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good afternoon my good fellows and fellass,

thats lasses not asses.

ive been working on sum full for a 400 point combat patrol to get me back into acturly gaming.
still working on my death guard but painting all that cream is starting to drive me a little beit mad.

im thinking for the army 2 tac squads in razorbacks with a storm talon. just a small mechonised scout/strike/training force.

the primary colour will be silver but im undesided as to what colour for the shoulder pads. red/white or yellow. looking into doing some custome decals as well have he paper just need to think about the designs.

please have a read of the back story for the chapter, i went a little mad with ideas and its probaly a little OTT.
Apologies for any incorrect spelling im very dyslexic

The Baneful Sabres Chapter
1st Great Company Valorous – Only in death, do we earn our redemption.
2rd Great Company Vigorous – against the traitor, our blades never tire.
3rd Great Company Vigilance – We are the eyes that guard our chapter.
4th Great Company Venerable - We Honour the empire, which has forsaken us.
5th Great Company Vendetta – With our last breath, we will avenge our brothers.
The Baneful Sabres Chapter labelled excommunicate traitoris. Being the proud and noble descendants of the Iron Hands Legion, possess a long glorious combat record in the name of the emperor of mankind. That was until a traitor; Markus Tylenicus took the high office of High Marshal of The Baneful Sabre. Before that dark day, the chapter had proved themselves to be everything that an Astarte’s should aspire to. But a sickness had festered within the hearts of many of the chapter’s marines, a flesh weakness that no amount of mechanical augmentation could irradiate. One characteristic, which had proven to be one of the chapter’s greatest attributes, had proven to be a weakness, ambition.

Markus Tylenicus ascended to rank of High Marshal in dubious circumstances. Upon the death of a High Marshal, a successor is elected to the position by the chapters Marshal’s, Lt’ Marshal’s, veteran wardens and wardens. Any officer maybe selected by his brothers to run for election. On this occasion only two brothers where selected for the contest; Markus Tylenicus Marshal of 5th Company Vendetta and Titus Morinus Lt’ Marshal of 3rd Company Vigilance. Despite being only Lt’ Marshal, Titus Morinus was an exemplar of the chapters doctrines and passions; and the only true threat to Tylenicus’s ambitions.
Once the votes had been counted a tie was declared between the two aspiring high Marshals, 55 to Tylenicus and 55 to Morinus. This was a first in the chapters seven and a half thousand year history and almost split the chapter a sunder. After days of biter feuding the Chapters Chaplin convent decided that the contest should be decided with a duel. Tylenicus had no intention of losing this contest of skill and was unsure of who was the better swordsman. Tylenicus persuaded Morinus’s Tech Marine to reprogram the servitors in his arming chamber to create a weakness in Morinus’s chest-plat. The contest rules where first man to ground loses and ran for seven rounds to be shore as to who deserved to lead. During the fifth round, when each man was tied Tylenicus thrusted hard into the weak spot of Morinus’s armour, piecing long ways into both of Morinus’s hearts. By the skill of 3rd Company Vigilance apothecaries Morinus lived, but Tylenicus new he would still posed a threat his ambitions as long as he drew breath.
Many in the chapter disapproved of Tylenicus’s appointment to high marshal and Tylenicus kept a scrutinizing eye on those he thought might so decent. After he had solidified his position and side-lined those he deemed untrustworthy, it was now time for Tylenicus to expand his influence in the wider imperium. The chapter being fleet base made sure that its rapid expansion went all but unnoticed. Tylenicus began claiming new aspirants in mass; with every new crusade he bolstered his forces even more. In just one hundred and seventy years he had amassed over two thousand loyal marines, far outnumbering those of the chapter still loyal to the emperor.
The time had now come for Tylenicus to rid his chapter of all that would oppose him. By then Titus Morinus had been elected to Marshal of 3rd Company, despite Tylenicus’s scheming to either kill or disgrace him. Of the original 5 Great Companies, Tylenicus only trusted the commander of 5th Great Company Vendetta; the rest would have to be spewed away. This would be of little concern as Tylenicus had the 10 new black companies as well as the 1st and 5th at his command. His final hammer blow would land above the chapter recruitment world of Banderus 3, as the five original companies massed above the planet to purge an ork incursion the rest of Tylenicus’s dark army immerged from the warp and surrounded there pray. Over the coms Tylenicus gave the Loyalists one chance to surrender and join his dark crusade in the name of dark gods. The three Marshals refused in the face of insurmountable odds and prepared to meet their end with honour. The Battle above Banderus was short but not lacking in intensity, the 4th company’s battlebarge rammed and destroyed three of the black company’s vessels in a last desperate attempt to take as many traitors with them as possible. With only Morinus’s Battlebarge left he decided to withdraw into the warp so he could report the high marshal’s heresy and return with the forces to end his former master.
Morinus had hoped for a chance to save his chapters honour, but the dark gods had other plans. His battlebarge had sustain massive damage in the battle and as soon as they enter the warp fowl demons assailed his already battle weary men. Plague bearers swarmed the bridge, quickly slaying the ships navigator. Morinus’s men bravely beat back the first attack, but with no navigator the ship and her company where doomed to wonder the warp until they could guess a safe translation point. For them it had been a matter of weeks, but for them imperium many long years had passed.
After drifting in space for weeks the survivors where finally located by a Mechanicus explorer fleet. The fleet’s magos explained to Morinus what had happened to the rest of his chapter, they had been hunted down and scattered. Somewhere believed to have joined the red crosiers the others had fled into the eye of terror. The chapter had been branded excommunicate traitoris, and Morinus and the survivors would surely be killed with they were discovered by the inquisition. The Magos gave the Marshal a proposition, the magos offered to help him repair ship broken ship in return for guarding his fleet. Mechanicus fleet had taken heavy losses in a battle with the eldar and would benefit greatly from a battle barge to bolster his calls; which was the reason he gave to Morinus but the magos had other more nefarious reasons for wanting an excommunicated company space marines at his bacon call.
Morinus gave a passionate speech to remnants of the 3rd and 2rd companies; he pleaded for them to stay on-board the battlebarge. He promised a chance at redemption, a chance to rebuild and regain the honour of their chapter. Then men called for Morinus to lead them as the new high Marshal but Morinus refused to sware the same oaths as the brothers that betrayed them. Together with two companies wardens they took the 5 virtues their chapter was founded upon and made new oaths for the chapter to sware upon.
  1. Vendetta – With our last breath, we will avenge our brothers.
  2. Venerable - We Honour the empire, which has forsaken us.
  3. Vigilance – We are the eyes that guard our chapter.
  4. Vigorous – against the traitor, our blades never tire.
  5. Valorous – Only in death, do we earn our redemption.
With the help of the Magos, Morinus issued a degree to his men; All Baneful Sabres Astarte’s were to be fitted with ocular and auditory implants, with their Marshals and Wardens being able to see and hear what there men did no man could turn to chaos unnoticed. Little did they know, but their marshals wouldn’t be the only ones watching. The chapter now travel with the Mechanicus explorers, helping them in their quest for arcane knowledge. In return the Marines can pick new recruits from the human planets they discover, get access to weapons and equipment and above all else protection. One day Morinus hopes to have enough men to separate from the Mechanicus fleet and hunt down Tylenicus and deliver his head to the high lords of terra themselves, hopefully buying his and his men’s freedom to fight out in the open once more.


im laying the ground work with the fluff to do an allied army if i get bord with it just being marines as im already doing HH death guard. plus im sure there have to be some good marine ad mech combos out there.
let me know what you guys think, im open to any ideas or criticism.

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Not really a project log, at least not at this time, so after this post I'll be moving the thread over to the fluff forum.

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please have a read of the back story for the chapter, i went a little mad with ideas and its probaly a little OTT.
If you know this going in, then that might/should indicate that you need to take a step back and tone things down.

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The Baneful Sabres Chapter
1st Great Company Valorous – Only in death, do we earn our redemption.
2rd Great Company Vigorous – against the traitor, our blades never tire.
3rd Great Company Vigilance – We are the eyes that guard our chapter.
4th Great Company Venerable - We Honour the empire, which has forsaken us.
5th Great Company Vendetta – With our last breath, we will avenge our brothers.
Honestly don't get this, is your chapter only five companies and each one has an honorific role within the chapter? This seems more like something to have later.

Also this seems like a good spot to include which founding the chapter is from, who they come from, the name of the chapter homeworld (or if they are fleet based), who the chapter master is, battlecry, chapter strength, and whether or not the chapter is excommunicate traitoris or on a penitent crusade.

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The Baneful Sabres Chapter labelled excommunicate traitoris.
Kind of an upfront and random way to start, especially since this doesn't come up for a bit. Might not be the best place for this.

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Being the proud and noble descendants of the Iron Hands Legion, possess a long glorious combat record in the name of the emperor of mankind.
Which founding? What have they done? A bit more context here would be nice; the Iron Hands and their second founding descendants have fairly illustrious histories but a bit of an explanation here would be nice.

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That was until a traitor; Markus Tylenicus took the high office of High Marshal of The Baneful Sabre.
Is it Baneful Sabres or Baneful Sabre? And you can lose the first high here; also there are better ways to lead into the chapters downfall than outright saying that a single member of the chapter was a traitor.

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Before that dark day, the chapter had proved themselves to be everything that an Astarte’s should aspire to.
This seems more fitting for an Ultramarine, Dark Angel, Imperial Fist, or Blood Angel successor. Dark time would also make more sense here, since I highly doubt the chapter would completely fall in a single day.

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But a sickness had festered within the hearts of many of the chapter’s marines, a flesh weakness that no amount of mechanical augmentation could irradiate. One characteristic, which had proven to be one of the chapter’s greatest attributes, had proven to be a weakness, ambition.
This sounds a lot like a copy/paste of the Iron Hands M.O. rather than something unique to your own chapter. It also doesn't really make that much sense in how this could lead to the chapters downfall. Maybe if they had suffered a number of major losses or taken part in a number of crusades that had faltered and hold themselves responsible, then ambition might be more of something the chapter has an overabundance of. Ambition to right perceived wrongs or atone for failures and restore their honour.

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Markus Tylenicus ascended to rank of High Marshal in dubious circumstances. Upon the death of a High Marshal, a successor is elected to the position by the chapters Marshal’s, Lt’ Marshal’s, veteran wardens and wardens.
This all might make more sense if you explain the chapter organization and combat doctrine. Is the high marshal the chapters equivalent of chapter master? If yes, and marshal is a captain, then what is a lieutenant marshal? What about wardens and veteran wardens? Are librarians and chaplains included in this election?

There is also no need for you to be abbreviating words like lieutenant from the very first time you use the word; that comes off as lazy.

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Any officer maybe selected by his brothers to run for election. On this occasion only two brothers where selected for the contest; Markus Tylenicus Marshal of 5th Company Vendetta and Titus Morinus Lt’ Marshal of 3rd Company Vigilance. Despite being only Lt’ Marshal, Titus Morinus was an exemplar of the chapters doctrines and passions; and the only true threat to Tylenicus’s ambitions.
Why an election? Why would the most senior members of the chapter, notably those who would be the chapters most wise advisors, teachers, and keepers of knowledge and faith, not select one who would uphold the honour of the chapter the best?

And in what way was Morinus considered an exemplar of the Baneful Sabres? Was he noted for tactical brilliance? Managing to bring honours or fulfill oaths in the name of the chapter previously thought impossible? A chapter master is, after all, more than just a great warrior.

For that matter, why was Tylenicus considered a good candidate for high marshal and what would have led him down an alleged dark path that none of the senior chapter members would have noticed?

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Once the votes had been counted a tie was declared between the two aspiring high Marshals, 55 to Tylenicus and 55 to Morinus.
Who gets to make a vote for this? Assuming each company has a single marshal and lieutenant marshal, and warden and warden veteran thats only 20. And if we say there are another ten librarians who can cast votes, and just as many chaplains, and perhaps a dreadnought per company (assuming your going with something like the Iron Hands clan commanders) then you still only have 45 of the 110 here.

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This was a first in the chapters seven and a half thousand year history and almost split the chapter a sunder.
Why did a split decision nearly tear the chapter in half? This seems like an extremely petty thing to split apart the chapter considering there is no indication of either being anything but positive choices for the chapter at this point in time.

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After days of biter feuding the Chapters Chaplin convent decided that the contest should be decided with a duel.
Would this not be the first thing thought of following a tie? How did it take days of feuding?

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Tylenicus persuaded Morinus’s Tech Marine to reprogram the servitors in his arming chamber to create a weakness in Morinus’s chest-plat.
First, how would Tylenicus be able to convince someone who sided with his rival to help him?

Second, how would Morinus, or anyone else for that matter, not notice the defect at any point? All marines are competent when it comes to inspecting their armour, they just might not be master artisans.

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The contest rules where first man to ground loses and ran for seven rounds to be shore as to who deserved to lead.
Why seven rounds and first to ground? Why not to third blood or a duel to the death?

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During the fifth round, when each man was tied Tylenicus thrusted hard into the weak spot of Morinus’s armour, piecing long ways into both of Morinus’s hearts.
This doesn't sound physically possible, the hearts would be located on either side of a marines chest. So in order to pierce both Tylenicus would have had to thrust from Morinus's side, just below the arm pit.

Also why would they fight in their armour and not outside of it? What if a tie had come across a member of the chapter who went to battle in terminator armour and the other in power armour?

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By the skill of 3rd Company Vigilance apothecaries Morinus lived, but Tylenicus new he would still posed a threat his ambitions as long as he drew breath.
Why? It had been declared that the winner of the duel would lead the chapter. If Morinus was truly an exemplar of his chapter than he would accept the loss and follow Tylenicus.

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Many in the chapter disapproved of Tylenicus’s appointment to high marshal and Tylenicus kept a scrutinizing eye on those he thought might so decent.
Why? If Tylenicus had won the duel, as far as everyone could tell, fairly than while some might not like him he is the new high marshal.

How is he sidelining elements of the chapter? And would this not look suspicious?

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Tylenicus began claiming new aspirants in mass; with every new crusade he bolstered his forces even more. In just one hundred and seventy years he had amassed over two thousand loyal marines, far outnumbering those of the chapter still loyal to the emperor.
How and why was Tylenicus able to do this without anyone within the chapter taking notice or opposing such a thing? As a fleet based chapter its not like Tylenicus could expand the chapter fleet easily. How did he get more ships? It takes decades to some starships, often requiring the resources of forgeworlds or finding and retrofitting/fixing derelicts.

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Of the original 5 Great Companies, Tylenicus only trusted the commander of 5th Great Company Vendetta; the rest would have to be spewed away.
Why would he not have had these companies filled with his new inductees or those secretly loyal to him?

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This would be of little concern as Tylenicus had the 10 new black companies as well as the 1st and 5th at his command.
This is the first time your mentioning the black companies, they come from out of the blue. And I thought he believed he could only trust the fifth company, why can he now trust the first all of a sudden?

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His final hammer blow would land above the chapter recruitment world of Banderus 3,
If the chapter is fleet based than they wouldn't have a single recruitment world. Do you mean that the blow to wipe out the loyalists would occur when the chapter answered a call of aid to a world under their protection?

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Over the coms Tylenicus gave the Loyalists one chance to surrender and join his dark crusade in the name of dark gods.
Why would Tylenicus give them a final chance when the whole point was to wipe out those who could even possibly pose a threat? How or why would he ever trust any that suddenly chose to side with him?

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With only Morinus’s Battlebarge left he decided to withdraw into the warp so he could report the high marshal’s heresy and return with the forces to end his former master.
I don't think you entirely understand where its possible for ships to enter the warp in a system. Theres a very good reason ships enter sytems from the far reaches.

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His battlebarge had sustain massive damage in the battle and as soon as they enter the warp fowl demons assailed his already battle weary men. Plague bearers swarmed the bridge, quickly slaying the ships navigator.
Right..

Just to be clear here, if daemons are able to manifest on the ship when its in the warp than the geller field is compromised. If thats the case than the ship is as good as lost, since any mortal crew will likely either be driven insane or possessed (amongst other things.)

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The fleet’s magos explained to Morinus what had happened to the rest of his chapter, they had been hunted down and scattered.
If this was the case than the chapter would have been declared excommunicate traitoris, this includes Morinus and those who survived with him. There are very few who would listen to anything he or the other survivors had to say (especially those of the Mechanicum.) They are, as far as can be told, traitor marines on a damaged ship. The Imperium takes great pride in suffering not the traitor to live above all others.

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The Magos gave the Marshal a proposition, the magos offered to help him repair ship broken ship in return for guarding his fleet. Mechanicus fleet had taken heavy losses in a battle with the eldar and would benefit greatly from a battle barge to bolster his calls; which was the reason he gave to Morinus but the magos had other more nefarious reasons for wanting an excommunicated company space marines at his bacon call.
Even if the magos knew he could force these marines to do as he wanted, he would still be willingly aiding traitor marines and would likely be branded a heretic for it (and hunted down by other members of the Mechanicum.)

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Morinus gave a passionate speech to remnants of the 3rd and 2rd companies; he pleaded for them to stay on-board the battlebarge.
Where would they go? Were they considering killing themselves?

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One day Morinus hopes to have enough men to separate from the Mechanicus fleet and hunt down Tylenicus and deliver his head to the high lords of terra themselves, hopefully buying his and his men’s freedom to fight out in the open once more.
Assuming he could do this, at very best the most Morinus and his survivors could hope for is to be sent on a penitent crusade for a century. They wouldn't be allowed to recruit new members, would be shunned by all other Imperial bodies; and thats assuming these survivors were given any form of forgiveness beyond a bullet to the head.

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thank you very much dark rever, you gave me a hell of alot of food for thought and i think ive made alot of improvment with your help. although at first ill admit to being slightly dishearted with all that was wrong with it.

on the plus side alot of the issues where ideas that i had omited due to time constraitghts. but i hope the ammedments make the fuff flow a bit better

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The Baneful Sabres Chapter
Chapter organisation
1st Great Company Valorous – Only in death, do we earn our redemption.
2rd Great Company Vigorous – against the traitor, our blades never tire.
3rd Great Company Vigilance – We are the eyes that guard our chapter.
4th Great Company Venerable - We Honour the empire, which has forsaken us.
5th Great Company Vendetta – With our last breath, we will avenge our brothers.
The Baneful Sabres possessed a unique chapter organisation, although adhering to the codex Astarte’s limit of one thousand battle brothers; the chapter is comprised of only five companies. Each company comprises of two hundred battle brothers that deploy together on-board the great companies battle barge, under the command of a Marshal (captain) that directly commands the primus company. The secondary company is commanded by the lieutenant Marshal (less experienced captain), who’s main role is to deploy his secondary company in support of the primus company. The chapter is commanded by the first company high marshal (chapter master).
Each great company’s combat role is formed around one of the chapters five oaths: 1st Great Company Valorous is the veteran company, comprising veteran wardens (veteran sergeants/ veteran marines) and the bulk of the chapters terminators.
2rd Great Company Vigorous are close combat specialists and deploys large numbers of assault marines and attack bikes. They are also deploy newly minted marines, which are formed into large assault teams (similar to blood claws).
3rd Great Company Vigilance is responsible intelligence gathering, sabotage and hit and run missions. The 3rd company are often the first marines to be deployed, in order to take out the enemy’s supply lines and take out the enemy’s commanders. The company relies heavily on close air support to defend their strike teams.
4th Great Company Venerable are the objective holders, they possess a large tech marine detachment and have the ability set up defence lines and installations at a rapid pace. Once they are in place they are maned by many thuderfire cannons and companies dreadnaughts.
5th Great Company Vendetta act as the finial hammer blow, deploying large numbers of terminators and tank squadrons smash throe fortified positions.

Early history

The Baneful Sabres Chapter are a fleet based 8th founding chapter of the imperial fist chapter and possess a long glorious combat record in the name of the emperor of mankind. From its founding the chapter was at odds with itself and this was in no small part due to the chapter’s two primary recruitment worlds. When the chapter was formed they were given recruiting rights to two star systems Banderus and Tazad-elim; Banderus 3 was an undeveloped world of almost constant night, where fell predators stalked and hunted the planets human inhabitants. To survive on Banderus one had to be swift, keen of eye and ear and above all else have the ability to go unseen until the time was right to strike. This ment that recruits form this world tended to be careful and methodical tacticians, who relied on a solid defence and would not engage without first sabotaging and weakening their opponent. The star system Tazad-elim on the other hand, was a highly developed trade hub. The chapter only recruited from the star systems under hive gangs; recruits from theses worlds tended to be head strong and explosively aggressive, relishing in hand to hand combat and armoured assaults.
This juxtaposition with-in the chapter proved to be a great tactical advantage; with the marines from Banderus having a predisposition for defence, intelligence gathering and subversion. And the marines from Tazad-elim being head strong line breakers, ment the chapter could adapt to almost any tactical challenge. However this also callused great division with in the chapter, with Marshals often disagreeing with the correct action to be taken and would even sometimes result in officers coming to blows. This resulted in a great deal of animosity between the brothers from Banderus and Tazad-elim and Towards the end 40th millennium it became increasingly rear for a squad to have bothers from both star systems. Because of growing divisions within the chapter towards the beginning of the 36th millennium, the Chaplin convent decided that all command positions should be decided by secret ballot; weather it as the leader of a squad, a company or the entire chapter. With consensus becoming harder and harder to reach with-in the chapter, the Chaplin’s believed this would be the best way to maintain the chapters cohesion and give the marines a change to air their frustrations.

Traitor’s ascension

Markus Tylenicus ascended to rank of High Marshal in dubious circumstances. Upon the death of a High Marshal, a successor is elected to the position by the chapters Marshal’s (captains), lieutenant Marshal’s (captains), veteran wardens (veteran sergeants), wardens (sergeants), chaplains, Liberians and dreadnoughts. Any officer maybe selected by his brothers to run for election. On this occasion only two brothers where selected for the contest; Markus Tylenicus Marshal of 5th Company Vendetta and the young Titus Morinus Lt’ Marshal of 3rd Company Vigilance. Despite being only Lt’ Marshal, Titus Morinus was an exemplar of the chapters Banderosian and Tazad-elim doctrines and passions; easily adapting his command style to get the best out of any brother under his stewardship. Morinus walked a fine line and was popular with the men from both Banderus and Tazad-elim something Tylenicus was unable to achieve and this ment he was the only true threat to Tylenicus’s ambitions to lead the chapter in a new direction. Many men held great hope in their hearts, that Morinus could be the man to reunite the chapter and lead then to glory in unity, he was the youngest marine ever promoted to the rank of Lt’ Marshal and was a symbol of hope to the younger members of the chapter and a thing of envy to the older Astarte’s. With the death of the High marshal at the hands of demon prince of nurgle, Tylenicus was the eldest and most seasoned commander in the chapter; although he was far from the most likeable marine in the chapter, despite this there was on one who doubted his skill at arms or his tactical genius. As an honoured veteran he would have seemed like an ideal candidate to lead the chapter, but he also polarised tensions within the chapter; he often used derogatory slag terms for his Banderosian battle brothers and would have none of them with in his primus company. To most of the brothers from Tazad-elim Tylenicus was a chance for their voices to finally be heard, the last three high marshals had all be Banderosian born and they had grown tired of their slow methodical battle style and lasted for the carnage that they had been raised bread for.
Once the votes had been counted a tie was declared between the two aspiring high Marshals, 59 to Tylenicus, 59 to Morinus and 21 abstentions. Tylenicus was furious and ordered his men to find the names of the 21 absentee’s and bring them to heel. Chaplin convent decided to allow two days for absentee’s to submit the votes, ten did so but the result was still tied. Anger festered with in the chapter, the 2rd company marshal accused Tylenicus of attempting to strong arm the result and almost split the chapter a sunder; this bolstered support for Tylenicus in the Tazad-elim camp, as many believed the chapter above all else needed a strong Leeder who’s will would not bend. After two days of biter feuding the Chapters Chaplin convent decided that the contest should be decided with a duel. Tylenicus had no intention of losing this contest of skill and was unsure of who was the better swordsman. As Tylenicus meditated alone in his arming chamber, his mind was awash with visions of victory and glory. He prayed for the power and strength to best his opponent and his prayers were answered, but not by he who protects. The chaplain convent had set the rules for the contest, the man who draws blood from his opponent wins the round and the contest would run for seven rounds; to be shore the winner had the strength and fortitude of will to lead the chapter and to insure the chapter didn’t lose two of its greatest warriors. During the fifth round, when each man was tied Tylenicus prayed once again and was granted the strength, shattering Morinus’s sword as he thrusted hard into Morinus’s chest, piecing through into one of Morinus’s hearts and spinal column. By the skill of 3rd Company Vigilance apothecaries Morinus lived, but Tylenicus new he would still posed a threat to his ambitions as long as he drew breath; especially if Morinus ever leaded how he gained the strength to best him.
Many in the chapter disapproved of Tylenicus’s appointment to high marshal. As he took command of the 1st company and Tylenicus kept a scrutinizing eye on those he thought capable of decent; Tylenicus grow paranoid and began keeping a tyrants grip on the chapter, he had his men find the names all the men who had voted for him and recruited them as spies with-in the other 4 great companies. After he had solidified his position with in the first company, it was now time for Tylenicus to expand his influence in the wider imperium. He ordered the 5th company in secret to search for a new permeant base of operations for his dark plans, the 5th company happened upon a space hulk drifting towards the imperium. This presented Tylenicus with an opportunity; the hulk was invested with large numbers of genestealers, perhaps even enough to purge his chapter of the elements he had deep “undesirable”.
Tylenicus ordered the 1st, 2rd and 3rd companies to board the hulk and sent the 3rd deep into the heart of the genestealers nest; they took heavy losses and Morinus was gravely wounded. One of Tylenicus’s spies with in the 3rd company reported what believed to be a battle barge deep inside the hulk, but could not confirm what chapter it once belonged to. After most of the infestation had been dealt with Tylenicus ordered the 2rd and 3rd companies to resupply and rearm, both companies had taken heavy losses and had to return to the chapter recruitment worlds to bolster their numbers.
With the 2rd and 3rd companies gone and the Tyraid treat dealt, Tylenicus’s men searched the space hulk room by room in the hopes of finding something that might aid Tylenicus in his plans. His prays where answered once more, upon a more thru search of the cashed battlebarge revealed it to a lost ship of the World Eater legion; either lost during the Great Crusade or the Horus Heresy. But one find surprised and delighted Tylenicus, vast quantities of gene seed had miraculously been preserved inside the twisted wreckage. Even in his darkest dreams he had never dared to imagen an opportunity such as this one. There was enough gene seed that had survived to raise thousands of marines, enough to carve out a new empire all for himself. On the barge there was enough salvageable battle plate arm nearly hundred battle brothers, just enough to test the water and make sure the gene seed was viable. Tylenicus order twenty of his finest veteran wardens to remain behind along with four apothecaries; Tylenicus had their names add to the list of casualties so no one would question where they had gone. Before departing Tylenicus located a rogue trader and offered she lavish rewards if her and her crew would locate and make regular deliveries of suitable men to the space hulk; he told her he cared not where she found them, just as long as she was desecrate about how she acquired them.
After a number of years there where all but a hand full of new aspirants, the quality of the men the rouge trader had acquired was lacking and too few could survive the implantation process: worse still rumours had spread of the rouge trades actions, she had been sloppy and had started attacking trade convoys to source better quality stock. The Baneful Sabres where ordered to locate eldar pirates who the imperium believed to be the culprits; Tylenicus arranged a meeting with the rogue trader in a sector of space far from any prying eyes. The first company boarded and killed the crew and Tylenicus presented the head of the rogue trader to the adeptus adminisratum. He had the first company forge evidence of the ships destruction, a small squad of marines them piloted the cruiser back to the space hulk that had been given the nick name “tyrant star”. By the time the cruiser had arrived there were nearly forty new black company marines hungry for their first mission. The marines bore no marking and their armour was paint black, along with a few 1st company veterans they took the newly acquired cruiser on the hunt for derelict ships and new recruits.
After nearly two hundred and fifty years of collecting and scavenging, Tylenicus had amassed a fleet and army worthy of his ego. The time had now come for Tylenicus to rid his chapter of all that would oppose him. By then Titus Morinus had been elected to Marshal of 3rd Company, despite Tylenicus’s scheming to either kill or disgrace him. Of the original 5 Great Companies, Tylenicus only trusted the commander of his old 5th Great Company Vendetta and his own; the rest would have to be swept away. This would be of little concern as Tylenicus had the 10 new black companies, 1st and 5th companies and all manner of pirate scum he had pressed into his command. His final hammer blow would land above the chapter recruitment world of Banderus 3, as the five original companies massed above the planet to purge an ork incursion the rest of Tylenicus’s dark army immerged from the warp in scavenged warships and surrounded there pray. Over the coms Tylenicus announced his dark crusade in the name of dark gods and told the marshals to expect no quarter. The three Marshals looked steadfast in the face of insurmountable odds and prepared to meet their end with honour. The Battle above Banderus was short but not lacking in intensity, the 4th company’s battlebarge rammed and destroyed three of the black company’s vessels in a last desperate attempt to take as many traitors with them as possible and give the 2rd and 3rd company a chance to escape. With only Morinus’s Battlebarge capable of making the jump to warp, he made full speed to the systems edge, the 2rd company’s battlebarge help off the traitor fleet long enough for Morinus and his men to enter the warp so he could report the high marshal’s heresy and return with the forces to end his former master.
Morinus had hoped for a chance to save his chapters honour, but the dark gods had other plans. His battlebarge had sustained massive damage in the battle and as soon as they enter the warp Geller field began to fluctuate. Plague bearers swarmed the bridge, quickly slaying the ships navigator. Morinus’s men bravely beat back the first attack, after nearly two hours of being assailed by nurgle warp spawn the Geller field was established; but at great cost, of the 450 battle brother that manned the ship less than a hundred survived and all but a hand full of the ship’s crew where untainted, the rest had to be purged. With no navigator the ship and her company where doomed to wonder the warp until they could guess a safe translation point. When they exited the warp, it had been a matter of weeks for them, but for them imperium many long years had passed.
After drifting in space for weeks the survivors where finally located by a Mechanicus explorer fleet. The fleet’s magos explained to Morinus what had happened to the rest of his chapter, they had been hunted down and scattered. Somewhere believed to have joined the red crosiers the others had fled into warp on board the space hulk Tyrants star and where still at large. The chapter had been branded excommunicate traitoris, and Morinus and the survivors would surely be killed with they had been discovered by the inquisition. As fortune would have it The Magos was in dire need of assistance; he contacted the adeptus adminisratum and proposed that the disgraced marines should act as the fleet guardians as their penance. The adminisratum accepted the proposal, but only because the Mechanicus had stressed the importance of the fleets expedition. The Magos gave the Marshal the proposition, the magos offered to help him repair ship broken ship in return for guarding his fleet. Mechanicus fleet had taken heavy losses in a battle with the eldar and would benefit greatly from a battle barge to bolster his calls; which was the reason he gave to Morinus but the magos had other more nefarious reasons for wanting an excommunicated company space marines at his bacon call.
Morinus gave a passionate speech to remnants of the 3rd and 2rd companies; he pleaded for them to stay on-board the battlebarge. He promised a chance at redemption, a chance to rebuild and regain the honour of their chapter. Then men called for Morinus to lead them as the new high Marshal but Morinus refused to sware the same oaths as the brothers that betrayed them. Together with the companies wardens they took the 5 virtues their chapter was founded upon and made new oaths for the chapter to sware upon.
1. Vendetta – With our last breath, we will avenge our brothers.
2. Venerable - We Honour the empire, which has forsaken us.
3. Vigilance – We are the eyes that guard our chapter.
4. Vigorous – against the traitor, our blades never tire.
5. Valorous – Only in death, do we earn our redemption.
With the help of the Magos, Morinus issued a degree to his men; All Baneful Sabres Astarte’s were to be fitted with ocular and auditory implants, with their Marshals and Wardens being able to see and hear what there men did no man could turn to chaos unnoticed. Little did they know, but their marshals wouldn’t be the only ones watching throw their eyes. The last loyal survivors of the chapter now travel with the Mechanicus explorers, helping them in their quest for arcane knowledge. In return the Marines get access to weapons and equipment and above all else a chance at redemption. One day Morinus hopes to have proved his loyalty to the imperium and separate from the Mechanicus fleet and hunt down Tylenicus and deliver his head to the high lords of terra themselves, hopefully buying his and his men’s freedom to fight as full chapter once more.




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