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“Brother-Captain, you and your whole Chapter are under suspicion of heresy from the Inquisition. Accept the divinity of the Emperor”, pleaded Inquisitor Marcus of the Ordo Xeno, “or even I, with all my powers, will not be able to prevent the inevitable.”
“Is that so, Inquisitor? I shall not deny that our Emperor is more than human, but to brand him as a God – that I am not to sure”, replied Brother-Captain Jasond. “What my Chapter Librarians have discovered puts me at odds with the Inquisition. True, even my Chapter and I no longer know what to believe in.”
“So be it, Brother-Captain. But I will not put all my work to naught. I will convince the Inquisition that you and the Vanguards Chapter have repented and have accepted that the Emperor is the God of humanity. In the meantime, talk no more of this with anyone, especially with the members of the Inquisition. Do this, for yours and your Chapters sake.” With those words, Inquisitor Marcus left and headed to Holy Terra.
Then, I was left alone in my quarters inside our Battle-Barge, the Ignis Dei, pondering my thoughts. Inquisitor Marcus’ words rang true. I am putting my Chapters fate on the line. One wrong step and my Chapter and I will be branded as heretics. Hunted down by the very forces we swore to protect.
Sometimes, I wish I haven’t given that order on that day.The Purgation Project. That is what started it all - a conception of a simple plan. To create a Space Marine Chapter for the sole purpose of gathering information and specimens from all Xeno threats. It was made clandestine to prevent elements from the Ordo Malleus from interrupting, for in its core hides a much more grandeur plan – the creation of virus bombs that will only target the Xeno physiology. The Ordo Xeno approved the project. It was put into formation and its author was a fledging Inquisitor by the name of Marcus de Milan.-oOo-
From the stocks of Ultramarine gene-seeds, the Vanguard Space Marine Chapter was born and among its first members, I was chosen to lead the Chapter.
The first few months didn’t go as good as planned. The Inquisitor made a critical error in his calculations. He sent an inexperienced Chapter up against a legion of Necron raiders on the verge of harvesting a planet. Inquisitor Marcus was a mockery. With all of his administrative and persuasive “gifts”, he lacked any hint of tactical thinking.
I still remember the battle that ensued clearly in my mind. After reciting our prayers to the Emperor and our Primarch, Chaplain Victor blessed our drop pods with holy oil. We boarded our drop pods and descended into what will then be remembered as the Three Days of Fire and Steel. It marked the turning point in our Chapter’s history.
We landed on the planets surface. Luckily, we were not yet detected. Upon the opening of the pod’s hatch, my first instinct was to get some cover for my Battle-Brothers and me. From what little information I was able to gather, I at least possessed rudimentary knowledge on some of the Necron units and their blasphemous tactics. I surveyed the battlefield. It was a total massacre. I saw members of the Imperial Guard, women and children - all dead. My blood boiled from the transgression. I’ve seen enough. After giving priority targets to my Battle-Brothers, I gave the order to charge.
Our assault from cover proved effective as we surprised the foul Xenos. The battle was fierce, but favorable. My power sword found its target numerous times. Cleaving at the Necron warriors, I was struck with a nagging thought. How could these pathetic Xenos be able to overrun the Imperial Guards on this planet. Something’s wrong. The battle lasted for only 10 minutes. We only suffered a few casualties. I looked around. Dead Necrons. All of them. I relished the thought of slaying the cursed Xenos and grieved for my Battle-Brothers who perished. I remember hearing Inquisitor Marcus’ shouting for joy over the vox. He ordered us to secure all Necron specimens and weaponry on the battlefield. I froze on the thought. How can I, if they were suppose to disappear after taking such casualties!!!
I immediately ordered my Battle-Brothers to take cover, but it was too late. Two Monoliths appeared out of nowhere and with it the Necron warriors we just slew came back to life… one by one. Horrified and confused, I was still able to retreat and managed to save my Battle-Brothers.
The battle escalated to a war of attrition. For three days, it lasted. In the end, we won when they shifted out. We won. That I am sure of, but the cost was great. I lost many Brothers. The Vanguards was reduced to almost half strength. I vowed that never again will such a tragedy happen. We boarded our battle-barge. While on the bridge, I ordered the navigator to head to Holy Terra. Puzzled, Inquisitor Marcus asked me why. My answer was simple. If we are to battle such foes, we would need all the information we can obtain. We headed back to the Ordo Xeno.-oOo-
While on Holy Terra, I instructed the Chapter’s Librarians to collect all information obtained thus far on all Xenos. The Ordo Xeno was first reluctant, but with the help of the Inquisitor, the Ordo Xeno yielded. I then proceeded to replenish the Chapters deprived strength.
Chief Librarian Carlo headed the team of librarians under my orders. While on the Imperial archives, they uncovered what shouldn’t be – old records that dated back to the Great Crusade. The records detailed events that have transpired when the Emperor still walked along side humanity. How he unified humanity through strength. How he does away with religion and promoted science. Astounded by their discovery, Chief Librarian Carlo headed back to the Ignis Dei to share with me what he has discovered. At first, I called him a heretic for saying that maybe we should not worship the Emperor as a god for the Emperor didn’t like religion. I pointed my bolt-pistol at his head. Then, looking me straight at the eye, he uttered his famous line, “Think about it.” Funny enough, it did got me thinking. I lowered my bolt-pistol. I read the documents. Indeed, he was telling the truth. Deep in my thoughts, I was not able to parry the incoming blow from the Chief Librarian to my face. “And that’s for pointing a gun to my beautiful, shiny, bald head. Now, we’re even. Peace, Brother” The air in the room was tensioned. But, it was broken when I laughed. It was a good joke, after all.
Then, Inquisitor Marcus, along with a few members of the Ordo Xeno entered the room full of laughing Marines. They wanted to have a briefing with the events that have transpired with our fight with the Necrons. Silence now replaced the room when I gave them perhaps the most stupidest answer in the whole of the Imperium… I questioned the divinity of the Emperor in front of the members of the Inquisition.-oOo-
My thoughts were broken when I felt tired. I decided to take some “shut-eye”. “That was definitely stupid.” Telling no one in particular, while I closed my eyes.
Three days, have passed and still no word from the Inquisitor. I was deep in writing when I was called to the bridge. A messenger has arrived from Terra.
In the bridge, I was greeted by an unfamiliar face. Well, at least with the “I” I knew he was from the Inquisition. “What’s the news with Inquisitor Marcus?” I asked. “He’s dead, Captain” the man answered. “What!!! How did that happen?” I uttered in surprise. “I am not here to answer such queries, Captain”, the man arrogantly said,”I am here to tell you that you and your Chapter, the Vanguards, are free of charges of heresy and that the Ordo Xeno have terminated all links to your Chapter. Furthermore, rest assured, Captain, that the Ordo Xeno will deny all knowledge of your Chapter’s participation within the organization. From here on then, you and your chapter are no longer under the service of the Ordo Xeno. Farewell, Captain.” With those words, he went to his vessel and left.
Freedom. It’s surprising what a single word you possess can do to uplift your soul. We will not forget Inquisitor Marcus. Every once in a while, I still ponder as to the claims of the man on the fate of the Inquisitor. No matter. For now, what matters is the journey at hand and the goal of the Chapter – to exterminate the Xeno threats that claws at the Imperium.
ei, fluffmasters, could you guys please critique my very first fluff. I'm pretty new to this (w40k and fluff writing), so could you also check for any irregularities as I'm still not very knowledgable of the W40K universe. Thanks.
It's a nice idea, but it won't fly, so far as I understand the workings of the Inquisition.
They have no authority over space marine chapters. They cannot order them, they request them. Also, having the Ordo Xenos have another chapter to haul around when they've already got their Chamber Militant in the Deathwatch strikes me as being a bit superfluous.
The faith of SMs that the Emperor is a god is also not mandatory. While there are chapters like the Black Templars that zealously believe in his divinity, many don't. It's not something in itself that would bring a chapter under the eye of the Inquisition.
And, on that note, why is it the Ordo Xenos involved at all? They investigate alien threats, not claims of a divergent space marine chapter. Hereticus would be closer to the mark there.
The collation of "all knowledge of all xenos ever" (in effect) would take forever. The Imperium have encountered many, many alien species over the time of its existence, and it's unlikely that any categorical list of alien species is available. And why would a space marine chapter which has been under suspicion of heresy be granted access it, even if it did exist?
As far as constructing a reasonable background goes, it depends on what you want. A list of characteristics would be good. I'm not great at extracting information from pieces of fluff.
Ok. Thanks. I'll keep those in mind.
There's a niggly straight out of the gate, which is related to the Inquisition's control over Space Marine chapters or lack thereof. The Deathwatch and the Grey Knights are the official Chamber Militant of the Inquisition. There are exceptions, like the Exorcists. But the religion point is iffy. Space Marines are pretty much autonomous, both in action, culture and religious canon, so they don't even have to call the Emperor a god. They can believe whatever they want about him so long as they believe in him. What would be more drastic would be if they questioned the value of believing in him at all.
Perhaps change "virus bombs" to "weapons." Virus bombs do a good job of destroying anything organic, regardless of makeup. Perhaps include Tyranids as a motive factor in the decision.
They seem to jump back and forth between Terra a lot. Just so you know, it's hard to get in and out of Terra, and it is far, far away. Journeying there takes some people their entire lifetime. It's a pilgrimage thing. Perhaps invent a homeworld, or choose an existing world known for its records, and say that's where they congregate and regroup.
Rather than have the Librarians find the documents on Terra, have them rediscover a pre-Heresy Imperial world and find a mission statement or something amidst the ruins. See, Terra has a lot of knowledge. Its archives go nine kilometres into the crust and occupy most of a continent. And it isn't even organised properly; half of it is on paper, some of it has decayed, parts of it are in forgotten languages...scouring the entire library and finding this momentous piece of information within a few months is a little flukey, if the curators didn't find it over ten thousand years. And, presumably, destroy it.
Losing five hundred Marines in three days is...well, not something the Chapter survives. It takes most of a century to found a Chapter, because it takes about twenty years to make a Marine - given sufficient recruits and a one-hundred-percent survival rate, which aren't too common. Maybe pull that back a tad. Or else emphasise the brutal nature of the conflict and drag it out to at least several months, rather than three days.
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