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Okay I have a space marine army which I may call the emperors blades( or something to that effect) and I came upon a few problems which I wonder if you guys could help me with.
1. I can have a chapter thats sort of based off another chapter like the Black Templars right?
2. Can a chapter be compossed of like maybe marines of multiple chapters? (sorta like the death watch)
and thats about it I'll try to post a rough draft that may sort of represent what it could be like later on.
1) yes. you can have descendent chapters. They are called Foundings. Each founding has a particular date or timeframe ascociated with them, and some of them have special fluff (like the 'Cursed Founding' 20-21st(?) ) The original 'First Founding' chapters fought in the Horus heresy, and consisted of several thousand marines. After the heresy, Rogal Dorn ordered that the legions be fragmented into chapters numbering no more than 1,000 marines. If a chapter reaches this number, and continues to grow, they typically form an offshoot during the next founding date.
If your chapter is a descendent, it will likely emulate it's parent chapter. Black Templar 'offspring' will not become shooty or start offering mercey to psykers.
2) No. Deathwatch is like the special-forces of the Space Marines. Those marines still claim ties to their chapter of origin and may be called back to fight alongside them in times of extreme need. In addition, chapters will not 'band together' to form a new founding.
The reason for this, is because every marine chapter operates on a different Geneseed. It is risky to introduce new geneseed specimens because the differences may manifest as minor mutations (space wolves have fangs, blood angels are vampiric). Nobody wants someone else's mutants running in their ranks and diluting their proud martial heritage.
There are two ways you could get around this problem. The first method would be to have the chapter as a 'lost chapter' or remnant of some great crusade. The Damocles Gulf disaster would be good. However, survivors from such chapters are either saved and returned to their chapters, or are slain before they can create a 'chapter' of their own (unless there's a damn good reason to keep them together after their victory)
The other alternative is far more radical. You can give them a few degrees separation from Imperium. Either make them renegades, who have offered shelter to survivors/outcasts of other chapters. Or let them go straight to Chaos and fight like the Red Corsairs, who recruit from the meanest Chaos marines in the warp.
2) Not usually, but a way to skirt around this is to play the Crusader theme and say that your particularly army is not one Chapter, but a whole group of Chapters who have banded together into a single Great Crusade and are working in tandem. Give them some suitably epic goal to justify their immense combined power, like wiping out an Ork empire or venturing into the Eye of Terror, and then you can do whatever paint schemes you want.
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Cool thanks to you bothI can start writing some of my fluff and I think I will go with the epic crusade thing ( I wanted to have that be thier cause for banding together origanally but wasn't sure it was a valid reason)