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The Void Wanderers recruit from feral planets with little or no imperial influence except for tithes and nominary control, as they have but recently left the Halo Zone of the Segmentum Pacificus. They have been lost there ever since they followed Lord Commander Solar Macharius on the crusade he led, and they won many victories, although none pivotal to the campaign, but were accidentally abandoned after his death due to the chaos that followed and the grief that ensued.
They have drifted for centuries, as their Navigators could rarely see the Astronomican as it is faint in that region. For this reason they have no homeworld, at least not one they can remember and instead live and wage war in a small fleet of ships maintained for centuries. They regard The Emperor as a strong and valiant warrior and their rituals also ask for blessings from St. Macharius. They have no main enemies because the Halo Zone is distant from the main battlefields of the galaxy, although they have had many encounters with lesser known alien races. They are only now re-entering Imperial Space proper, and are interested in what has changed during their centuries of wandering. The Inquisition are naturally suspicious as they have been deemed lost for centuries, although they have given the Ordo Xenos detailed information on races they encountered in their travelling so they have a few allies there. They use antiquated weapons/armour as they have been lost for centuries and have loose ties with the Adeptus Mechanicus because before they were lost, they helped defend a Forge World from an Ork invasion. This explains the Praefectus Perditionis’ (Chapter Master’s) rare weapon; it was a gift from the ruler of the forge world as thanks.
Their geneseed bears no mutations and the chapter itself is remarkably pure for one which has been lost for some time. The geneseed tithes they submitted to the Adeptus Mechanicus have been declared free of taint, and their ships were given an in depth servicing that took years at the first Adeptus Mechanicus world they encountered. During their stay they also took on some new power armour and weapons out of courtesy, but they privately hold that their ancient, well maintained weapons and armour are the best.
A vast amount of their chapter lore has been lost, and their dreadnoughts provide a link to a world and heritage most of the marines can scarcely remember, hence their rare use in battle. Ever since their reappearance, their main goal has been to discover their home world and their progenitor chapter, and who can blame them after centuries of being lost to want to go home?
Also i've been tossing some names around for the chapter, would like some ideas on which is better - Void Wanderers (little long), Void Walkers (little bland) or Void Stalkers (too chaos-y I think)
I like the concept.
The idea of a long lost Chapter returning to the fold is quite interesting, the only thing that gives me pause is their involvement in the Macharian Crusade which ran from 392-399.M41. In the current setting that was only 600 years ago which means depending on when the Chapter was founded the difference between the armour they brought back and their new equipment would not be that great. Have they been gone long enough for it to matter.
Have you thought about setting them in a crusade of your own devising. There is no reason you couldn't have them go missing in M37 in and return after a millennia or two of service out of the reach of the astronomican. Also by doing this, as the Halo Stars can refer to any of the most distant stars bordering the galaxy you are not limited to having them operate on the far Western edge of the galaxy where the Macharian Crusade took place.
Yeah, I was wondering about the whole Macharian Crusade thing but I wasn't sure when it was in the timeline and all my books appear to have gone missing.
If I have them on their own crusade, would that let me tie in elements of the Black Templars, because BT love all that running off crusading stuff. They could be their progenitor chapter as well. Do you know when the Black Templars were created so I can fit them in?
The Black Templars were part of the Second Founding which took place after the end of the Horus Heresy when the Loyalist Legions were broken up into Chapters back in M31.
I think Codex: Black Templars said their numbers are much higher than a normal Chapter so it is not inconcievable that to avoide Inquisitional attention they may have spun off some successors Crusading Chapters along the way.
IIRC the templars don't hold with the codex astartes, and refuse to be limited to 10 companies - it's unlikely they'd be willing to split off a new chapter.
I like the main fluff though (although it's right that the macharian crusade wasn't that long ago, however they could easy be a 3rd or 4th founding chapter that got carried away with reclaiming what was lost in the heresy...
Excellent, thank you
Which of the names do you think is best, or should I try and come up with a completely new one?
How about Void Hunters? Short, descriptive, humble.
I think the 'Lost Chapter' concept is overdone, plus it's unlikely that an entire Chapter would be lost at once. What if you shifted your fluff so that they aren't 'lost', per se, but are frequently out of contact as they patrol the outer fringes? This would also let you add in supporting fluff: their insistence on genetic purity, how they manage logistics, are they dependent on a Rogue Trader for intelligence and so on.
"My tanks have names, my men have numbers." -Col. Edmund Grahvess, 23rd Kronecker Prison Guard
Great idea for the name, thanks Intrepid
I was trying to make a fluff basis for them having antique armour and weapons which is why I did the lost chapter thing, how about if they were sent to patrol the outer reaches on a penitent crusade in M39/40 and have just earned their forgiveness. This might also let me tie in a few fallen so I could do a smaller chaos warband