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    +++Mourning Templars+++

    Searchers for the answer, Seekers of forgiveness
    The Mourning Templars
    Space Marine Chapter

    Dedicated, relentless warriors of the Astartes, the Mourning Templars are avatars of the virtue dedication. They crusade constantly against all enemies of the Golden Throne, leaving a heretic free planet to go cleanse another one. In times of evil, they are shining beacons of light, dampened only by the sins they have committed.

    Origins:

    The founding of the Mourning Templars is one of the few certain facts. They were a seventh founding chapter of the Imperial Fists, though some hint that they may have had a blend of two gene-seeds. They faded from history, only to reappear in 127.M35 during the righteous pacification of the rebels on Atiga III. With flaming blade, and chattering bolter, the decades Imperial Strategos had predicted it would take were reduced to four months, and without waiting for the victory ceremony, they left intent on cleansing another world.

    Perhaps, the pride the Templars (at the time known as the Golden Templars) felt was the beginning of their downfall. They had over the course of a century, cleansed and purged through xeno invasions, chaos cults, and rebellions and felt that they’re sterling reputation was the Emperors own work, and was a sign of their greatness.

    The entire chapter mustered around their main starbase, a sense of triumph filling the hearts of every marine. They would bring humanity back to a golden age and by doing so, the Emperor would return! This was preached by every chaplain, striding down the corridors, or on weapon ranges.

    Then, the time came to undertake their greatest crusade. Setting off into the Eye of Terror, it seemed that the Emperor himself had blessed them for no warp storms buffeted them. Little did they know that the chaos gods had welcomed the marines in as sport.

    The chapter was split into ten companies, and the task was to claim one world per company. Yet, the Captain Lazarus of the Third Company was uncertain; surely they should not try this. Bigger forces then the Golden Templars had attempted to claim the Eye of Terror. Yet, such was the feeling of greatness in each marine, that some called Captain Lazarus a coward. For his doubts, Chapter Master Alexius handed the easy task of retaking an outpost world that had only recently fallen, which contained no true warriors.

    Stung by the blow to his companies honor Lazarus led his men to the surface of Ire Prime and within days they had conquered the heretics, and placed a standard in their corpses. Yet, there was little honor in fighting squealing heretics, and envy grew in the men of the third company at the honors heaped on the other chapters. The worst insult was when contacting Chapter Master Alexius for their next assignment; they were informed the chapter had moved on.

    Driven by a desire to prove himself, Lazarus led his men on a desperate search for something to fight, or perhaps coordinates for a world to take the fight to. Finally, searchers ventured into the very bed rock of the outpost world, and their, they found something terrible.

    Bound by chains of enigmatic make, and runes of eldar origin circling its brow, was a daemon. Yet how could a being so divine and saintly looking a thing be a daemon. For the thing was garbed in white, and its face was that of a holy angel. Despite the half hearted warnings delivered by the Chaplain, Captain Lazarus thumbed his thunder hammer’s activation rune and broke the chains…

    The last contact made with the third company was made when the fourth, seventh, and second company fled after devastating losses on a daemon world. The nine companies had made battle on the daemon world, where the soil was really, a wriggling mass of human souls. They had been winning in the beginning, but when it became apparent the traitor space marines defending the world would not be enough, whole ranks of daemons materialized out of thin air, completely wiping out the fifth and eighth companies. The only reason any of the companies had escaped was the sacrifice of Chapter Master Alexius, fighting off a greater daemon of Khorne while the marines left the planet.

    The warp storms that had not been in existence when the marines arrived suddenly whirled as if making up for the destruction they had missed causing. While the first, sixth, ninth and tenth companies made it out of the Eye, many of the marines shell shocked, and gibbering, the fourth, second, and seventh headed to the out post, thinking they would find a warm welcome, and escape.

    They were put to the sword by the third company, gibbering in anger and jealousy. At their head strode Captain Lazarus, now 14 feet tall, with a daemonic familiar perched on his shoulder, as he slew the captains of the fourth, second, and seventh, seeming to delight in causing them to shriek in soul shattering agony.

    The warp storms relented for a moment and a distress call, along with a distorted picture of what was happening to the three companies reached the escaped Templars.

    It is said that for the next three years, the Templars wept for the three companies that they could not save and would not, as the fear of the warp was instilled in them. Yet, Marines were created to be humanities greatest hope and Templars painted their armor grey to mourn the loss, streaked it with white to show they were above pride and glory, and wrote their litanies in red, to remind them that chaos breed from their chapter still remained to be hunted down.

    Journeying to Terra, to atone for their sins at the base of their fathers themselves, The Emperor and Rogal Dorn, the marines were wracked with visions. They were all the same and yet different. Different ways of redemption were granted to each marine by the Emperor.

    Steeled with the knowledge of salvation, the marines set off into the cold of space, minds blank, except for the holy fire of the Emperor burning in their thoughts. Some set off individually, while massed scores would venture elsewhere, all seeking redemption for their cowardice.

    The Gold Templars needed one more change. How could they be golden when their armor was grey? Golden was a name for a laughing, pride filled hero of the Imperium, not for mourning, somber warriors. And thus, their name was changed to Mourning Templars.

    For many a century, acting from their strike cruisers and battle barges, the remaining four companies fought with the ferocity of twenty, and many were the honors heaped on them, though they denied them all.

    Now, the Mourning Templars maintain their crusade, zealously smiting the heretic, the xeno, and the mutant. Their new form of writing, using ancient Cathayan runes was first noted in 774.M38. It is said that fellow Marines from different chapters mocked them for the idiocy and foolishness of their doomed crusade, and this led to fights between younger Brothers to protect the chapters honor and their own pride. But the first marines of the Mourning Templars had sworn to know no corrupting emotions and the runes which displayed their name were changed from gothic, so none would know their shame.

    Homeworld:

    The Mourning Templars have continued their crusades, and now, fueled with even more anger and desperation for salvation, they have abandoned the large starfortresses used by other mobile chapters and have stuck to the Strike Cruiser and Battle Barge to reach a new battlefield even quicker.

    Yet, it became clear that while the ships of the Templars could ferry them from war torn star to war torn star, they could do little else. This was the start of the expansion of the battle barges. The Templars would save planets and their inhabitants would be only too happy to supply them with materials though the reason was kept from the populace the Templars saved. When the Battle Barges were next sighted they were twice their original size, towers and cathedrals sprouting from their backs like the spines of some great sea-serpent.

    The Battle Barges could now ferry the large groups of marines comfortably as well as servitor staff and recruits. They were also capable of holding out on their own with their relatively small crew against space fleets, such was the size of these Battle Barges.

    As for the Individual Brothers seeking redemption, they have taken to warp capable single man ships, much like Thunderhawks, but with a single warp drive housed where normally, Infantry and Tanks would have been held.

    Organization:

    The Mourning Templars are split up and they themselves do not know their own numbers, as their last mass meeting was when they made the pilgrimage to Terra.

    As an average, the Templars travel in groups of sixty, and have battled together for centuries. Each Company has a Strike Cruiser as a default, whereas larger companies make use of the Battle Barges.

    Doctrine:

    The standard doctrine for the Mourning Templars has changed little from the days they were the Golden Templars. They charge into battle armed for close quarters and their somber march as blood curdling as the cry of a Berzerker of Khorne. However individual companies have adopted many different styles of fighting, after a centuries of battle.

    Beliefs:

    The Mourning Templars believe that only by recovering their turned brethren and obliterating them can there name be changed back and forgiveness finally be given to them by the Emperor.

    To this end, they fight on every battle field possibly, for if every enemy of the Imperium were slain, then they would be in that number.

    As for the Emperor, they believe he is justice incarnate, the judge of all things. Such is there belief that the Master of Sanctity’s symbol is a weighing scale.

    Also, the only imageries allowed to be shown on the Mourning Templars, is their chapter rune, the Aquila, the skull, and the Templars cross. They believe by revering these icons, they can prevent themselves from treading the path the Brothers of the Third company took.

    Induction:

    The Mourning Templars induct aspirants onto to their Battle Barges and Strike Cruisers and provide to Implant them with the necessary organs. Aspirants are then locked into small cloisters for days to months until they recieve a vision from the Emperor on how to redeem their chapters honor and the honor of Battle Brothers who had died before reaching redemption. Neophytes may have different visions of redemption from the Companies, and will often be shuffled to companies with similar views.

    Gene Seed:

    The Mourning Templars can quite clearly trace their gene-seed to Rogal Dorn, in fact they were a seventh founding chapter, taught by members of the Black Templars to follow their zealous and furious style of fighting. Yet, due to their reclusive and single minded nature, some hint that they may share Lion el’Johnson’s gene-seed to.

    Battlecry:

    “For Paradise lost, and salvation unattained!?

    So, what do you think? Plausible? Stupid?

    Any changes to be made?

    ~Hasoroth

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    Sounds like a mix between Dark Angels and Black Templars.

    I think it's fairly far-fetched that any Chapter Master, overly proud or not, would lead one thousand men into the Eye of Terror with the hopes of "conquering" it. It's patently idiotic, and the chapter probably deserved to be decimated with that kind of shrewd leadership.

    Reminds me of Gallipoli. "Charge the trenches, men." "But they outnumber us several thousand to one, and they have machine guns." "Bullets don't hurt the brave. Charge."
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    Ah, but you seem to have missed that they were vain glorious at the time (They are half Dorn after all), young ones who thought they were invinsible, also it was not just the Chapter Master who thought to take a crusade to the heart of the enemy. And at first, their task was to capture one planet on the fringes per company and hold it. Then the rest plunged in without a care.

    Also the Chaos god encouraged them by not disrupting their journey with warp storms and the like, which the Templars took as a sign of the Emperor.

    But your opinions are sound and if anyone else voices the same concerns, I'll tone down the fluff a little.

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    I like how its only best guess that they follow the fluff road of spliced geneseed. Very interesting, also Ze if memory serves didn't a primarch or two venture into the eye of terror to fight the enemies of the imperium it held within? (Gonna have to go reread that this week anyway...)

    I really like how you retain companies for this chapter, yet at the same time have each marine set upon doing what they believe they have to do. Kind of makes each company into a clan, where the strongest ones have the most members and the best of the ships.

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    Thank you for the compliments.

    I also believe the Leman Russ or maybe it was Corax who ventured into the Eye of Terror.

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    Ok, so what with the Mourning Templars split into a haphazard group of companies, many have deviated from the core beliefs, and have supplanted them with their own. For example, Dragon’s Flame company fight with flamer and melta gun, while Aegis Company has taken to making a more permanent presence and protects a set system.

    My company (Somewhat darkly named) Executioner Company is one that has a common goal. All Brothers of Executioner Company have the same goal. During the fall of the Golden Templars, known to their lore as the “Waning”, the predecessors of Executioner Company received a single Pict slate of the massive slaughter by the damned Third Company. In it, thirty of the damned marines proceeded to defile the chapter’s greatest relic, The Decus Aurum, a cup said to be filled with the blood of heroes which granted legendary strength to any drinker. Any Mourning Templar who joins the Executioners company only way of redemption is to slay one of these thirty.

    The dishonor done to the chapter was grave and as the only beholders of this act, the predecessors of the Executioner Company started a crusade to chase down these thirty defilers. By the time the first desecrator was found, the original Executor Company had died in the massive crusade, and only a few remained. The first desecrator, known as Kratos the Fell slew a dozen Brothers, killing the last remaining Original. Leaderless, the marines of Executor Company fell back, till a single warrior, dire and crimson, strode toward the daemon-man and brought it to its knees in a single punch, and severed its head with his axe, forever earning the title of Executioner for the Company.

    Executioner Company has continued to hunt down the marines in the picture without rest and without mercy. A massive tapestry was hung in the companies Strike Cruiser, a copy of the original picture, so that the marines of Executioner Company would know who they are hunting. Each traitor who has been executed has had his likeness on the tapestry branded with an Aquila by the Companies Master of Tears.

    The company is currently led by High Executioner Baal, who bears the Axe of the first High Executioner, the Bane of a Thousand. To date seven of the thirty defilers have been slain, with High Executioner Baal amounting for one of these deaths.

    Ranks of Executioner Company

    High Executioner (Captain)
    Master of Tears (Reclusiarch)
    Executioner (Veteran Sergeant/Sergeant)
    Bearer of the Flames (Special Weapons)
    Redeemer of the Slain (Apothecary)
    Counter of the Fallen (Company Standard Bearer)
    Dancer of Blades (Company Champion)
    Aspirants (Battle Brothers)
    Heralds of Death (Tank Crews, bikes, land speeders)

    Banner:

    The Banner of the Executioners is a plain one, without gilding or battle honors. On it, the Pure Flame of Hatred, the Templars Cross, and the Counting Skull (which bears the number of the Defilers executed) feature in the center, while the daemon flames and lightning of the Waning feature in the corners and the sides. Everywhere on the Banner, texts of devotion feature so the marines will never lose sight of what they fight for, and for strength to draw upon when their own is spent.
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    Only thing that bothers me is the time...

    31,000 was pre-heresy... @_@

    Better is 37,000 or something...

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    Dear Lord, perhaps the biggest fluff mistake I've made since inventing a 21st primarch for my first DIY.

    Thanks for pointing that out TehDarkPredator!
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