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Ok so forgive me for any noobish mistakes i make, Im fairly new to 40k and the forums.
so im a tyranid player, but the SM still interest me fluff wise, like the different chapters and such, and the salamander chapter is definnately my favourite.
a friend told me that there was little to no info about the salamander chapter of space marines, i thought mabey i could find some interesting fluff (or at least where to find such fluff) from you guys.
Have you tried a search, or wiki?
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I can give you a brief summary, though wiki has quite an in-depth page on the Salamanders. Everything we know about them is drawn from the Index Astartes article as well as the codex for the Third War for Armageddon, in which they participated. They were one of the key chapters in the war effort, as I recall.
The Salamanders have their home base on the planet Nocturne, a volcanic world that possesses vast mineral wealth, which the people export to neighbouring star systems for income. The people, and by extension, the Marines themselves are highly skilled blacksmiths and craftsmen, coexisting together and giving the community something to aspire towards. Any aspiring Marines are apprenticed to a battle brother from whom they will learn their trade, and will be tested in many of the same ways as their Primarch, Vulkan.
In combat, the Salamanders are tough, hardy warriors who favour close-range fire fights with heat-based weapons like Flamers and Meltaguns. They have slightly slower reflexes than other Marines, though they're still blindingly fast compared to an ordinary human. Because they are master craftsmen, much of their equipment is of a higher quality than other Marines.
In addition to venerating the Emperor, many Salamanders belong to the Promethian Cult, a belief system that emphasises self-reliance, self-sacrifice, and loyalty. The Chapter's Chaplains preach the Promethian Cult as an accepted institution, in addition to the Imperial Faith.
After the Horus Heresy, the Salamanders Legion was so depleted that they were never broken down into a Second Founding chapter, at least according to official records. It was a long time before they were able to fight at full strength again, and they lost their Primarch, presumably during the Istvaan Dropsite Massacre.
Last edited by NiteRabbit; August 30th, 2007 at 07:38.
alright thanks alot, my bad on the wiki thing, (why on earth didnt i think of wiki?) but yea, thanks for replying!
It's also important to mention the connection between the Salamanders and the people of their homeworld; the Salamanders believe in keeping family ties strong, so a Marine will often visit his family or their descendants in his home village during his off time. Marines frequently go out amongst the regular people to socialise and reacquaint themselves with their human side, which is something of an anomaly amongst Chapters. As Niterabbit said, this is due to the Promethean Cult, which teaches that Marines exist solely to defend humanity, and that every action they take should be towards fulfilling that end.
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You need any fluff on any of the original chapters, Index Astartes is the way to go...salamanders included.
try lexicanum or typing salamanders lexicanum goole-wise
Not to nag but this is a commonly made mistake. Fluff says that Vulkan was one of the primarchs that disagreed with the legions being forced to break down after the heresy, hence he had to live until at least then. He is however likely the Primarch with the least written about him and hence is the most difficult to track.It was a long time before they were able to fight at full strength again, and they lost their Primarch, presumably during the Istvaan Dropsite Massacre.
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I've read that too somewhere myself however i have no idea where. Think it might have been in the old Codex Imperialis Book from Second ED.
EDIT: Try this mate http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Salamanders It's a linky to all the Background for the Salamanders on Wikipedia. For those Fluffmeisters out there scroll down to the "Horus Heresy Aftermath" and it mentions Vulkan disagreeing with breaking down the Legions.
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