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Ordonon 13th Light Brigade
Commander: Colonel Arman Constantine
Human Colonisation of Ordonon
It would seem that the populace of Ordonon did not arrive on the planet during the Dark Age of Technology, but made the planet home at some point shortly after the Emperor ascended to the Golden Throne. The reasons for this are uncertain, but the scattered planetary records and fragmented personal journals collected by the Inquisition would suggest some cataclysmic event occurring on the original planet of settlement. These logs suggest that this unknown event was predicted by the “seers” of the world – psykers. These “seers” also claimed that they were acting in the name of a god, come to save them from the hostilities of the galaxy (the logs show several attacks by Orks and Eldar pirates prior to the settlement). They specifically refer at this point, to the Igne Racht – Far God – there is no doubt that this was a reference to the Emperor. It has been suggested by Insep Karrin (savant of Lord Inquisitor Black) that the reason for this deduction was the immense distance from Terra – the psyker energies required to perceive the light of the Emperor at that distance must have been incredible. It has also been suggested that these men and women must have attained at least Alpha-level if not higher psyker classification by the standards of the Imperium, which itself prompts a study to answer a very important question – how did none of these immensely powerful psykers succumb to the Ruinous Powers? It is clear that none of them did, as the power they were clearly capable of manifesting could have torn apart the planet...
Ordonon itself is what many would describe as a paradise. Sunlit vistas, tree-lined plateaus, blue oceans, mighty mountains (the most notable of which being Rachte Seyb – Gods Reach) and green valleys being but a few of the many natural beauties of the planet. As the planet is so large, human colonisation has had a minimal impact on the world. The citizens of Ordonon live in vast cities, not dissimilar in appearance to the cities built by the Roman Empire on Earth. In short – Ordonon is a world that may easily have been plucked straight from a wonderful dream.
The People of Ordonon
The people of Ordonon are, generally, extremely tolerant and kind to one another. Crime on Ordonon is very rare as the people consider it a great stigma to commit any crime – nobody wants for anything, so there is no real reason to commit crimes. However, despite this genial attitude to each other, the people of Ordonon detest aliens and followers of Chaos in all their forms. It is thought that this attitude was acquired shortly after the arrival of the people on Ordonon. Again, the “seers” of the planet informed the people that aliens and followers of the Dark Gods would be their doom, should they show them tolerance. This manifested itself in two ways – the Ordononians fought so savagely against anything foreign that many alien species reserve a special fear for them. The other way in which this was manifested was the cleansing of alien life from the planet. Several colonies of the peaceful Xenos known to the Ordononians as Echteem (Filthwaders) were ruthlessly exterminated and by the time of the Falling, the only fauna on Ordonon was Human or Sanctioned Animal. this almost bi-polar attitude has been remarked upon by many an Inquisitor as Inquisitor Vausted put it - "They had an air of the range about them, all camaraderie and geniality. But chuck a Xenos into the bar they were singing hymns in and they'd be able to face down bloody Kasrkin... Funny bunch the Ordononians...". The people of Ordonon are also the bearers of a wanderlust so strong that they are known to climb the highest mountains of their planet, in order to beg the Emperor to take them to explore the heavens and do His holy bidding.
During M.31 an object fell to the planet and it was decided, by the council of elders who ruled the planet, that the object was sent by the Igne Racht and was taken to a temple atop the highest mountain on the planet - it soon became the focus of worship for the people of Ordonon, who believed firmly that this object sent from the heavens which they so aspired to, was a sure sign that the Igne Racht was watching over them and would one day allow them to explore the heavens. The stone itself was three feet tall and obsidian black in colour. Its surface was deeply lined with what appeared to be deep carvings – as the mightiest warriors of Ordonon could not even scratch the stone, the Elders pronounced the relic Divine. The event became known to the Ordononians as The Falling.
Re-discovery by the Imperium
When the planet was re-discovered by the Imperium in M.34 the people of Ordonon welcomed their new-found brothers with open arms. Unfortunately for them, these "brothers" were a task force, led by the Immortal Emperors Inquisition, Ordo Hereticus. Even more unfortunately, the Inquisitor leading the task force was the ultra-puritan Inquisitor Amadeus Sternn, who, on discovery of the worship exhibited by the populace to their "piece of stellar debris" as he put it, declared a quarantine of the entire planet. This devastated the people of Ordonon, who knew full well that this meant that this chance to explore the heavens had been cruelly snatched away from them. The “seers” of the planet were taken aboard the Black Ships, never to be seen again. Interestingly, since the removal of these men and women, no psyker of alpha-level has been born on the planet – this phenomenon is still under investigation by the Inquisition. During the next few millennia, the people of Ordonon were truly indoctrinated into the Imperium. This had little major effect on society, as the people had already been prepared for the coming of the Imperium for many hundreds of years, thanks to the “seers”. The major changes were in the bureaucracy of the planet – the establishment of an official PDF, screening for psykers and mutation, etc. The stone was left on the planet by the Inquisitor as a cruel reminder of the reason for the entrapment of the populace.
Luck finally shone on the hapless Ordononians, when Inquisitor Austed van Bard of the Ordo Malleus arrived on the planet during the waning years of M.35. He immediately set about the work he had long prepared for - he demanded that the commander of the PDF take him to the top of Rachte Seyb and he destroyed the stone with a blow from his Daemonhammer - but not before it had shown its true nature as a diabolical conduit for the warp - spewing daemons forth into the temple. Thoroughly impressed by the strength, courage, and determination shown by the PDF in executing his orders, and seeing that Inquisitor Sternn had clearly been over-zealous in his planetary quarantine, Van Bard set about attempting to have the quarantine of Ordonon lifted, but it was to no avail - the Ordo Hereticus were not about to be embarrassed by the Ordo Malleus at this turbulent time. Fortunately, the Inquisitor found a way - exploiting a loop-hole in the quarantine order, allowing Imperial Guard regiments to be raised and transported off-world - provided they never set foot on the planet again. This would mean that the people of Ordonon could have their wish – they could see the heavens and serve the Immortal Emperor by crushing Xenos and Heretics, but at the massive expense of never seeing their beautiful and beloved Ordonon again, let alone their friends and family...
The 41st Millennium
Now, in M.41, with the order still not rescinded, Ordonon still provides some of the bravest and most able men and women for service - men and women who often go unheralded, due to their high induction rate into other regiments, in an attempt to find them a permanent home by benevolent and/or grateful patrons within the Ordo Malleus. Some regiments still fight on in the heraldry of their own world however - the 13th Light Brigade is one of these.
The Light Brigade
The Light Brigade serve under Col. Constantine, who in turn fights alongside Lord Inquisitor Black of the Ordo Malleus. The 13th are not inducted, but do fight with the Inquisitor and any troops he feels it necessary to bring in. They are extremely well equipped and drilled - making them one of the most effective Guard regiments around.
They are called the Light Brigade because they refused the carapace armour offered to every trooper by the Inquisitor, on the basis that it would impede the movement and close combat ability of the regiment - an ability for which they are rightly lauded.
As they work so closely with the Inquisition, the 13th have access to much sought-after technology. This does not drastically change the way they fight, however, as every member has trained with a lasgun since they could walk - making this the weapon of choice for the regiment.
The 13th traditionally have close ties with the Adeptus Mechanicus, as they cannot return to their homeworld, they rely on the Techpriests to keep their weapons and armour functioning.
By joint order of the Inquisitor and the Colonel, all commissars are selected from within the regiment - they rely on inspiration and determination in the face of the enemy to encourage troopers to hold the line, as opposed to fear and ruthlessness. More often found on the front lines, bellowing battle-hymns than at the rear of the rank watching troopers for signs of cowardice - the Commissars of the 13th are regarded with utter admiration by the troopers and officers alike.
Troopers who truly excel in the 13th are not promoted to a stormtrooper squad within the regiment, as is the case with many other regiments. Instead these exceptional few are recruited into Lord Inquisitor Black's personal household - serving as Inquisitorial stormtroopers under the direct command of the Inquisitor himself. As a further incentive, the lucky few who make it into the stormtrooper ranks are allowed to bring one other from Ordonon to live at the expense of the Inquisitor. The person of their choice is allowed to leave the planet only after strict screening by the Inquisitors own familiars, under the guise of an induction into the 13th - the person involved is usually "discharged" within the hour. This practise would be frowned upon by the Sgmentum officials within the Inquisition - fortunately the Inquisitor has never been questioned over it.
The company banner of the 13th is not a banner at all, but a massive book called The Book of Memories. Each Guardsman to join the 13th is allocated a small space in the mighty tome in which to record a memory of his homeworld. To this end, no trooper or officer would even consider an action that might disgrace their homeworld when in sight of the book – to them, the Book is a representation of all that is good about the world that they will forever miss and an affront to the book is an affront to their memories.
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“ONWARD SONS OF ORDONON!”
Last edited by thechaplain; May 29th, 2008 at 08:19.
Very good! I like it!
It's really original, not like some of the other cookie-cutter bios I've seen...
So... if I gave some daemons a matte paint-job, would they be "Matte Daemons?"
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