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Okay, so I know the Celestial Lions were practically eliminated. However, I purchased a really cool set of Space Marines, and I'm continuing the custom paint scheme of white and gold, with brown bits. The chapter flag has a Lion, and I decided to go with a Lion theme. The only one I could find in Warhammer 40k was the Celestial Lions. I like their back history, and wanted to make a successor chapter. The following is what I've come up with so far. I would appreciate any suggestions or even corrections for cannon. Thanks.

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I'm not 100 percent set on "Ashen", I am looking for a word varient for either resurrection, white, or celestial



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The Ashen Lions
A successor chapter to the Celestial Lions.

The Celestial Lions, a noble chapter:
During the event known as the Khattarn Insurrection, five companies of the Celestial Lions were attached to Inquisitor Apollyon in order to crush the ongoing revolt on the main planet, Khattar. The orbital defences were nothing to the Space Marines and they quickly landed on the planet, with virtually no opposition. As the campaign progressed and the number of prisoners increased, it became evident that this was no mere minor rebellion. Apparently the priesthood of Khattar had been corrupted and had led the leaders of the planet into the arms of Slaanesh. Local renegade Imperial Guard and Planetary Defence Force regiments were quickly defeated and within three months the rebellion was crushed. The detachment of the Celestian Lion boarded into their ships and left for their fortress monastery.
As the ships left orbit, the Imperial Navy, under orders of Inquisitor Apollyon, bombarded the planet, and obliterated the entire population of the planet. This action horrified the Celestial Lions who proceeded to condemn the Inquisitor. Captain Saul had attempted to halt the bombardment, but could not counter-order an Inquisitor. From then on, the Celestial Lions were highly vocal against the Inquisition, as it was unnecessary to destroy the planet. They sent a series of very loud and public condemnations against the Inquisition in general. A delegation of senior Chapter officers left for Terra to further their cause, but the ship never arrived. It was blown wildly off course by a freak warp storm, far into Ork territory. The wreckage was eventually found two years later, although this was not enough to deter the Celestial Lions, which kept demanding an investigation into the events surrounding the destruction of Khattar.
Their efforts, though valiant, were completely in vain. The Inquisition technically answers to no one but itself and the Emperor, intolerable of any outside pressure and criticism.
With the outbreak of the Third War for Armageddon, the entire chapter of the Celestial Lions dispatched was deployed to defend Hive Volcanus. They suffered horrendous casualties within months of arriving. The intelligence they received was horribly inaccurate and often led them into ambushes where they were outnumbered and outgunned. Some of the higher ranking officials began to suspect this was intentional, a ploy to wipe out the entire chapter, but nothing could be proven.
One particularly devastating battle was when four entire companies were wiped out in the Mannheim Gap by the combined forces of Warlord Thogfang's Gargant mob and the Razor Speed Freeks. Losses mounted and ended with a very well-coordinated attack on the Celestial Lions base camp.
This particular battle lasted for three hours. Hundreds of Marines fell to the overwhelming Ork forces. Sniper fire rained down from the mountain sides, relentlessly targeting the Apothecaries. Finally, a small company was able to break through the Ork lines and fight their way back to the Hive. Only ninety-six Marines survived and, to make matters worse, the last Apothecary was shot in the head within hours of arriving at the Hive. Their gene-seed lies unharvested on the surface of Armageddon and the remaining brothers have sworn to die alongside their fallen brothers, fighting to the last.

A new Chapter forms:
The remaining 96 Space Marines now sworn for vengeance continued to fight on. Abandoning all communications with the Imperium realizing that the Inquisition is likely the reason for their near total annihilation they fight valiantly, alone and without regard to personal safety. Chapter Master Tu'shan of the Salamnders fourth company recognizes the sacrifice and suspects the retribution of the Inquistion to be the cause of the Celestial Lions’ plight and orders the Salamnders Apothecaries to harvest any Celestial Lion gene seed for use in rebuilding a chapter who’s major sin was speaking out against the death of innocents. This order was left to the remaining force left on Hive Volcanus.

During one patrol the Salamanders run across 5 Celestial Lions surrounded by orks on a crest of pot marked blasted hill. One techmarine marine holds the chapter banner, the other three marines barring flammers down on the multitude that tries to advance. The chapter master without weapons beats down those who break through the wall of fire with his fists. Their suits once gleaming gold and blue now an ashen white from the burned cinders of the dead around them. The Salamanders seeing the geat need of the Lions surrounds and eradicates the ork force, but not before the remaining lions fall in battle. 3 flamer marines are crushed, physically broken, but not dead. The chapter master and the techmarine receive grievous wounds, but survive.

The Chapter Masters of both the Salamanders and the Lions meet. The Salamander telling of the order of Chapter Master Tu’shan gives the Lions their gene-seed and lends an apothecary. The Lions chapter master decides that their honor has been been fulfilled to their brothers takes the apothecary gathers their remaining equipment. Swearing an oath to make the Inquisition pay, and to always assist their the Salamanders in their time of need. The Lions return in secret to their home planet and rebuild.
 
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