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Posting this here because its fluff and I generally prefer a 'show don't tell' approach. I'm working on a bit of a micro-codex for my marines, mostly for my self-enjoyment. I was considering using the below on the segment on the chapter's allies. I have my Reconcilers (said chapter) written up as being associated with the Ordo Hereticus for certain reasons. I apologize for being too lazy to look up the referencing thread. I'll try to edit it in tomorrow. (Here it is: http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...s-welcome.html (WIP Chapter Fluff (Critiques and Comments Welcome)))
Harsh critical eyes on the below are very much appreciated. Apologies if this is more 'fictiony' then fluff. I figured since I want the fluff excrutiators being used on me it belonged here.
RECEIVER: Astropath Kelles.
TRANSMIT: Astropath Morgion.
SUBJECT: Ordo Hereticus report, RE: Reconciler’s Chapter Fleet Monthly Report #444-12-aa (Subsection: Ordo Hereticus-Adeptus Astartes Joint Activity and Inquisitorial Oversight – Inquisitor Vargas Report).
The Reconciler’s chapter, as always, continues to demonstrate utmost loyalty to the Emperor’s representatives in the Ordo Hereticus. They have made their files available for our review, although given the state of most of them, I ponder if it’s not some chaos-damned attempt to drive us all absolutely insane. Their Lexicanums continue to spell my name three different ways in the file. It’s vastly irritating and I have (sternly) requested they rectify the situation, as well as begin to audit their history files for glaring inaccuracies. Those requests have thus far, gone unheeded.
Canoness Kheran Hagar continues to administer to her flock as a capable leader, zealous and free of any taint of heresy. Her battle-sisters seem almost attached to the Reconciler’s heels like shadows, tracking and reporting on their every action, while assisting in combat maneuvers and campaigns. Her Order of the Purpled Robe again demonstrates their own somewhat copasetic desire for absolution through bloody conflict that originally made them the chosen Ordo Hereticus associate with the Chapter during the Jalanst Accord (File: Adeptus-XVVI- MM1-InquisJalanst). I concern myself that her piety sometimes blinds her to the long-term martial responsibilities of her college however, as I see increasing numbers of her sisters entering the order Repentia as opposed to other equally pious vocations; vocations that might possess…a longer career arc, as it were. I swear, you could build a sturdy chimera out of the finger-bones of the Repentia dead I’ve seen.
Reconciler losses in the fleet due to recent activity again, similarly, represent something on par with the atrocious and I am surprised the chapter has not been wholly eradicated as a result. A company all but depopulated during actions against the necrontyr threat, incursions from the archenemy… I can only dream of what Inquisitor Felotas is experiencing with the elements of the command fleet and their main ‘Cathedral Carrier.’ There always seem to be more of them, dour faced suicidal maniacs in purple power armor. It’s like they’re digging them up out of the ground like garishly painted potatoes or running them off an assembly line like bolter shells. He, Inquisitor Felotas, has forbidden me access to the Reconciler recruitment process chambers and sacramental activities. I question his loyalty to the Ordo…formally if needs be. It’s almost as if he’s hiding something on their behalf. Something is going on here, besides the ‘accelerated’ breeding system they barely were able to get approved. I still think whoever approved their gene-acceleration process should be flogged, as I understand it, its no better then that used by the Blood Angels chapter, with somewhat similar mental-results. Frothing berserkers on one hand, and then in the case of the Reconcilers….suicidal maniacs.
Why a given chapter justifies the attention of three Inquisitors of our stature perplexes me. I can understand why a member of the great Ordo Hereticus would be assigned to a Space Marine Chapter (and am of the belief one should be permanently affixed to all chapters), but why this particular minor, if somewhat eccentric, chapter justifies three of us is beyond reason. Felotas’s obsession with the main fleet and Cathedral carrier seems particularly disturbing, I only hope his reports indicate the quasi-heresy being undertaken there will rouse someone of deeper faith and conviction then he. Instead of reliance on servitor systems, logic engines and other more mundane elements the Chapter apparently plugs their near-dead into ship systems, the Cathedral Carrier supposedly functions like a Dreadnought. That was not the intent of that technology! Additionally, I want confirmation to my person that the red bulbous hulks floating along with this fleet do in fact belong to the Adeptus Mechanicus, I’ve never heard of such as a thing as a Manufactoral-Cruiser, and despite Occus and Felotas telling me it was approved by the High Lords of Terra… I’ll bring Felotas to account on it when the fleets merge again. Something isn’t right here.
Inquisitor Occus seems to have dedicated himself to the Sisyphean task of reordering and structuring the Reconciler’s notoriously disorganized records. Occus seems obsessed with mysteries, and curiosity is the path to heresy, as we all know. Not to mention that there is nothing of value in those files, morbid rants and praises at how a given Space Marine met his fate; I have never before heard of a chapter that so delights in hearing tales of its own battle-brothers being blasted, filleted and otherwise eradicated in such wide and lurid detail.. At least these Adeptes know the importance of self-sacrifice. They appear exceptionally loyal, and their activities…on the field…demonstrate nothing but openness, and just self-sacrifice in the name of the God-Emperor, and mankind. Pending further investigation, as always with these Astartes, it is my ruling that they are for the moment to be warily trusted.
Thought for the Day: The dead do not request apologies.
=][= Inquisitor Simone Vargas =][=
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Last edited by Spook2k5; February 9th, 2007 at 04:08.
this is a very well-written piece of fluff and i'm surprised that i'm the first to comment on it. the grammar is good and the story keeps your attention, but my only criticism is that you don't talk about the Reconcilers enough. more is mentioned about the inquisition than the marines
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Thanks for the response.
Yeah, I kind of wanted to focus a bit on the hereticus stuff attached to my chapter. I was worried that doing a fluffy post on my chapter might seem a bit inappropriate given that I had a posting (non-fluffy) describing them from a while back.
it'd still be cool to get the inquisitor talking more about the marines, but then i haven't read the other post so i don't know what exactly you've already covered
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Very well written, and a good use of vocabulary. I'd like to see more that's more focused on the battle tactics and key characters (e.g. commander) of the chapter.
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Made bold by the feedback and the requests for more, I've written up another small segment. Fluffy/Spammy again. Critiques on fluff and form are appreciated and welcome.
RECEIVER: Astropath Kelles.
TRANSMIT: Astropath Hennes.
SUBJECT: Ordo Hereticus report, RE: Reconciler’s Chapter Fleet Monthly Report #3210-ba-44 (Subsection: Ordo Hereticus-Adeptus Astartes Joint Activity and Inquisitorial Oversight – Inquisitor Occus Report).
As I stated previously, I’ve gained access to the Reconciler record systems, and discovered their infamy in the Administratum is well earned. Apparently few Inquisitors have actually dedicated any time to this examination. Felotas doesn’t seem to be particularly responsive, my predecessor was most interested in trying to start his own archive (reference file: InqYuul-AdeptusReconciler992) before his gallant demise. Vargas thinks it’s a waste of time… That woman seems to believe that ignorance is some sort of magical shield that protects us, I know better. To know a man, you look at what he does, to know a chapter, you need to know what they’ve done.
To describe the chapter’s archive system as Byzantine would be to compliment it. It more appropriately resembles a collection of cockroaches with numbers painted on their undersides thrown into a blast engine with all of the garbage produced by a hive world, and then vented out into space. I will persevere. Let me further clarify. The origination date of the chapter is something the chapter itself is unaware of, it seems to take it on tradition that they were founded as the ‘Bleak Regals’ during the period of the Sixth Founding. The Bleak Regal chapter was apparently devised as a rapid assault and deployment force. Reviewing Administratum records I discovered the Sixth founding period is listed as the time during which the Bleak Regal chapter was either destroyed, disbanded or “re-founded”. The re-founding would seem to mesh, as Reconciler archives agree that the chapter was re-founded into the Reconcilers after events on an agro-world known as Carnus IX against the tyranids. Given that to my knowledge the Tyranid threat has only recently been identified as ‘tyranid’, this immediately gave me cause for concern.
The re-founding incident I refer to occurred after the chapter took its losses to the “tyranids” on Carnus IX. Apparently the chapter received significant losses, nearly ninety percent of its available troops, and its then Chapter-master (Reconciler files disagree on the name of the chapter master) filed a request to the Administratum and the high lords of terra to adopt a “more efficient and experimental” gene-seed implantation process. Unbelievably, this request was accepted (approval document is available under InqFile-DivergAstartes-2291ma) and the chapter began development of a new flock of recruits. These recruits were apparently “possessed of the spirit of the primarch” and were filled with a new purpose, the need to die to redeem themselves for some failure on the Primarch’s part. They abandoned their rapid assault equipment, mothballing a wide percentage of it, and changing their focus to Siege conflict and ‘weathering’ assault.
Apparently the Astartes believe that their primogenitor somehow failed the Emperor in a spectacularly grievous fashion. This guilt seems to have something to do about an inability to arrive to aid our glorious Emperor quickly enough during the days of the Horus Heresy. Their official traditions indicate their Primogenitor to be Rogal Dorn, and that failure is that he failed to reach the Emperor in his battle against that traitorous vermin Horus. The chapter’s induction ritual however, which apparently relies heavily on their acidic saliva would appear to be a disproof of this (Ref: InqAdMech-IFBetchDef-972j). The scarring from this initiation rite is visible on the face of every marine, and ceremonially marked on their vehicles and helmets. The chapter demonstrates significant dislike of the Primarch of the Ultramarines, believing he was “too slow” in arriving to aid the God-Emperor. At the time of the re-founding they supposedly burned every book, librum and data-plate containing the codex Astartes in the engines of their ships.
When interrogating, I find it useful to listen to what a man is not saying. Everyone has a tell, has a weakness. There is a form to even the most chaotic mindset, a chink in every deep armor of secrecy. A deeper logic and reasoning behind every action like a hobgoblin hiding beneath the stairs. For the Reconcilers I have found the weakness in their records: Their death records. Since their re-founding they have meticulously recorded the when’s, how’s and why’s of every dead battle-brother. These, if nothing else, will assist me in finding an objective correlation to actual Imperial history. I do not like chapters with unknown gene-seed, and I do not agree with them being associated with the Imperial Fist chapter, it concerns me that this chapter may in fact know more about their history then they reveal and their records may be intentionally falsified.
I cannot comment on their actions in the field. I have not assisted them. You will have to rely on Vargas and especially Felotas for information on their leadership, battle tactics and other similar events. Felotas should be watched more carefully, the chapter has apparently honored him by indicating that when he dies his name will be entered onto their sacred death toll. As for Vargas, she’s an idiot and should be removed, she seems to busy slinging accusations to bother with any actual investigation or research.
Additionally, I wish to request a data transfer from the Administratum indicating any potential issue between the Dark Angels chapter and the Reconcilers. According to Felotas, the Reconcilers have found themselves ‘accidentally’ beneath the guns of their fellow Astartes on at least four different occasions since I arrived.
Your loyal servant. Jeremy Occus.
Thought for the day: Ignorance is bliss, but far more often death.
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excellent work, drew my attention alot better than the first time. the only thing i have to say is in the third paragraph from the bottom. there were minor changes that i felt would help it flow better. i changed "tell" to "tale" and "deep armor of secrecy. A deeper..." to "deep armor of secrecy; a deeper..."
i love the secrecy. it's delicious. you get a rep point for good fluff
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I found one great flaw in your first post, Sisters Repenta are disgraced and outcast. If a canoness had so many under her charge fall from grace she would be sent to join them and repalced. All in all though it was very good.
I liked part two better, it told a story and made comparisons, well done. A little to transparent at the end, but well worth reading. REP.
Last edited by The_Ghost; February 13th, 2007 at 03:39.
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i think in return you shoud read my fluff on my word bearers army. it needs some feedback :p
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm probably going to get cracking on a third report (from Inquisitor Felotas this time) soon. (I've since added it, to the bottom of this post).
Receiver: Astropath Abralin
Transmit: Astropath Scarvus
Subject line: Joint Ordo Hereticus – Adeptus Astartes report 78221-Series-VVIX – Inquisitorial Oversight Report 998a-121ac – Inquisitor Felotas.
As I’m certain Vargas and Occus have already filed similar reports, I will include only my standard boilerplate on the state of Ordo hereticus forces with the fleet and the present state of Reconciler ‘history’ and geneseed bio-mechanical issues (Attachment 9a-InqFELOTAS). My attaché, Bio-Magus Laiyt is of the mind the gene-seed finds its origin in one of the sacred first founding chapters (Ref: Report-Laiyt-GSComp1127), and not in one of the profaned ones as I originally feared. As I denoted in my previous communiqué I was concerned that the chapter’s current combat ethic, and the numerous references to Barbarus in their history librams linked them to a certain group of heretics, those fears appear to have been laid to rest and the discrepancies apparently have to deal with Barrabus a planet somewhere near Ultramar. Having dealt with that pressing mystery, I will leave Occus to his activities, his dedication is admirable and I would hate to ruin his ‘fun’ by informing him I’ve already determined that salient fact. He might yet discover something useful I missed, after all.
Field actions involving the Reconcilers again demonstrate their admirable faith, if not admirable wisdom. The chapter seems to have a love for the roar of ordinance and the report of castellan missile launchers equaled only by some Imperial Guard regiments. Although the Manufactoral ships have had to cut some corners in construction of some of these vehicles…that’s an issue for them to resolve with their machine god. I do wish the chapter would make more use of its extensive armory of quick response vehicles, which are almost lovingly maintained, but so rarely used. I have yet to see the “Dispensational Company” ride out; as did the Bleak Regals of old…I understand it is quite the sight to see: Golden vehicles dispensing death with the battle-cries of the righteous joining with the report of their bolters. I have noticed the chapter seems quite eager to make use of the notably capricious plasma weapon technology, presumably because of the increased chances for mishap inherent in them.
The current chapter master is one Verrin Flaggelus, who succeeded the previous chapter master after his death during an engagement with Archenemy forces. I estimate this one will probably survive a whole decade or two; he’s rather hardier then the average. His personality seems to be a carbon copy of his predecessors, intense, directed and zealous, with a tendency towards the bombastic. He seems to have a preference for mechanized tactics, as opposed to his forebear, and he’s ordered an increase in Vindicator production from the manufactoral cruisers. Aside from that, I’ve little to say on the man. He has not adjusted the company structure, if one can call it that. I still have not been able to discern the amount of marines within the chapter, their number of crusade fleets and separate elements seem to allow them to conceal their numbers. I do concern myself that they are far beyond the usual number apportioned for a Space marine chapter as indicated by Primarch Gulliman, but this discrepancy may be mitigated by their above average losses. I’ve already stated this in previous reports, its old news.
Recent events however, are far more interesting. I recently assisted with the eradication of two xeno threats within the Taylin system. The initial threat was an eldar encampment, possibly of Craftworld influence. We were attracted due to its size and technical sophistication, as well as its apparent militarist manner. We initially believed we had finally found the stronghold of the so-called ‘Dark Eldar’ raiders, and intended to put an end to it. The encampment’s true purpose became obviously only after the eldar forces were cleansed… Apparently the planet had served as a necrontyr tomb-world and the eldar were working as a sort of containment team. I authorized used of xeno artifacts in the destruction of the Necrontyr after conference with our AdMech officials and ordering my astropath to project a message to Inquisitor Jamberlin of the Ordo Xenos (who has since concurred). Mission Commander Dantress, the chosen successor of the current chapter master, was slain in combat against an entity known as the ‘Nightbringer’, first encountered by Ultramarine forces on Pavonis. The overall mission however was a success and we were able to destroy the Necron staging ground on the planet, preparing the way for colonization. I have sent the artifacts to the xenological study area on Biegel at the request of Inquisitor Ralei. He may be a radical, but I am pleased to be rid of them. The eldar artifacts used to destroy the Necrontyr stronghold, have themselves, been destroyed. Both sets of items, both eldar and necron, proved troubling to me, and I am hard pressed to stave off the mutterings in the dark as is.
My appreciation to the elements of the Ordo Malleus as regards our misunderstanding on Eratus cannot be over-stated. The Reconcilers chapter and the…elements of the Malleus force clashed over the issue of the chaos artifact known as the Grim Tain. When the Malleus learned that the Reconcilers had been working on the destruction of said item at the time of the attack they relented in their requests for the chapter to be declared Excommunicate. The Reconcilers similarly misinterpreted the…aforementioned elements, for a corrupted chapter and offered significant resistance (the Malleus has commended them for fighting so ferociously even if confused). The entire encounter has had the effect of leaving my charges in a state of confusion. I have made certain that all recovered bodies of the Malleus element have been returned, with full honors and have permitted no techmarine, civilian or librarian anywhere near their effects. All files on the event have mysteriously disappeared within the Reconciler’s infamous filing systems; I am ever so afraid that no one will ever be able to find them. I am certain you will be as upset about that information being lost forever as I am. The Reconciler brevet commander at the incident, their captain having been slain during the engagement, underwent ritual self-admonition as well over the incident. The chapter, in an unrelated encounter, succeeded in earning even the grudging esteem the Ultramarines due to their selfless heroism during opposition to the Tyranid threat on Ghellah (despite repeatedly insulting their Primarch and his Codex… Emperor grant my charges some bloody tact…)
However, I am filing a complaint against the Dark Angels chapter. The amount of ‘accidents’ and IFF system failures they claim seem to increase exponentially whenever any member of the Reconcilers are nearby. I know first-founding chapters tend to have no shortage of gripes and rivalries with later foundings, but this internecine sniping is becoming counter-productive in the extreme. I also note that the Dark Angels are responsible for the ridiculous amounts of requests for Inquisitorial review of the Reconciler’s chapter which led to our current state of constant Inquisitorial oversight. These ‘accidents’ seem to increase during encounters with the Archenemy and heretical PDF forces. Veteran Sergeant Grast of the Scout Company seems to suffer from a particular paranoia in this regard. I believe he’s justified.
Additional reports will follow, as always.
Inquisitor Ivo Felotas.
Thought for the day: Through death, absolution.
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Last edited by Spook2k5; February 13th, 2007 at 16:06.