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Yeah, you read that right. They're a legion. Read and see why...


A brief history of the Onyx Warriors Space Marine Legion, as recorded by servitor 284024-342398-B, recordkeeper class. Assisted by servo skull 54323902-23143294-L

Thought for the Day: If a man dies that another should live, that man's spirit shall eat at the Emperor's table.

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The Onyx Warriors were formed by a select group of candidates from the Salamanders and the Iron Hands legions, during the days of the Great Crusade. This was part of an experiment to breed out the stubborn qualities of the Salamanders, and machine worshipping tendencies of the Iron Hands, which ultimately proved to be a failure. During the early stages of the project, the Emperor granted the two men a small agri-world system in one of the outer arms of the Milky Way galaxy to grow their legion. After much deliberation, they decided to call it the Onyx system. Due to the fact that the legion was partly descended from the Iron Hands, and had inherited its parent legions veneration of all things mechanical, a small forge world was established deep in the Onyx system, mainly devoted to producing things for the chapter and the Imperial Army contingents under its command. To this day, Mars still maintains unusually good relations with the legion, and members of the Onyx Warriors are usually used as mediators in disputes between the Adeptus Mechanicus and the Imperium of Man. During the years preceding the Horus Heresy, the legion was still getting off the ground, with records stating it had only 100 fully grown Marines to its name, and thus, the Emperor chose not to inform Warmaster Horus of its existence. This is seen by many today as a sign that the Emperor knew all was not well within Horus, and thus, he was slowly cutting him off. At this point in time, only a select few outside of the legion itself knew it existed. This included the primarchs of the Salamanders and Iron Hands, the Emperor, and the Fabricator General of the Forgeworld in the Onyx System. Due to this small circle of outsiders, the wars of the Horus Heresy never reached this system, but the data engines containing all of the information on the legion and its location were damaged beyond repair during the Chaos attack on Terra, where all information on the Legions was kept at the Emperor’s palace. And so, when the Codex Astartes was penned, no one thought to inform the Onyx Warriors that they were supposed to downsize their legion into a mere chapter. They probably wouldn’t have listened anyway, as millennia of isolation from the Imperium caused by warp storms, and the stubborn qualities associated with the Salamander geneseed, has led to them adopting an extremely independent attitude. So much so that they are rarely accompanied into major engagements without an Inquisitorial attaché, “In case they get any ideas.” This has led to a bitter rivalry between the Grey Knights and the Onyx Warriors, who can’t stand the Knight’s blind faith in an Emperor who, in their eyes, overlooked their system for eons.

When the warp storms around Onyx finally died down, the Imperium immediately sent colony ships to claim this “new” system. When the colony ships entered Onyx space, they were met by a flotilla of ships from the Onyx Warriors fleet, and were escorted to Onyx Prime, the dusty-red, Mars like planet containing the legion’s fortress-monestary. As the colonists sent back nervous vox and astropathic signals to their port of origin, the Legion Master, Xavier Deus, was preparing an honor guard to receive these long lost members of the Imperium. Because Astartes are immortal (See attached file: 20-12/A, Physiology of the Adeptus Astartes, subsection K, Lifespan) all of the marines remembered what they truly were, and thus, a catastrophe, which may have devolved into loyal Astartes fighting loyal Astartes, was averted. Thus, the newest space marines were welcomed into the Imperium with open arms, after thorough investigation by the Inquisition of course. Aside from finding that the Onyx Warriors contained over 50 companies, enough for five chapters of space marines, and an overabundance of archaic technology long chalked up as lost by the Adeptus Mechanicus, the Inquisition could give no reason why they should not be allowed to continue their Imperial service. Plus, the intact Standard Template Constructs on the Onyx forgeworld were to tempting to pass up. The Onyx Warriors were angered when the Inquisition attempted to return control of the forgeworld to the Imperium at large, and displayed the full might of their legion, all 50,000 marines and their associated support vehicles, in a carefully coordinated parade through Onyx Prime’s capital city, Valemas. This was broadcast all across the Imperium, and a digi-tape was hand delivered by Legion Master Deus to the Inquisitorial offices on Terra. The thinly veiled threat, when combined with a letter from the Fabricator General of Mars informing the High Council of Terra that they would pull all support from the Imperium if the Imperium attempted to wrest control of the forge world from the legion, caused the Inquisition to back down. Because of this incident, some Inquisitorial circles have gone so far as to label the legion the Adeptus Mechanicus’ own personal attack dogs, and are wary that if Mars attempts to break away from the Imperium, that the Onyx Warriors may go with it.

The Onyx Warriors have a unique organizational structure; as the only remaining Space Marine legion in the Imperium, they have to bend a few rules set forth in the Codex Astartes in order to conform to the Imperium’s demands. For examples, 1st through 15th are all battle ready companies. That includes 10th company, which, in a traditional chapter would bear the full brunt of training the chapter’s scout marines. However, the Onyx Warriors leave this responsibility up to two companies, the 10th and the 50th. The company 50th takes in the scouts when they first are recruited by the chapter. Once they are deemed ready for the battlefield, they are paired up with a veteran sergeant from 10th company. The sergeant takes full responsibility for their training, and, when they are deemed ready, the scouts are assigned to one of the other forty eight companies.

1st through 5th are all veteran companies, although, following the rules laid down by the Codex Astartes, the 1st company veterans are the best of the best, and are only deployed in the most dire of situations, such as the defense of the Onyx system itself, or by Inquisitorial order to take place in a major campaign. 2nd through 5th see much action though, and each company specializes in a certain type of warfare. For example, all devastator veterans are grouped into 5th company, and all assault marine veterans are sent to 2nd company. 3rd and 4th are for the tactical squad veterans, and many marines who prove themselves in these companies are sent back to the other companies to act as veteran sergeants for the newer marines.

As befits a Marine legion based in a system with its own forgeworld, the Onyx Warriors have an abundance of vehicles. The chapter makes extensive use of Drop Pods, Landspeeders, Attack Bikes, Razorbacks, Predator Battle Tanks, Land Raiders, and to a lesser extent, Vindicators and Whirlwinds. After a disastrous assault against an Onyx Warriors mechanized column by Tau armed with heavy pulse weaponry, the legion retired most of its Rhinos, citing their light armor and insufficient armament. The same thing happened when a large force of bikes was ambushed by Chaos Raptors and overwhelmed. The substantial fleet of Rhinos and bikes was donated to other chapters, and remains in use by many smaller chapters who before had little to no vehicles to speak of. They now use Razorbacks as their prime mode of transportation, because, even though the armor is little better than a Rhino, the increased weaponry makes an enemy think twice about attacking a large force of them. All assault marines who used to ride bikes to battle were retrained in the use of the jetpack, and now use those instead. Of the battle ready companies, the 11th-15th are completely devoted to vehicles and vehicle maintenance.

The Onyx Warriors have participated in a number of major campaigns since their re-incorporation into the Imperium. Among those are:

-The Fall of Medusa V, in which their fleet destroyed a substantial amount of chaos transports attempting to escape the planet and the 34th company was completely destroyed when it’s Captain, Brother Captain Killian, decided to stay behind and protect a sacred chapel to prevent it’s corruption by chaos. The Onyx Warriors wear a seal of remembrance on their left shoulder pad to commemorate the sacrifice of the company.

-The Battle of Xenaven Prime, in which elements of the 2nd, 7th, and 13th companies, totaling only 500 marines and 30 vehicles in all, held the line around the last remaining Imperial starport for 241 days without relief or support. When they were finally relieved by the 17th Cadian regiment, there were only 61 marines and 3 vehicles left.

-The Hoven Campaign, in which fleet elements provided fire support for Inquisitorial forces on the ground and provided enough covering fire for Inquisitor Brent Yorrick and his forces to withdraw from an ambush laid by Daemon Prince Ye’Glenasshi and his forces. It is estimated that they killed over 5,000 enemies of the Imperium that day.

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Nice Cadian, quite true to the current fluff r.e. the plotics of it all. The only suggestion I have is to further expand upon where the Legion gets their recruits and its tatics.

Have you got a color scheme planned out yet?
 

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Thanks, I'll do that in the next installment. I do have a color scheme, using the B&C marine painter, which I'll post when I get home.
 

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Looking good especially with the black knee pads. I like the way you are honouring both founding chapters any idea on logo yet?
 

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This is just my 2 cents worth but you could do some bastardistion of the Thousand Sons symbol. The snake eating its tale not the god symbol. For some strange reason I just can't seem to get the idea of the Pokemon Onyx out of my head, actually no I do know, its cccp_ones fault for mentioning Pokemon in the Anime thread.

Link if you don't know it:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/36/Thousandsonspostheresy.jpg

But on a more serious level it could work as it could be a referance to the Dragon/Necron Construct/whatever that Ferrus Manus strangled but at the same time to the Fire Drakes on Nocturne. Paint it a dark grey metal. Stream line it a bit and smooth the edges then put some cracks/stress lines across it in white to make it look rocky. Sorted.

Just my suggestion (for your army which is rather strange but disregard if you don't like). Not meaning to blow my own trumpet but God I'm good at making up deep symbolic wanky bullshit arn't I?. Hell if you don't use it I probably will. :D
 

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Oy boy, I'll get a lot of jabs about that one won't I?

I'm at a gt, and the register guy says, "What's your chapter name?"

Me: "The Onyx Warriors"

Him: "Okay, you're all set. Just remember: gotta catch 'em all."

Me: *lifts my army case and bashes his face in*
 

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Good, well thought-out fluff.

I lvoe the color scheme!

(Its actually similar to one i was thinking of doing after i finished the Golden Hands)
 

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Hmm ah yea little bit.

But you can say "hey at least its orginal rather than another Black Templars or Ultramarines. I fully particpate in the hobby, painting, converting, writing and gaming which beats you ha"

You useing traits at all?
 

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Yeah, see but don't be seen and death before dishonour. SBDBS will be explained in the combat doctrines part, which i'm writing and proofreading right now. (You wouldn't beleive how many times I use "chapter" instead of "legion" out of habit.) As for DBD i figure, not only does it fit, but, since my gaming group rarely plays actual turn based games (we just beat the shit out of each other until one guy says uncle) it really doesn't hurt me at all. :D
 

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DBD fits nicely with the theme plus you can just hide in that last turn if you need to anyway.

See But Not Be Seen is a little strange fluff wise seeing as they are a very sort of mechy force - wouldn't Scion Of Mars be better? - Thats just from a fluff point by the way.
 

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It'll be a lot more clear once I post the second part, but basically the infantry infiltrates ahead of the mechanized column and secures a battle line.
 

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Alright, after much deliberation and laziness, here's the second bit. If this background part is well recieved, I may post a serial I've been working on later.

A brief history of the Onyx Warriors Space Marine Legion, as recorded by servitor 284024-342398-B, recordkeeper class. Assisted by servo skull 54323902-23143294-L

Thought for the Day: No man died in His service that died in vain.

Part II, Combat Doctrines of the Onyx Warriors.

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Onyx Prime is a small planet, about the size of Holy Terra. It is known for its striking resemblance to Mars. Indeed, many ships have emerged from the Warp, having been tossed about in the infinite expanses of its mysterious inner workings, to end up in the Onyx system, and believing they had been thrown clear to Sol! The Onyx Warriors maintain a full time search and rescue fleet, constantly combing the system for lost travelers and sending them on their way should they end up in the wrong system.

There are three planets in the Onyx system (Onyx Prime, Onyx II, and Onyx VII) that share similar geographic features: rocky landscapes, tall mountain formations, and odd rock formations. The main portion of the land that has not been flattened for habitation is distinguished by red soil, with the occasional singular mountain jutting out of the landscape. The unease of the terrain has led to the Warriors adopting a unique combat style, not often seen among Astartes. All of their infantry based forces are trained in the art of infiltration, and forge ahead of the ubiquitous vehicle contingent that characterizes an Onyx Warrior assault force. The following is a field report from an embedded Inquisitor who accompanied them on a training exercise conducted jointly with the Blood Angels on Onyx II.

“The scout squads are sent ahead the farthest. Armed with high powered sniper rifles and missile launchers, they are used as forward observers and harassers for the enemy’s flanks. The tactical squads infiltrate behind them to form the crux of the battle line. The squads with anti-infantry weapons are paired with anti-tank squads; the ratio is normally two of the former for every one of the latter. These hold the line as the elite devastator squads set up position, further solidifying the new battle line, and thus further enabling the warriors to survive long enough for the vehicles to make their approach. The armored column is usually there before the enemy realizes the Astartes are knocking on their doorstep, and take up positions at the flanks of the line, relieving the scouts of their duties. Only then does the attack commence. All in all, it is extremely fascinating to watch as the infantry, the scouts, tactical squads, and devastator squads mind you, are able to set up a complete defensive perimeter in under five minutes. And I’m told that for larger operations they include veteran squads, terminators, and dreadnoughts in the mix! Simply amazing how fluid they make it look. They just hopscotch across the terrain like that for miles.” Inquisitor Brent Yorrick of the Ordo Malleus, commenting on the Onyx Warrior’s battle strategy during a training exercise on Onyx II

A core essential to Onyx Warriors combat doctrine is a love of ranged combat, and a disdain for any close combat. Thus, you will rarely see sergeants armed with anything more complex than a bolter, and officers, who are expected to occasionally enter into melee, are usually armed with the basic chainblade and some form of pistol. Only the commander of the force is ever armed with a power weapon of any sort, and that is usually a sword or axe so as not to inhibit the user’s ability to strike. Of the few close combat weapons that are considered “acceptable” by the legion, the aforementioned power sword is king, for its ability to cut through the thickest armor, but still be quite agile in combat. The ubiquitous chainblade is a staple of the tactical squads, being the only close combat weapon deemed necessary for a front line soldier. Wargear wise, combat shields are popular, for their extremely functional ability to grant the user an extra layer of protection, while allowing them to carry a weapon. Storm shields are scorned as a child’s weapon, as they provide more protection but disallow the carrying of a weapon. Frag grenades are rarely used, as they only benefit those on the initiating end of an assault, and that is almost never an Onyx Warrior. Likewise, krak grenades and meltabombs are also eschewed, except by specialized veteran tankhunting squads, because of the extremely close range the user is required to gain in order to use them. As you can see, the legion can be somewhat stubborn when it comes to equipping for close combat, but the average Onyx Warriors battleforce goes to war with so much ranged firepower, and so much maneuverability, that it rarely matters. Even Tyranids have a rough time closing to close combat range under the watchful eyes of an Onyx Warriors field commander.

To help minimize the threat from dedicated enemy close combat units, Onyx Warriors have been trained to eliminate those first, as concentrating on the enemies guns has proven disastrous in the past; an army thinks it has won, because their foes’ guns have fallen silent, and so they let their guard down, only to be reduced to ribbons by a previously ignored close combat team sneaking up their flanks. This is made even more likely because of a flaw in the Onyx Warriors geneseed, one that makes them extremely cocky when it comes to their fighting skills. The belief that one Onyx Warrior is worth ten of any other chapter is so heavily engrained in their geneseed, that the legion has been known to counter a disliked move by an ally with deadly force if they deem it necessary. (See attached file 552/26: Blood Drinkers/Onyx Warriors Skirmish on Terrax XXVI)
 

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Nicely written dude. I really enjoyed the reasoning for the not taking close combat weapons.

Bring on the serial dude.
 

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I really enjoyed the reasoning for the not taking close combat weapons.
I disdain CC. (A holdover from my brief fling with the imperial guard) so I figured why not incorporate that into my legion's history, as I'll be avoiding it like the plague anyway.

I've got the prologue and chapter 1 of the serial completed, chapter two is almost done. I'll post the prologue and Ch.1 now.
 

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Thanks. I think I got that from Turn Signals. The "oh throne" is swiped shamelessly from the HH books; nero vipus seems to be fond of saying that.
 
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