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    Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

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    The Redemptionists were created during the early years of the 41st Millennium. They are classified as a Renegade Chapter by Inquisitorial records due to the suspect nature of their creation, as well as their recruitment methods and ideology.
    The story of the Redemptionists began in the year 036.M38 when a warp gate opened above the ice world of Pardus XII, emerging from the gate the Wolf Lord Arduk Ironclaw and his great company were spat from the warp, their Navigators dead and their equipment malfunctioning and their ships in need of immediate repair.
    They quickly sent a message to the close-by Imperial Colony on the planet requesting aid, while the Imperial Governor had not enjoyed being ordered to help the Wolf Lord, he agreed and quickly sent replacement Navigators, Astrotelepaths and Materials to the vessels, granting them permission to affect repairs in the space above the planet, knowing it would be good to make friends of the Space Wolves.
    Imperial Records tell little of the Wolf Lord before this time, the Space Wolf chapter of space marines, despite Arduk claiming to be within their inner circle, appeared to have no knowledge of the Wolf Lord or his ships, and disputed his claim to be within their inner circle, when asked directly what Great Company Arduk led, he responded by replying ‘The Thirteenth, of course’.
    As the ships repaired above orbit, the Imperial Governor became slowly more and more worried as his attempts to discover the true identity of Arduk came to dead end after dead end.
    After several months of repair work, the Imperial Governor sent for the Inquisition, believing Arduk to be an agent of Chaos masquerading as an Imperial Space Marine, less than a week later the Inquisition arrived, to discover that the ships and Arduk had left system, taking with it nearly two dozen youths from the population of Pardus XII.
    After investigating the incident, the Inquisition left Pardus XII, deeming the Marines as Possible Renegades, and heading for Fenris, Home World of the Space Wolves.
    While the Inquisitor was not welcomed to the ice cold world of Fenris, he gathered the information he was seeking, determining that Arduk Ironclaw and his Great Company were not of the Space Wolves chapter, deeming them Renegades from the Imperium.
    It would be ten years before Arduk and his Great Company were found once more, with a fleet nearly three times the size as before, compromising of Two Battle Barges, Four Cruisers and two Frigates, exited the Warp above the planet of Alateir, which was under attack from an Ork Waaagh!. Dispatching nearly three hundred Marines they attacked the Orks head on, beating back the Waaagh! And saving the Imperial world, once more taking a number of youths from the city, taking mostly young PDF recruits and gang members.
    For years reports of Arduk’s ‘Great Company’ came from many different regions all across the galaxy, the number of marines and ships changing and growing with each report.
    In the year 852.M38 Arduk and his company defended an Imperial Settlement from attack by the Eldar Pirates, before the battle he announced to the Eldar and Imperial Citizens that ‘The Redemptionists shall right past wrongs and defend the Imperium of man’ by this time the Armour colour scheme of both Arduk and his Great Company had changed greatly from the colours of the Space Wolves he had originally claimed to be a part of, the Grays of the Space Wolves turning to Blue and Red, the symbol of the Space Wolves changing to that of a set of broken chains.
    It was within this battle that Arduk was killed by a warrior of the Dark Eldar, his body was spirited away by his battle brothers, and is believed to currently reside aboard the Redemptionists Battlebarge The Redeemer.

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

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    The Redemptionists keep their recruitment methods highly secretive from the members of the Imperium, particularly those within the Inquisition, it is unknown by Imperial Agents how the small number of Marines from their original contact to a chapter numbering in the hundreds, while not as strong as the average chapter of Space Marines, the Inquisition is determined to discover how the members of the Redemptionists have gathered more members.
    All members of the Redemptionists know this secret however, as many have been recruited through methods which both the Inquisition and other Space Marine chapters would destroy them for.
    The Redemptionists gather Gene Seed and Equipment from many sources, they send scouts, an elite force within the Redemptionists instead of the raw recruit of most chapters, into battlefields where their brother chapters are fighting, where they track down the bodies of fallen Space Marines, gathering their Gene Seed when they can and taking Armour and Weaponry when they can, due to this the Gene Seed of the Chapter is vastly divergent, causing Battle Brothers to act far differently to one another than most chapters would between themselves.
    While most of the Battle Brothers from the chapter were recruited through this means, many came through a technique which alone would have the chapter branded as Heretics, during Battles they send agents, either Battle Brothers of Chapter Serfs, into other Chapters of Space Marines in an attempt to steal equipment and gene seed, during these missions the agents will on occasion bring back a battle brother from their Brother Chapters whom they have converted to their cause.
    The Third and Final recruitment method for the Redemptionists would deem them as highly corrupted by members of the Inquisition, as the Redemptionists believe that not all those who have turned renegade, be it for themselves or for the Dark Gods of Chaos, are truly irretrievable, and often attempt to bring them back to the light of the Emperors, while they are spurned a great deal of the time, they have on occasion converted one of their Dark Brothers from the destructive lure of Chaos, their newly converted brothers are taken by the Chaplains of the chapter, their armour and equipment stripped from their flesh and consecrated anew, any taint of chaos removed through prayer, anointment with sacred fluids, and often through physical means.
    The Marine himself is subjugated to the Chaplains and Apothecaries of the Chapter, flesh showing signs of mutation is removed and new flesh is grafter on instead, when whole limbs need removing they are often replaced by prosthetics, their minds are probed deeply by the chapters Librarians for lingering taint, this taint is then forcibly removed through the concentrated efforts of a number of Librarians, if the taint is found to be too strong the Marine is firstly imprisoned and subjugated to a series of tests in order to remove them of the taint, should these tests fail they are used as practice by the battle brothers of the chapter.
    Most of the Chapters Vehicles, including most of their ships, have been stolen from various forces, it is not unlikely to find a vehicle once corrupted by chaos to be within their Arsenal, or for a vehicle converted by Orks or wrecked in battle to be discovered within the confines of their ships, awaiting repair or salvage.

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    Mysterious stuff....

    It does sound okay so far, but.... Redemptionists? Rhymes with Hair Specialists. But eh, its prolly just me, but I'm not liking the name.

    13th Great Company was a pre-codex astartes thing I think, so would they really pray to the God-Emperor and such, being from another era in Imperium history?


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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    the 13th great company was pre-heresy, but it is now a blank stone in the Space Wolves Great Hall which stands for all the space wolves lost over the millennia, essentially if a space wolf is lost, he becomes 13th company

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    The Redemptionists sound too much like...well, The Redemptionists from Necromunda / Dark Heresy.

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    Considering changing the name to either The Legion of Redemption, to indicate the fact that it isn't only the space marines which have been redeemed, or simply The Remdept, or perhaps the Redempted

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    I like it! A lot

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    Originally Posted by Thatfatguy
    Considering changing the name to either The Legion of Redemption, to indicate the fact that it isn't only the space marines which have been redeemed, or simply The Remdept, or perhaps the Redempted
    The word you are looking for is "Redeemed".

    Also, if they have a standing force of Marines, they wouldn't need to steal Geneseed from other chapters, as each Marine grows two progenoids for the one planted in him. Exponential growth means it would not take long for the chapter to build up a full gene seed reserve. Also, the idea of them sneaking onto the battlefield and surreptitiously stealing the progenoids from other chapters seems a little ridiculous for two reasons. 1) detection would be almost unavoidable seeing as how the bodies will be near or even carried by other marines; and 2) progenoids are extracted as immediately after death as they can be, as waiting runs the risk of the gland deteriorating.

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    Actually there are many stories of Marines being left with Gene Seed unharvested, AKA if there is not an apothecary around, if they do not know where their fallen marine is, aka. a building fell on them, etc etc

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    Originally Posted by Thatfatguy
    Actually there are many stories of Marines being left with Gene Seed unharvested, AKA if there is not an apothecary around, if they do not know where their fallen marine is, aka. a building fell on them, etc etc
    Which means the geneseed would have become unusable. It degrades quickly.

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    I'm going to side with BCS here...
    geneseed retrieval played quite a part in Aaron Demski-Bowden's Helsreach novel. And pretty much what BCS has been saying is what happens.

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    Well if you already have them attempting to harvest the Gene Seed from other chapters dead, what would stop them from doing a little bit of ambushing or something of the sort and simply killing/taking gene seed/disposing of the corpses. I know it would make them much less liked but it would probably be more believable.

    Something along the lines of maybe in the midst of battles they attempt to find 1 squad from another chapter that has become lost or is in a bad spot (think cornered by wave of orks/eldar/nids) so your chapter attempts to save that squad to ultimately kill/harvest for what they perceive as the greater good?

    Just throwing that out there, not sure how that would go over but I'm guessing murder isn't much of a far step from stealing Gene Seed.

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    They would not ambush a squad, but nor would they PREVENT the squad being ambushed, before stealing the squads Geneseed.


    And yes it degrades quickly, but not so quickly it can't be retrieved an hour or so later.

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    Re: Homebrew Chapter- The Redemptionists

    Hmm.... Actually I think i'll revise this quite a bit, as it isn't fitting into the fact I'll still be using Space Wolf Rules.

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