Hey everyone, heres the fluff for my DIY chapter, the Iron Tempests
Please feel free to tear this thing apart!
+++Searching Imperial Data Files+++
+++Chapter Number 478, Adeptus Astartes Obscurus+++
+++Datafile 14798, Chapter History+++
+++Iron Tempests, “Smite with Lightning!”+++
Founded during the 22nd founding in M38 from Imperial Fists geneseed, the Iron Tempests were a new chapter. numbering only 570 men, when it recieved a distress call while in transit to a distant battle. Dropping out of the warp to answer the call, they discovered an uncharted planet, seemingly without any form of attack or revolt occuring. The Tempests attempted to hail the planetary authorities, but the only thing they received was static. Suddenly, a Chaos raiding fleet descended from the warp, and the two fleets engaged in battle. The fleets battered at each other for hours, only ending when the last chaos ship was destroyed. But of the Tempests, only a Battle Barge, the Imperius Maximus, remained. Crippled by a broadside salvo from a Chaos cruiser, the Maximus was slowly descending into the planetary atmosphere. Reiksmarshal Daros, commander of the Maximus as well as Chapter Master, ordered all able men to the escape pods. The Tempests rocketed to the surface, landing just in time to see what was left of the Maximus crash just a dozen miles from their landing site.
Of the 570 marines in the task force, only 270 remained. Daros realized their predicament and ordered the marines to the wreck of the Maximus, hoping to salvage something that would allow them to contact a possible rescuer. Sadly, nothing remained in the way of communications equipment, and the electrical storms in the atmosphere blocked the Librarian's ability to transmit messages through the Astronomican. The techmarines accompanying the survivors were able to convert the Maximus' wreck into a temporary fortress. This was to be the survivors’ home for the next century and it was from the fortress, dubbed The Procello, that the chapter explored the planet.
During that time, the survivors were able to explore their home. They christened the planet Procella after the many lightning storms that scoured its surface. No humans were to be found, but the ruins of some long dead civilization were found all over the surface. These were investigated, but nothing of value was found. The only thing of interest were the great mineral deposits found under the planets surfaces. The marines set to mining the ores, and using them to create a small forge, from which the Techmarines were able to make a few armored vehicles, as well as modify the ones that survived the battle and crash. The chapters three dreadnought hulls, as well as its twenty terminator suits, were found intact and operational in the Maximus' armoury.
The Iron Tempests remained on Procella for 105 years, until a small fleet under Rogue Trader Jado Parak came upon the planet during their explorations. The survivors were found, and the Imperium was immediately contacted. The Chapter was given the rights of conquest for the system, as well as dominion over it. Procella was made their homeworld, with the chapter establishing two bases - The Procello was incorporated into a new Chapter Fortress-Monastery of the same name, with the hulk of the Maximus becoming a gargantuan chapel to the Emperor and the chapter's primarch Rogal Dorn. Reiksmarshal Daros was christened Lord Levitas of Procello, with each Chapter Master following him taking on the same name.
THE IRON TEMPESTS TODAY
Following their rediscovery, the Steel Tempests reorganized themselves according to the Codex Astartes. Now numbering 983 men, the chapter is basically at full strength. The first comapny consists of the chapter's twenty Terminators, as well as a large veteran corps consisting of those who fought with honor and courage in battle. The second through fifth companies are battle companies, and the sixth through ninth are reserve companies. The tenth company is unique in that it includes all the chapter's land speeders and bikes, as well as its scouts. Because of their isolation from the rest of the Imperium so long ago, the Tempests' assault squads learned to battle without the use of their jump packs, but those are avaiable for use whenever they are required, such as during sieges and city battles. The chapter also has a strangely large amount of Librarians (at last count, the Librarius had 35 members with the rank of codicier or higher), but because of their unique planetary environment, the Librarians have become adept at the use of lightning attacks, being able to summon raw electrical force using nothing but their psychic talents. This makes them a fearsome opponent on the battlefield, as well as a concern for some members of the Inquisition. Despite this concern, the chapter has had very few occurences of demonic possesion, and this has only occured in recruits to the Librarium. Despite its large numbers, the members of the chapter's Librarium are very strict on their containment policies, and any signs of contamination are remedied by extermination.
Since the chapter is located in the Segmentum Tempestus, the chapter has had much experience fighting xenos of many kinds, ranging from the predatory orks to the sadistic Eldar Corsairs, better known as Dark Eldar. Because of this, the chapter has very strong ties with the Ordo Xenos, and many of its veterans and commanders have been at some time in their duties members of the rightly feared Deathwatch. The chapter has very few bikes and speeders, mainly becasue these were the main items lost during the isolation, but to make up for this, the chapter has trained its squads in infiltration tactics, allowing its tactical squads to scout out the battlefield while still being an important factor in battle. This is the chapter's largest deviation from the Codex Astartes - its prefers to fight in heavy skirmishing lines rather than in orderly formations. These tactics have been used by other chapters, but none are able to carry it out as well as the Tempests.
HOMEWORLD - PROCELLA PRIME, AND THE PROCELLA SYSTEM
The Procella system is located in the Segementum Tempestus, near the borders fo Tau space. Procella is a bleak and barren place, consisting of barren mountain ranges and valleys. The planet’s atmosphere is full of electrical storms, which scour the surface with powerful bolts of electricity. The ruins that dot the landscape were obviously of human origins, but of what happened to their inhabitants, no one knows. The planet has one continent, surrounded by a small ocean. Very few plants thrive on the surface, but those that do, such as the foragma tree, usually cover the valley floors. The local fauna, including the thunder phoenix, either live in the valley forest or in caves in the mountain sides. Proscella is a basically nothing more than a barren wasteland, making it ideal to locate a fortress monastery.
Following the rediscovery of the Procella system, many Imperial subjects migrated there, either to mine on Procella, or to raise crops on the agri-worlds of Monuu and Dahgobah. These subjects were placed under the protection and lordship of the Iron Tempests, and when these worlds were first required to raise regiemnts for the Imperial Guard, the regiments were equipped and trained by the chapter.