Established during the 23rd Founding, the Angels’ parent chapter was a long held myth. Despite the obvious naming convention and stylised water drop and wing motif of their chapter bearing similarities to the famed Blood Angels Legion there wasn’t any predilection of close combat or the rumoured ‘red thirst’.
If anything, the Storm Angels were more akin to Ultramarines, strictly adhering to the codex and its strictures.
It was the campaign of Krotan against the Orks in M41.549 that their true origin came to light. Fighting a protracted campaign along side Lord Inquisitor Nathaniel, during a particularly long engagement that stretched the limits of even the legendary Space Marines did some break.
Casting combat doctrine aside and eschewing tactical sensibilities, the first to break rank was Brother Artem. Ploughing head-long into the Orks lines, garrotting greenskin with hand and blade alike, the last to be heard from his lips were “deus sanguinius!”
Only through persistent requests and demands of Inquisitor Nathaniel to the High Lords of Terra for answers was there any light shed on the mystery.
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ENCRYPTION LEVEL: ALPHA ALPHARION
Chapter of Blood Angels descent.
Origin kept secret for **CLASSIFIED** see if rumoured flaw is **CLASSIFIED**.
Study failure, Ordo Hereticus dispatched.
Nathaniel made this aware to Chapter Master Orpheus, as he was aware of the noble stature of the Astartes. Orpheus immediately sent a missive to Commander Dante of the Blood Angels, explaining the situation and pleading for help and assistance.
High Chaplain Astorath arrived shortly, already in the nearby Cursis system over-seeing the Flesh Tearers. Here he held a commune with the Storm Angels’ command, explaining the flaw, the gene-curse and their new found legacy. The life and death of Sanguinius is a well known story of legend, so to be originating from such an esteemed blood-line was pleasing to the Astartes’ martial nature. But what of the curse? Will it affect them more? Is there a cure? Astorath had no answers, but only gave solace in the fact that they were not alone.
On return to their homeworld, the Storm Angels completely re-worked their battle doctrine. With new STC patterns arriving from Baal they implemented the new predator designs, created improved chainswords befitting their heritage and established a Sanguinary Priesthood and a modest Sanguinary Guard.
The Death Company remain a curse, like all of Sanguinius’ sons. But rather than resorting to see their brother descend into madness and visions, they are put out of their squalor with the blessing of the Chaplains. This is in part to keep the morale of the chapter up, but also to not lose face in front of allies and mortals alike.
The Storm Angels home world is Vitreus, a planet based in the Duratus system. Their fortress monastery Stiria is hewn from the tallest mountain on the planet, Arogna.
Stiria is locked in a long seasonal orbit, which has scorching summers and deep winters. It is during the winter time do the Angels pick their recruits, the deep colds picking off the weaker mortals leaving a prim gene pool of toughened humans.
The Storm Angels holds a particularly close bond with their populous, acknowledging their divine right as the Emperors Sons and accepting all its trappings. They particularly allow the observance that they are Angels, the celestial beings of old, despite its natural lenience of the religious. They argue that as beacons of hope, they enable humanity to prevail in the testing times.