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Selucian 84th Foot Legion
Lord Commander Seraph Locklear
Seulcia is a world that is civilized. The world is hard to navigate with large vehicles, because of this the Selucian military uses very little in the way armor the terrain is nearly impassable. The Selucians are slowed down by trying to move tanks throughout the countrysides. Selucians train and rely heavily on infantry; heavy support comes in the form of the highly mobile sentinels and from the long range fire support from basilisks. This is not to say that Selucia doesnâ€™t have any armor, but it is only used in the largest scale operations.
Selucia has one of the Imperiumâ€™s greatest storm trooper academies; as such there is a heavy presence of storm troopers in the Selucian regiments. Candidates are accepted from all over the Imperium and are either returned to their home worlds after training, leave for worlds or regiments they are assigned to, or given as Imperial tithes. Only the Selucians remain for their planetary defense forces and for their own regiments. Selucian storm troopers are among the most respected of all. The usual tension between storm troopers and normal guardsman doesnâ€™t exist in Selucian regiments because the bond the people of the planet feel, storm troopers are the iconic force for Selucia and veteran storm troopers are heroâ€™s amongst the populace. Among the most famous of these is Lord Commander Seraph Locklear.
As with most ranks around the Imperium the power is the same but the names change. Lord Commander is given to anyone in command of the Selucian regiments. Seraph is the legendary Amplus Alumnus. Seraph has the greatest records of anyone ever to pass through the academy he was unparalleled in his tactical ability, physical prowess, and his courage under fire. Seraph has made hundreds of what many would consider a â€ślast standâ€? and in the face of his adversaries, whether they are better equipped, more numerous, faster, or stronger Seraph has always found a way to win.
The Defense of Titan Fields
When Seraph was a Storm trooper sergeant he fought in defense of Tarrides. Tarrides is a forge world that had suffered under the effects of a devastating warp storm and had caused the massive power conduits that powered the computers that ran constant checks on the titanâ€™s machine spirit so have a power surge. The surge followed through and damaged all the titans being monitored. Only a few planetary defenses and a few titans remained operational. Needless to say the forge world was almost completely defenseless. The Selucia borders the system in which Tarrides resides and the Selucian 84th responded to the call and came to guard the planet in the interim while the titans and other defenses were brought online. To add to the tech priests troubles a chaos force had seen the damage and decided to try and capitalize on the opportunity presented. The Selucians dug in and held back the forces of chaos for days the titans that were still operational provided what support they could but they were no match for the titans that chaos had brought with them. As the Selucians stared down the guns of the traitorous titan legions they showed no fear and kept fighting they made the traitors pay for every inch of ground they took. The Selucians had their backs to the wall and they were spread thin making a valiant attempt to defend the titans. Seraph and his storm troopers were engaged in hand to hand combat with a group of chaos terminators who had managed to subdue most of them they didnâ€™t kill them but planned to capture and torture them. The terminator knocked Seraphâ€™s power sword from his hand and was knocked onto his back He stared into the face of the traitor and he grabbed his knife from his belt and jammed it into a gap in the terminatorâ€™s armor, the terminator punched Seraph to the ground and decided to kill Seraph. As the killing blow fell the terminator exploded in a ploom of red gore. The ground itself shook and boulder sized craters were blown in the ground, the titans had awoken. The chaos forces in the immeadiate vicinity were shredded as the titans all turned their guns to bear. Marching to the front of the column was truly a wonder for the Selucians to behold, an emperor class titan, it leveled its massive guns and the landscape in front of them was blown asunder by the sheer ferocity and the retribution of the war machine. The Selucians let out a cacophonous cheer and rallied together, throwing their fists in the air. The forces of chaos were unable to match the sheer power of the entire titan legion and unsuccessfully attempted to flee. The titans and Selucians gave chase and the titans prevented any of the ships from even leaving the ground. The Selucians crushed the remaining ground forces. Seraph was the only surviving junior officer and was summoned to the tech priest archmagos temple. The tech priests decided to give the Selucians the greatest honor they could bestow. The entire regiment present on Tirrades was brought to the base of the emperor titan. The Archmagos then unfurled the recreation of their regimental standard and the defense of Tirrades was added to the list of victories that the titan had participated in and it listed the 84th Selucians on that banner. Such a great honor touched the hearts of the humble guardsman and upon their return to Selucia the 84th was given a lavish welcome home and Seraph was given a increase in rank to a junior officer.
The Nightmare Trenches of Xersia
When Abbadonâ€™s 13th crusade broke out the Selucians were called to help defend the Cadian system from the onslaught of xenos and chaos. When they arrived in the Cadian system they were contacted and assigned to Xersia. Upon landing and disembarking their craft the senior officer Gerard Yulogos and the other junior officers including Seraph were informed that a tyranid splinter fleet had just annihilated the dark eldar force that had been on a course for Xersia. The officers smiled at the good news that their enemies were destroying each other. The only problem now was the tyranid splinter fleet was heading to Xersia. The combined forces on the planet were immense numbering in the millions but so would their enemy. Two imperial guard legions and some space marine companies the orbital batteries were strong enough to keep the hive ships at bay but couldnâ€™t muster the fire power to stop the smaller pods from dropping to the planet. The guardsman built lines of trenches around each city. Gerard was in the capital city and the 84th was on the frontline. Imperial doctrines taught them to shoot the synapse creatures and the underlings would fall into disarray. Seraph and his storm troopers were therefore appointed to hunting these abominations down and slaying them. One of his storm troopers carried a master vox so he could issue orders while he was out on his mission. They carried meltabombs, a flamer, and a meltagun the others were equipped with hellguns. In the initial drops all they came across were hormagaunts and termagaunts. They were caught off guard by a lictor but luckily only minor injuries were taken. The skies got darker as the sky filled with innumerable pods. The laser batteries cut swathes of the pods out of the sky but more filled the gaps effortlessly. As pods crashed into the ground around them they shot the tyrainds as they emerged from their pods. The ground beneath their feet shook as the pods impacted with the ground and craters were blown open in the ground. A line of termagaunts had formed and behind them a hive tyrand reared its ugly head and it looked directly at Seraph. His mind filled with darkness as it projected part of the hive mind consciousness in order to destroy his mind. It might have succeeded had one of the storm troopers not blown off the Tyrantâ€™s arm, breaking its focus. Seraph managed to regain his bearings as the line of termagaunts charged forward. Bringing his hellgun to bear, he shouted to the others to throw their fragmentation grenades. The line broke and the Tyrant let out a shriek and charged through the gap. The Storm troopers shot at it the melta gun blowing a crater in the carapace of the tyrants head. The storm trooper with the flamer opened up on the hormagaunts that were still attacking. The tyrant turned his attention to him and shot him with its venom cannon demolishing the storm troopers body. Seraph saw his opening with the tyrantâ€™s back to him he jumped onto its back and lodged a melta bomb in a gap in the tyrantâ€™s carapace. Quickly jumping off its back and diving to the ground as the tyrant exploded in a gory mess. The hormagaunts froze up momentarily and the storm troopers capitalized and cut down the remaining gaunts. Seraph had collapsed to the ground after the death of the Tyrant. The storm troopers continued their assassinations of the synapse creatures. Their missions after the killing the Tyrant were easier. The lower more numerous creatures seemed to ignore them. The larger synapse creatures didnâ€™t seem to expect them since the smaller creature never reacted. The imperial forces overwhelmingly crushed the Tyranid force and the Xersian defenses remained strong and were able to hold out throughout the rest of Abbadonâ€™s black crusade. Afterwards Seraph felt suffered, an extensive amount of pain. They brought back some of the bodies for the magos biologos to study. Seraph was promoted
After the campaign Seraph had problem around psykers. If Seraph was in a close proximity to them they would become anxious, cry out in pain, some would even go insane or some cases resulted in death. This problem went unsolved for a year and a half until Seraph and his forces were confronted by Ultramarines. They looked confused to see that they were guardsman. Seraph bowed and intrduced himself. â€śHow may we be of service?â€? Seraph offered the Ultramarines. â€śRise commander.â€? Came a booming voice from behind the file of Ultramarines. The marines stepped to the side and Librarian Tigurius came to the fore. â€śCommander you mind is clouded with the tyranids taint.â€? He accused. â€śWhat did you say master librarian?â€? Seraph said puzzled. â€śThe hive mind of the Tyranids, the single mental force that drives them, is in you mind. Your mind projects its presence. Perhaps you know of the Synapse monstrosities of the Tyranid fleets? They project the same aura as you to control the lesser beasts. That is why we are here, we thought there was a small expeditionary group that was on this planet. Instead of them we found you. The shadow that the hive mind projects is one that is seen by all psykers most cannot stand to befall in its shadow.â€? Tigurius explained. â€śYes I know the creatures of which you speak we fought against them during the 13th black crusade of the despoiler. I personally lead an infiltration to assassinate as many of the Synapse creatures as possible while they still mobilized.â€? Seraph said acknowledging Tiguriusâ€™ words â€śInteresting tactic commander, Iâ€™m surprised to see you still live. Such a thing has never been attempted, and few who go beyond the front lines of the tyranids actually return.â€? Tigurius pondered. â€śWell, we were in a bit of a tight spot I was attacked mentally by one of the Tyrant creatures. After we managed to survive that encounter we were rarely attacked except when we attacked them. I have had some recent troubles when I am in the company of psykers. There have been some unfortunate happenings.â€? Seraph offered what he thought could be the only explanation. â€śIndeed. Iâ€™m afraid you will need to come with us.â€? Tigurius said some of the guardsman offered protests but Seraph quickly cut them off. â€śThis must be dealt with, if this aura I am projecting makes our planet or any planet suffer, then I would not be able to forgive myself. I submit myself to you master Librarian.â€? Seraph was taken into custody and was given to inquisitor kryptman for study. Kryptman and his magos studied the effects of what had happened to Seraph for 4 years, testing him for physical changes, testing for additional mental changes, locking him in a room with tyranid creatures to observe the extent of its effect. Eventually he was set free and allowed to return to Selucia. Kryptman informed him that his power would not draw the Tyranids but when he was in a close enough proximity he they would be calmed by the aura making him invaluable to any tyranid defense efforts. Upon his return to his homeworld of Selucia he was given a heroâ€™s welcome. He was finally awarded for his performance in the black crusade since he was taken into custody he never made it home after the war. He was made a senior officer and Seraph was the deciding factor in the destruction of 3 splinter fleets since his release.
Lord Commander Seraph Locklear 120 points
Heroic senior officer stat line
Carapace Armor, hell pistol, power sword.
Tyranids gaunts and ripper swarms need to pass a leadership check to assualt Seraph and his squad, if they are within range of a synapse creature they use the synapse creatures leadership value as their own.
Comments are welcome (actually asking for them as i keep trying to get feed back on it and it never gets any.)
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It is a very well thought out piece but one thing is bothering me.
If Seraph has a tyranid taint then he would have been killed by the Ultramarines when they found him. Space Marines, with the exception of the Relictors, are not radical. They would not have turned him over to a known radical like kryptman either. It would be like finding a dameon host and thinking, hmmmm well I think that I will just give him to a inquisitor to use as he sees fit. I just can't see space marines letting him live. Kryptman wouldn't have a problem though, maybe just have Kryptman find him and take him instead of having Tigirius involved.
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True. I think that the Ultramarines after their experience with the tyranids would look for any way to develop new weapons/tactics against them and that would be my only reasoning for giving him to kryptman. Kryptman being probably the most knowledgable on tyranid warfare. I've never viewed the ultramarines as purists while they may not be radicals i they aren't like other chapters such as the Black Templars.
I like your fluff,Farseer Ulraithe, definatly a little more thought out than some others that I have seen, good job.
Unfortunatly, I think that I have to agree with Sanctus, I don't think that the Ultramarines, ESPECIALLY the Ultramarines, would let anything Tyranid live if they could help it. Thier homeworld, Maccarage, has been attacked and invaded several times by Tyranid hive fleets, they even have a chapter specific unit of Tyranid War Veterans. Ultramarines HATE Tyranids. End of story. Although they aren't the most pious Chapter out there, they stick to the rules of the Codex Astares and are even looked upon as living examples of what a Codex chapter should be. Burn the Heretic, Kill the Alien, Show no Mercy...etc...
But not to despair, I have a solution! I think this idea could even spruce up your story to make it even more interesting:
In his encounter with the Hive Tyrant, it channeled its psychic scream at Seraph trying to kill him by filling his mind with a Shadow in the Warp, almost completly obliterating his soul. The trooper saves him last minute by distracting the Tyrant.
What the creature did was make Seraph an Untouchable, a person without a soul, a psychic null. He now produces a smaller version of the the Tyranid's Shadow in the Warp. Thats why psykers hate being around him, he nulls all psychic powers, even the Tyranid's synapse waves.
Because he negated the Hive Mind's synapse communication, all the gaunts and other synapse-dependant 'nids that were around him begin to become confused and then just stand there, lurking and waiting for orders, acting as if they didn't even notice Seraph. He could literally walk right through the midst of a wave of gaunts and not be harmed. (Synapse creatures would be unaffected, as they have advanced enough minds to make decisions for themselves) This is how Seraph was able to survive long enough to plant the melta-bomb on the Tyrant's back and win the battle.
Not even realizing what himself, amazed that he is even still alive, just walking through hordes of 'nids without being touched, he chalks it up to good luck. But now all of the psykers around him can't stand to be near him and are driven mad by his presence. He doesn't understand, but gets am anwser from a psyker that he drove mad...he was souless, he had become an untouchable. Ashamed, he tries to hide this, staying away from psykers as much as possible.
He is awarded and promoted and is respected even more-so by his troops, some even believing that thier commander is a lucky charm agaisnt Tyranids. His company is labeled as Tyranid hunters and are sent out on many missions to deal with the alien menace.
His powers have helped him and his company avoid death many times over, each time contributed to his excellent tactics and bravery by his superiors and as a lucky charm by the men he leads.
IDK... that sounds like a little less controversial. Plus theres no special charcaters that you have to mess with to fit into your storyline, kinda independant in a way.
Anways, its just a suggestion...take it or leave it...or use it, but go in another direction...whatever you want...its your army after all...CHEERS!