I've continued to write. Mostly a preamble to future text.
See, I run a lot of narrative campaigns for players in my country. The last of which is based in a setting I devised, that could be used by my local gaming group as a close and personal place and narrative through which to play some games. Something that could tie up the Necrons, T'au, Tyranids, Death Guard, and Ultramarines that form up my regular group of friends and players.
My friends have already agreed that we shall run a LOT of narrative games, to build up the armies and their lore, as enemies that often find themselves in conflict with one another... In fact, if anyone is interested in THAT setting, I'd be happy to share some info on it! It is part of a country wide narrative I started this year, which —saddly— got postponed due to COVID-19.
Also, with 9th edition coming, I will start to collect Primaris, at last.
So, I am trying to set up the lore of the chapter in such a way as to (1) lead my writing into the narrative of the battles we will be playing with my friends, and (2) give me a good narrative basis for the incorporation of Primaris into my collection.
This text, then, is a WIP preamble to that. A set up, if you will. From here, I plan to start writing small entries as battles take place,. and the army expands.
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An account of the chapter’s history in the 42nd millennium
The Wings of Dawn has always been a homeworld-bound chapter. Seldom crusading beyond the limits of its own sector, and even then, mostly in small numbers. This, since the battle brothers are vowed, first and foremost, to keeping their Eternal Watch at the east end of the galaxy.
At any particular time, one will find the bulk of their forces —in the form of the Reserve Companies, led by the First Company—, stationed in Alcides. These warriors being tasked to hold the planet from inside their halls in the Sigmalite Fortress. With their lives dedicated to prayer, to training, and to keeping guard against the many dangers that abound in every direction.
Still, warpaths are kept by the Battle Companies, for their part. With their large numbers being deployed constantly into the multiple warzones of the Charadon Sector, through divisions formed from their various Demi Companies.
These warriors, as sustained by regular rotations from the Alcidean reserves, help to keep humanity safe in this far off part of the Imperium. By fending off the mortal dangers posed by the daemonic forces that surge from the tail-end of the Cicatrix Maledictum, the virulent traitors of the Death Guard’s plague worlds near Ultramar, the slave armies of the Sautekh tomb worlds, and the insidious treachery of the T’au Empire.
This balance to their power has been upset, however, since the early days of the 42nd millennium. The battle brothers of the chapter having become increasingly scattered across the stars. With their strength now stretched across new warzones far beyond their ancestral home, and with the fate of many of their own being unknown and uncertain.
An brotherhood, divided
At the turn of the first century of this 42nd millennium, and for reasons privy to the highest echelons of the chapter command alone, the Fourth and the Fifth Companies have ventured beyond the known limits of the Eastern Fringe. Past the Orientis Lux system, and into the vast darkness of the great black that extends outside the Imperium. With a number of heroes from the First Company and the support of many neophytes, along with them.
No communication has been possible with these warriors for a great number of years, and with each passing day the Grand Master feels more pressure, both from his advisors and from the members of the inner circle, to declare the companies as lost. To rebuild them with the fresh blood of new recruits. Perhaps even through the use of the gifts offered by the joint efforts and genetic craftsmanship of Mars and Ultramar: The Primaris Marines. Something to which the Arch Chaplains advice strongly against, with a great sense of foreboding.
The Grand Master knows that a decision will have to be made soon, as the recent events of the so-called Psychic Awakening, which has thrown the galaxy into new turmoil, make it all the more evident that the chapter needs to return to its full strength if it is to survive these harrowing times.
The choice remains a pending task still, however, even if for a but few years more. Poorly buried under other more pressing matters, as the enemies of the Imperium gather on mass near the sector. In the form of great swarm of beasts, born as a splintered strain from the terrible and terrifying Hive Fleet Kraken. Going rampant and unchecked across the north bank of the Cicatrix Maledictum, endangering the corridors that serve as the only true gateway into the Imperium Nihilus. Creatures already driven to a mindless frenzy of bloodlust, after consuming entire human worlds in their path towards the Imperium, as well as at least one full chapter of the Adeptus Astartes. One which is said to have been made up of the very brethren of these heirs to the First Legion.
The Grand Master has answered the call to war himself. He has taken direct command of the remaining warriors of the First Company, as well as the full might of the Second Company. Thus, leading a combined army of nearly a hundred and fifty battle brothers up the far side of the Hadex Anomaly, and towards the Carima System. The one place where the head of the snake may be cut, before it swallows the bridge that holds humanity together, whole.
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This whole text seeks to establish a starting point to the narrative of the army, at present. With the forces of the second company engaging a fleet of tyranids right above the cicatrix maledictum, before splitting up into two groups. One demi company from the 2nd Company being led by Zerephiel, my Grand Master, to pursue the while the other, led by the Master of the Second Company, takes a path further north, up the Imperium Nihilus, and towards another warzone where the T'au and the Necron have a chokehold on imperial lives. These, after all imperial forces in range within the Imperium Nihilus have been summoned to a reclamation crusade to a xenos infested system of great importance.
All of this follows the battles, and the stories, my gaming group is making up from our most recent games, and as we weave them into these narrative plans we have for the new edition and upcoming matches.
Edited by Berzul, 06 June 2020 - 04:20 AM.