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    Chapter Fluff: The Coming of the Storm

    Name: The Storm of Tears
    Inspiration: Into the Ocean (Blue October)
    Homeworld: Triton (not the one orbiting Neptune)
    Banner: A hurricane's storm wall from a distance, over a turbulent ocean with a black-sailed ship and lightning striking the water's surface.
    Pauldron Company Sigils:
    Battle Brother: A lightning bolt in the company color.
    Brother Sergeant: A two forked lightning bolt.
    Brother Captain:Silver lightning bolt, and helmet painted in company color.
    Master (Fleet, Armory, etc):Gold Lightning Bolt
    Brother-Admiral: White armor, white lightning bolt
    Librarian: Consentric circles emanating from a skull (sonar waves) in company color.
    Apothecariann the right shoulder pad, the alchemic symbol for salt
    Techmarine: On the right, a ships' rigging.
    Chaplain: On the right, a ships' bell. Also called Fish Speakers
    Founding Date: N/A
    Battle cry: The storm cleanses all!
    Successor Chapter to:The Ultramarines
    Current Admiral: Theobald Perseis

    Overview:The Storm of Tears is a Codex Astartes chapter, holding as best they can to the laws set down before them. While some terminology has changed due to their nautical lifestyle, the Storm of Tears space marines cannot be accused of ever failing in their fanatical devotion to the Emperor of Mankind. They are taken exclusively from the planet Triton, a world of nothing but giant thunderstorms and oceans, the people on the planet limited to the hive-cities half-floating in the black waters. The marines focus mainly on fighting the ever-present Xenos of the area, particularly Orks, eager to prove themselves for their planets' former disbelief, and venegeance.

    Wrap me up in my oilskins and jumper,
    No more on the docks I'll be seen
    Just tell me old ship-mates, I'm taking a trip mates!
    I'll see you some day at Fiddlers' Green
    History:
    The history of the Storm of Tears begins on the planet Triton. Not to be confused with the moon of Neptune, both hold liquid water on them. The planet is surrounded by a system of storms in its' atmosphere. There is no direct sunlight. There are no stars at night, nor moonlight at all and a rainbow is something never seen there. The largest of the storms is known as the Eye of God, covering thousands of miles. Those few who survived it often were cast out as crazed men with wild stories of lights in the sky. Great sea monsters roamed the bottomless oceans, and pirate fleets hassled the city's own fleets constantly, the blood darkening the waters of the planet with how much was spilt each day.

    For a long time the planet had lost contact with those on other worlds, and over the centuries, the people had forgotten about Terra, and that they were colonists. Living in giant, dome-covered cities floating in the ocean they dug out a living on the cold, wet world - a half civilized place that was stagnating for lack of being able to develop outwards and expand past the original ten cities.

    Finally they were rediscovered though, and just in time, for the planet Triton lay in the path of an Ork Waaaugh! Time was short, and though the planet had not yet pledged allegiance to the Imperium, they hadn't even been given a chance. Messengers were sent to the cities below to warn the people, and the nearest forces were sent to help defend the planet

    And the people did not believe. Mistrusting these strangers who talk too much and claim to come from worlds beyond the stormclouds (The Tritonites did not believe anything existed past the clouds) Nine of the cities dragged their feet to respond.

    The tenth one though, was led by a man who believed. His name was Poseidon, and his city was an 'unofficial' city - he had taken it over in a couple years ago, his tactics at sea and leadership leading a force that easily overtook the local guards, who were not used to such war - most energies went to fighting the giant Krakken monsters or hunting. Poseidon changed all of this, and when he heard the warnings, he believed, beginning to ready his fleet for the coming battle. If Triton was to fall, he swore that his city would not go down without a fight.

    Arriving forces did not come in time, and when they appeared below the stormclouds of Triton, they found only three cities - the rest had been sunk in the Waaaugh! the people dead or captured. Two of the others were on the verge of falling, fighitng back fiercely with the help of Poseidons' fleet on the stormy seas, battling the Orks' boats. As an army of Ultramarines arrived, from above arrived, the defenders raised their voices as one in thanks, renewing their bitter struggle.

    In the end, only Poseidons' city floated, listing heavily to one side. As the leading forces met with him, he thanked them greatly for their help, kneeling before them and praising their swift rescue from the Orks. On behalf of the survivors of the planet, he pledged allegiance to the Ultramarines, and through them the Emperor.

    The storm-ridden planet was declared a new Recruitment world for the Ultramarines, and workforces arrived to begin rebuilding Poseidons' city. After some time, those in charge of recruiting noticed a difference in the numbers who genetically passed the exams - almost twice what most planets had. This quickly got the attention of several within the Ultramarines' chapter, who ordered a deeper investigation, though no foolery was found at all. This also was the time that the Future of Triton was founded, an organization to ensure that the gene pool of the planet would not suffer from the recruitment of not only the Space Marines, but the Imperial Guard. Nearly all the male children ended up in one or the other.

    And then the surprise came, forces behind the scenes came out finally - A new Space Marine Chapter was to be founded, and Triton was to be its' home.

    In honor of the planet's saviour, Poseidon, the Monastery was named the Temple of Poseidon. It has no official location on the planet's surface, floating with the tides as does the other remaining cities under the roaring clouds. It was completed just in time for the first marines to begin their training and walk the thundering halls beneath the waves.

    With the Orks always at risk of a new Wauugh! The ultramarines remained stationed on the planet and in the system while the Monastery was built and the fledgling marines began their field training under the experienced soldiers from Ultramar. Battles were frequent, perhaps fortunately as the new marines gained experience quickly, throwing themselves with zeal into battle on land, sea, or space. They showed they already could work together, both with the Ultramarines and with each other, developing a deep respect for the older warriors. When the Temple of Poseidon was complete, and the Storm of Tears was large enough to handle its' own, they bid the Ultramarines farewell. In a stark turnaround from the usual closed-hospitality of Triton, the planet Matriarc, Alissa, and the newly crowned Chapter Admiral Denger both praised the Ultramarines' names, holding them in the highest honors, promising they would always be there should the Ultramarines call, and that the Ultramarines would always be welcome on Triton.

    The First Rule of Piracy: Pillage, THEN burn!
    COMBAT DOCTRINE: The Storm of Tears focuses mainly on boarding tactics and infantry, preffering to shuttle in large amounts of troops to then pour out, defeat the enemy, while capturing vehicles and other points along the way. They are not built for sneaking, but throw themselves into battle furiously. While many chapters choose warsongs, theirs instead sing somber funeral dirges, singing for the souls of fallen bretheren, the souls of those who would fall in that battle, and the souls of so many waiting for venegeance. They bear the trusted bolters of all Space marines, choosing for hand weapons knives or harpoons. While the days of piracy are long gone by many generations, the 'waste not, want not' way of thinking remains strong in Tritonites, strong enough that oftentimes enemy camps are not only purged of life, but of resources... heretical items sent back to the Adept Mechanicus, and while they could not keep the other raw materials for fear they were tainted, the Marines do collect them all into one place before beginning the burning.

    TRADITIONS:
    In heavenly armor, we enter the lands,
    Take courage my brother, let them die at our hands,
    And when the enemy forces press in like a flood- Do not fear!
    In war, when we fall, our redemption is near -


    For the battle belongs to the Emperor!
    Burial at Sea:
    Whenever possible, Marines from the Storm of Tears are given back to the waters of Triton. Because they honor their dead so much, even the lowest Marines are given a heroe's funeral. When the chapter suffers heavy losses, a mass funeral is held. The bodies (If there are) wrapped in cloths, weighted with a ceremonial bolter and helm, and the vigil held in the Hall of Waves, at the very bottom of the Monastery where a pool of water gives immediate access to the deep ocean below. The actual ritual is almost exactly that used by the Ultramarines.

    Mortal Progeny:
    Before becoming Space Marines, eligible recruits are required by Law of Triton to give up some of their mortal seed to the Future of Triton, a program established to ensure that the genetic heritage of Triton does not suffer for its' strongest and most ablest males being taken from the gene pool.

    Often, the seed of a particularly heroic marine may become much sought after on the planet, and it while the Chapter claims not to give any interest in the blood-heritage of its' members, it is well known in the ranks that should you be the descendant of a prominent Space Marine, you are held to MUCH higher expectations.

    The Strength of Triton
    Not so much as a tradition on Triton, but the genetic inheritance of Tritons has shown to lend itself particularly well to potential Space Marines, with a higher percentage of the males passing the purity tests.

    The Albatross
    Another 'not really a tradition'. The albatross in sailor mythology is a bird of fortune. To slay one is to bring great misfortune on it. The dead of the STorm of Tears are thus called Albatross, as each one dead means some unlucky enemy will soon follow at the hands of the Chapter.

    Purifying Salt
    Seawater, especially that of Triton, is considered a pure (That is, untainted) liquid, and is used in many of the implant rites for rinsing and cleansing. It also serves a purpose of annointing, and to help in the healing process. Apothecarians would always have a few litres on them, and many Marines carry small doses. When desperate, even teardrops might be used for their salt content.

    Rites of passage
    Before becoming Space Marines, applicants remain on Triton. They recruit exclusively from their homeworld, even if they are in desperate need of more Marines.

    The initial trials are the same - recruits are screened carefully and thoroughly. Once these have passed, the real training begins. The inititiation begins with a variety of trials once the screening had completed. Tests of strength, mind and devotion separate those worthy of becoming Space Marines from the others, selecting only the few who are the most outstanding.

    From that point, training and implantation begins. Implanation and Training closely follows the Ultramarines' own methods, although with a focus more on seamanship and aquatics training, with deep-dives into Triton's ocean for combat against the creatures there. Once it was complete, the Scouts spend a time within the Tenth company to glean more experience and knowldge, before their final rite:They must battle against the Chapter Admiral himself.

    The rules of such a battle are loose, one might go alone for greater honor or as a group to prove yourselves. Should the Admiral not be available, frequently one of the First Ship will step in. The exact objective is not to slay him (Although if it did happen, no doubt said Recruit would be very highly reguarded). The Admiral combats the new recruit(s), until he has judged that they can hold their own in combat. Death is a very large possibility, and rarely is one given a second chance to meet the Admiral in combat.

    The Livery of The Storm of Tears
    The Livery of the Storm of Tears seems simple on the outside, but has deep meaning to those who wear it.

    The right side of the armour is painted black, while the right is Ultramarine Blue - the same shade the Ultramarines used. Around the left pauldron is tied a black sash of mourning with the chapter symbol on it. Down the right side of the armour, a searing lightning bolt arcs from head to toe.

    The symbolism is this: The Black mourning sash indicates obviously, a state of mourning. Since they cannot remove the sash without removing their Chapter Symbol, they are always in mourning. This is also symbolized by half the armour being painted black.

    The blue half though, shows that while they mourn constantly, mourning walks alongside Duty, and the Emperor, with the color of the Ultramarines.

    And the Lightning bolt is the searing fury of venegeance the Storm of Tears brings down on anyone who should dare defy the Emperor.

    [img width=395 height=450]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2785889996_b6777a3f25_o.gif[/img]

    Ultramar: Most Honoured!

    The Storm of Tears space marines feel deeply about the Ultramarines. The Ultramarines had saved their planet, and were it not for them, they would not even be existing as a Chapter. The entire population owes their existence to the Ultramarines, and it shows as they honor the chapter as highly as they do their own native marines.

    **[I]The Ritual of the Chapter Admiral{/I]

    "Never forget your humble beginnings. Even the greatest of us were but Babes, and were it not for the mighty deeds of Poseidon, we would not be here. We act as he acts, and does as he did."

    The Selection of a Chapter Admiral again returns to the tale of Poseidon. In his youth, Poseidon worked as a rigger on the churning seas. The dangers ever present, he wore a harpoon and waterproofed gun on his belt. Suddenly, the entire boat lurched, and he was tossed into the briny drink, into the waiting arms of a Davjons krakken monster - a many-armed thing which grew to enormous sizes - in fact, the cities themselves were built in the preserved carcasses of them, although those secrets remained lost for many years.

    Swallowed whole, the tale says that Poseidon lived within the belly of the beast, on a raft he had strung together. Gathering up fire fuel, he soon built himself a great bonfire inside the creature, the smoke sickening it and the flames burning it from within, until filled with air it surfaced. Bloated, its' skin burst through with a single pierce of his harpoon and he was freed.

    In this manner is the Chapter Admiral chosen. A champion is taken from each Company, selected by its' own Bretheren (Though the tenth ship may submit a champion, it very very rarely does, and if it does, it is a Veteran sergeant training the new recruits). These ones must sink into the ocean itself, with but a harpoon and a handweapon of their choice, to hunt the greatest of Davjons, be swallowed alive, and then kill the beast from within. He who slays the largest, quickest, is then chosen by the Ship Captains to lead them as the Admiral. This task must be done alone, although witnesses frequently attend to ensure that they were wholly eaten.

    Poseidon blinked the salt from his red eyes. The wind blinded him a moment later. He was grappling with the torn sails of his ship, the Gilded Albatross, by instinct alone, since they had dared to sail into the Eye of God itself to escape the Krakken behind. Even the monsters dared not enter this Mother Storm, of which only madmen and corpses escaped.

    Suddenly, the wind died, and the boat swished on rolling waves. A cry from one of his fellow seamen brought the mans' eyes to the sky, where Poseidons' gaze froze.

    There, in the center of the swirling clouds, was a hole. A hole of darkness amongst the dark, and within that darkness, tiny pinpricks of light, glittering. He had never seen the stars, but he remembered hearing... something... about lights in the sky, so far away you could not reach them if you sailed for a thousand years. Were these them?

    There was little time to think of it, as already the Eye was passing and the winds picked up, the world breaking into entropic decay once more
    Myths about the Storm of Tears:
    Their Geneseed is from the Dark Angels, which is why they are so penitent - they are descended from "The Unforgiven' and have a duty to earn forgiveness.

    Their Geneseed is from the Blood Angels, which explains their bloodthirst in battle against the enemy.

    Their monastery is all gold and precious minerals and metals pillaged from their enemies, and within the bowels of the floating city were great rooms of treasure, relics and fantastic heretical weapons.

    Deviations from Astartes

    Whenever possible, the Storm of Tears holds fast to the Codex Astartes, but there are some small differences within the Storm of Tears. Most of these are cosmetic for the most part...

    The 4th, 5th and 8th Ships of the Storm of Tears are fully aquatic by nature and equipment. Special, Adept Mechanicus approved vehicles and equipment were supplied. The 4th is nicknamed the 'Remora's, for they were purely underwater in assault tactics, equipped with water-jetpacks with swim bladders and oxygen tanks. The 5th was the surface tactics, being given aquatic rhinos (dubbed 'hippocampus') and vehicles that could glide across water. The reserved company, the 8th has a mixture of both available, and the First ship also has a good compliment should they require it. There are not as many devastators in the Chapter as in others, due to their oceanic style of fighting making it even more difficult for the large walking tanks.

    The companies are known as SHIPS. The first ship, second ship, and so on.

    The Captains hold the same name, but the Chapter Master is known simply as the Admiral. Once he becomes Admiral, it is rare to use his birth name. He is simply The Admiral.

    The Chapter symbol is not painted directly onto the Left Pauldron, but instead onto the black sash of mourning that the Brother wears. The symbol, a lightning bolt, is colored in the traditional Company color for his company.

    The Chaplains are sometimes known as Fish Speakers, a more intimate term - rarely used outside of the Marine chapter itself. It reckons back to the days of feral Triton, when the spiritual leaders of the cities would have visions of fish speaking to them, bringing predictions of good or evil fortune, the passage of storms, and advice to pass on to the leaders of the cities. Within the citizenry, the Fish Speakers are mainly women, while obviously amongst the Chapter, they are the Chaplains.

    Creator's notes: please be gentle! I haven't gotten a chance to do a LOT of research into the world of 40k, but I hope you enjoy this read! I will likely add to it as I think more up!

    I also have no timeline of great battle yet, because I need to do research and see thigns that have happened - an existing timeline so that I might be able to say 'hm, they'd be here, but not there."

    I will add stuff as I think of it, marked by * by the new stuff!

    And for Pete's sake guys! Read the top of the post: They are from ULTRAMARINE stock! The blood angel thing is a MYTH About the chapter, which is why its listed under 'myths' and not FACTS. *grrr*

    Last edited by Storm Maiden; September 1st, 2008 at 07:51.

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    Not very well versed into the background of marines, but I found it interesting enough to read it through and through... and I rather liked it too!

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    Thanks! I just added new information and stuff

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    Finally got around to reading this, and it's good stuff.

    A strong, simple concept, sensible background and nice detail: rep to you!

    It seems churlish to quibble with such a detailed and well-thought out background, but I do wonder about all that aquatic technology. The 41st millenium is an ignorant and superstitious place, and significant divergances from existing technology are rare. Something like an STC for converting rhinos to an aquatic mode might survive on a world, like yours, that has been isolated from the Imperium (by warp storms?), but they would gather a lot of attention from the Adeptus Mechanicus if they resurfaced...

    Anyhoo, love the ideas here, and the well-written post. Traffic is a bit slow in the fluff forum, but I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, 'cause I love a bit of background, me...

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    Very weel thought out piece of fluff, actually seems realistic, unlike most marine fluff, you didn't protray them as utterly invincible, so great job overall.
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    Updated! also cross-linked to my new Project Log!

    http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ml#post1238658

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    Updated! For easement of updating the three forums I post this on, I moved all of the information to a blog for reading convenience:


    Index Astartes: The Storm of Tears

    I do not remember what I have added since posting this, but all are welcome to critique. I do know I added 'Battle reports', which are 'in character' reports of my battles with this army.

    Battle Reports Index Astartes: The Storm of Tears

    I am intending to set up a gallery soon as well.

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    Interesting chapter; one of the better ones I've seen (both official and unofficial). I did take a mild dislike to the use of real-world names like Poseidon, but it doesn't really harm the background. The aquatic aspect was particularly nice.

    I do not see any discrepancies with the 40k setting.

    Well done.
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    Thanks. I will probably end up changing the name Poseidon to something different, perhaps follow the roman names used by the Ultramarines so I can set down a proper pattern.

    Glad you like it though!

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    http://stormoftears.wordpress.com/the-planet-triton/

    New fluff! I changed Poseidons' name to something else, as well as a few other names. If I missed a instance, let me know and I'll catch up.

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