Storm Dragons Space Marine Chapter
+ Tactical +++++++ Assault ++++ Specialist ++++ Devastator ++++ Terminator +
Chapter Founding: Circa 215.M31
Geneseed: Unknown. No genetic defects prior to the Great Shame.
Base of Operations: Space Fortress The Dragonspire
Homeworld: A currently uncatalogued system, referred to as The Verdant Beyond in the Chapter’s writings.
“We Soar on Wings of Fire! – We Bring His Will!”
Chanted repeatedly during a charge; the commander shouts “We Soar on Wings of Fire!” and the troops respond “We Bring His Will!”
Characters of Note:
Storm Dragons Chapter Council
Chief Librarian and Chapter Master
Task Force Commander, Beta
Task Force Commander, Gamma
Master of Sanctity
Master Chirurgeon; Head of the Apothecarion
Former Chapter Master; entombed in a Venerable Dreadnought
Chapter Bondsmen Leaders
Master of the Fleet; Captain of the Dragonspire
General; Commander of the Bondsmen Guard
Lady Katariah Idaros
Mistress of Astropaths
Lady Saralen Kurzman
Radical Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor
“We honor our Lord and Creator, the Immortal Emperor, who stands above all and guides us into our battles. We honor our Father whose face is hidden from us. We honor our Lady the Protector, by whose grace and wisdom our hands are unstained, and by whose works our Path is unobstructed. We honor the Bondsmen, for their tireless toil gives us our Tools. We honor our Duty, for it gives us Purpose.”
-Christopher Luthor, Master of Sanctity of Storm Dragons
A secretive and elusive Chapter, the Storm Dragons cannot boast the notoriety gained by some of their Astartes brothers. It is a necessity however; for the secrets that the crimson-armoured warriors keep would’ve led to condemnation by lesser minds long ago, diverting them from their righteous path into betrayal at best, and into oblivion at worst.
A crusading Chapter, the Storm Dragons base their operations primarily from a mobile space fortress The Dragonspire. They forever seek new threats to the Imperium, lending their might to beleaguered defenders of besieged worlds, or decapitating emerging dangers with swift and precise surgical strikes. Much of their crusading is done at the behest of Lady Saralen Kurzman, a radical Inquisitor to whom the Chapter owes an Honor Debt.
Origins of the Chapter
Much is lost to us, but we shall not look to the past. We were there before the Great Shame, and that will suffice. Our true strength was forged by impossible odds and dire circumstance; that which brought us our greatest dishonor has spurred us on to achieve greater strength. As the Emperor alone decides when to grant us His Peace, he too will decide when to reveal to us the face of our Father – and only then shall our atonement be complete.”
- Olgerth Istaarn, Chapter Master and Chief Librarian of Storm Dragons
Sometime in the first quarter of M31, a new Space Marine Chapter was founded, its recruits coming from worlds of no particular note to form a fighting force that staunchly adhered to the tenets of the Codex Astartes.
Whatever accomplishments were garnered by the Storm Dragons in the first two millenna of their existence are now lost, either through vagaries of fate or perhaps deliberately stricken from the Chapter records. Unknown also are the names of their founding Chapter and of their Primarch; the Marines refer him only as Our Father whose face is hidden from us. Being thus deprived of knowing their true ancestry, Storm Dragons hold the Emperor in higher regard than most Space Marines do, and venerate him with greater zeal. It should be noted that some of the older wargear possessed by the Storm Dragons bears a winged sword motif; it is most prominently displayed upon the hulls of the Chapter's dreadnoughts. Whether this is a mere coincidence, a tribute to the Chapter's past or perhaps indicative of a much more sinister connection is known to but a few chosen.
The Chapter’s true formative events came sometime in M38, during a routine reinforcement of a Forgeworld system that was threatened by a Chaos invasion force. The ensuing calamity brought the Storm Dragons to the brink of oblivion, nearly wiping them out. But the Chapter endured, forged anew, though branded with a stigma that would soon become the source of their greatest strength, but also condemn them to the perpetual existence wrapped in shadows and secrets.
Those events are to this day known as The Great Shame.
The Great Shame
We fought as best we could – that testament is written in blood upon that battlefield. But doing your best and failing is still a failure; that is our shame; and for that, we carry our penance.
- Alexander Strahan, former Chapter Master of the Storm Dragons
Concealed within mineral-rich asteroid fields of the Kharridan system was an Imperial Forgeworld designated Kharridan IV. Four great Mobile Forges orbited the bleak hive world, titanic and extremely rare spaceships each carrying entire manufacturing facilities on board. Below, deep underneath the smoke-wreathed surface, Adeptus Mechanicus guarded an even greater secret – an STC that, while incomplete, held within it blueprints of many rare and prized technologies pertaining both to Space Marine wargear and spacecraft construction.
When a roving Chaos fleet suddenly changed direction, making for Kharridan system with great speed, its inhabitants had little time to prepare. Still, planetary defense forces were assembled, reinforced by the Skitarii, and, at the last moment, with the forces of an entire Space Marine Chapter – the Storm Dragons. A defense fleet was mustered – and when Chaos Lord Yismar’s fleet finally emerged in realspace, the Forgeworld’s defenders were ready.
It became clear from the outset that they were overmatched. Somehow, by the time Yismar’s fleet arrived, it more than tripled in size, picking up reinforcements along the way. The invasion force battered its way through the Forgeworld fleet, and the invasion of Kharridan IV began in its earnest.
For weeks, battles raged all across the Forgeworld. Imperial defenders, while outnumbered, had technological advantages on their side; and lightning raids by Storm Dragons crippled many of the Chaos Lord’s vessels, eventually depriving him of the ability to perform full-scale planetary strikes.
But the desperate defense of Kharridan IV soon started to crumble underneath the weight of the invaders’ superior numbers. Storm Dragons had suffered heavy losses, and were forced to adopt new tactics not approved by Codex Astartes to compensate. But even their military ingenuity wasn’t enough to stave off the inevitable.
Posted in part on the surface and in part on the orbiting Mobile Forges, the Space Marines did their best to repel the endless stream of Chaos Lord’s forces. On Kharridan IV, the slaughter was unimaginable. It is written that Alexander Strahan, then-Master of the Storm Dragons, confronted the Fabricator General who was making hurried preparations to take the Mobile Forges away from the doomed system, rescuing the Mechanicus assets but leaving the world’s dwindling population behind. No one knows what exactly was said behind closed doors, but the Fabricator General was properly humbled. A plan was announced for worldwide evacuation, where a fleet of surviving ships and the Mobile Forges would carry away not just Adeptus Mechanicus, but everyone else who made it to the spaceports.
While preparations were made for evacuation, Yismar redoubled his attacks. This time however, even regular citizens of the Forgeworld took up arms, and stood together with the Skitarii, the Guard and the battle-brothers of the Storm Dragons. Such was their tenacity that the Chaos Lord flew into a rage, and ordered his coven of sorcerers to conjure a Warp rift to engulf the entire Kharridan system in a Warp Storm.
Chief Librarian Istaarn sensed the Warp echoes and warned the defenders of the Chaos Lord’s plans. A strike force was hastily put together, utilizing the newly developed short-range teleportation technology, and the Storm Dragons launched a desperate last-ditch attack on Yismar’s flagship. At great cost in lives, they were successful in penetrating the ship’s defenses, and reached the ship’s bridge.
The Chaos Lord and his coterie of defenders fought fiercely, Yismar himself wielding a great and profane sword that seethed with energies of Chaos. Alexander Strahan faced the Chaos Lord in single combat. Strahan’s sword was soon broken in half, but the Chapter Master would not be denied. Though grievously wounded, Strahan launched himself at the Chaos Lord, wrestled his sword away from him, and then used the foul blade to decapitate its former owner.
With Yismar’s death, Chaos taint fell away from the blade, revealing an exquisitely forged Force Sword of obviously Imperial origins. Strahan held the weapon high and issued a mighty battlecry that cowed those who remained of the Chaos Lord’s coterie; Strahan’s companions fell upon them and slaughtered every last one of the foul warriors. Only then did the Chapter Master allow himself to collapse under the weight of his many injuries.
But for all glory of their victory, the Storm Dragons were late. Just as Olgerth Istaarn, the Chief Librarian, led his squad into the ritual space where the Chaos Sorcerers writhed and chanted, the Warp rift appeared and began to widen. Istaarn slew the sorcerers, but it was in vain; the Warp Storm engulfed the system, consuming the Chaos fleet, the fleeing civilian vessels, the Chapter’s remaining vessels, and the four Mobile Forges that everyone fought so hard to protect…
To Be Continued...