
The Blades of the Lion:
The isolationist nature of the Blades, coupled with their mercurial tendency to leave campaigns unfinished, make it hard for the Aetheric Swords to have trust in this Chapter. They are given the respect due to any brother Space Marine, albeit somewhat warily.
The Scarlet Sentinels:
Though they would no doubt loathe the comparison, the Scarlet Sentinels seem very much like the Eagles of Glory to the Aetheric Swords - both are stubborn and arrogant, with perhaps too much of a thirst for recognition by their peers. They do, however, also share similar virtues of honour, strength, and dedication to the Emperor above all else. Again, the personalities of the Sentinels and the Swords may cause considerable friction, but the two Chapters have worked together effectively in multiple campaigns.
(Another aside, these guys are excellent, and their rivalry with the Eagles makes them all that much better)
The Aetheric Swords treat the All-seeing with considerable caution. They are unpredictable, and sometimes interpret the Emperor's Tarot in wildly different ways to the Swords' own Librarians. The two Chapter's dual reliance on Librarians as advisors does help smooth relations slightly, but it is rare to see both Chapters work together without incident.
The Aetheric Swords consider the Doomsayers to be very unusual - what true servant of the Emperor shies away from facing down His foes face-to-face across a battlefield? But still, their skill-at-arms is hardly lacking, and their expertise at naval warfare has enacted the Emperor's will throughout the Cluster. The Aetheric Swords can respect such prowess.
The Black Judges:
Only the Emperor can evaluate the worth of his subjects. To claim to know the Emperor's will so thoroughly as to pretend authority other Space Marines is an affront to the Aetheric Swords. The Aetheric Swords and Black Judges are best kept apart when possible, as the presence of each will rankle the other.
(Another Chapter I really like, even if that doesn't come across in this section)
The Angels Exultant:
The Aetheric Swords feel equal parts anger and grief towards the Angels Exultant. That a brother Chapter should fall from grace so harshly is a stern reminder to remain ever devoted to duty in the Emperor's name. To put the Angels down is a duty to be undertaken solemnly, rather than an occasion for frantic rage. The Undying Choir sings only of great sorrow when facing these once-proud Space Marines.
The Heralds of Letum:
The distrust these sons of the Khan have for those who can read the ebbs and flows of the Great Aether is so great as to limit any interaction with the Aetheric Swords to a bare minimum. On the very rare occasions where co-operation is required, relations between the two chapters have been quite tense, usually requiring intervention from other Chapters to keep tempers in check.
(I personally like these guys fine, but could see them and the AS at each other's throats!)
The Black Falcons:
The Aetheric Swords and the Black Falcons have little common ground, but neither does either Chapter particularly antagonize the other. The Aetheric Swords prefer open, honest combat over a stealthy approach, but can appreciate the precarious situation of the Falcons enough to allow some leeway.
The Iron Drakes:
Unusually for sons of the Gorgon, the Drakes do not preach superiority of machine over humanity, but they also favour a more underhanded approach to warfare than the Aetheric Swords are comfortable with. Nevertheless, respect is given to the Drakes for seeing the strength in their own (and others) Emperor-given flesh.
I've updated the Aetheric Swords' profile to stress the Druid-y nature of their Librarians a little and make rituals more of a thing for the Chapter.
Edited by Ace Debonair, 24 June 2014 - 05:36 PM.