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[DIY Loyalist] The Protectors Chapter


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INDEX ASTARTES

THE PROTECTORS CHAPTER

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The Protectors Chapter was founded sometime in M38. Their first mission was liberate a system in the galactic northwest, known as the Xantul System, from a tyrannical race of warp-using mutant-xenos. Although the chapter was quite young at the time, they succeeded in their mission and returned Xantul to Imperial control. The Protectors Chapter earned the respect of the citizens across the Xantul System, and eventually they established their Fortress on the Earth-like world of Xantul Prime.

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Xantul Prime is a planet with eerily-similar traits to Terra, or rather what it looked like in ages long forgotten. It is a large planet, supporting a human population of over 50 billion Imperial souls, not including the Astartes of the Protectors Chapter. On the central and largest continent, at the highest peak of Mt. Terrokar stands the Aldor Spire, the awe-inspiring Fortress Monastery of the Protectors Chapter. Few Imperial citizens have been inside the wonderous fortress, and even then they were honoured citizens whom the chapter respected a great deal. Inside and below the Aldor Spire are the Catacombs of Rest, where the recovered-bodies of fallen battle-brothers are entombed, their names and deeds engraved on the cavern walls for all time.

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Owing to their Ultramarines lineage, the Protectors Chapter adheres to the tenants of the Codex Astartes. As the chapter has progressed and been active in more battlefield scenarios, they have learned how to flexible with their skills. During their upbringing, recruits are taught many battle techniques and are well-educated in battlefield strategy. In this the chapter hopes to raise recruits up to the status of battle-brother, knowing that they can "think outside the box" in a given situation, and determine a course of action that will ensure both complete victory and minimal loss of life to them and their battle-brothers.

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Like all chapters that descend from the Ultramarines, the Protectors Chapter maintain the organizational structure laid out in the Codex Astartes. There are a few differences however, but all of them fall within the guidelines of the Codex.

One of particular note is the "Guardians". They are Astartes formerly of the First Company, who have been rigorously selected for the protection of the Chapter Master. They receive increased bionic and genetic augmentations to make them suitable for their sole task of protecting the leader of the Protectors Chapter.

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The Protectors Chapter venerates the Emperor as an exceptional and long-lived human man - nothing more. Although they may not always show it openly, in their hearts and minds they have aversion towards those that would worship him as a deity. This belief and attitude is reflected in their chaplaincy. The Chaplains of the Protectors still tend to the spiritual health of their battle-brothers, but wear an Iron Halo in place of the Rosarius, and wield Power Mauls instead of a Crozius Arcanum. This has, on occasion, lead to arguments with certain elements of the Echlessiarchy. Yet despite this unusual intolerance for worship of the Emperor, the Protectors Chapter is very loyal to the Emperor himself, and his people.

The marines of the chapter hold great respect for non-Astartes whom display exceptional courage against odds that would overwhelm most others. If any such people give their lives for the chapter, it is decreed by chapter law that their names be recorded alongside the fallen battle-brothers in the Catacombs of Rest.

The Protectors Chapter does not like working with xenos, even on a temporary basis against a common enemy. Although, if the situation absolutely demands it, and no alternative can be deduced by the chapter's strategists, then the chapter will work with them in that instance, and that instance alone!

The chapter despises Chaos to the core, as any sensible loyalist chapter would. Even in situations where they could use Chaos against itself, they would adamantly refuse to go down that path, believing that once they start falling, they would never stop.

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The gene-seed of the chapter, having come from Ultramarines stock, has been reported as stable. Despite this, the Occulobe reacts with the atmosphere of Xantul Prime, causing the eyes of every Astartes in the Protectors Chapter to turn a shiny blue. This has been recorded for archive purposes, but it has been deemed by the Mechanicus to not be a mutation in need of repair or eradication.

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The Protectors Chapter does not have a battle-cry in the traditional sense. However when they have the element of surprise, they have been known to let out a bellowing-roar, designed to catch their targets off-guard.

KNOWN CHAPTER MEMBERS

  • Adamas: Current Chapter Master of the Protectors. He is the literal embodiment of everything that the chapter stands for. A learned strategist, he is adept at studying a battlefield and creating an appropriate strategy that ensures complete victory. He believes that is the duty of both him and his battle-brothers to be the supreme defenders of the Emperor's people. Adamas is wielder of all of the chapter's relics, including the Fulgurite blade and the chapter's one suit of Tartaros-Pattern Terminator Armour. In battle, Adamas has been described as nothing short of awe-inspiring - wading through enemy positions like they were water, shrugging off return-fire and closing in on the objective.
  • Haedean: The oldest member of the chapter at over 480 years old, and the current Master Chaplain. He is a wise battle-brother, and all within the chapter hold him and his wisdom in high regard. He adamantly defends the beliefs of the chapter, which has almost brought him to blows with some puritanical elements within other Imperial branches.
  • Maraad: The chapter's current Chief Librarian. His psychic talents developed early on during his days as a Neophyte, so he was recruited into the chapter's Librarium. Over the decades he developed his powers at an accelerated speed, stunning even the upper-echelons of the Librarium and even the chapter itself. Maraad's willpower is like a diamond - unbreakable even against the predations of the Ruinous Powers.
  • Daelo: The Forge Lord of the Protectors chapter, Daelo was once a regular Astartes Techmarine, trained on Mars and returned to Xantul with all the knowledge he had gained. During a battle where the Protectors were engaged against the Atum Dynasty of the Necrons, Daelo was fatally injured attempting to stop a planet-killing Necron weapon. The Astartes' brain was damaged, and had to be replaced with cybernetic cogitators. He soon recovered, and became even more intelligent than he had ever been previously. Although he is quiet and known by some to be arrogant, he is very loyal to his fellow battle-brothers, and is the chapter's sole expert when it comes to mankind's technology.
  • Bahra: Bahra is the current Grand Champion of the Protectors. He is the expert blade-master from whom all battle-brothers receive melee combat training. Though he might be brash and seem reckless, his strategy of diving into enemy engagements has merit. He moves swiftly even for an Astartes, slicing up enemies with his ancient Power Sword. Such is Bahra's skill with the weapon that he can parry and counter blows in close-combat, and deflect most ranged attacks.

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OK. I'll be the first one to say it, with a little help from Wikipedia:

(EDIT: Now quote tags aren't working on my PC. How strange.)

Patronus may refer to:

If this is an intentional homage, then fair play.

If not, don't be surprised if nobody equates this Chapter with Ancient Rome.teehee.gif

The other problem is, I'm not sure at all what the standout-quality of the marines is.

Don't get me wrong, this is a good start, and a very solid base to work from, but the Chapter's lacking that certain individual something.

What makes the Patronus Chapter different from the other Nine-hundred-and-ninety-nine Chapters out there?

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Unless I'm mistaken, patronus is Latin for protector. Google said so, but it could be wrong.

 

What makes them different from others? Well...

 

- they are on good terms with the Adeptus Mechanicus, allowing them to gain access to armaments other chapters may not possess

- they are believed to have found and recovered various archeotech and, with Mechanicus approval, have been able to field it

- they have aversion towards the Imperial Creed, albeit this is not always openly shown

- despite coming from the Ultramarines, they have humanitarianism akin to the Salamanders

 

More info coming... :) stay tuned!

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No matter how you look at it, you'll never manage to get the stigma of the "patronus charm" off people's minds when they see it. Its like never hearing the word "twilight" the same way again...

 

Regardless, its written well and I dig the color scheme, but I agree they're fairly unremarkable until you add some of that latter info in. Also, the "Storm Guard" title seems incongruent for the chapter.. Doesn't feel like it belongs.

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And here, I was just hoping they really liked tequila. I didn't get the Harry Potter reference, but, then again, it was well after my time, and I have no kids, lol. The only things I know about Harry Potter is that somebody killed Dumbledore, the vibrating broomstick was popular with little girls, and that for some reason people think the actress from the movies is exceptionally attractive. I understand none of the prior. wink.png

Agree on Storm Guard. Why are they named that? What about storms are significant to the chapter or its home world? Maybe explore that aspect in their home world's climate. Storms are naturally violent and destructive, so the word "storm" pairs awkwardly with the word "guard". Storm troopers (in the classic military sense, not the Star Wars or 40k sense) are named that way because they were organized and equipped for assaults. So the Storm Guard needs to explore why it is named that. What storm are they guarding from? Just something to think about it. If you want to keep it on the "sounds cool" justification, that's fine, lol. Not everyone is going to disect the language so heavily.

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- Changed the name of the chapter to "The Protectors".

- All references to Patronus have been deleted from the original IA.

- Storm Guard have been renamed to the Guardians, which falls way more in line with the chapter's name and doctrine.

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No matter how you look at it, you'll never manage to get the stigma of the "patronus charm" off people's minds when they see it. Its like never hearing the word "twilight" the same way again...

Unfortunately true. Culture just does that. It makes me weep, because now I can never include Twilight in any ship name, let alone anything else I want to portray with a 'gray' theme, without people thinking of the awful series. I feel your pain, ShasVa :/

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Unfortunately true. Culture just does that. It makes me weep, because now I can never include Twilight in any ship name, let alone anything else I want to portray with a 'gray' theme, without people thinking of the awful series. I feel your pain, ShasVa :/

Yep. It's sad and yet funny that while reading this I found myself saying "Expecto Patronum" every time I saw Patronus or, as I would imagine, thinking of the charm every time it was mentioned.

 

In regards to the meaning of Patronus, ShasVa is correct in its literal meaning in English being defender. However not the right defender... Patronus'es in ancient Rome were essentially lawyers defenders of their clients estate, interest and the likes. Although it wouldn't be too far fetched to use it loosely like J. K. Rowling did. Look at "Expecto Patronum", the Patronus Charm means "I await a protector".

 

Though if you do decide to stick with the name of Patronus be ready to explain it at every turn.

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I don't think Twilight would have the same stigma, at least not in a ship's name. It wouldn't sound intimidating, but if I read of the crew of the /Endless Twilight/, glitter vampires would not be the first thing to come to mind. I may have the Protoss to thank for that.
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No matter how you look at it, you'll never manage to get the stigma of the "patronus charm" off people's minds when they see it. Its like never hearing the word "twilight" the same way again...

Unfortunately true. Culture just does that. It makes me weep, because now I can never include Twilight in any ship name, let alone anything else I want to portray with a 'gray' theme, without people thinking of the awful series. I feel your pain, ShasVa :/

I used to have a pretty mediocre chapter called the Twilight Talons, a Dark Angel successor who played up the light-vs-darkness thing in a big way.

The combination of certain films coming out and not really having any proper idea how to flesh them out saw the Chapter scrapped, sadly.

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