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I don't even play CSM, but I had this idea stuck in my head that I had to get out lest it eat my brain:
A History of The Children of the Dark Sabbath
The Children of the Dark Sabbath are a vile renegade chapter, completely given over to the worship of Slaanesh and pleasure through their dark music. They seek to corrupt and destroy the good works of the Emperor, not because of a long-ranging plan to topple him, but only as an act of pleasurable vengeance against the Imperium.
This chapter began as the Children of the Sabbath. A descendent chapter of the Space Wolves, their home world was Suomia IV, a cold planet but home to a thriving society of industrious workers who built massive cathedrals in the name of the Emperor and supplied the Children with great warriors, librarians, and bard-chaplains. These bard-chaplains, in addition to watching over the chapter, also composed music in honor of the deeds the Chapter did in the name of the Emperor. It was perhaps the vanity caused by writing music that caused the fall of the chapter, for it was certainly the Chaplains who led the fall.
One of the Chaplains, Brother Iommi, suffered a grievious injury in a campaign at the hands of a chaos lord wielding a demon weapon. His throat and hands were injured, impairing his ability to create the music that had made him so beloved in the chapter. However, he continued to produce music, altering his instruments so that he could play them even with his injuries. This caused a profound change in his music, making it sound deeper and more violent, but many of the Marines still listened to it out of respect for him, and his music was played in the cathedrals of Suommia IV like the music of the great bard-chaplains before him.
It wasn’t long after this, however, that an Inquisitor came to the planet to investigate the sudden disturbing proliferation of suicide cults, believed to be linked to Chaos worship. What the Inquisitor found defied belief: the youth of an entire planet, formed into blasphemous covens and fighting against their elders. The only thing linking many of these groups was a love of Iommi’s music, and the Inquisition’s gaze turned to the Children of the Sabbath. What they found proved that the chapter was damned beyond any hope of salvation whatsoever.
The space marines had completely forsaken the Emperor to live lives of debased pleasure, subjecting themselves to every mind altering substance they could find and ruling Suommi IV like corrupt overlords, picking the most notorious rebels to join their ranks. It appeared as though Iommi had been infected with the taint of Chaos, and whatever art he put he produced reflected his mutilated body and warped mind, causing those who listened to it to fall to Chaos. The Inquisition could not stand for this.
On the Suommia system’s Emperor’s Day, known to them as the Sabbath Day, the Inquisition invaded to put an end to the rebellion for good, and the youth of Suommi were almost all butchered by Inquisitorial storm-troopers, an event that was recorded by the Children of the Sabbath as the “Dark Sabbath”, the event that made the chapter officially and permanently declare war on the Imperium. While the Inquisition burnt the planet, the Children of the Sabbath launched a surprise attack against them, killing as many of them as they could and even stealing sacred relics from the Inquisitors for the sole purpose of desecrating them. Then, the Children fled into the lawless areas of the Galaxy, seeking only the glory of the Chaos Gods.
The Children are a growing chapter, their insane and bizarre music attracting droves of Slaanesh-worshippers, including rogue Sound Marines, to serve as allies and servants. The Children raid Imperial held-worlds seeking to desecrate the temples and relics of the Emperor, believing that the perversion of holy art combined with the blood sacrifice of captive ‘innocents’ will earn them the favor of Slaanesh. They reserve a special ire for the Inquisition for their role in the destruction of Suomia IV and as ‘destroyers of art’. They often go out of their way to attack inquisitors and their retinues, as well as Grey Knights and Sisters of Battle. Their strategy of attacking while these Inquisitional forces are investigating or purging heresy has earned them a reputation as the ‘dark saviors’ of the cults of Chaos, but the truth is that the Children are self obsessed and care only for making their music, earning the favor of Slaanesh, and avenging themselves against the inquisition.
I like it, its got a lot of character and can be expanded well. I'd like to see an army list around it if you have the time and the codex. I could imagine them with all sorts instuments on their belts and in their hands.
I like it. It sounds like a really well thought idea. The only problem I saw was that they were descended from the Space Wolves. I'm not positvie, but I think they no longer have their geneseed given off to make new chapters ecause of the problems with their gene-seed.
It reminded me of my VC army I have with harlequins being used as vampire bards. From experince I can tell you it's pretty fun to convert weapons into instruments. You may want to consider making the army (if you have the time and money of course).
I am heading off to the Peace Corps. It is bery likely I will not be back. Good luck to all of you endeavors.
Not sure what I did with the model, but I used a old Chaos Terminator with Autocannon model, a pair of clippers, and some Green Stuff to turn the Autocannon into a huge Flying V guitar with a Sonic Blaster speaker on the end. Was going to say it was a Blastmaster. (This was back an edition or two when Noise Marine Terminators existed who could take Blastmasters.)
That's probably true about the Space Wolves, I just wanted the chapter for the Scandinavian (and therefore heavy metal) connections. Was there any particularly artistic legion or chapter that could be used as the ancestors of the Children?
Yeah, I sort of imagined Sound Marines playing instruments like electric guitars to use as their sonic weapons, and from that idea the Children of the Dark Sabbath were born. I actually have an army list, but it's not very interesting, just sound marines backed by some heavy weapons and a Lord. I'll come up with something spicy for y'all after my finals are over and winter break begins.
For some reason, I think the White Scars would be a good geneseed choice for your concept. After all, a bunch of heavy metal worshiping Space Marines would absolutely have to ride bikes everywhere...:party2:
Well, White Scars or the Ravenwing. They've already got the colours and the bird motif right, and they don't exactly spend all of their time taking razor blades to their wrists, if you know what I mean. I'm not saying that the White Scars do, just that Ravenwing would be so much cooler.