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The Clandestine GuardTraitsAdvantages
- ‘See, But Don’t Be Seen’ (The Clandestine Guard utilise surgical strikes to tear apart their enemies in a hail of fire)
- ‘Honour Your Wargear’ (They use heavy firepower to take out their enemy before they can react)Disadvantage
- ‘Have Faith In Suspicion’ (Due to their proximity to Chaos they do not trust Psykers)Major Disadvantage
- ‘Aspire To Glory’ (They cannot afford to take their relics and sacred Dreadnoughts except under the direst of circumstances as their missions are high risk)About The Clandestine GuardChapter SymbolOrigins
The Clandestine Guard’s gene-seed originates from the Ravenguard. They employ a similar tactic to their founding chapter however they use their immense and highly concentrated firepower rather than close combat hit and run attacks to overwhelm the enemy.
Unfortunately an anomoly has occured in their Gene-Seed making it much more strenious on potential Space Marines. It was because of this that the Clandestine Guard started focussing on their current tactics, which rely less on numbers of men, and more on hitting the opponent where it counts.
They also 'recruit' far more humans that most Chapters of a similar size, due to the fact that their Gene-Seed is more 'selective'. This had led to a rather unique organisation...Home World
The Clandestine Guard are extremely secretive, especially to the Inquisition (and for good reason). Because of this they have no home world, they travel upon their ‘fortress’ Battle Barge aptly named ‘The Emperors Illicit Vengeance’ which patrols the Segmentum Pacificus, never staying in the same place for long and moving immediately if they think they have been discovered. They also have a very large fleet compared to most Chapters, and at least 3 other, regular Battle Barges, along with various othr smaller vessels.
Due to their fleet basis they recruit from a large variety of worlds, and generally encourage Space Marines with similar origins to fight in close-knit groups. Due to this it is not uncommon for Space Marines of the Clandestine Guard to have slight variations from squad to squad - this is typically very minor in most cases.Tactics/Organisation
As said before the Clandestine Guard use surgical strikes to deal punishing firepower to cripple their foes before they can strike back. This is not done in close range as they use their large amount of infiltrators to set up in powerful defensive positions rather than as close to the enemy as possible.
This tactic came about as they are used to facing Chaos cults of the human and Space Marine kind, meaning the quicker they are destroyed they less potent their taint is, for, despite their extremely secretive ways the Clandestine Guard detest wasting the lives of citizens of the Imperium and will act quickly to defend all of them from the taint of Chaos.
They also Heavily invest in versatile (Missile Launcher) Devastator squads and sniper scouts. They are usually an all infantry army, this is to make it easier to transport, maintain and also makes it harder for them to be spotted, however they do on occasion use Assault Squads and Land Speeders, however never bikes, terrain is too much of a hindrance to them and the Clandestine Guard pride themselves on being able to fight in any condition.
The Clandestine Guard do not use Tactical Squads for as soon as a Scout is considered ready they are initiated into Devastator squads.
However, the most unique aspect of the Clandestine Guard (and the most secret one) is their use of humans. As mentioned before, the Clandestine Guard recruit immense amounts of ‘potentials’ (humans witht he potenial to become Space Marines), knowing that only a tiny minority will be suitable. Thist was uncommon at first but became common practice once the Clandestine Guard learnt that rigorous training can sometimes allow those who would otherwise be unsuitable, to become Space Marines. As a result, the Clandestine Guard, as a whole, routinely recruit large numbers of ‘potentials’, training any of those that have failed, through inbetween battle training/fitness excercises, and side by side in war, in the hopes that even a handful of these 'potentials' will be suitable for Gene-Seed implantation.
This has eventually resulted in the Clandestine Guard fleet containing enough human ‘potentials’ to form a fully functioning and highly elite regiment of Imperial Guard. These Imperial Guard function as training for ‘potentials’, as the Clandestine Guard are a very methodical and tactical Space Marine Chapter, that believe only in war can someone truly be trained. They therefore serve as a ‘step’ between humans and Space Marine Scouts, or those undergoing the transformation to a Space Marine.
While there have long been whispers of their existence, the Inquisition has had an extremely hard time in proving anything, due to the Clandestine Guard’s complete and utter secrecy, not to mention complete distrust of any and all Psykers (other than the blessed Emperor of course). The fact they are a large fleet based Chapter with no home-world of any sort does not help.
The 'Clandestine Shadow Hunters' ('potentials' are the Space Marine name for them), like the Chapter that trains them, heavily specialise in infiltration, surprise attacks and cripplingly heavy firepower, and so are well versed in the use of Grav Chutes, Infiltration and Heavy Weapons. They are also a highly trained and motivated force in general, and will rarely back down from a fight due to their intense desire to prove themselves worthy of joining the illustrious ranks of the Clandestien Guard.Enemies/Friends And Other Information
As has been sad before the Clandestine Guard are very secretive, this is because they illegally control what is basically a regiment of Imperial Guard and because they were originally created to fight the Red Corsairs and Chaos taint in the Segmentum Pacificus and hence do not trust anyone, especially Psykers. They are weary of all Inquisitors and will demand said Inquisitor prove their loyalty and purity before they trust them fully, if the Inquisitor is a notable Psyker then they simply will not collaborate with them at all.
Despite their secretiveness they are one of the more welcome Space Marine Chapters in the Segmentum Pacificus, at least by the general populace. The reason for this is that they are reknown for their intense distaste for collateral damage, their tactics and organisation being geared towards removing the key threats and often focussing on destabalising their enemy's command structure instead of simply tryign to obliterate them.
In addition, there is no record of them ever bombarding a planet, although most Inquisitors find it very hard to find
the Clandestine Guard and they themselves rarely speak of anything they have done, so this belief has often been questioned.
For this and many other reasons, Chapter Master Alistair of the Clandestine Guard, is often referred to as 'The Defender Of Men', for his and his Chapter's actions.
'If But A Single Life Of The Glorious Emperor's Beloved Imperium Has Been Saved, Then We Die Not In Vain, And With Our Guns Blazing' - Chapter Master Alistair of the Clandestine Guard.
'Why Cut Off The Limbs When You Can Strike The Heart?' - Famous maxim of the Clandestine Guard