"Oculum pro oculo!"
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The Darkened Exemplars is a Codex Space Marine chapter, founded in the 19th Founding.
When a particularly fanatical marine managed to strike down a Herald of Khorne, he was arranged to lead a new chapter, specialising in anti-Chaos warfare. This marine was at the time a powerful Librarian of the Ultramarines. The genome was being bred, and the chapter drew initiates from a world relatively close to Ultramar; Gan'Edhen. Officially, they were founded in the 19th Founding.
The geneseed of the Darkened Exemplars come from the genome of Roboute Guilliman, seeing as the Ultramarines were their founders.
The Darkened Exemplars have been described as fanatic Daemon Hunters, to the extent that the Ordo Malleus has often enlisted their help. They have made themselves notorious foes of the Word Bearers and their descendants.
The Crozius Arcanums of the chapter are usually molded to resemble the skulls of a great foe they have faced and defeated. The most popular mold is a skull with two or more horns. The Master of Sanctity has always had his molded after the head of the Daemon Prince that the founder of the chapter faced prior to his death.
The Darkened Exemplars have the additional specialist rank, called Executioner. There is typically very few Executioners in the chapter, currently there being two. The Executioners look through the chapter for heresy, more so than their Chaplain peers, and they are also more trained in the ways of detecting corruption. When they detect a corrupted Marine, they kill him on the spot. They have been noted to do this with any corrupt Marine they see, even if he is of another chapter or not.
The Darkened Exemplars see the Emperor as a semi-godly entity. A former god who had part of his powers stolen from him by the Chaos Gods. This made him powerful enough to fully send himself into the Materium to lead his followers in a war against the Gods of Chaos and their aspects, the Daemons.
They also count all their heretic kills, and the more one kills, the more honour and respect one gains. Chaos Lords and Champions are counted seperately. It is not uncommon for the ammount of heretics killed to be marked on the armour of a marine. Cultists are not counted, due to the massive ammounts encountered by the Darkened Exemplars.
The Darkened Exemplars take the skulls of their best kills and lock them far into their vaults, where only Chaplains and Librarians can access them. The Chaplains and Librarians go through several rituals to purify the skulls, and they use them as trophies after this process has been completed.
The Darkened Exemplars are mainly dark grey, with matt golden pauldrons. The Chapter icon is a eight-pointed star with a circle around it.
Notable Darkened ExemplarsEdit
Jonus is the current Chapter Master, standing as an example of utmost servitude and faith to his subordinates. He has fought Chaos longer than any of his brethren, and has the highest count of Champion kills, at 11 Champions and 3 Chaos Lords. He has also assisted in banishing a Daemon Prince.
Matteus is the captain of the 2nd Company.
Azrael and SamaelEdit
The twins Azrael and Samael are the two Executioners of the chapter. Since they were children they were a ruthless duo, and when taken into the Darkened Exemplars, they displayed a potency at merciless killing and empathy. This combination made them prime candidates for the position of Executioners. They went through standard service for a short while. When they became full Marines, they were immediately trained in the ways of an Executioner. They currently have the highest heretic kill count of the chapter, second to no one.
Marcus - 3rd Company Captain
Tomas - 4th Company Captain
Yechezkel - 5th Company Captain
Tiras - 6th Company Captain
Ahoth - 7th Company Captain
Uriyah - 8th Company Captain
Dathan - 9th Company Captain
Avram - 10th Company Captain
Ieremias - 1st Company Champion
Baruch - 2nd Company Champion
Gilead - 3rd Company Champion
Isaak - 4th Company Champion
Oziel - 5th Company Champion
Timotheus - 6th Company Champion
Ya'rah - 7th Company Champion
Belshatzzar - 8th Company Champion
Zebulon - 9th Company Champion
Salathihel - 10th Company Champion
Lucas - Master of the Apothecarion
Yissakhar - Chief Librarian
Japeth - Chief Techmarine
Elezier - Master of Sanctity
Zevadyah - Master of the Forge
Talmai - Reclusiarch
Ephraim - Venerated Dreadnought
Yishai - Honour Guard, 1st Company
Yeho'ash - Honour Guard, 1st Company
Eran - Honour Guard, 1st Company
Shemu'el - Honour Guard, 1st Company
Ezra - Honour Guard, 2nd Company
Allies and EnemiesEdit
- The Psychopath - As the Darkened Exemplars are chaoshunters, they have found themselves against the Psychopath several times.
- The first names of Darkened Exemplars are all biblical, or derived from one.
- The surnames are for the most part a latin word, or derived from one.
- The name of the Darkened Exemplars' homeworld is Hebrew for Garden of Eden. I think.
- Yes, I am aware of that making a chapter with a lot of psykers is really Blood Ravens-esque, but I do not give a damn.
- I am also aware of that an eight-point star is the icon of Chaos, but a eight-point star is simpler to draw than a nine-point star, or a seven point star.