>>27844934 (OP)>>27844934 (OP)>>27844934 (OP)Star Krakens 5 : The Return of the Space BarnaclesLink 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."
Ship names! We got ship names for all takers!>Tumulus>Kievan Rus'>Novgorod>Rurik>Volga>In Darkness Dwells>Hafgufa>Lyngbakr>Genganer>Ginnskith>Hunter in Silence>Lantern Bearer>The Storm Ironbound>Grendel's Fall>Heavens Gleaming>Method of Judgment>Void eater>The Trident>byfrost>the oracle>deepwell>The Long silence>The Cursed Kraken>Spear point>The lost dream>The black fist>hammer-fall
Just seeing as it's a thing that's being done, I'm calling dibs on the First Company seeing as everyone likes Mokoyll.>>THINGS TO BE DISCUSSED THIS THREAD>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 or if we're using them at all>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 TechpriestsDiscuss!
>>27868904I speak for the Third Company.
>>27868954Working on fluffyness and probably writefaggotry for the Trident and 4th company.And just to reduce confusion, sea-myth related names already in the works (if you're already using them lemme know I can swap)TritonIku TursoAgain if you've already got something written with those and I missed it, lemme know.Just trying to avoid major confusion from having 4 Tritons in the chapter, or something
>>27869050And don't forget!>Deathwatch rules for the Star Krakens
>>27869050>Deciding on a color scheme.I think we all can agree on sea-green, black and copper/bronze. But each company/ship has its own combination of these three. Like the Varangian having copper/bronze helmets and chest pieces.On another note we need some one to draw up some company flags that each ship can display boldly while charging into battle.
>>27869206>>27869261I literally just copy pasted that list cause I'm too busy carving Dark Angels icons off the Dark Vengeance Marines so I can try painting the scheme in the morning.It's 1AM here, I have to give a presentation in 8 hours ;__:
>>27868904So I just found this project, and I have a question.>viking influenceDo you have a special character based on Thorkell the Tall yet?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorkell_the_Tall
>>27869261here is some inspiration for some flags.
>>27869326Can't say that we have, cool character though! Feel free to contribute some ideas for him as a Space marine if you'd like. >>27869349Neat
>>27869326I don't think any of our special characters are based on vikings since the nautical aspect is what is primary.
>>27869050I'll take a look at Techmarines. So far, their role is to maintain the ships and installations, with the Master of the Forge maintaining Mobius, Huginn, and Muninn. That seems to be the main role here, aside from maintaining the armories, as they probably don't have much in the way of vehicles besides ships and assault pods. He might also be in charge, or send one of his Techmarine to be in charge, of salvage operations on derelicts.Librarians would pour over and study the information stored in Muninn, while Chief Librarian or the higher Librarians under him watch the incoming flow of data and relay new information on enemy movements to the fleet, giving the Krakens the ability to seemingly be omnipresent or oven omniscient within their domains. Of course, when the Lighthouse is focusing on one specific area, the Librarians are limited in their sight to that part as well. This means that the Psykana and Mechanicus branches of the chapter have to work together to coordinate their movements.This sound good? I was wondering if the Lighthouses are inherently psychic devices that are best used by psykers, or is their output in an analog format that the Techmarines can read? Are we getting technical or mystical witht he lighthouses?
>>27869326The Jomsvikings might make for a really great enemy of the chapter as a band of xenos mercenaries.
>>27869572They've been technical since the beginning. A side effect of the Lighthouse's use is that it disrupts computer systems of whatever's caught in its field of vision by overloading their systems.
>>27869261Agreed. Here's my submission for the Chapter livery using Scaly Green, Burnished Gold, Chaos Black, and Commando Khaki. Senior Tactical Marine, 3rd Company. Also, the badge I drew for 3rd Company seems to have been adopted as a Chapter badge by the wiki. I figured each Company would have a distinctive color and that would be used for the star and runes. Or each company could have their own version of the star-and-kraken motif, like the Space Wolves use different wolf symbols.>>27869576Frankly, the Jomsvikings sound like a really cool inspiration for the Star Krakens, but we already have a lot of themes.
>>27869618Alright then. Librarians look over and archive the data (and look after the Void-Touched) and the Techmarines run the installations, relics, and the ships of the fleet. MotF looking after the chapter's relics personally.Librarians don't get much of a job after that, thought I suppose they'd be okay functioning as auxiliary sensors for the ships, using Divination in a sort of Crow's Nest (Roc's Nest?) which is probably just a meditation chamber for Librarians.
>>27869678How about each company having their own banner, but with similar colors and all, but incorporate a number into the design. Either Roman numerals (for simplicity) or runes, it'll make each company unique, but also quickly identifiable so we don't have to keep guessing what that particular squid represents.
The 4th Company claim The Trident.I'm in the middle of making them, but I'm to fucking sleepy to come up with something good and not shitty simple pop culture reference, so here it is;Lightning Raids3 Scout Squads (all are 8 men total)fight to Cripple enemy forces, mainly active north of The DeepClosest thing to a scout company, reports back often to drop off some newly initiated, refuel/restock, get out again.Keywords for leader; Termin armour/Chainfist/big ass beardAlso, there was is a Librarian dressed in Grey Wolf armour for some reason, something I did a while ago, was based of Freki I think.
>>27869678Sorry, here's the pic I was talking about.>>27869752Ok, lemme whip up a prototype.
>>27869752I agree, it would make more sense if each company had their own badge filled with as many krakens and stars as they like but with a number for easy identification.
>>27869949Here's an updated version of the Fouled Kraken, 3rd Company Badge.
>>27869799...dude...4th company and trident were claimed last thread.
Here's a WIP of some SK Art I'm working on
>>27871083>dat complete lack of trigger discipline
>>27871123>implying a spess mahrine needs trigger disciplineWhen reserving a cruiser/company go to the wiki and make a note of it. Else people roll over each other.Ten Flags bro: only reason I didn't copypaste your thing to the wiki was the formatting. It was a bit of a headache and 4am is a harsh mistress. I've still got thread 4 open in the background, I'll translate it across today.
>>27869701>Librarians don't get much of a job after that, thought I suppose they'd be okay functioning as auxiliary sensors for the ships, using Divination in a sort of Crow's Nest (Roc's Nest?) which is probably just a meditation chamber for Librarians.Perfect.
Wrote up a piece of writefaggotry, the first one I've ever considered posting to /tg/ for anything, and I've considered linking it as a mediafire later, as soon as figure out how to work it.One quick question, how are we about indirect references to Moby Dick? I know the Chapter Master is a direct one, but what about the whale itself? I promise I will not use the words, or variations thereof, of either "white" or "whale".I'll post it in a bit. Anyone who cares to wordswordswords my piece can give me some feedback.
>>27875169Post it! No harm in trying.
>>27875169http://www.mediafire.com/view/i156xabiy2nnjbg/%5BArchives_of_Inquisitor_Finch-Wreck_of_the_Pearl_Hydra%5D.docHere it is, in the raw, unedited form.>>27874241Perfect? Cool. So we're including a small chamber somewhere around the bridge that is built as a meditation chamber for Chapter Librarians included as a necessity because of the issues with navigation inside the Deep. "Roc's Nest" still a viable name? I can't remember the etymology of the word "Roc", but it sounds fitting enough for the setting.
>>27875253Roc comes from Arabic and Persian.
>>27875435So "Crow" instead? Are there any legendary corvids in Norse mythology?
>>27875634Oh, the fucking ravens are Huginn and Muninn. Silly me. I guess we can always just call them "Huginn Posts", thought that sounds a bit odd.Crow's Nest sounds like an appropriate substitute, as it is nautically accurate.
So...does this thread feel like finally tackling the issue of Void Touched, and all related elements?we've got numerous semi-conflicting ideas:squidificationcalcification (which some have interpreted as full on coralfication)The Lockerluminescent ink/paint for living marinesDreadnoughtsso...can we start to agree on what's real and what's not
>>27875770My votes:> Calcification (maybe as coralfication)> Because I don't want these to be the Squid marines> The Locker> So we have a closet to put all those freaky calcified marines> Dreadnoughts> I'd rather they don't calcify, let alone calcify the dreadnought itselfWhat is out for me:> Squidification> That shit is stupid> Luminescent Paint> I like the idea, but it's too much for me. Plus bioluminescence is already possible without having to go to extremes.
>>27869191I started working on a bit of fluff for the 4th company last night, and it's almost done. I can switch it to another company if you want. The bit I'm doing was a boarding action against orks, performed by the First tactical squad.
>>27875253Got a little bit of feedback for this writefaggotry from my roommate.His big concern: give the Chaplain a more states role in the story, he kind of disappears for the Inquisitor's investigation.Other than a few minor typos, he says it has a nice SCP-like feel, with a twinge of Lovecraftian which needs a buffer paragraph between him and his borderline-heretical revelation.I'll make some revisions to the story and post a second draft later. I'd love to hear any additional feedback.
One last post-midnight bump from the depths of page 5. Hope this thread is still alive tomorrow.
>>27877163I'm going to keep it alive, while I work on 4th company fluff. Almost finished with battle scene, will start working on their layout soon.
>>27869819How do you even put those emblems on a sheet from bolter chainsaw? Is it fotoshop, or is there a way of doing this?
>>27875762Could replace the word nest with 'perch' - Librarian's Perch, Huginn Perch. Alternatively just the Tower (derisively, the Ivory Tower) or the 'Island' ala aircraft carriers.
>>27877694>Huginn PerchI like that. Sounds nordic enough but not too space yiff.
>>27877694What kind of look does have? Does he wear normal power armor or terminator armor? What kind of weapon is his force weapon? Does he have a familiar? What's his backstory?
>>27877912I was defining a technical term, not a character.
>>27877973Dang, my bad. Though a Librarian with the name Huginn Perch sounds cool.
>>27878004You can still fluff out a Librarian. Do your research on the chapter and the role of chapter Librarians, read up on the 1d4chan page, and come up with a theme-fitting concept. We don't have much in the way of Librarian fluff anyway, might as well give it a shot.
>>27868904Gonna start on some writefaggotry for the Ninth Company, and their Strike Cruiser Rurik.
>>27869326I could make Thorkell the Tall captain of the Ninth. Does the people approve?
re-naming the tactical squad (4th company 1st tactical squad) I've been writing about, after finding that their name was already taken. Does 'Squad Black fist' sound okay? I was going to go with 'Squad Spear point' but I thought I'd save that for an assault squad.
>>27878098Sounds good, though how much of the history would you want to include?
>>27869050I'm writing a Chaplain bio
Claiming 8th company in the name of Captain Tyr and the Void Dogs.Writefaggotry incoming in about an hour.
>>27878129If you mean Thorkall's real history, I will most likely skirt around most of it. The whole "Danegeld" thingy appeals to me though, seeing as I'm Danish, so that might make its way into the writefaggotry
>>27878135Same guy here, can I claim the second company?
>>27875851I suggest a Flying Dutchman esque cruiser, which patrols the deepest, darkest depths of the Void, and is manned only by the "Damned", all the Calcified Marines who have unfortunately gone insane due to their current predicament. The "Damned" attack anything that isn't them on sight, so they are just herded into drop pods and launched at whatever they are attacking ala Blood angles death company
>>27878192Any company not named or fluffed on the wiki, or claimed in this thread, is game.Speaking of which I can't seem to access the wiki right now. I'll do a slew of updates asap.
>>27878054If they are viking themed and have a Void Kraken as their emblem, I think that they would be somewhat as longbearded mystics. Instead of a Psychic Hood, they would have small totemic idols mounted on their power armor's power packs that act as both psychic hood and standard.The Librarian's training is even more harrowing than that of other chapters, making the Star Krakens have relatively few of them due to the higher than average mortality rate. Yet this murderous training results in their Librarians being very powerful. Although they mostly spend their time in the Chapter Librarium, when they do go to fight, they are a force to be reckoned with. Their psychic powers are both a form of cryokinesis and Call of Cthulhu level of hallucination based powers. The standard Librarian force weapon would be a staff with a squid-like structure on top, embezzled with runes, yet other popular weapons among them are swords and axes, though there are Librarians that do sport other weapons.
>>27878295The Librarians also teach the younger recruits alongside the chapter's Chaplains. While the latter teach them on faith and chapter beliefs, the psykers pass down to the neophytes the stories and history of the chapter the same way Space Wolf Rune Priests do.
Incoming, long writefaggotry.They swept through the empty corridors like a wave washing ashore. Silent even in their immense power armor, ceramite boots landing silently against the floor. All throughout the bowels of the Call of Justice the marines of the Star Kraken’s 8th company stalked their prey.“Second squad, report” Brother-Captain Tyr said into his helmet’s vox. “Second squad responds. Nothing yet, captain. Lots of servitors down here, though. None functional. Whoever was here did these up right, half these combat servs didn’t even get their guns up before they got scragged” came the reply. Tyr blinked an affirmation to over his helmet’s display.“Third squad, report.”“Third squad responds, Brother-Captain. It appears as though the warp drive was sabotaged, as well as the primary fusion reactor. There are no signs of las-scoring or discarded bolter rounds though, but without any bodies to inspect I cannot say with certainty the events that transpired in this section of the vessel. Once we secure the bridge I can attempt to interface with the machine spirits and make further inquiries into the nature of this event” came the mechanic reply.“Fourth squad, report.”“Fourth squad responds. The armory is clear, captain. However…” There was an uneasy quality in the Sergeant’s voice Tyr couldn’t help but notice. Sergeant Rallos was one of the most veteran marines in the entire legion, and Tyr relied heavily on his breadth of knowledge and experience. It was rare to hear such doubt in his wizened voice.“The armory is empty. No weapons, no supplies, no bodies. If this vessel were raided, whoever did it managed to take the entirety of this armory without so much as a single shot being fired in response. That, or else this armory was empty, which is even more baffling. Even the most careless of crews would have had time to mount a defense here, but they didn’t. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Tyr nodded to himself, glancing around at his squad. Eight men, himself included, stood ready outside the bridge of this abandoned vessel. It had appeared suddenly on their ship’s auspex hours before, seeming to come out of the Warp, though no Warp exit signatures of any kind had been detected. It was small, too small to be out here alone, but by all appearances it was. Even worse, it was devoid of all bodies. A ship this size should have easily had six-hundred crew members, as well as scores of mindless servitors, but so far nothing.“All squads make your way towards my marker. We are preparing to enter the bridge” Tyr voxed for all squads to hear. Three blinking green lights on his helmet’s display screen indicated a confirmation.Exactly twelve minute later all four squads of the Star Kraken’s 4th company stood arrayed outside the Call of Justice’s bridge. 32 Astartes, hand-picked by the captain himself for this mission, stood ready for whatever lay inside those doors. Four marines, each armed with a massive Breacher Shield, stood shoulder to shoulder in front of the ceramite doors that heralded the entrance to the bridge. Behind them the remaining Battle-Brothers held their bolters at the ready. With an imperceptible nod from the captain, Sergeant Rallos stepped forward to the doors. With a thought he ignited the ancient machine spirits of his Power Fist, a hum of energy and crackling lightning erupting from the mechanisms within. He reared his hand, slamming it into the door with a practiced precision. The door buckled and warped, sparks and chunks of ceramite flying off of it. Two more strikes the door exploded inwards.
Shit, sorry, last one got all crammed together.******Without missing a beat the shielded marines rushed in, knowing that their brethren were less than a heartbeat behind them. Thirty-two marines streamed in with seamless precision, decades of ship-to-ship combat preparing them for this exact scenario. They were prepared for any manner of enemy to be unleashed upon them. But that is not what they found.“Throne of Light…” someone muttered over the vox channel. It was Brother Thierolf of the second squad. He looked back at Captain Tyr, his shock evident even through his helmet.The room was a massacre. Tyr’s helmet immediately registered fifty-odd targets, with more popping up as he scanned throughout the room. Blood coated the wall in arterial streaks, painting the grey room a sickly burnished red color. Uniformed Imperial Navy officers had their once white coats stained with their own blood. But the Naval Officers weren’t what the squads were looking at.Arrayed at the front of the room were six dead Astartes, sprawled ingloriously near the central console of the bridge. All save one, whose dying fury was preserved in his final moments, his body half slumped against a console, his gauntleted hand gripped inhumanly tight around the neck of some unfortunate figure.Sergeant Rallos stepped forward; the servos of his ancient armor grinding slightly as he knelt down to inspect a body. This one was certainly not an Imperial Officer.
“Eldar…” he muttered. He magnetically sealed his bolter to his thigh and reached down slowly with his free hand. The corpse was thin, almost waif-like, but it belied a grace and agility that even Astartes paled in comparison to. Its skin was a black as coal, its features sharp and angular. It wore armor of interlapping plates, spikes jutted seemingly at random from the chest and shoulders. Its torso was blown apart by repeated las-fire and bolter rounds.“Their dark kin, it seems” Tyr added. It was beginning to make a lot more sense now.“Likely a raid. They must have come from their hidden realm somewhere nearby. The reaped quite a toll, it would seem.” Tyr wanted to retch. There couldn’t be more than seventy crew members here, which meant that the raiders had likely made off with the rest as prisoners. He muttered a silent prayer to the Emperor for those who were taken.He stepped towards the front of the bridge, staring at the dead Astartes on the ground. The one who had remained standing even in death had one of the foul Xenos still in his hand. The Eldar’s face was locked in an expression somewhere between ecstasy and agony.
“Warp take you, Xenos scum” Brother Thierolf said, his voice filled with spite. He knelt and examined his fallen brother before turning to his captain. “Captain, what chapter are they from? Their armor is painted black…but they all have different sigils on their pauldrons” Thierolf astutely noticed. Tyr nodded.“They’re Deathwatch, from the Ordo Xenos of the Inquisition. Various chapters across the Imperium send marines to honor ancient agreements between them and the Inquisition. They typically operate in small squads, usually accompanying or working directly with the Inquisition. But why they are out here…alone…” he trailed off.“This does not make sense” Rallos said, echoing the captain’s thoughts. “Why are they out here alone? A ship this size can’t be far from an outpost or fleet of some kind. Furthermore, why are they all on the bridge?” the veteran sergeant was right. A raiding party, even one as skilled as the Eldar, could never hope to overtake this ship which such speed. The vaunted Deathwatch would never be so lax as to let their entire ship be overtaken so quickly. This whole scenario reeked of a last stand, yet the entirety of the ship seemed untouched by this battle.“They were defending something. Or someone.” Thierolf said. Tyr gave a silent agreement. For all his faults, Brother Thierolf had a keen mind. Tyr stepped towards the center console, running his hands slowly over the panel.“Brother Torvald,” Tyr voxed “do your best to interface with the ships machine spirits. Find out what happened here”. From the back a marine, larger than the rest, stepped forward. A great harness of mechandrites and tools were grafted to his chest plate, and in his arm he carried a massive axe, inscribed with the holy runes and sigils of the Adeptus Mechanicus.
He went to work silently, his augmented mind interfacing with the ancient machine spirits that filled the ship. Within moments auxiliary power was restored, and the bridge came alive with lights and sounds. Tyr stepped lightly around the bodies of his fallen brothers, inspecting the curious pattern in which they lay. Almost in a prefect crescent, forming a barrier around the area where Torvald now worked. They had sacrificed every tactical advantage they had to stand their ground at this place. But why?“Lots of good equipment here, Captain” Sergeant Rallos dared to say. Several brothers jerked their heads in his direction, disapproving looks evident behind their helmets. “Just sayin’. Who knows the next time we’ll be able to repair our arms and armor, way out here in the Deep. They fought well; fought hard, surely, but what good does all this do them now?” He argued.“You would disrespect your fallen brothers like this, Sergeant?” Rallos spat. “Is this how you imagine our vaunted chapter behaves? Looting from out fallen brothers as though they were pirates, or xenos scum?” the veteran sergeant chided.The younger marine snickered, rising to face Rallos. “Everything I do I do for the Emperor and our Imperium. And you know well as I that here, in the Deep, there’s no light by which to see what we do. We’re alone out here.” For a moment the two stood, face to face, silent and grim.
“All the more reason we must do what is right.” Brother-Captain Tyr responded, strong and stern. Even without his vox his voice rang strong and clear. “A man’s true soul is revealed by what he does in the dark. The Emperor knows this, and he knows what he asks of those sons he sends willingly into the darkness beyond his sight. We, perhaps more than any other chapter, must always act with honor and discipline. Even though our actions, whatever they may be, may go unjudged, we will know, and come our last judgment in the Final Depths, the Emperor will know.” For a long moment there was silence as his words sank in minds of every soldier in the room.“Captain,” Torvald spoke, his mechanically altered voice cutting straight to the captain’s helm. “It is all gone. All records, vid logs, and history of this ship have been thoroughly and permanently erased. Even the machine spirit has been…silenced.” Tyr could sense a hint of uneasiness even in Torvald’s robotic tone. “I postulate that the final minutes of this ship, and its crew’s, life were spent destroying every piece of evidence about this ship or its purpose” he finished. “Can it be salvaged? Repaired?” The captain asked. For a long moment Torvald was silent, his mechandrites whirring and ticking away at the console.“There are perhaps salvageable pieces among the ship, but I lack the technical ability to repair damage such as has been done to its cogitators.” Klaxons erupted suddenly, cutting the tech priest off from his speech. He glanced up momentarily, looking at something only his eyes could see, and then threw himself back at the controls.
“Give me an update, Torvald” Tyr said frantically, unhinging his bolter from his side and drawing his chainsword. All around him troopers moved into position. The shielded brothers up front, tactical marines moving behind them. Sergeant Rallos ignited him Power Fist, drawing his bolter to stand behind Brother Thierolf.“Auspex reads mass-movement coming from below decks. Fifty….Correction…One-hundred plus individual targets moving with alarming speed. Logic suggests they are converging on the bridge.” Torvald mumbled, fully engrossed within the ships systems. “Approximately eighty-five seconds until they arrive”.Captain Tyr stood in front of his men, turning to face them.“Astartes of the 8th company!” He boomed, his voice augmented by the speakers in his helmet. “The xenos scum think us weak, think us vulnerable. They think they a trap has been sprung. And they’re right! They’ve saved us the trouble of tracking them down, so let’s repair their generosity with some of our own!” The troops around him erupted into howls of fury and vigor, chains swords whirring through the air.“Void Dogs,” The captain howled, invoking the company’s well-earned nickname, “Show these abominations the meaning of fury!”
Moments later, shadows erupted from the door. Howling, disfigured, grotesque things swarmed through the door, clawing and rending each other to throw themselves at the 8th company. Bolters erupted, tearing through flesh and bone and armor. But where each one fell, three more appeared.Captain Tyr picked his targets carefully, his aim steady and sure amidst the chaos. A bolter round took the head off a creature, but if it minded it did not show it. Another hit some sort of chemical tank attached to the back of another, spraying a nearby grotesque in a spray of acid. They clambered over each other, but none could penetrate the deadly field of fire the Void Dogs were laying down.A barely spherical ball of claws and limbs flew through the air, slamming into Sergeant Rallos. He went down, his bolter knocked from his hand. The thing thrashed and mauled, rending deep gouges in the Sergeants armor, his Power Fist pinned at his side. A whir of glittering white teeth split the thing in two, gore and viscera splattering all the marines nearby.“Get up, you old dog” Thierolf said, grabbing the Sergeants outstretched hand and hoisting him up, “you’re not done yet”.
>>27878426>>27878465>>27878484>>27878497>>27878510>>27878520>>27878528>>27878546>>27878555I like where this is going.
As suddenly as it began, it was over. Score of the hideous creatures lay twisting and writhing in piles on the floor. The marines checked their brethren, ensuring none had fallen in the firefight, none had.“Captain Tyr to Hafgufa, come in” The captain said, opening a vox to the companies strike cruiser waiting nearby. After a moment he was met with a response from the command vessel.“The ship is infested, and unsalvageable. We’re returning shortly. As soon as you detect our Thunderhawks approaching, scuttle the Call of Justice.” He received an affirmation, and turned to his brothers, who were waiting for the order he was about to give.“Second squad, take our fallen brethren. Third squad, take point. We’re headed home.”
Star Krakens, 8th Company. Also known as the “Void Dogs”.Specialize in sabotage and hit-and-run attacks. Attempt to strike quickly before retreating back to approach again at a different angle. Often fond of dropping in several squads of troops, faking a full withdrawal but leaving a squad to sabotage and relay information within the ship, sometimes for months at a time. Formerly led by their notorious Captain Rayner, denounced by many as more of a pirate than an Astartes. He was a charismatic leader who led his men by example, and followed a rigid system of honor referred to as the “Code of the Deep”. The Code of the Deep is an ancient code that details the guidelines that servants of the Emperor should take in executing raids and wars against the enemies of the Imperium. It venerates combat, and its followers believe that when they finally die, hopefully in battle, they will stand before the Emperor and their Primarch, who will judge them either worthy of standing beside them for eternity or being cursed to the boundless Deep.
Captain Tyr has been acting captain of the 8th Company for almost a decade now. When assaulting a thought to be derelict Chaos vessel, Captain Rayner and a handful of the most veteran members of the company disappeared when the warp drives suddenly activated, ripping them from real space into the Warp. Rayner had placed his First Mate Tyr as acting captain in his absence, which many of the 8th company find highly suspicious, and still to this day suspect foul play on before of Captain Tyr.Captain Tyr, however, had great respect for his mentor and friend Captain Rayner. He feels himself lacking the charismatic and daring leadership that was key to holding together the motley crew of the 8th company. He strives to hold on to the tenets of the Code while also protecting his crew.8th Company has a reputation for being looters, and some would call cowards because of their hit and run tactics. But they value quick, well planned, precise strikes designed to rip the heart from the enemy before they have a chance to mount a response. They understand the value of tactical retreat, and are fond of planting explosive to cripple their opponents retreat.They maintain the standard arrangement of a single scout squadron, 5 tactical squadrons, 2 assault squadrons, one devastator squadron, and one veteran squadron However, all members are trained in advanced “scout” tactics such as stealth, infiltration, and demolitions due to their preference of such tactics. They have lost many of their veterans since the disappearance of Captain Rayner.
>>27875851Writefag with the Void-Touched here, reposting my attempt at creating a slightly altered approach to the issue:>The Void-Touched>The 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.[cont.]
>>27878671>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. From that moment on, the battle brothers would take to paint runes on their power armour in the blood of their mutated brothers, giving them an eerie glow.>To 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 martyrs to exchange information across a battle in a much faster and much more detailed way.
Here's the summary for our dear Chaplain:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Even among a Chapter of frightening warriors, Siewurd of Nine Nails is a fearsome servant of Humanity. Standing at an imposing seven-and-a-half feet tall in his Power Armor, Siewurd towers over lesser warriors of the Emperor, and the intensity of The High Chaplain’s will is almost tangible, even among others of the Astartes. His black armor is decorated subtly with twisting brass-inlaid bas-relief images of tentacles, pierced with nails and writhing over his armor like vines. Beneath his traditional skull-helmet, augmented with filtration cables, is a face that has been described by the renowned Inquisitor Gaius Kajerian as “unnerving to the eye and to the spirit.” His flesh is pale and haggard, with pockmarked skin stretched thin over jutting cheekbones; scars of various kinds crisscross most of his body. His biological lower jaw has long since been taken from him, and he habitually grinds the adamantite teeth of his cybernetic prosthetic jaw. His eyes are the inkiest of black, and runic wards of protection, faith, and penance are carved into his flesh in a band that crosses his face, just below the eyes. With his left arm, he is entrusted with the mighty Dagonssultr, The Hunger of the Deep . This terrifying weapon is a chain fist incorporating a Crozius Arcanum, and the massive saw blade is etched with holy writings and scripts of purgation and vengeance. The relic is one of the oldest weapons in the chapter, dating back to the days of Achab the Exile, and it is entitled of all High Chaplains. The weapon is worth considerably more than Siewurd himself, and his squad is entrusted to choose the Maw over the Chaplain's body, if necessary. He also wields a long power spear known as Gungnir, and occasionally a storm bolter or bolt pistol when ranged combat is required.
>>27878680So they'd be like both Dreadnoughts and walker-like mission command?
>>27878694Siewurd’s right arm is a far different story. Much earlier in his life as an Astartes, when he was a newly appointed Chaplain in the Fourth Company, he was entrusted to lead a mission onto the world of Jjojos, a noxious sulfur world that had been belched out of the Deep quite suddenly. Their task was to conduct initial reconnaissance for the planet, and determine whether or not further monitoring of the world would be required. With a hearty squad of ten Krakens, all trained for battle, the Astartes landed on the sulfur world and quickly located signs of life; ruins of the hated Eldar, long since abandoned…or so it seemed. What the Astartes could not detect was an ancient Eldar communications array, and the presence of the Battle-Brothers triggered its reactivation…and the reactivation of its Wraithguard protectors. The bony constructs caught the Battle-Brothers off guard, and although they fought bravely, there were simply too many. By the time the group returned to the Thunderhawk transport they arrived on to make their mistake, only two of the original party survived; a certain Brother Majnus and Siewurd himself. Although their deaths were in no way Siewurd’s direct fault, he blamed himself for their deaths, and grieved greatly for it. In self-inflicted penance, he drove nine long runic nails into his arm, one for each of his fallen brothers, and he displays these nails openly as a sign of what he considers to be his greatest failure.
>>27878702Siewurd is not the kind to forget, and since his earliest days as a Chaplain he has vowed to dedicate his life to nothing but the service of the chapter. Around his fellow Battle-Brothers he is cold, distant, and eerily silent; when he speaks, it is in gravelly tones and short words. There are, however, two exceptions to this behavior. The first is his oratory, legendary among the chapter for its complexity, intensity, and solemnity. The second is his skill with the ritual Hymns of the chapter, and when these complex sagas are performed, it is often Siewurd’s deep resonance that carries the furthest and the loudest.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------More writefaggotry to come tomorrow; it's 4 AM
>The Ten-Flag Council>When 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.>Fearing 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.[cont.]
>>27878697Probably more like the latter, because I could imagine the calcification keeps them somewhat a little limited in their reflexes and the modified life-support systems would make the dreadnought's pilot more vulnerable. I'd imagine they would be equipped more like a Hellfire pattern with added mission command utilities.
>>27878716>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: all men must agree on a matter before it is settled.”[cont.]
>>27878739>Inspired by his words, some rose to applaud, but then Birgir Brynjarrson, then 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.
Does anyone think there's potential to expand the battle cry? I think it could be made into a full oath, which the battle cry is an extract from. Something like;In darkness dwells that fearsome mightOf which we summon to our side.In war and in battle, in brawl and in fightOur blows do upon that tide of darkness ride.And so on. I could do a bit more, if anyone likes the idea.
>>27878733Hellfire mission command Dreds? That's neat. They support the force with their firepower and feed them with data on where to strike. Awesome and practical.
>>27878770On one hand, it would be awesome to expand what is the Kraken's battlecry into a sung prayer which incorporates all neat kinds of philosophy and indoctrination which is summarised in the initial battlecry.On the other hand, we sort of established that the Krakens are very utilitarian, which might contradict with this idea.I'd say we should go for it, though - Let the Krakens have their battle-prayer-cry!
>>27878829I'd say that they would usually stick to their current battlecry, but when they would face a really powerful enemy (like a large force of Chaos Marines or Biel-Tan's Swordwind), then they would chant their battle-prayer-cry. This would also signal that the situation is about to kick into overdrive.
>>27878861>>27878829I was imagining it being intoned before the battle, in the drop pod (or in our case, the boarding torpedo) before they attack. And the last line is a repeat of the first, so they say 'In Darkness Dwells!' just before they attack. A battle prayer is cool to though.So I should do some more?
Anyone want to do some collaborative writefagging? I got a lot of time on my hands for the next few weeks and if someone would like to do some writing, maybe two different companies coming together to do something sweet, I'd be down.
before I leave for work I wanted to post a WIP I'm doing for the Mariner and I need to know something; we never discussed what kind of armor he would wear or if he wore any armor at all. Right now I'm just putting him in an old, beat up suit of power armor but I'm afraid I'm making it too much like Emps and the Golden Throne. If anyone has any helpful comments please let me know.
>>27878872At the moment I'm thinking about what to do with >>27878295, and >>27878317.Someone has to fluff those Librarians and some help would be needed. I don't want it to be Mary Sueish and sometimes I'm close to crossing that border.>>27878866Do it Deep One.
>>27878872I'm definitely interested. I'm just finishing my first piece for the project 8I've been saying that for hours), though it's a bit long. It's four A4 pages and counting, so I'm not sure if I should just plonk it on the wiki.Anyway, I have a holiday over the next week, so writing is something I want to do. I'm in charge of the fourth company. Do you have any specific ideas?>>27878894Very nice, though might i suggest you emphasise the aquila even more?
>>27878894Like any Raven Guard successor or Raven Guard. A Corvus Armor. Yet modified to suit into the Star Krakens theme.
>>27878903Alright I'll make it more pronounced. Wasn't there a thought going around that the Aquila is stuck to his armor somehow?
>>27878919I believe it was going to be encrusted into the armour by age, but I'm not sure where that was written. I was going to say that perhaps it should sit at a slightly lopsided angle, the show that it's not a part of the armour, but on a second look at the picture, it's clearly hung around his neck now.
>>27878917Given how old he his are there any other power armors that he could wear that would be believable?
>>27878903Anything, really. Since the chapter is so new we should try and do something to kind of establish their story and their ideas.Go ahead and finish your 4th company writing, I'll read that and then maybe we can brainstorm something that our two companies would feel the need to work together on.
>>27878903The amount of writefaggotry on this project is unheard of. Don't dump any more on the wiki just yet, I have a plan for streamlining it, instead put your story into a word document and/or pastebin and I'll implement it soon (next 3 - 5) hours.Thanks!
>>27878919Since it's a Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner theme you really need to have the Aquila hanging off his chest as a necklace. I think he should have no armor, and the aquila is massive and it is this huge weight to bear.
>>27878934To make him more believable...maybe a ornament Heresy-era armor with some Corvus armor elements and that aforementioned Aquila. Or dunno.
>>27878952Alright so the Aquila is a visual interpretation of the guilt he feels over losing all of his men, I like that idea. Wouldn't he still have some armor on him though just as a matter of tradition? I'm willing to scrap him wearing full power armor but he still needs something to wear that relates to his chapter.
>>27878949Okay, will do. It's not actually terribly chapter related, beyond the names and various characters and references. I mean, there's not a lot to distinguish it from any marine fighting in a battle against orks, except for the names and the fact that it's on board a ship.>>27878942Sounds good. I'll have a look at your writing as soon as I'm done.
>>27878983Well in RotAM they throw the albatross that the sailor kills around his neck as a punishment. I was just suggesting the no-armor part so it's more obvious that it's a huge burden to carry the weight. He could have just the pauldron with his chapter insignia.
>>27878949Okay, I really need to go but I'd like to put up the part that's finished. There's a little more that needs completing and editing, that details the rest of the mission and the arrival of the company captain, but this will do for now.http://www.mediafire.com/?dhapp5umr6rry2gI'll be back in a few hours to finally finish it, so if you could upload it to the wiki within 4-5 hours, that would be great. Thanks!
>>27878983Depictions of the Mariner in art for RotAM frequently have him shirtless and shoeless. If you want to keep him in his armor you could make the aquila huge, like it was formerly part of a ship's crest, and have it so that he's more or less chained in place.
>>27878426>>27878465>>27878484>>27878497>>27878510>>27878520>>27878528>>27878546>>27878555>>27878613>>27878626>>27878635Welp, you weren't joking when you said it was long. Excellent stuff though! I like it.>>27878671>>27878680I like this -a lot- more than what was being proposed last thread. A handful of marines unfortunate accident as opposed to a biological fault leaves out the potential for it to be edgy for the sake of a mutation.Good job man.>>27878694>>27878702>>27878708Welcome aboard Siewurd! I like the characterisation, I'm unsure about the whole crozius that is a chainfist, though I like the idea.>>27878749I like this again today.Looks like a good hustle so far fellow Krakens. I'm working on painting a tabletop marine in the Kraken Livery as we speak, and I'll have some writing for Mokoyll's company later on too.
Hi there people, I was thinking about those Librarians and I'll sum them up:Like mentioned before, the Star Krakens have relatively few Librarians due to the even more grueling training compared to other chapters. This results in a higher mortality rate, yet at the same time, those who survive to become Acolytum are on a straight way to become exceptionally powerful psykers.A Librarian of the Star Krakens is a mystic adorned with glowing runes and seen with a long beard. Usually they stay either in the Librarium chanting or collecting tomes of wisdom, or teaching the neophytes the Chapter's history and telling them legends. When they do enter the battlefield, they become a deadly force to be reckoned with. Having mastered cryokinesis and the ability to project horrid images into the minds of their enemies, the Librarians can send down ice shards that can punch through power armor or drive the most strong willed of warriors insane. The Librarians are deployed only when there is a probability that enemy psykers are present, or when the situation is difficult to handle.A Star Kraken Librarian's weapon of choice is a Force Spear that is decorated in the chapter's symbols and in glowing runes. Other weapons are the mighty swords and axes, yet there are some Librarium members that sport Power Fists or Lightning Claws.
>>27878770In darkness dwells that fearsome mightWhich heeds its summons to our sideThrough war and battle, brawl and fight,On black tides our blows do ride.I tried cleaning it up a little, matching syllable counts on the lines. I'm not sold on the third line, it's very choppy compared to the rest.
>>27879665I actually like the third line, I think it adds great into the rhythmic pattern of the rest.I'm having more trouble with the fourth line, it sort of doesn't make sense in my head.Maybe change it from "on black tides our blows do ride" to "on black tides our boats will ride"?Also, is there still potential to add more verses? We could make this battle-prayer-cry into a vast litany, taking on religious, military and historical aspects of the chapter, sung at initiation ceremonies, at special sermons and as an invocation of the Emperor's might when facing a terrible battle (for example at the eve of battle when Achab was abandoned, the whole chapter would sing the litany to bolster its morale for the massacre to come, and the Ten Flags would sing it in grief after they had left Achab to die as means to pray for redemption for their betrayal.)
>>27879640The mightiest of the Star Kraken Librarians is the Chief Librarian known as "The Black Mask". A Librarian that was once captured by Dark Eldar and tortured, he was finally saved by his brothers before the xenos could escape to Commorragh. However he suffered horribly, and as a result, he has to constantly wear a obsidian mask that would conceal his scars.The pain he suffered when held captive by the Dark Eldar resulted in his pain receptors being completely burned out. How he survived this without going insane was easy, for the training the Librarians underwent was much more murderous than among other chapters, and those who survived were always less than a handful, yet strong enough to become powerful mystics. In the Black Mask's case, he became powerful and knowledgeable enough to rise to the rank of Chief Librarian. Despite that, he isn't cut off from the rest of his brothers, yet maintains his bonds with them while those who underwent something similar would shut themselves away or never even utter a word. He however is a man of few words and only talks when the situation requires it.Walking with a enormous totemic idol (like all of the chapter's Librarians) on his armor's power pack and wielding the relic spear Grugnir, the Black Mask is a terrifying sight to whoever is facing the chapter. As he walks, the Black Mask turns his foes either into ice statues or turns them into drooling madmen by blasting their psyche with horrid hallucinations.The Black Mask is always a helpful advisor to the Chapter Council of Captains and will always aid them with his knowledge.
>>27879665In darkness dwells that fearsome mightWhich heeds its summons to our sideThrough war and battle, brawl and fight,On black tides our blows do ride.From a strange home we sail toward ports stranger still,On ships ancient and weary with weapons striking trueIn Death's name we travel, the Old King claims our killOur guns blaze blood hot, our enemies lay corpse blue
>>27879763Go for it, I like your fourth line better. I went and added a second verse here >>27879906 though we might want to keep it on the short side as to not make it unwieldy. There also might be two versions of it, one pre-Achab and a later one that is used instead.
>>27879906That's even better. Good when you are going to fight some extremely powerful enemies.
>>27879810I like the idea of the Mask having Grugnir better than the chaplain Siewurd having it some of the time.
>>27879949The Spear Grugnir is a relic passed from Chief Librarian to his successor. A force weapon of uncommon power, Grugnir will always pierce its quarry, is it a power armor, force field or even the armored plating of a Tyrranofex, nothing grants protection from it. Not only is this weapon re-inventing the word pierce, it somehow grants its user with a accuracy that only a Eldar could hope to match, as the weapon always strikes where it would hurt.
>>27880022I think that might a little too overt.
>>27880109Nah, if it had its own rules then it would simply ignore any save and penetrate. Although it may be quite powerful have to admit. Although the original Grugnir wielded by Odin was the same as in the above description. May it really should be toned down?
>>27880135I meant the reference, but if we were talking tabletop I'd run it as being able to ignore any save and penetrate once per game.
>>27880135Why not make it an AP2 lance weapon?give them their invuls. Or make them reroll them
>>27880204>>27880145But it's already a force weapons guys, isn't that powerful enough? I'm quite disconnected from the gaming side of things, so if I'm wrong I'd love if someone explained why
>>27880145That would be actually good. Having a weapon that ignores any save and penetrates each turn is OP, but once per turn is better. Added that the reason for this is that the penetrate part can only be pulled of by the Mask charging it with enough psychic force to execute it.>>27880204But everything wielded by a Librarian becomes a force weapon, so apart from that what you said, it would also be a force weapon.Although AP2 Lance is also devastating. Would like to see the Mask and Moloc in a duel on who's the most 'penetrative'.
>>27880244>>27880265Woah, did not know that.make it not a force weapon?Or make the force a test on 3d6 to activate.That way it's 50/50 you get it.Or just lance, not ap2A force weapon that ignores all saves is, frankly, bullshit.
>>27880285OK, Force Weapon, Lance Weapon.But it would allow once per turn to ignore all armor saves and penetrate due to the Black Mask needing to charge it with enough psychic force to pull something like that off.
>>27880285Librarian's weapons have been Force weapons by default for as long as I can remember.I don't know if they carried over the GK rules about different styles of force weapons doing different stuff to the new SM dex, but maybe we could just count it as a force halberd or something?
>>27880313Or you know what? Let's think about the rules later and go forth with fleshing out the Chapter.
>>27879906I like the idea of having a pre-Achab and Post-Achab litany, so here's my take on a Pre-Achab one:In Darkness Dwells that fearsome mightWhich heeds its summons to our sideThrough war and battle, brawl and fight,On black tides our boats will rideFrom strange home to stranger ports stillRoaming the depths, as is our fateOn ancients ships, by Emperor’s willOn the void’s winds that deliver our hateTen flags of ten heroes, lost in the darkTo resurface again when the time is rightManned by the lost ones is the old arkHear the oars strike in the sea with no light To chapter and master I now speak my vowTo ship and crew I give my lifeEmperor guide me to fight your foes nowEmperor guide me to win in this strife“Arise, arise!” the kraken is beckoned“Arise, arise!” with ten ship bells“Arise, arise!” all foes shall be reckoned“Arise, arise!” -In Darkness DwellsThe bit about "Chapter and _master_" being probably the one adjusted in the Post-Achab version, with "master" becoming "captain".
>>27880325Yeah, lets do that>>27880329I wasn't sold on the idea of a long verse for the litany but that's actually really cool
>>27880329I heard this to the tune of the Misty Mountains song from the Hobbit movie. Imagine the marines and serfs singing it as they toil around the battle barge.
>>27880311How about force weapon lance weaponYou can choose to activate the force weapon at 3d6 rather than the normal 2d6 to make it ap1 during your turn only (it's charging during opponent's combat phase).
>>27880351Thanks, I really just thought about having something to let the battle brothers indulge themselves in, taking bits from their lore, their religious cult and their battle doctrine to create a summary of all things a Kraken may need to remember.Also I reaaaaaally liked the idea of having a _song_ from which they took their battle cry.
>>27880329Delicious.>>27880351Definitively.Plus about those Librarians...I forgot to mention that they don't have psychic hoods. Instead they have totemic idols on their power packs that work as both hoods and personal standards (think like the Brotherhood of Megalith with their constructs).>>27880376Niiice.>>27880401Let's keep this for later. Now it's fleshing out time.
Beginning wiki updates.
>>27880329>>27880376How about not only this song in particular, but many different songs?Like this is what the Krakens do in their past time/during all other activities - They sing.>Having an unusually often tendency to join together in song, the Star Krakens have developed intensely strong voices which become booming battle cries in combat, exceeding even the massive vocal power of other chapters.>The Star Krakens discipline and devotion to their holy duty is unquestioned, however by a twist of fate, their custom to hold thralls of convicted space pirates and social outcasts on their ships, many songs in different Imperial dialects and from varying cultural descend have found their ways into the repertoire of the fleet based chapter.>Ranging from the bawdy to the ceremonial, from the historical to the fairytale, those songs have enriched the chapter's understanding of the many planets and cultures that surround the Deep and, despite being very reclusive, strengthened the bond to their home and its civilians that they have sworn to protect."
>>27880606Institutionally musical and badass. Plus that would be a cool idea.
>>27880606I wouldn't have them sing ALL the time, but they should be famous for chants, shanties and liturgical tunes (like monks used to do in the middle ages - take a bawdy tune and replace the racy lyrics with pious ones), influencing the sector with their songs. Also, to promote the viking theme, each of the 10 companies would have eddas, sung poems where their exploits and famous battles would be recited.
>>27880545Back a bit early, have you started updating my one, or can I finish it, then re-upload it later?>>27880606Loving this idea.>MFW the little suggestion I made earlier with a verse I wrote in two minutes has been picked up as a part of the lore.
>>27880676I've just started now, although I've downloaded the word document. I'll be around for the next two or so hours if you'd like to add more to it.Basically I'm separating the writefags into two sections: Tales - strories under 1000 words are posted straight on the wiki and Chronicles - stories over 1000 words have short summaries posted alongside a link to another wiki page where they may be read in full.Saves the wiki page becoming nothing buts wordswordswords.Beginning company panel update. Will add new writefaggotry from this thread in the coming hour. Is there anything of note I should also add while I'm about?
>>27880708If I could quickly finish my summary of the fourth comapany to go on the roster, would you add that too? to save there being lots of small updates.
>>27880718Go for it, man. I've gotta skim the thread a few times to get the details down anyway.
>>27880758>The fourth company is lead not by one captain, but a council of three. These marines are known are the points, three to match the trident they are carried by. The first is Brother Captain Olavi, the sea captain. It is Olavi’s responsibility to direct the ship in a battle, and he leaves the helm on for the rare in atmosphere battles the company fights in. Second is Brother Captain Kester, blade captain. Kester is master of the company’s armoury and supplies, keeping the ship and the crew stocked with weapons and rations. He also commands the first assault squad, Squad Spear point. Finally, there is the Brother Captain Nyran, the Kraken captain and leader of the company veterans. It is his duty to command the ship in times of travel, and to represent the company to all outsiders, whether they be Star krakens, other chapters or something else entirely. Officially no captain has more power than the others, but Nyran is younger, bolder, more heroic and more influential than his two colleagues. If tempted to gossip, members of the fourth company will mention the disparaging looks or harsh words he occasionally directs at the other points.I know it's a bit different, but I plan to fluff out and expand on it over time.
>>27880879Awesome. Just so you know I'm going to condense that down to a few lines. I'll cherry pick the best of the best, and we'll use the leftover best elsewhere.
>>27880940Yeah, I realised it was a bit bulky, but it's hard to edit your baby. I'll have about another page for the battle scene (which I still haven't got a name for) sometime in the next hour.
>>27880879Does the fourth company have any particular fighting style or specialty? They don't have to, mind, that's just how the other summaries have panned out. Generally they go:>Namedrop the commander, brief mention of the Company (and any oddities) and one fun fact.Everything else is golden, of course, but it belongs in Character bio's, or should be gussied up for writefaggotry. The roster is an intentionally brief summary, again to avoid a bulk section of wordswordswords.
Guys, I'm still curious about one thing:Should the Star Krakens employ Chem thrower weaponry instead of flamers?catcha: chapter esprins
>>27881017I dunno if that would be honorable. Or maybe instead of flamers...nitrogen throwers.
>>27881017Mite b cool.
>>27880982I was planning for them to hit the ship with boarding torpedoes, recon the ship and then strike hard with the two of the captains, leading their squads.So>Attack with tacticals, Scouts and Devastators>Find the best place to teleport in the assault marines and the best place for the veterans>The two captains race to the enemy bridge, competing for the gloryMaybe mention that Nyran and the veterans generally win the race, if there's space.>>27881031Aren't nitrogen throwers a weapon in bioshock one, which is terribly IC for the SK?
>>27880961>>27881057>Jointly commanded by Brother-Captain's Kester, Olavi and Nyran - the Blade, the Barrage, and the Kraken respectively - the Fourth Company are a highly disciplined Chapter, envied amongst some of their peers for the striking balance they've achieved between disciplined military unit, and a family-like clan. A balance, some say, the foolhardy new Kraken seems set to upset...(Waiting for the tick of approval before I post what you like)
>>27881017Flamers deplete oxygen, which a defending crew needs and an astartes in full armour does not. Always thought that seemed kind of perfect.
>>27881057IC? Dunno that short...is it something for overpowered? Or something that doesn't suit them? Or both?
>>27869819Are we decided on this colour scheme for the regular tacticals btw? Cause I'm about to start painting.
>>27881099Uhh, that's what I'll use for 3rd Company, but we never really reached a consensus.
>>27881099I hope not, cause I put the initial paint on mine yesterday and they had black up to the knees...Mokoyll, what's the name of the First Companies strike cruiser because I'm about to call it 'Mokoyll's Hammer' in honour of his penis
>>27881071The Barrage is a far better name, and I like the idea of them being a balance between a band of brothers and a disciplined military unit. Absolutely great, consider it vigorously ticked.>>27881092IC meaning in character. When I look at some of the art at the bottom, I can't get the image of Bio shock out of my head. If fits well with the theme.
>>27881133So nitrogen throwers would work with them? Could be useful when fighting enemies that are flame proof.And indeed. Give some of the marines drills and little girls and we have Big Daddies.
>>27881133Huzzah!Adding two new tales and one new chronicle to the wiki, then a shower, then I'll return.
>>27881130I'm ok with Mokoyll's hammer for the stand in name, I might replace it if I find something better and it doesn't contradict anyone elses stories later on when I get my writing stuff on the first company done.Should I have put it on the wiki that I was working on the 1st company btw?
>>27875253Draft 2 is up:http://www.mediafire.com/view/334j28qkihhyvx8/%5BArchives_of_Inquisitor_Finch-Wreck_of_the_Pearl_Hydra%5D_Draft_2.docIf anyone cares to read it this time, it is rather long for me.
I have returned from my mighty pilgrimage (aka work).I will try and get the Thorolfr/Sworgar writefag finished today, and I still need to come up with something for the Sixth Company.Can we add the geography of the Deep to the t-do list?
>>27881133>>27881157We intentionally moved away from Bioshock references in thread 2, as we wanted to avoid the Star Kraken's becoming this weeks "Gimmick Chapter"That art was added because the drawfag started it in thread 1 and only rejoined us in thread 3, missing the consensus, and because, well, it's fucking ace...
>>27881157>>27881133I feel I should play devils advocate here and remind you guys that we've had a strict "No referencing Bioshock" policy since thread one.I'm sure nitrogen throwers could be used for something though, maybe one of the companies prefers them for their own warfare style
>>27881157>Give some of the marines drills and little girls and we have Big Daddies.Was I the only one picturing our dreadnaughts as big daddies? I probably was. If we ever get our hands on centurion armour, they can be big daddies.I actually really dislike centurion armour, it's just the most suited armour to big daddies>>27881172I'll add the new paragraphs myself to speed things up.>>27881185I'll get to it in a minute, looks interesting.>>27881197Fair enough, I'd like to avoid us being a gimmick as well. It just sprang to mind when he mentioned the nitrogen thrower.
>>27881180Considering the Strike Cruiser is older than Mokoyll, I think I'll just pick a name from the list in the second post and let you come up with one later.A word on 'claiming' chapters. Now that they're beginning to get fleshed out I think we should, gently, start relinquishing 'ownership' of the chapter. The captains are established, as are the tactics, if some other anon wanders in in Thread 6 and wants to drum out a totally boss story about that time the Herlov battled a Eldar Corsair and won, and that dude isn't whoever 'owns' the fifth company, we should probably let him. Right?
>>27881224Definitely. I'm interested in fleshing out the 4th company captains, the veterans and the first tactical squad. Anything else in the company is fair game, and those groups will be after I've written a little about them.
>>27881211It'll be under the Chronicle section in abooout six minutes.
>>27881211Well, why don't we have a few sketches done of Centurion armor? Maybe we can make some modifications for this chapter. I feel it really works for the aesthetic, and the fluff, especially with the melee variant that looks like it's built as a bastion breacher.
>>27881254Thanks, though there's no rush.>>27881268Isn't centurion really, really rare? Rarer even then terminator armour? I haven't really checked out the back story about it.
>>27881224Oh completely. If anyone wants to write up stuff on anything they're free and welcome to, I think the idea of "claiming" the companies was more of a thing to lay down a base idea for what that captain and his tactics are like, and how that boils down to the marines. Which allows for re-interpretation by anyone who wanders in, with something to base their stuff on
>>27881180Could we... Could we name the 1st company's ship the "In Darkness Dwells"?N-Not that I want to impose, I just thought it would be coolandpleaseohEmperordon'tshootmewithscaryeyelasers.
>>27881334I dunno, I'm not fussy about the name of the ship, but I'm not sure about naming it after the chapter's battlecry.I think Mokoyll's Hammer is a good nickname for it while Mokoyll is the captain, but I think as the anon above said perhaps we can use one of the old ship names from the second thread
>>27881334Sounds neat. It reminds me of the naming conventions of Halo starships, which I always found to be great (save for Infinity).>>27881295Possibly. But it'd be something the Chapter could indeed find useful for cutting through particularly stubborn hulls. We don't have to have any, but it would still be neat to include at least a little aside, so anyone wanting to include them can write about it.Also, just because the chapter is low of Terminator suits doesn't mean they're low on everything else. They could have found some Centurions, earned them from other chapters, or sent away for some or been "gifted" a few.
>>27881197>>27881208>>27881211Awww...well, have to get over this then. No Bioshock here then (although those marine helmets that look like Big Daddies are awesome). Plus I'd really need some help on those Librarians. What I've written about them is probably sufficient enough, but there is something that keeps bothering me. Something that seems insufficient.
I've changed my mind already on the paint scheme (still haven't started) and I'm now gonna try this one.Bearing in mind I'm painting the sergeant, so I might make slight changes to the regular marines, such as removing the gold trim shoulder pads and the black stripe on the helmet.>>27881455Summarise the Librarian stuff so far, and I'll read while I'm doing the basecoat and see if I've any ideas for you
>>27881087Amusingly enough, I'm pretty sure flamer promethium carries their own oxygenation agent, since they burn underwater and in the void.Yes, I know it's stupid, but I'm just saying.
>>27881295Newb my man, what shall I name your tale in the Chronicles?
>>27881502But, surely, the fires they start would only frustrate the defenders whilst aiding the fireproof boarding party who have no need of oxygen.
>>27881477It's summarized in:>>27879640>>27880431And earlier:>>27878295>>27878317And about the Black Mask:>>27879810Hope it's sufficient.
>>27881504I've been trying to think of a name myself, and I settled on 'Black Fist Boarding'. It sounds okay, I think. My next little project will go in the tales section, and will be the origin of the squad name.
>>27881521That's true enough.Question is... do they have Kraken penetrator rounds?
>>27881551I was thinking about this; why do we use tempest bolts and not, well, kraken bolts?
>>27881551>Kraken penetrator roundsYou pun, good sir, but we have actually discussed this: The Star Kraken make almost exclusive use of Tempest rounds during boarding actions.
>>27881562So that we can disable an enemy vessel with precision destruction, and not just punch lots of holes in it as though it were a fine hunk of cheese.
>>27881574Well, that makes sense. I was mostly going for the pun, though, I'll admit that.
>>27881523I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallly like that.Like seriously that might be one of my favourite things so far.Has anyone any knowledge of Deathwatch chapter crap so we could do that in this thread?We've been talking about it since day one and Idk if there's much on it yet
>>27881589That's good answer, better than my reason (kraken's shooting krakens, haha so funneh). Serious question, does anyone mind me setting out chapter tradition of service studs to represent a centuries service?
>>27881589Also, those bolts are generally for long-range use. This doesn't really help in the close confines of a boarding action, even with the added armor piercing qualities.
>>27881622Personally I vote for Centuries in the Deep. Your service only counts whilst you're in the nebula.
>>27881681Hmm, that is a nice idea. Perhaps we have regular service studs for time, and a more ornate implant for time spent in the deep?
>>27881612I downloaded Rites of Battle this morning so that I could have a look at it (Dark Heresy OG yo) but man, my plate is so full right now with other Kraken/wiki stuff that I've got spaghetti all over the table. :/
>>27881698Silver studs for time in the company, Black studs for time in the Deep. No studs for serving in the Varangian Guard. Service is its own reward... That and the unofficial looting.
>wiki has been up for about three days>"This page has been accessed 1,709 times."Dayum.
>>27881612>>27881707I've played Deathwatch once or twice, so I'll have a look at it and come back. I'm also trying to finish Black Fist Boarding, read some of the longer bits of writing and start my next tale, so don't expect anything to happen to quickly.>>27881720Sounds good, though I suggest they be specifically century service studs. I also might mention that the black studs have Krakens carved into them.
>>27881771>have Kraken carved into themNice, I like it.VOID DOG, you have until I return from bathing to name your Chronicle, or else it shall be named: "Can't Keep a Void Dog Down."
>>27881827>VOID DOG, you have until I return from bathing to name your Chronicle, or else it shall be named: "Can't Keep a Void Dog Down."Disregard, I just thought of a far more efficient way of archiving the chronicles using a false break. Newb you can change the name of yours as well if you decide on a name you like better at a later date. Just change it in the wiki whilst leaving the "StarKrakChro#" identifier alone.
Does anyone mind if we have an acting Captain who's just a normal human? He'd technically be second-in-command in ranks, but due to his experience and the lack of experience in the current Captain (literally, just promoted) he's been bumped up a few notches.I'm going to be doing an homage to The Bounty, and I'd like to see a more human side to things.
>>27882218Sure. As long as it's a normal human marine.
Finally finished Black Fist Boarding, ending on 3900 words. Not too bad, methinks. I'm going to read some of the longer bits of writing, then start to go though the Rites of Battle Deathwatch book. After that I'll start on a tale for the chapter, part of 4th companies mythology.Great work guys, glad to be a part of this. Also, I'm dropping the newb from my name to commemorate this story. Actually, I'm changing it all together.>Signed, Kraken newb.
>>27882236It absolutely, positively, has to be a Marine?
>>27882280It wouldn't really make any sense with the isolationist approach / mysticism thing we've gone with so far to have anyone but one of the marines in charge of something important on board a shup
>>27882316I may have to rethink my strategy somewhat.
>>27882280I think a Rogue Trader should work just as fine, but that's my personal opinion.
>>27882331If you really want to write something from a human's perspective, make a story about a Rogue Trader dynasty that's had dealings in the Deep and liaise with the Krakens on a regular basis.
>>27882280The Captain of the Vessel is also, traditionally, the Captain of the Company. On the tabletop it'd be like fielding a marine force and your only HQ was a lone Imperial Guardsman.On top of that the crew of Strike Cruisers are generally made up of Marines, Acolytes (neophytes or is that just BT), Serfs (marines who failed at some step in the process and didn't die) and Servitors (marines who did die). There's not a lot of room for a normal human in that mix.Then again characters of note are also characters of exception. If the sixth company Brother-Captain currently delegates all shipboard command duties to a normal dude from bangaroo there's no particular reason why that's *wrong*
>>27882353I agree with this.
>>27882362>delegates all command dutiesAnd this is where the mutiny comes in. I'll think about it, maybe I'll just stick with Marines.
>>27882362Don't forget the Thralls.Oh my god the Thralls are almost the most awesomest part of this.
>>27882874Well, uhm... I thought, you know - Maybe we decided to ditch this idea, you see - Either way, back in thread #1, we came up with the idea of having the strike cruisers of the Krakens be manned with Thralls: Pirates that had been captured by the Krakens, as well as other criminals and outcasts gathered from the world surrounding the Deep to serve on those ships as punishment.We didn't really specify whether it's just for a duration or for eternity, but it was to further emphasize the Viking theme and it would add to my idea of the Krakens having a broad repertoire of songs they would join together to perform at befitting occasions.
Does anyone saved the thread? I can save it if you want?
>>27883245I save each thread, and the techpriest archives them. But feel free!>>27882933I think only this exists of that original idea. I'm all for bringing it back, however. The idea has evolved from "Viking-nautical" to "Nautical-viking" since the first thread, if you follow my meaning.http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Star_Krakens#Judgement_by_the_Void
>>27882933That's a pretty cool idea though. I'm sure someone will pick it up and run with it.Is anyone still interested in the Rites of Battle Chapter creation stuff for Death watch, because I've had a bit of read now.
>>27883353Always, what've you got?
>>27883332Don't know how much it matters but I've been trying to bring it a little more towards the Viking side with the 2nd company writings I've been working on as well as with a story featuring the good Chaplain himself.I'm trying to get a runic focus going
>>27883332Saved. Praised be THE EMPEROR.
>>27882933>>27883332>>27883388I wrote Judgement by the Void having not read anything about the Thralls, and I really like that idea.I'll edit Judgement to explicitly mention extremely heretical prisoners or something instead of just "Prisoners".
>>27883365Well, it's pretty straight forward. All you need to do are make the obvious choices to do with founders, when they were founded and why and so on. I'm writing up a little description of how to field a Star Kraken in Death watch, and it'll be finished... eventually.Which sounds most like us?1 Swift as the Wind2 Cleanse and Purify3 No Mercy, No Resepite4 Purity Above All5 Scions of Mars6 See, But Don’t be e Seen7 Suffer Not the Alien to Live8 Suffer Not the Work of Heretics9 Brothers in Battle10 Uphold the Honour of the Emperor
>>27883540Ehhh...I'm thinking 3, 6 or 9 but I don't have any idea what they would mean
>>27883467Could work. Making pirates serve penance as penal labor aboard the fleet. This is actually very close to source-material marines in the original Rogue Trader 40k game. They'd be made of pirates, gangers, and criminals so you'd know they were tough. Could be that chapter recruitment is based off of this idea, that those who can navigate this void are worthy of joining its denizens. And it fits with the "Suffer the Heretic not to Live" philosophy, as these prisoners are "drowned", executed symbolically, leaving only an initiate behind. I imagine that Chaos-tainted prisoners are killed outright, each prisoner thoroughly vetted as a potential candidate.A further connection is press-ganging (I think that's the term) of Imperial (British Empire) ships forcing sailors into service on their ships, which is also a neat nautical reference and further fits the fluff of this chapter as well as justifies the rest of this explanation. Really the whole thing knits together pretty neatly.
>>27883626Ignore it. It's those bloody Monodominants.
>>27883606>9Basically, it's about loving your brother. It means that the marine is loyal unto death or worse to his brother, and often considers every single space marine (loyalists only, obviously) to be his brother. The downside is that they end up viewing non-space marines as inferior and not truly worth loyalty.>6Default stealth view, don't rush head first into a fight. Very raven guard but not very Star Kraken.>3If you're going to start a job, you damn well finish it. When this sort of marine is engaged in a task, they let nothing stop them from seeing it to the end. The only problem is that they are liable to ignore orders from the command chain in order to pursue their goal.Is that a bit clearer?>>27883626>terminate with extreme prejudice any vehicle or personnel carrying Star Kraken insignia.That would first require loyalists to come to the great deep.
Are the blue-blood tattoos/designs glow-in-the-dark, or can we see them in the light.I've got a really cool vision in my head of a Marine, who seldom speaks except in dire situations, holding his hands together.All of his company stand around him wondering what he's going to say, what wise information will escape his lips, when the lights go out.After a few seconds their eyes adjust, and they can slowly make out the writing on the knuckles of the Marine's power glove.HOLD FAST>theholdfastpic.pjpg
>>27883710I've been wondering if we could work the hold fast pic into the fluff somewhere, and that is a nice idea.
>>27883770My plans for the 6th Company is to have a more turn of the century, British naval ship feel.As such I want to reference some movies, The Bounty, Master and Commander, etc.Plus I feel that HOLDFAST deserves a place in some writefagging
>>27883763Those bloody Monodominants I tell you...
>>27883710>>27883798That's neat.Would it be cooler if it was a group of allied guard or marines or something rather than his own company though? Can only pull that once on his own dudes, but endless opportunities to HOLD FAST in the wider scheme of things.>>27883705Not really grabbed by any of those... maybe someone else can pipe in?>>27883815The what nows?
>>27883798Holdfast is the name of the Strike Cruiser serving the Varangian Guard, if that's of any consequence.
>>27883679>>27883815I bet the Monodominants did this.
>>27883798Referencing is fine, but try to make it subtle. It gets out of hand so damn fast. If you've seen the Tiji sector, you'll know what I mean.
>>27883826They think they are too cool.>>27883838Thank you Inquisitor for clearing the Star Krakens name.
>>27883908Truly Imperial Justice is swift.
Still working on the Death watch stuff, and there's a few things I want to bring before the group.Do we think that there is any chance of mutation in the Gene-seed of our chapter?Do we believe there are any chances of serious flaws? There's one that attracts me called 'We Stand Alone' which is basically that the chapter is estranged form the Imperium for one reason or another.I have a pdf of the rule books, in case anyone wants to read it and help.
So is there still room for some other captain somewhere, since almost every spot has been taken.I'm asking this because I just logged on work and stuff and all the damned companies have been taken. Damn you work quick my brothers.
>>27884041Were you writing something completely different to what we've established? If not write for one of the existing companies, being mindful to respect the older fluff.Otherwise you could write for the Varangian Guard. The only restriction to your characters there is that they cannot be in the Deep.
>>27884041I think all of the company captains have been created, though most need fluffed out. I'm working on, partly, expanding the 4th company's captains. There are three, so there's definitely room for more than one person to work on them. Have a look at the roster, then get back to me if you're interested.Also, read this >>27880879
>>27883976>Mutation in the gene-seed I think that we'd agreed that there was a slight abberance that caused their eyes to be inky black and skin milky white, with the increased resistance to the void>Serious flaws - "We Stand Alone" I like the sound of that one, but it kinda contradicts the Varangians. You'd like to think that any Kraken drafted into the Deathwatch would have been a member of the varangians. But ofc, that's just my opinion
>>27883838Inquisitor.If the stories are true about the Star Krakens' gene-seed defects (tentacled faces etc), this may constitute mutation, and thus, heresy.
>>27883838If you would also be so kind as to explain the chapter's inexplicable absence from the Defence of Cadia (13th Black Crusade), Defence of Medusa V, and Armageddon?All other chapters responded when called.
Brothers! Let me present to you my first w.i.p Star KrakenHoly shit it's been a while since I freehanded something that small
>>27884279Dayum, that's fine. Seriously, that's incredibly impressive. How long did it take you?
>>27884279Holy mother of God, good job Anon.I hope you brought the fury of the Deep to the table that day.
>>27884279Sweeeeeeeeeet.Looking good man, post more when you can!
>>27884306>>27884323Thanks! It actually only took me a few minutes, the shoulder pad being kinda obscured by the backpack annoyed me for half the time I was painting it.I'll post some more pics when I'm finished with him, I'm doing him in a mix of the styles of >>27881477and>>27869819
>>27884279That looks AWESOME.
Strike 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.
>mfw unanimous approval
>>27884279well done mate, it looks amazing
>>27884602Alarms 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, a long snake-like tongue lashed out at a filed set of teeth, but he maintained his composure. Taking out the Blaster from his holster, he calmly pointed it at the slaves head and blasted the poor, wretched thing into oblivion.
>>27884625Drop-pods slammed into the side of the Unseen Serpent, Marines poured forth and immediately set to work boarding the foul vessel. Sparks flew, metal twisted and groaned as the mighty warriors achieved their task is no time at all.The sound of metal boots thundering across walkways, down corridors and even across the hull of the ship was enough to almost deafen the defendants. Along with the constant low-rumbling noise of the Brother's battle-hymns and the screeches of the Dark Eldar as they raced towards the Marines turned the air into a cacophony of frenzied action.Bolter rounds whizzed through the air, swords cleaved their intended targets, vicious acids and razors from the Dark Eldar's weapons pierced and melted the armour of the Marines, quickly stripping them to the bone. Blood, gore, tragedy and pain spilled out onto the lower decks as the Dark Eldar tried to gain a foothold in the ship.Commandant Hethorax continued to pace, stepping over the body of the hunched creature whenever he got near it. "Get the others back over to the ship, we'll finish them off here." Hethorax spat at the nearest servant. Brother-Captain Thorolfr plummeted through a hole in the hull of the ship, followed quickly by Chaplain Sworgar. Both marines landed on the deck below with a thud, the noise resonating through the now empty corridor, as the fight had moved elsewhere.Thorolfr looked down the corridor and then turned his head to the opposite direction. "This way Chaplain." Thorolfr quickly ran down the room as Sworgar followed behind.
>>27884650The Chaplain sprinted down the corridor, following his Captain, willing to go to the death with him. But something lurked in his mind, the obsessiveness that Thorolfr had shown of late, the constant need to prove himself and best his enemies. It was natural for any Brother to want to claim glory in the name of the Emperor, but this was becoming something more.Sworgar put these thoughts to the back of his mind, along with the nagging ache he felt in his hands. Glorious battle would surely arrive soon, and he could have nothing distracting him.Commandant Hethorax paused and waited in front of a selection of screens, each linked to some kind of hidden camera around the ship. His men ripping and defiling the bodies of a Marine in one screen, a vile servant of the Emperor claiming victory over a horde in another. He signalled his guards to rally to him and began to set off into the ship, determined to carve a bloody swathe through the ranks of the Star Krakens.As Hethorax and his guards got to the middle of the room, a dreadful banging could be heard on the other side of the massive cargo doors separating them from the rest of the ship. A tearing, shearing sound, of nails being drawn across stone, echoed through the room. A faint yellow spot could be seen on the door, Hethorax looked closer and saw the yellow dot grow bigger and drag itself across the length of the door."Get down!" The Commandant bellowed into the room, weapons were drawn, swords were unsheathed and all manner of barricades were set up from what was readily available. The Dark Eldar forces awaited the arrival of the Marines. >four parts done so far>hopefully 6 in total>advice/thoughts?
>>27884650I have one small question. Do you really mean drop-pods in the first sentance, as in the the one's they use for getting to a planet FAST or were you going for something like boarding torpedoes?
>>27884690Wasn't that what we were using to board the other ships? Sort of like a massive broadside, or did that get retconned while I wasn't here?
>>27878866Huh, I always imagined them singing. You know, sea shanties, whaler's ballads, fisherman's songs, that kind of thing. They come from a watery planet, right? It makes sense that they'd carry traditions over.
>>27884662>followed quickly by Sworgar>followed by Sworgar>followed by Sworgarbit too much of that, but carry on. Looks good.
>>27884710Boarding torpedoes are basically drop-pods with melta-charges and frag panels strapped onto the bottom.
>>27884710I know nothing of that, but if its already been decided then drop-pod broadsides it is.
>>27884710>>27884690The Star Kraken use a specific kind of boarding torpedo that is tethered to an unbreakable tether, thing a grappling hook which enters the enemy vessel, and then explodes open, grounding it in the hull. Riding in the tip are Star Kraken, and the maneuver is dubbed the lateral drop pod assault.
>>27884776righto, good to know.
>>27884602>>27884625>>27884650>>27884662I think that's pretty damn good, though there are a few comments I'd like to make. Firstly, it jumps a little too fast away from the conversation. I'd slow that down and draw the dialogue out a little. Secondly, you might want to make the description of the Dark Eldar less anit-DE when it's describing them from their own point of view. It seems off when the narrator is very biased, unless the narration is from the point of a character. Thirdly, I really like that you brought up the battle hymns.>>27884710The lateral drop pod assault, as it's called, is still definitely a thing, but we use boarding torpedoes to breach ships.>>27884716They don't really come from a planet at all. Their a fleet based successor to the Raven Guard, so they don't really have a home world.>>27884776Is this on the wiki?
>>27884739I thought that, I'll finish it hopefully tomorow and go through it with a fine=tooh comb.>>27884776Excellent.
>tfw finally get to the computer and there's so much to read>>27884279Man, that's amazing. Great job, especially the heraldry.
>>27884813I think its just been referenced on there in little descriptions (like Thorolfr tethering his vessel to an Ork cruiser for three days during a battle) and in the tactics section.
>>27884825I just did a wordcount on my formatted writefriendery I promised to post the other day and it's a whopping (?) 3700 words long. Should I save it for thread six?
>>27884880We have a section for that, my last one was 3900 long. Ask Krakendor nicely and he'll set it up for you.
Seems that the Krakens and Carcharodons will be on bad terms...>>27884239>>27884594>>27884869
>>27884902Aw, so, no more posting here. For praise and such? :(
>>27884942No, go ahead and post it here if you want, I really thought you meant where to archive it.>>27884938I don't know what to think. On the one hand, that's some good writing and it's always positive when people take an interest. Any press is good press. On the other, it's not relevant to where we're taking the chapter, it's not posted in the thread for our fluff and it's more likely to derail what we're doing than help it.
>>27884942Can always put it on pastebin and dump a link to ask for c&c What's going on in that other thread. I'm confused
>>27884991I'll be observing this. Can't have more of this HERESY.>>27884996Some Monodominants went loony and think the Krakens have fallen to Chaos.
>>27884996We've reached critical mass. The shitposters are onto the Kraken fad. Strangers are editing the wiki with references to other /tg/ Chapters like the sharks with their special mutations and 5000 overstrength uniqueness.Might as well save some heartache and abandon ship right now.
>>27885055No, there are a few good people who are defending the Krakens, and even HE has entered to save them.
>>27885088Speaking of Him, do the Krakens have a special name for the Emperor? How closely do they adhere to the Imperial Cult?
Right, Idk about this other thread, but lets just stay on track in here and people can post other stuff over there if they want I guess.We've got most of the writing stuff saved anyway in case the wiki goes to shit, we could always chuck it up somewhere else if it fully goes nuts
Nope. Cynicsm reaching 100%. Abandoning name. Abandoning thread. No doubt when next I check the wiki, out of some misplaced sense of nostalgia, the heraldry will be a big daddy, the Chapter-Master Davy Jones-esque half squid and Ork Warboss Jakk Spanna will be a thing.
>>27885140I was actually wondering about that. They've added their bit of writing to the wiki, completely ignoring any manners or protocol. I think we should just remove it, but I'm not going to jump in and do it without some agreement from this group.>>27885150I doubt it.
>>27885150I'll post next thread guys. The mood here feels a little toxic.Again, nice paint job Mokoyll on the marine. A+
>>27885181I support the removal on unapproved submissions.
>>27885181It shall be removed. But after that thread dies down , to avoid an editing war. In the future I think we might be best served reserving the 1d4 wiki from the OP.
>>27885150>>27885181>>27885183In all honesty, why not just leave it there?I mean, in the grand scheme of things there's plenty of anon's contributing interesting writing, can't know where the other thread's stuff is going til it's done. It might give us all some ideas for more writing / background bits.Let's not jump to conclusions quite yet or delete work people are putting into the project just cause it doesn't fall into this thread and it's proposed outcomes.
>>27884279Absolutely phenomenal work.Anyone know if it's possible to get custom transfers? for those of us unable to freehand such things.Be cool for a lot of custom chapters.
>>27885237Could just say it was an over-eager Inquisitor, give them another dimension where they'll never fight with the Sharks
>>27885138Maybe they simply call him the Emperor, or they might call him somewhat wile connecting it with light. The Deep is in fact a dark place.>>27885237Checked that thread. Seriously, it actually gets intense as hell.
>>27885216>In the future I think we might be best served reserving the 1d4 wiki from the OP.What do you mean by that?>>27885237Maybe you're right, but I think it's just rude, the way it's been carried out. I don't think the writer did that, but some anon did.
>>27885216It's not like people can just search for the chapter or anything. Or that the people that are editing in their own shit into the wiki won't, you know, remember that it's there tomorrow.The whole Carcharodons vs Krakens fight is stupid. It can't end with a winner anyway. If the Carcharodons win, the Krakens will be pushed towards borderline heresy or at least renegacy and disengaging from the Imperium, which is not the direction we want to take them in. If the Krakens win, the Carcharodon fanboys will be up in arms and this chapter will for ever be known as the Mary Sue shits that godmodded a victory over the most vicious fleet-based chapter of raiders the Adeptus Astartes has ever seen. It's engineered to cause maximum butthurt all around.I say we write a counterstory where the Krakens fight alongside the Carcharodons in a campaign.
>>27885138The Light in the Deep. The Voidfather. The Radiance of Terra.All good names for ships as well, btw.
>>27885296>>27885276>>27885266Sure it might seem rude now, but why not allow me to play devil's advocate on it and lets just wait and see where it goes for now. Could end up being some neat inter-chapter interactions in a best case scenario / worst case scenario we can look at the other writings and see if there's anything we can use before removing it politely.
>>27885310>>27885344Let us observe it. So far it's actually decent. We must wait for the outcome.
>>27885383That fucking picNew Dethklok next week too! I should watch that all again if I get a chance before then
>>27885344It doesn't just run in the face of the proposed aims of the thread, it runs in the face of everything every thread since thread one has worked hard to achieve.After all the self-censure to keep from being Mary Sue, the aggressive slapping down of stupid reference humour, the open discussion and consensus reaching that formed the backbone of the lore somebody goes and dumps a wanky Sharks vs Krakens shit all over everything.Looking at the wiki, with that Sharks and Krakens "A namefag declares an entire thread of non-rpers TRAITORS dohoho and then there was a fight!" in amongst seriously debated and carefully crafted writing is like taking a carefully prepared vegetarian meal and dumping a greasy McDonalds beef patty in the center of it.I'm out.
>>27885251Nevermind, found it if anyone is interested.belloflostsouls.net/2007/07/tutorial-custom-decal-sheets.html
>>27885492Or you could just ignore that part of the wiki if it bothers you so?Thanks for contributing if you wrote / drew stuff before you go though!
>>27885549I've been involved in a lot of /tg/ homebrews. "You can just ignore it" is the death sentence of OC. You start getting lasseiz-faire with that shit and pretty soon you'll be up to your ears in wankery and retardation. Keep a tight ship, anons.Not that other guy, btw, so I'm not leaving.
>>27885589Bumpy ride? BUMPY RIDE!!! I love when it gets bumpy.BTW, have to go to sleep.
Been following this from the beginning, And I don't think this will be the end om my beloved Krakens.Even if if it? Shit, I've saved every thread there has been, as well as the 1d4chan page and stories.Enough to work from there.Enough to craft a chapter.
>>27885589I more meant that he could ignore it til we'd reached a conclusion on it like I said in my other posts, but I know too well what happens when people start getting lax about stuff on here.Thankfully we've a good few dedicated Krakens, so I don't see that happening.
>>27885672I actually hope that the Krakens and Sharks will see that it was the work of heretics.
>>27885625In darkness dwells, brother.WE WILL RISE, HARDER AND STRONGER.
>>27885695Am I the only one that could really see the Sharks and the Krakens working together? They suit each other.
>>27885720>>27885310>I say we write a counterstory where the Krakens fight alongside the Carcharodons in a campaign.
Bringing the topic back to some chapter building, I'm almost done with Star Kraken characters in Death Watch. Not being a rules lawyer, I've simply adapted different abilities to fit our chapter from other chapters. Anyone who wants to add a homebrewed ability, go ahead but be wary. It's easy to make broken rules when it's all hypothetical and there's no play testing.>>27885216If I upload a word file to mediafire, can you put it wherever you think it should go in the wiki?I'm still slightly stuck on the demeanour. Has anyone got any ideas?
>>27885720These two with other similar Chapters like the Abyssal Jaws, Black Locks (still fleshing them out) and Deep Ones. These five chapters would be best buds.
>>27885703>"we, the pure... We do not drown. Our lungs are full of saltwater and our eyes stare into the dark. We do not drown. WE RISE.">>27885814Cool stuff man! I know next to nothing about DW as of right now, but I'll certainly take a look if you'd like some feedback
>>27885784Yeah, sounds good. Perhaps they skirmished during the madness of Achab. The new story could be set with the Sharks dealing with the ten flag council?
>>27885842Here's the link, have a gander.http://www.mediafire.com/view/2lya1qpds89ppb2/SK_in_Death_Watch.docx
>>27885883It all sounds about right, even though I'm unfamiliar with Deathwatch terminology.Good job!
>>27886209I'm changing a few things, in between reading the new stuff on the wiki. I realised I'd forgotten to make tempest bolts standard equipment, and then found out there are no rules for tempest rounds. Maybe I'll try some out tomorrow, but it's late here and I have things to do tomorrow. I might just work through the tale I was planning to add.
Spoiler alert on the fluff part that pits the Krakens against the Sharks:They'll figure out that heretics planned their fight.
>>27886483Ooh, it's more interesting than I thought. And here I was thinking it was just a reaction to Krakens getting popular.
>>27886483>They'll figure out that heretics planned their fight.>>27886587I feel vindicated for advocating patience now
Okay, I'm out. It's been a long day and I've been bumping, writing and discussing (in between stupid, real life things) for most of it. I'm going to stop now, and come back in the morning. Things I will do tomorrow (maybe):>Update and hopefully finish the Death watch rules>write or find rules for tempest rounds in Death watch, and make a clip or two of them standard equipment>finish the tale I've been writing for the tales section, no title yet. It's on the origin of the Black Fists's name.>Update the character section with the three points of the trident and maybe Squad Black Fist's named characters as well (probably not)I also plan to propose some changes to the wiki, which would give some more space for information finding.>Good Night brothers, good work and remember>IN DARKNESS DWELLS!
>>27886660Night dude.I'll make a new thread or something for the catalog before I head off to bed, which should be shortly
>>27886660Sleep well, brother Black Fist>In Darkness Dwellsbtw.: How is the stance on the Void-Touched? I gathered some people liked it, others seemed to be generally against it, claiming it was just another "edgy mutation thing"While I agree to some point that "overamplifying" the whole idea is pretty much going to ruin the chapter as "Seafaring vikings IN SPAAAAACE!", I still thought having at least a small portion of calcified/corallised marines as proof that the Deep is dangerous, even to the Krakens who have managed to earn something like a home for themselves there.Thoughts?
>>27886851Really sweet. Have to admit it. It's really nice.Now I really must go to sleep. Sleep well.> In Darkness Dwells.
>>27886851Now I dunno what the consensus was, but there was one anon who typed out a thing about it being an incident from exposure to some rift or something that calcified a handful of veterans rather than a chapter wide thing.Then something about the apothecaries keeping them secret to try reverse it, and the chaplains declaring their blood (which shines) as a sign from the emperor so they used it to paint the runes on armour to guide the other marines.They also get tied into special dreads that respond to their brain waves and stuff.I think it's up the top of this thread somewhere, and I -really really- liked that. Seems better than the whole random mutation for the sake of a random mutation thing
>>27886851What if it's not a Chapter-specific mutation, that this kind of thing can happen to unaugmented humans and even xenos in the Deep for some reason or another. Generally classified as a kind of localized disease, it only takes hold in very rare cases. The Star Krakens might only have a handful of members afflicted by it at a time, you could count them on one hand.
>>27886945I agree. In one of the earliest threads I argued pretty ferociously about some Death Company-esque mutation, since we always seem to do that kind of bullshit. But the portrayal of the Voidtouched mutation as being an absolutely detrimental thing - not something that can be weaponized - is...permissible, I would say.
I have returned from class, ready to write.Brother Mǫkǫyll, would you mind if I featured Mǫkǫyll himself in the current piece of writefaggotry I'm working on? The basic idea is a confessionary between Mǫkǫyll and Siewurd.
>>27886968Nevermind, this explanation >>27886945 is better, thought could also be combined with the idea.Officially, the afflicted marines would be listed as MIA, and not counted among the chapter's roster.
>>27886978That sounds awesome dude.I'm adamant that anyone can use any of the characters that have been mentioned thus far, and I'm more than happy to have mine used.I'm gonna do the 1st company lore / Mokoyll's strategies and stuff tomorrow, cause it's getting late here and I'm kinda sickIt's taken me like 4 hours to get a single tactical marine painted cause I keep falling asleep on my laptop and getting distracted by internet things / this thread
"In darkness does He dwell. Yet His light shines on us all.""Be as He on Terra, Brothers. Shine in the darkness."
>>27886968The way the mutation was perceived was that the anomaly within the Deep would drive some of the additional organs of the Space Marines into hyperactivity/malfunctioning, so I guess it might have the same effect of calcification on other Space Marines.On regular humans, it probably would have effects like liver failure, cancer growth and heart attacks (it _was_ a discharge of galactic energy, after all).So yes, basically the reason the Krakens mutate in this way is because the Deep anomaly affected their organs in a way, it may affect other organisms similarly or differently.>>27886945Thank you for your kind words, Mokoyll. I'm glad Isaias didn't throw you out the airlock after you tried to shank him with a Lasgun bayonett.
It occurs to me, that maybe. Maybe a good piece of fluff would be the rediscovery of the Albatross?I mean, the Ancient Mariner was probably a member of the Ten Flag council that cast a vote to end Achab's life... so it happened during the youth of the chapter and it only returned after fifty to a hundred years of being missing.And probably adds some more pathos to the Ancient Mariner. Perhaps during his time lost, as the warp aged him and whatever... he thought that this was every sin come to destroy him... including that of Achab's end.
Tell me more, /tg/. Tell me more of the Varangians, so that I may write of them.
>>27887241The Varangians, according to the 1d4chan page, are the unofficial eleventh company, which exchanges marines with the rest of the chapter on a regular basis to interact more freely with the Imperium.They do a lot of public service along with the Commodore to maintain a good standing with Imperial command, taking the strike cruiser "Holdfast" to deploy in battle situation far away from the Deep, which is where the Star Kraken's ships lurk.It is hinted that the Varangians are some kind of self-declared penal crusade for captain Vastergo, who was the last loyal captain of the old Ten-Flag council under Chapter Master Achab. The other council members had cast him out of their vote to abandon Achab and Vastergo cut his ties to the Ten Flags, but wished to remain loyal to his chapter.Thus, seeing himself an outcast and not at home in the Deep with the "traitors", he takes control of the Varangian Guard as his personal exile and crusade of penance.
>>27887241What do you want to know anon?
Also, this is unrelated with the Confession story I'm writing, but would it be alright if I fluffed the Captain of the 2nd Company to be a Dreadnought?
>>27887385I am not entirely sure. if it's a "new" dreadnought still capable to stay awake for more than five minutes at a time, it could work.But I doubt it, actually: You would have to fit the bridge for a dreadnought sarcophagus with all kinds of life-preserving machines that would probably complicate interaction with the actual ship's piloting systems.
>>27887474That makes sense. In that case I'll just stick to my original plan, and not inter him.
>>27887365How often do they come back home to the Deep, if ever? I'm thinking something where a Varangian detatchment offers to help an Imperial Navy ship with something, but demands their pick of the ratings' children in exchange.
>>27887637Huh.That's actually a good question.I'm having a hard time thinking in the scale of 40k times atm, anyone else wanna propose something?
>>27887207I'm only asking, because maybe it's Mokoyll that discovered the returned Albatross?Because of the way Warp travel works and such, the Ancient Mariner could have been aged considerably by his time in the warp.
>>27888092The albatross is the Mariner's ship right?
“Dost thou fear death, Brother?”The question hung in the air, limp and hoarse. Mǫkǫyll looked at its origin, but through the grate in the confessionary box he could not see who asked it. The confession box was small, cramped, and cold, and the murky darkness inside felt more like a prison cell than a holy place. He paused in thought for a few moments before finally answering: “No.”“Wrong.” The reply dripped with venom, and Mǫkǫyll could almost see the snarl on his face. “Thou wouldst do well to heed mine words, Captain. Thou who hast no fear of death cannot be called mine brother.”“Forgive me, High Chaplain,” the Captain said cautiously, “but I do not understand why. Surely bravery in the face of death is among the highest of virtues.”The confession box was quiet again. “I had expected better of thee. Walk with me, and I shall…rectify thy lack of understanding.” With that, the door on the other side of the confession box opened, and the Captain followed suit, grimacing. No matter what the conversation was, the High Chaplain never failed to condescend. The High Chaplain walked ahead of Mǫkǫyll, not bothering to turn around. His veteran’s mechadendrites slowly twisted and writhed as the two of them slowly left the Chamber of the Deepfather and into one of the ship’s long hallways. Through the glascrete windows, the murky blackness of the Deep swirled around them, and the dim light of distant stars struggled to pierce the nebulous dark. Asteroids and balls of rocky ice could be seen around them as the strike cruiser Novgorod slunk through the Belt of Cjus, a debris field in the bowels of the Deep. The only sound between them was the thudding of armored feet on the deck, but they could hear the servitude hymns of the Thralls below, toiling in the depths of the vessel. The smell of the Chamber’s burning incense and torches was replaced with the coppery smell of the furnaces below, wafting throughout the ship.
>>27888092>>27887207I went and properly read the Mariner's entry, yeah that would be a cool piece of fluff. I might try my hand at Mokoylls' discovery of the ship tomorrow. Anyone posting after this, unless there's a sudden bout of discussion that requires it before then, I'll create a new thread tomorrow when I'm able.If you're creating it in the mean time, please post the d4chan link and stuff in the OP and include the word Kraken so we can find it in the catalogue. Thanks and good night brothers
>>27888421Finally, after what seemed like an hour, Siewurd spoke again, without turning. “Tell me this, Captain. What is the ultimate duty of an Astartes?”Mǫkǫyll scowled. “I do not need lecturing, Chaplain. Your assumption of ignorance in your fellow brothers does not sit well with me.” He paused as Siewurd chuckled, a grating mechanical sound. “An Astartes, at the basest level, must serve as the will of the Emperor.”“Correct,” replied the Chaplain. “And is our Glorious Emperor’s will not, Captain, what an Astartes must enforce in all of his days?” Again the Captain frowned. “But of course.” The High Chaplain violently spun around, leaning in close to the Captain’s face. His inky black eyes stared straight into the Captain’s with a look of pure malice. “And yet it puzzles me, Captain, that thou knowest this holiest of goals and yet does not understand the fear of death.” The Chaplain’s mechadendrites swung about angrily as he continued. “Fear is a sea, a sea that all of us swim within. It surrounds us, envelops us, drowns us in it, all of our days.”Siewurd’s hands clenched into fists. “An Astartes must serve the Emperor. All Astartes know this. Thou knowest this. I realize that.” His brow furrowed. “What thou and others like thyself do not realize is the exactitude of this task. A Battle-Brother’s death is the second greatest mistake he can make. Were thee to die in battle, or worse yet, off of it, thy existence as an extension of the Emperor would cease. One of His divine agents would be gone. His sword would dull. His shield would crack. And His hand would falter.”He stepped back. “But there is a greater sin yet, Brother, the greatest sin an Astartes can commit: to allow a Brother under thy guidance to cease. Thy Brothers look to thee, Captain, to lead and guide them in their holy task, and were they to perish under thy watch…”
>>27888447The Chaplain paused for a moment, and Mǫkǫyll noticed a change in Siewurd’s expression. His usual scorn softened, and his eyes filled with what the Captain could only assume was regret. The Chaplain then lifted his right arm, forming a straight right angle.“Look, Captain, at my sin,” he choked out. The nine long nails in the Chaplain’s arm, the source of his namesake, pierced all the way through his armor, and the runes of penance inscribed on them glowed softly. “I have committed this sin, my Brother; the first time I was required to lead our glorious brethren in battle…and I FAILED!” His yell resonated in the hallway, echoing throughout the ship. He then placed his right arm on the Captain’s shoulder. “I have heard, Captain, what mine brothers say of me. That I am cruel. That I am cold. That I expect too much of mine fellow Krakens. But it is no fault but mine own.” He shook his head. “I made the mistake on that fateful day, and I have no wish to see another fail in how I have failed.”Mǫkǫyll’s frown softened as the Chaplain lowered his arm. “The fear of death, Captain, is the greatest thing thou canst wield. Embrace thy fear. Use thy fear as fuel, a fire deep within thee that churns the depths of thy soul.”
>>27888477The Captain finally nodded. “I know you mean well, High Chaplain. I thank you for your words.” Siewurd nodded in return, but held up a finger. “One final piece of advice, Captain.”“If fear is a sea, Captain, then you must be an anchor. An anchor cannot ignore the sea, just as thou cannot ignore thy fear. It defines thee. But thou can stand firm. Thou can steel thyself, and anchor thy brothers to thee. Thy example can drive thy brothers to newer and greater deeds than ever experienced before, and thy leadership can write sagas our future brothers will sing in praise.”“If fear is a sea, Mǫkǫyll, then be an anchor, and hold fast.” Siewurd began to walk back to the Chamber, leaving the great Captain alone with his thoughts…and his fear.
>>27888492>>27888477>>27888447>>27888421Love, love, love this. Just wow. So glad I checked back before I turned in.Please make sure you have this and your writings on Seiwurd backed up in word or w/e in case the thread 404s.If you fancy copy pasting it actually, I'll make the new thread and you can leave it as the first few posts so that everyone will see it tomorrow first thing
>>27888647I have it saved on my computer.
New thread up here>>27888730>>27888730>>27888730>>27888703Feel free to repost that stuff onto the new thread.
Should we include the Albatross under the roster?Despite it being a haunted near wreck...?