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I did imntdead's random chapter challege not so long ago and desided that I liked the idea of my chapter so much that I'd try and flesh it out. This is a first run for this fluff and I'd like people to give me their ideas and suggestions on what they think is good, bad, and down right stupid
anyway:

The Blades of Redemption Space Marine Chapter


Brother-Knight of the 3rd Company during 13th Black Crusade (999.M41)
Origin
Founded in 192.M36 during the 20th founding, the Blades of Redemption where founded by the Imperial Fists, as a response to the increasing number of chapters going rogue or falling in with the powers of chaos.
Pugh had taken personal afront to this and the chapters creation was approved with ease.

A planet (Imperial Reference code P4X-7AG) believed devoid of life was selected and fortress monestary the chapter would call home was begun by leading adepts of mars.

Two Planets, Sahal and Vaginbray, in the neighbouring system inhabited by medieval level civilisations. The first trials where held on these planets.

As the Chapters main focus was to hunt chaos renegades, the Inquisition had been taking a great interest in the chapters set up, friction between the Imperial Fists and the Inquisitors present almost resulted in the chapter not been founded. In 212.M36, after 2 decades of delays due to disagreements about how to go about it, the Inquisition agreed to leave the chapters founding in the hands of the Imperial Fists on the condition that a few Inquisitors remain to teach the finer arts of combating chaos. During training it was discovered that recruits favoured combat styles akin to their knightly stature back on their planets of origin, and as training progressed began to refer to themselves as paladins, and only after they where graduated to a full space marine would they call themselves knights.

With in two years the Imperial Fists called the Chapter ready, the fortress monastery now known as Castianna was complete. Standing over 2,000ft at the twin keeps, the octagonal fortress is the largest in the sub-sector, easily visible from space. Its main hall (366m wide and 476m long) can house the entire chapter at once and its walls are now decorated with lost brothers swords and tabards. The Imperial Fists Brother Captain gave the Chapter its Name, and its heraldry and left the chapter to its self.
As a parting gift the Inquisitors left behind 10 suits of Aegis Power Armour for the company comanders and 1 suit of Aegis Terminator Armour for the chapter master.

The Blades of Redemption and the Feast of Blades
The Blades of Redemption have been in atteance of the Feast of Blades since the 407th Feast in 249.M36 which they won. They select the company champion by holding a combat tournament, the winner of which is named chapter champion, the tournament will take place 20 year before the event is set.
They have won the event another 10 times on 949.M36, 849.M37, 249.M38, 649.M38, 349.M39, 749.M39, 449.M40, 49.M41, 249.M41 and 549.M41. Wining the event in the year 249 is a great personal pride to the chapter and the champion as it marks the aniversary of their maiden victory and partisipation.
It is unusaul for the Chapter Champion to not be the First Company Champion however 4 other companies have had their champion named chapter champion, and 6 of the chapters victories have been with such champions.

Homeworld & Recruitment
The Chapter is based on a planet in the Gothic Sector (Imperial Reference Code P4X-7AG), the planet has never been named. They recruit from planets in a neighbouring system known as Sahal and Vaginbray, the trails tend to take the form of Knightly Tournaments, the winners of which are taken to Castiannna for training. Upon arrivial to the Fortress Monastery they are taken to the forges of the tech-marines where they forge a sword, a goal and a knights badge of honour, to be awarded upon completion of training along with the Chivalric tabard that they weave during their first week of tutelage. Unlike most space marine chapters, the Blades of Redemption has a set time for a Palidins training, 5 years, at which time the palidin will be ether dead or ready to become a full member of the Blades of Redemption

The Pledge of Knighthood
Upon Completion of his training, a Palidin must go thought the knighting ceremony, he is presented before his company and the chapter master by his tutor in full power armour, he must kneel before his chapter master and in a voice that the whole company can hear recite from memory the Pledge of Knighthood, which is as follows:

"I (name of the Paladin) do, in the presence of the holy Emeperor, and these knights here assembled, do solemnly swear, covenant, and vow that I here, now, and forever re-consecrate myself to the vows of our order.
To defend, Champion, and protect the weak, helpless or oppressed.
To, even at the peril of my own life, defend my brother knights, to whom I swear my unwavering allegiance.
And I swear I will seek out all traitors to the Holy Emperor, and comite them to His judgement, with no pause or mercy.
May the Emperor help me to faithfully perform all of them, my vows, as a Chivalric Knight of the Blades of Redemption Chapter
By Sword Begun, By Sword Undone"

He is then presented with the Chivalric tabard and the sword he created upon arrival to Castianna


Organization & Combat Doctrine
The Chapter follows the Codex Astartes with slight differences, coming from both Inquisitional influences and the task for which they where founded, for example the hierarchy which is slightly modified as follows:

Paladin: The Chapters name for Neophytes, 4 paladins are asigned to a Master-Knight for training where they will spend the next 5 years of service to the Emperor

Brother-Knight: After completion of the 5 year training and Pledge of Knighthood and is put in to a grounded Assault squad, after which there are 4 routes of advancement, being moved to a Tactical, Devastator, or airboune assault, or becoming Brother-Sergeant of the squad assigned to.

Master-Knight: A Master Knight must have 7 years as a Brother-Sergeant
under his belt before he can be granted the rank, and when the company next recuits he will be assigned 4 Paladins to tutor.

Council Member: A Brother-Captain can only become a member of the council when a council member dies, and as the council rarely leaves Castianna this is unlikely, however if a Brother-Captain becomes a Council Member he is charged with ensuring the chapter's welfare and will be given a honoured title of the chapter, and act as the chapter master's advisors

Chapter Master: A Brother-Captian is more likely to make Chapter Master, the council has to vote on the next chapter master should the current be slain and they can only vote for a Company Captain (or acting Company Captain). The chapter master is head of the Council and only one who is permitted to leave Castianna, unless a threat is so grave that it warrants full chapter commitment


The Blades of Redemption shun chainswords although the reasoning behind this is not clear. It is clear that the chapter favours close qurters combat, although it still fields heavy armour when it needs and maintains a sizable fleet of Rhinos and Razorbacks

Colours & Accessories
The Chapters armour is painted a deep purple, in honour of their forebears they painted their right hand, main body of their backpacks and left knee yellow. Each Marine wares the cream coloured Chivalric tabard and sword which he carries with him at all times
Chaplins have black armour and are permitted to wear a hooded cloak along with their tabard, Librarians have blue armour, and Apothacaries white.
Company commanders have Aegis patten Power Armour
and the chapter master wears Aegis patten Terminator Armour
All have the yellow right hand, backpack (or vent cover for terminator armour) and left Knee pad.

Beliefs
The Chapter pay worship to the Emperor and only the Emperor. They find it hard to fully trust most of the Imperium, including their fellow Astartes (as they may one day end up hunting them) they only fully trust the Grey Knights chapter as they have yet to find one who has fallen, and the Imperial Fists from whence they came. As Knights they hold honour in the highest of esteems and will honour any outside the chapter that so this high standard of honour themselves.
The Dead
The Blades of Redemption bury their dead in expansive crypts under Castianna. They believe that a loyal soul can not join the Emperor until its body is laid to rest and even bury their dead servitors and serfs. The grandour of the grave in which the bodies are placed vary depending on ones status in the chapter. Knighted member of the chapter are buried in marble tombs, each with a bust of a laying down space marine with a sword layed in his arms, along the rim of the coverstone are the words of the pledge of knighthood and on the side facing the rising sun the name rank and company of the fallen are listed. Paladins graves are marked by ornate headstones, each baring the chapters icon and the Paladins name date of acceptance and date of death list upon them. Chapter serfs and servitors are buried in a simlar manour to the paladins of the chapter, however unlike paladins they only get a plain coverstone mark with the chapter icon, ether servitor or serf (a serf will have their name also listed) and the date of their death. In the great hall the Chivalric Tabards and swords of fallen brothers, Knighted or not, line the walls, each as a holographic display listing the marines name, rank and battle honours (should any have been won). less than 25% of the walls of the great hall currently hold a sword chivalric tabard mamourial.

Politics
Although their closed nature has alienated then from more radical sects of the Imperium, the Blades of Redemption matain a good relationship with the Imperium as a whole. And have been record on many major battlefields fighting with Imperial Guard, other chapters, and the Inquisition.

Structure
The Chapter originaly followed the Codex Astartes to the letter, however after the 21st founding, it was forseen that companies would be only spending a maximum of 3 years at Castianna before being back out hunting down more chaos marines, thus leaving the fortress monastary and the gene-seed banks vulnerable, as such it was decreed that a council be set up, elevating all current company captains to a council member, and a fortress defence force (of which the chapter masters honour guard is head) was drawn from the 1st company.

Hq
-Fortress Monastary Castianna on P4X-7AG
- The Council of Severn
Chapter Master Balian Corvus
Master of the Cloth Chaplain Thorodan, head chaplian and only ever member of the council that has been entombed. Surviving member of the origainal council of severn.
Master of the Keep Dante la Gero, Custodian od Castianna and champion of the Honour Guard
Master Armourer Alys, Master of the Forge and keeper of the chapters wargear and armoured vechicles
Master of the Realm Sodan la Rouge, Chif Apothecary watcher of Sohal and Vaginbray, oversees trails and selection of new Palidins
Master of the Court Leofrick, Cheif Librarian and keeper of the chapters records
Master of the Fleet Portos, Overseer of all fleet operation.
- Fortress Defence Force, 55 marines drawn from the 1st Company, includes the Chapter Masters Honour Guard as its head
- Astropaths, Servitors, Serfs


1st Company
Retribution Class BattleShip - New Sword of Castianna (Perviously the Saint Alianor of the Imperial Navy)
Battle Barge - Sword of Castianna. Destroyed on 022905.M41 in space battle with the Saint Alianor
Brother-Captain Letholdus (Champion of the 810th Feast of Blades 549.M41)
Command Squad Blades of Castianna includes Chapter Champion
Chaplian, Librarian, Apothicary, and Tech-Marine
5 Terminator, 4 Sternguard, and 6 Vangaurd Squads
Venerable Dreadnought Rhisiart 'r Lewasgre
Notes: The Retribution Class Battleship Saint Alianor was presented to the Blades of Redemption in 915.M41 after a refit and being renamed The New Sword of Castianna, following her re-capture from the renagade Astral Claws in 905.M41. She was taken from orbit mooring above Corusil in late 904.M41 and rained distruction on the surronding systems and resupply fleets for the Imperial forces assaulting Badab. Early 905.M41 and the Blades of Redemption Battle barge runs into the Saint Alianor on the edge of the Rigant system. In a daring move Vangaurd squads of the 1st Company boared the massive battleship and started to clense her. With only a few decks left and heavy resistance in the main battary the Saint Alianor fired an almighty broadside, tearing thought the void sheilds of the Sword of Castianna and ripping her asunder. Her forward guns managing to get of one last defiant selvo before she exploded completly.

2nd Company - The Red Bladed Death
Strike Cruiser - Howling Vengance
Brother-Captian Ulric
Command squad, Chaplian, Apothicary, Librarian, Tech-Marine
4 Tatical, 5 Assault, 2 Devastator squads
Notes: Brother-Captian Ulric is the youngest and newest of the current company captains being risen to to rank on 992.M41. The 2nd earned the nickname 'The Red Bladed Death' after the Shadow Wasps 5th company tried to wipe them out at their dropsite. The 2nd emerged from the attack blooded from sword to boots continuing to slay Ezekeal a Dark Apostle and corrupter of the Shadow Wasps Chapter. The 2nd has also spent the most time crusading the Eye of Terror and has become masters at fighting the Death Guard.

3rd Company
Strike Crusier - Bainful Pride
Brother-Captian Da Santa
Command squad, Chaplian, Apothicary, Librarian, Tech-Marine
3 Tatical, 6 Assault, 3 Devastator squads

4th Company
Strike Crusier - Death's Gauntlet
Brother-Captian Izack
Command squad, Chaplian, Apothicary, Librarian, Tech-Marine
3 Tatical, 4 Assault, 3 Devastator squads

5th Company
Strike Crusier - Angel of Vaginbray
Brother-Captian Jackob il Nero
Command squad, Chaplian, Apothicary, Librarian, Tech-Marine
4 Tatical, 6 Assault, 3 Devastator squads
Notes: Sustianed heavy losses during the Quabbalis heresy at the hand of the Brotherhood of Darkness, who they now hunt relentlessly

6th Company
Strike Crusier - Reveared Delivarance
Brother-Captian Telus
Command squad, Chaplian, Apothicary, Librarian, Tech-Marine
10 assault squads
Notes: The 6th was almost completely wiped out on 986.M41 by the Knights of Blood and has only just begun to venture out on its own again

7th Company
Strike Crusier - Sahalian Dragon
Brother-Captian Forks 'r Ddraig
Command squad, Chaplian, Apothicary, Librarian, Tech-Marine
4 Tatical, 4 Assault, 4 Devastator squads

8th Company
Strike Crusier - Saint Emeline
Brother-Captian Benedict
Command squad, Chaplian, Apothicary, Librarian, Tech-Marine
3 Tatical, 6 Assault, 2 Devastator squads

9th Company
Strike Crusier - Queen of the Void
Brother-Captian Francis de Mount
Command squad, Chaplian, Apothicary, Librarian, Tech-Marine
4 Tatical, 6 Assault, 1 Devastator squads

10th Company
Strike Crusier - Eternal Crusader
Brother-Captian Fredrick du Gual
Command squad, Chaplian, Apothicary, Librarian, Tech-Marine
5 Tatical, 5 Assault, 3 Devastator squads

Chapter Armoury
15 Dreadnoughts
60 Predators (20 Annihilators, 40 Destructors)
90 Rhinos
40 Razorbacks
15 Land Raiders (including Crusader, and Redeemer variants)
50 Land Speeders (including a mix of variants)
100 space marine bikes (including scout bikes)
6 Thunderfire Cannons
20 Whirlwinds (including 2 Hyperios variants)
25 Vindicators

All companies have vehicles alicated to them from the Chapter Armoury, no company will be assigned a vehicle that has been in survice with another company, but the vehicles are still under the direct watch of the Master Armourer.

Notables

Characters

Chapter Master Balian Corvus

Balian was crowned a champion for the Blades of Redemption on Sahal. He was a keen student of tactics and assualt noted by Master-Knight Vermian, during his five years as a Palidin, and Brother-Sargent Harros after his Knighthood. It was not long before Harros had Balian put up for promotion to Brother-Sargent and on 067998.M41 Balian was evevated to Brother-Sargent of Assualt Squad Damascus of the 4th company. Here be became known for his daring, and violent but tactical sound assults on the enermy. It was during his time as a Brother-sargent he became known as hawke, Balian reworked the title in to his name and became Balian Corvus. He was selected as a Master-Knight by his old master and now Brother-Captain of the 4th Vermian, and upon the companies return to Castianna was assigned his first four Palidins. Balian stopped taking Palidins after he and his scout squad was ambushed on Nemesis Tessera during the 12th Black Cursade, resulting in all four Palidins deaths. The last as Balian carried him on to the Thunderhawk sent to extract them. Balian began to question himself and began to slip from the tacticaly asertive marine Vermian had trained. Sensing his star pupil was loosing his grip Vermian took measures to pull him back. Balian was put in the Companies Command Squad, he was sent in to the most visious of battles, and Vermian had the Companies Chaplin Sarpedon try and rekindle Balian. During the Macharian Heresy Balian and Chaplin Serpedon lead an assault group on the Imperial Headqurters of Ultima Macharia. At the hight of the battle Serpedon was cut down by heavy stubber fire, Balian lead what was left of his assualt group in a devistating charge against the entrenched heritics, they cound not stand agaist such a devistating attack and the headqurters were taken quickly. Balian was found with the broken Chaplin, who pulled him close and wispered his find words to him. What was said was unclear but as Balian carried the Chaplins life less body to a Thuinderhawk for extraction what was clear was, he was his old self. Not long after Brother-Captian Vermian was killed during a crusade thorght the Eye of Terror. Balian took the post, in acting, and was named the 4th's Captain upon returning to Castianna. Balian was elected as Chapter Master after Chapter Master Leodian was slain on Balhaut. Balian is currently away from Castianna fighting along side the 1st, and 6th companies on Armageddon.


Chaplain Thorodan
Thorodan is the oldest 'living' member of the Blades of Redemption, a member of the original Council of Severn, is 5 millenium old. Emtombed during the 6th Black Cusade he is the only Dreadnought to be on the Council of Severn. As with all his Chaplain Brothern, Thorodan was tutored under a Knighted Chaplain. Thorodan made the First Council of Severn on 045870M.36 taking the newly created title of Master of the Cloth. When the Dispoiler launched his 6th Black Cursade Thorodan and the 5th company were sent in to the Cadian Gate to up root and Iron Warriors Warband that had made footholds on 3 planets there. It was on one of these planet, Solues, that Thorodan and Warsmith Vathek met for the first time. Thorodan was struck down by Vathek, but refused to die, and when found was made ready for entombment. It was believed that Thorodan would sleep with the rest of the chapter dreadnoughts, however with 5 members of the council dead and laid in the chapters cript, Thorodan took his place on the council. Thorodan still hunts Vathek, and has a Council decree that should any trace of the Warsmith emurge then Thorodan shall be the one to led the Cursade for him.

Events/Actions

Badab War
The Blades of Redemption comited the first company to the war during the later part of 904M.41. They arrived after the capture of the Saint Alianor and were assigned sectour patrol to find her, following the distruction of their battle barge the surviving members of the first company where relieved by the third company of the Sons of Madusa Chapter and didnt set a foot on the planet.

The Macharian Heresy
The 2nd and 8th companies were dispatched to aid Imperial Guard forces retake Ultra Macharia and Juncha repetivily. The 8th company encounted very litle resistance and in 2 mounths Juncha had been returned to Imperial control. On Ultra Macharia however the crime syndicates, corrupt politions, and tratoir PDF forces had banded together resulting in a extrmely effective garilla force. This combined with imcompitant and indesisive Imperial Commanders had left the 2nd company engaged on multipul fronts, overstreched, and taking heavy losses. Releif came in the form of the 8th Company dropping 10 miles parrellel to the 2nd's postion, taking pressure off the 2nd. Soon the two companies were matching on the capital with minor heads of the hereitical force captoured and the major ones trapt in the city. All were pubilically exicuted to show what was to be expected for anyone who should stray from the Emperor's light again.

I'm using the standard SM codex for the TT force

Thanks for reading this
As i said any thoughts will be appreciated :victory:
 

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nice start real detail in their setup and doctrine i like. althought the fact u said the (I) gave up after 4yrs and let the imperial fist found them is a bit short would be more like 20yrs but in all its good keep it coming.
 

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Cheers, couldnt figure out time frames, ive edited it to make it more fitting
 

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You will need to change the date of their Founding, there were 9 Foundings in M36 (13th-21st) and I doubt 8 of them were in the same century :)

Kudos on drawing from the precedent shown by other IF successors in creating a Knightly themed force- as soon as you've had a think through some more ideas and stream lined it a bit I can't wait to see what goes on with this.
 

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Cheers buddy, any idea on what kind of ball park we are looking for the dates, your abit better at that than me lol
 

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Enjoying it so far!

I like the Knightly theme, also if you wanted to tie your chapter in a bit more with the IF descendents you could mention your chapter attending the Feast of Blades (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Feast_of_Blades), it seems to me like an interesting little event between chapters founded by the IF that's not really mentioned often. (Sorry if it sounds like I'm trying to derail you or take over, I'm just throwing it out there :))

I agree with you on using the standard SM codex. The only other option really is to go with the Black Templar codex, although that would fit with the whole paladin to marine thing. There's no harm in trying out either though, if you have both codexes (codices?).
 

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Cheers buddy, any idea on what kind of ball park we are looking for the dates, your abit better at that than me lol
I think you'd be looking at 800s-early 900s for the 20th Founding, obviously that's a guess but the later the better with enough lee way to account for the 21st 'Cursed' Founding occuring in M.36 as well.

Maybe 901.M36 in response to the 6th Black Crusade?

Also I really like Endymon's idea regarding the Feast of Blades.
 

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Yeah thanks to the both of you like i said its a first draft and i welcome any ones input to help out with facts and ideas, and i got to say id forgot about that little event. i like the idea of them being there its going in

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ok ive made a few changes and added things like the feast of blades. I did a little looking into M36's timeline apparently the 21st was before the Age of Apostasy, which is mid 200's from what i could see hense the dates ive gone for, however if Lexicanum is wrong please let me know :grin:
 

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Seems all good so far :)

Only thing I picked up on is the dates you've mentioned that you won the Feast of Blades. The Iron Knights are said to be the only chapter to have won the event on two consecutive occassions and you've mentioned winning on 349.M40 and 449.M40 so it might be worth spacing that out by another century or so.
 

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yeah id thourght id put it as M39, it is in my papper copy, must of just got ahead of myself, lol ive fixed it now
 

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ok ive been working on background for notable engagments and Marines and have added the first of the 4 notable Marines, let me know what you think
 

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been a while since i last added anything i know but i have been working alot so appolagies for that
new notable marine added in Lime Green
let me know what you think guys
 
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