Veteran Sergeant Posted December 3, 2012 Share Posted December 3, 2012 Index Astartes for my homebrew Chapter, associate with my project log found here: Leave No Model Unconverted: A 31mm Space Marine Battle Company Log. in·vec·tiveinˈvektiv/noun1. insulting, abusive, or highly critical language. http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/1/22/455637_sm-.png Clad in deep blue and black, their armor often decorated with grisly trophies and scrawled litanies of hate, the Marines of the Invectors Chapter are a ruthless and enigmatic presence on the battlefields of the Ultima Segmentum. Prized by Imperial commanders as allies for their efficiency and stratrgic acumen, but often viewed with suspicion by their fellow Marines and other Imperial agencies, the Invectors have a long and storied, if troubled, history. http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2012/12/4/437705_md-Brother%20Galerius.png http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/1/22/455627_sm-.png The origin of the Invectors is shrouded in controversy. Their own Chapter records indicate a lineage traced back to the Ultramarines Legion and the Second Founding. And evidence seems to corroborate their homeworld in the Ultima Segmentum as being in the region of the galaxy once referred to as the Five Hundred Worlds of Ultramar. The Ultramarines own Chapter histories speak of the 79th Company, the “Tribunes of Cerceus”. However, the Ultramarines were split many times and neither Administratum nor Ultramarines records can verify that the Invectors are truly one of the Primogenitors. Many Imperial historians speculate that they are perhaps of the Third, or even Fourth Founding, and the Invectors' records and histories have erroneously traced Ultramarines heroes with whom they are only lineally tied to via geneseed. According to the Invectors' histories, their first Chapter Master was Cestus Pullo, Captain of the 79th and famed for his heated and forceful rhetoric. Pullo gained acclaim during the Scouring in the aftermath of Horus's defeat at Terra, leading the 79th in a relentless pursuit, hounding the fractured, demoralized, and often leaderless heretical warbands which scattered to the galactic winds. With the adoption of the Codex Astartes and subsequent dissolution of the Legions, the fiery and bellicose Pullo christened his newly founded Chapter the Invectors and assumed control of the Cerceus system and responsibility for the surrounding sector. The Invectors became known for their tenacity and viciousness against the bitter remnants of the Traitor Legions. The Kakos campaign in particular during the Third Black Crusade brought no small fame to the Chapter and gave birth to one of its first heroes. At the height of the conflict, Brother Captain Smedlus Butor, with only two of his Marines, infiltrated an Alpha Legion stronghold and defeated the cell leader in single combat. His actions led Butor to become the first recipient of the Honorifica Valorum since the Scouring. And he would go on to earn a second one only a few years later. Butor's disappearance in early M33 was considered a tragic loss for the Chapter. In 405.M37, the Invectors joined the Fire Hawks and a task force of Imperial Navy and Guard in crushing the Vasilus Crusade, led by the Dark Apostle Kor Vasilus, then-leader of the Sons of Damnation warband. After three years of ferocious combat across the Aldoloth sector, the crusade came to an end with the death of Kor Vasilus on the Shrine World of Etrithea. Pinched between strike elements from both Chapters, the Dark Apostle found himself trapped on a hilltop on the Sordos peninsula and annihilated by an orbital strike from the Invectors' flagship. Leaderless, the remaining Sons of Damnation were forced to retreat to the Maelstrom. It took them nearly a millennium to become a significant threat in the Segmentum again. http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/1/22/455628_sm-.png Sitting to the Galactic West of Ultramar and the Tau Sept Worlds in the Ultima Segmentum, the Invectors' chapter fortress lies on the 4th planet of the Cerceus system. With the planet effectively governed by its republican civilian administrative body, the Invectors involve themselves little in the stratified tribal and socio-economic politics of their world. The elites know that their power stems from the good graces of their masters, and as such, the war machine behind the chapter is kept well-oiled. From a very early age, the educational systems are designed to identify the strongest and brightest youth, attempting to isolate suitable candidates. By their seventh birthdays, these potentials are whisked away to the Chapter's screening facilities. Selection is one of the few honors that transcends wealth and status, and so prestigious is it for a family to have a son selected for indoctrination, that while the young recruit is almost never seen again, and whether or not he ever successfully became a Marine almost entirely unknown, he will often remain a local legend for generations to come, and imagined stories of his exploits play in the minds of any who catch a fleeting glimpse of a craft bearing the deep blue and black livery of the Invectors. http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/1/22/455633-.png A fairly small and climatically unremarkable world, most of its civilian population is concentrated on the western continent in sprawling city-states, while a smaller eastern continent is home to the Invectors' Chapter fortress and its training areas. A third continent at the southern pole is bitterly cold, mountainous, and largely uninhabited save for small pockets of miners and fishermen. Further out from the sun lies Cerceus VII, a ringed gas giant whose largest moon supports a thin but breathable atmosphere sustained by ancient terraforming constructs. Life there under the hab-domes is far different from the homeworld, with the influence of the Invectors being more visible in the shipyards and defense platforms, but less invasive. The colonists of Big Seven are rarely screened and even more rarely selected for recruitment, so the Marines are viewed as omnipresent guardians rather than militaristic patrons and idols. While the home world's martial culture provides the bulk of the defense force's recruits, growing up accustomed to space travel leads many of Big Seven's youth to service in the sector fleet. The colony itself boasts a significant native population, and its primary purpose is to support the system's many void-based industries. These include mining the asteroid belt that lies just beyond the gravitational influence of the massive planet, harvesting ice from the planet's other moon, and the manufactorums which produce a large amount of the war material for the Chapter and the system's Defense Forces. Docks and maintenance facilities spin a vast metal web around the moon, servicing the numerous military vessels and commercial ships which pass through the system, while tiny shuttles and maintenance drones flit to and fro between their massive superstructures.The final populated planet in the system is Cerceus II; known affectionately by its inhabitants as The Maze. A moderately sized planet whose close proximity to the Cercean star makes life on the surface nearly impossible, it serves a dual purpose as a training facility for the Marines, and an underground mining operation populated by a colorful cast of hardy pioneers. The extensive networks of tunnels and underground cities that give the planet its nickname are a wonder to behold, with miles of ancient but elaborately carved reliefs along the major transit routes. The mined ores and fuels are shipped off-world through a network of timed launch windows from underground launch facilities and a small space facility that maintains a fixed orbit in the planet's shadow. http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/1/22/455632_sm-.png As true sons of Guilliman, the Invectors are learned students of the philosophies and strategies of the Codex Astartes. And while they revere the book's wise teachings, over the millennia, the Invectors have slowly but surely adapted it, expanding the tome with lessons learned against a myriad of opponents, and the notes of many other great Space Marine generals from Chapters they've fought alongside. Invectors aspirants are steeped in a variety of tactics and strategy even before they set foot in the Scout units, and the importance of leadership and initiative is stressed at all levels. Only the Veteran and Scout companies operate according to the traditional Codex Astartes model; the Invectors field eight full Battle Companies. Newly initiated battle brothers are integrated into existing squads to gain the valuable mentorship of their more experienced peers, while the Veterans and Scouts are distributed as attachments to the Battle Companies. This leaves each Battle Company its own self-contained fighting unit, though it is not uncommon for an Invectors task force to be comprised of two or more companies commanded by the senior officer present. Designations of rank or office are subdued and practical, though many individual Marines will make subtle alterations to the Chapter livery on their battleplate. Only for the rare parade or diplomatic situation will they adopt traditional Codex colorations, most notably when serving as delegates to the Council of Ultramar where the Invectors' interpretation of the Codex occasionally creates friction. http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/2013/1/22/455629_sm-.pngOn the battlefield, the Invectors are utterly ruthless, preferring well-timed, decisive actions intended to shock and disrupt their enemies' will to fight and ability to communicate. They also obsessively collect enemy prisoners. More than once have Invectors detachments clashed with Imperial agents over the rights of possession to captured foes. Little is known about the fates of these prisoners, as captives disappear swiftly aboard orbital transports and deep into the bowels of the Invectors' vessels. It is whispered that ruthless interrogations of the unclean and the alien have brought them remarkable success in their campaigns, but it has also placed them under repeated scrutiny. Some extremely xenophobic Chapters have refused to fight alongside them on occasion, and open hostilities almost erupted between a contingent of Black Templars and the Invectors' 4th Company over the fate of Eldar captives the Templars had wanted to put to death. Adding to this suspicion has been the propensity of individual Invectors Marines to take souvenirs and display trophies of exceptional kills on their battle plate. Often displayed to terrorize their enemies, these range from xenos helmets and skulls, to armor plates and other artifacts, and the Invectors' integration of those items into their armor and wargear has on more than one occasion offended more traditionalist chapters horrified by what they see as defacement of sacred relics. As the Invectors' interpretation of the Codex evolved, so did the Invectors' adherence to its dictates. The flourishing industries of their home system provided the sub-sector with a strong standing defense force. The line between what was the Chapter and what was the Cercean Defense Forces has blurred even further over time. After significant losses to their Chapter Fleet at Arnessk in 429.M38, the Chapter replaced several of its destroyers with standard Imperial hulls seized from the rebellious sector fleet, and integrated the Dictator-class fleet carrier Valeria Victrix along with its complement of attack craft. In conjunction with the ever-present detachments of Cercean auxiliary regiments which accompany Invectors forces, this practice skirts the guidelines of the Codex Astartes and the limitations it places on Space Marine power projection. With the emergence of new enemies of Mankind in recent centuries, the attention of the Invectors has moved eastward. The Chapter, which had spent so much time developing its doctrines against the insidious threat of Chaos insurrections and the occasional emergent Ork warlord, became particularly vested in combating the nascent Tau Empire's efforts to poach Imperial held systems, and the ravenous hive fleets of the Tyranid menace. Seconded Battle Brothers from the Invectors have began to show up alongside Chapters in the Eastern Fringe which had found themselves most often engaged with the Tau and Tyranids, likely with the purpose of gaining insight into their experiences. The reception of these small detachments is not always warm. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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