The Emperor's Vengeance Marines
I have the pleasure of introducing my SM Chapter... the Emperor's Vengeance Space Marine Chapter and their home world of Pindarus, a moon orbiting the gas giant Kagoshima Nineteen, in the Nord-Vundtia System, Ultimatum Segmentum.
The Emperor's Vengeance Chapter was rediscovered three hundred and ninety three standard years ago, after being cut off by warp storms that ravaged that particular part of the system for nearly half a Millennia.
When the Exploration Fleet Novius came across the fortress monastery of this Marine Chapter, the Administratum was duly informed and a Interegator team of Inquisitiors were dispatched to the system.
After exhaustive tests, this lost Chapter was found to be free of the taint of Chaos, and unaffected by their isolation. In fact, they flourished in a system ravaged by internecine warfare and repeated incursions by Xenos infiltrators.
Their battle skills, honed to a fine edge on their own Death world and from countless battles fought in Humanity's name, make the Emperor's Vengeance a worthy addition to the other Adeptus Astartes Chapters. Their loyalty to humanity and our beloved Emperor, is of no doubt.
They were subsequently re-designated as the 249th Chapter “Emperor's Vengeance”.
Although the Chapters original gene-seed was derived from the Traitor Legion, The Emperor’s Children, “May their name be forever linked to infamy, betrayal and trechery until the end of time”, the Vengence gene-seed are not corrupted.
"Brothers, failure is not an option here. If we fall back, the line will collapse. If the line collapses, the front collapses. If the front collapses, this continent will be overrun.
We have nowhere else to go brothers. We hold here or die trying…."
INDEX ASTARTES: Chapter 249 "The Emperor's Vengeance"
The Emperor's Vengeance were originally formed from gene-seed recovered from dead and wounded Emperor’s Children who remained loyal to the God-Emperor and were subsequently betrayed. The Chapter was beleived to have been formed during the 22nd founding.
Their Fortress Monastery was built in the Ultima Segmentum, upon Pindarus a moon of a gas giant Kagoshima Nineteen. Pindaris is a Deathworld, covered mainly in dense jungle, but with large areas of open grass plains. There are large mountain ranges and deep oceans. Huge reptilian-like land animals, massive sea-creatures and flying beasts inhabit the planet in great numbers. Its jungles are places of extreme danger with the flora and fauna competing for resources. Life expectancy for unarmed humans is low.
There are human inhabitants though, but their numbers are small. They live in settlement’s scattered across the planets surface. Because of the dangers on the ground, the settlements are built high amongst the tallest trees and connected by bridges and lifts. Colonists venture to the surface to hunt and gather food, a risky business when everything wants to eat you!
The original colonists were believed to have arrived after crash-landing there, en route to another star system. The survivors struggled on, but with the loss of inter-planetary transportation and much of their technology, the inhabitants were cut off for thousands of years and progressed very slowly. The struggle to survive took precedence over all-else. The human population reverted from an eloquent, technically adept race, to a semi-feral state based on the tribal system. This human population provided a good source of warriors to maintain the Emperor's Vengeance ranks.
Living on a Deathworld, the colonists were tough and resilient, savage fighters, and excellent hunters. Their skills… silently prowling the undergrowth, ambushing, hunting and protecting their settlements through stealth, surprise and brute force.
Every year, on the ‘Day of the Black Warriors’, young hopefuls would gather on the “Plain of Tears”, a large open area cut into the jungle, and surrounded by defenses that hold back the dangers beyond. They await the arrival of the Emperor's Vengeance recruiting Party, who usually arrive in a cavalcade of noise and light, heralding the landing of several Thunderhawks. Each potential recruit is then thoroughly inspected, and the weak whittled out. The ‘Potentials’ are then gathered together and allowed to give their farewells to families and friends. It is likely that the young men chosen would never be seen again. Many of those that fail the initial inspection usually chose death to the humiliation of rejection, and disappear into the jungle to meet their fate.
The ‘Potential’s’ are then flown to a secret location deep in the jungle, which is a frightening experience in itself to recruits who have never come into contact with the modern world. They are stripped of all but modest coverings and given a crash-course in map reading. They are then given a small knife.
Each ‘potential’ then has to make his way to another hidden base, over 300 Kilometers away, all of it through horrendous terrain and danger. If the ‘potential’ manages to get to the second base, he begins his training as a Space Marine. The attrition rate is high; most never make the journey and simply disappear.
Some, the lucky few, stumble into the safety of the base, weeks or months later.
Pindaris is a Deathworld. The Chapter Fortress, perches high up on a mountainside in a sea of green jungle. They have several smaller bases located throughout the planet, and these are used for training and administration purposes.
The Emperor's Vengeance maintain a large space fleet, and have access to many armoured vehicles, Dreadnoughts and Attack-craft. A large orbiting space station, ensures that the planets occupants remain undisturbed and safe from outside interference. The Emperor's Vengeance also maintain constant watch on several star-systems, which they consider to be theirs, though most of the inhabitants of these system’s, are blissfully unaware of this. They have intervened in local conflicts and outside invasion, several times over the Millennia, but usually interference is kept to the minimum.
A constant watch is maintained on the Outer Fringes, protecting the Ultimatum Segmentum, from alien invasion.
Although Pindaris lies in the shadow of its large Gas giant, the system it lies in has three large stars that lie in a diamond formation. These stars are prominent at night and became the symbol of the Emperor's Vengeance Chapter. This is reflected in the Chapter symbol, a white oval with three red stars. Their armour is also black in colour, the colour of the void.
Marine Sergeants and Officers have slight variations to the colour scheme, NCO’s having red helmets, Officers silver or gold. Techmarines wear all red, Chaplains wear Silver.
Emperor's Vengeance scouts wear camouflaged armour and stealth cloaks including a phase generator, which distorts their shape and shadow, making them virtually impossible to see.
Physically, the marine inside the armour is invariably tall, fair-skinned, with black hair.
The Emperor's Vengeance are skilled in scouting, ambush and infiltration and make great use of these skills. They are also physically tough and resilient. These skills and the Chapters doctrine encourage individual thought and action. Vengence marines will often fight alone if necessary, but are obviously lethal working as a team.
The Chapter will send individual Marines on missions if the need arises.
The Chapter has an excellent armor capability with a large array of vehicles and vehicle variants, including artillery support. They also have a large number of Dreadnoughts (as injured marines refuse to retire into obscurity, their wish, to die gloriously for the Emperor).
Normally the Vengence Marines will infiltrate enemy lines, form a defensive perimeter and then call in the armour. The armour will then push forward with the infantry mopping up. Dreadnoughts will form mobile weapons platforms and advance with the infantry.
The Emperor's Vengeance adhere to the Codex Astartes and only deviate slightly. They are experts at deep penetration missions, and close co-ordination with their armour back up. If a Marine is nearby, you can be sure that armour will descend apon you very quickly. If the Blades advance without armour, they always have many Dreadnoughts supporting them.
The Chapters vehicles have all been modified in some form or another, and it is not uncommon to see Marines hanging from the sides of these vehicles with one hand and firing in all directions with the other.
Their Fortress Monastery has huge workshops and weapons facilities and the Chapters Techmarines are constantly experimenting on new weapons and devices. Unlike other Chapters, the Emperor's Vengeance will absorb enemy weapons and adapt them to their own use. This is frowned apon by outsiders who would never consider using Xenos-produced items. They have also several captured space vessels, which are often used in covert operations.
Haunted by memories of the Great Heresy and forever reminded that their precious gene-seed came from corrupted stock, The Emperor's Vengeance strive to become the perfect warriors. Emperor's Vengeance are totally loyal to the God-Emperor and the Imperium. They are utterly ruthless dealing with the Emperors enemies and have often been admonished for incidents of over-zealous behaviour. Captured enemy soldiers are usually dispatched out of hand, unless they fought particularly well, and Xenos are destroyed as a matter of course.
They have an affinity with the Europa Four system, especially the Jirmanic’s, who may have provided some of the Emperor's Vengeance DNA. The marines also admire the Jirmanic warrior code and ethics.
Emperor's Vengeance believe that the only way that they can truly serve the Emperor is to give their lives for him. When they die, they join all their comrades in the Great Hall of their Ancestors, and drink and dine, telling stories for eternity, until the Emperor himself joins them. Then they are complete.
Based on the Emperor's Childrens gene-seed recovered from the dead and dying loyalists at Istvaan 3, the Emperor's Vengeance suffer from the psychic imprint left by the rage and despair of thousands of loyal marines when the great betrayal was uncovered. This can cause Marines to go temporary insane during battle. If the Marine survives the battle, he will be taken away to “The Lost Tower” on Pindarus (named, because the once disciplined Brother has temporarily lost his way), until the insanity passes.
Sometimes a whole company will suffer from the condition, turning them into an unstoppable mass of rage. The effects are catastrophic to an enemy. This trait can sometimes be seen in Jirmanic’s where an individual or group goes completely berserk during combat. Such warriors are known as ‘Berserkers’ and are revered in the ranks.
Another trait inherited through the genes is the uncontrollable urge to drink alcohol, any alcohol, in vast quantities, after a victory. Luckily, they have been genetically enhanced to be able to control the alcohols effects. If threatened or duty calls, they will immediately sober up, none the worse for wear.
Jirmanic’s are the same, except they suffer horrendously from alcohols effects!
“My Honour is my Loyalty” “Xenos Absolutum” “The Emperor take my Soul” “Forwards!”
The Emperor's Vengeance are well-aware of their tainted blood line and strive to eradicate the memory.They honour the Emperor's Children that remained loyal to the Emperor. As they have no links to a loyal Primarch and the word Fulgrim is now a curse, they honour Sanguinius for his loyalty to the Emperor, his devotion to duty, and ultimately his sacrifice at the hands of the arch traitor Horus . Their sole aim is to be perfect Marines and worthy enough