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Chapter Name: Grey Snakes
Parent Chapter: Steel Cobras
The Steel Cobras were declared Excommunicatus for their sins, in particular they where branded heretics by the inquisition because they worshiped the Emperor as a animal totem. Though now renegades in the eyes of the imperium they still held themselves as loyal servants to the Emperor, no matter how twisted their worship of him was. Yet in this group some of the Marines thought that waiting in the bunkers on Tukaroe VII , only to accept their eventual fate and die was a waste for true servants of the Emperor.
Veteran Sergeant Hazax and several of his battle brothers came to this understanding and did not see it as a fitting end. Hazax knew that leaving with the 7th, 8th and part of the 10th companies of his beloved Steel Cobras would only invite internal strife to break out, he struck a deal with the Chapter Master that they would serve as the Steel Cobras right hand, expand their territory and do what true servants of the Emperor should do, protect the lands of men and destroy their enemies, even if the imperium counts among them.
The newly formed Grey Snakes struck out from their chapter to set up a series of outposts, secret locations were they may stockpile resources out of the eyes of the imperium to allow their operations in the area. Furthermore the Snakes have recently made pushes to increase the numbers of their newly formed chapter, by kidnapping persons with potential as a future Grey Snake and wiping their minds clean using a synthetic toxin from the very snakes they revered back on Tukaroe VII.
As far as combat doctrine goes, the Snakes have taken to guerilla warfare, setting up ambushes and taking what they can from the aftermath. If any major weakness can be seen in the chapters operations it is the lack of vehicles and currently high amount of untested battle brothers and scouts.
This, by itself, would not be grounds for excommunication. Several Marine Chapters (I recall the Malefactors in particular) have very...divergent...ways of worshipping the Emperor. So long as they acknowledge the Emperor as their lord and master and fight the Imperium's enemies, Marines get a lot of leeway in such matters. What other sins have they committed, given that they still consider themselves loyal? (Nearly all Marines consider themselves loyal to the Emperor first rather than the Imperium. Not that there's usually a conflict, there.)they worshiped the Emperor as a animal totem
You have an intriguing origin for your Chapter--namely, that they are the loyal survivors of a fallen chapter. If I may propose a tweak, suppose that the Inquisition demanded the unconditional surrender of the Chapter for (insert crimes here) in order to do a thorough investigation and house-cleaning, and Captain Hazax accepted where the Chapter Master did not. (Perhaps the Chapter Master had cracked or gone Chaos, and only Hazax had the grit to defy him?) (Hazax should be at least a Captain if he has three companies willing to listen to him, unless he is a very special case or the entire leadership was corrupted.) There would have been a brief internal war, followed by full submission to the Inquisition. The inquisitors did their checks, killed off the bad Marines and allowed the Chapter to be re-founded with Hazax as new Chapter Master.
I propose this change because it is very difficult for a Marine Chapter to be independent of both the Imperium and Chaos. The wargear and personnel they require is exotic, expensive and often irreplaceable. How would they resupply bolt ammunition? Drop pods? How would they fuel and maintain their strike fleet? Where would they find new Navigators and telepaths? How would they recruit new Marines without advanced bionics, medical specialists and hypnotic training? No supply lines, no safe havens, a lot of overhead and maintenance...and Space Marines are rare enough to be obvious wherever they go.
Overall, I like where you're going. Hazax may prove to be an interesting and heroic Marine!
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Thanks for the reply, the situation for the Steel Cobras is actually taken right from White Dwarf or otherwise offical fluff. For obtaining all the equipment I have noticed it is a major weakpoint, I have thought of a few ideas such as high jacking things in route to other marines or adapting equpiment, and hopefully maby brain washing a tech marine to keep stuff in order. I kinda want to have a vibe were they need to fight for what they have.
I like the story and have a couple ideas for you. Please bear with me as I am tired and about to go to bed*I work 3rd shift* so I apologize if I just seem to prattle on and don't make as much sense as I am hoping to.
Maybe the Steel Cobras were raiding supply shipments ment for other chapters. This might have happend if they were on a world thought to be in totall control of empire but secretley had a decent resistance movement. Or maybe they sent request for additional supplies that was intercepted and therefore thought empire excomunicated them and they were left on their own. Hazax could have been sent on a mission into Choas controlled space and given orders to disrupt enemy actions in that quadrant of space by any meens necassary. He may have also been in transit to other section but crash into enemy controlled space and therefore must make do with what they have.
I can't believe that just frickin happend...... is it dead?
I really don't think the Steel Cobras hide in their underwater bunkers by choice.. I think they're meant to be pretty much blockaded down there by Imperial forces until another chapter arrives to go down and flush them out. Other Imperial forces don't have the gear to fight several miles under a sea of liquid ammonia, but they can guard the perimeter and make sure the marines don't escape..
Given that, the one thing which seems kind of wierd is that they could just up and leave.. If that was the case, why wouldn't the rest do it instead of just sitting down there waiting to die.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; October 15th, 2009 at 17:02.
Perhaps they are a space borne chapter that wanted to tax all shipping near their zone for protecting them and a governor didn't like this (as it meant less profits for him) and had a inquisitor friend excommunicate them.
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My chapter -> Grey Snakes Offical fluff chapter -> Steel Cobras I like to have a real connection to the warhammer universe so the grey snakes story of being a renegade chapter is a tad more... well believable (if thats possible in 40k lol)