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· The Emperor Protects
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If people post what chapters they are looking at doing, that could help stop a handful of people all coincidentally going the same chapter. Would be a bit of a waste if we suddenly have three or more Dark Angels for example.

Just a thought.

Also, there's no way Sanguinary Guard are going to be seconded to the Death Watch. I'd have to check through all my material, but I'm not even sure if they ever leave the position once they join the brotherhood. Just food for thought, I know you said specialists, but there's certain types that would likely never leave the chapter, like the highest veterans, Death Knights etc.
 

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For the record we have neither a librarian or a tech marine. If worse comes to absolute worst my character could probably double duty as a mini tech marine.
Death Watch Kill Teams don't really go operating full of specialists. We already have a Chaplain and Apothecary. About all the specialists we need. Throwing in Librarians and Tech Marines as well is a little much.
 

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If you're not a Blood Angel or successor, You want to be more than a few centuries younger than Dante. The Blood Angels are uniquely long lived as it is, but Dante even more so. He's in the mid to late thousand now.
 

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Name: Helios

Age: 214

Chapter of Origin: Iron Snakes

Type of Marine: Apothecary

Personality: Helios is blunt, yet open, hiding nothing and wearing everything on the outside, cautious around those who are secretive and play everything close to their chests. Courage and honour are admirable virtues, though Helios himself is more pragmatic, idealism having no place within his core, and will do whatever must be done to achieve his objectives. In combat he is cool headed, analytical and methodical, traits carried over from his role as an apothecary, never throwing himself into combat for glory or from anger. Some have said that from this he lacks the passion that often makes legends and heroes, but he cares not, as long as the mission is achieved.

Physical Appearance: Lean, as far as the word can be used to describe an astartes, Helios though still superhumanly large and a demi-god like figure to the average man, is nevertheless markedly less bulky than the average marine. With pale skin like most of the chapter, his eyes stand out, the same blue-green of the oceans of Ithaka, a common pigment among the populace, seen as a good omen amongst their beliefs. An elaborate tattoo of a great Water Wyrm starts at the centre of his neck, coiling around to the his nape, before rising up above his ear, terminating in it's wide jaws, spread wide as if to swallow his left eye whole.

Background: Born on the ocean world of Ithaka, Helios was trained from his earliest days to take the trials of the Iron Snakes. His childhood was spent swimming in the sacred, yet lethal oceans, fighting or outwitting the indigenous predators of the island jungles and even sent on the gruelling expeditions to the polar caps. When the time came, he competed against the other aspirants and passed the trials set out for them. He was then taken from the Cradle of Snakes to the fortress monastery on the moon of Karybdis to begin his transformation into an astartes. Unlike other chapters, he never took up the role of a scout or neophyte, instead he was inducted into the phratry as a petitioner to serve and attend to the full battle brothers. In his case he was assigned to the rather sizeable apothecarian.

Four squads arrived back from a particularly gruelling campaign against the Orks and required petitioners to fill the voids left by fallen brothers. Helios was thrown into combat, after combat against his fellows, all of them fiercely fighting for a place within the ranks of the phratry, in particular for a position within squad Parthus, one of the notables, the closest thing the Iron Snakes have to veterans. Helios pragmatic and surgical approach to combat served him well, using his knowledge from the apothecaries to aim for vital organs, pressure points and vulnerable areas. He won the vast majority of his bouts and Sergeant Parthus himself congratulated the top fighters, including Helios, on their skill. He was not chosen to take a place in the notable squad however, instead joining the honourable squad Aegis, taking the place of their fallen apothecary. He did not feel besmirched by his omission to Parthus, but honoured instead to have been noted by the Sergeant. The final stages were carried out to elevate him to an astartes proper and he forged a new life with Aegis.

Through their defence of the Reef Stars, Helios has a long and violent history with the Dark Eldar in particular, their raiders often falling upon the worlds under the protection of the Iron Snakes, Aegis having been deployed numerous times on separate undertakings to answer the pleas for aid sent by worlds under the phratrys protection. His experience has not been limited to just the Dark Eldar, Orks being another common foe within the Reef Stars. The servants of Chaos also making their presence known from time to time, often when least expected. For two centuries, Helios has fought with, bled with and healed his brothers within Aegis, always ready to lend his advice and council to the Sergeant and any who should need it.

The near constant skirmishes and campaigns against the Dark Eldar and occasionally the Orks have led to the Iron Snakes routinely committing battle brothers to the service of the Ordo Xenos, as their chamber militant in the Death Watch. In 848, Helios was seconded to the Ordo, his experience and skill against the xenos and skills as an apothecary having been noted by the Inquisition over time.

Armour Appearance: Helios is equipped with a standard suit of MkVII 'Aquila' armour. His helmet is specially equipped with extra sensors read outs and auto-senses to better assist them in treating the wounded. His right forearm is equipped with the bulky and complex Narthecium, containing all the tools needed to carry out his duties as an apothecary. His right shoulder pad and knee pad are emblazoned with the arterial red prime helix, his badge of office, his helmet painted white for the same reason. His left pad proudly displaying the heraldry of the Iron Snakes. His armour is painted in the colours of his chapter for the time being, though will soon be repainted to match that of the Death Watch.

Weapons and Equipment: Narthecium, bolter, bolt pistol, combat knife, specialist ammo, frag and krak grenades. He also carries a simple copper flask, containing water from the sacred oceans of Ithaka, used to carry out the ritual called the Rite of Giving Water, to anoint any planet he should set foot on.
 

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I don't even understand how a chain hammer would work. A hammer is all about sheer blunt force trauma, a chain weapon is to cut through armour or flesh, armour or flesh that will have already been pulverised by the hammer, also unless the hammer wasn't very strong or swung hard, would it not surely shatter the teeth of the chain element?

You say it was a chaos dex? Who even wrote that.
 

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Cool Hwhip.

Just to note, the origin of the Iron Snakes is unknown. There's hints from the Horus Heresy series that they could indeed be Ultramarines, but by the time of 40k, no one it seems knows. Also they are far from a codex chapter. About as far as a chapter could possibly be in fact.
 
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