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40k allows us to play the game and then transfer our tactics into fluff. I have decided to do the opposite I wrote the fluff for the chapter first and now I am going to build the army. I am very excited about building this new space marine chapter and I recommand others to try making armies this way.
Please post your opinion whether good or bad I dont care I hope you enjoy it!
The news spread like wildfire across the planet demoralizing, while at the same time destroying principals and beliefs. The hearts of billions cry out in agony, many commit suicide claiming that all is lost. The death of Ferrus Manus consumes the minds of everyone on Medusa.
The defeat of their legion along with the death of Ferrus Manus left the remaining Astartes without a purpose. In a time of uncertainty, when the Emperor needed them most, the remaining Iron Hands were unable to do the one thing that they were certain they could do, fight.
Things change day by day riots and fights break out everywhere. The Clans turn it into a revolution using the citizen’s anger to manipulate the population into blaming their misfortunes on weakness. The Clans blame the drop site massacre on the loyalist and traitors.
The ten Clans installs a deep hatred of weakness. They make most of the planet including the majority of the Astartes share this view of weakness. The Clans during this “revolution” recruited the Adeptus Astartes. Each Clan (who have always competed with one another) would explain their ideas and ways to rebuild the legion as reasons to join their Clan. The remaining Iron Hands start to split as they select different Clans to join.
One Astartes named Elderus had a different opinion during the revolution. Elderus was a famous apothecary, whose procedures and techniques fill the medical books that many apothecaries still study today. Elderus saved thousands of lives during the crusade with Ferrus Manus. He was named Chief Apothecary (youngest ever to receive that title) of the Iron Hands by Ferrus Manus for his accomplishments on and off the battle field.
Ferrus Manus realized the importance of apothecaries on the battle field and ask Elderus to create an elite group of apothecaries to aid the legion. Elderus vowed to create and train marines that would be superior than your average apothecary. These elite apothecaries saved thousands of lives during the crusades. The Iron Hand legion called the elite apothecaries Guardians of Iron. Although a fierce fighter, Elderus stayed on Medusa leading the Apothecarion’s staff in creating space marines, monitoring gene-seed, and training the Guardians of Iron.
Elderus believed that the Clans should unite and become a single entity. Elderus plan was to unite the Clans and organize the work force and military. With all resources put together they would be able to rebuild the Iron Hands hastily.
The Clans did not accept his plan. They did not want to unite because competition was a good thing and was openly accepted by Ferrus when he was alive. They urge people to join a Clan, “Weakness come to those who are Clanless” was one of several slogans they used to recruit. Near the end of the revolution, cleansing yourself of weakness was all Medusains cared about.
Elderus and his followers did not become obsess with weakness. Elderus reminded the people that the reason for the crusades was to unite humanity. Elderus believed that the principals of the Emperor were being toss away because of the frustrations of betrayal. He used the Emperor’s slogan to define a purpose for himself and his followers “Unite Humanity and Bring Order to the Galaxy“.
After five years of hard negotiations he realized that the Clans would never unite, so he demanded that he and his followers be given means to establish a life for themselves away from Medusa. The Clans seeing Elderus and his followers as potentially another clan gave him a battle barge and two strike cruisers. When Elderus left Medusa he took with him seven percent of the marines and six percent of the population. The Clans called it the “Final Cleansing” sending the weakest among them away from Medusa forever.
Elderus and his followers traveled through the galaxy searching for a home world. While searching for a world, Elderus received news of Guilliman’s Codex Astartes. Elderus was able to gain permission to build the Iron Guard chapter. Elderus used his talents as an apothecary to speed up the replicating process of the organs. Instead of eighteen duplicates a year, Elderus was able to make anywhere between thirty and forty copies a year. Although able to create several set of organs a year he would only keep ten. He worked vigorously to insure that their new chapter would be built with only the best organs.
After around twenty years Elderus and his followers settled on a small planet in Sengmentum Pacificus called Volan. Volan is located between the Sabbat Worlds and Macharia. The planet is one continent separated by rivers that run in every direction into one small ocean. Volan has one mountain that runs in five different directions making a complete circle around the planet. Because of the mountain’s length they named it after the Great Silver Wyrm that Ferrus Manus defeated, Asirnoth.
Asirnoth is a great source of metals, minerals, and jewels. The lands away from the mountain regions are plains, and are easily converted to farmlands. The first cities was built near Asirnoth and develop into mining cities, other cities were built along rivers for agriculture.
In less than a century Volan becomes extremely efficient economically. Volan has a surplus of wealth because of trading with nearby planets. Volan establishes a powerful relationship with nearby Forge World Urdesh. Volan provides Urdesh with precious metals while Urdesh make weapons, agricultural devices, and ships for Volan.
While the citizens built their cities the Iron Guard chapter started an Imperial army for Volan. The Iron Guard and Volan's Army was able to build the fortress-monastery swiftly. The fortress was built at the center of Asirnoth where all five sections of the mountain connects. The monastery is embedded into the mountain and is divided into three sections.
The bottom section is the main base for the Imperial Guard on Volan. The second part serves as an armory where tanks, weapons, and ships of both the Imperial Guard and Astartes are maintain. The top is where the Astartes live, their librarium, relics, and labs are all in this portion of the monastery. When the monastery was complete Elderus developed a trial to start recruiting.
The recruiting process for the Iron Guard is different than most chapters. Twice a year every city is required to send young men who they believed are suited to become military leaders to Asirnoth. These young men travel to a specific region of Asirnoth known as Unity’s Peak. Unity’s Peak is position on the exact opposite side of the planet’s fortress-monastery. It is the other region on the planet where the five sections of the mountain connect. In order to be accepted as an Iron Guard the group of recruits must travel from Unity’s Peak to the fortress-monastery.
To complete the journey from Unity’s Peak to the monastery recruits must travel across half the planet. The voyage across Asirnoth is dangerous the thin oxygen, temperatures below zero, fatal gust of wind, and limited sources of food makes this trip nearly impossible. Stamina, will, strength and intelligence is all tested during the trial.
The motivated individuals that complete the journey to the monastery are not guaranteed a chance to become an Iron Guard. Although unknown to the population you are actually penalize for completing the journey alone. If you are the only one to make it to the monastery, you receive special training to become a commissar for the Imperial Forces of Volan.
Only the select few who show unity by completing the voyage with others, receive the chance to become an Iron Guard. The group, usually two or three, go through the entire process of becoming a space marine together. If one dies during the transformation process than the others in his group are considered unworthy to become space marines and are executed (this never happen while Elderus was alive because of his flawless procedures). After a group of neophytes have proven they are ready to receive their armor they must complete one final test.
Before their final test the neophytes are inspired by the chaplain. They are told they must defeat Asirnoth as their great primarch once did. Demanding that they prove their loyalty to the chapter and devotion to unity.
During the test the group of neophytes are separated, one neophyte travels east while one travels west, and if there is another neophyte he travels north along Asirnoth.
The neophytes, with their improved bodies, make the journey across the planet without pause. The thought of re-uniting with their brother drives the neophytes across the planet with remarkable speed. The neophytes eventually reunites with their brother (using their improved senses to find each other) usually at Unity’s Peak.
At Unity’s Peak the neophytes become marines and learn the Emperor’s meaning of unity. The path they once travel as scared individuals, they now travel back together united as marines.
The ceremony for the new marines is an emotional experience. The neophytes follow a light into a dark room where their armor is on display by candle light. A light shines on the face of the chaplain as he ask the new marines routine questions that they answer mechanically. Overwhelm with emotion, tears flow down the cheeks of the neophytes as they realize that the entire chapter has united to witness their achievement. Although light is irrelevant because of their improved vision, the room becomes brighter with each answer. When the chaplain ask the neophytes why do you fight? The Iron Guard chapter and the new marines answer with their battle cry, “For the Emperor’s Unity”.
The hard work of Elderus pays off in less than a century, he had created a chapter. The chapter travels all across the galaxy obeying the will of the Emperor.(High Lords of Terra) The Imperial Guard forces of Volan travel with the Iron Guard aiding them in battle.
The Iron Guard are known for their impenetrable fortifications. The Iron Guard is best known for their actions during the second black crusade. The Iron Guard were able to quickly make indestructible fortifications in other systems, that repealed attack after attack from Abaddon‘s forces. Hearing about the victorious fortifications created by the Iron Guard and their Imperial Guard gave Cadian Gate soldiers hope. Imperial forces around the galaxy rejoice when they hear that the Iron Guard and their Imperial Army is coming.
Lexicanum and you guys provided all the answers i needed to make write this so thanks
If you guys like this I will most likely write about How Elderus Dies, more on the history, or about the five young men that made it through the process together and would go own to become legends
The Iron Hands use techmarines alot so I thought it would be neat to make a second founding chapter from them that focus on another specialist the apothecary.
Very cool! I like that you aren't like some people at my local store who make a chapter in 30 seconds, and then say how nobody dies and they always win, and how the lowest brother-marine could instantly kill the Emperor etc..... Whatever, enough of my ranting "rep".