The Angels Exultant
* GENE-SEED (PREDECESSOR) - Blood Angels
* FOUNDING - Ultima
* CHAPTER MASTER - Nominally God Emperor, functionally none/rotating
* HOME WORLD/BASE OF OPERATIONS - Fleet Based (Primary Recruitment originally from Gathalamor)
* OBSERVED STRATEGIC TENDENCIES - Rapid Insertion, Massed Melee Assault, Shock and Awe
* BATTLE CRY - “Redemption in Death!”
* CURRENT STRENGTH - 600
* KNOWN DESCENDANTS - None.
The refounding of the Angels Exultant during the Ultima founding was due to a suspicious glitch in Imperial records. A doubling of name, progenitor, and even Ecclesiarchal influence in the training cadres and recruitment methods conveniently left the Ecclesiarchy with the means to erase the shame of the previous chapter’s recently confirmed fall into perdition. All those involved with the mistake were found to have been executed for laxity in duty, preventing a full investigation.
The chapter itself was recruited primarily from the inhabitants of shrine and cardinal worlds in Segmentum Solar, particularly Gathalamor, before being sent to the Liber Cluster according to their founding mission. It was not until their arrival in the cluster that the truth of their namesakes was fully and horribly understood.
With seemingly precognizant timing, an assault on the Angels Exultant flagship began as soon as it translated out of warp space. Those fighting the cluster newcomers were not xenos
, but traitors wearing their same colors and screaming hymns while fighting alongside witch and daemon. As well timed as the assault was, it was poorly organized, more a desperate last gambit from a starving animal than any coherent military strike. The fallen thanked their killers as they lay dying, words of praise to the Emperor on their lips, even as the foul symbols of chaos gleamed upon their armor.
Once the enemy was repelled or slain, then Chapter Master Mikhael Karras ordered, much to the concern of the sanguinary priests, an evaluation into the gene-seed of the assaulting forces. When the chaplaincy finished their report, Karras called together the captains of the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th companies (the second company captain having been slain in the fighting). The gene-seed had been found to be of minimal taint, as far as the tools aboard their fleet could determine. More importantly, it was certainly of blood-angels origin, and the other tests run against armor and body revealed these fallen warriors had once rightfully been known as Angels Exultant themselves, a guilt hidden beneath misinformation and bureaucracy.
Having seen the Flaw already begin to manifest in soldiers caught amongst the heaviest fighting. Having seen the hubris of factions who would try to hide their sins. Having seen the risks of the fall, and the shame of his chapter’s name, Karras declared that no one individual save the Emperor himself would command the full obedience of the Angels Exultant. Stepping down as Chapter Master, Karras took the captaincy of the second company, and from that point forward the five captains of the veteran and battle companies collectively decide on the course on which to lead their chapter, or on whether any among them is worthy of censure. In times of battle when a single leader is needed, the Tarot is consulted to determine who shall take command in the temporary role of dictator, but in all other aspects, the five captains are considered equal.
In order to manage the flaw, and in order to manage the sin of their creation, the Angels Exultant have put great faith in their chaplaincy (which, like many Blood Angels successors, performs dual roles as guardians of both the faith and the blood.). But this is not the blind faith of their namesake, regardless of what outside observers might see. It is a critical faith, one of apologetics within the halls of fleet vessels and an unyielding correction of self and of others.
Not out of a sense of superiority, but out of a solemn duty to correct the sins of their past, the Angels Exultant embrace a culture of continual improvement through critique and practice, often finding themselves at odds with those forces they fight beside when the habit extends to others. Ever eager to help any who swear themselves to the God Emperor, the Angels often find fighting alongside planetary defense forces and guard regiments to be much smoother than alongside the mechanicus or other astartes chapters.
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-= The Corsairs of Azahan =-
"We were giants once - feared, renowned, exalted! And here 'neath these fresh stars, with these weak worlds, we will be giants once more!" - Lord Alaxin
The Corsairs of Azahan were once a warband of great infamy in the Eye of Terror, known equally for their ferocity and their unpredictability. Claiming for themselves the daemon world of Azahan, the Corsairs were no strangers to war, always vying with rival warbands or waging war on Imperial forces, building their reputation and their strength, one victory at a time.
Time, however, took its' toll on the Corsairs. As the centuries passed, the mighty Lords who commanded the Corsair hordes they grew complacent, content to squabble amongst themselves and exalt in their own sense of power, rather than scourging the servants of the Corpse-Emperor from the galaxy. The mighty warband degraded and became a shadow of itself, coasting on their past reputation.
Until the day the Black Legion came for the Corsairs. The Despoiler's men offered the Corsairs a simple choice; serve us or die. Grudgingly, the Corsairs swore themselves to the service of the Black Legion, though many amongst them chafed at the thought of subservience to a power other than their own, no matter how great or terrible.
When the Black Legion called upon the Corsairs to take part in the 12th Black Crusade, the Corsairs largely ignored the commands of their "shackled" Lords. Instead, they tried to seize more loot and power for themselves by raiding the now-undefended worlds of their rivals, before falling to infighting once-more as the Lords sought to regain their authority.
These treacherous actions did not go unnoticed by the Black Legion.
Nor did they go unpunished.
In the years following the end of the Black Crusade, the Black Legion sent a punitive force to confront the Corsairs. They arrived suddenly, killed the Corsairs' Lords and those who had instigated the attacks on the other Warbands' territories, and commanded the Corsairs of Azahan to leave the Eye of Terror or face total annihilation.
The Corsairs would be sent to seek their redemption by investigating curious rumours about an Imperial realm beyond the edge of the galaxy. If this place existed, the Corsairs would find it, subjugate it in the Despoiler's name, and offer it as tribute, or else there would be no place in the galaxy or beyond it where they could flee the wrath of Abaddon.
With no other option, the Corsairs once more bowed to the wishes of the Black Legion, and subjected themselves to the ardours of exile. They raided a wild, unpredictable path across the galaxy, striking at nigh-undefended worlds to gain the supplies they needed to make the voyage to the far reaches of this supposed New Imperium.
Now, arriving in the Liber Cluster at the dawn of a new era, and hardened by a long lifetime of constant conflict, the Corsairs of Azahan look to conquer, plunder and rule over the Cluster.
Gone are the soft-willed Corsair Lords who once bickered and squabbled amongst themselves. The perilous voyage across the galaxy has seen the Corsairs unified under Lord Alaxin, an imposing, bitter veteran who burns with the desire for conquest and the glories of old.
If they can conquer the Liber Cluster, the Corsairs will prove to the galaxy at large - and to the Despoiler - that the Corsairs of Azahan are as strong and merciless now as they have ever been.
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The Oneiroi Summary:
* GENE-SEED (PREDECESSOR)
- Unknown (suspected to be a mix of stolen gene-seed)
* CHAPTER MASTER
- Lord Grey (theorised)
* HOME WORLD
* OBSERVED STRATEGIC TENDENCIES
- Assassination/Capture of HVTs, Sabotage, Infiltration, Surprise Assaults, Small Unit Tactics, False Flag Ops, Insurgency Warfare.
* BATTLE CRY
- None, Oneiroi fight in silence, speaking only via encrypted vox-channels
* CURRENT STRENGTH
In the dire centuries leading up to the birth of the Cicatrix Maledictum and the resurrection of the Roboute Guilliman, the Liber Cluster was plagued by an unprecedented series of rebellions, terrorist attacks and assassinations. While the majority of these events were merely the usual local independence movements or labor uprisings, members of the Inquisition with clearance and keen minds could spot the exceptions, like fleeting glimpses of a great spider's legs reaching out from the shadow. These incidents, upon closer inspection, bore the telltale signs of involvement by the enigmatic anti-Imperial organisation known only as Penumbra. Worse still, evidence also suggested the involvement, however distant, of renegade Astartes bearing the crescent moon of Penumbra.
What intel has been gathered on these mysterious Astartes, dubbed the Oneiroi, comes from the subject[REDACTED]
, captured by Battle-Sisters of the Undying Light Order during the attempted assassination of the Arch Cardinal of Terminus Crux by Penumbra assassins. [REDACTED]
, proved remarkably resilient to all conventional methods of interrogation, forcing interrogators to attempt a psychic probe. This backfired however, triggering a psychic trap that unleashed a discharge of psychic power, burning out the brains of both the subject and the psyker performing the probe.
Despite this setback, the following autopsy and examination of the wargear found on the subject's person revealed disturbing information, foremost being the subject's blasphemous nature as a Replicae
, or Clone. Examination of the subject's genetic code alongside that of it's slain brethren revealed not just identical sequences but clear evidence of significant gene-tampering, presumably to weed out genetic defects and produce maximum viablility for Astartes augmentation, although it has also resulted in albinism. This confirms the alarming possibility that Penumbra, or a party in league with them, have stolen the knowledge to create Astartes of their own. The thought of Penumbra producing Space Marines is a chilling one, and a task force of Inquisitors from a variety of the holy ordos has been assembled to counter this threat.
Despite the arrival of the Indomitus Crusade to bolster the Cluster's defences, the rate of Penumbra attacks has only grown, the most recent attacks are listed below:
* Raptus Space Elevator Bombing, estimated tens of thousand of tons of cargo are lost and the Elevator will take years to repair.
* Penumbra Infiltrators introduce chemical weapons into the atmospheric systems of Velmghart's Mega-Hive, estimated death toll: 26,000,000 fatalities.
* Penumbra unleashes an EMP in Vorden's capital, killing thousands of Arbite-soldiers via their cybernetics.
* Catastrophic malfunctions sweep Forgeworld Sefaris, resulting in widespread destruction and vast amounts of lost war material.
* Penumbra infiltrates Krineland and stirs up the planet's rivalry with the Void Colony Es'viener, within a year Krineland and Es'viener are at war. ADDENDUM:
There have been unconfirmed sightings of hulking armoured figures among the Oneiroi that loomed over even the Astartes. While these were dismissed as Ogryns like those once employed by the Sereikei Lions, the latest Penumbra attack has proven this false, footage from the attempted assassination of the Administratum Master at his Gardenhome mansion show what are unmistakably Primaris Astartes leading the Oneiroi's assault against the defenders, unfortunately no cadavers could be recovered to ascertain their origins. Until one is recovered for examination we must assume Penumbra now have the means to produce Primaris as with the original Oneiroi, likely making them responsible for the plunder of the Biologis vessel Valiant Rule
transporting the first batch of Primaris gene-seed to the Cluster, if so, then they are a bigger threat then we ever dared believe.