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Name: The Rising Suns
Inspiration: Feudal Japan
Homeworld: Edo (Formerly Kamakura)
Banner: A Golden chrysanthemum on a white background
Seii Taishogun Ieyasu's Personal Heraldry: Black background Three "triple hollyhocks" going vertically down the banner. Top Red, middle white, bottom silver.
All daimyo use their name spelled out in traditional Nihon script (Kanji) and if they wish they may incorporate the Rising Suns chapter heraldry. All daimyo may also be awarded honors to be added to their banners for successful campaigns, though none have as yet been awarded any.
Company Symbols: Companies are denoted by colors on the shoulderpad rims, though the colors are not codex standard. Positions are indicated by characters in the native tongue of the people of the Nihon system.
Successor Chapter: Unknown
Current Seii Taishogun: Ieyasu
The Rising Suns are an ancient chapter who are in the Nihon system, on the eastern fringe, far enough from the Imperium that they have grown their own culture away from its influence. From the beginning they were ruled by powerful and wise Seii Taishogun in reigns referred to as Bakufu. For many years the Bakufu focused their attention on combating the Orks which resided on many of the planets in Nihon and nearby systems. As the Orks were slowly driven away the individual daimyo (Captains) gained power at the expense of the Seii Taishogun. During the Yoshimitsu Bakufu these daimyo became too powerful, and when the Tyranid attacked the Nihon system each daimyo holed himself up in his respective Han (ruled territory, usually a planet) and hoped to survive the invasion.
Through sheer luck and the skill of each marine, the chapter as a whole survived, though not before much of their forces were destroyed. At this point the Kensai (dreadnought) Miyamoto acted as regent until the succession of Seii Taishogun could be decided. Though Miyamoto was wise, he was unable to stop the civil war that occurred as each of the daimyo began to fight for the position.
For twenty years the daimyo fought, until Noboru finally defeated three of his fellows and took their Han. With this enhanced power, along with the alliance of Hideyoshi, of the scout Han, Noboru was declared regent, though he was not foolish enough to try to become Seii Taishogun.
He ruled for one year as regent before the Tyranid once again invaded and his life was lost in defense of Kamakura. With his death Hideyoshi was able to become regent, with his loyal retainer, Ieyasu, taking command of the tenth Company. Ieyasu was a wily leader and invaluable to Hideyoshi, who was growing weaker with a wasting disease.
After three years Hideyoshi finally subsided to disease and left Ieyasu in control of the first, third, and tenth companies and their respective Han. With these men under his command Ieyasu was able to take control of the fourth, fifth, and sixth companies in the course of a year, finally gaining the majority of the Han and receiving the votes necessary to become Seii Taishogun.
With 25 years of war behind them, including two Tyranid invasions, the Rising Suns found themselves largely depleted, able to field only around 500 men. Only the third company was fully equipped, though the scouts had around 100 men ready to be initiated. The venerable dreadnought Miyamoto was the only Holy Kensei (Dreadnought) to survive the second Tyranid invasion.
Soon after assuming command Ieyasu was confronted with an investigation by the Inquisition, led by Commissar Garcia. While Ieyasu has been allowed to remain in command, the Commissar is suspicious of the Han system, which allows to much room for corruption among the individual companies.
Last edited by MMCDhoward; August 31st, 2008 at 08:54.
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I like it... are you going to paint Kanji symbols on them?
That's the plan, I'm still deciding what symbols, I'm fairly sure on using the symbol for sword for assault squads, priest/monk for chaplain, but I'm still deciding on the others. One advantage this army provides from a painting perspective is the ease of painting on the symbols, and I really like that.
Depending on how good your Kanji skills are you could easily combine the kanji for priest, and battle to make Battle priest.
Gunjin means soldier/ warrior, so you could use that for your tactical squads.
Excellent seed for an idea, but it just sounds like you've manhandled Japanese Middle History into 40k.
Integrate it a bit more, and this'll be awesome!
Interesting idea. My biggest issue with them is that for most of their history they appear to be a marine chapter that exists on a single planet and their whole history revolves around that planet. That's not the way marines work even though you mention battles with the Orks on nearby worlds. This comment feels like a throw-away concept; it's never addressed although this would probably be their reason for existence in this far-flung part of the Imperium.
While the local culture may influence the behavior of the chapter, I have conceptual difficulties with the local culture influencing them to the degree that they effectively recreate the Horus Heresy in miniature. Companies will not fight against each other in the manner you describe. This is part of the problem with trying to force a historical theme into the 40k universe. This is very out of character for marines, even those who have drifted too far towards the culture of their recruits.
The Nids are the other big problem. A single chapter is going to have problems with a Nid invasion of their homeworld. Individual companies isolating themselves the way the Japanese daimyos did in the real world would absolutely insure the destruction of all of them. Regardless of how far out on the rim they were, the first invasion would have generated a call for help and there has to be Imperial forces that would have been within range to do so. This battle would not and could not have been one on their own if they were to survive. Surviving the second Nid invasion so soon after the first is just silly. If a whole chapter is unlikely to survive a Nid invasion, a chapter decimated in the process of fighting them off (however implausible their success is) will be kibble for a second invasion. There is no way that they could survive let alone receiving only 50% casualties after two invasions.
You've got a nice starting idea but it needs a lot of work to fit into the existing framework of the 40k universe.
If I haven't ticked you off too much , what is their color scheme? DO you have pics of the minis? If not, do you have images of the scheme using Bolter and Chainsword's Marine painter or GW's Marine painter?
Yes, there are female marines and my Sunhawks will let you know in a major way.
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Thanks for the advice, it's really appreciated. I thought about the 'nid problem you brought up on my own after this thread was posted, and my thoughts were to make it like the Mongol invasion of Japan, where it wasn't the military skill of the Japanese but rather a chance storm that saved them. I'm trying to think of a way to bring something like that into the 40k universe but I may have to drop it. As for fighting off on planets that's definitely something they did in the past and will do in the future, I purposefully left that vague to allow stories that I may come up with to be added.
They actually don't exist on a planet, they occupy a system of their own, specifically the Nihon system, with their fortress monastary on Edo. I think that the "civil war" that they had is unusual, but I'm sticking with it and think it's probably not the craziest thing that's happened. I'm definitely going to add consequences for it, I just haven't decided what at this point.
The scheme is red armor with white shoulderpads, boots and...that raised thingy on the helmet. I'm making the second company atm, though I'll be adding scouts from the 10th.
And another small point... comissars don't lead inquisitorial investigations, they keep the morale up in the Imperial Guard. Inquisitors function more or less on their own in that regard, with whatever they feel they need to requisition. I'm also not exactly sure what this investigation adds to the concept of the chapter, but it could be made into something interesting.
Final question... where on earth is Oda Nobunaga in all this?
I thought about doing a Space Wolves style thing, but my idea was that when a leader takes control he exerts enough influence to centralize the chapter a bit, so in the years after Ieyasu's ascension they may be like that, by about a decade they've become much more codex abiding, due in part to Ieyasu's influence and in part to the fact that the High Lords would have demanded as much.
The Commissar thing is a good point, I'll fix that after I decide exactly what I want the High Lords to do in response to the Sun's little war.
I think I named Nobunaga Noboru in my little story, and he was glossed over quickly. But in my writings about Ieyasu's rise he's actually very important, and he was almost made a dreadnought for his heroic actions in his death.