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Introduction to the Chapter's history
“The Blades of Nemain is a Chapter of the raven guard based on a green beautiful world filled with warring chieftains, called Eire, the home of the chapter is Tara in the center of the largest continent, which happens to overlook the largest City, and is the home to one of the factories in which the razorback is made. The planet itself is near a three warp storms called the Morrigan by the planet's inhabitants. The closeness of the dangerous energies of the warp for a long time breed many dangerous beasts as well as the rise of a tribe of dangerous and unscrupulous mutants know as the fomorians, they served the powers of chaos freely and upon all sorts of creatures...some to horribly to contemplate with a full stomach.
The raven guard was the first of the empire's forces to arrive, told by a librarian of a planet that would bring forth a host that would bring great honor to them and the empire, what they found astounded even the most hardened veteran. The scouts of the chapter reported the natives fighting a large chaos cult tied to a group of the alpha legion of the traitors. “How do they fight?” asked the captain and the sergeant over the comm. link replied, “sir, it seems with a group of chariots with repeating crossbows then they just laying into them.”
The captain watched the screen, amazed as the Warbands of Eire, dealt with the fomorians. However when the marines in service of chaos arrived things changed, they did not have the strength, weapons or skills to handle the task, but managed to hold the line until from the sky above the space marines...neither of which they had ever seen before. They came and put the treat down with claws of lightning and the strength of giants.
The Righ of the band stepped forward and of all things tried to deck one of the terminators that had just saved them! Shouting in very accented imperial “That was our kill you bloody bastard, never do that again or I'll have your liver fed to the hounds!” They stood of for a moment, the very air quieted and almost at the same time both began to laugh. They then got down to business, dealing with the threat as one using The warband of the young warrior Cuchulain to deal with the local cultists and the space marines to deal with the greater threat. The Raven Guard being suitably impress with the ferocity bravery of those that first found this chapter and approved it to use their geneseed” The Librarian smiles and places a small note on the page “and our insanity as well.”
Chapter one: Tactics, core belief and organization
“Their fighting style is that they furiously charge forward in razorbacks, using the heavy bolters to soften up the enemy, but once they disembark it is all about getting up into the action (no mercy no respite and take the fight to them). As a newer chapter, hoping to gain the respect of its Brother Chapters and the emperor himself, (aspire to glory) who they see as a king that will awaken and protect them from the forces of chaos.
The current warband is one that is small in number but large in strength. Their standard armor color is flat back with spirals of bright blue, they are also know to paint there faces with the same spirals as well, leading one Ork war boss to call them “da tin can swirlies”
They are lead in battle by a Druid (lib), named Cromm Cruach, who with his raven and his squad of loyal brothers known as the Death knell, can strength the brethren in the meat grinder. His talents with his masterly crafted force weapon and use the darkness in the warp, as well as the wrath of the emperor. They ride in the razorback Eire
The one Dreadnought they have is the first chapter master, and a venerable one is he, named now Cuchulain is a tank hunter of considerable skill using his lascannon and missile launcher to great effect.
The warband much prefers scouts when they fight as their home has a history of great deeds done under cover and with much quiet the two current squads are Macha's dance, which uses its bolters from the however scout squad Fianna is a sniper force and uses the missile launcher to make the enemy pay, its sergeant's rifle. The Widow Maker; considered to be a piece of art built for war. This with tactical squad Spear of Lugh using the blade and pistol with flamer and heavy bolter at the ready makes up a small but strong backbone. The Tactical squad uses the razorback Bridget.
One thing that the people respect greatly is skill at the forge so it is no wonder that the chapter put its best into its tech marine, Gofannan is his name, fully equipped with a full harness and 4 gun servitors using the heavy bolter. He uses the razorback Hammer to get to where the problem lies.
Two assault squads can be used to get close the enemy's tanks and deal with them, forswearing the jet pack for the melta bomb and skills assault with the ferocity of a lion. They are called Badb's whispers and Nemain's Scream. Both use the razorback, one named Lleu and the other Gwyn ap Nudd.” He takes a breath and proceeds to apply pen to paper and complete his notes. “They move in small Warbands, using the speed of vehicles, the weight of their weapons and the ferocity of their assault, to punch through and claim their objective. The combination of their location and issues with the raven guard geneseed has led to them being used almost as privateers for the empire, striking and plundering the enemy. There are currently ten Warbands; however, the one listed is their primary mobile force, partly due losses versus the various chaos forces that seem to want to claim the planet and its storms for some unknown end.
Chapter Two: Geneseed
The Chapter is growing albeit slowly, due to the flaws of inherent and in the geneseed and from the warp storms surrounding the planet. This led to both to strong librarians and terrible creatures full of the warp and greater in strength than the normal brethren. It was found through much trial and error that the gene type needed had any irony that was not lost on the raven guard; the best candidates already had the dark eyes and dark hair of one of their own. Soon it was spread among the clans that this was a sign of ones closeness to the sleeping king of the stars. This caused quite an uproar, and led to scanning to see if the applicant’s hair was dyed. Lying to a space marine though is never wise, the false applicants were fed to the ravens, alive.
Last edited by Shikatsu; July 20th, 2006 at 16:12.
Not sure on the fluff properness of it all but i must say that this seems like a really interesting chapter with a fair bit of thought behind it, well done.
I guess we'll just have to see what the fluff masters have to say about it once they take a look at it with their fine toother combs like they always do.
But i must say good effort.
SON'S OF TERRA......... Your defeat, its the emperor's will
Yeah I kinda figured after i posted, still rather new to the whole thing, What little "fluff" is in the details and the units themselves. Almost everything is tied to Celtic myth in some way, except one Razorback, bonus points to who can figure it out. :chuckles:
Thanks for the input, i may have to find out which forum to put it on and cuase all kinds of debates:shifty:
Last edited by Shikatsu; July 19th, 2006 at 05:56.
Would that be the razorback Hammer? :shifty: I like your whole take on using Celtic mythos for your chapter, seems pretty nifty to me.Originally Posted by Shikatsu
So there I was...
Buying things after alcohol consumption is a very interesting way to get into the hobby!
Correct, could not find if that partciluar entity had any special weapons, so i went with the tool the techmarine's namesake would use, he being a celtic smith God.
Seems fine. Perhaps add some fluff about how your chapter came to be at that world. Or if the chapter was established there, why? Were the barbarians chosen because before the coming of the marines, they showed themselves to be hardy warriors? Also, there has to be something in there about the warp storms. Warp storms being that close would effect everything in the system. But it can work to your advantage. Perhaps the barbarians fought against evil rival tribes that were horribly mutated by the proximity of the warp storms. Your "pure-blooded" warriors fought back despite being horribly outnumbered. The agents of the Imperium (or the Raven Guard) saw this and were inspired by the Celts battle prowess, and I'm sure they would be very interested in the their ability to resist taint, despite being close to the warp storms. Heck, there's your reason for chapter creation right there.
Maybe the Raven Guard were the chapter to find this planet and help cleanse it of the mutants (witht he help of the Celtics as guides and sometimes as warriors), later on they helped to establish your chapter.
Just some ideas.
Is the chapter's geneseed from the Raven Guard? If so, you'll have to mention their genetic flaws. If they're just used as training or the initial HQ (something with numberofthebeast is pointing towards) they need to be pointed out to have taken on part of the Raven Guard's modus operandi, which you may have done in emphasising speed and assault, although personally that may suit a White Scars training, or one of the many Second Founding chapters that're hardly detailed and you could flesh out for yourself.
And does the chapter only work by operating one battleforce? If so, why are the numbers that small? Have they had some catastrophe in the past (geneseed problems won't work here, as the requisite number of progenoids is made up before the chapter is created) or recently that they're still reeling from? One battleforce and one techmarine is far too few for a normal-sized chapter.
But sweet concept, I'm sorry I couldn't pick up any of the references to Celtic mythology, haven't read any in years.
I used raven gaurd partly because of the connections to raven imagery in celtic myth, though i guess there are probably a few others i could use, and the one battle force was due to the aspire to glory, i may have to add the fact that alot of the "brothers" are still training...still being something of a Noob, i was trying to balance the army with the fluff.:yes: But does anyone know where i can read up on the specifics of the Raven Guard?Originally Posted by Xerxes
Last edited by Shikatsu; July 19th, 2006 at 20:30.
The Index Astartes article if you can get it, it's in a compendium of them or in a WD (can't remember the number). It's about as thorough on them as you'll get, but failing that I'm sure wiki has some decent info.
But basically, they're all pale-skinned and dark haired(?) due to a flaw in their geneseed, and after the Istvaan V massacre Corax used forbidden geno-acceleration techniques to get his legion up to strength again, destabilising the geneseed further and creating a lot of strange mutants. The long-term effects of this tampering are unkwown.
They also use stealth and subterfuge more than most chapters.
Raven Guard have the pale skin down, but not many Celts had jet-black dark hair. They more blonde/brown, and red haired if I remember correctly. Of course this is easily overcome, you can just say as part of the rigours of turning into a space marine they start to gain the physical aspects of the chapter, i.e. darker hair.