Originally Posted by Brother Lucian
Hrm, my thought regarding the origin of the Deathwatch. Simply that the Imperium is finally wising up to the fact that the orks are a true threat to be taken seriously at last. So far theyve constantly and grossly underestimated the ork cunning. Thinking them just savage and mindless brutes, and the hordes of the beast is anything but mindless and undisciplined. It will take an entirely different approach among the astartes and the imperium to deal with such a xenos threat. Hence the founding of the Deathwatch.
IMHO simply assassinating Xenos leaders is something the Assassinorum is more than capable of. It's the event of something so unimaginable, so insane that a special Chapter needs to be created just to deal with these one of a kind threats that even a normal Astartes chapter cannot even believe might be possible. And besides, look at this from a Games Workshop/Black Library point of view. They've done and tried everything. But this, the idea of a
Now that is one hell of a revelation if it ever happens. Nothing more grimdark than that after the Horus Heresy IMHO.