Right, so we've come to this.
Yesterday, at about seven European time, something miraculous happened. The denizens of TV Tropes
sat down with a copy of Rites of Battle and created something magnificent; their own custom Chapter.
Founded during the 34th Millennium, the at the time Ultramarines 7th Company Captain assassinated an Alpha Legion cell that had summoned a Lord of Change. Upon slaying the beast, he confronted the Chapter Master of the Ultramarines, arguing that this was where Roboute Guilliman's philosophy really shone through - when Space Marines were free to be stealthy as well. For his insolence and his breach of the Codex Astartes, the Chapter Master sentenced them to a penance Crusade. Upon the end of the Crusade, the Alpha Legion had found their quarry, and began a guerilla war upon the Hive World the Damned Men (a name imposed by Calgar?) had settled on. Eventually, their numbers were reduced so much that they made a desperate gambit - splitting their Chapters into two, on the surface, different Chapters, the Damned Men (the over-Chapter) and the Ghostwalkers, both kept under nominal strength so as to not warrant too much investigation. They've based on Hive World Ghastis, in the Eastern Fringe, close to Tau space.
They're really good friends with the PDF of the world they govern, which they used to great effect during a Tau expansion, where they had a PDF regiment "join" the Tau as Gue'vasa auxiliaries. During a massing of forces, the PDF turned on the Gue'vasa, and the ensuing confusion ensured the Ghostwalkers could eliminate the Ethereal in charge of the Tau.
Although their tactics vary, they are at their most effective when concealed at long range, and favor use of the Stalker-pattern Boltgun over its Godwyn cousin. Instead of chainswords, their assault specialists, typically used for close-range assassination, bear Power Knives instead, especially for elimination of heavily armored adversaries.
They have a close ally in the Crimson Hounds, a Blood Angels successor Chapter, which usually acts as the frontal assault under which the Ghostwalkers and Damned Men then operate as snipers and infiltrators. The percieved threat is the group of flying, howling berserkers flying at you, but the real threat's in the bushes with a Stalker-pattern Boltgun.
Their Scouts are much like the Space Wolves, experienced warriors rather than untrained newbies, and they usually operate as reconnaisance forces and individual guerilla cells when the Chapter is called to a world.
They make very little use of Dreadnoughts and Terminator armor, leaving brute assaults to their Crimson Hounds allies. This is mostly due to a low amount of Terminator suits because of their generally unfavorable stance (choosing to disobey the Codex etc.)
They revere Roboute Guilliman as a great tactician and a great man, although they believe Guilliman was at his finest when he was just a brilliant tactician and warrior, as when he fought Alpharius.
In spite of their long-standing mutual guerilla war with the Alpha Legion, their enemy is mostly the Tau Empire bordering their world.
The Chapter makes use of camouflaged vehicles in large-scale assaults.
The Chapter makes use of non-Chapter informants as well. On their own Hive World they make extensive use of PDF agents.
THE CRIMSON HOUNDS (name changing between Marauders and Hounds, we'll cast a vote on it at some point):
Blood Angel successor Chapter, generally very bro with the Ghostwalkers. Their genetically flawed gene-seed tends to produce very potent melee combatants, as well as natural commanders. Their flaw is a Chapter Cult which reveres their Primarch Sanguinius in some way (perhaps as superior to the EMPRAH?). They recruit mainly from a Feral Wasteland of a planet. They have some Codex-breaking organisational traits, although they mainly stick to the Codex. Their favored tactics is nuking a site from orbit before sending in assault veterans to finish the job. One battle-brother, a Captain of the First Company (current, former?) who boarded an Eldar Craftworld along with the rest of the First and managed to wreak some serious havoc. Generally act as the distraction for the ded sneaky Ghostwalkers by being loud and in-your-face in contrast to the more stoic demeanor of the Ghostwalkers and Damned Men.
Ghost Walkers Chapter Master: Isaac Kolcza. His Honor Guard, all hand-picked because of their superlative accuracy and stealth skills are called the Listeners, who must also go through a brutal rite of initiation by surviving in the jungle of the Hive World for weeks. The 10th Company Captain is always drawn from the Listeners, and the Chapter Master helps train the recruits as well, so they benefit the most from his wisdom and experience. The Crimson Hounds are a friend-Chapter who really like chucking nukes at people from orbit as well as getting into close combat.
They're based on Hive Ghastis, primarily used for textile-production. Hive Primaris, where their Fortress-Monastery used to be was destroyed by Tau in the early years of M41.
Their PDF is primarily blue in color. They're in a feud with the local Arbites over whose job it is to oversee the security and keep the Emperor's peace. They train half of the Ghost Walkers' recruits, focusing on marksmanship. The other half is picked from the local hive gangs and are trained by stealth specialists. Ultimately both recruitment pools get the same training.
Their feud with the Alpha Legion stems from M35, when the Alpha Legion infiltrated Ghastis and almost destroyed the Damned Men. The few remaining Marines became the Ghost Walkers.
I propose we use this thread for further discussion of the Chapter, writing, and stuff like that.
edited 14th Sep '11 11:31:10 AM by math792d