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I made some changes, hopefully it is better then the last one, as usual be brutally honest.
The Silent Pythons Chapter was part of the 3rd founding, created to help guard the Cadian Gate. The Chapter’s history is surrounded in mystery, several Imperial forces such as the 113th Cadian and the 89th Versiles Regiments claimed to have been saved by the Silent Pythons during the 1st Black Crusade, and other Space Marine Chapters acknowledge their assistance in campaigns centuries before the 3rd founding. Regardless of its beginnings the Silent Pythons are now known around the Eye of Terror, for its strong belief in the Imperial Truth and its unwillingness to accept defeat.
To understand the Silent Pythons origin you must first understand the 3rd founding. According to some sources the High of Lords of Terra exchanged ideas and debated for several centuries before agreeing on a suitable way to create Space Marine Chapters. The 3rd founding was somewhat of an experiment for the High Lords of Terra, creating several Space Marine Chapters for the first time. Examining the five percent of gene-seed sent to the Adeptus Mechanicus, it is believed that the High Lords decided that Roboute Guilliman gene-seed should be used to create the new Chapters, however there were some exceptions. The gene-seed of one of the new Chapters belonged to Rogal Dorn, and when asked to send mentors, the Imperial Fist sent Cornelius, Captain of the Imperial Fist 9th Company.
To say that the Silent Pythons believe in the Imperial Truth would be an understatement, they have a fervent dedication to it. They spend hours reading about the Imperial Truth, they believe that your strength is linked to your belief in the Imperial Truth. The Silent Pythons only speak to each other during battles or mission briefings. They seclude themselves refusing to interfere with each other’s training.
They believe that all of the problems that the Imperium faces today are due to it straying away from the Imperial Truth. During the early years the Pythons as they were known back then, were very vocal communicating openly with civilians and Imperial commanders. On the battlefield they could be heard quoting the Imperial Truth before slaying their enemies; however the growth of religion greatly changed this. Some marines saw Imperial Guardsmen reading the Lectitio Divinitatus a book written by the traitor Lorgar.
The Chapter investigated the matter and discovered the growing Ecclesiarchy; outraged the Pythons made a broadcast to the entire sector around the Eye of Terror. Informing everyone that that they would not communicate with anyone associated with the Imperial Cult, changing their name to the Silent Pythons they vowed to do their duties as Astartes according to the teachings of the Imperial Truth.
Not entirely sure this one will fly... unless they were part of the Second Founding, the chapter won't have known anything about the Imperial Truth, really; the worship of the Emperor as a god sprang up pretty much as soon as he was interred on the Golden Throne. As part of a beautiful piece about what the Emperor should be, discussed between those who would later become the Inquisition, there's these snippets:From this is it clear that the Golden Throne is a very recent thing. And then a few seconds later we have this:“The Golden Throne works,” one said, his voice aged and cracked. “The Emperor’s life can be sustained indefinitely.”
“His soul lives on?” another inquired, his long, sharp nose protruding from under the lip of his hood. “It is not an empty husk?”
“It is not,” the first confirmed. “The Emperor has ascended to the next plane, but the link ’twixt body and spirit remains strong.”So unless the Pythons have very direct links to pre-Heresy times, I'm not sure they have a viable creed. The Ecclesiarchy was established very soon after the Emperor's ascension. I'm not sure any marines apart from First Founding chapters could claim to register a time when he wasn't widely worshipped.News of the Emperor’s… ascension is already widespread. He is being revered as a god already on a hundred worlds.
Also, I know you said the chapter's founding is shrouded in mystery, which is fine and dandy, but what do the marines themselves currently think? They've got to have an opinion on the matter. It doesn't have to be right, but it should be in evidence.
Apart from that it works rather well.
Not to mention that it's kind of misleading to still call it the Imperial Truth, as by all evidence the fundamental beliefs of the Imperial Cult (the ecclesiarchy) are completely correct, with a few exceptions like the fate of the human soul after death.
At the end of the day, whether you call something a 'God' or not is kind of academic. What that 'God' does is infinately more important, and the ecclesiarchy pretty much have that nailed. This is why, despite the fact most space marine chapters don't see the Emperor as a 'God', they also have no problem with what the ecclesiarchy preaches.
In short, you kind of need to explain what the Imperial Truth is in your context and why it is that it imbues these guys with such milititancy when all the other people who believe the same thing don't seem to have a problem.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; July 20th, 2010 at 13:44.