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â€śDisciples of Hephaestusâ€?
Gene-Seed used: Ultramarine
Original Chapter Master: Hephaestus
Chapter Master Title: The Smith
Chapter Symbol: Blacksmithâ€™s tongs
Colour scheme: Black with red detailing
Home planet: Teos
Teos, the desert planet homeworld of the Disciples of Hephaestus chapter is located near the Ork world of Charadon. The chapterâ€™s recruits are trained in groups of 24 from the age of eight years old. These groups participate in regular training activities within the central training complex on Teos. Each group is allocated a fully fledged Space Marine as a trainer. Hephaestus believed that like a bolter every part of an army has to work together to function best. The group know each other inside-out by the end of the training and can therefore work cohesively together for every Imperial year they are droplifted into the desert and must make their way to the training complex. Every year they are left further from the complex and they must rely on teamwork to make it back. The recruits learn to support each other and to stress this point every recruit in the group must pass the final tests required for inauguration or none are accepted. In this way the Space Marines support each other. The last test of a recruit of the Disciples of Hephaestus chapter is to slay one of the Khalkotauroi that roam the deserts. They are four legged animals that drag themselves around on their front limbs which end in large rendering claws. They are reptilian creatures with thick hides and it is said that when Hephaestus himself first visited Teos he produced makeshift ammunition pouches from their hides. Therefore it is customary for the Space Marines of the chapter to carry their ammunition in such a way.
The Khalkotauroi make for great targets as their breeding is rapid and therefore they must be culled to limit population growth which could harm the civilian population of Teos. As this is required the Space Marines conduct a great hunt once every year when a certain percentage of the Khalkotauroi are culled. The chapter leave in a great procession from the temple gates and the Khalkotauroi are eliminated from distance (as their strength is formidable at close range).
The inauguration of the Space Marine recruit groups take place in the Temple of Hephaestus where the chapter relics and shrines to the Emperor and heroes of the chapter are kept. The sacred temple is guarded by the Hephaestaen Guard who are sworn in after showing incredible prowess, bravery and devotion on the battle field. When a Disciples of Hephaestus is offered the role of Hephaestaen Guard they are gifted with an ancient twin-bladed power sword forged by Hephaestus himself. They must then use it to slay a bull adult Khalkotauroi in close combat. This is an extremely difficult task but only those thought of as capable are chosen and so the success rate is high.
Teos is home to armament factories equivalent to those of an average forgeworld. Here the vehicles, weapons and armour of the chapter are created, repaired and blessed. The Disciples of Hephaestus endeavour to keep close ties with Mars and as such are allowed to produce armaments on a large scale. The factories span out beneath the summit on which the Temple of Hephaestus stands. For the capital of Teos is set on many levels. At the 1st tier lies the Temple itself and the gardens surrounding it which is where the Hephaestaen Guard maintain their vigil. The 2nd tier holds the administrative offices of the chapter and the barracks of the Space Marines. The 3rd tier the homes of those who work within the factories and who produce every bolter, vehicle or sword by hand. The 4th and final tier is just above ground level and here are the factories. They are built on a grid like system with roads running in parallel towards the temple. At the crossroads lie courtyards with statues upon fountains of the great heroes of the order. Not far from the edges of the factories lie the walls of adamantium and the turrets upon them which protect from ground assault and from any Khalkotauroi who would be unfortunate indeed to venture too close.
The fortifications of Teosâ€™ capital have withstood many a Waagh! emanating from the Ork system of Charadon. The armies have exhausted themselves against the walls and only once has such an incursion penetrated the perimeter defences. Little is known of the event apart from the fact that the Ork Warlord responsible reached the 2nd tier and here he was forced to retreat by an assault from the combined forces of the Dreadnoughts and Hephaestaen Guard who bottlenecked the assault and withstood waves of enemies for several days. The Ork warlord was said to have retreated a short while later with very little of his fleet intact. Imperial estimates have found that as little as one fifth of the attacking forces were able to flee.
Very good man, well structured and thought about (unlike many "new" chapters). the capital reminds me of Minas Tirith lol. perhaps we could hear a little more fot he history of the chapter?
Nicely done. Sounds more like a Salamanders sucessor then an Ultramarine one, but still very nice.
Charadon isn't a world or even a system its a large Ork "empire" a constantly ebbing and fluid expansive area of space composing many systems, the centre of this sector is as unexplored and impentrable as the heart of a star, notablely the Ultramarines and other chapters often lead crusades into the fringes of Charadon to cripple or delay emergent Waarghs
Sorry it's just that I looked at one of the starmaps and it had Charadon listed as a planet. Maybe I read the key wrong.Charadon isn't a world or even a system its a large Ork "empire" a constantly ebbing and fluid expansive area of space composing many systems, the centre of this sector is as unexplored and impentrable as the heart of a star, notablely the Ultramarines and other chapters often lead crusades into the fringes of Charadon to cripple or delay emergent Waarghs
Nice story, unlike near all the others SM fluff ponits ( who happen to bent the existing in almost every direction ) yours is straight en well thought.
Kudo's to it (Y)
One thing that did inspire Hephaestus were the near mythical legends of the Standard Temple Construct (STC). In his prime Hephaestus would follow up any rumour he heard. These rumours were often false and would often end uneventfully. However it is said that Hephaestus did discover one of the original hard copies of the bolter design and believed he was beginning to build up clues as to how the STC would work. Most however remain firmly resolute that these are false hopes and that the revival of STC is nigh on impossible. Within the Temple of Hephaestus lie the fragments of information that Hephaestus did uncover. Many successor Chapter Masters take it upon themselves to search after more information (although many need more factual persuasion than Hephaestus).
The Librarians of Teos have as one of their prime directives research into the Dark Age of technology. Every Disciple of Hephaestus has been trained to recognise important artefacts by these Librarians and not to overlook anything potentially useful as if anything were to enter enemy hands or perhaps even the hands of the wrong sort of allies, the outcome could be devastating. This leads to problems when the chapter executes attacks, whether to perform an airstrike or not as powerful explosions would destroy most artefacts. As such this aspect of the Disciples of Hephaestus leads to their fighting style being slightly more cautious. It has been rumoured that at some time Orks used STC technology so even bombarding xenos settlements is something to be carefully considered in the eyes of the chapter.
The Disciples of Hephaestus are willing to collaborate with xenos species in extreme circumstances, something some other chapters are unwilling to overlook. This has in some cases meant that Inquisitors have produced reports concerning where the loyalty of the chapter lies. Such rumours are fictious of course; it is due to the fact that the Disciples of Hephaestus know that to achieve victory sometimes sacrifice must be made. If this leads to alliances with xenos, so be it. In contrasting reality, the Disciples of Hephaestus possess a relatively pure gene-seed and mutation is something the chapter cannot allow.
Hail the Greek Gods!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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However, I realise that you are new to this forum, so Iâ€™m letting you slip with a warning this time. Please try to improve your posts in the future. Thank you.
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