I originally created this chapter for submission for the Liber Cluster but it sort of fell by the wayside. I'm moderately pleased with how far it got though, so I thought I'd go ahead and submit it for LASC.
* GENE-SEED (PREDECESSOR) – Raven Guard
* FOUNDING – Ultima
* CHAPTER MASTER – Nirsori Coloeus
* HOME WORLD/BASE OF OPERATIONS – Plegolis, Subsector Colvin
* OBSERVED STRATEGIC TENDENCIES – Zero-G Warfare, Boarding Actions, Ambush Tactics
* BATTLE CRY – None
* CURRENT STRENGTH – 1000
* KNOWN DESCENDANTS – None
One of only a handful of Ultima Founding Chapters created from the geneseed of the Raven Guard, the Grey Ravens are newly assigned to the Liber Cluster. They bring with them the proud heritage of Corvus Corax and the famed Raven Guard aptitude for stealth and precision strikes, but utilize their skills in an unconventional style of warfare. Trained in their specialised way of warfare by elements of the Raven Guard 3rd and 4th companies, the Grey Ravens have assimilated the art of the ambush and learned to apply it to zero-G and shipboard combat.
The Grey Ravens recruit from the hive world of Plegolis, a densely populated planet of sprawling manufactora and cramped hab-towers in the Colvin subsector of the Liber Cluster. Their Chapter Fortress, the Mororium, is a large and heavily fortified orbiting station from which the Grey Ravens descend to Plegolis to retrieve the brightest and strongest of the hive citizens for service with the Chapter. Already used to tight quarters and hazardous environments, the Grey Ravens have found the youth of Plegolis a more than satisfactory resource for recruitment. The strong work ethic, physical resiliency, and mental agility found among the hab-clans have been explored by the Chapter’s Apothecaries who have discovered an underlying high quality genome among the inhabitants of Plegolis, suggesting minimal genetic disruption and no evidence of significant hereditary mutation. Thus, the genetic and environmental factors of Plegolis have combined to forge excellent subjects for ascension.
Although able to muster a fighting force for any kind of operation, the Grey Ravens are specialists in non-planetary warfare. Using stealth, misdirection, and surprise assault, the Grey Ravens have developed an uncanny proficiency in fighting aboard starships, void installations, and space hulks. Typically called upon to retake captured Imperial warships or to prevent the invasion of orbital facilities, Grey Ravens forces deploy directly onto hulls from nearby strike craft and blast their way in through hatches. Reivers, deployed by the Grey Ravens as infiltrators and saboteurs, quietly infiltrate bridges and enginariums to decapitate enemy leadership and disable critical power systems.
The Grey Ravens make use of fewer land vehicles than other Chapters, preferring instead to maintain a larger-than-normal complement of void-capable craft their own variant of the Stormraven known as the Voidraven. Expanded for greater transport capacity, systems adjusted to allow the transport of Mark X armoured Primaris Astartes, it’s power plant and engines modified with heat-shielding and exhaust baffles, and armed with forward mounted melta-charges, the Voidraven has been designed to approach targets stealthily before blasting open docking bays and access hatches to disgorge it’s boarding parties into the most vulnerable areas of enemy vessels. Following on from the stealthy approach of the Voidravens come waves Overlords - larger void-capable landing craft which ferry up to 40 more battle brothers onto the target to secure the landing zones and to capture secondary objectives.
Of equal importance to their way of war are the specialised abilities of the Chapter’s Techmarines. Trained by the adepts of Mars in the ways of vox-capture, data manipulation, and information sabotage, every assault is accompanied by a Techmarine charged with disrupting enemy communications, feeding incorrect data to sensoria, or decrypting vox and pict traffic. In this way, the Grey Ravens are able to mount direct and precise strikes while keeping their enemies off balance or incapable of mounting a co-ordinated response.
The Grey Ravens take a pragmatic and thoughtful approach to the Codex Astartes. Though the Chapter leadership recognizes the benefits of following the tenets within, and the updates made over the millennia since it was written, they are aware that the Liber Cluster, and the wider Imperium itself, have changed substantially in recent times. Accordingly the Codex is viewed within the Chapter as a set of guidelines, and the Grey Ravens ensure that their adherence to the Codex is not so strict that is prevents adaptability or restricts their ability to react to new situations.
The beliefs of the Grey Ravens centre on the Emperor and their Primarch as guiding stars within the dark void. With the power of the Astronomican providing a clear example, the Grey Ravens believe that dead warriors provide light and direction within the blackness of space. The Chapter’s doctrine stems from the native belief system of Plegolis, adapted by the Ecclesiarchy to teach that the stars are the light of the Emperor watching over the people of the planet. Chaplains lead ceremonies from the outer hull of the Mororium or from the open landing bays of the Chapter’s voidcraft in order to receive the guiding light of the stars. The Librarius studies the patterns of the stars for omens and portents, and are constantly on the lookout for the appearance of newer and brighter stars which may represent their lost Primarch.
In one of their first significant engagements in the Liber Cluster, elements of the Grey Ravens' 4th company were able to retake the Imperial Navy Lunar-class cruiser Heraldus Rex from the hitherto unidentified heretic Astartes warband which had captured the vessel some 22 standard days previously. A force of Reivers let by Lieutenant Carak infiltrated the bridge and eliminated the warband's leadership element, preventing any co-ordinated defence of the ship and allowing other Grey Ravens forces to retake the vessel with only 37% of the human crew lost.
Edited by golfdeltafoxtrot, 11 September 2019 - 10:37 AM.