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This entery in the GW "Create your own chapter" competition was a combined effort. My Girlfriend Jenn "ZoraBlade" painted the model, and my friend Joe "GoodOldJoe" wrote the fluff. The model is off to GW HQ so i cant take a photo, but Jenn painted a second model I will post later today. They took 2nd place.
On Bray, an Imperial Outpost in Segmentum Obscurus, there was an Imperial Guard betrayal fueled by the powers of Chaos, and led by the sinister yet legendary Fallen Dark Angel, Cypher. The Dark Angels sent a force led by Asmodai, the Interrogator-Chaplain, to repel the heretics and capture the Fallen one. Even though the Dark Angels were successful in their defeat of the Chaotic Imperial Guard, they suffered an embarrassing end to their great battle when Cypher managed to escape. As Asmodai had Cypher on his knees, there was a blinding flash of warp energy in which Cypher was saved by his Chaos Deity.
Angered by the failure to capture Cypher and the slow progress of capturing other Fallen Dark Angels, Asmodai proposed an unorthodox solution. He proposed the creation of a new Chapter whose sole purpose was to find the Fallen and capture or destroy them at whatever measures required. This new Chapter will be named The Order, to honor the noble knights of Caliban that found Lion â€˜El Johnson and rid the planet of Chaos. The Order will not be registered with the Inquisition or Adeptus Mechanicus so suspicion about their true intent is not speculated and so they may operate in secrecy. Only the Inner Circles of the Dark Angels and Chapters of the Dark Angelsâ€™ lineage know of The Order and what their purpose is.
The Order relies more on the leadership of their Interrogator-Chaplains and Librarians than Masters. The Chapter Librarians, which are some of the best that the Dark Angels have ever seen, are constantly probing the warp and the minds of others for knowledge of the Fallen. When a Fallen is located, it is the Interrogator-Chaplains that lead the Chapter into battle. The Order will never deviate from its path of hunting the Fallen.
The Order has no home world to call their own; they are a nomadic Chapter traveling in their Battlebarges and Strike Cruisers. They obtain new recruits from all over; they trade with Forge worlds to obtain new vehicles and weapons; and they raid enemy planets and ships to obtain supplies. With their limited resources, The Order has been known to engage in unconventional methods to infiltrate enemy positions and obtain information regarding the Fallen. They do not hold back when it comes to finding the Fallen; there have even been instances when they have attacked other Chapters and Imperial Outposts that they felt had a Fallen amongst their ranks or were perhaps too close to discovering the truth about the Fallen. Since they are unknown to the Imperium, other Chapters and Imperial planets claim these incidences to be attacks by Chaos marines.
The Order is a secret created to protect a secret. They operate outside of the Imperiumâ€™s jurisdiction. They will stop at nothing to achieve their objective.
TRAITS (Significant Divergence)
Take the Fight to Them â€“ The Order prefers to capture the Fallen than to kill them. In order to do so, they need to be adept at fighting in hand-to-hand. It is not uncommon for every marine in the battle to be using a pistol and close combat weapon.
See, But Donâ€™t Be Seen â€“ The Order relies more on stealth and infiltration to catch their enemies off guard. It is often seen that the entire army will infiltrate.
We Stand Alone â€“ Due to being a secret Chapter with well-guarded secrets and agendas, they will never accept help from anyone.
Flesh Over Steel â€“ With limited resources, The Order does not have easy access to heavy vehicles.
Due to their secrecy and nomadic existence, they have no Forge world of their own, which limits their access to tanks and other heavy armor, changing the way they fight. The Orderâ€™s fighting style is contrary to the Dark Angelsâ€™ fighting style. The Order relies more on gathering information, stealth, infiltration, hand-to-hand combat, and quick precise attacks. They depend on the more maneuverable Land Speeders and Attack Bikes to carry heavy weapons, allowing the rest of the army to concentrate on engaging the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. When needed, Terminators are employed to provide close range fire support for the advancing troops. However, Sergeants carry melta bombs to take out any tanks that are troublesome. Before the enemy knows it, The Order has occupied enemy territory, causing chaos and havoc amongst the ranks.
just as a side-note. there already is an order that exists. it was made after the fall of caliban and operates from johnsons personal flag-ship. the force is more along the lines of single squads going around hunting threats of the fallen and reporting to the nearest chapter about their findings. squads are led by paladins that are part of a council that forms a leadership of the order. scince no marine has proved himself worthy of johnsons former position as they were his personal guard in ages past. their uniforms are as their home chapters are and all that is changed is that a black robe is added to cover the armour.
this is sort of supported by reports of shadowy figures bearing the insignia of the dark angels and wearing black robes during the eye of terror campaign
Ok fellows we have a difficult task, so we have to be more deadly than everyday.
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Tactics are nice but it is violence that wins the day.
Clearly GW liked the idea of a second Order being set up then. The Dark Angels creating their own Chapter is quite heretical, are there any legths the Unforgiven won't go to to achieve their aims?
I like the background keep it up.
Its very interesting, but the problem with it is the inquisition and mechanicus would be the first to know of the chapters existance and therefore why it was created.
The mechanicus would know because all the weapons, replacement parts to powerarmour, and supplies needed to maintain a space borne chapter (or any chapter) would have to go somewhere. If it just 'dissapeared then the records would show that and mechanicus/inquisitorial investigations in the matter would begin.
The inquisition would easily know because not only do they have a representitive with the hgih lords of terra (the group that allow for the creation of a new chapter.) but they are easily able to interrogate the high lords.
Also, their a space-borne chapter so hiding them is kinda hard. After all hiding one or two dozen imperial ships designed to be strike cruisers, battlebarges, and space marine rapid response ships are not that hard to miss when you want to find them. (Look at what the Soul Drinkers chapter did. Scuttle the whole fleet and use a spacehulk instead...)
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That sounds like Shadow Guard's Knights of the Order (Click the Fortress link).Originally Posted by vulcan raven
I am against the secret founding of a chapter. It would blow the idea of Foundings sky high. I don't know what they would trade to get supplies from a Forge World in any large quantity either. I like the idea though. Just some simple clean-up needs to be done.
Wait, I am under the impression that these secret Foundings aren't true chapters in the sense that they are sanctioned by Terra have their own homeworld etc, rather recruits/weaponry come from the Dark Angels? That works background wise but is that actually what isitused means?