Strikeforce Alpha-942

18.06.2009

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If it was in his power the Ork would pay, and not just any Ork but the infamous Ghazghkull. However he knew it was highly unlikely that he would even see the greenskin warlord in the flesh, or even at range. Not that it changed anything though, his brothers were being sent on this foolhardy mission to the accursed world of Armageddon just to appease the Inquisition so that the chapter could truly fulfil their duties back in their sub sector.

The Inquisition. Why was it they felt the need to constantly put their nose into everything, making demands no less, of the Emperor’s finest warriors the Adeptus Astartes? It was quite simply unfathomable to him, for millenia now the Praetoris Aeneas had stood guardian over their worlds, cleansing taint and facing off the despicable traitor legions time and again. Their faith tested in the fires of war and paid for in blood was proof enough surely?

“They are a necessary evil brother Captain,” he had been told as the chapter council briefed him on the mission. “We must be seen to acquiese to their … requests, from time to time so that we might continue our holy duties to the men and women of this sub sector.” What they hadn’t properly explained was why he, Captain of the third company and decorated warrior, was being forced to leave with such a small contingent of brothers to this Emperor forsaken world.

I have always wanted, like thousands of other wargamers out there, to create my own little galaxy. The idea of inventing whole cultures, worlds, factions and histories appeals to me on an almost instinctual level.  In fact I have over the years probably played every world crafting sim out there, my first real taste of it coming in the form of Megalomaniacs on the Amiga 500 about two decades ago!

Of course it is no surprise that creating my own chapter of the vaunted Astartes features in my plans! Over the years I have tried a couple of different approaches, I even have effectively a scout company somewhere in my collection, but about two years ago I struck on the germ of a concept that has grown since and continues to now. The new Ultramarines veteran models and going further back Grey Knights really struck me as that truly baroque and gothic look that I like in a marine, the over ostentatious armour and appearance is what I like rather than the default plain design. Then throwing in the various stories from the Black Library about the Doom Eagles¬† and a variety of other chapters, where the marines weren’t as two dimensional as many think, showing the Astartes being inhuman and yet human truly created a rich tapestry of intrigue.

All of this in the melting pot of ideas that is my mind produced the Praetoris Aeneas, an Ultramarines successor chapter who strive to protect the worlds of their home world’s sub-sector in a homage to their fathering legion and Primarch’s efforts in Ultramar. They consider themselves to be the constantly striving for the Astartes idealist perfection and some of their number are held up as exemplar. However having been invaded and beseiged by the forces of chaos or vile xenos over the centuries has bred into them a deep set unwillingness to abandon their protectorate. This of course has made the Inquisition jealous as requests for aid in neighbouring sectors have been flatly refused by the Praetoris, even if couched in a very politically contrived manner.

This is about as far as I have come with the background though, no names, a rough idea of chapter symbol and a colour scheme but thats it. Which leads me on to Strikeforce Alpha-942 (A942 denotes the first letter of the destination and year the order was placed), a small detachment of the Praetoris which are sent to Armageddon by the chapter’s council. Outwardly the force are being sent to help combat the near constant threats to Armageddon on the request of an Inquisitor from the Ordo Xenos and due to the third company having several brothers who have had active service in the Deathwatch they make the bulk of the force. However the captain of the third company suspects he may have been sent for another reason …

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