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Hi, been a while since I've posted. Here's a little excerpt of what I've spent my precious "school time" doing
The Angels Unfallen Space Marine Chapter
Little is known of the circumstances surrounding the creation of the Angels Unfallen. Some say they were secretly created during the Second Founding, somewhere after the Age of Apostasy, others claim that they were a product of the mysterious 13th or Dark Founding, where few records exist. There is perhaps only one recorded instance, part truth, part myth, that could have led to their founding...
In the final hours of the Dark Angels' home world of Caliban; many Deathwing squads were deployed to spearhead the assaults on the fallen Dark Angels who were holed in on the surface. These squads were inevitably the first ones to enter their former fortress-monastery and engage their fallen brethren. Hence, they would have been able to witness, firsthand, the extent to which their former battle-brothers had, or perhaps had not, fallen.
Following the destruction of Caliban, some members of these squads felt that their actions were uncalled for, that less force could have been used to pacify their now destroyed home world. They disapproved of the fact that they had destroyed untold millions of innocent lives in an attempt to bring their fallen brethren to justice. These noble Dark Angels were shunned by their more extreme brethren, who felt that any and all force necessary was justifiable in purging the fallen.
During the gradual adoption of the Codex Astartes and the subsequent splitting of the Space Marine Legions and the Dark Angels, these noble marines, led by an unknown Deathwing captain, slowly, but surely, sought to create a successor chapter of their own, to hunt the Fallen on their own terms. As expected, their requests were initially refused, on the grounds that their skills, firstly as Space Marine Terminators and next as hardened Deathwing veterans, were too valuable to lose en masse to a nascent second or even third founding chapter. Although adamant at first, the unnamed captain eventually relented, knowing that they were Dark Angels Space Marines, first and foremost, and that their duty was to serve their chapter. This would have been especially true following the depletion of the Dark Angels veterans' ranks in the wake of the Horus Heresy.
Even though no records indicate that such a request was ever granted, unconfirmed reports of engagements involving the Angels Unfallen began to appear shortly after the Age of Apostasy. Given the chapter's skill and predilection for Terminator deployment, and a First Company which bears a remarkable similarity to the Dark Angels' Deathwing, it is more than likely that the Angels Unfallen were indeed the descendents of those squads. Perhaps ironically as well, the Angels Unfallen are a highly secretive chapter and are wary of discussing their chapter history with outsiders, a trait shared almost unmistakably by the rest of the Unforgiven.
Umm, that's just the "Origins" section, and I've written it in "Index Astartes" format
The rest is available at http://www.geocities.com/angelsunfallen if you'd like, or I could post the rest here later too...
Well, if you've reached this part of my post, thanks for spending the time to read it! Any comments, suggestions? I'll post some pics up once I get my school schedule in order Meanwhile, just text alone.
Last edited by AOXES; August 28th, 2007 at 13:25.
Sounds pretty cool to me.
I'm not 100 percent sure whether new foundings contain marines from the parent chapter, my impression has always been that they're grown whole cloth from scratch, and then trained by the parent chapter. I'm pretty sure there's some official fluff to the contrary though, so I wouldn't worry so much.
Still, anyone else know?
Aww, darn internet connection! Made me double post... Sorry bout that!
Last edited by AOXES; August 30th, 2007 at 15:39. Reason: Double Post!
Well, actually, I kinda read all the WD/IA fluff for Second Founding chapters (specifically, this comes from the Imperial Fists, Black Templars, Crimson Fists and Dark Angels' fluff), and it does seem that only the Second Founding have had "contact" with their parent legion as their marines were initially part of their parent legion before the splitting, that's what I know...=)
So, yeah, I decided to keep that part, NOT so specific, so that I could kinda work around that...they MAY have been secretly created during the Second Founding (a'la Angels of Vigilance) OR somehow during the Dark Founding(?)
The chapter's home world is Terminus IV, the fourth of seven planets orbiting the Terminus System, perched along the Eastern Fringe of the Ultima Segmentum. The origins of its name seem to come from the fact that it was until fairly recently, literally the last stop of Imperial patrols and explorator convoys travelling through the sector. Terminus IV is a large, densely forested world dominated by numerous mountain ranges. The forests, though rich in resources, are teeming with hideous beasts inimical to human inhabitation. Its population is in a pre-medieval stage, fighting for survival and constructing fortified settlements on the sides of barren mountains in order to defend themselves from these monstrosities, which sometimes seem to possess enough feral cunning to attack in packs. These settlements are forced to eke out an existence by venturing into the forests on foot to collect resources while defending themselves from or evading the predators that lurk within, before retreating to the safety of their mountain strongholds. As a matter of course, the chapter maintains its fortress-monastery on the tallest and most treacherous of these peaks, the Mount Thanatos.
These mountains sometimes yield small amounts of metallic ores, which are used by the settlements' blacksmiths to fashion the weapons, armour and fortifications that are used in its defence. As a result, settlements are usually based around particularly rich veins, and the depletion of these veins would mean that a settlement has to undertake another long, arduous journey to another suitable location. These migrations are large, complicated logistical operations, involving huge numbers of heavily armed and armoured foot soldiers, who have to spend long hours marching in full battle gear. Once at the desired site, they then have to spend days in a hasty defensive position protecting the unarmed builders and labourers while they set up the fortifications. In the process of these operations, many of these warriors will die, whether through exhaustion or in the intense assaults and ambushes by the packs of rabid monsters, which instinctually know that these humans are most vulnerable out in the open.
In order to survive these migrations, a soldier has to be one of the most determined and skilled among his kind, with an ability to survive and thrive against all odds. These soldiers therefore, would make highly suitable recruits to the tactics and training of the Adeptus Astartes and the Angels Unfallen are indeed quick to pick up on these traits. Even in this warrior-oriented culture, skilled weapon and armour-smiths are highly revered for they produce the very items that are essential to their warriors', and therefore their settlements' continuous survival. This carries on over to the chapter's initiates, who maintain a deep respect for the Techmarines and their unflinching work in producing their weapons and armour. In fact, the chapter's Techmarines, who themselves are chosen from the ranks of these initiates, display a very natural affinity for working with complicated arms and armour, perhaps extending to the maintenance of the intricate suits of Terminator armour.
The surrounding planets in the system are under the administration of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Terminus I, II and III, along with their surrounding asteroid belts, are extremely rich in mineral and metal ores which are mined to provide the necessary materials for the forges of Terminus V, VI and VII. These planets are forge worlds which specialise in the production of infantry battle armour, from the simple flak armour used by the Imperial Guard to the high-quality power armour of the Adeptus Astartes. There are rumoured to be secret facilities on one or more of these planets that produce, whether entirely, or in parts, suits of the vaunted Tactical Dreadnought Armour. These are therefore highly-prized facilities and their loss would be a significant blow to the defence and security of the surrounding systems. With the ancient and constant threat of an Ork Waaagh, and the threat of Tau expansion in recent years, the presence of an entire Space Marine chapter and its fortress-monastery in the system would be a welcome one. And it is perhaps for these reasons that the Angels Unfallen, whether for less-than-noble reasons or not, were able to declare Right of Conquest on a planet in a predominantly Adeptus Mechanicus controlled system.
The Angels Unfallen have nevertheless kept a watchful eye on the surrounding systems to this day, and are frequently seen taking the fight to both the Orks and Tau, on top of their secret hunt for the Fallen.