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Order of Anurelius
In M36 a proportion of the 7th battle company of the dark angels warp jumped to the sarkos system in the ultima segment to assist a large contingent of black ships with full progena cargo traveling back to terra, which was under attack by a thousand sons traitor legion force. The importance of protecting the black ship fleet required a large force of space mainres and several imperial warships, as losing such a valuble cargo, especially to the chaos forces would result in untold disaster. However several days later, the black ship fleet was still waiting assistance, its warp engines exhausted from jumping in and out of the warp in a vain attempt to loose the chaos battle barges following them. Eventually they were boarded by death claw pods filled with chaos jump troops. The cargo of valuable psykers was sacrificed to the dark gods and the ships completely destroyed, causing several surrounding systems to be pulled into warp space where their fate is unknown.
While the loss of the black ship fleet was mourned by the adeptus astra telepathica, the real mystery was where had the majority of the 7th battle company of the dark angels ended up? While its not unheard of for warp travel to be delayed in time and place, several decades past and nothing was heard. Eventually the dark angels chapter declared the 7th company lost and rebuilt it with new recruits over the following century.
What had actually happened was that the force had been transported into the obscurus segment into the gabrius system, where they were isolated by warp storms. They eventually settled on the planet anurelius.
a death world mainly covered in water with high tectonic plate movement. A small continent is located in the south pole and another at the north pole. The northern continent is an ice mass covered in mountain ranges and suffers in sub zero freezing temperature, while the southern continent is desert. Due to a very lopsided axis, the planet's northern hemisphere suffers from extremely cold weather and devastating storms. The southern hemisphere passes through a meteorite belt which constantly bombards the surface with showers of burning rock. Both these land masses are impossible to live on, resulting in the local population residing on the edges of the coast, where the environment is slightly less deadly. Separating the two continents is a planet covering sea, dotted with small islands. Due to high tectonic plate movement, these islands are constantly being pushed up or pulled under the sea level, resulting in an ever changing topography.
While the local population are pure, many species have been corrupted by chaos influences, leading to many deadly animals and beasts roaming the ice lands, seas and deserts. The human populace cluster in tribes, either roaming the coasts or living on huge barges on the sea. The planet has a feudal age technology class and lack of proper civilization impends any further development.
The dark angel forces, led by captain Dathia, eventually settled deep inland of the northern continent, building a garrison high up in the ice mountains. Futile attempts to leave resulted in many of the battle ships being destroyed by the vicous warp storms. As the years passed the garrison developed into a fully fledged fortress with meter thick walls to protect against storms and sub zero temperatures. However, exploration of the world had a high casualty rate. Patrols were regularily lost to the enormous chaos beasts and deadly weather. When contact was made with the local population, the tribes fled thinking the space marines were some sort of new daemon of chaos come to plague them. To make matters worse, other races stuck in the same system by the warp storms attempted to attack the new dark angel garrison. All these elements caused the garrison to dwindle in numbers until after 200 years much of the fortress remained empty as the space marine numbers were cut in half.
When a large ork invasion began slaughtering the local tribes, captain Dathia set up defences in several locations where tribes would be defended. As the dark angel forces were not strong enough to take the fight to the orks, they did the next best thing and helped the local population fight back. After ten years of global war, the orks were eventually defeated at the cost of even more dark angels and a large percentage of the local population. However a strong bond had been formed between certain local tribes and the space marines. Several male candidates who showed exceptional skill were taken back to the garrision where dathia ordered the apothecary to attempt implanting the dark angel gene seed into them. 30 years past and nothing was heard of these subjects, but the space marines established more ties with the locals and sped up their development considerably through teachings of technology, as well as attempting to instill the emperors will in them. Eventually those taken from their tribes returned, fully fledged space marines in power armour with the colours of the dark angels adorning them. This was the beginning of the process which would lead to a yearly event which, through many trials and tests, allowed the dark angels to select candidates and create more space marines. After another century the company was at full strength and the local population had developed considerably. Other planets in the system were explored and populated with locals from anureluis, allowing expansion and technology to be developed. However there were still several alien species in the system, with several worlds close to anurelius being conquered by orks. Several decades of fighting ensured, but eventually the whole system was removed of local threat and was protected from external threat due to the continuing warp storms.
By now nearly all the space marines were originally from the anurelius planet, as many of the original dark angels had died fighting to clear the system of threat. Eventually even captain Dathia fell when his squad made a last stand against a horde of orks to allow the last of the remains of the population of the planet qui- klan (a planet on the fringes of the system) to be transported before the whole planet was bombarded to eliminate the last of the ork threat.
Several more centuries past and before long all of the dark angel forces were from the gabrius planetary system. When the warp storms began to recede, the space marines ventured out into surrounding systems and established their presence, rules as well as offering protection. Several systems now were included in the anurelius empire, and the local populations flourished with trade under the protection of the dark angels.
When a squadron of battle fleet obscurus was encountered in further exploration of new systems, a space battle nearly occurred when the dark angels thought one of their systems was being invaded. However through tense negotiations it was established that the squadron was part of the imperial fists who were exploring the new territory to make sure there was no threat of invasion after the warp storms had receded. While the dark angels had the ability and ships to travel much, much further into the galaxy, they were content to establish their precense in the local, surrounding systems and maintain close ties with their original planet of aurelius. While they wore the armour of the dark angels, many of their local traditions and customs had replaced rituals of the original dark angels stranded so many years ago. While they acknowledged the power of the emperor and imperium, they were still very much outsiders as they had no real interaction with other loyal armies.
Several decades past as the inquisition, navis nobilite, adeptus administratum as well as other imperial organizations investigated this strange small dark angel empire. While no threat of chaos taint was found, the ordo hereticus was reluctant to grant the anurelius empire (as it became known) access to the rest of the imperial galaxy and retained all their systems under quarantine. Different adeptus organizations investigated many different aspects of the empire and on many occasions the anurelius forces came head to head with them, resulting in several conflicts. While they worshiped the emperor, many imperial laws were not followed and several more hard line inquisitors labeled the section as heretic status. While these conflicted continuously occurred, it was some years later before the dark angels chapter learned of the anurelius empire. After realizing these may be their lost 7th company they quickly dispatched their 2nd, 5th and 9th company to the segment. While they wanted to welcome their brothers back to the chapter, they were not sure how they may have changed, and ever cautious of the influences of the fallen, had mixed intentions when they arrived.
Realizing that while the space marines of the aurelius empire were indeed the lost 7th company, they were radically different from the chapter. Many adeptus astartes rules were not followed and they had an almost reckless attitude to the imperium, with their loyalty split between their local systems and the emperor. Nearly a thousand years had passed since the arrival of the 7th company in the system and while all the original dark angels had passed, the skills of maintaining the gene seed stock, the process of building power armour and weapons as well had been passed on. With these skills they had expanded into a force of around 6oo space marines recruited from all the worlds in the systems under their rule. While they were space marines with dark angel origins, they could no longer be considered dark angels.
The dark angel's of the 2nd, 5th and 9th companies were eager to learn of how such one battle company had flourished into such a force, but were confused as to why they had deviated so much from the chapter's history and traditions. Like wise the anurelius empire were keen to learn more of their past and make new bonds with their genetic brothers. Eventually after several years of communications between the dark angel chapter and the anurelius empire, they came to a conclusion. The anurelius empire refused to be broken down, re-educated and then dispersed in the dark angel chapter ranks. Like wise the dark angels were reluctant to take on such a huge space marine force and the task of re-establishing them within their establishments. It was agreed that the anurelius empire would be recorded as a separate chapter under a new name, but would keep all its power armour, and gene seed stock. Also the dark angel chapter would use its influences to establish the anurelius empire as part of the imperium . In return the dark angels would receive a new ally and the anurelius empire would aid the dark angels when ever they were needed.
To this day the anurelius empire is still a controversial system and is under constant supervision from the inquisition, even after the dark angels used their influenced to establish them as a new space marine chapter. The newly established chapter has to some extent adopted some adeptus astartes procedures such as chapter organization and does on occasion respond to calls of help from other loyalists. The empire has control of many systems, as when the gabrius system was cut off by warp storms they established their presence on nearly all the worlds in that area. Some dark angel artifacts are still used by the chapter such as the helmet and lightning claws of captain Dathia, however the chapter adopted the colours scarlet and white to represent their original world of anurelius which is ice on top and desert red on the bottom. They also officially changed their name to the order of anurelius.
In hindsight, the dark angels who originally landed on aurelius and began recruiting should have been more stringent and spent longer educated the locals of imperial customs and laws. A large amount of initiates were accepted each year and as they established themselves on more planets, the intake of new space marines increased. While the ability to create so many new space marines in such a short time is very impressive, lack of better screening and establishing faith resulted in a deviant chapter who keep their own interest to heart with the imperium second.
I must say, i really enjoyed this idea. If chapters arent more careful, this really could end up happening. Solid fluff, and sensible too because Dark Angels im sure would be slow to teach thier customs to locally recruited marines, as they are very "secretive".
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i made my own chapter but then realised after painting a few models that i couldnt justify them so i came up with this yesterday. just wanted to make sure its fairly realistic and vaguely interesting! thanks