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This is the fluff for the Guard regiment I'm writing a fanfiction about.
Name: 256th Strikers
Motto: Sacrifice is our duty as Heroines of the Imperium.
Homeworld: Kivat System (402, 204)
History: To truly understand the history of the 256th Strikers, one must examine the world itself. Kivat was originally comprised of settlers from three different pre-Imperium nations, Germany, England, and Japan who had forged a colalition of sorts. Kivian society is rigid and very much restricting. While men enjoy unrestricted freedom, the women have only three life choices. Prostitute, mother, or soldier. Even so few chose the latter. Because of this, the Strikers are comprised almost solely of female combatants. Kivat is a world at war with a sentient alien race on a nuclear wasteland that once belonged to the settler's sprawling cities.
This race is known as the Batholisks. Terrifying creatures that vary in size, strength, shape, and natural weaponry. From the fearsome Warrior with its four powerful claws and incredible speed, to the Flyer with its wingspan, maneuverability, and legendary silence in flight, to the Tank, a massive heavily armored beast, capable of plowing through the thickest building walls and taking a battle cannon round with ease.
The sheer weight of numbers forced the colonists to higher ground, where massive metropolises are built into mountains, on top of plateaus and on massive airships that span the skies for miles around. Life is difficult, as resources are scarce with so much devoted to the war effort, and the constant threat of incursion has led the world to become highly individualistic and technologically advanced. With the assistance of the Imperium of Mankind the war planet side has gone well, and the cities that once belonged to humanity are slowly being reclaimed.
Fighting Style: Every regiment raised on Kivat is one made veteran cityfighters and refer to themselves as ‘Strikers’. Adept at dropping into the ruins of cities and using every bit of cover to attack, secure, and defend a city from counter-attacks by years of service, Strikers regiments are highly prized for their expertise. The Strikers do not use heavy weapons like autocannons and Lascannons, preferring to travel light and fast to keep the advantage of cover, yet carapace armor is standard issue, along with the fire systems and life-support that comes with the package. Strikers are not shy of hand-to-hand fighting, and refuse to shirk from combat in the face of overwhelming odds. This could be the reason for the foot-and-a-half long blades at each arm. Only after demonstrating immense leadership is a Guardsman elevated to the rank of Sergeant, there is no such thing as a green NCO.
The regiment is led in the field by the uncompromising Commander Laura Watson and her Vice Commander Marlene Benneseph, recipient of the famed the Honorifica Imperialis. Marlene has over 4 Crimson Medallions, two Kivian Distinguished Sacrificial Crosses, and five Distinguished Service medallions. Laura is the recipient of the Macharian Cross and a Crimson Medallion herself.
Equipment: The standard Guardswoman is armed with a specialized autogun, frag and krak grenades and Carapace armor. Sergeants are armed similarly to their squad mates. Given the dark and hazardous nature of their own planet, and the issues with Dropping from high altitudes, Kivian regiments are all issued with a specialized Kivian drop helmet. The helmet's faceplate is modeled to that of a skull, the eyes a dark blue. The helmet is filled with equipment: comm.-links, infrared and night-vision sights and a complex targeting and priority screen that is linked with the Sergeant's.
The Kivian lasrifle is unique in the sense that it does not fire a bare energy bolt like normal lasguns, but instead uses a unique Cartridge system, a blending of powerful auto-gun technology with the reliability and strength of las-tech. The Kivat-Pattern lasgun uses a high caliber round with a tip of contained unstable las-energy, causing an explosive wound with excellent armor penetration and decent strength factor. Unfortunately, such powerful rounds are prone to jamming the lasrifle, and the warhead contained with the round may not always detonate.
Quirks: Oddly enough, while the uniform of Kivian Strikers is standard in both armor and dress, hair styles and color are not monitored in the slightest. As such, there is a vast assortment of strange and exotic hair colors, but as far as style nothing too off-the-wall, they’re soldiers after all.
Due to issues with the Mechanicus for the entire time the planet has been a part of the Imperium (science is bad mkay?) Kivian equipment is not made on forge worlds and does not use STC templates. Everything is made planet-side with designs meant to boost the effectiveness not of the Imperial Guard but of the PDF forces fighting on the planet to ensure that it isn’t taken over.
There are no tanks and no artillery in any of the regiments, as such slow moving and static objects are useless in the fighting that rages on the ground. Tanks have been taken by heavily armed walkers, ensuring heavy support with better mobility than that which is offered by a tank. Because of repeated attacks by Mechanicus officials Kivat has effectively cut off itself off from the support of any Mechanicus affiliated assistance. For the most part, Kivat fights its war alone.
Kivian rank structure is odd in the sense that it only has 3 officer ranks. With the general size of a company (only 100-200 women) Lieutenants are often taken place by Sergeants. Instead of Colonel, they have a Commander; instead of Captains they have Sub-Commanders. The rank of Vice-Commander seems to fit with the rank of Major. Striker 1st, 2nd Class are the same as Private and Corporal, respectively.
Last edited by Cathedralsquares; July 20th, 2008 at 10:09.
Considering that none of those societies is more than 1,500 years old at the very earliest (and Germany is only 200-ish years old as a country), and we're talking 40,000 years in the future, that seems a bit literal. Sometimes it does seem you can draw out racial groups from different planets in the Imperium, but I'd refrain from literal nationalization.Kivat was originally comprised of settlers from three different pre-Imperium nations, Germany, England, and Japan who had forged a colalition of sorts.You never really explain why this is the case.. How did such a weird gender system develop? Also, if the women are so oppressed, yet form the bulk of the armed forces and have massive quantities of armaments and weapons, why hasn't there just been a coup?Kivian society is rigid and very much restricting. While men enjoy unrestricted freedom, the women have only three life choices. Prostitute, mother, or soldier. Even so few chose the latter.
Once you've given someone all the guns, you can't exactly call them your inferiors any more, can you?I think you need a slightly more involved explanation of why the two races exist side by side. Humans in 40k always cleanse worlds of obvious sentient life before settling them.This race is known as the Batholisks. Terrifying creatures that vary in size, strength, shape, and natural weaponry. From the fearsome Warrior with its four powerful claws and incredible speed, to the Flyer with its wingspan, maneuverability, and legendary silence in flight, to the Tank, a massive heavily armored beast, capable of plowing through the thickest building walls and taking a battle cannon round with ease.
1) The Batholisks hibernated underground/in the deep sea/etc while humans settled the planet and emerged at the end of their sleep cycle to find the humans there.
2) The Batholisks came from somewhere else, somehow.Remember that technological innovation is often considered heresy unless it's sanctioned by the adeptus mechanicus.. Where did this technology come from? More importantly, how do you fire a cartridge with a laser?The Kivian lasrifle is unique in the sense that it does not fire a bare energy bolt like normal lasguns, but instead uses a unique Cartridge system, a blending of powerful auto-gun technology with the reliability and strength of las-tech.
Interesting concepts though.. I like the idea.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; July 20th, 2008 at 15:15.
The reason for the lack of a coup is quite simple. If the armed forces were to divert their attention away from the war on the ground to overthrowing a political system that many citizens have simply come to accept they'd lose the war. Humanity is stretched thin enough as is, they can't afford to be fighting a war on two fronts even if those enemies aren't allies. The enemy of my enemy can at least make itself useful, no?
While the Strikers might not like the way the system works they can't do anything to change it. If they stop fighting everyone dies and nothing changes. At most they keep fighting so that if they win they can turn the tables against the corruption.
The Batholisks were originally a Tyranid scout fleet that was left behind. They evolved to something more suited to the environment and went underground. When humans began significant colonization they popped up and nom'd the cities.
Also, if things are so harsh why waste all this time constructing inefficient gender systems where the men can laze around doing what they want. Why not just conscript the entire planet into forced labor and place them into war-essential industries. There are all kinds of reasons for a women-only armed force (especially in a resource stretched society on the brink of destruction, where raw reproductive ability ceases to be important) but this one just doesn't seem very logical. It doesn't really seem to stem from anything, and extreme social systems do tend to have a cause, usually.Nice idea..Originally Posted by Cathedralsquares
Though, are they in touch with the hive mind still? If not, it might be better to call them an ecosystem rather than a race.
Sounds more like the Pulse technology to me.Remember that technological innovation is often considered heresy unless it's sanctioned by the adeptus mechanicus.. Where did this technology come from? More importantly, how do you fire a cartridge with a laser?
Oh God Pulse technology confuses the hell out of me. Apparent it fires so fast that it causes destabilization of the bullet and everything around it so it isn't plasma so much as it is some being fired omgwtf fast. Which really doesn't make any sense, but does at the same time and.. ugh. No, the casing's tip is magnetized, so the unstable energy doesn't hit the sides of its containment and cause the thing to explode. However, I have been toying with the idea of making it a simple high-explosive tip which cuts out all the science mumbo-jumbo.
No, they don't have a link to the hive mind any longer. They've become a lot like the Catachan Devil. Big, mean, scary, and dumbish.