Semi- Codex Astartes Chapter
Current Chapter Master
The Grand Master (real name unknown)
none, fleet- based chapter
Ambush Tactics, Demoralization, Terror Tactics, Sabotage
Dark Blue and Bone
Sucessor Chapter of:
A fanged skull with angel wings
"Your Souls are Forfeit!"
- "We are Death. We shall take your lives and the Emperor will torment your souls."
- —The Mantra of the Marines Baleful
The Marines Baleful are a 15th founding Dark Angels successor chapter. Originally known as the Purifiers, a proud and arrogant chapter. However, after their arrogance nearly became their downfall, the chapter underwent serious changes to it's structure, livery, and and culture. Renaming themselves the Marines Baleful, they have since become a mysterious and potent force against the enemies of the Imperium. Now, few know of the Marines Baleful's secret and even fewer know of their existance.
HistoryEditThe story of the Marines Baleful starts with the Purifiers. The Purifiers were a proud chapter, believing it was their holy duty to "purify" the galaxy of it's chaotic taint. However this pride led to arrogance, and soon the Purifiers began to believe with each victory against the Ruinous Powers that they were incorruptible. This led to the chapter's librarians delving deeper and deeper into the warp, believing themselves to be immune to the temptations of Chaos. This was the Purifier's downfall as their Librarius, becoming obsessed with the power that the warp offered, declared themselves followers of the Dark Gods and attacked their former brothers. These battles were short but in the end nearly half the chapter was decimated. After the last corrupted Librarian was slain, the Purifiers realized that it was their pride that led to this catastrophe and so what remained of the chapter embarked on a penitence crusade through the Eye of Terror. When they returned, only 100 marines were left, and together these one hundred marines repainted their armor and swore new oaths of humility and repentance. No longer were they the Purifiers, they were the Marines Baleful.
After their penitence crusade, the Marines Baleful underwent several major changes to the structure of their chapter. The most radical was that they eliminated their Librarius, no longer recruiting psykers into their ranks. Instead they replaced that with the Tomekeepers, a group of marines responsible for recording and preserving the history of the chapter. The Marines Baleful also do not have a scout company, but rather each company has a small cadre of scouts at it's disposal. Like their progenitor chapter, the Dark Angels, their chapter master is known as the Grand Master and Captains are known as Company Masters. Also like the Dark Angels, the Marines Baleful have a special cadre of terminators and a special cadre of bikers. The terminators are known as Reavers and the bikers are known as Cavilers.
1st Company "The Redeemed" - Company Master "Absolution"
2nd Company "The Silent" - Company Master "Enlighten"
3rd Company "The Enraged" - Company Master "Fury"
4th Company "The Steadfast" - Company Master "Watcher"
5th Company "The Vigilant" - Company Master "Arbiter"
6th Company "The Infamous" - Company Master "Rogue"
7th Company "The Virtuous" - Company Master "Patriarch"
8th Company "The Bloodied" - Company Master "Carnage"
9th Company "The Ardent" - Company Master "Sacrament"
The Valarian Campaign - The Marines Baleful 3rd Company fought against the forces of the Storm Draugar warband on the Hive World of Valarian. Casualties were high on both sides, forcing both forces to retreat, leaving behind a devastated planet.
The Blood of the Warp - The Space Hulk Blood of the Warp appears in deep space, and the Marine's Baleful are tasked by an Adeptus Mechanicus Magos with the cleansing of the Hulk, so that the Magos may recover the archotech within. The chapter deploys four squads of Reavers into the Hulk, who despite heavy casualties slay the Genesteales within. For their service, the Adeptus Mechanicus rewards the Marines Baleful with a new strike cruiser, the Harbringer.
The Purging of Calchas - Rumors of a Dark Mechanicus cult bring the Marines Baleful to the Forge World Calchas. It is their that the chapter finds that the forge world has been taken over by servants of the Dark Mechanicus. After a long campaign, the Marines Baleful purge Calchas of it's taint, whereupon they discover the existence of The Brotherhood of the Dajakk, and evendor to collect more information on this strange new foe.
The War for Landes Prime - The Marines Baleful sent their 3rd Company with 50 veterans led by Company Master Eidolon to Landes Prime to assist the Imperial forces there. However, their true motives where to gather intelligence about The Brotherhood of the Dajakk and their activities.
Siege of Calderia - The Marines Baleful sent 2 full companies to repell the Hive Fleet Chimera. It was their that they sustained heavy losses do to another assault made by the King-Goy later during the campaign.
The Marines Baleful are know to have the folowing ships in their fleet:
- Emperor's Vengance (Battle- Barge)
- Silent Death (Battle- Barge)
- Void Stalker (Striker Cruiser)
- Absolution (Strike Cruiser)
- Final Exodus (Strike Cruiser)
- Harbringer (Strike Cruiser)
The Marines Baleful have learned from their time as the Purifiers that pride is a weakness, and so they are a very humble chapter, never going into battle seeking glory but simply victory. They also "give up" their names after being initiated, giving up all sense of individuality in an ultimate act of humility and are only referred to by the names that they give themselves in order to tell one another apart. These names usually refer to a certain aspect of the marine, like "Vengeful" or "Repentance". They do not decorate their armor or weapons, and members of the Marines Baleful only receive honors after their deaths. Although, others find the Marines Baleful's lack of the concept of individuality unnerving.
While the Marines Baleful may be humble, but they are also cruel. They believe that the only way to fight the enemies of Man is to break them completely, and so they never give any quarter or mercy no matter what the circumstances. Anyone who is in the least affiliated with the enemy is an enemy themselves and is killed on the spot. They also don't barter or make deals with the ones they consider to be enemies, not even with more benevolent factions such as the Tau or Eldar. The Marines Baleful also strongly dislike psykers, believing them to be easily corrupted. This does not mean they will not associate themselves with psykers, but they will keep a close eye on them.
The religious aspects of the Marines Baleful are centered around the fact that they are merely the Emperor's weapons of war, and nothing more. They believe that things like battle- honors and even their own names are superficial in the grand scheme of things. Their only purpose in life is to kill the enemies of the Impirium, and they do so with great zeal. Simply put, the Marines Baleful do not want to be honored or respected, they are content with being feared by mutants, heretics and xenos alike. The Marines Baleful also dislike proud or boastful astartes chapters, knowing that their pride will be their downfall just like it was almost theirs.
While the Marine's Baleful aren't often seconded in to the Deathwatch, it has happened on more than one occasion. The Marines Baleful however aren't know to get along with many other space marine chapters, which can result in a lot of infighting within a kill- team. But, they work best with chapters such as The Omnissiah’s Wrath, Raven Guard, Exorcists, and Death Specters due to the fact that these chapters philosophy is somewhat similar to the Marines Baleful's own. They are mostly put on kill- teams with Librarians, as the Marine Baleful is sure to keep a close eye on them.
The Grand MasterEdit
No one, not even the Marine Baleful no the Grand Master's real name. He has never been seen without his helmet on, and is considered to be the personification of the Marines Baleful's concept of undividuality.
Arbiter is a veteran of countless battles and one of the chapters most experienced members. He wields the Umbra Laminis, a pair of master- crafted power swords.
Carnage is a Company master know for his strange ability to go brezerk during a battle. How and why he can do this is a mystery, but the Marines Baleful's Apothecaries are beginning to expect it may have something to do with his gene- seed......
The Marines Baleful specialize in demoralizing and terrifying the enemy, making it easier to go in for the kill. They use ambushes and hit and run attacks to first lure the enemy into making the wrong move. Then they send in the scouts to sabotage enemies' resources while they are otherwise occupied. Then they call in the big guns, using heavy support and elites to ravage the the enemy, leaving them broken and scattered. From their the Marines Baleful move in for the kill. They also have several types of specialized units:
These squads consist of 9 to 10 space marines, each one armed with stalker pattern bolter, a bolt pistol, and a combat knife. These snipers provide long range support to units on the ground, and are famed for their marksmanship. They are identified by a crosshairs symbol painted on their right shoulder
While Tomekeepers are not psykers, they are formidable warriors. Experienced veterans, Tomekeepers give tactical wisdom as well as lead groups of marines into battle, where their tactical insights and inspiring presence are most needed. They are also responsible for chronicling and preserving the collective history of the Marines Baleful. Tomekeepers are identified by their light blue armor.
Only the most honored veterans of the Marines Baleful become Reavers, the most elite unit of the chapter. They wear terminator armor and and carry massive storm shields and power scythes, a weapon unique to the Reavers that earned them their name. Reavers are used to utterly annihilate enemies in melee combat.
Calivers are the the elite biker unit of the Marines Baleful, used to run down fleeing enemies as well as conduct lightning fast hit and run attacks. Each one carries a combat shield and a power lance, used to impale enemies.
The Marines Baleful's Techmarines will often modify the chapter's wargear in order to increase overall combat effectiveness. A few types of specialized equipment are:
Occulus Pattern BolterEdit
Basically an upgraded version of the Stalker Bolter, this bolter includes an upgraded, long range scope, a laser sight, and a larger ammo capacity, making it perfect for sniping. The Occulus Bolter is often used by members of the Marksman Squads.
This single- edged, monomolecular blade is longer than a combat knife but shorter than a power sword, making it an excellent close- quarters weapon.
This headset includes rectangular telescopic visor and a long- range vox communications earpiece, making it a ideal piece of equipment for scouts, who are typically deployed by the Marines Baleful to perform reconnaissance. Larger versions of this headset are sometimes used by the Marine Baleful themselves.
The Marines Baleful are a fleet- based chapter, and so they recruit from a number of worlds. Some of the most visited worlds are:
This frigid Death World is populated only by massive predators and a primitive race of tribal humans who are bred cold and hard. Death can occur at any time for any reason here, which is why the Marines Baleful Recruit from this world.
This Hive World is little more than one city that covers it's entire surface. Vastly overpopulated and polluted, Mournes Andres is slowly decaying, and it's underbelly is ruled by the Hive Gangs. Life as a member of the constantly warring gangs is tough and hard, which is why the Marines Baleful recruit members of the hive gangs.
Zerus Prime is a Death World consisting of putrid swamps an fungal jungles, making life hear almost impossible. But a group of humans, descended from the crew of an Imperial vessel that crash landed on Zerus years ago. The Marines Baleful recruit from this world, but not very often to make sure that life persists on Zerus Prime.
The Marines Baleful's colors are very dark blue and bone. Veterans and Company Masters wear bone- white robes.
The Omnissiah’s Wrath - While the two chapters have their differences, the Marines Baleful respect the Omnissiah's Wrath and will come to their aid if needed.
Exorcists - These two mysterious chapters get along surprisingly well, mostly because the Marines Baleful simply don't care about the implications of the Exorcists' recruitment.
Red Hands - The Marines Baleful have fought alongside each other several times, making them one of the few chapters that the Red Hands can call allies.
Iron Krakens - The Iron Krakens and the Marines Baleful share similar philosophical views, albeit for different reasons, which is why they work well together.
Equalizers - The Equalizers emphasis and skill in long range combat, not to mention their dedication to the defense of the Imperiums citizens, has made them a staunch ally to the Marines Baleful. Equalizers also hold the Marines Baleful as an example to all Space Marines that arrogance is a grave sin, for the Emperor made the Space Marines far above childish ego.
Regulators - The Regulators work well with the Marines Baleful, having similar tactics and abilities, however the Regulators are young and often headstrong, more concerned with avenging the fallen than saving the living. However, they respect the Marines Baleful's input in any campaign and thus have not become reckless when alongside these humble warriors.
Storm Draugar - Ever since the Valarian Campaign, the Storm Draugar and the Marines Baleful have been enemies. The Marines Baleful hold the Storm Draugar in contempt, believing them to be little more than sad parody of the Black Legion.
The Brotherhood of the Dajakk - The Marines Baleful consider the Brotherhood to be a serious threat to the Imperium, and do everything they can to learn more about the Brotherhood's operations.
The Inquisition - The Ordo Hereticus has been watching the Marines Baleful ever since the events that caused their original chapter's downfall. Some among them believe that they should be purged before heresy has the chance to take root in them again.
The Ultramarines - The Marines Baleful and the Ultramarines have only met on one occasion, and both chapters walked away with hard feelings. The Ultramarines find the Marines Baleful's disregard for the Codex heretical, while the Marine's Baleful see the Ultramarines as to proud and non- adaptive to even be considered a space marine chapter.
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- "If you think that your boasting and spitefulness will win this battle then you are mistaken. Now are you going to fight me Heretic, or are you all talk?"
- —Arbiter, Company Master of the Marines Baleful to a Chaos Lord
- —Unknown Marine Baleful during an ambush
- "Their are four types of heretic; the ones who are devout, the ones that use Chaos for their own gain, and the ones who are deluded enough to believe the heresies that they are told. But the weakest ones are the ones that boast their superiority, because then you know that they're scared of you. As they should be."
- —The Grand Master
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- "Dark Angels successors, your all alike. Weak, shortsighted, and blindly repentant to the inevitable end."
- —Heshgar the Heathen, Storm Lord of the 7th Storm of the Storm Draugar
- "Test: #199784735542
Subject: Marines Baleful
Status: Cancelled, subjects found inadequate due to lack of pride...this chapter was already broken their fall is only a matter of time."
- — Chief Istrafel of the The Brotherhood of the Dajakk
- "These guys are running a pretty interesting experiment, letting one of their company masters practically fall into the worship of Khorne. Maybe they'll want a chainaxe soon?"
" They are one of the few Chapters I actually respect, mainly because they dontt think running headlong into gunfire is a good idea"
- 3rd Captain Talos of the Star Reapers