“We are the Avenging Fists. We are the progeny of Dorn. We are the Emperor's almighty fist of justice, blackened in the smoke and ashes of warfare. We are here to bring judgement upon those who have turned from His Imperium." - Chaplain Kharov before the Battle of Gabreel 998.M41
Created in the final few years of M34, the geneseed of Rogal Dorn’s descendants, the Iron Knights were chosen forge a new chapter of Astartes, in an effort to repel the growing Ork threats of Waaagh! Blackgutz in the Gorgera Quadrant of the Segmentum Obscurus. Captain Daern of the Fourth was chosen to become the Master of the new chapter, whom he baptised in warfare against Blackgutz as the Avenging Fists, bringing the vengeance of all Imperial servants who had perished under the hands of the enemies of the Imperium.
Priding themselves on their stern and resolute method of battle, grinding down the enemy with heavy firepower, before launching a devastating assault with the full fury of their heaviest combatants, the Avenging Fists became synonymous with being the siege-breakers of the Gorgera Quadrant and beyond. Choosing the planet of Holis Prime, where Founding Master Daern had led the chapter to defeating Warboss Blackgutz, the Avenging Fists recruit from a series of worlds surrounding their Fortress Monastery, including Holis Prime itself.
The Avenging Fists have gained an aptitude in fighting Orks, with their recruits often training to clear Holis Prime of Feral Orks that still linger from the defeat of Blackgutz, within the thick forests of the Southern Hemisphere and the cave systems beneath the vast mountain ranges of the largest continent. The training provided in cleansing the Ork presence has helped the chapter’s battle-brothers gain a proficiency in acting against brutal close combatants, this has proven to be vital in the first stages of the classic brutal assault the Avenging Fists employ to break a siege.
The Avenging Fists hold a larger amount of Mk. VIII “Errant” Power Armour than the average held by other chapters, its increased armour being vital for the chapter in their methods of warfare. The Fists gained strong favour with two Forge Worlds surrounding their region of protection after saving both from separate assaults and sieges from Chaos and Orks respectively. Thus, the chapter were able to obtain such a high amount of the newer variant. The Avenging Fists also possess a small complement of the ancient Phalanx pattern Mk. III “Iron” Power Armour, gifted to them by their primogenitor, the Iron Knights. Their favour with the two Forge Worlds has allowed them to keep the ancient, revered armour maintained and fully functional. The armour is usually only used in battle in the direst of needs or circumstances; it is instead used for ceremonial purposes. The chapter possess a large number of tanks to help them end or break out of a siege, with Vindicators and Whirlwinds populating each Battle Company alongside a Land Raider Crusader for each Company’s assault units to push into a breach with.
As the Imperium was torn in two by the Cicatrix Maledictum, the Avenging Fists were amongst the trillions of Imperial inhabitants cut off in the Imperium Nihilus. With Holis Prime and the Gorgera Quadrant being galactic north of the Segmentum Obscurus, the chapter did not suffer the cataclysmic damage suffered by a large number of Imperial and Astartes homeworlds in the immediate decades. However as the chapter fought to break through new blockades set up by Chaos warbands and rampant Ork expansion with the Imperium’s forces blunted severely, their numbers fell to below half strength. Holis Prime itself became nearly overrun by the remaining feral Orks in the southern hemisphere’s Jungles becoming warped and mutated by the increased Chaos activity. The ensuing cleansing of the planet dwindled the Avenging Fists’ numbers further to just over 300 battle brothers.
The arrival of elements from the Indomitus Crusade saved the Fists from their stubborn demise as they were ambushed by the Iron Warriors of Warsmith Gharus on Hiveworld Pantana. As they were presented with Primaris members of their own, the chapter embraced their new brethren and their new wargear. Over time, the Avenging Fists have adapted to the use of the Hellblasters and Inceptors to add further vigour to their mechanised assaults and brutal close combat warfare.
The chapter have yet to reach their full operational capacity since the start of the 42nd Millennium, mostly due to their highly aggressive and stubborn tactics against the Chaos and Ork forces now present in the Gorgera Quadrant and beyond, but their numbers are slowly increasing.
And that is it for now. I haven't tried doing a post M41 update on one of my Chapters before, so if there are issues please do flag em up. I do have a miniature model of a Captain from the chapter stored safely, but I might make a squad in full for giggles and to practice quarter schemes...
Edited by Brother Cambrius, 30 December 2018 - 10:23 PM.