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Chapter colours – Burnt Orange/ Bronze power armour with electric blue flashes. Silver fists to honour their Primarch Ferrus Manus. Pure white helmet and right shoulder pad.
Founding - Brought under compliance during the 21st founding in M38
Thought – The power to control, the power to destroy.
Chapter symbol – A lightning bolt held firm in a fist
Origins of the Storm Hands
It is the 38th millennia, an age of strife and conquest. The Iron Hands of Medusa, under the spiritual guidance of Ferrus Manus bring many worlds under compliance in the name of Imperial Truth. One such world is the planet Aggrekus, an almost forgotten terran colony from ages past. Once brought into compliance, the inhabitants embraced the Emperor and all that is the Imperial truth, bringing their own unique traits to the Emperors arsenal of unforgiving warriors.
Aggrekus, a planet ravaged by electrical storms and intolerable conditions due to the terraforming missions from millennia past, has forged a people of strong resilience toward anything placed to them. Through the ages, the Aggrekan people mustard the ability to control these storms and harnessing the storms power in their technology. This constantly replenished power source gives the Storm Hands their ability to shake worlds to their very core. Manipulating the tectonic plates of worlds to literally shake an enemy into submission, before even setting foot onto the battle field.
After millennia of bio-engineering and the compliance of Aggrekus at the hands of the Iron Hands, the adopted battle doctrine of the Storm Hands follow a similar path. Heavily supported by the Adeptus Mechanicus, allows them to be one of the best equipped forces in the Imperium. Not only from orbital bombardment, but also from a full scale mechanised assault. Like the Iron Hands, the Storm Hands are led by clan Fathers, also known as Storm Fathers, a blending of both Chaplain and Tech Marine, augmented with extensive bio-mechanoid engineering. Specialist squads are led by veterans in Terminator amour in close combat situations. Their weapons of choice, Power Claws/swords/axes and combi-bolters. Should the need arise; orbital bombardment of seismic weaponry can be deployed to de-motivate and devastate an enemies defences before a full scale spear-tip attack.
After millennia of bio-engineering and the introduction of the Ferrus Manus’s geneseed into the Aggrekan populas, a formidable force was created to which Ferrus himself would be proud to call his own. Though this comes with similar traits as the Iron Hands. An almost compulsive obsession with the mechanicum and a hatred of weakness in apparent in all that his human flesh. Seeking perfection in the understanding of Omnissaiah through the use of bionic and augmentation of the human body. This is optimised with the Storm Fathers with their appearance of being more machine than human flesh. Assimilating other worldly technology into their own.
Interactions within the Legio
When not in the heat of the battle field, the Storm Hands usually keep to themselves. Striving to seek a better understanding and ability to harness the ravage storms of their home world and implement them on those whole oppose the Imperial truth. They are recognised within the Adept Astartes, along with the Iron Hand, as being some of the best Tech Marines in the Imperium.
Wadda ya think?
Last edited by Entropy; February 29th, 2008 at 16:52.
It's not bad, although I have a few questions.
1) Why was the chapter founded? Chapters don't go around cherry-picking worlds to found successor chapters on, which is the impression I got here. Only the High Lords of Terra can sanction the creation of a new space marine chapter.
2) Where does the technology for their earthquake-weapon come from? If it's an STC, why have they not implemented it elsewhere within the Imperium, and if it's not an STC, why is it not denounced as technoheresy?
3) Beyond their snazzy earthquake gun, how are these guys different from the Iron Hands? You might want to think about ways of making them a bit more distinct.
Some valid questions there, and I will answer as best I can, (still quite new to this)
The chapter was founded due to the Iron Hands regocnition of the worlds uniwue abilities, rather than to assimilate them into their own tribes/collective they were given the chance to prove them selfs and add their distinctiveness to the Iron Hands chapter. The interntion initially was not to "cherry pick" worlds for a new chapter, but to continue to re-unite the colonies of old terra and bring them to Imperial Truth. I added the High Lords bit, to give the new chapter some validity.
for starters what the hell is STC? the weapon of siesmic tremours was unknown to the rest of the Imperium, until the complience of Aggrekus. The Iron Hands saw the potential of this world, and rather than destroy it and try to understand the technology of this world, instead they nurtured it to what could be its full potential. the best way to exploit this potential what to introduce the geneseed to the DNA of only the best Aggrekan warriors/tech scientists to strengthen the Iron Hands. In return, the Storm Hands would pledge their alliegence to Ferrus Manus and the the Emperor.
they are distinct mainly in the chapter colours, their style of battle is similar to those of the Iron Hands, but more of a specialist chapter.
Best I can do at the moment
However, anything that's not currently used in the Imperium or is proven to come from an STC source are viewed as technoheresy by most of the AdMech (and those close to them, like the Iron Hands, and people who propagate it and/or have it in their possession are very likely to be hunted down and destroyed.
Fair enough.......I can see your points on these, but like I said, this is new territory with me....I quite clearly do not have the VAST amount of knowledge that you indeed appear to have.
For me this is something to build and work my way back into while the "wife" is at work or doing her thing....Fine details of the Chapter are yet to be Iron'd out (see what I did there), there may well end up not having a seismic weapon of mass destruction, and was dispanded due to technoheracy (much like scooter, in the way that commited heresy toward techno music?!). All I want to do really is build a chapter/company that I can use in gaming and have an adopted chapter to work out rules and so forth.
Ferrus Manus is my foster dad.........
In answer to your question as to why the Irons would treat this world any differently to another world brought into complience,....I reply to you quite simply as WHY NOT?!?!
Maybe the just fancied a change from genocide, may be they found it with in their iron hearts, a small amount of still smelting Iron ore? May be they had too many smokes and a pan-cake on that battle fresh morning and felt warm and fuzzy inside?
Like I put in the fluff, there was little or no resistance to compliance, and in reward to that they were given this oppotunity.
Cheers for that,
Althopugh looking at the star charts, the Tau worlds are on the other side of the galaxy compaired to Madusa?
will work on it....but for the moment its the enjoyment of building the characters and army. I dont think I will use much non-imperial weapons, although the odd bit of hybrid armour may look good?
What you have so far is pretty good Entropy and can obviously only get better with the more you learn, but there is a bit of a problem (some will probably see it as a big one.) Ferrus Manus died in Millennium 32 during the beginning of the Horus Heresy, fighting his brother Fulgrim of the Emperor's Children on Istvaan 5 during the drop site massacre which crippled the Iron Hands, Salamanders, and Raven Guard for the rest of the Heresy and a great deal afterwards. (In the case of the Raven Guard and the actions of Corax, what happened went beyond crippling the legion for some time.)
Mind you, the death of Ferrus Manus is only ever confirmed by an old story that may/may not be GW official and the black library novel: Fulgrim. Ignoring both of those though, it is confirmed that after the drop site massacre, no one has ever seen Ferrus Manus again, especially the Iron Hands.
Like I said before though, the more you learn the more it will help you to keep improving what you already have. Thats primarily where people with the vast amounts of 40k knowledge, like Xerxes has shown here over and over, come in; pointing out things that probably should be answered and informing you of what you may not know...:C
Take my love, take my land, take me to where I cannot stand; I don't care I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me.
"The difference between gods and daemons largely depends upon where one is standing at the time."- Lorgar
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And I welcome it with open arms and open eyes.
I realised that confirmation of Ferus's death is yet to be confirmed (working my way through the Heresy novels my self).
I'm learning a great deal through here and through people I know who are heavy into GW. I honestly do appriciate all of your help with this. Was having a bit of a sh*t day monday and I appologise if my rant seemed a little out of turn.
I'll be starting to create my first character soon, I have a Commander and have ordered up some necron limbs to disect and convert with some use of guitar wire.
I dont think I'll be augmenting him too much, but gonna be fun to build!!
right then......been doing a bit of thinking with this, and after finally finishing Fulgrim. I've had a few revisions.
OKey, firstly....the chapter name is going to be revised.
Instead of having Ferrus Manus as a surrogate Primarch, I'm thinking of having him as a figure head to which ma' boys look toward for inspiration. In his place a supreme Lord Commander that rules the roost of the chapter..
His name....Lord Commander Tangoo, bare with me, its gets better.
Their newly adopted war cry after laying waste to a non compliant world
YOU'VE BEEN TANGO'D!
All I need to figure out now is a chapter symbol. I'm possibly going to change their chapter name too, to the "Sons of Tangoo"
BTW, this is only as a bit of fun, and I've run this past the guys in my local GW store and they think its spot on!!
you never know, you too may get slapped around the chops by a short, fat bald marine in the middle of the battle field?!?
Not the best pic, but my Captain sits atop my computer at work
Last edited by Entropy; November 18th, 2008 at 13:01.