Star Krakens 4: The KrakeningLink to the 1d4chan - http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Star_Krakens"So far a fairly decent /tg/ custom Chapter, the Star Krakens are a Raven Guard successor chapter with a heavy emphasis on deep sea mythology, viking influence (but not THAT Viking influence) and ship-to-ship combat. They inhabit a region of space featuring the Deep, a dark nebula which obfuscates almost all attempts at scanning it."Go.
>>27844934Varangian Armour?Honestly I've been looking at the screen for so long I can't even tell if these armour designs are good or bad anymore.
>>27844975I think it's one of those: "You'd have to see it in person" deals.
>>27844975Ooh, nice! Varangians with gold Kraken helms is nice.
I'm gonna go ahead and post my write-faggotry from last thread over here for visibilitys sake.-------------------Craglish startled awake. The ship creaked once more, and then fell silent. Assured that he wasn't in for imminent death, he staggered from the squalid bunk in his quarters and threw on his ramshackle mixture of armour and what passed as a uniform on board his bucket of bolts, the Spearhead. As he made his way to the front deck Craglish mused on how effective their most recent slew of raid had been. The Imperial navy ships should have known better than to travel with only light escorts this close to the Halo Stars. They had made fine pickings for his crew, and they would feast for months with the agricultural supplies they had acquired, leaving alone the massive quantity of armaments destined for the Imperial Guard outpost on Jaraxis Prime. Smirking to himself as he patted the artificier sword he'd relinquished the second ship's captain of, Craglish made his way through the inch thick blast doors that guarded pilots nest at the heart of the ship.
>>27845025 There was a feeling of unease among the crew as the captain finally rejoined them in the bridge. Despite the cocky confidence that Craglish had been displaying since the most recent raid, First Officer Danik was worried. It was one thing to raid an agricultural ship here, a transport ship there, and take from them their excess before scuttling the ship but Craglish had taken a shining to a kind of violence some of the crew were uneasy about. Had there really been a need to flay the astropath aboard the last ship, they could have at least disconnected him from the apparatus first. That was to say nothing of jettisoning the captain and his family to the void strapped with melta charges. Word in the system was that the ship had been flocked by Imperial Navy destroyers shortly after the Spearhead had departed and that there was a mounting call among the officers of the region to hunt down and make an example of Craglish and his crew. Now of course, few enough of them would be inclined to leave the ship, Danik thought. The takings were excellent, the fights were easy. What wasn't there to love? Sure enough Craglish's most recent spate of violence was something that one could worry about, but perhaps he had his reasons, and who was a first mate to question his captain in front of the crew? “A pirate's life for me” he murmured to himself as the captain began his routine.
>>27845039Warning sensors blared into life aboard the bridge of the Spearhead. Green lights. Which could only mean one thing: Prey. Craglish bolted upright in his chair and began roaring commands to the different officers, while firing up the holographic scanner to get a better look at the solitary ship. “A solitary cargo ship! Ha! Did they not hear about us or something?” roared Craglish, arms raised in merriment to the laughter of the boarding commanders “Get the men ready Reglan, we've got another fish to gut”.Among the excitement of the captain's infectious enthusiasm, only Danik noticed the other reading on the scanner. Or rather, the lack of one. One specific spot, off the starboard side of the ship, where no readings were coming from at all. Not as if there was nothing there; a void, an absence. Danik felt unease creep over him, but kept silent and silently prepared his pistol.
>>27845051Reglan escorted the men to the belly of the ship, where the boarding craft waited. Practically skipping with excitement. The killing was his favourite part, and ever since the captain had taken to it as well, it seemed that bit more satisfying. There was a dull crump in the distance, followed by a shaking of the hull. Reglan stopped in his tracks, wondering why they would launch the boarding craft without him. Furious he roared “Double time you sons of whores!” as he began sprinting for the nearest hangar, oblivious to the flashing red alarm signals starting in the hallways.Reglan burst through the huge blast doors, sweat pouring from him as he roared at the nearest pilot to ready the ship for him. The pilot stood there shuddering, desperately trying to direct officer's attention to the massive warning signals as the boarding sirens began. Pushed past his tolerance, Reglan lifted the pilot and threw him over his shoulder.
>>27845086“You'll fly this ship, or you'll be the first blood on my axe today worm!”. “Sir!” the pilot desperately blurted out “those aren't the launch signals for the boarders. WE are being boarded!”. As the look of realisation dawned upon Reglan's face, there was an enormous clunk at the hull just outside. Enormous hooks penetrated the adamantium walls of the ship, and canisters were flung from the across the hangar. Reacting faster than his comrades, Reglan dove behind the nearest craft and turned away from the canisters before they shattered open with a blinding light, incapacitating the boarding parties in their places. The boarding parties were stunned as the hull of ths ship tore open and was flung inwards with explosive impact. Seconds after the explosion killed half the pirates a roar filled the hangar. “IN DARKNESS DWELLS, DROWN THEM ALL BROTHERS!” before the blasts of shotgun and boltgun fire ripped forth from the breach, tearing the crew down in seconds. Reglan grabbed his chain-axe and jumped up to join the few survivors of the initial salvo. Shouldering their shotguns, he signalled that he would lead the way and charged around the corner of the ship. He was greeted by a figure straight from the stuff of his nightmares. The giant in his luminescent armour turned on Reglan, crushing his chest cavity with one might blow of his hammer. As he lay on the deck choking on his own crushed innards, his last thoughts were of the Marine's solitary eye, blacker than the void itself.
>>27845101And that's that folks.Hope someone enjoys it, c&c welcome.
>>27844975would it not be cooler if their helm lenses would all be a eerie green instead of red?Red lenses on green works, but if you make it a very light green (misty spooky green), I think it would work quite well.
>Repostan my writefaggingCommodore Achab stood on the scorched battlefield, steam rising off his bulk and lingering for a few moments in the pallid air. Pulling his chainsword out of the carcass in front of him he turned to his fellow Marines. The remains of several suits of power armour lay about the floor in miserable little heaps, several Marines were limping or being carried by their Brothers."Administer the rites to the dead." Achab growled quietly, his deep voice echoing across the now silent plains.Whilst a number of the Marines started to gather up their falled brethren, one staggered towards the Commodore. His dark green armour now plastered with blood and gore from the recent skirmish, the Marine limped over to Achab. "Brother Tostvig, you will have to visit the Apothecary and get that looked at" Achab rumbled towards the Marine.Brother Tostvig looked down and saw a gigantic claw attached firmly into his thigh, the intensely sharp claws had cut straight through the armour into the Marines skin. "I could not go to them knowing my fellow Brothers were in need of more urgent care, Commodore" Tostvig answered in an equally deep rumble.1/2
>>27845139"I do not give advice, Brother Tostvig, I give orders!" Achab bellowed to the Marine, his gaze was that of carved oak, solid and unyielding.Brother Tostvig nodded and limped off to join the rest of his Brothers, Achab, surveying the landscape, overhead a quiet wheezing noise from a few metres away. He looked over and saw a green, scaly chest rising up and down, albeit very slowly. Achab's vision immediately narrowed, his blood boiled and his veins pulsed with anger.Running over to the dying Xeno, he pulled out his combat knife and plunged it into the Grendel's chest. Achab gritted his teeth and hissed at the disgusting creature "From hell's heart I stab at thee." The Commodore pulled the knife and stabbed again. The Grendel's eyes rolled into the back of it's head as it took it's last breath, under the overbearing awe of the Star Krakens Chapter Master. "For hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee." Achab continued to stab and curse the Grendel until it was nothing more than a pile of wet bone and scales."Damned Xeno."
>>27845125But... the lenses are green? Aren't they? I'm honestly going mad.How many of these sucka's are the Kraken's Packen? Like, six? Eight?
>>27845200I figure a squad worth at most. They're a young chapter comparatively, so they wouldn't have many.
>>27845111Nice. Needs to be on the wiki - makes the Krakens very otherworldly.
>>27845217>>27845200And Achab got a bunch of what they did have killed. Maybe one squad in the first company.
>>27845200Just realised how much better this looks:
>>27845200I dunno, I've always kept it as red.
>>27845101I felt like it ended too abruptly. Perhaps because I didn't want it to end.
>>27845243+1 over the other.
>>27845200>>27845243>the camera is periscope blueNoice.
Did you guys ever put the name up to a vote? 'Cuz Void Krakens is so much better.
>>27845228That's my favourite kind of criticism. I had another chunk to write, but I wanted to get that in before the end of the last thread, so I posted what I had done.I'll continue it and post what else I get done
>>27845289It was briefly debated in the second thread, campyness winning out over coolness. Star Kraken's is so... 2nd Edition 40k, Void Kraken's is very 6th.>tips fedora
>>27845289We also pointed out that the Void Krakens are a species, so it seems a bit weird naming a Chapter directly after them. And we didn't want to go full WOLF WOLF WOLF like the Space Yiffs.I think I'll writefag some more about Achab tomorow. Do we have him encounter the Grendel on then world Unferth, and have his Company slaughtered in a particularly nasty fashion?
>>27845307Also, Void Krakens are a Xenos race in 40k. It seems weird that they'd name themselves directly after it. It'd be like a chapter calling themselves "Hormogaunts"
>>27845243meant it differently sorry.The veterans have green lenses, but I meant all of the Krakens have green lenses. Lighter green lenses.
Thanks to whomever is editing my stories for readability. I appreciate the effort, I'd do it myself if I could read Wikinese.
>>27845349A little too on the nose, if you ask me. And the name of the hall in Beowulf was Heorot.
>>27845417Well there was a character in it called Unferth, so I thought it was just a reference that could go un-noticed.
>>27845587If you want an oblique Beowulf reference call the planet Salur, salur being the Icelanding name for a hall. If you want an oblique Moby-Dick reference, go with the company being slaughtered in naval boarding actions over the planet Cipan, as in the novel Ahab lost his leg off the coast of Japan and Cipan is the Chinese name for Japan.
I know last thread (or it might have been two threads ago) that someone suggested a Jack Sparrow knock-off ork as an enemy of the chapter. Instead of that, how about Kaptin Blackteef? Wears a huge black gob and often fights the Krakens over salvageable spacecraft in the Deep.His home base probably wouldn't be too far into the Deep, but on the outer edges, and he's possibly clever enough to disguise his own ships like those of the Krakens to create some misplaced ill-will between the Imperial worlds of the area and the chapter.And is it bad I want to be in a Deathwatch group using a bunch of /tg/'s chapters (like the Krakens, the Blood Jaguars, etc.) that's essentially WH40K: Bad Company?
Back for part 2 due to popular demand>>27845101Mokoyll stepped over the corpse of what seemed to have been the leader of the pirates present in the hangar. Examining his immediate surroundings, he barked out a series of commands to the marines of his strike party. "Brother Theodorus, place the charges. Brother Snaaijer, prepare this area for extraction. Squad Otten, breach and clear the starboard corridors. I am with you brothers""They will drown, we will rise" chanted Mokoyll's brother Krakens in Unison as they set about their assigned tasks with mechanical precision. -------"WHAT. IS. HAPPENING?" bellowed Craglish addressing both his remaining officers in the bridge, as well as the vox system. "I-It appears we've b-been boarded Sir!" piped up one of the petty officers. Craglish roared incoherently, as he tried to gain some sense of what was happening aboard his ship. All of the sensors had been focused on the merchant vessel, and in his blind greed he had been baited in closer to the ship as the jaws of the trap had closed around him. "Yes, I can see that Samuel, but by WHOM. Why has noone responded to the voxx calls? Where are the boarding parties?". "From preliminary internal scans, it appears to be a force of Adeptus Astartes sir. Unknown numbers and chapter, but they have breached the ship here, here and here" gestured Pollinus, the ships tech-expert. Examining the blueprints, Craglish could make nothing of the entry points of the astartes. "Why would they enter the ship there..." he raged as he considered the scanner. "Scans indicate a splinter force moving this direction sir" droned Pollinus through his mechanical jaw. "Well, we'd best welcome them as we know best gentlemen! Prepare your arms!". Whipping his saber from it's sheath, he charged out of the room followed by his bodyguards and remaining officers....with the exception of Danik, who snuck off in the opposite direction,-----
>>27846459Well, that and I think only the Emperor's Nightmares are truly statted for use in Deathwatch.
>>27846546Mokoyll led the assault party through the broad hallways of the ship, breaching shield held before him. The Techmarine among the boarding party had disabled the lights in this section of the ship, and the shimmering light of the luminescent runes inscribed on Mokoyll's armour lit the way for his unit. To his men, a beacon in the dark akin to Huginn, guiding the Marines in their righteous duty. To the pirates aboard the ship he stalked the corridors, a figure of terror in the dark. --------------Craglish had affixed his raiding visor after leaving the confines of the bridge, and found himself glad of the fact now that the light had been extinguished in the ship. The darkness only seemed to accentuate the dull thumping of footsteps that echoed throughout the ship. He couldn't honestly tell where the footsteps were coming from, or who they belonged to, and that thought terrified him. The scanners suggested that the Marines were moving towards the central control deck, from which the basic running of the ship was done. Though this struck Craglish as somewhat odd, he knew the Astartes would not be targeting that part of the ship on a whim. There must be some reason he mused, before his thoughts were interrupted by the beeping of his scanner. They were close. Very close. The Marines were less than 200 meters away from his current position. He signaled to his men to prepare their weapons, as he loaded his own shotgun.
>>27847102"Brother Commander" whispered Sergeant Otten "scanner's indicate a substantial group of the pirates in the next room. Shall we engage, or send brother Lojituv to the command center alone to continue as planned?"."That seems wisest brother" agreed Mokoyll, affixing his helmet as the rest of the squad did the same. "Give Lojituv three minutes, and we shall send these renegades to the deep for their penance." Hefting his great hammer in one hand, and the breaching shield in the other, he formed a wall of adamantium with the other Krakens in front of the blast door, and they waited as Lojituv's footsteps echoed into silence.-------"What are they waiting for!" Craglish exclaimed, exasperated by the marine's apparent inactivity. "Perhaps they are awaiting backup sir? Maybe we should strike while they are undermanned." suggested Paulson, the heavy-weapons specialist of the Spearhead. Shifting his weight from one foot to the other, and looking around his men in the dark, Craglish considered his options. Either take the fight to the marines on his own terms, denying them whatever it was they were waiting for, or allow them to walk into an ambush that they were almost certain to be aware of. "You're right for once Paulson. Prepare the melta bombs, we'll catch the drop on them." Paulson grinned and quickly began affixing the demolition charges to the bulkhead of the blast door. "I'll put one minute on the timer sir" whispered Paulson into his vox system as he affixed the final charge. "We should have no problems wi-" he was cut short as the blast door, as well as every other nearby door simultaneously slid open. "OPEN FIRE!" roared Craglish as the ominous glowing figures of the Astartes moved in unison through the blast doors. The massed fire of his men dropped the marine to his left, and seemed to stop them momentarily, before the juggernaught leader crushed Paulson beneath his shield. Their advance began in earnest again.
>>27847499There was a sudden an unexpected popping noise, followed by a rush of air in every direction at once. "DROWN IN THE VOID, TRAITORS. RECEIVE THE EMPERORS JUDGEMENT!" cried out the leader of the marines. Craglish dropped his weapons as he fumbled for his helmet, wide-eyed realization apparent on his face."THEY'RE VENTING THE AIR INTO SPACE. REBREATHERS. NOW!" he screamed over the intense noise as he struggled with his own mask. He suddenly understood the trap, and for the second time in one afternoon he knew his foolish lack of foresight had cost him dearly. Craglish's pirates were caught struggling to survive the sudden lack of air by placing their rebreathers on, which left them unable to defend themselves from the onslaught of the astartes. The combat was over momentarily, with the marines left standing amongst the wreckage of the pirate crew, aboard the nearly fully intact ship. "Brother Commander Mokoyll" rasped Lojituv through the vox channels "the ship has been evacuated of necessary gases to support the continuation of resistance. Only the cargo hold has retained it's atmosphere, as per your earlier orders". Mokoyll nodded in approval to noone in particular. "Very good brother. You do the Chapter proud. Rejoin us, as we cleanse the remainder of the ship before requisitioning the pirate's supplies for the chapter's use."------fin-
>>27847799Good job brother you write our chapters history with great honor.
>>27847799Shweet. The more I hear about Mokoyll the more I like him.
>>27848052>>27848088Thanks guys!I honestly haven't written a short story in years, I'm glad people are enjoying it
This thread is cool.
Well, it certainly doesn't show! How's this for a Chapter/Company symbol?
>>27849212That's pretty excellent. How would it look if the icon was ringed in that dark teal green color we've been using instead of gold?
>>27849212Very, very, very, very Cthulu. For the readers of the thread, exactly how overt do we want to be with the nautical/lovecraft/etc references? Cause this makes it look very much like our totem creature is in fact a squid. Or davy jones from Pirates of the Carribbean.
I have been lurking these threads for a while now and I have to say this is pretty cool stuff you guys are doing.Has anyone named the ships yet or is that still up for grabs if so here is a list of names I got.>Void eater>The Trident>byfrost>the oracle>deepwell>The Long silence>The Cursed Kraken>Spear point>The lost dream>The black fist>hammer-fall
>>27849488"We are like the Kraken. Immense in size. Girded in armor of earth and metal. Gifted with strength beyond mortal comprehesion. And we strike without warning. But do not mistake this for worship, or idolatry. It is a descriptive name, as it is for all good chapters. Are the Raven Guard truly bird men? Do they send forth great hawks to fight their foes? They do not have such things, but they are 'like' the raven, for they are swift, cunning, and silent. So are we like the Kraken that prowls the Deep. Though perhaps "Brothers of the Fool" might be a more accurate name, given how we arrived here"-Techmarine Wotan
>>27849543One of the Strike Cruisers is known to be the Albatross, but it's no longer used.Another is the Holdfast, but that might be a battle barge and it never goes into the deeps anyway.
>>27849488Squid, kraken, they're almost identical. Personally I really like the Cthulhu theme AND PotC Davy Jones, so my Krakens are going to be heavy on both.>>27849448It would look like this. The gold border wouldn't be present when the kraken is painted on the shoulder pad. I was also thinking of coloring the star by company, white for first, red for third, etc.
>>27849969I like the color coordination idea, and I might mock it up
>>27849969Yeah, teal looks a lot better.
>>27849488We're far more focused on Norse/viking and pre-modern nautical stuff than Lovecraft and it shouldn't be very overt. We're specifically opposed to PotC and Bioshock references.>>27849543>In Darkness Dwells>Hafgufa>Lyngbakr>Genganer>Ginnskith>Hunter in Silence>Lantern Bearer>The Storm Ironbound>Grendel's Fall>Heavens Gleaming>Method of Judgment
>>27849969>>27849212As the maker of the current logo; meh.As a contributor; sure! It's prettier than what we have now, although it's very Greyjoy...
>>27850497My direct inspirations were the Greyjoy kraken and some Cthulhu thing I found on the internet. Don't worry, I'll just use it for my company like the Space Wolves.
>>27850621Speaking of which, here is a senior tactical marine from 3rd Company.
>>27851319holy SHIT. how did you manage to get it to do the logo on the shoulder?(do you have a good way to design a pauldron from the side view, where you can see the whole thing? I've been looking for one forever.)Also, that's.... much more teal than the chapter colors. Did you mean for that to happen?
>>27851418I scaled the kraken down and used the rotate tool in gimp, then erased everything that wasn't on the pauldron. It doesn't match the curve of the pauldron, but whatevs.I can make a side-view pauldron. I'll upload it to the wiki later.The wiki says sea green, and I'm basing my Krakens off of the Sons of Horus colors from the Forgeworld website. (http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/The_Horus_Heresy/Legiones_Astartes/Sons_Of_Horus/SONS_OF_HORUS_LEGION_COMMAND.html)
>>27851536Aaaand a close up of the 3rd Company symbol.
>>27852048Nice. I like the runes, and using the color of the star for the company color.
Do we have a chapter master yet, or is it a council situation?
What painter program are you fellows using?
>>27852374And where can I find that?
So has anyone tried to stat out a Star Kraken in Deathwatch?
>>27852048MY DIIIIIIIIIIIIICKAdding this to the wiki, STAT.
>>27852549Damn, I just finished an improved version. The runes actually read "Star Krakens" now.
>>27852781JESUS CHRIST THE RUNES ARE DIFFERENT SIZES
>>27852808cause he used auto fit
>>27852781Fix it in the next half hour and I'll throw it on the wiki before I hit the sack.
>>27852976Now sized and centered. "Star Kraken"
>>27853244Aaaaand done.GOOOD NIGHT.
>>27844975I just got my computer back running. Tried coloring using this scheme. Damn /tg/ you work fast. I got some art of the Star Krakens when we were still fleshing them out. Are we throwing out the bas-relief shoulder carvings and variant helms?Also you guys fucking rule.
>>27845417Wasn't the Crusade to wipe the Grendel out established earlier as: "The Heorot Crusade"?
>>27854632Thought the helms were maybe too much, but I can't argue with drawfagging of that caliber. I'll give it a +1 from me.
>>27854632Dude, fukking NICE. We'll have to wait for the Techpriest to wake up, so that he may invoke the sacred rituals and add this picture to the wiki.
Updated the wiki with two minor bits of fluff: things we'd discussed in earlier threads which hadn't quite made it up there yet. It's rough, but I only just woke up, so I might come back and clean it up after work.>Relations>Each Other>Although there is no recorded instance of two Kraken vessels ever coming to blows, many Brother-Captain's have long, tumultuous relationships with one another. Rivalries between certain ships, their crews and marine complements, are sometimes perceived as healthy, with each attempting to 'one-up' the other in their attempts to bring glory to both the Imperium of Man and the Star Kraken in particular. Every Strike Cruiser maintains a rich verbal history of its deeds, and in many cases the Captain has his acolytes carve murals of notable events onto the inner walls of the vessels meeting places, known as Great Halls, as well as making trophies of vanquished foes hull. These serve not just as morale boosters to the marines aboard, but also establish certain bragging rights amongst visiting Captain's - it's almost assured that one Captain, jealous of the chitinous plating of a fallen Tyranid vessel holding the place of honour in his rival's hall, will throw himself into the next battle with fervor so that he, too, might hold such a trophy.
>>27854725>Tactics>The Star Kraken are organised into a non-standard arrangement: Every company has a single scout squadron, five tactical units, two assault units, one devastator unit and a unit of veterans whom accompany the Brother-Captain. This configuration best suits the nature of the Deep, where the Strike Cruisers of the Kraken are often separated by weeks of travel time, yet still expected to operate despite such isolation from one another. Likewise these units may be of differing strength or size dependent on the vessel they serve aboard, as individual Captain's may scale their forces based on experience, and any number of the companies veterans may be serving aboard the Holdfast at any given time. The exception to this rough rule is the First Company, who replace their scout unit with the Chapter's only unit of Terminators - Mokoyll, first company commander, believes there is no situation that can be solved via scouting, that can't be more effectively solved with a full terminator assault.
>>27854672Haha thanks. I know we made a definite line from Bioshock big daddy, but I remember people from the last threads mentioning the flavor of diving suits, vikings, and a squid motif (but not like you know all squids).I also remember mecha-tentacles for priests? I'm still catching up with all the awesome writefaggotry and 1d4chan stuff.
>>27854764Yes the consensus seemed to move away from overt references pretty quickly, although personally I'm still going to equip some my Kraken with diving helmets from Maxmini.(http://maxmini.eu/conversion-bits/head-swaps/biohazard-heads-bits)
>>27854764>>27854819If we keep the references to a minimum, I think we can explain the helmets as chapter specific modifications. Basically, enhanced auspexes strapped to the front of mostly regular helmets. Let them all have advanced sensors, at the cost of armor power, battery life, and perhaps vulnerability to EMP and blinding/flashbang effects, because it's more meant for dark void of space stuff than everyday planetary activity.
>>27854764Did we forget about Centurions? The big, bulky aesthetic of old diving gear seems perfect for them, not to mention it comes with some special sensor systems built-in.>>27854873I've been considering tabletop implications of this Chapter, should that discussion be saved for later? Perhaps a fleshed-out concept would be better to base custom rules on.
>>27854632Actually looks pretty decent.
>>27855203Someone tried some very minor tabletop rules last thread. They got shouted down and accused of shitposting.
>>27855203Stay away from making rules. It's almost 100% guaranteed to end in powergaming tragedy, and an endless sea of shitposting and trolling.
>>27855251>It's almost 100% guaranteed to end in powergaming tragedyCan we not be trusted to censure ourselves?!probably not :l
>>27854764Mechadendrites. I'm not sure if Tech-Marines have those, they tend to have more robot claws. Here, have a picture of a Tech-Marine. Tech-Marines also tend to keep a red colorscheme on their main body, in reverence to the Omnissaiah, like how Librarians wear blue.Do we have any fluff on Librarians, or do the Star Krakens not have many? Let's not get too crazy with them, though, Emperor's Nightmares have a handle on crazy Librarian shenanigans.
>>27855290The point is this. It doesn't matter if you're the best rules and fluff balancer in the history of mankind. Just presuming to write rules will cause a shitstorm. Even Forgeworld stuff gets rage flowing. Homebrew stuff is guilty until proven innocent, and there is no such thing as innocence. Don't overestimate /tg/. We've become pretty shit in the past several months. It's just my personal viewpoint/experience, but we've taken to tearing down virtually EVERYTHING, because evidently it's too hard to build, and too easy/satisfying to rip something down.
>>27855366There are Librarian's, they tattoo themselves, but otherwise are just regular Librarian's. Also when their ship in the Deep they assist in 'scanning' the nebula for enemies, because regular sensors don't work well unless the Lighthouse is focused on that particular spot. This has earned them the nickname "Deep Watchers" but it is by no means an official title.
Updated the wiki again. Tech Priest forgive me, but I've reorganised the Writefaggotry section (and added two stories from Thread 3) into sections. I feel like we're going to get a LOT of Writefagging for these guys, and that section might be easier to navigate in this state rather than as one block of text.>>27855410>>27855366And we need more fluff on these guys, too!
>>27855290>>27855251>>27855232I tend to make pretty balanced rules, I'll come up with a few, vet them extensively, and return at a later thread. I'll mostly mess with Chapter Tactics: let's not rewrite the goddamn Codex.Raven Guard Chapter Tactics seem pretty fitting, and those'll probably be used more often. Still, it doesn't hurt to have an alternative profile if someone allows homebrewed rules. If not, we can simply discard the homebrewed rules in favor of Raven Guard CT.
>>27855544I wholeheartedly support your endeavour. However for the sake of the thread can you mediafire and link the rules you create as opposed to posting them wholesale? I feel it might create a stir with some of the other Krakens if the thread becomes rules discussion.
>>27855585Will do. This will at least keep lazy people off our case.>>27855536Tech-Marines would play an important role in a Fleet-Based Chapter. Like the Quarians of Mass Effect or Mars pre-Great Crusade, someone who can keep the machines running in the cold and empty void is someone you really want around. They'd be in charge of the Chapter's Lighthouses, unless they are more of a psychic device, in which case that role would fall to the Librarians. Tech-Marines would also craft, prototype, and maintain custom modifications to the Chapter's armor and weapons, like their swanky diving helmets and various auspex arrays. I'd also imagine the auspex would be pretty important for a Chapter that operates in the dark.
>>27855730Does the fleet have a greater-than-average density of Tech-marines? I would think so. Seeing as we have fluff that the Deep drives higher-order Magos insane over time due to the electronic dampening which Marines and those priests 'less plugged in' seem immune to. Plus all the ship stuff. I imagine your average Kraken has more knowledge on the operation of his armour/bolter/vessel than any other marine in a regular chapter.
>>27855890>than any other marine in a regular chapterStatements like that are never good. I propose this instead->than the vast majority of regular chapter marines
>>27855890Perhaps. Other fleet-based chapters don't, though. Of course, many fleet-based chapters were driven from their homeworlds (Mantis Warriors, Lamenters, Blood Ravens) or function as a fleet simply because they like the mobility (Black Templars, Carcharadons). So what would be the reason why they are more machine-savvy than other chapters that take to the void? Though I do agree that regular marines would have a little more knowledge on machines. Silence is the worst thing to hear on a space ship, as it means something isn't doing what it's supposed to. The people closest to the problem need to learn the basics of maintaining the ship's healthy hum.Maybe the fleet is built of older or retrofitted vessels, and need more maintenance? Maybe they incur more damage in the Deep for some reason, the dark space obscuring micro asteroids and other such space detritus?
>>27856038Let's just say that Krakens in general have a better "gut" feeling when it comes to ship maintenance, they don't know how to fix it but they are not completely clueless.
>>27856038>>27855934>>27856219How about this:They have the baseline amount of Tech-Marines, who tend to look after the bigger equipment like "lighthouses", while the baseline marines include ship-maintenance to their routine schedule, even if it's just polishing the brass on the hand-rails.Master of the Forge would probably look after Huginn. Conversely, the Chief Librarian would probably look after Muninn. This gives both the Psykana and Mechanicus branches of the Chapter important roles. Hm... I kind of like that: the various roles like that of a ship, with standard crew members doing a little of everything.
>>27856427Sounds good to me +1 bump
>>27844934Wow. These marines reminded me to speed up the work on the Black Locks's origin story to make them less silly and more serious. Plus I like yer idea OP.
>>27855214Veteran colours?So what is the veteran colour scheme? this or the Varangian one?
>>27854764In the original thread we had mechadendrites as such, scouts had none, upon becoming a full marine they are granted two mechadendrites tipped with tools for breaching bulkheads, doors, and whatnot, as they increase in rank they're given additional pairs tipped with weapons. Since we've fleshed them out more that would make them ridiculously overpowered, but I think the initial idea of breaching tools on mechadendrites can be salvaged.
>>27855890Actually, I think it's one pre ship, but the individual marines are quite good at repairing their own shit.
Have we got anything about the Chapter Master being called Commodore on there?
>>27860394I think there is a coucil that rules the Krakens, where they, by vote, choose a chapter master if they have a major undertaking involving multiple companies.Seeing rivalry between companies and all, I think that they then would elect one leader, one that everyone's agreed on is the most fit to lead them.
>>27860525>>27860394It's called the Ten-Flag Council.One "flag" for each captain, one captain for each ship.I can't believe how much stuff got done since I was here last night, excellent stuff dudes!
>>27854632A thing of beauty. I'll post it shortly.>>27854725>>27854753Nice! >>27855214I'll add this in as Veteran colours. Feel free to change stuff.>>27855536You don't need my permission to update stuff. Hell, your wiki-fu is better than mine.All in all, I think we need to iron out the whole 'Chapter Organization' thing and get it on the wiki.
Okay, seems like I'm late to the party on this one, though I honestly think this'll probably turn out less derpy than the Black Locks (even if I really liked those).Anyway, do we have any special wargear? I couldn't see any in the thread or on 1d4chan. I could whip up some sketches real fast, although you'll have to wait for proper scans until tonight or tomorrow. I'm better with guns and weapons and gear than dynamic poses and stuff.
>>27855934I actually meant to state it more like: The average Kraken has a greater technical knowledge than the average Ultramarine etc... Not to imply the average Kraken know's more than an Ultramarine techmarine, if you catch my meaning?>>27856427>>27856541Seconded.>>27859421I imagine Varangian are different from standard veterans, as Varangian are active members of the Strike Cruiser Holdfast and the 'eleventh' company, but in actuality are still Veterans from other chapters who will one day return to those chapters.As such Veterans have one colour scheme, and Varangian's just wear a bronze helmet.
>>27860856Breacher mechadendrites!Breaching shields!Deep Cauls!One or both of the Lighthouses!Huginn and/or Muninn!
>>27860876Breacher bolters!Breacher armour!Breacher drop pods!Breacher bleachers!MORE BREACH FOR THE BREACH GOD!
>>27860876 Deep Cauls is how I fluff the Stealth rule in the first turn (since when you roll Krakens, you roll em raven guard sorry I brought tactics in this thread.
>>27860889When the Imperium needs to WOLF in the WOLFTIME, they call the Space Wolves.When they need to BREACHI BREEKI I V BREACHKI, they call on the Star Krakens.
>>27860965"Once more unto the breach, brothers, once more, or close the wall up with our dead!"-Chaplain Teuthys, Battle of X-114
>>27861015>requesting "it's breeching, I ain't gotta explain shit" jpg be made immediately.
>>27846722Actually, the Blood Jaguars have Deathwatch Rules on their wiki page. Basically, they're flesh tearers with restrictions, some different wargear, and the same Primarch's curse - Which makes sense as they're Flesh Tearer's successors.
>>27861026Replace 'wall' with 'hull' and I am SOLD.
>>27860876Okay, so I've got three things down.First, the Breaching Shield. For ease of manufacturing and maintenance, the Star Krakens have chosen to use a laminated construction with thinner "planks" rather than the original massive slabs. The Deep Caul has tubes that connect to distribution units on the arms or chest of the marine carrying it, and the big cable pictured is the refilling cable. I also drew a Deep Caul grenade, as I'd imagine that'd be pretty useful. You activate it by bending the arms up and throwing it like a stick grenade. The Breacher Mechadendrite also has two melta-cutters on the side, and has been found to also be effective at tearing up enemy armour.Not as good as I'd liked, especially not the mechadendrite, but I'm on a time limit, so I'll have to leave now. Have at ya.
>>27861241Nice man. Well done.
>>27849969>the Cthulhu theme AND PotC Davy Jonespls no, not too much of thisMore mythical Viking stuff
>was in first two threads>went away for a few days>come back to thisHoly shit it's come so far
>>27861438No problemo. I'm focusing on 3rd Company, which I'm thinking are a little weirder than the rest of the Chapter.
>>27861526Wait what's different about them
>>27861537I dunno yet. I'm thinking they're a bit heavier on the Cthulhu thing than everyone else, but remember that nothing I say is AUTOMATICALLY canon. If you guys don't like it, feel free to reject it.
What happened to those bioluminescent runes? Are they still a thing? I liked that idea.
>>27849969>>27861526>Cthulhu theme> PotC Davy JonesLet's not stray too far into the realms of pop culture stuff, we're doing such a good job so far of keeping it on track. >>27861564I kept the runes on Mokoyll's armour for the second piece of writing I did for him, and I think there's been another few mentions of them too.My piece is labelled as "All Hands on Deck" on the wiki if you want to have a read of it and give some feedback on it I'm around for the next few hours and I'd love feedback if anyone's arsed giving me some
>>27861030>Requisition acknowledged, Brother. Assault Ram inbound.
>>27861613B-b-b-but...I like the idea of the geneseed making veterans look more cephalopod, with pale green, clammy skin, octopus eyes, no nose, and teeth fused into a beak.
>>27861664Also, I like "All Hands on Deck". It really shows the terror and mysteriousness of the Chapter by following a character on the receiving end of a boarding assault.
>>27861664Not that I don't think that that's cool, but it might be more something for discussion rather than outright story mode.We'd already agreed on pale skin and full black eyes, I kinda dig the clammy pale green skin though. Not so sure about the no nose part though.Beak might work? I dunno really. I mean, I'm only a solitary write-fag. I do like it though, keep it on the mind for when the thread picks up a bit and it's not just a few of us throwing ideas at each other>>27861709Thanks! It took a lot longer to write it than I thought it would, but I persevered after I got someone saying they were "Dissapointed it ended so soon" after the initial boarding. I'm gonna try a traditional battle scene or something fluffier later on when I'm not doing databases for work
>>27861564They still are a thing, I'm painting them on purity seals and other cloth stuff.HQ and veterans get more runes.
>>27854632golly gee! i hope the diving bell variant helmets stays. those look fucking awesome!its defiantly not to much
>>27861733I hope too, 'cause I just bought me half a company's worth of helmets to go along all these headless tacticalsneed to buy shitloads of guitarwire next month to go with that. Damn you /tg/ and your awesomeness
>>27861108"Once more unto the breach, brothers, once more, and close the hull up with their dead!"-Chaplain Teuthys, Battle of X-114
Guys, I'm just after looking at the wiki, and there's a huge chunk of my story not entered in!Is there anyone here with the wiki-fu to enter it in for me?
>>278615593rd Company could be those who most frequently plunge the depths of the Deep. The long periods spent away from the rest of the chapter has given them an insular temperament and the frequent logic defying features of the nebula lead them to frequently claim that the chapter stands upon the precipice of destruction at the hands of some newly discovered aspect of the Deep.
>>27861993We're also missing the detailed info on Huginn and Muninn. Right now all they have is few words of description and references.
>>27861664Too many chapters with animal names already have traits from that animal due to geneseed degeneration.I's a bit comical, like a guy named Otto Octavius somehow getting 4 extra limbs.
>>27862053I'm pretty sure Otto Octavius built his arms specifically because of his name.
>>27845200Eight. I like eight. In fact, squads in the Star Kraken should never be more than 8.
>>27862015I'd just noticed that myself... I'll try round up all of the stuff that hasn't been put on the wiki later on and get someone with wiki-fu to add it on, because there seems to be a few things missing as is
>>27861733besides, when is anything ever "too much" in the grimnessdarknessofnessthenssfuturenessess
>>27862085If you can compile it, I'm happy to post it. Use Pastebin or something?
>>27855214I like that. reminds me of ornate gold-painted woodwork found in captains quarters on old naval vessels.Maybe reserve gold trim for sergeants?
>>27862180My brain isn't working at all right now, I've been staring at excel spreadsheets for 2 hours.I'll find out what a paste bin is when I'm done my work, and try compile any writings that aren't on the wiki, but in the mean time Part 2 of "All Hands on Deck" is here>>27846546>>27847102>>27847499>>27847799in this thread if you want to add that to the wiki for me.
>>27861664>>27861727These excessive mutations should be the exception to the rule:The geneseed of the Star Krakens is considered pure with the exception of pitchblack eyes and an uncommon resistance to the void of deep space.However, after several centuries of service, some unfortunate individuals show signs of slow, but excessive mutation beyond these boundaries:Their eyes start to bulge, forming slit pupils akin to the squids and octopuses of ancient Terra and their jaws and nosebone fusing together to form a terrible beak. Over time, their bodies will start to calcify from head to sole, making them statues like corals.These poor devils are called the "Void-Touched", and their fate is to be locked away from any Imperial knowledge as to preserve the chapter from a "thorough Inquisitorial purge".Some captains are mercifully willing to deploy the Void-Touched, though, so they may die in service before they become living statues.
>>27859720Putting Mechadendrites on everything doesn't sound too appealing to me, but breaching tools are certainly something we can include. In Imperial Armor 8, Elysians have the option to buy a LasCutter. The same tool can be applied to the Krakens, or replaced with their own version, a Plasma Cutter. That, or they can just really love Melta Bombs.
>>27862364...I know it's a young chapter, but this really makes me think of a massive cargo ship filled with the chilling coral statues of old void-touched. Few know the true nature of the vessel, but rumors if it's true purpose circle among neophytes. In these rumors the daunting tomb vessel has garnered a foreboding name: The Locker.
>>27862075What about 10? Octopi have 8 arms, but a squid has 10, in which case it works with the standard setup. Could be that minimum squad size is 8, though that's not a direct, limiting rule, but more of a suggestion on how to play a fluffy army.
>>27862530Oh man. That's creepy as hell. Maybe call the ship something like the Locharr, for a bit more subtlety?
>>27862530Stopping just short of invoking a direct reference. Feels a little too much for comfort for me, but I kind of like it.
>>27862530>The LockerThen we definitely would have to call the commander of that ship "Davy Jones" ;DHowever, I had first envisioned the Void-Touched that can't be deployed anymore to be linked into Munnin's archive while they still have the capacity to uphold cerebral activity, having all their memories and battlerecords copied into the vast hoard of knowledge, then their bodies are expelled into the Deep once their brains have completely calcified, as well.As I'm writing this: Maybe their coral-chaulk is the source for the chapter's bioluminiscent runes and heraldry, in a metaphorical sense the Void-Touched are still watching over the still active battle-brothers as their completely calcified bodies are ground into a special kind of paint or ceramite that is added to the basic power armours.
You guys are trying to find the very edge of heresy aren't you?
>>27862629went with a campy name, one or two points of camp are survivable, and make it feel 40k
>>27862652YESOh God-Emperor yes!
>>27862652I think it's much more eerie to think they never lose mental capacity. Even as statues they are completely aware. Maybe the purpose of the Locker is to house those cerebral records in their original datastores. Just sitting there, ready to be wired on when necessary.And if we go full camp and name the captain Davy Jones, we have to 40kify it in spelling...Davij Ounes?I'm not a fan of taking it that far, but thoughts.
If we go the octopus route, the veterans might go eventually go crazy and have to be sent to the Locker. Achab was the first to show this madness, and it has haunted the Chapter ever since. The blood of the veterans could be used for the runes, but calcification is fine too.
>>27862742sorry, Davij Oansbetter.
>>27862742Maybe the Locker IS good ol' Davy?
Guys. Guys.What if.Dreadnoughts with statues inside them
I don't really care, but I loved the Master and Commander movie and I just want breaching teams with sets of power fists that have "Hold Fast" etched letter-by-letter on the knuckles.
>>27862845What? Why-This is actually a fantastic idea.Being only capable to talk with their brainwaves, these calcified Dreadnoughts have to use the BLOOP-speak from thread #1 because they needed different means of communication, being only capable to express thought through their brainwaves that would be processed into non-linguistic audiosignals.It is actually possible that almost all serving dreadnoughts eventually become calcified, as the shock of near-death triggers a malfunction in their ultra-fast regeneration, eventually turning the whole organism into a statue.
>>27862863You mean like this fine fellow?I believe this is Wotan Hamiltonius, what with having only one eye and all.
>>27862845Just go full retard and lash a calcified Librarian to the front of the hull to navigate.For me, personally, we have enough chapters with crippling and impending conditions. Living statues do sound kind of cool, but at the same time they also remind me too much of the Black Dragons. Nobody likes to hang out with marines that have a degenerative geneseed.
My god. Dreadnaughts singing whale songs while they cover the bridge of a ship in fiery death, picking up a crewmember in their other arm and crushing him before tossing him against a bulkhead like a shattered doll....Beautiful.
>>27862845>>27862881>Dreadnoughts whose pilots have completely calcified are used as figureheads in the main fleets, sending subsonic messages throughout the roiling nebula that is their home to other, similarly adorned ships in the Kraken fleet.>Murderous Coral Space Whales
>>27862907The Void-Touched ought to be more of a very occasional mutation that so far has no cure, but at the same time can quite effectively be contained by regular examination by the Apothecary and cleansing rites.Also the Black Dragons can turn their mutation into something useful - The Void-Touched become literally useless if not linked to the Munnin (and that use is quite limited) or strapped into a Dreadnought.
>>27862891Nah, Hamiltonius' eyes both exploded.
>>27862938That sounds better. Emperor's Nightmare have a corner on all of the "dying so hard and so tragically terrible fate" already. The calcification being a rare or uncommon mutation makes it more okay to me. For extra grimdark, it could be related to their mutation of extra space resistance, a calcified marine becoming nigh invulnerable to the void of space. A sick twist of fate that the greatest gift to a void-dweller is a curse that never lets you use it. It'd also explain why they don't jettison their statues, they'd be alive for the whole thing.
>>27862997Right, right... Forgot that bit. Sorry 'bout that, Gov'na.>>27863001The space resistance is what I adressed with >>27862881Because I believe the mutation should have something to do with the marine's regenerative abilities and the black carapace becoming suddenly hyperactive.Though I stated that maybe, all the Dreadnought-pilots should calcify, maybe we should keep that down in perspective of keeping the mutation an exception and not a rule.However I would still love the Void-Touched to somehow be the source for bioluminiscent heraldry and runes on high-ranking Star Kraken brothers.
Gave a shot at a tech marine. I'm trying to make some viking helms for the older marines, but it's hard to do without making them look like chaos space marines.
>>27863053that coulb be a simple fix if you fore-go the horns and have an ornate helmet like the early ones shown on the first thread
>>27863053Duuuuuuuude.These drawings are deadly!I'm not fully sold on the gold torso of the colour scheme, but the drawings are so good I can't even be mad at all. Why not try something with one of these helmets?
>>27863053Or try the one at the bottom here, with the tentacles forming an iron halo on the backpack instead of them being on the helmet itself
>>27863053+1 on Dat Pic, artificer! I like the subtle glow on the runes.Also yeah, I guess having Dark Crusade pull the whole "Helmet of Lorgar needs Lovecraft-ian tentacles" gets in our way here, as well as the fact that original chaos warriors are, in fact, vikings.However, a loophole may be that we don't need the HORNY VIKINGS trope, but rather a more historical approach to vikings, what with mask-helmets and such and have the squid arms more like appendice on the helmet's lower part.
here's something i have been working on but these ol' callus heavy hands make using a tablet difficult..mates, why dont we make the winged skull on the breast plate look like a albatross hung around the neck? like in the rhyme of the ancient mariner!
>>27863083thats shweet bra
>>27863132Not my work, just reposting it from an earlier thread
>>27863051Let's see... Bioluminescence is usually caused by bacteria, but if I remember correctly one of the 40k RPGs, Dark Heresy, I believe, mentioned that bioluminescent tattoos are totally a thing. There is one in particular called a "Thieve's Light", which is a palm tattoo and gives the bearer just enough light to pick a lock or covertly search a small area.Not sure how the heraldry of the calcified would factor into that.
>>27863082>>27863083>>27863095>>27863112Thanks guys. Also excellent feedback. I'll post the next pic later today.
>>27863053And THAT's getting posted.
>>27863180I... I'm struggling to see a connection, as well.Which makes me sad.Greatly.So let's try it this way: As somebody suggested before, maybe it's not the chaulk that encases a Void-Touched, but actually it's their blood.Being not only "stashed", but actually "treated" in the Locker in an attempt to keep their metabolism going, the Void-Touched's blood is being cleansed by an external machine.Some of this blood is drained as sign of their martyrium and guiding light for their brothers in the dark, as they who have become touched by and thus part of the void are now their aides in finding their way.
>Huginn/Muninn writefaggotry>Finalizing the nature of the Dreads and writing that up>Deciding on a colour scheme>Assigning ships/colours to the 10 Companies>Writing up an explanation of the Council(?)>Ship drawfagging, maybe?>A Chaplain bio>More unique characters>More detailed Wargear explanation>Deciding how the hell the geneseed mutations work>As per previous, deciding if the Locker/coral dreads are a thing>Figuring out how many damn mechadendrites these guys get and when>Finalizing and writing up a summary of the role of TechpriestsI'm sure there's more. GET ON IT FOLKS. I will post it if you write it (and it's not shit)Also, I added the second part of All Hands on Deck.
>>27863316Cheers dude.I've just remembered too that a small write up I did regarding chaplains and their duty out of combat isn't on the wiki either from the very first thread.I only remembered cause you mentioned the chaplains in that post.Shall I retype it and see if it's still in keeping with the feel of the chapter?
>>27863351Go for it.Also, feel free to tinker with the Wiki page. Posting stuff is... honestly, it's not difficult. Just copy the formatting of what's already there. You don't even need an account.
>>27863302So they've got glow-in-the-dark blood? Seems kind of cool. Actually, what if it's a reaction that their blood has to the vacuum? The vacuum causes blood to rapidly coagulate to seal off their wounds, becoming eerily luminescent in the reaction.But why the Void-Touched, as it's the Black Carapace that malfunctions? Maybe because it causes the Black Carapace to go into overdrive, it kicks the rest of the body into high-gear as well, their Void-resistance taking on new and unexpected forms, such as the glowing blood and total calcification.
>>27863358I had a chunk of stuff I typed out onto it dissapear mysteriously the other day, so I've been superstitious of going at it.I'll try figure it out myself tonight though
>>27863372Yes, this sounds like a solid thing. I'll keep to writing this down ASAP, brothers!
*ahem*Good evening gentlemen, thank you all for waiting.After pouring over my maps I have determined that the Star Krakens - and the Deep itself - exist somewhere in *this* area of the Segmentum Ultima.I have selected this spot due to its nearness to Imperial Worlds, an Ork Empire and several Eldar territories, explaining the ungodly alliance that cast down our glorious heroes. The 'Deep' has been inked in with black; this is an estimate only, positioned because it makes the most sense. As you'll note, it "keeps the Ultramarines out."And we don't want the Ultramarines moving in. We have a nice neighbourhood here.Thank you.
>>27863473>>27863492I'm onto you
>>27862938I'm having a thought here...normal dreadnoughs are no different, but venerable dreadnoughts, rarely referred to as Locker Dreadnoughts, are the calcified brains removed from fully calcified veteran void touched. The calcium corruption spreads to their mechanical behemoth armor, causing the device to slowly, inevitably become a statue as well.Coral covered dreadnoughts matching into fire for final glory.
just to talk about the colour scheme again I really don't like having three sections of colour, I had another go at one with a more muted approach to the scheme,oppinions?
>>27863511I'm personally a big fan of the Turquoise, but that one is neat as well
>>27863511Looks like pic related, or the Varangian Guard armour posted upthread. Anotherwords, looks like one of the original designs.
Please, for the love of Kraken, if this 'Locker' stuff is getting in can we at least refer to it as the 'Locharr' as suggested above.
>>27863536just saying I prefer a more muted look to the scheme
>>27863507Myeeeeehh, seeing as how the venerable Dreads usually have high-tier tech in them I think the Techmarines wouldn't allow that they become thoroughly calcified.i would be all in favour for having, as mentioned earlier, the Venerable Dreads' pilotes become so utterly calcified because the near-death experience shocked their metabolism into overdrive, triggering the calcification process in the first place, and being the oldest serving marines, it's likely enough time has passed that they have become so calcified in their sarcophaguses that they need whalesong/bloopspeak generated by their brainwaves and processed by speakers to communicate.
>>27863316>>Huginn/Muninn writefaggotryI have to say I am slightly confused as to the nature of these artifacts. One is the Lighthouse, the other is an ancient cache of information?>>Finalizing the nature of the Dreads and writing that upNot caught up with that yet>>Deciding on a colour schemeI thought we were sold on sea green, black and bronze, with the bronze being more present on the Varangian Guard? Tell you what sir Techpriest, when Thread 5 starts whoever OP's it tell people to weigh in on one of the variations on the wiki, at the end we'll tally the votes.>>Assigning ships/colours to the 10 Companies>>Writing up an explanation of the Council(?)I'm going to rewrite the synopsis (which I originally wrote before reading thread 1) today or tomorrow, I'll tackle that then.>>Ship drawfagging, maybe?Yes pls>>A Chaplain bioYes pls, and something about a Librarian!>>More unique charactersOr flesh out some of the ones that have been writtefagged.>>More detailed Wargear explanationUnfamiliar to me.>>Deciding how the hell the geneseed mutations work>>As per previous, deciding if the Locker/coral dreads are a thingI'm taking a big pass on these two because they seem kind of Kraken Marines for the Kraken God with Kraken mutations. I'll let folks in the know refine the idea some more before I weigh in.>>Figuring out how many damn mechadendrites these guys get and when>>Finalizing and writing up a summary of the role of TechpriestsI'd like this too.Anyway, my personal crusade is the synopsis. Watch that space.
Should we write about some minor xenos species of the Deep? Given the nature of this area, are void-traveling species more common? Are there rocky worlds here that some kinds of species may live on, or is it for the most part just void?
>>27863586calcification is slow. so truly valuable hardware could be removed before the inevitable.
>>27863723My understanding was just a void, with Mobius (and its assorted archeotech) having been brought in some time in the mysterious past. WooOOoo.Also is it still a thing that the Star Kraken only control one portion of the Deep, with parts of the nebula even further from the edge (past Mobius) considered going Deeper, or are they pretty much masters of the thing now?
>>27863723Filter feeders, maybe. Something non-carbon based.Anyone remember that old cartoon Pirates of Dark Water?What if the nebula creatures are just sentient masses of silicates and gas that absorb things as they grow?>Inkstorm: Horrific events spurred by monolithic creatures known as XXXXXX - the nebula itself comes to life and sucks any ship unfortunate enough to remain within its confines into an inky, unknowable end.
are we still keeping the idea from a few threads ago that other chapters who wanted help had to prove themselves by taking a kracken with them and hunting something? if so we should probably go over that a little more
>>27863806I think we stuck with the Kraken as the totem animal, hunting it constantly was deemed to Mary-Sueish
>>27863806>>27863868What Viking said, but the concept remains, and was rolled over into the Varangian Guard.
>>27863316Sworgar Maldagius is the fanatical chaplain attached to the similarly unhinged 7th company. Of old age, he refuses to let his calcification hinder him in his duty. As such, most of his flesh with bionics, which he himself has installed.He has hardwired himself inside his armour, prefering to speak through the speaker in his chestplate, having long ago replaced his throat with amplifiers further distort his voice. and that is as far as I got, sorry for the bad writefaggotry.
>>27863868I think he meant hunting -with- one of the brother Krakens, rather than hunting a void kraken, but I agree with you>>27863890Neat.
Oh we're all namefagging now? Cool!Guess what I did at work today? Wrote another multi-post story. This time concerning the Ancient Mariner. Unfortunately I have to clean for a rent inspection so I can't play tonight. I'll catch up with you guys (mokoyll, techie) and all of Krakendom next thread!Good hunting.
>>27863890That's weird, if I recall (disregard recall, I just checked my savefile) the 7th Company had a short piece written about it last thread as well, about their Brother-Captain (Thorolfr) who was overly vicious in battle, even for a Kraken, and sought only the greatest victories. An overly fanatical old Chaplain fits in with that perfectly.
>>27863911Fuck I can't wait.>>27863890I'm the guy who did the 'Hatred of Achab' (many thanks to the anon who added that to the 1d4chan) I also like that my idea of the Mariner having the aquila around his neck stuck.Do you want me to take a stab at writing something for Maldagius?
>>27863755How about this one? It's really just an excuse to give derelict ships and asteroids in the Deep a barnacled look.> Void-BarnacleThis silicate-based lifeform spread via small larvae, which can travel the void for centuries or more at a time before attaching themselves to any object they encounter, becoming immobile. They latch onto objects and begin to grow in size, feeding passively off the surface on which they stick and lashing out at any passing debris with a long "tongue", which is used for feeding as much as self-defense. They are common on metal-rich asteroids, but seem to favor the metal hulls of spacecraft and void stations. Because of this, their shells become highly armored and resistant to standard weapons fire, but are still highly vulnerable to Melta weapons. Specimens usually grow no more than 2-4 meters in diameter, but larger specimen may be encountered on older vessels and asteroids, becoming as large as 12 meters in diameter.>>27863806Sounds cool, of kind of impractical to kill a Kraken every time you want to help. Maybe chapters that have killed a Kraken sometime in their history get to help out. But that sounds impractical as well.What if it's changed to an event, "The Kraken Hunt"? Chapters that want to compete gather a ship and head out together to kill a Void Kraken that has been marked for death for arbitrary reasons. The winners get the glory of having won the competition, but I'm thinking they should get a little more. What if they get some exclusive rights to the Deep? Maybe they get to loan a specific base of operations in the Deep, one that changes hands to the winners of the last competition? This would give the chapter a nice little route to Ultramar and the east, as they don't have to jump around the Deep to get to it.
>>27863639Huginn is a massive stellar array that gathers information within the Deep, the Lighthouses - of which there are two, one on their sole battle barge, the other attached to one of their asteroid fortresses - are focusing lenses for Huginn that massively increase its ability and double as electronic warfare systems at the cost of blinding Huginn to anything not within the Lighthouse's range, Muninn is the data storage facility that records all of Huginn's findings.As for mechadendrites, maybe two for battle brothers tipped with breaching tools and four for company commanders, two breaching, two weaponized?
>>27863944>(many thanks to the anon who added that to the 1d4chan)Was I. Is the name okay? I couldn't work out if Brother Tostvig was the name of the story or just your 'name' so I kind of pulled it out of fat air.If what you're going to write for Maldagius is even half as good as what you wrote for Achab my F5 button weeps.
>>27863907>>27863868>>27863883Damn, I posted >>27863967Wrote too long and missed it. I'm okay with tossing out the concept if it's too sue-ish.
>>27864000I do like the idea of the Void-Barnacle, flora/fauna is always a fantastic part of a setting.We have to get out of the habit of slapping Void- to the beginning of everything though.
>>27864000I like the void barnacle, though. I can picture many a Captain sending their acolytes out to scrape down the ship with extremely limited air. You want to breathe? DON'T TRY TO BE A KRAKEN.
>>27863967>Sounds cool, of kind of impractical to kill a Kraken every time you want to help. Maybe chapters that have killed a Kraken sometime in their history get to help out. But that sounds impractical as well.Many space marine chapters believe that the Star Krakens will only come to the aid of chapters that have killed a Void Kraken. The Star Krakens have no idea where this rumor started, but are in no hurry to correct their fellow Astartes.
Someone said that the Ancient Mariner is the old captain of the 1st company.And the Albatross was the old strike cruiser of the 1st Company...Did the 1st Company receive a new strike cruiser, then? Or is the Mariner still part of the 10 flake council?Also: On the Varangian Guard and the Holdfast. Wouldn't the Holdfast be better off as one of the few Battlebarges used by the Krakens?
>>27863316Is there any space for a squad have some write faggotry done on them? I'm feeling in the moood for some writing, but I'd like to get the feel of the chapter before doing anything major.I want to do a quick battle scene, involving one squad in a boarding action against orks. Anything in particular I should take into account or name?
>>27864011Barnacles are frequently found on mining vessels that spend their time demolished asteroids for the ores contained within and are rarely found other void-faring vessels. Mostly harmless on their own, clusters of them can degrade hull plating to near uselessness and impede ship functions.
>>27864111Wait, are Krakens octopi or squid?
>>27864062The first company received a new strike cruiser during the time period when the Albatross was thought destroyed. The Mariner is no longer a part of the Star Krakens' chain of command.
>>27863944Do it man. Go right ahead. He's all yours
ATTENTION ALL HANDS: I am about to modify the wiki in a major way. Stand by.>>27864095Peruse the wiki for specifics, otherwise go nuts.
>>27863316>>27863639Here's the guy who first threw around the term "Ten-Flag council".I have slapped together a piece of fluff I'd like to add to the situation:The Ten-Flag CouncilWhen the chapter’s fleet was founded, it was the first Chapter Master Huskor the Wailer who called the ten captains of his ten companies and declared: “You are my best! You are the ones I trust with guiding the troops and guiding our ships and I do so without fear or worry! So it is only fair I trust you to speak your mind and demand the proper support for your ships, each!Thus, you ten shall be my council – Represent your ship with your flag, and carry it with you when you come together. The Chapter Master who succeeds me shall be handpicked by me from among the ten of you, and he shall heed your counsel as you all shall serve him with wisdom and reason, and this shall be the same for all Chapter Masters who follow. I shall fulfil my part of this oath in all my lifetime and I shall see that all my successors shall do the same.”The council would later be increased, as the captains were allowed to bring a retinue of two of their choosing from their crew with them to advise them in their thoughts and discussions. The captains would take their most trusted lieutenants and sergeants, sometimes even their first mate who would otherwise overlook the ship in the captain’s absence.And so, the Council of Ten-Flags was part of the Star Krakens since its beginning, and for centuries before Achab’s madness, the battle brothers would shorten the name to the “Ten-Flag council”, as it was not their nature to speak in flowery terms.And then the madness began: Chapter Master Achab, later to be known as “Achab who stood alone” would sacrifice his proud chapter of then 1500 brothers for the single-minded, reckless pursuit of vengeance and hatred.[cont.]
>>27864155I had a look at the wiki, was really just seeing if there was any requests or details that people thought were really specific.
>>27864148So we're going with calcification then are we?What kind of event do you want me to write him in, or do you just want a general bio, possibly written from his perspective?
>>27864183Fearing for their existence, the Ten-Flag council conspired against him and led the rest of the chapter to abandon their Chapter Master at the peak of a great battle that would have consumed them all.After they had abandoned Achab in his mad pursuit, the remaining captains of the fleet were in dispute: Whom of them should they appoint to the position of Chapter Master? Their rivalling nature left all of them claiming the most competence for the position.Eventually, Brother-Captain Alfonsius of the 4th company, then commandeering captain of strike cruiser “The Trident”, stepped forth, with his ship’s first mate, sergeant Njord Egilson of his veteran boarding unit and the ship’s Chaplain Lyrion backing his daring claim:“A kraken may have one head, but he has many arms.Each of our ships is but an arm, yet only our unity will form a head.Thus”, he spoke, “All of us shall be as one - when each arm grasps the same prey.In that time, one shall lead us, and he shall be not more than the first among equals:Choose one who shall take the old Chapter Master’s seat and he shall be Commodore of the fleet.And he also shall be the face of the chapter, for there will be many who will seek audience,Who will wish the Kraken to surface and hail them.The commodore shall be the chapter’s voice from out of the Deep and he shall present the outsiders’ wishes to the chapter, so that these councilmembers, who are all part of the head as well as each arm may discuss and decide.For as it has always been tradition of the worlds from which we draft our initiates that all men must agree on a matter before it is settled.”[cont.]
>>27864215Inspired by his words, some rose to applaud, but then Birgir Brynjarrson, captain of the 8th and strike cruiser “Hafgufa” intervened:“How can we be sure that this one we choose does not succumb to the same warmongery like Achab Who Stood Alone? I see wisdom in your words, brother Alfonsius, but we must make sure this one does not grow too fond of his strength – And as is tradition of the fringe worlds from whence our initates hail, only those of proven worth shall claim leadership and they must prove their worth time and time again.I say for every cycle that passes in the Deep, a new Commodore shall be chosen from among this council, and if one of the council finds the commodore lacking in his abilities to lead, it shall be allowed at all times that one of the Ten Flags may challenge him for his leadership. I shall not agree until this demand is met!”Alfonsius grew wary of his Brother-Captain, fearing for a cleverly disguised scheme to take control, but agreed nevertheless because the arguments of Birgir were still sound and wise, and so did the whole of the Ten-Flag council.Right then, they chose Argonnár of the 3rd company and captain of strike cruiser “Lantern Bearer” to be their first Commodore of the new Ten-Flag council, for he was known to be the most patient among them, striking not before necessary or before the blow would be most devastating.With this as their leader, most of the Star Krakens became very secretive, leaving all public service to their serving Commodore and estranging themselves even further from the Imperium.That is, until the Varangian guard was founded.
>>27864215>>27864243I like it!
>>27864210Maybe a piece from his perspective where Thorolfr attacks a fully-manned Dark Eldar flagship.And here's some stuff you don't have too include, only if it's cool. And shit. Maybe he trained himself to think the same things and rountines, almost like a machine, so he won't forget it. He's too busy with keeping grip on his slipping mind than to council Thorolfr
>>27864183>>27864243>>27864215Neat!Also guys, here's some more random writing. This time on the chaplains and chapter prisoners.-JUDGEMENT BY THE VOID-Though the Star Krakens are ruthlessly efficient warriors with no mercy for their targets, they do occasionally take prisoners from raids. Being captured as a prisoner of the Krakens is a fate so horrible, even rumors of the treatment of the prisoners are spoken with hushed whispers and superstitious sailor's gestures.The prisoners are kept encased in chains on their journey to Mobius, in solitude and darkness. Eyes covered, they are carried each to special isolation chambers built on to the side of the station and rechained hand and foot to a cross shaped adamantium rack. Rumors say that the prisoners are left like this for up to a week before anyone returns to them, subsisting only on the dripping briney water from above their covered heads.Suddenly, when all hope is lost to the prisoner, the door will re-open. Footsteps approach the rack, and the somber and unforgiving tone of a chaplain of the Krakens will begin to read to the prisoner of one of the rites of drowning: the Trial by the Void. "Lament! Lament brothers, for this one has been judged UNCLEAN in the eyes of the Emperor. He has not felt the void! He has not drunk of the oceans and lived to tell the tale! Lament that this man must be initated to the righteous path so late into his existence. He has cried out, that he is prepared for your benevolent touch. For what other reason could one summon forth the wrath of the Kraken?". The Chaplain then removes the overhead woolen bag from the prisoner, allowing him to gaze upon him in his faintly glowing robes in the otherwise dark chamber. "Allow this cretin the chance to join the blessed in the deep, and see the truth."The footsteps fade away once again, before the door latches more securely than before.
>>27864321>From the third threadBrother-Captain Thorolfr Finn, master-and-commander of the Strike Cruiser Beinum, Captain of the Seventh Company. Often referred to as the 'Peregrine' by his peers, although never to his face. Not due to any fear of offense, but simply because none of them ever get the chance. It is said that in the last century he has spent less than six days on Mobius, preferring instead the embrace of the Deep, tirelessly patrolling the shallows, aiding the Imperial Navy in confronting, capturing and exterminating malcontents who attempt to use the disruptive powers of the Deep to escape Imperial Justice.Rumours abound of his abject cruelty. Many recall an instance where he put a renegade Star Galleon to the sword, slaughtering all twenty thousand members of its crew, whose Captain had hijacked the vessel on behalf of his world, seeking to end a famine there which threatened his family. Thorolfr reasoned that renegade actions were unacceptable, no matter what their motivations. He is also famous for his three day engagement with an Ork Kill Cruiser which had been harassing shipping lanes and then retreating into the cover of the Deep. After tethering their ships together with a lateral drop pod assault, the Captain learned that he in turn had been boarded. A vicious back and forth began, with each vessel boarding the other, until eventually Thorolfr prepared a boarding pod for himself and four of his best men, and had it fired directly at the Ork bridge.To this day he wears the alien's hat; a trophy, he says, of the best fight any living being had given him centuries.
>>27863996As much as I like Mechadendrites, I don't think they should be stuck on just anyone. The AdMech might take offense on bestowing the machine god's gifts so easily. That or tech heresy; have you seen the Chaos techpriest? He's got so many tentacles. A Special Character or two might have a harness with some Mechadendrites and weapons, and Company Commanders might have a couple to function as close-combat weapon and bolt-pistol, freeing up their hands. But I feel strongly that Battle Brothers should stick with the hand-held cutter and boarding shield. A little much to give the baseline marine all the fancy equipment.I might save the Mechandendrites everywhere Idea for myself, making a Hydra or Medusa themed chapters (yes, we have those already, but a themed chapter this time).
>>27864405There begins a creaking noise, slowly followed by a pop and suction. The wall of the chamber the prisoner faces is opened wide to the void, leaving them gasping and thrashing on the rack. Inevitably all prisoners cease their thrashing, and fall limp in the chains, at which point the chamber is closed once more and the Chaplain resucitates them. "Oh glorious father, this one is not prepared to join you yet. Allow us this opportunity to test his willingness to become one of the drowned."The chaplain then turns questioningly to the prisoner, who undoubtedly is unable to draw enough breath to reply to him."This unworthy one chooses silence in the presence of the void. He shall be allowed to think on his sins, and perhaps in the next case he shall be more repentant."Prisoners are then left, for days on end in silence and darkness, chained to their rack. Unable to move, see or hear and kept alive by the chapter's servitors administering injections to them nightly upon their collapse, the prisoners are kept in their cells for time eternal from their perspective. The chaplains return when they feel it is appropriate, to administer the rite once more, posing the question once more upon ressucitation of the prisoner.Eventually, their mind breaks from the solitude and exposure to the inky black of the void. It is said that the prison wing of Mobius echoes with the screams of prisoners, begging to be allowed to drown...
>>27864210If we have calcification, are we going with The Locker? If love to writefag about one of the keepers of the statues.speaking if, would such duties fall to librarians, tech marines, or chaplains?
>>27864414Thanks for that Krakendor, I'll give it a whirl and try and get a few paragraphs whittled off now, if not I'll have them done by tomorow.
Writing mine now, do we use the regular set of gear for tacticals, or do we have some special stuff? Specifically combat knives.
>>27864464You tell us :)
>>27864439Well, is the calcification a direct result of a flaw in their geneseed, or is it a combination of perhaps a slight flaw coupled with living in the Deep for so long?I imagine it would start off much like arthritis, and then slowly the tips and extremities would start to turn to white. From there on the Marine knows he's doomed, and either tries to go out in a blaze of glory, or steels himself to be added to whatever ship/building is it need of more calcium.
Wiki updated, specifically Tactics. Now called Tactics & Organisation, the section now has a section detailing all 'eleven' companies, the names of their strike cruisers, and a small piece of fluff on each.As you can imagine it's quite bare. Check it out, and then get writing folks.>>27864464Only special shit the Star Krakens employ are an abundance of Breaching Shields and Tempest bolter rounds (think shotgun)
>>27864494I vote slight flaw + the Deep. Special outright flaws are so passe.
>>27864499Also let me know if I've missed a Cruiser/Company that we've already detailed. I was going off the top of my head and it's nearly 4am here.
>>27864439Apothecaries, B/C I have this idea stuck in my mind that the Apothecaries are still treating the Void-Touched, hoping to reverse at least the calcificationg.Also, I'd like the Locker to be a designated room at the Homefortress of the Krakens instead of a ship, because I like to think the chapter would love to wire the living statues to the Munnin archive in order to communicate and download their battle records.
>>27864445See that you do. On my desk, first thing tomorrow morning! Either the story or your ass ;)
Be warned, brothers. To contemplate the addition of mutation, to council false glory that only exists by written hand, to name thyself like a great hero. These are the sins of the writer. Beware, lest the your sins drag your works down and rip them apart. But I must be silent now, for my sins are greater than all yours combined.Be careful, brothers
>>27864494I thought the calcification manifested more as coralization. starts like arthritis, then elbows and joints garden and become crusty like coral slowly progressing through limbs until only mental functions remain.I'm imagining a sergeant worn a powerfist that's really just a fist-like club of coral.
>>27864517I'm writing on the Void-Touched as we speak, and it is explicitally stated that they don't occur like for example the Space Wolves wolfing it up like it's 1989, but rather a very rare occurence.This may be linked due to a certain radiation inside the Deep, yes, but it isn't thought to be a "yeah, we have this storage room full of living statues that once were gods among men, I guess? We don't really know what to do with them, but we're not going to throw them out, either."
>>27864499>>27864491I was going to add a few sword into the mix, but most would have combat knives. Is that okay?Don't want to step on any toes, so trying to check things here.
>>27864595Wise words. Does a speshul mutation really enhance the Chapter and its story, or are we just doing it to be 'cool' like the other chapters?
>>27864620All you have to remember is that they're a young chapter, low on equipment and making do with what they have left from their glory days. Also when you're making something up try to remember they're not 'pirate marines' or 'squid marines' but rather 'nautical marines'After that you're golden.
I was thinking about doing some fluff about Captain Edvard and our version of the Titanic.Perhaps it wasn't completely wrecked with all hands lost, but had spent the last 75 years is dry dock repairing and cleansing from it's... encounter with a daemon vessel while in warp transit?Soon it's to be completed and the Xth Company will be ready to ride and raid again?
>>27864623Yeah, we really don't need anything further than enhanced space-resistance.
>>27864672Xth do you mean 10th? Because they're wide open and in need of some fluffing. Not the porn star kind either, just regular.
>>27864623In my humble opinion, it does make for a good reason for the Krakens to become even more secretive and reclusive from the rest of the Imperium, seeing as they actually have to keep any trace of the Void-Touched hidden from the Inquisition or they might be in severe trouble, probably even in danger of ceasing to exist as a chapter because resting inside the Deep is "too much of mutating exposure". In the time the Administorum patches together a new plan to protect that particular bit of Imperial space, the worlds surrounding the Deep will probably have been raided and fucked over several times, which is a situation the Krakens would rather avoid.
>>27864735By Xth I meant many company that hasn't had a strike cruiser fluffed up.
>>27864672>I'm so glad that my small ideas in the first/second threads are now actually turning into writefags.>>27864589>1/I don't know how manyStrike Cruiser Beinum, glory of the Seventh Company, drifted slowly amongst the stygian abyss of the Deep. The many adornments, statues and carvings on the outside of the mighty vessel were barely visible, reflecting only the thinnest of rays from the stars around the chasm.On the bridge, Brother-Captain Thorolfr and Chaplain Sworgar were locked in a vicious argument."Chaplain..." the Captain began, "Need I remind you that although you may have the Chapter's spiritual interests at heart, I am the Captain of this ship!" Thorolfr's voice bellowed out across the bridge and down the various corridors. "And as such, I decide where we shall go!"Chaplain Sworgar said nothing, his vast frame budged not an inch, but withstood the verbal lashing from Captain Thorolfr. He knew he was easy to anger, but something deep within the Chaplain's heart told him that there was trouble ahead."There was no sign of the Dark Eldar scum when we entered the Ekman Spiral, and there continues to be no sign of them now!" Chaplain Sworgar stood his ground and bellowed at the Brother-Captain. Such impertinence would not be tolerated from some of the lesser ranks, but Thorolfr knew all too well that Sworgar was probably right.Suddenly, all across the ship, the lights switched off and threw the crew of the Beinum into a pitch-black nightmare."It's about time!" Brother-Captain Thorolfr screamed and went charging across the bridge.
>>27864761Tenth it is! What's the Titanic's 40k name? I want to try and nail as much of these down as possible before I go to bed.
And seriously, we should figure out some character creation rules so you can Star Kraken in Deathwatch. Because who doesn't want to run a game with nothing but /tg/ homebrewed chapters.
>>27864785Ótrúlegur is the Icelandic word for Titanic and was mentioned in the third thread, since we're all viking instead of roman...
>>27864785Titanic is Latin, but I did translate it into norwegian or something like that in a previous thread. I'll see what it was and let you know.
>>27864807That's the one.
>>27864736Sounds good. The Inquisition would want to eliminate any form of corruption, no matter the source, so they'd have to keep it hushed up. The effect the Deep has could be different on all geneseed, or the same on all life, which is why the Krakens are territorial, as a brother of another chapter falling to its effects could blow their cover.
>>27864787> An Nightmare, a Jaguar, and a Kraken walk into a bar...
>>27863563>>27863723Sounds quite like Lokhir Fellheart of Dark Elves. Dark Eldar Pirate in the area?
>>27864955And Eldar Corsairs... and Biel-Tan raiders.
>>27864986An Ork Empire to the north, a hive fleet ten sectors away... They live in an exciting neck of the space woods.
>>27864986Are there any Maiden Worlds in the area? No? Than Biel-Tan have nothing to look in the Deep. Especially that it may look back.
>>27863511no, sorry, but that is way too bland compared to the black and brass one. i can understand your desire to keep things simple but that's just boring
>>27865033The ancient Mariner trolled the Eldar some time ago. They've never forgiven the Kraken...>The Deep is an occasional raiding spot for the dark kin, but it is the craftworlders who hate them more. For a burgeoning Exodite world, formed from the evacuees of an exceptionally small and damaged craftworld, was ruined by the command of the Ancient Mariner, sparking the hatred of Biel-Tan, which had seen the world as another step on the road to a new eldar empire.
>>27864779>2/I don't know how many.Alarms blared and defence mechanisms activated, the undeterred Thorolfr thundered across the ship, followed closely by Sworgar. Three Marines stood and saluted when Thorolfr came stomping around the corner. "We're being boarded Sir, it looks like the Dark Eldar are trying to best us." one of the Marines spoke up.Thorolfr looked towards Sworgar menacingly, but with a slight glint of triumph. Turning towards the trio of Marines, "Brother, signal the rest of the ship, all four assault units are to follow me to the drop-pods." The Marine nodded quickly and rushed to active the comms.Outside of the ship, jagged hooks and vicious razors swung through the void and slammed into the hull of the Beinum, catching and clawing in whatever hold they could find. Foul, lithe creatures swarmed over the outside of the ship, crawling into the gashes and holes made by their disgusting inventions.A sliver of nothingness separated the Strike Cruiser Beinum from it's hunter, the Dark Eldar Cruiser; The Unseen Serpent, had ensnared it's prey and was now closing in for the kill. Commandant Hethorax paced up and down the bridge, his Eldar-leather coat barely touching the floor. The vicious Commandant barked orders at anyone standing nearby, and punished those who stood around idly, pausing only to admire the damage he was currently doing to the Beinum, pride of the Seventh Company.Suddenly, a blazing noise filled the entirety of the ship, a ghastly siren filled with the wails of the dead. A hunched over figure lurched towards the Commandant, "Vile one.." the creature spoke with a gravely voice, paused for a second to cough up some bile and continued "It appears that we are being boarded..."The Commandant's pulse raced, but his countenance did not alter. Taking out the Blaster from his hoslter, he calmly pointed it at the slaves head and blasted the poor, wretched thing into oblivion.
>>27865050Oh. Well, I guess that it leaves only Chaos and Crons. No, wait, Thaszar the Invincible. So that should leave Chaos.
>>27865141Thaszar the Invincible?
Wow, I've been off for some time and this htread has already grew this much. All these cool ideas...wait.>>27865050> Ancient Mariner...Goddammit. Now I have to change stuff in my project. Because there cannot be two Mariners. Man, I'm sad that somebody already invested in this idea before I could've posted it with the Black Locks origin story. Dammit! Just dammit.
>>27865204Call that bad luck.
>>27865118I'll take a break on this and get it finished tomorow.The Dark Eldar will be slaughtered on the Beinum, counter-boarded and we'll see just how brutal Thorolfr can be.
>>27863723some sort of sirens located on some treacherous asteroid field with some scrambling matter in the rocks (that forces manual flying) whilst the sirens echo resupply requests signals. (the sirens are actually giant space angler fish)
The Void-TouchedThe geneseed oft he Star Krakens is pure by all apothecarial standards issued by the Imperium of Man except a slightly defunct Occulube, which colours the entirety of the eyeball black, as well as an enhanced Mucranoid, seeing as the Star Krakens portray an unusual resistance to the vacuum of the void.However, a few very unlucky individuals suffer a far worse fate: After having entered the Deep for a few centuries, those who had ventured too deep encountered a strange anomaly, one that radiated a dark and fearsome power, which unleashed itself in terrible lightning at the ships passing by. Some of the battle brothers that had been struck by the anomaly’s discharge started to mutate in a gruesome way, their bodies starting to calcify, apparently due to a hyperactive Ossmodula, so they became entrapped in their bodies like statues.These poor devils are called the “Void-Touched”.They were gathered and put into the “Locker”, a secret part within Mobius, where Apothecaries care for them day and night, or what would count as such within the dark of the Deep.With several tubes in their veins and wires from their brains, they are constantly cleansed in an attempt to keep them from total calcification. As the Apothecaries observed these treatments, they came upon another strange mutation:The blood of the Void-Touched glowed faintly in the lights of the facility, and when the lights were out, the room was still lit with a strange, flowing light. It appeared as if the Oolitic kidney had also been dramatically mutated, enriching the blood with a bioluminescent attribute.When the news spread, the Chaplains began to drain the blood of their calcified brothers, proclaiming it a blessing from the Emperor: His light had pervaded them in their darkest hour, and through their martyr, the chapter would receive His guidance and protection in the darkness of deep space.[cont.]
>>27865408To this day, the Apothecaries tirelessly work to reverse the effect, but all attempts have failed so far.However, the Void-Touched are still capable of thought and experience – So when time is dire, they are encased in a dreadnought’s sarcophagus whose life preserving machines have been altered to suit their special bodies. Their brains are wired to a brainwave processor who, due to insufficient understanding of the technology, is only capable of processing the thoughts into an acoustic algorithm which sounds like a singing voice from the deep – Reprocessing the signals leads to a sheer unmanageable amount of information in short bursts, allowing these venerated martyr’s to exchange information across a battle in a much faster and much more detailed way.Quite short, but I guess it captures the spirit while adjusting the whole issue from a constant threat to a "dirty secret"-consequence from an understaking that went wrong.
>not the story, something I just wrote based on a wiki update. This is too damned distracting.It is established fact within the Chapter that, on the eve of their great battle against the murderous alliance of traitors, xenos and cowards that so thoroughly destroyed their homeworld, all ten of the Brother-Captain's voted unanimously to end Achab's life.The truth is far murkier. They met aboard his Battle Barge, not yet called Huginn, in a quiet reliquary in its depths. Above them Achab raged, pacing the bridge of his vessel, insisting two score scribes be constantly at hand to note down his ramblings for the glory of the chapter. The first vote was cast, to the tune of three holdouts. Impassioned speeches were made, arguments and counter-arguments flew, as did fists and false accusations; of cowardice, betrayal and a spot in hell reserved for he who would turn on his Chapter Master.The vote was taken again, eight to two. Haugr, Achab's own sergeant, standing in for the company the Chapter-Master commanded, and for the Star Kraken flagship, had changed his stance. Achab stood apart, he reasoned, and Haugr would stand with his brothers - so long as their leader was given one last chance to repent.
>>27865443What do they use the blood for?
>>27865457Another hour passed, until finally young Isaias conceded. He was not concerned with betrayal, but rather with honour. He would have no part of Achab's death if it were a knife in the back or a bolt to the head whilst the great man slept, but an honourable death..? Ah, that he could endorse. Achab stood apart, but he deserved that much.The vote was taken once more, and one last holdout remained: Vastergo, master of the scouts. He would follow his lord to the death, and no argument could assuage him. After a night spent fruitlessly battering the man with words, insults, promises, blows, the nine Brother-Captain's conceded that they could gain no traction, and instead banished him from the room. As he left he made one last plea: "Do not do this brothers. Achab may stand apart, but it is our duty as his vassals to move with him, not judge him. You are weary of war, I am as well. But what we do here borders on blasphemy... We don't have the right!"His brothers would not swayed, and so Vastergo left, bearing none of them ill, but unable to stomach remaining in the same room as any one of his craven brethren. The vote was taken again. Nine in favour. Finally unanimous.So it was that Achab's fate was decided, Achab who stood apart, if it was that he would continue to stand apart, would die alone tomorrow: honourably, but alone.>might be messy, didn't proof it. Back to cleaning!
>>27865476I can't wait to read Achab's rise and fall through the medium of writefagging.
>>27865475whoops, forgot that they painted the chapter's power armour with the bioluminescent blood I'm an idiot sorry please don't eat my babies rather have my rabies please? :X
>>27865476And so was founded the Varangian Guard.
>>27865512The man is getting an almost undue amount of attention. I maintain that he compelling, though.>>27865526Wiiink.
>>27865546He has to get loads of attention, he's the most interested Chapter Master we've had in a long time.And interest in this Chapter hasn't waned in the least, I wouldn't be surprised if this lasted another week and the 1d4chan page took 4 days to read through.
>>27865204There's room aplenty in 2000 years of history, friend! Seriously my thing is a self-contained incident that contradicts none of the fluff already written.
>>27864405>>27864425Any feedback for this dudes?
>>27864425I like it man, very nautical. Also possibly the grimmest thing in the thread.
>>27865512>>27865546Writefags might want to consider throwing a little Caine Mutiny into this, bring up the idea that maybe if the company commanders went about things differently then Achab might not have ended up the way he did.
Have you guys considered bringing Achab back as a servant of Khorne? To me it would make sense that with the amount of anger and blood-lust he had when he died that it would surely attract the Blood God to his soul after he died. All he would have to do is convince Achab that he would be given true warriors to fight alongside him.Just putting that out there
>>27865640I like it, but I fail as of yet to see what happens if they pass the Judgement by the Void?Are they mercifully executed? Are they accepted as thralls into the crew of the strike cruisers?
>>27865760Khorne only wants the blood, Achab was clearly obsessed, but I don't think he was truly heretical/bloodthirsty, he just snapped and was only a danger to himself and the Chapter.>>27865708I formally reserve the write to post writefagging about the Sixth Company ship, and treat it like 'The Bounty'. A very by-the-book Captain, with possible mutiny thrown in.
>>27865801The judgment is reserved for the worst criminals in the chapter's eyes.As for passing the judgement? They can't pass judgement by the void. The entire idea was based off my imagining the prisoners begging their captors to kill them from some text I read for college years ago.
>>27865815So Achab could be obsessed in getting revenge against his own chapter who, in his eyes, betrayed him and are all heretics. That way we could have the whole madness angle played in because Achab's leading an army of Chaos spawn to destroy the Star Krakens but he honestly believes he's in the right.
>>27865760I remember Brother-Master Achab. I think he'd rather drink Tanna with Eldar before he'd fall to Chaos. If he lives, it's somewhere on the Grendel homeworld, where he rips them apart at night as he stalks into the great halls of their Thanes
>>27865815If anything he'd fall to Tzneetch...
>>27865870YES!I like that, rumours abound of a vast creature, covered in metal and reeking of death, that plagues the Grendel constantly.
>>27865863I almost forgot; Khorne would still get his share of blood out of this because Achab waged almost constant war with people who he thought slighted his chapter in the first place. Who's to say that he wouldn't start that whole process up again under the banner of Chaos?
Making one last pass of the thread before I hit the sack. Then when I'm done with that, I'll probably go to bed.Added two new writefags to the wiki. I'm holding off adding a third because I don't know how sold the consensus is on mutations of an extreme nature... Reviewing other entries into the wiki they do kind of contradict earlier decisions about the chapter. (minimal deviance, totally loyal, only a few strange rituals which might upset the Inquis.)I've saved it to a notepad document. Someone let me know. Also noting on the wiki that the sixth company is the realm of VikingBro. Reserve your company today! Only six left!Have a cracking good night fellows, I'll see you all again after sleep.
>>27865361sweeeet looking good Vikingbro smileyface
Possible discussion for the next thread:Geography, fauna and flora in the Deep.We've had Void Krakens, a nice piece about Void-Barnacles, I've referenced the Ekman Spiral (some type of water formation) as being an actual 'section' of the Deep, so do you reckon we could fluff the environment out a bit more?
God dammit, I thought I'd long have been finished with my short story. Stuff came up and I had to do it. When's the next thread going to be?
I have added the glorious fourth thread onto suptg.
>>27866333Soon (tm)I'd make it if I wasn't getting bothered atm
>>27866458How soon? Hours? Or some time tomorrow? I don't want to seem like a nag but I was in another thread similar to this and I lost it completely because of irregular timing.Also, can I book a company, like this says >>27866012 ?
>>27866495Oh, I meant soon because we're nearing autosage limit with the comments.If you lose the thread, go onto the catalog and ctrl + f Kraken, all the threads so far have had it in the Op
>>27866495I did, only because I want to try my hand at a more nautical take on one of the ships. Depends what you have in mind really.
Shall we archive this shit?
>>27866012So, I guess my take at the Ten-Flag council was rejected?Any thoughts on how I could improve it?
>>27866527I have to log off now, so I really was wondering when the next session would be.>>27866529Fair enough. I'm only really interested in working on a single squad, at least for the time being. I'll write up a story or two, then find a suitable place for them.
>>27866577?Noone said it was rejected dude, I liked it.If it didn't get any attention amidst the clashing of the write-fags, grab it into a word file and repost it next thread so it's up high and visible.
>>27866580Following on this, does anyone mind if I slot them into the Fourth company, as the first tactical squad? I might go on to detail the company captain.
>>27866609Ook, already wrote it in word and pasted it in here after I was sure it made enough sense.
>>27866564And someone beat me to it! Go upvote this thread and the previous threads!http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html
>>27866742Me again, quick question regarding the wiki. If I add a piece of writefaggotry that's several A4 pages long, should I just slam it in with the rest? Or do something special or different with it?
I don't know if ship names have been set in stone yet but I feel uneasy with names like "The trident" or "Lantern-Bearer". I think more viking/northern Slavic names would better set the tone. Like these>Heorot>Grendel>Tumulus>Kievan Rus'>Novgorod>Rurik>Volga
>>27867451Grendel is the name of the xenos scum who the marines haev been fighting, but the rest are fine. Though the tone isn't really nordic or slavic, more simply nautical.
>>27867593Whoops I forgot abut "The Grendel" I was thinking about Grendel the monster from Beowulf.
>>27867720It's actually a pretty cool name for a ship, but it's already taken.
OK...so I have a very important question I feel needs to be answered...Final say on void-touched, calcification, The Locker, luminescent tatoo/paint...We're jumping all over the place on what's what and I wanna know what we're defining as true before endeavoring to writefag about any part of it, then learn everyone wanted something different.Are we keeping parts, all, what?There could be a "Locker", whether a room or ship, or whatever, where the statues are kept (assuming we're still all together on statues) until they are ground up for luminesent powder, and at that time their brains installed in Dreadnoughts?Or just permanent supersecret tomb to keep it shaded from the inuisition? Sticking corally brains in dreadnoughts is bound to get noticed one day.
>>27864623It's not necessary in any way at all, thus far. Personally I would remove it, as it gets in the way of storytelling by bending the nature of the Krakens to the mutation, and making them tread the line of heresy like EVERY OTHER fucking homebrew out there written by people too cool for school/the Emperor.