HERALDS OF RETRIBUTION
At the founding the Chapter was known as Retributors
Succession Chapter of the White Scars
Warcry: Faciat Etiam Per Exemplum = Deeds Through Example, Nam Imperator Libera nos Retribution = For the Emperor We Deliver Retribution.
Founding: 10th in the Mid-35th Millennium.
Successor Chapters: Unknown.
Number: Unknown, presumably full strenght.
Primarch: Jagathai Khan.
Founding Chapter Master: Chapter Master Jorgon Nul.
Current Chapter Master: Arkonyus Mord High-Chaplain, Grand-Retributor, Arch-Herald of the Litany, Master of the Fist.
Homeworld: Balefire, in the Segmentum Obscuris border region of the Halo Stars, Carpaccia Sector.
Allegiance: Imperium of Man.
The Retributors as they where called during their first millenia, where created during the mid-35th Millennium's 10th Founding from the gene-seed of the White Scars. The Retributors were founded to protect the Segmentum Obscuris in the northern regions of the Imperium of Man, to guard against the threat from the Eye of Terror and the Halo Stars. They were given the feudal world of Appollion as the Chapter homeworld too safekeep and recruit from.
When they were created the Adeptus Mechanicus and the Lords of Terra took all the Chapter neophytes from Appollion, they were taken from the warring state-nations of the world from champions and leaders of their vast armadas. Tasked to lead them were Jorgon Nul of the White Scars, he tried to mold them to become true heirs of the White Scars, but soon Jorgon noticed that the chapter neophytes took many of the Appollians traditions and integrated and melded it with White Scar traditions.
The biggest change the neophytes brought with them from Appollion the culture was their unshakable faith as they where firm believers of the God Emperor's and his divinity. It made them pious and reverent, as most citizens went to the numerous shrines and temples present in the villages and cities to pray to the Emperor to give them his blessings.
The records of the first millennias that can be found in the Retributors Chapter library and in Imperial records tell of a struggling Chapter under the tutorship of the former White Scars captain Jorgon Nul, with his leadership they went from struggling to clarity to clarity and after his appointed task ended, he petitioned his Khan, for permission to stay and commit to being Chapter Master of the Retributors, his wishes where granted.
And after that Jorgon couldn't feel anything less than proud and honored of his marines, in each engagement they fought his warriors showed true spirit and mettle. He thought of them as his students, his warriors even as they didnt share his beliefs or his previous chapters beliefs. They shared his taste for war, felt the same joy he felt in fighting the Emperor's enemies, they had as hed a longing for battle and for each of their victories their Chapter's honour roll grew.
The Planet Appollion was the Chapters first homeworld given to the them too ward and use as recruitment from the time of their Founding. It was a lush green planet with seven great oceans that split the landmass in twelve great islands, each one ruled by a nation-state which claimed sovereignty on their islands. Technology level of Appollion were that of gunpowder. Most of the states where ruled as republics. The planet was very pious, revered the Emperor and belived in his Divinity and thought him the saviour of mankind. Great cities of white chalk and spacious design dotted each nations coasts with great temples, amphiteathers and large guild buildings dominated the cityscapes.
The nation-states where more often than not in war with one another sometimes they entered a fragile alliance with another nation, only to fall apart as the wars ended in one way or another. So Appollion werent just a place of war it was also a place for silvertongues and diplomats that always tried too further their own goals and agendas, making pacts with one state or the another.
And so history had it great fleets of carracks, galleys and galleons sailed the oceans to make war on one of the other states. And the wars were brutal and many soliders never came back home, they either died by arms of war, infections or the sea took them during the war or on the journey home. A great planet whos broiling wars were a good place to take recruits, champions, warheroes and leaders were recruited and tried, those that survived the initiation trials became neophytes of the Chapter.
In 346.M36 in a time writen down in the Chapters records as the 'Calamity of Grief'. A great disaster struck and the planets denizens all got sick and died in a great plague, in just a handful of days children, adults and old. Not even one soul was spared all died in the sickness. The Retributors reported this event to the Inquisitorial authorities and recalled every ship and company away on duties back home. But those that were planetside when the plague struck could only watch as the planets population withered away and their homeworld died.
And Appollion is still a inquistitorial quarantined planet so resettling it with new colonists arent an option, as its classification is that of a dead planet. In one fell moment the people the Chapter had sworn to protect, ward and guide where all gone the Chapter unrooted themselves and became a crusading Chapter. In their shame of having lost their wards to a still unknown affliction, the chapter crusaded for years amongs the stars trying to clear the stain from their honour. They demanded that the inquisition or the Adeptus Mechanicus would ever come to find out what had happened and who was responsible they would be any means necessary notify the current Chapter Master at any cost.
In that first millennia numerous skirmishes and smaller engagements are recorded and represented in the battlerecords writen down in the Chapter Monastery on Appollion and later transfered and writen down in the Chapters Grand Poemica, the great cathedral inside 'The Grand Retributor'. But as the planet was Abandoned and quarantined alot of the Chapters early history are lost to time. But a few of the greatest victories are still deeply integrated in the Chapters spirit and heart, as they are still told in the Prosa Oratio tradition the Chapter have had since its creation, which is a storytelling moot were anyone can take his place in the Amphitheatron in the Chapters ships or in an suitable place on any planet. Were he then goes on telling his Prosa Oratio of glories and victories either of olden times or newly gained for the Chapter.
One event is venerated and cherished by the Chapter more than the rest in their first few millennias. Its one of the greatest victories won by the Chapters, in a neighbouring system to Appollion there had been some pirate activity and the Planetary Governor of Kaltros sent for help aganst this menace. It was in 121.M36 the Retributors answered the summon and fought well over three companies of excommunicate traitoris space marines and defeated them to the man. The grand prize of their Chapter Barque that became the spoils of war and through it, the Chapters most treasured possession 'The Grand Retributor''.
New contact is made with the Retributors in 844.M36, as their fleet arrived in system to restock and reorganize their fleets resources but by pure chance or by the Emperors Will, while translocating out of the warp the fleet noticed several traitor ship signatures around a planet designated Balefire. The Retributors set course towards the planet and the ships blockading it, in orbit several flaming hulks of spaceship were burning and a lone badly battered Battle Barge of the Void Reapers Chapter were being boarded. As the the Retributors crusading fleet arrives in system they launch an vengeful attack on the renegade marines, enganges the ships in orbit and launches several thunderhawks, with the first through fourth companies to the surface and the Chapters terminators to help relive the Strike Cruiser. On the planet an area with heavy fighting of Void Reapers were reinforced and a beachhead were created, to help relieve the hardly pressed Void Reapers in what could have been their last stand to the man on the surface.
As the battle rages both in the void and on the surface, the Emperors Judement was cast on all Retributors as the renegade corsairs launched more groundforces themselves to reinforce their possitions as the battle in space continues. Disaster stuck as two corsair cruiser got to badly damaged the captains almost simultaneously rammed the Retributors Chapter Barque damaging it so badly several systems shuts down and Lucion captain of 6thcompany and the Master of Fleet died and including Akletos, and ancient Theocritus both company captains 8thand 9thcompany and not engaged in an assault. All this happened when the bridge took the brunt of one of the ramming ships hitting 'The Grand Retributor' and destroying the entire bridge in one strike.
Down on the surface the news of the barques faith and the Captains deaths reach the four companies and the battlelust completely overtakes the Chapter Master and he leads the 1stCompany in a furious assault towards the enemies center, trying to drive a wedge towards the leadership to end it before it all went to badly out of hand. But the enemy was a vicious foe and the assault almost became a rout when the Chapter Master Petrocles was slain in single combat with the renegade Chapter Master Baku'Rhal of the Roaring Cadre renegade marines. Fortunate Baku'Rhal were seriously wounded and still very close to Petrocles honorguard and the chaplain Sophokles managed with the honorguard to slay the renegade leader, but as they where almost cut of from their forces they started falling back towards their own lines.
As the fighting continued over the battlefield veterans, brother marines, loyalists and traitors alike suffer a heavy toll and the losses were unreplaceable, in all this chaos two of four captains lay dead and the other two so badly wounded they were both out of the fight. In all this when all seemed lost Chaplain Sophokles took direct leadership and directed the ragged remains. Another Chaplain Tiamios inspired by the tragic events or by the Emperors direction started to hymn the first stylables of Retribution over the voxnet, a low chant almost like a heartbeat a low undercurrent to the commanding tone of Chaplain Sophokles orders and slowly the pace grew and steadily the chant became faster and faster.
The chant did something deep inside the Retributors it loosened the savage that lived inside all of the White Scars progenoid, the chant brought it forth and unleashed a zeal, focus and frenzy never before seen or heard of in the Chapter. The furiosity unleashed was what turned the tide of war each death was revenged threefold blow for blow, salvo for salvo the Retributors started gaining the upper hand in a war of attrition. Final they stood as victors, with the Void Reapers as glorius in this great battlefield as they were, many honors were won, even more wargear was saved and gene-seed spared for later use. Faith could have had it diffrent but the Emperor's Judgement had come and none this day exept the renegades were found wanting.
That chant was what was to be known as the Litany of Retribution. But never since has its effect been heard of again, but that spirit, that will to survive changed the Chapter profoundly. It was a baptism of survival, surivial of all the Retributors, a judement the survivors passed.
The day was also a day of deep sorrow as the Chapter was battered and almost broken many brothers had died in glory and a lot of ships damaged and in need of extended repairs, greatest loss was the Chapter Barque that was deemed to far gone to be repaired. The surviving command decided that the whole Chapter would stay to reinforce their possition on Balefire and rebuild the Chapter, if Emperor's Faith would have it the barque were brought down on Balefire but the landing damaged the ship even more but it was now lodged firmly between two mountain ranges its prow raised into the skies in defiance. And the Chapters life would begin anew, culling the population of Balefire for new neophytes slowly rebuilding and repairing what was lost.
Before the Void Reapers took leave they scoured the planet for something, and the Retributors gave them room to do what they felt needed to be done, and before they left the planet and the system both Chapters swore oaths of friendship and parted wiser by the experience but worse for wear. The Void Reapers called them brothers and minted the expression 'Here comes the Heralds of Retribution, Angels of Death!' and so the Retributors became the Heralds of Retribution to honour the bound they had made that day and the Chapter felt it was fitting for their new beginning as they slowly rebuildt and consolidated their Chapter.
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SEGMENTUM OBSCURUS, CARPACCIA SECTOR, BALEFIRE - HOMEWORLD OF THE HERALDS
Map of Carpaccia Sector:
Balefire is the current homeworld of the Heralds, it lays in the Carpaccia Sector in the northen most parts of Segmentum Obscurus. Its a feral world with an djungle that encompass almost the whole planet and most of its fauna is classifed mega-fauna. Its scarred with many broad rivers whose flows run towards lakes and oceans littering the planet. The water of the rivers sources are the enormous mountains that rise up to the skies and that cleaves the jungles all around them.
The people that live in the djungels are remnants of Imperial settlement early in its history, whose past has long since been forgotten. The people are hunters gathered in large tribal communities, each living in balance with the lands. In some places there is evidence of ancient Imperial settlements, most seeming to date back to the Age of Strife and most of those are swallowed up by the jungle.
The area around the twin mountain chain surrounding chapter Monastery 'The Herald's Fist' once the 'The Grand Retributor' Chapter barque, is littered with waterfalls thats falling into a great crystal clear lake, at the far end of the lake is a waterfall larger almost than the Chapter Monastery in width. An abandoned village located at that part of the lake the only evidence of people once living close to the Monastery. The Chapter has built the training grounds for neopythes in and around that village, preserving much of its old buildings but adding arenas, armories and fortifications to the village propper.
The Heralds gene-seed is belived to be relatively stable. Some have observed the occasional tendency to exceed the wild ferocity of White Scars heritage and to cross the line into outright bloodlust, and loose selfcontrol. The teachings of the founding Chapter state that each Astartes must face this great trial at some point, and learn to master the savage inside. Once mastered the warrior can keep doing the Emperors duty and honor his heritage.
This heritage was most obvious for the Chapter in its whole on Balefire, but never since has it been brought forth to that degree again, but some brothers are blessed and in moments of clarity they lose themselves to the savage in the field, some never become the same as they were and are placed in the assault troops with the Chaplains and those who settle with their inner self continues where they served before.
They were created from a pious and reverant stock, with a culture much enamoured in the martial proves as the nation states waged endless wars. Their beliefs is of a strongly focused martial Chapter honouring the proud, imperious and glorious tradition of their progrenators the White Scars. They are warriors of the same gene-seed but has added many new traditions to their own Chapter through their homeworlds.
Aside from the warfare the White Scars wage, the Heralds has kept the the Tulwar and Guan Do weapons as legacies used by the Chapter an inheritence from the White Scars but they are only used in ritual combat, and on sacred days for the Chapter. But it happens veterans carry them in battle sometimes, prefering it to the newer wargear given to them as they make the rank of brothers.
Some of the beliefs from the indigenous people of Appollion is still with the Chapter and they venerated the heroes of the past and pressent with great stories told as Prosa Oratio's. The stories are told to inspire, to raise new neophytes and marines alike to even greater glories. They keep Amphitheatrons, places for these stories to be told in all their ship and inside the Chapter Monastery the greatest one was built early in their creating millennia the 'Oratio Magnifica'. The grand oriatory where all thousand brothers astartes of the Chapter can sit and listen to a lone speaker or several, the place is built to give perfect pitch, even a whipser can be heard from the central dais.
Another tradition the Chapter still keep from Appollion is that of Coviria or Curia, where Chapter issues are discussed and decisions made. Such as major engagements and commitment of forces, when the Chapter is not active in any major engagement the Heralds puts it to a vote. This tradition was kept in honour of their first homeworld Appollion. When a Coviria is assembled the whole Chapter may put in their vote to see what the Chapters commitment will be, if they will send Heralds and how large a force they are going to send. Most of the time as they still are sons of Jagathai and war is demanded and several companies will be brought for the operation. At other times if the task is deemed unimportant or less glorious, smaller units will be sent if honour demands it, but it also comes down to the votes. But even with this voting system the Chapter Master may veto the voting and decide himself, if he deems the Chapters honour in risk or some other factor that might hurt or risk the Chapters in some way.
After the Balefire Retribution, as the Chapter Master of the Chapter died and most of the Chapter Captains with him, and the blessed words of the Chaplains that helped hold together the wills of the surviving Astartes with chanting that induced fervor and zeal in their souls. As it where that, that turned the tides of war against the renegade marines. After that the Chaplain became the leading cadre of the Chapter were litanies, prayers, zeal and devotion to the Imperial Creed became the greatest forefront of the Chapters beliefs. As things changed for the Chaplains the Chapter gradualy also changed, devotion in daily tasks became more widespread, purity seals where attached to the wargear, prayer papers was writen in person and attached to the seals. Brothers who write prayers or devotional text of extraordiary accurate and almost to the point predictions, is venerated above all else and held in great esteem.
With planetary battles they favor rapid strike missions, and as such fielded strong contingents of assault marines, assault bikes, landspeeders and Dreadnoughts in its armouries.Rapid surgical interventions against major targets are the cornerstones of the Heralds combat tactics. Finding a target important to the enemies force, whether a person or a fysical target. Insert their Landraiders, Predators, Rhino in a fearsome blitz attack with bikes and landspeeder supporting, rapid response troops ready to reinforce weak points or help spearpoint the objective at just the right moment with drop-pods raining down on a moments notice. Assault squads are all lead by either the Master-Chaplain or Chaplain who personaly leads the companys assault marines in a devastating assault supported with the Chapters Dreadnaughts and if present the Chapters Terminators.
Chapter armaments for vehicles are mostly assault cannons, heavy bolters and las cannons, they utilize very few to no melta weapons, flamers and plasma heavy weapons. They got an much larger than average vehicles pool of Land Speeder Tornados, thats used in most of their engagement as scouts, flanking and support roles for their heavier armor. Squads specialists favor plasma guns above other weapons, sergeants in all squads are most often armed with power swords, lightning claws or power fists and plasma pistols. The Heralds got very few devastator squads, counting since the rebuilding of the chapter six squads, two in each of the reserve companies, relying heavily on their marine squads, assault troops and specialists. Dreadnaughts and Terminators are en par with standard distributions.
To the Heralds there are no foe they would not challenge, no enemy beyond retribution and they are proud to fight and proud to die if needs be for the Emperor and his and for humanity.
- 'Hrud Rising' (980.M35) - The Chapter sends a small contingent of Retributors to take part in the task force cleansing the Hrud infestations that erupt across the Imperium at this time.
- 'The Void War of Kaltros' (121.M36) - In a neighbouring system to Appollion there had been some pirate activity and the Planetary Governor of Kaltros sent for help aganst this menace, and the Heralds answered the summon. And it was here the Retributors would come to win a great fleetbattle over an raiding fleet of traitor, the traitors were of the Ghost Revenant Chapter not long ago fallen and branded Excommunicate Traitoris their fleet lead by the Chapter Barque 'Revenant of Pain'. The 'Revenant of Pain' saw the most of the action as the Heralds boarded and battled the traitor marines, which had a contingent well over three companies of traitor marines. The fighting were of the bloodies of kind as close combat erupted all over the barque and when things had settled and Retributors stood as victors and the grand prize of the Chapter Barque where in their hands and they claimed it as spoils of war. They rename the barque 'The Grand Retributor'.
- 'The Balefire Retribution' (844.M36) - The Retributors were involved in the incident called the Balefire Retribution as the fleet arrived insystem to resupply, they responded to a distress call from the planet designated Balefire. Orbiting the planet where several renegade ships and numerous wrecks from an fairly fresh engagement, one ship was still defying the renegades. A Void Reapers Battle Barge, the Retributors responded in kind and the fleet after assembling in battleorder still with a few ships traveling the empyrean engaged. Battle raged on in the void and on the surface and in the end the Retributors won out but at a great loss to the Chapter, several ships lay crippled in orbit, the Chapter Barque once proud and majestic lay in ruin never to travel again. Over fifty-nine percent of the Chapter were dead, several survivors greviously wounded. But the glories and honours won, the wargear and gene-seed saved, and the relief of the Void Reapers force was a great achivement. But in the end it left the Chapter in disarray resulting in the Chapter Barque being lowered to the surface on Balefire, where the work would start to reinforce and salavage as much as possible into a Chapter Monastery. The descission was made by the command structure still alive to reinforce their possitions and rebuild.
'The 7th Black Crusade' (811.M37) - The 7th Black Crusade, also known as the Ghost War, is unleashed upon the Imperium. At this time, the Forces of Chaos spewed forth from the Eye of Terror past Cadia and then disappeared. The Chapter helped Imperial Forces in several smaller battles, both in void skirmishes and on planetary engagements.
- Angevin Crusade (353-558.M39) - With the first and second great phases of its vast operation complete, shepherded the arrival of the first wave of Imperial colonisation to the areas controlled. Several attached forces, elements provided by the various Astartes Chapters are rotated out of the Crusade's service. And other Astartes Chapter like The Heralds of Retribution is rotated in to serve. The Heralds serves as escorts to the multitude of Imperial colonists arriving during this time and also protecting the newly established warp-lanes around the Imperial controlled Calyx Expanse.
- The Awakening of Hyrreus (907.M41) - Against Necron Forces + + + In Progress + + +
While they were still a crusading Chapter, the Heralds maintained an organisational structure very close to that of the Codex Astartes with its standard division of ten companies, Chapter command, Apothecarion and forge armouries. But after Balefire Retribution the Heralds started a significant re-organisation and a great change happened in the years that followed. The Chaplains was seen as saviours of the Chapters and the command of Chaplains was raised above all else and they took command control of the Chapter. For they had proved on Balefire they where the heart and soul of the Chapter. As the new generations of Chaplains where thought they not only got the creed and the spiritual training of Chaplains but also the know how and tactical training needed for command control.
The only captaincy that still exists in the Chapter is that great honorary possition of Captain of the 10th Scout Company, responsible for the training and overseeing of all the new recruits to the Chapter, this captaincy exist still becouse Captain Nikodemes was the only Captain left alive after the Retribution. As the Chaplains took command it was only fitting for him to keep doing what he had done for almost two millennias and as the Chapter was dangerously close to extinction and in great need of neophytes, he set to work on the indigenous people of Balefire.
Chapter Master, Arkonyus Mord, High-Chaplain
Master Librarian, Lucernius, Keeper of the Path
Master of the Forge Soliyus
Master Apotecharion Aggaron
Battlebrothers: Master-Chaplain, Sergeant, Assault Marine, Marine
1st COMPANY 'Righteous Retribution' (Veteran Company)
Master-Chaplain Tiberius Kale, First Chaplain, The Skull Lord, High Executioner
2nd COMPANY 'Sacred Pyre' (Battle Company)
Master-Chaplain Orfeus, Master of Sanctity & of the Marches
3rd COMPANY 'Blessed Fury' (Battle Company)
Master-Chaplain Thermonius, Master of the Litany & Relics
4th COMPANY 'Vengeful Clarity' (Battle Company)
Master-Chaplain Laomedas, Master of the Rites
5th COMPANY 'Final Judgement' (Battle Company)
Master-Chaplain Medinatus, Master of Faith
6th COMPANY 'Dedicated Will' (Battle Company)
Master-Chaplain Taursius, Master of the Fleet
7th COMPANY (Reserve Company)
8th COMPANY (Reserve Company)
9th COMPANY (Reserve Company)
10th COMPANY (Scout Company)
Captain Sarafeon, Master of Recruits
The fleet of the Heralds are considerable, first and foremost of all ships was the Chapters Barque now turned Chapter Monastery on Balefires surface. Of the old crusading fleet still on active duty is the Chapters three powerful Battle Barges, five Strike Cruisers and over thirty Escort Vessels of various classes. The known, named vessels within the Heralds of Retribution Chapter fleet include the:
Chapter Barque: 'The Herald's Fist' - This once mighty vessel, a mobile Imperial Star Fortress known as a Chapter Barque, it served as the Heralds Chapter's mobile Fortress-Monastery and gene-seed/relic repository. It is now the Chapter Monastery towering up from the surface of Balefire like a clenched fist raised into the skies in defiance.
Battle Barge: 'Litany of Retribution' - This Battle Barge is the most venerated of those in the Heralds fleet, it dates back to the Great Crusades and was a great gift from their Progenitors the White Scars when the Heralds Founding began. Its a bit larger than the others and more well armed, a true retributor of the Emperors enemies.
Battle Barge: 'Herald of the Emperor'
Battle Barge: 'Judgement Come'
Striker Cruiser: 'Deeds of Sacrifice'
Striker Cruiser: 'Clensing Flame'
Striker Cruiser: 'Sanctified Retribution'
Striker Cruiser: 'Flame of Consecration'
Striker Cruiser: 'Legacy of Jorgon'
Edited by Lucernius, 09 March 2015 - 01:03 AM.