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eldaran
13-06-2007, 10:31
what do you lot think of this?





Space Marine Chapters are largely autonomous forces, and as such are largely unknown to the vast majority of Imperial organizations. Some Chapters, such as the Unforgiven, are even more secretive, which can cause the Inquisition some concern. Among these most secretive of Chapters, one of the Chapters causing the most concern is the Nights Templar Space Marine Chapter.

Background and History:

The Nights Templar Space Marine Chapter was officially formed during the 3rd Founding, although there are reports that Marines in the same colours as the Nights Templar were involved in the Scouring after the Horus Heresy, fighting alongside the Imperial Fists Chapter.

During their first few years of crusading, they were followed closely by a Lord Inquisitor, whose name has since been lost to history. It was recorded, however, that he was killed in an insurrection that the Nights Templar helped to quell.

Abbadon the Despoilerís First Black Crusade was the first major conflict that the Nights Templar participated in, and they were heavily involved, whether it was through Space battles in the Cadian System, or ground assaults upon the very surface of the worlds surrounding the Cadian Gate. They took heavy casualties during the crusade, but inflicted horrendous casualties upon the traitor Legions, particularly upon the few Alpha Legion warbands present. It is unknown how the Cadian Gate would be now if it hadnít been for their steel determination that Chaos would not succeed.

After the 1st Black Crusade, it was determined that they would compose of 10 battle companies, each of which would be responsible for its own scout squads. This deviation from the Codex Astartes almost resulted in a conflict between the Chapter and the Ultramarines, who were outraged at the seemingly casual slander presented upon their Primarchs Codex. It is impossible to predict who would have won that combat if it had escalated to full-out war, but the matter was decided by ritual combat to first blood between the Chapter Masters of both Chapters. Both Chapters maintain that they won, but it is likely that the Night Templar Chapter Master won, since what little is known about him is that he was one of the best swordsmen in the Imperium.

After they had recovered their numbers, they set out to seek out and destroy any of the Traitors they could find, participating in such events as the purge of Alexia II. Unusually, and which caused great consternation with the Ordo Xenos, they forged and alliance with the Eldar Craftworld Ulthķan, since they share a mutual loathing for the Hordes of Chaos.

They continued in this manner, persecuting the foes of the Imperium, but were shown to have prescience for any major Chaos Incursions, since they were always present for each and every Black Crusade.

During Abaddonís 13th Black Crusade, in M41. 999, the Nights Templar were one of the first Chapters to arrive at the Cadian Gate, and deployed at the Cadian Gate. They deployed all around the system, and fought bravely against the Horrors of the Warp at Cadia where they stood against the Hordes of Emperorís Children, led by Lucius the Eternal; at Medusa, where they helped the Iron Hands defend their Homeworld; at Caliban, where they helped defend the Dark Angelsí Homeworld; at Scelus, where it is likely that they saved the system, slaughtering the Night Lords Chaos Space Marines present without any mercy; and many more.

At Medusa V, they did their duty in Hive Edethor, defeating the Hordes of Chaos time and time again, never wavering, even though that conflict left them with the loss of just over a quarter of their Chapter.They managed to escape the ruins of Medusa V, and are now slowly rebuilding their numbers.

Homeworld:

Whilst it is known that they are a crusading Fleet and therefore do not have a Homeworld, it is not known from where they draw their recruits. It is thought that they draw their recruits from the same region of space, but it is unknown where from.

As a Crusading Chapter, they possess a large fleet, consisting of three Battle Barges, six Strike Cruisers, and a host of other, smaller craft. The Chapter crusades together, but itís companies are often spread amongst the rebellious systems when the make war.

Beliefs:

Along with the rest of the Adeptus Astartes, the Nights Templar worship the Emperor as a gifted man, not a God. Different from most Chapters, they follow most of the tenets of the Imperial Truth. They believe strongly in squad brotherhood, and the squads always train together. This makes them more powerful than most Imperial Military units, since their mutual trust allows for a strong cohesion, which is vital to their way of war.

Unusually among Chapters, they believe heavily in the power of Psykers, seeing them as the salvation from the depredations of Chaos. This is demonstrated by their higher tiers of command; many of the highest ranks are filled by psykers, and the Chapter Master is always a Psyker. Their psykers are all powerful, easily the match of the Blood Ravensí psykers.

Organisation:

Whilst they are a Codex Chapter, they tend to follow the spirit of the Codex, rather than the letter. They comprise of ten companies, but each company consists of 11 ten-man squads, since they have two scout squads present within each company. They have no reserve companies, and as such are capable of prosecuting campaigns on a much larger scale than most companies, although their combat doctrine often renders this unnecessary.
They have no Veteran Company, each Company containing its own Veteran squad. The First Company, however, is led by the Chapter Master, rather than a Company Master.

Chapter Layout:

1st Company:

Command units:
Librarian-Master.
Chapter Champion.
Chapter Standard Bearer.
Chief Apothecary.
1st Company Command squad.
Master of Sanctity.

Squads:
Veteran Squad.
3 Tactical Squads.
2 Scout Squads.
2 Assault Squads.
3 Devastator Squads.

Equipment:
2 Dreadnoughts.
2 Predators.
2 Land Raiders.
2 Vindicators.
3 Thunderhawk Gunships.
4 Thunderhawk Transport ships. 2nd-10th Companies:

Command units:
Librarian-Commander.
Company Champion.
Company Standard Bearer.
Company Apothecary.
Company Command squad.
Company Chaplain

Squads:
Veteran Squad.
3 Tactical Squads.
2 Scout Squads.
2 Assault Squads.
3 Devastator Squads.

Equipment:
2 Dreadnoughts.
2 Predators.
2 Land Raiders.
2 Vindicators.
3 Thunderhawk Gunships.
4 Thunderhawk Transport ships.

Combat doctrine:

The Chapter advocate planning for every battle. Their extensive Librarium allows them to prepare for their enemy, each squad having the necessary weapons to carry out their foesí destruction.

Each squad member knows how to operate every weapon in their Armoury, and so the effect of casualties are minimised. Their squad cohesion means that it is only rarely that they take heavy casualties, and they never operate without a viable back-up plan.

These tactical preferences has led them to be branded as cowards by more forward Chapters, but when there is combat, they fight with an edge beyond most Chapters.


Geneseed:

The Nights Templarís gene-seed is stable, with all of the zygotes present. It is not the stability of the geneseed, but the source which causes the Inquisition such concern.

Officially, their gene-seed is sourced from the Imperial Fists. However, it is said in the highest imperial circles that their geneseed bears a remarkable similarity to that of the Pre-Heresy Alpha LegionÖ

Battlecry:

Fianna Imperator!

DantesInferno
13-06-2007, 12:14
Did you mean to call your Chapter the Nights Templar rather than the Knights Templar?

The latter was a real-life knightly order during the Crusades. I'm not sure why they'd be called the Nights Templar - is there something to do with night that I'm missing? If you're just going for a cool name, I'd pick another as it a) looks like you've misspelled the real life Knights Templar b) doesn't really flow as a name of its own. Templars of (the) Night would be more natural.

Also, why the throw-away reference to the Alpha Legion at the end? I can't really tell any other hints throughout the article which would lead you to suspect that they had Alpha Legion influences, other than their careful planning. Their

They also seem to have done an awful lot of important deeds:
"During Abaddon’s 13th Black Crusade, in M41. 999, the Nights Templar were one of the first Chapters to arrive at the Cadian Gate, and deployed at the Cadian Gate. They deployed all around the system, and fought bravely against the Horrors of the Warp at Cadia where they stood against the Hordes of Emperor’s Children, led by Lucius the Eternal; at Medusa, where they helped the Iron Hands defend their Homeworld; at Caliban, where they helped defend the Dark Angels’ Homeworld; at Scelus, where it is likely that they saved the system, slaughtering the Night Lords Chaos Space Marines present without any mercy; and many more."

I certainly don't think they would have been anywhere near Caliban, for a start.

Also, have you read the Blood Ravens IA article? They seem to be quite similar in their reliance on psykers and cautious preparation.

Templar Ben
13-06-2007, 13:57
I just presumed he meant Knight until I saw all the stuff about scouts. Then I thought he wanted them to be infiltrators and would do that at night.

I have seen worse.

eldaran
13-06-2007, 17:05
the Knights Templar are the source of many conspiracy theories, such as finders of the Grail, discoverers of the new world etc. As a result, if any of the rumours are true (especially the Grail thing), then they would have something to hide. If a splinter group of a Traitor legion became a loyalist Chapter, then i think they would have something to hide.

They are a secretive chapter, and if it was found by the inquisition that they were loyalist splinters of the AL, they would probably catch the wrong end of a bucket of firepower. Many of the Knights Templar meetings were performed in secret, and when they were found out, were wiped out.

I play AL, and wanted to link the two armies together.

I like the knights Templar, but didn't want to simply steal the name. Will try and come up with a different name, with the same connotations.

They recruit from an unknown section of space. Alpharius never revealed where he arrived.

Was looking at the Eye of Terror Campaign report for ideas, and ended up picking a few planets at random. Sorry:cries:

I am trying to get across that they are an old Chapter with a big secret.

Templar Ben
13-06-2007, 17:15
Knights Templar also have some ties to the York Rite of Freemasonry.

The Black Templars were basically a KT ripoff so don't worry about that too much. :p

eldaran
13-06-2007, 17:45
Yes, i've read all the IA articles.

How would you phrase them not being instrumental to the thirteenth black crusade, yet did all sorts of things that built up to do a fair bit.


I'm still editing bits, and am thinking of the Night Guardians/Dark Guardians.

DantesInferno
13-06-2007, 22:46
How would you phrase them not being instrumental to the thirteenth black crusade, yet did all sorts of things that built up to do a fair bit.

Just have them deployed on, say, Cadia. Or a hitherto unnamed bit still important planet in the region. Given that there were lots and lots of Chapters involved fighting the 13th Black Crusade, it's a bit implausible that one Chapter single-handedly turned the tide in all these crucial warzones.

One of the main problems people have is that they want to make their new baby Chapter extra-special, so they try to do too much.
Dark secret............Check
Rumours of Traitor gene-seed.........Check
Willingness to "bend" the Codex......Check
and so on.

The B&C has a useful tutorial on designing your own Chapter <here> (http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/index.php?showtopic=65520)

The aim is to keep it plausible and interesting, by developing a strong character and theme for your Chapter without relying too much on cliches.

Master Bait
14-06-2007, 00:51
yeah, you might want to change the bit about defending the DA home world... seeing they didn't have one after the HH. just the Rock

oh, and speaking of cliches - it seems to be that every home-made chapter that people write about here has some sort of link to a chaos legion through their geneseed; surely there can be some other secret they're hiding?

you said they allied themselves with the eldar. perhaps something to do with that. maybe their psykers colluded with their farseers and entered the Black Library or something - learning something crucial about the chaos or the Black Legions that they must attend to themselves, explaining their vehement hatred towards them and why they're always first into the fray when it concerns those specific chaos legions?

also, weren't the Knights Templar creditted with setting up the first banking system in europe? they could be the holy accountants of the imperium :p

eldaran
14-06-2007, 17:41
Thanks for the advice, and especially the website. I've never done this before and am going to completely re-write.

What do you think of the name The Phoenix Guard-A Chapter reborn, and attempting to guard against the threat that led to their rebirth.

Master Bait
14-06-2007, 20:57
its a nice name, already used for the high elves in WF isn't it?

the only thing i'd say that may be a problem, is that the pheonix is a symbol for both death and re-birth, as a continuing cycle. but that could be something to work into the fluff behind your chapter.

chromedog
14-06-2007, 22:51
Or, he could just use other bits of the KT name. They were the Knights of the Order of the Temple of Soloman. Yes, according to legend, they were the originators of the banking system. Usury (the charging of interest) was a sin for christians, but the pope gave them dispensation (they were only holding the money in their keeps, which needed -um- upkeep).

eldaran
15-06-2007, 09:32
First bit of the re-write-what do you think? improvements?


Among the many Chapters that exist in the Imperium, there are a few whose practices are secretive enough to concern the Imperial Inquisition. One of these Chapters is the Phoenix Guard, a Chapter which has resisted many attempts to investigate it.

History:

The origins of the Phoenix Guard are officially documented as being the 3rd Founding, although reports stored in the Imperial Fists’ archives show Space Marines of the same colours as the Phoenix guard fighting alongside the Sons of Dorn. These records date back to the Scouring, and clash with the official record of their Founding.

In any case, one of their first documented actions was during the 1st Black Crusade, in which all Chapters stood against the flood of evil that poured forth from the Eye of Terror. No Chapter took a step back during that time, and if one had, it would have proved disastrous for the weakened Imperium. After the Hordes of Chaos had been pushed back into the Eye of Terror, the Phoenix Guard were one of the Chapters who guarded the Cadian Gate whilst the fortifications were constructed. In this time, they recruited many aspirants from the battle-hardened Cadians, and reorganised the Chapter to a more flexible and efficient layout, a decision which angered the Ultramarines, who saw this reorganisation as a casual slander against their Primarch’s Codex Astartes.

After they left the Cadian System, The Phoenix Guard were the result of many investigations by various Inquisitors, who were interested as to why they had reorganised themselves, but in every case, the Inquisitor mysteriously disappeared, along with anyone who followed him or her.

In M. 32, the Phoenix Guard prosecuted a campaign against the traitorous Alexia system in the Eastern Fringe. The Governor of the system, Governor Blair, had declared his system free of the shackles of the Imperium, and the Phoenix Guard were requested to bring the planet back under control, along with a detachment from the Brontissa First. When they reached the planet, they discovered that it had not been the Governor who had declared independence; he had been dead for two years. Instead, they found the system under the control of the Alpha Legion, who were using the system to lure Imperial Forces into the area. The Phoenix Guard and the Brontrissans were initially pushed out of the system, the Brontissans forced to leave the system permanently. When they retreated, they discovered an outpost of Eldar, who had evidently attempted to destroy the Chaos Forces, but had failed.

With the help of the Eldar, the Phoenix Guard were successful in restoring the planet to imperial control. After the two-year campaign was completed, it is unknown why the Eldar were not subsequently exterminated, but it is rumoured that an alliance was formed between the Chapter and the capricious Xenos, a rumour that has been vehemently denied by the Phoenix Guard.

Over the next nine millennia, the Phoenix Guard conducted many campaigns, particularly against the forces of Chaos. They would hunt traces of
Alpha Legion forces with a zealous determination, bordering on fanaticism. They seemed to display a prescience for Chaos incursions, and defended the Imperium in every one of the Despoiler’s Black Crusades.

In 999 M.41, when Abbadon launched his 13th Black Crusade, the Phoenix Guard deployed at the Cadian Gate, bringing their entire strength to face against the Hordes of Evil. They fought in most of the major engagements at Cadia, knowing, along with the rest of the Imperial Forces, that the future of the Imperium rested upon their shoulders. They, along with the rest of the Imperial Forces present on Cadia, were forced out towards the end of the Crusade, but gave the strength of their fleet and remaining Companies to the action which freed the ravaged Cadian system from the Claws of Chaos.

During Medusa V, the Phoenix Guard fought against the Alpha Legion, preventing the Imperial Guard Forces from starving to defeat, helping to prevent the Sons of Alpharius from overrunning Hive Perseus. The Phoenix Guard were one of the last Chapters to leave the doomed planet, determined to slay their nemesis-a traitor by the name of Byr, a commander of an Alpha Legion warband. They succeeded, but lost their Chapter Master in the process, who gave his life to end Byr’s.

With the Phoenix Guard reduced to two-thirds operational strength, they have retreated away from some battlezones to recover their numbers. They are heading towards the Maelstrom, to continue prosecuting those who betrayed the Emperor ten millennia ago.

DantesInferno
15-06-2007, 12:57
That's much better, it feels like a plausible Loyalist Chapter.

I wouldn't mind knowing a few things:
Are there any noticeable traits from their Dorn gene-seed which they have inherited? You could perhaps emphasise their stubbornness or their eagerness to be tested by the harshness of battle - it's already there, but helps to define them as Dorn successors.
Why are they so zealous in their fights against Chaos, but take a more relaxed attitude toward the Eldar? Is it just pragmatism?
Where do they recruit from? How does this affect the culture of the Chapter?

eldaran
15-06-2007, 17:19
They're not Dorn successors-they're alledgedly salamanders successors, but their origins may have something more... Maybe i misunderstood the Salamanders personalities-aren't they stubborn and pragmatic?

They are pragmatic, but they also see the Eldar as allies because of Eldritch psychic potential.

They recruit from deathworlds, but they believe heavily in death and rebirth. I will try to explain in in the nest section, which has the rest.

eldaran
19-06-2007, 10:38
here's the whole bit:

Index Astartes report: The Phoenix Guard Space Marine Chapter.

Among the many Chapters that exist in the Imperium, there are a few whose practices are secretive enough to concern the Imperial Inquisition. One of these Chapters is the Phoenix Guard, a Chapter which has resisted many attempts to investigate it.

History:

The origins of the Phoenix Guard are officially documented as being the 3rd Founding, although reports stored in the Imperial Fistsí archives show Space Marines of the same colours as the Phoenix Guard fighting alongside the Sons of Dorn. These records date back to the Scouring, and clash with the official record of their Founding.

In any case, one of their first documented actions was during the 1st Black Crusade, in which all Chapters stood against the flood of evil that poured forth from the Eye of Terror. No Chapter took a step back during that time, and if one had, it would have proved disastrous for the vulnerable Imperium. After the Hordes of Chaos had been pushed back into the Eye of Terror, the Phoenix Guard were one of the Chapters who guarded the Cadian Gate whilst the new fortifications were being constructed. In this time, they recruited many aspirants from the battle-hardened Cadians, and reorganised the Chapter to a more flexible and efficient layout, a decision which angered the Ultramarines, who saw this reorganisation as a casual slander upon their Primarchís Codex Astartes.

After they left the Cadian System, the Phoenix Guard were the result of many investigations by various Inquisitors, who were interested as to why they had reorganised themselves. In every case, however, the Inquisitor mysteriously disappeared, along with anyone who followed them.

In M. 32, the Phoenix Guard prosecuted a campaign against the traitorous Alexia system in the Eastern Fringe. The Governor of the system, Governor Blair, had declared his system free of the shackles of the Imperium, and the Phoenix Guard were requested to bring the planet back under control, along with a detachment from the Brontissa First. When they reached the planet, they discovered that it had not been the Governor who had declared independence; he had been murdered two years ago. Instead, they found the system under the control of the Alpha Legion, who were using the system to lure Imperial Forces into the area, to unknown ends. The Phoenix Guard and the Brontissans were initially pushed out of the system, the Brontissans forced to leave the system permanently. When they retreated, they discovered an outpost of Eldar, who had evidently attempted to destroy the Chaos Forces, but had failed (from descriptions of the Eldritch colours, Inquisitor Czevak speculates that they were Eldar from the Craftworld Ulthķan).

With the help of the Eldar, the Phoenix Guard were successful in restoring the planet to Imperial control. After the two-year campaign was completed, it is unknown why the Eldar were not subsequently exterminated, but it is rumoured that an alliance was formed between the Chapter and the capricious Xenos, a rumour that has been vehemently denied by the Phoenix Guard.

Over the next nine millennia, the Phoenix Guard conducted many campaigns, particularly against the forces of Chaos. They would hunt traces of Alpha Legion forces with a zealous determination which bordered on fanaticism. They seemed to display a prescience for Chaos incursions, and defended the Imperium in every one of the Despoilerís Black Crusades.

In 999 M.41, when Abbadon launched his 13th Black Crusade, the Phoenix Guard deployed at the Cadian Gate, bringing their entire strength to face against the Hordes of Evil. They fought in most of the major engagements at Cadia, knowing, along with the rest of the Imperial Forces, that the future of the Imperium rested upon their shoulders. They, along with the rest of the Imperial Forces present on Cadia, were forced out towards the end of the Crusade, but gave the strength of their fleet and remaining Companies to the action which freed the ravaged Cadian system from the Claws of Chaos.

During Medusa V, the Phoenix Guard fought against the Alpha Legion, preventing the Imperial Guard Forces from starving to defeat, helping to prevent the Sons of Alpharius from overrunning Hive Perseus. The Phoenix Guard were one of the last Chapters to leave the doomed planet, determined to slay their nemesis-a traitor by the name of Byr, a commander of an Alpha Legion warband. They succeeded, but lost their Chapter Master in the process, who gave his life to end Byrís.

With the Phoenix Guard reduced to two-thirds operational strength, they have retreated away from some battlezones to recover their numbers. Whilst doing so, they are heading towards the Maelstrom, to continue prosecuting those Heretics who betrayed the Emperor ten millennia ago.

Homeworld:

As a crusading Chapter, the Phoenix Guard do not have a homeworld as such, but they have a set number of worlds which they recruit from. These planets, such as Alexia Prime, are often Death worlds, which breed a hardy people. They recruit every ten years, where trials are held. One of the trials a successful aspirant must perform before they are implanted with geneseed is to walk through the Sacred Flame of Rebirth to prove their worth.

Since the Phoenix Guard have no fortress Monastery as such, their main Battle Barge is the Eternal Phoenix, which contains their main relics and extensive Librarium. In it is also included a collection of Eldar force weapons and similar artefacts, rumoured to be gifted to them in token of their alliance. They are generally based around the Eye of Terror, although their ancient Crusade against the Forces of Chaos takes them all across the galaxy. Their Fleet consists of the Eternal Phoenix and two other Battle Barges, the Guardian of the Truth and the Phoenixes Wrath, along with six Strike Cruisers and an assortment of smaller craft.

Combat Doctrine:

As a Chapter, the Phoenix Guard prefer ranged combat. They do employ assault squads, but mainly as counter-attack units to engage any enemies who come close to the Tactical and Devastator squads. Each Phoenix Guard is trained to use each weapon in their armoury, which minimises the effect of casualties as much as is possible.

As a Chapter, the Phoenix Guard favour plasma weapons, seeing them as bringing the light of the Emperor to His enemies. All Tactical squads are armed with plasma weaponry, and Dreadnoughts are often equipped with either plasma cannons or multi-meltas. However, they do not exclusively use melta and plasma weapons; Devastators are commonly equipped with missile launchers for effectiveness against infantry and vehicles alike, the Devastators trained to land their missiles in vehicle weak points.

In terms of tactics, the Phoenix Guard favour an orbital bombardment, which is facilitated by their large fleet. They then launch a paralysing attack, using Thunderhawks to clear a deployment zone for the Phoenix Guard to deploy and obliterate their targets. They also use extensive infiltrators to discover the nature and organisation of their prey, and commonly test themselves by allowing their opponents to dig in, destroying them mercilessly.

Organisation:

The Phoenix Guard maintain the organisation which was developed in the aftermath of the 1st Black Crusade. As such, they follow the spirit of the Codex Astartes, but not the letter. The highest ranks of the Chapter are comprised entirely of Psykers; the Company Masters filling the roles of both Commander and Librarian. Due to their way of war, the Chapter do not use bikes, instead using Landspeeders in a similar role, although rarely. Each Battle Company maintains its own Scout and Veteran squads, with no Reserve Companies.

The Veteran squads of the Chapter are slightly unique. Called the Phoenixes, whilst they fight using normal weapons in power armour, when equipped in Terminator armour they carry ritual halberds, blessed in the Sacred Flame of Death. These halberds boost the strength of the wielder, and are rumoured to have been developed through Eldritch assistance.
1st Company:

Command Unit:
Chapter Master.
Chapter Champion.
Chapter Standard Bearer.
Chief Apothecary.
Phoenix Squad.
Master of Sanctity.

Tactical units:
Veteran Squad (Phoenix Squad).
3 Tactical Squads.
2 Scout Squads.
2 Assault Squads.
3 Devastator Squads.

Equipment:
Rhinos.
Land Speeders.
2 Dreadnoughts.
2 Predators.
2 Vindicators.
2 Whirlwinds.
2 Land Raiders.
3 Thunderhawk Gunships.
3 Thunderhawk Transporters. 2nd Ė 10th Companies:

Command Unit:
Company Librarian-Commander.
Company Champion.
Company Standard Bearer.
Company Apothecary.
Phoenix Squad.
Company Chaplain.

Tactical units:
Veteran Squad (Phoenix Squad).
3 Tactical Squads.
2 Scout Squads.
2 Assault Squads.
3 Devastator Squads.

Equipment:
Rhinos.
Land Speeders.
2 Dreadnoughts.
2 Predators.
2 Vindicators.
2 Whirlwinds.
2 Land Raiders.
3 Thunderhawk Gunships.
3 Thunderhawk Transporters.

Beliefs:

The Phoenix Guard follow the traditional belief that the Emperor is not a God, but an unusually gifted mortal. Unlike many Chapters, they point to his psychic power, seeing the power of the psyker as the only salvation of Humanity from the depredations of Chaos. They also believe that, like the Phoenix, the Emperor will be die and be reborn in fire, and will lead the forces of the Imperium in a Crusade which will destroy His betrayers and defeat Chaos once and for all.

In addition, they are one of the few, if not the only, Chapter to believe that the Eldar are not a vile Xeno species to be exterminated wherever they are found, but instead a potential ally, as has been shown during the 13th Black Crusade.


Geneseed:

The Phoenix Guardís geneseed is fairly stable, although it no longer possesses the zygotes for the omophagea or the neuroglottis. Due to the prevalence of psykers among the higher ranks, any geneseed samples are heavily scrutinised for evidence of mutation, and the Inquisition is very interested in samples of their geneseed. However, all samples of geneseed seem to be clear, showing no evidence of mutation.

Officially, the source of the Phoenix Guardís geneseed is recorded as being the Salamanders, and it is the source that the Chapter declares, at least openly. This is also what is declared by the Adeptus Mechanicus, when thy are ordered to divulge information about the geneseed. It is rumoured in high Inquisitorial circles, however, that their geneseed bears very little resemblence to the Salamanders. If this was true, it would raise questions about the intentions of both the Chapter and the Adeptus Mechanicus, and why the both organizations, as well as the official records, would lie...

Battlecry:

ĄBy the Eternal Phoenix!ď

eldaran
20-06-2007, 07:35
no comments or criticisms?