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of all the chapters ive created this is the only one i have a full army for at this time. i will be posting pics soon
“May The Emperor show mercy in his judgment of you, for I shall have none in mine.” -- -Nestor Preed, Castigators Chapter Master
Created in the dark days of the Thirteenth Founding, The Castigators have long stood vigil against the enemies of the Emperium. Possessed of a strong sense of justice The Castigators believe that every man, woman and child has a duty to perform in the name of The Emperor. Those who fulfill the responsibilities given them by the God Emperor are to be hailed as heroes while those who The Castigators deem as having failed in their duties are to be punished accordingly. This punishment is most commonly carried out by the chapter champion or as he’s known amongst The Castigators the Lord Warden.
Due to their stern reputation The Castigators are commonly feared by there would be allies. Indeed these fears are rightfully founded for it is not unheard of for The Castigators to deliver a world from the edge of ruin only to try and execute the planets leaders for what the chapter deems as a failure in the defense of The Emperors realm. In some circumstances when The Castigators have deemed that an entire planet has failed in their duty (this is most commonly when a planet has turned against the Emperors light) the chapter has been known to perform extirminatus. While this is not uncommon amongst the chapters of the Astartes it is a regular occurrence among The Castigators and has lead to multiple Inquisitorial investigations.This adherent to justice is a result of the chapters’ homeworld. When anarchy and chaos threatened to consume the world of Markan those who had not fallen into corruption rose up against their criminal over lords and established a society based on the tenets of law, order, justice and duty. Those who refused to fight in what became known as The Liberty Wars were tried and convicted and sentenced to death for their cowardess.
As a result Markan has a virtually non-existent crime rate, the once savage hive gangs have been replaced by rank upon rank of proud guardsmen eager to prove themselves in the eyes of the Emperor. It is from these soldiers that The Castigators draw new recruits.Those whose crimes warrant more than a simple execution are imprisoned and brought before the chapter council. Within the depths of The Crucible stands a vast marble hall wrought in the style of ancient Terra, at the end of which stands a vast dais ringed by four seats. In the center of these seats rests the Lord Arbiter, a title held by the chapters oldest dreadnought. This position has always been occupied by Venerable Brother Janus, the chapters founder and first Chapter Master.
The four seats around the Lord Arbiter are held by the current Chapter Master, the Master of Truths (Chief Librarian), the Master of Souls (Master of Sanctity) and the Lord Warden (Chapter Champion). The accused will be given two options; they can either chose to defend themselves in the court were there mind will be read by the Master of Truths, their verdict passed by the Chapter Master, their souls condemned by the Master of Souls and their sentence carried out by the Lord Warden or through trial by combat were they will duel against the Lord Warden. Should the accused win their trial they will be set free and most often offered a chance to join the chapter. This has only happened twice in the chapters history, most recently by the current Chapter Master Nestor Preed who succeeded in his trial by combat.
Once a verdant agri-world, Markan went through a series of climactic changes which transformed the planets vast prairies into scorched inhospitable desert. These changes caused the planets populace to flood into the few Hive Cities found on the planet, as overpopulation set in criminal lords began to emerge as the rulers of the cities placing steep prices on the goods needed to survive. As savage gangs roamed the streets killing indiscriminately hundreds lay dyeing of starvation, unable to pay the exorbitant prices for food demanded by the gang lords. Riots were common as was murder and countless other forms of inhuman acts. Some even turned their prayers of salvation to the dark gods of chaos hoping for the liberation not granted them by the Emperor.
It was through these crimes that the savior of Markan would be exposed. When his family was killed in a gang massacre Janus Graiv became an avenging angel. Uniting the people of Hive Markan he led a revolt which saw the crime lords cast down from their thrones and their gangs expelled or killed. Those who had refused to fight for their freedom were viewed as cowards and executed along with the criminals. As the Markanians began to rebuild they created a society which worshipped order and abhorred crime. The hives were expanded, homes rebuilt and a new government established. Elected by the people, Janus became the first to hold the title of Lord Warden; it was his duty to insure an ordered and just society was maintained.
Through his efforts the planet rose from the ashes of destruction born anew into a proud planet of the Imperium rivaling Macragge in its splendor.The planet is now a hive world, were once its soul function was the production of crops now its vast factories create millions of war machines fueling the economy of the planet as well as arming The Castigators.
As members of the Imperium the Castigators are largely a codex chapter following the tenets laid down by the primarch Roboute Guilliman. While not a successor chapter of the Ultramarines, the Castigators have maintained the ethics and many of the traditions of the thirteenth legion. The few divergences witnessed within the chapter include the absence of codex approved company markings, the chapters’ propensity for justice, their absence of trepidation when exterminatus is declared and their recruitment methods.
Last edited by Jarl Bloodwolf; March 19th, 2010 at 18:20.
"I don't wanna kill ya, you're just too ugly to let live!".
This is great stuff, in my opinion. Good writing and a nice theme while keeping very clearly within the 40k canon.
The one thing I can think of is that I don't believe space marines ever decide whether a world is subject to Exterminatus. They might be asked to carry or deliver Exterminatus weapons on their ships, but it takes the authority of an Inquisitor to actually authorize the use of those weapons and take responsibility for the consequences. The closest you're going to get, I think, is if a given Inquisitor or group gives the chapter a carte blanche to use Exterminatus weapons as they see fit, but given that the consequences would be on their head I imagine that would take a lot of trust.
Also, hive cities don't appear on verdant worlds.. They're several miles tall, produce an unimaginable ammount of pollution and tend to have been there for thousands, if not tens of thousands of years, which means that most planets they're on have a very thick smog cloud cover and only ash wasteland on the surface. Also, your overpopulated gang-run dystopia idea is kind of what most hives are like anyway.. noble and manufacturing houses are basically criminal cartels with enough influence to be regarded as legitimate rulers.
All of this could be solved by replacing hive cities with regular urban sprawl, though.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; March 19th, 2010 at 19:53.
Personally I like it, I just don't agree with the recruitment part. Your typical Guardsman recruit is too old to be chosen for Astartes conversion, as the implants won't take. Maybe have an Ultramarines/Spartan-style agoge (military school for children) where the best recruits become Astartes candidates and the rest becomes Guardsmen and PDF.
I missed the bit with the guardsmen but I agree with Marius.. Firstly, guardsmen will be too old by the time they graduate into the regular army. Space marines need to take you in your early to mid teens in order to have a decent success rate of implantation. Going too late leads to mutated monsters and badly-integrated implants which wastes geneseed and causes lots of mess.
Also, there's a reason (in my opinion) chapters don't just mass recruit from Cadia. Space marines don't tend to look for good soldiers so much as great physical potential, raw combat skill and a honed survival instinct. They don't just want kids who can fight, they want kids who can kill grizzly bears without blinking.. On a hive world, it won't necessarily be the soldiers who show this. In fact, it's more likely to be the lowly underhivers who grow up surrounded by brutal violence and in an incredibly dangerous polluted environment. Even the relatively 'civilized' ultramarines recruit by pitting child slaves in fights to the death and weeding out those who survive, rather than through any kind of structured military program..
The above is purely my extrapolation though, though I struggle to think of a fluff example where it's wrong.
Point conceded.. I can't even remember where I read the gladiatorial thing, but it must be quite old regardless.
ok so so far i need to rehash the planets history itself as to what type of world it was before its catastrophy and i need to redo the recruitment system. as far as Exterminatus goes i was basing it off of the Dawn of War books were captain Angelos declared an Exterminatus on his homeworld and as i recall he didnt have an Inquisitor BUT as marius said novels dont equal cannon. i thank my brothers for their comments and will try and make the changes
"I don't wanna kill ya, you're just too ugly to let live!".
According to the Dawn of War game, which the novel was based off of, Angelos asked the Inquisition for Exterminatus, and they oblidged him.
As for the Dawn of War novels, those are C.S. Goto novels. So they are about as far from 'canon' as they are from good, coherent writing.
Another dog of the Emperor!
Good work, but yes, guardsmen are too old for the implants, again I repeat.
Refer to the Dark Angels history.
Lion El'Johnson's best friend was too old for the Implants to settle 'correctly', if I remember the things correctly and that led the man to biterness.
Dark Angels ended up losing their home planet from the bitter man fighting his former friend and primarch of the Dark Angels, Lion El'Johnson.
"The Rock" is remnant of the Dark Angels' former home planet.
As for suggestion...
The chapter name sounds like Inquisition ordo.
Although I don't do MTG.
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