Name: The Bloodwind
Symbol: N/A (to be decided
Chapter Traits: Blood Angels sucessor Chapter, heavy reliance on fast moving Bike Squads and Assault Marines who in turn rely on the Chapter's Librarians and Scouts to guide them to their targets. Also, Assault Cannons
Background: The Bloodwind are a Blood Angels sucessor chapter that was founded in the days after the Horus Heresy. The Chapter was given to the then Blood Angels 10th Company Captian Auralius who became the Chapter's new Master. Origionaly Fleet-based, the Chapter became instramental in the Great Scouring, most notably campaigning in the Ventus sector of Segmentum Ultima. It was here that the Chapter received its baptism of fire fighting running battles against elements of the World Eaters legion led by the insane commader Harknor Bloodfist. For their efforts, the Chapter were given ownership of the Ventus Sector and established their Chapter's Fortress Monastry on Ventania. It should be noted that at this point in their history, the Chapter were named the Angels of Baal.
Many hundereds of years later, the Chapter was to face total Annihilation. During the 36th milenium, the Imperium was ingulfed in the Reign of Blood and the Angels of Baal were dispatched in force to help combat the threat. This was to cost them dearly. While the majority of the Chapter was engaged fighting the horde of Daemons and Berzerkers, the World Eaters lord Harknor Bloodfist, now known only as The Bloodmad, returned to the Ventus sector to gain his revenge upon the chapter. The savage Berzerkers easily destroyed the small garrison fleet above Ventania and made planetfall, heeding not the number of dreadclaw droppods and Chaos landers destroyed by the Fortress Monastry's Anti-air fire. Almost nine hundered Berzerkers made planetfall succesfully and they began slaughtering everything in their path.
At this point, only the Eighth and Tenth company were stationed on Ventania, along with two Second company Dreadnaughts and and the Captains of the Eighth and Tenth companies. The hugely outnumbered marines of the Chapter quickly realised that traditional tactics as laid down in the Codex Astartes were no use here. Under the leadership of Tenth Captain Forcas, the 10th Company initiated a series of daring stealth assassination missions to take out the World Eaters commanders and shatter their chain of command. At the same time, Assault Marine and Bike squads were to engage the Berzerker hordes before using their swift Bikes and Jump packs to escape. These diversionary tactics worked and meant that, when the Bloodmad initiated his assault on the Fortress walls, the World Eaters troops were demoralised and scattered. Despite this, the Berzerk Horde looked set to overrun the Fortress and obliterate the chapter's Geneseed. It was then that the Librarian played his masterstroke. Decending from the skies on wings of fire, the Captains of the Eighth and Tenth company, along with their retinues, dropped directly into the centre of the bloodthirsty mass. They hacked their way through the traitors as the cursed power of the Red Thirst lent them streangth. The followers of the Angel met the Diciples of Khorne in the most bloody battle the segmentum had seen. Eventually, the Captain of the Eighth fell, and, standing alone against the Khornate horde, the Captain of the Tenth was drowned in a sea of blood and fury.
As he fell into the grip of the Black Rage, the Tenth Captain was granted a vision. A golden Angel, borne aloft by mighty white wings decended and landed before him. The Angel turned and faced the Khornate marines, an aura of golden fire enveloping it as the Captain sank to his knees in awe, all thoughts of bloodshed banished from his mind. The Angel raised his hand and a gleaming sword made of golden flame materialised in it. As the Captain looked on, the mass of berzerkers parted and the Bloodmad strode towards the Angel, his massive Chainaxes roaring and bellowing a challange. With a shout, the Angel raised its blade and leapt to meet him.
The battle between the Angel and the Bloodmad raged for hours, two perfect warriors utterly devoted to the other's destruction clashing as the Fury of Khorne raged against the Angel's wrath. So evenly matched were these two warriors that it seemed that the battle would never end. Then the Bloodmad made his move. Unleashing the power of Khorne, he let out a mighty roar that stunned all around him, buying him time to smash the blade out of the Angel's hand and crush him to the ground. As the Bloodmad stood over the Angel, preparing to strike the final blow, his roar of triumph was cut short. Looking down, the Bloodmad saw the tip of the Angel's blade protruding from his chest. He sank to his knees next to the Angel's prone form as the blade slid out of him.
Walking around to face the front of his opponent, the Captain of the Tenth tightend his grip on the flaming blade. He could feel the power of the Angel flowing through his body and felt that he could sense the souls of all around him. His eyes glittered with suppressed rage as he gripped the Angel's blade in both hands and raised it above his head.
Seeing his executioner standing over him, the Bloodmad laughed
"Khorne cares not from where the Blood flows.....
Forcas turned from the headless body of the World Eaters lord and looked towards the Angel's body, the horde of Berzerkers had retreated during the fight between the Angel and the Bloodmad and the Captain wished to know exactly who his savior was. To his surprise, he could find no trace of the Angel, bar the sword he still held in his fist.
Soon word filtered back to Ventania that the majority of the Chapter had perished in the fighting against Angron's Legion as the bloodied and battered remains limped back to their home. For his actions against the Bloodmad, Captain Forcas was named the new Chapter Master and renamed the Chapter Bloodwind.For we strike like a wind of fury, swift and unseen before we bask in the blood of our foes
Now, the Bloodwind have fully recovered from their brush with Annihilation, and they once again hold a position of honour amongst the Imperium's finest defenders. Most notably, they are lauded for their actions against the Tyranid Hive Fleet designated Manticore which threatened to scour the Ventus system and the surrounding subsector of all life.
To this day, no-one knows what happened on the battlefeilds of Ventania and the mystery as to the identity of the Angel and what became of him still plagues the Chapter historians, and the mind of Forcas who is now intombed in a holy Dreadnaught after finaly falling in battle against the alien Orks.
One thing is known however, when the Chapter Master weilds the Angel's Blade in battle, all Bloodwind marines are granted new hope as the flaming blade still fells all before it. And one day, the Angel will return to lead the Bloodwind to ultimate victory and rid the Galaxy of their most hated foes, the World Eaters and the followers of Khorne!