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Having recently learned about the Aztec Empire in my History class, I have become intrigued and decided to create a Chapter based upon it. Heres some fluff I cooked up for it:
The Bloody Kindred
During the 34th millennium, a strike force of Blood Angles was forced to leave warp space to effect repairs to its seriously damaged Strike Cruiser. The system that they found themselves in had only 4 planets, one of which was inhabitable. Noting that the Imperium had no record of the system or its planets, the commander of the strike force decided to land on the habitable planet and lay claim to it in the name of the Emperor.
As the Thunderhawks descended through the atmosphere, stepped pyramids of stone could be seen through clearings in the dense jungles that dominated the majority of the planets surface.
The Blood Angels soon discovered the indigenous human population to be a primitive culture that worshipped many gods through ritual human sacrifice. Because of their beliefs the natives took the Marines to be warrior angels sent by the gods and prostrated themselves before them. Intrigued by their practices, Commander Raziel decided to stay and observe the natives until the repairs on his ship were completed.
It soon became apparent that the natives on the planet were not all united, but rather divided into fiercely territorial clans waging constant warfare against each other. Having witnessed several battles for himself, Raziel believed that these men, primitive though they were, would make ideal space marine recruits.
Once the Strike Cruiser was operational Commander Raziel and his men left the planet, but not before sending a telepathic message to the Chapter Master concerning the newly discovered planet and its bloodthirsty natives. The Lord of the Blood Angels agreed that the primitive warriors would make good marines and forwarded this suggestion to the Adeptus Terra for approval.
After much deliberation the creation of a new chapter of space marines using the Blood Angels own gene - seed was approved. And thus the Bloody Kindred was bornâ€¦
Entering the Kindred:
From the age of six, every male child of the clans is trained to be a fierce warrior. When they reach the age of puberty, they are sent on their first battle with a neighboring clan. While the fighting is fierce and there are many casualties to both parties, the main objective of battle is to capture rival clansmen alive to be sacrificed to the gods.
Before each battle, a sacred ritual is performed where many slaves are sacrificed and the warriors feast upon their flesh in hopes that their own bloodlust will attract the attention of the gods, and that the best of the clans warriors will be chosen to join the ranks of the Angels of Death.
If there wish is fulfilled, one of the Chapterâ€™s Priests will arrive to observe the battle. Afterwards, he will choose the best of the surviving young warriors to accompany him to the fortress monastery located in the planets largest volcano. There they are put through many dangerous trials over several years until the final test: the Trial of Blood.
For this final test they are sent to the most dangerous section of jungle where no clans would dare settle with only a spear and a dagger. In order to pass the Trial the aspirant must hunt down and kill the most lethal and feared predator on the entire planet, the dreaded Blood Spirit. Once this has been accomplished, the aspirant must trek hundreds of miles back to the Volcano Fortress.
If the aspirant manages to complete the Trial of Blood, he is welcomed into the chapter and given the initial implants of a Space Marine. He will then be selected by a Clan and serve as a scout there until he proves his worth and is promoted to full battle brother.
The home planet of the Bloody Kindred was named Bloodrain by the founding fathers of the Chapter. The planet is covered almost entirely with dense jungles, the remainder being taken up by chains of inactive volcanoes. There are extensive stream systems throughout the jungle region providing drinking water for the natives.
In order for the natives to survive they had to adapt to an environment where death lurked around every corner in the form of natural hazards and ravenous predators. The end result is an extremely hardy race of warriors, constantly fighting the elements as well as each other.
A highly ritualized society, each of the clans practices its own form of ritual sacrifice. Their belief is that they must constantly offer up the blood of their enemies to earn the favor of their gods. On some occasions, there are instances of cannibalism within these rituals.
The Bloody Kindred adheres to the Codex Astartes in terms of number of marines per squad and company, and total number of Clans (companies). This, however, is where the similarities end.
Each Clan, with the exception of Clan Sunspear (1st Company), has the same number and types of squads. They consist of two scout squads, four tactical squads, and four assault squads. There are no devastator squads so they must rely solely on the heavy weapons that are scattered throughout the tactical squads for heavy support.
Ranged weapons are regarded as cowardly yet necessary by the chapter as a whole. As a result, competition for recruitment into the assault squads is fierce. The scouts of each Clan are constantly evaluated on their performance in ranged and hand to hand situations to determine which situation they are best suited to. The assault marines of the chapter are held in special regard and are accordingly awarded the title of Eagle Warrior, and the fiercest of these warriors are inducted into Clan Sunspear which is led by the Overlord - the Chapter Master himself. The entirety of Clan Sunspear is composed of assault marines called the Jaguar Warriors, many of which cast down their bolt pistols in exchange for extra close combat weapons.
They maintain the usual contingent of Techmarines and Apothecaries that one would expect to find in a Chapter of Space Marines. The roles of Chaplain and Librarian, however, have been combined. The Chapter Priests, as they are called, take on the responsibilities of both positions.
The Chapter has very little armor support and prefers instead to deploy using drop pods or Thunderhawks.
The Bloody Kindred believe there is much less honor in killing the enemy from a distance and fight accordingly. They prefer to soften the enemy up at range with volleys of bolter fire and their few heavy weapons while the Eagle Warriors and scouts attempt to flank or simply charge the enemy and rip them to shreds in hand to hand combat.
The Chapter practices a certain blood rite in order to focus their extreme bloodlust into a state of hyperactive meditation â€“ they call it the Blood Trance. When they are in combat they can channel the energy from the bloodlust into series of lightning fast and precise movements. This allows them to excel at close combat and compared to most chapters they stand out as experts in the use of unarmed combat. If one of these warriors were to lose all of his weapons he would remain nearly just as lethal.
Most of the Chapters Marines almost never wear their helmets so they can paint their faces before going into battle. They prefer bright colors that correspond to those of their battle armor.
The Chapter has no battlecry in the traditional sense. Instead, when going into battle they recite battle chants in their native tongue and pound their chest plates. This form of intimidation has proven effective in breaking enemy moral in many engagements.
The native peoples of the Clans believe in many gods. However, after contact with the Blood Angels they came to regard the Emperor as their patron Sun God, and leader of the lesser deities he created. They accordingly regard Sanguinius as the strongest and most favored of the Sun Godâ€™s children.
While most other Chapters see the Emperor and his sons as great warriors and visionaries, even after becoming Marines the Bloody Kindred continue to worship the Emperor and his Primarchs as gods, and persist in the practice of ritual blood sacrifice. At the insistence of the Chapter Master of the Blood Angels, the Adeptus Ministorum grudgingly accepted that it was close enough to the Imperial cult to be tolerated.
Gene â€“ Seed:
The gene â€“ seed of the Bloody Kindred is much more stable than that of the Blood Angels themselves. They seemed to have lucked out in that they do not experience the black rage or the red thirst. There is one minor mutation in the gene - seed that causes a defect in the Biscopea. Instead of large slabs of muscle like most other Marines, the Marines of the Kindred develop freakishly taut and well defined muscles and an excess of them. The result is leaner and more explosive Marines that are unusually agile but with less brute strength than your standard Marine.
In the brainstorming stage
So what does everyone think?
“ Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. ” - Thomas Paine
awesome idea for a chapter. i myself have an aztec themed blood angel successor chapter. i have their armor painted green (aztecs were big on bright colors like green and red)
the name of my chapter is the chosen of the sun
keep us updated on your chapter, and lets see how your figs turn out
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I like it. Very original. A few points though:
1) Controlling the Black Rage. No! If the Blood Angels haven't managed it, then their successors haven't. The BA have been around long enough to try all sorts of cures for it, each without success.
2) Killing a beast before implantation? It'll be hard work, even for a skilled warrior (who, if I remember rightly, is still pre-pubescent). You could rejig it slightly to be similar to the practices of the Space Wolves: after general acceptance, they're given various implants (most important of which at that point in time is the biscopea), got raucusly drunk and stuffed full of high-protein food and left in the wastes of Fenris with a spear to kill and eat a Great Elk (or some kind of elk, anyway). By this time the protein has helped the development of muscle tissue, and so the recruit is actually capable o ftaking down a beast like that, rather than relying purely on narrative imperative, which is what your guy seem to be doing at the moment. Granted they probably won't be got drunk, but I'd still implant the biscopea before the trials are finished.
3) It the chapter was founded in M.34, then the Ministorum would have contested the faith of the Bloodrainian people long before Dante was even a twinkle in his parents' eyes (they wouldn't have been born themselves anywho). Yes he's old, but not that old.
Other than that, this is great! I wish I could've learnt about the Aztecs at school.
Excellent fluff, great idea an it was an enjoyable read. I think i liked this the most out of all the SM fluff I have read since being on this forum and I think I have read wwwwwwwwaaaayy to much SM fluff, got it comin out the yang.
Keep up the good work
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1. Perhaps your right on this one. I think I'll change it so they don't have the black rage, and that they just channel their natural bloodlust into the Blood Trance. I was up typing this in the wee hours of the morning so mistakes were inevitably made.Originally posted by Xerxes@Mar 10 2005, 03:52
I like it.Â* Very original.Â* A few points though:
1) Controlling the Black Rage.Â* No!Â* If the Blood Angels haven't managed it, then their successors haven't.Â* The BA have been around long enough to try all sorts of cures for it, each without success.
2) Killing a beast before implantation?Â* It'll be hard work, even for a skilled warrior (who, if I remember rightly, is still pre-pubescent).Â* You could rejig it slightly to be similar to the practices of the Space Wolves: after general acceptance, they're given various implants (most important of which at that point in time is the biscopea), got raucusly drunk and stuffed full of high-protein food and left in the wastes of Fenris with a spear to kill and eat a Great Elk (or some kind of elk, anyway).Â* By this time the protein has helped the development of muscle tissue, and so the recruit is actually capable o ftaking down a beast like that, rather than relying purely on narrative imperative, which is what your guy seem to be doing at the moment.Â* Granted they probably won't be got drunk, but I'd still implant the biscopea before the trials are finished.
3) It the chapter was founded in M.34, then the Ministorum would have contested the faith of the Bloodrainian people long before Dante was even a twinkle in his parents' eyes (they wouldn't have been born themselves anywho).Â* Yes he's old, but not that old.
Other than that, this is great!Â* I wish I could've learnt about the Aztecs at school.[snapback]348746[/snapback]
2. I'm sticking to my guns on this one. I want for them to have to complete the trial unaugmented because it outlines the cultures fierce nature and incredible durability. Also, the chapter doesnt want to waste the precious implants on an aspirant that might die before they can become full marines. Also, they are not prepubescent, if you go back and read it again you will see they are only allowed to fight in their original clan after they have gone through puberty and then if they are chosen they must go through many other tests of strength and intelligence at the Volcano Fortress which could take several years. So by the time they are ready for the Trial of Blood they are around the age of 15 or 16.
3. I actually caught this mistake myself last night and changed an early mention of Dante into the more ambiguous "Chapter Master of the Blood Angels". I guess when I edited it I missed the second one but thanks for pointing it out.
Edit: I changed the gene - seed section to disclude the black rage and replace it with a different trademark fault of the chapters genetics.
“ Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. ” - Thomas Paine
Nice. I like it a lot. The Aztecs are a great platform for building Blood Angel fluff and it always seemed sort of odd to me that it's a hardly used culture when writing histories.