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Hambali 501st Regiment - “The Jokers”
“Only in death will they allow you to go back home.”
The Hambali System, also known as the “Waypoint to Terra”, is located at the mid-point between Holy Terra and Cadia. The system is known for its merchant activity, large star ports, and long serving Merchant Clans that facilitate the transfer of materials and men to Cadia.
Hambali only has 255 standing regiments and the 501st is an aberration. Because many of the officers are members of Clans that have a lot of influence, summary executions are not politically viable. Instead, the 501st was formed as a regiment to assign those who have problems with authority or have embarrassed the Clans in some way. Even the commissars assigned to the regiment have cut their careers short because of some political mistake or another.
Colonel Tyne Ciath
Acting Commander Officer, Hambali 501st Regiment
“Your battle-plan reeks of cowardice and urine.”
Colonel Tyne Ciath is best known for the incident when he urinated on the desk of Lord General Yonsil to express his displeasure with his most recent changes to his battle plans during the Givins Rebellion. Because the Ciath Clan held significant interests in the merchant exchanges of the Hambali System, execution would not have been the politically correct course of action.
Colonel Ciath was assigned as Acting Commanding Officer of the Hambali 501st Regiment after a friendly-fire incident took the life of General Reavus after the light from Astronomican became too weak to shine in the False Hope sector where the regiment was stationed. Strangely, there was no battle recorded on the day of the general’s death.
Commissar Neth Stykes
Commissar, Hambali 501st Regiment
“THAT?!? It’s only a flesh wound! Apply a tourniquet above the knee, get off your arse, pick up your frakkin’ gun and get back into fight!”
Commissar Stykes was assigned to the Hambali 501st after performing a summary execution of Colonel Yuthis for cowardice. Colonel Yuthis was the only son of the Lord Governor of Hambali IV.
Major Colm “Ordy” Ortinez
Master of Ordinance, Fleet Liaison Officer, 14th Hambali Fleet
“What the frak did I do wrong to get assigned to you?”
Colm Ortinez was declared psychologically unfit for naval service and was assigned to the 14th Hambali Fleet in support of the 501st Regiment.
Lieutenant Stad Gorvinsk
Commander, First Platoon, Hambali 501st Regiment
“I bet you twenty cigarettes I can just graze his ear.”
Lt. Gorvinsk, once an aspiring leader in the Gorvinsk Merchant Clan, lost half of his family’s holdings in a single hand of Regincide. After being beaten severely by his uncle, he woke up in a infantry hospital wearing a uniform.
Sergeant Berg Barnes, aka “The Marlboro Man”
Sergeant, no assigned platoon, Hambali 501st Regiment
“I need a cigarette.”
Sgt. Barnes has walked away from experiences that should have killed him on multiple occasions. He completely lost his squad 37 times, being the sole survivor for some inexplicable reason. While he retains the rank of Sergeant, he no longer leads a squad as no one will follow him into battle.
Berks Warhammer 40K: Hambali 501st Regiment - “The Jokers”
So, this would be a 'Foreign Legion' sort of army? That works except that I don't see how the bit about summary executions not being viable, disgraced nobility and all that. (If anything, summary executions might be popular with the 'powers that be' in such a regiment.) Still, sounds like good fluff. Was the 'Jokers' sobriquet inspired by anything in particular?
"My tanks have names, my men have numbers." -Col. Edmund Grahvess, 23rd Kronecker Prison Guard
I wanted to portray a more liberal world where the clan's way of thinking is to rehabilitate their wayard children by having them join the military. Or punish them (some things are worse than death).
As for the name Jokers, I chose it to convey their attitude toward battle. It's hard to take warfare seriously when you can't hit jack and die when a bolter waves in your direction.
Thanks for the feedback!
This is brilliance. Even though it isn't very grimdark, it is still awesome. It is a lot more probable than many army backstories, including ones that I've written.
Terminator armor going critical would be like Three Mile Island only very, VERY angry, and carrying a hammer.
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