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    The Codex Astartes

    P R E L U D E

    “They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give themselves to me. Like clay, I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies, and machines such that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines, and they shall know no fear.”

    —The Emperor of Mankind


    I
    Order of Battle

    I: “My will be done.”
    II: The Space Marines shall thus be a formation of Chapters composing of ten Companies, led by a Chapter Master.
    III: Command of several Astartes formations are hereafter to be divided, and a singular Commander of massed Astartes formations is hereby outlawed.
    IV: A Company shall consist of 100 Space Marines. This unit is led by a Captain, and must have an Apothecary, Company Standard, and Chaplain.
    V: Each Chapter shall have an Armory consisting of the Chapter's Techmarines, tanks, and other units, existing outside the Company structure.
    VI: I, Roboute Guilliman, High Lord of Terra, Warmaster of the Imperium, and Primarch of the Ultramarines, doth declare The Edict of Nikaea abolished.
    VII: To this end, the Librarius Order is to be reinstated, and reintegrated into the new Chapter formations.
    VIII: A Chapter is required to maintain a Fleet or a Homeworld as its headquarters.
    IX: The composition of the First Company shall thus be made wholly of a Chapter's Veterans. Armed and supported by the finest arms a Chapter can muster.
    X: Companies 2 to 5 are thus designated as Battle Companies. Each split into six Tactical Squads, two Assault Squads, and two Devastator Squads.


    XI: A Squad is composed of 10 men, led by a Sergeant, with support units as necessary.
    XII: Companies 6 to 9 are Reserve Companies. With the 6th and 7th comprised of Tactical Squads, the 8th Assault, and the 9th Devastators.
    XIII: Reserve Companies and their related supporting equipment are to be deployed as the combat situation evolves.
    XIV: The 10th Company shall consist entirely of Scout Squads.


    XV: Of the Tactical Space Marine, bedrock of his Chapter and paragon to his brothers, I shall tell thee. He shall be steeped in the lore of battle and schooled in all manner of weapons and strategy. With Combat Blade, Boltgun and Grenade shall he assail the foe. But these are mere tools: a Tactical Marine’s true weapons are his courage, his wits and his dedication to his brothers. He will bring the foe to battle in a manner and time of his choosing, never himself caught unready or ill-prepared for the task at hand. In defence he shall be as stalwart as the mountain, a bulwark stood firm against the enemies of Man. In attack he shall strike with the wrath of the Immortal Emperor, felling the foe without mercy, remorse or fear.”


    XVI: The Tactical Squad shall draw the enemy’s fire, thus allowing the Devastator Squad to attack from a position of strength.


    XVII: A Devastator’s reach shall be without limit and his touch without mercy. Fire shall roar from his fingertips, but it shall consume him not. Thunder will roar when he calls, yet it will swallow him not. Let the Devastator Squad be thy blazing wrath, bringing the light of the Emperor’s justice to the darkest corners of the battlefield. Wherever he stands, that shall be his fortress of righteousness. He shall hold in his gift the fate of all who pass before his unblinking gaze. All shall fear him, and he shall fear no one.


    XVIII: And of the Assault Marine so do I decree: He shall descend upon the perfidious foe as an Angel of Judgement from on high. Let the jump pack be his wings and the roar of its engines a hymn of retribution. Know, though, that although speed be the essence of war, he shall not use the jump pack to leap blindly into enemy fire. Let him instead allow neophytes from the 10th Company to guide his way.


    XIX: Let the chainsword be his scepter of decree, its harsh voice singing joyfully with each and every blow. With it shall the Assault Marine bring bloody retribution to the heretic, the traitor and all alien transgressors who trespass on the Emperor’s domains. So will the Assault Marine be the hunter of warlords and the slayer of kings. His armor shall run slick with the life blood of the vanquished, and all shall honor his name.


    XX: And within each company, the mightiest warrior shall be anointed as Champion. He shall bear arms and armour of great craftsmanship, and he shall protect his Captain from all harm, though it cost him his life. Great honour shall be bestowed upon him in life and in death, and he shall be lauded with great praise.

    XXI: Space Marine insignia shall be arranged thus: Chapter’s emblem on the left pauldron of armor, with squad markings on the shoulder guard.
    XXII: Company colors must be displayed on the trim of the pauldron.
    XXIII:Camouflage should not extend to the dishonor of the Chapter. Use as required, after considerations of viable theoretical and practical.
    XXIV: Each Chapter shall periodically revise their insignia and related markings as a counterintelligence measure.
    XXV: The First Company will denote their status in white - code #F5, and silver - code #C03. This must be displayed on the pauldron trim and helmet. XXVI:The 2nd Company shall wear the trims of their pauldrons in Yellow - code #F400 or Gold - code #F2D700.
    XXVII: The 3rd Company shall wear the trims of their pauldrons in Red - code #F204
    XXVIII: The 4th Company shall wear the trims of their pauldrons in Green - code #00803
    XXIX: The 5th Company shall wear the trims of their pauldrons in Black - code #06
    XXX:The 6th Company shall wear the trims of their pauldrons in Orange - code #FFA500
    XXXI: The 7th Company shall wear the trims of their pauldrons in Purple - code #8380
    XXXII: The 8th Company shall wear the trims of their pauldrons in Grey - code #808080
    XXXIII: The 9th Company shall wear the trims of their pauldrons in Blue - code #03FF
    XXIV: The 10th Company shall wear the trims of their pauldrons in White - code #F5

    XXXV: The left pauldron of a Space Marine's Power Armour shall display proudly its Chapter Badge. The right pauldron shall denote its Squad badge and number.

    XXXVI: The Veterans shall denote their standing by bearing the ancient Terran device known as the Maltese Cross.
    XXXVII: The Tactical Squads shall denote their standing by bearing the mark of the arrow.
    XXXVIII: The Assault Squads shall denote their standing by bearing the mark of the arrows four, pointed in an outward direction.
    XXIX: The Devastator Squads shall denote their standing by bearing the mark of the V inverted.
    XL: The Terminators will bear the Crux Terminatus on their left pauldron, and their Chapter Badge on their right.
    XLI: In honor of the contributions and sacrifices of Sergeant Aoenid Thiel, men of that rank will now bear the red helmet.

    XLII: A Chapter's war machines must be painted in the livery of their Chapter. In addition to the Chapter’s Icon, the vehicle’s must also be emblazoned with unit, squad, and company markings. subject to procedural review as a counter-intelligence measure.

    XLIII-LI: Of the war machines of the Adeptus Astartes, the drop pods are the fiercest and awesome of them all, sending shockwaves and fear to the Imperium's enemies. Each drop pod carry either twelve normal Marines, a single Dreadnought or a single Thunderfire Cannon.

    LII: While the Adeptus Astartes are the premier shock units of the Imperium and highly mobile weaponry and tactics are to be praised, learn to also value a diverse array of weaponry, such as the Thunderfire Cannon, where mobile artillery platforms (such as the Whirlwind) cannot operate, or when a defensive emplacement must be maintained.

    LIII-CVII: While mobile weaponry and warfare should be bywords of the Adeptus Astartes, beware of the enemy's capacity to fight a similar style of warfare. Using Whirlwind artillery tanks or their equivalent as fire support would suppress numerous, highly mobile enemies.

    CVIII: Due honor must be given to the warmachines ancient, their names, records, and deeds; for their victories are the Chapter's victories, and their colors shall not be marred.

    CIX: Of troop transports, and armored vehicles such as Assault Bikes, Attack Bikes, and Land Speeders, shall bear the same heraldry and organisational squad markings as the Space Marines that crew, or ride inside them. Space Marine tank crew shall display their vehicle’s Chapter numerical designation within a roundel upon their right pauldron.

    CX: Of Space Marine battle tanks and Dreadnoughts, I decree that they shall be assigned a unique identification number within the company.
    CXI-CL: Of the quality of Dreadnoughts, let them be heroes of the Chapter. Thus we do honor to the sacred union of Terra and Mars.
    CLI: Of Captains, I decree that they shall always wear the heraldry of their company in addition to—and regardless of—any personal heraldry.
    CLII: Of Librarians, I decree that they shall always wear armour that is Blue, regardless of Chapter.
    CLIII: Of Chaplains, I decree that they shall wear armour that is Black, regardless of Chapter.
    CLIV: Of Apothecaries, I decree that they shall wear armour that is White, regardless of Chapter.
    CLV: Of Techmarines, I decree that they shall wear armour that is Red, in respect for the Treaty of Mars.

    CLVI-CXC: In addition to their roles in engineering and maintaining Imperial warmachines, Techmarines bear the task of piloting and driving the aforementioned vehicles.

    II
    On Fortitude


    I:Fortitude in war cannot be a virtue unless combined with justice and prudence.
    II: Fortitude without justice is the source of lawlessness.
    III: Fortitude without prudence is the source of rebellion.
    IV: Do not expect every foe to fall at the first blow, be ready to keep striking until they do.
    V: To admit defeat is to blaspheme against the Emperor. Whatever the Emperor’s will is, be sure it will find you out.

    VI: Never wish for danger. Danger needs no help. There is no such thing as fate that can be tempted, but morale is never improved by an active lust for war.

    VII: What does not kill me... is not trying hard enough.

    VIII: Know the qualities of your troops. 100 Space Marines can turn the tide of battle, but 1000 soldiers of the Imperial Army may be just as good.

    IX: It is paramount that all soldiers you commit to battle know the reasons why they are entering battle, and the larger motives of their assigned objectives. The Oath of Moment, detailing a soldier's commitment to given objectives in name of the Imperial Truth, is but one of many ways to achieve this.

    X: An army is only as strong as its weakest unit.

    MDCCIX: <CLASSIFIED>

    III
    On Gene-seed


    I: The Adeptus Astartes pays no dues to any Imperial organ, save for a 5% gene-seed tithe to the Mechanicum of Mars.
    II: It is the mandate of the Apothecary to harvest and preserve the progenoid gland of fallen Astartes with their lives.
    III: As such, to preserve the Chapter's honor and future, Apothecaries must be protected at all costs in the event of a combat scenario.
    IV: In combat scenario Alpha (hereafter CSA), which is to say, a battlefield extraction, Apothecaries are expected to perform their duties under fire.
    V: However, Apothecaries should only be deployed in CSA if and only if protecting him does not create more casualties.
    VI: Further casualties in the pursuit of protecting an Apothecary during CSA is not only counterproductive but represents a drain in Chapter resources.
    VII: Thus, Apothecary deploying in CSA should only occur during a combat situation where he can be adequately protected by his Battle Brothers.
    VIII: In combat scenario Beta (hereafter CSB), which is to say, an enemy incursion, all effort must be made to preserve the gene-seed deposits.
    IX: It becomes a point of honor to not allow the Chapter's gene-seed to fall into enemy hands, and thus a stalwart defense must be made.

    X: However, once a combat situation is recognized to be hopeless to the defenders of the gene-seed. An evacuation is recommended over last stands.

    XI: In the event of combat scenario Gamma (CSG), which is to say, an assault on the stronghold of traitor Astartes, gene-seed repositories should be made a primary target and their contents destroyed.

    XII: In the event of combat scenario Delta (CSD), which is to say, a retaking of fallen Astartes formations, any gene-seed belonging to other Space Marine Chapters recovered during military action are to be first processed for corruption before being returned to their rightful owners.

    XIII: In the event of a combat action resulting in the procurement of gene-seed of an extinct or otherwise absent Space Marine Chapter, the gene-seed must be processed and brought to Terra for preservation, or for a potential founding of a new Space Marine Chapter.

    MCLVI: <CLASSIFIED>

    IV
    Dispositions



    I:Know thy duty, and discharge it above all else.
    II: Consider the magnitude of your duty at leisure, but act without hesitation when action is required.

    III: The warrior who acts out of honour cannot fail. His duty is honour itself. Even his death—if it is honourable—is a reward and can be no failure for it has come through duty. Seek honour as you act, therefore, and you shall know no fear.

    IV: A Captain leads from the front. By his example shall his men know what it is to be of the Adeptus Astartes, and from his teachings shall they learn the trade of battle in the Emperor’s name. No ordinary man can a Captain be, for many are the paths to victory and he must be master of them all. His very being shall be an extension of the Emperor's work. With every strike of his sword, with every word of his speech, does he reaffirm the ideals of our honoured master. He will vanquish darkness and heresy with every thought, word, and deed. So shall his coming be a sign of deliverance to the dutiful, and a herald of dismay to all traitors. No living man shall stay his wrath.

    V: On the promotion of newly assigned Space Marines, I decree that it is a Captain’s duty to place legionary lives in harm’s way before his own. For the Emperor stands behind his sons as the Primarchs behind their Captains. There is too little glory in the galaxy to go around and officers must be generous in the trust they place in others—for one day such brothers must be Captains too.

    VI: Unit cohesion is everything. Undermine it not by employing faulty practicals based on poorly conceived theoretical. Use the correct units in battle to make every man a commander.

    VII: As a commander your tools and devices shall be myriad, yet the wise man knows that battles are won by flesh, not the machine. Flesh can learn, whilst the machine must be forever instructed. Flesh knows loyalty to its brothers and veneration of its Emperor, whilst the machine knows not these things. Whenever the day is darkest and victory in doubt, look not to the machine for aid, but to your Battle-Brothers. The machine can only bring victory if you tell it how such a thing can be done. Your brothers will walk through fire, they will stride through the most terrible carnage at a single word from your lips and they will bring you victory simply because you ask it of them.

    VIII: Orbital support is key, from an operational and mental standpoint. Defend with the void at your back and your men will be duly motivated.

    IX: An army cannot operate without adequate supply. While the Astartes do not require food to function, take heed the needs of your allies.
    X: Do not ask of your men what you would not do yourself.
    XI: While battle is the domain of the Space Marine, remember always the mechanisms of which war is waged on: Never neglect logistics.
    XII: Beware the bureaucrat.
    XIII-XX: <CLASSIFIED>
    XXI: Be conscious of what victory means to both you and the enemy.
    XXI: Technology stands as the Imperium's brightest blades. Value and honour the creations of Mars.
    XXII: Rely not on a single pivot of warfare - one source of strength leads to a thousand weaknesses.

    XXIII: If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.

    XXIV: Let intelligence be your guiding light, for it is the only way to truly know your enemy's center of gravity. Guard your own secrets jealously.
    XXV: Assume the worst, prepare accordingly.

    XXVI: Respect your enemy, even the xenos. For, in all the history of war, there is no surer path to failure than falling victim to hubris.
    XXVII: A Space Marine does not wait for the enemy to attack. Make your foe react to your movements instead.
    XXVIII: When in doubt, attack—fortune favours the bold.

    XXIX: Do not be concerned with false notions of honour. Honour lies only in victory.
    XXX: When you can, win without fighting.

    XXXI: When outnumbered, retreat and harass the enemy with guerilla warfare. When outnumbering, lay siege to him. When evenly matched, attack.

    XXXII: Never employ the same stratagem twice, even if it has been successful. Do the unthinkable. The enemy fears a madman.

    XXXIII: In war one should seek to take and hold the high ground. From there the enemies’ movements are clearly visible and he will struggle to reach you, let alone fight you. High orbit is the highest ground there is.

    XXXIII: The finest armies are the warp storms, inclement weather, and tides. Study them. Use them as you would an army.
    XXXIII-CLXXII: <CLASSIFIED>
    CLXXIII: Soldiers for hire of any kind will not have the same steel as one tempered in the fires of conviction.
    CLXXIV: Never relinquish command of the void. Do honour to the Imperial Navy.

    CLXXV: <CLASSIFIED>
    CLXXVI: An enemy defending its home will never surrender.
    CLXXVII-CLXXX: <CLASSIFIED>
    CLXXXI: Arrive late to duels.
    CLXXXII: <CLASSIFIED>

    CLXXXIII: When forced to defend a vital objective, bombard your enemy with multiple simultaneous and devastating deep strikes using Drop Pods. Let this steel rain shock the enemy into relinquishing the initiative.

    CLXXXIV-CMLIX: <CLASSIFIED>
    CMLXI: Thou shalt not fire till thou seest the whites of their eyes.
    CMLXII-MXIII: <CLASSIFIED>

    MXIV: Always attempt to flank and employ enfilading fire, and—if possible—form pincer movements or the hammer and anvil. Advancing in mixed order, allow columns to form a declined flank in order to achieve force concentration and, through echeloning, defeat in detail. The technobarbarian hunters of old used hounds to flush their prey toward them. Be the hunter. Allow your enemy a path of retreat. And then use it to crush them.

    MXV: When shooting downhill, aim low.

    MXVI: A Space Marine advances from cover to cover, employing fire and movement tactics, for he is no mere mortal following a creeping barrage. While on overwatch, use reconnaissance by fire to encourage your enemy to expend ammunition and rush upon your schiltrons and phalanxes.

    MXVII: Mobility on the battlefield is the foundation of tactical doctrine. Do not adhere to a given tactic should it fail you. Move and adapt.

    MXVIII: Use your Bike Squad as a blade, striking the enemy and turning aside his counter-blows in equal measure. But in all things beware that speed is nothing without direction, just as even the mightiest weapon is worthless without careful aim. A Biker’s stance should always be resolute and dauntless, but never immobile or rigid. Speed is his advantage, and surprise his deadliest weapon. In fluidity he will find success and in success shall he find renown.

    MXIV: Beware of Parthian shots, decoys, and traps. Never blindly pursue a fleeing enemy.

    MXV: To die without purpose is not a service to the Emperor. It is a heresy to waste lives entrusted to you as an Imperial officer. There is nothing shameful or disloyal in righteous retreat. But in withdrawing from the enemy’s presence, allow him no succour. That which cannot be saved must be destroyed. Leave no weapons, armour, transport, food or water in your passing. Scorch the earth at his feet, and leave him desert and desolation as his victory gifts.

    MXIV: Use your armour to break the enemy lines with shock tactics. Support such assaults with vertical envelopment through combined arms.
    MXV-MCLXXXI: <CLASSIFIED>
    MCLXXXII: Both with flyers and in the void, attack in echelon formation with the sun at your back.
    MCLXXXIII: If attempts to cross the T should fail, never forget the Gelthor Touch.
    MCLXXXIV: Ships of the line, given weather gauge, shall deliver raking fire unto their enemies.

    MCLXXXV: Ships shall go into battle with their full complement of craft. No ship shall launch boarding actions without first having disabled close-in batteries.

    MCLXXXVI: Boarding actions shall only be attempted with a three to one superiority of fire.
    MCLXXXVII-MMCMIII: <CLASSIFIED>

    MMCMMIV: No one, not even one such as I, can anticipate every possible outcome of battle. My words are not some holy writ that must be obeyed. There must always be room for personal initiative on the battlefield. You and I both know how one spark of heroism can turn the tide of battle. That knowledge and personal experience can only be earned in blood, and the leader in the field must always be the ultimate arbiter of what course of action should be followed.

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    The Codex Astartes isn't a religious tract that would be divided into verse - Guilliman would probably methodically section the book into several chapters pertaining to their subject matter, no?

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    Yeah, I took the "verse" thing from the first quote in Chapter 4 according to P. 14 of Deathwatch: Rites of Battle. And the religious tone is based on "My will be done." - Warhammer 40,000 Compendium, p. 129. But you have a point about the chapter categorization perhaps not being as good as it could be. That's all me...

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    But remember that in the 41st millennium verse may not have the same connotation as now. It could just have been an easy way to split up chapters.

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    Yeah, I considered doing it in the style of parts of the Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer, another in-universe publication. That book goes for all-out biblical text, with little numbers to denote verses in the linear-narrative tales of great Imperial Guard commanders such as Macharius. But I figure the Codex is less of a story/collection of parables and more of a collection of advice in the vein of The Art of War. Still, I guess I could flesh it out with more explanation of the meanings of each piece of advice...

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    Originally Posted by Graverobber View Post
    Yeah, I considered doing it in the style of parts of the Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer, another in-universe publication. That book goes for all-out biblical text, with little numbers to denote verses in the linear-narrative tales of great Imperial Guard commanders such as Macharius. But I figure the Codex is less of a story/collection of parables and more of a collection of advice in the vein of The Art of War. Still, I guess I could flesh it out with more explanation of the meanings of each piece of advice...
    IIRC the codex astartes not only gives specific instructions on the breakdown of a chapter, but what role a chapter of space marines has within the Imperium of Man, and specifically states 'If you're enemy is doing X, then use units A, B, C and D to do 1,2,3 and 4, if Units A, B, C, and D are unavailable, this can also be done with units E, F, G and H, if the enemy then begins to Y, then change your tactics to use unit A to do item 5, then... etc etc etc...

    so unless you're a tactical genius well versed in the myriad ways of every concievable battle plan using vehicles and soldiers we know nothing about, you just can't make an actual copy of the Codex Astartes.

    HOWEVER, you may be able to make a 'Volume I' sorta dealy, where it shows how a chapter is meant to behave, certain hymns etc.

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    Yeah, well I'm no tactical genius. But I do teach military history, ethics, and strategy at Japan's National Defense Academy (it's really just glorified English teaching, but I've learned a lot from the cadets' presentations on famous battles). And so I tried to put in as much as I knew/believed and leave space, in the form of classified sections, for others to expand and add more. Just as Guilliman alone did not write the Codex (and the historicity of Sun Tzu is in doubt), my dream would be for us as a community to work it up to proper length by "declassifying" more and more.

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    Shall we make an effort of it then? I offer you my help, such as it is. We can first start by figuring out how many chapters the Codex should have, and what subject matters they should contain.

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    Wow! Thanks so much! OK, as a first step, I've put all the parts (including headings) that are direct quotes from canon in red. So, those parts kinda can't be changed, IMHO. But I'm game for changing anything and everything else. Would you like to work on it in a Google doc with me? We can post the link here for any and all who want to join in...

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    That would have been the first thing I'd suggest, yes

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    OK, great! So, here's the link...

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...KpNuCkwwA/edit

    In terms of structuring, I'd suggest that you're bound by "My will be done." being in on P.1, Chapter 4's first verse being what it is, there being at least 47 volumes, and there being at least 1,017 remarks/codicils. Also, WD300 has some more specific stuff about certain quotes being from certain volumes/chapters. If you have any questions about any of the other red parts or anything else, please don't hesitate to ask.

    I look forward to seeing your initial changes! Let me know when you're done...

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    Can't access the link but I'll see what I can do with what I have. Obviously I can't do the whole thing in a single day, so I've decided to work on one chapter at a time:

    The Codex Astartes


    P R E L U D E


    “They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give themselves to me. Like clay, I shall mould them, and in the furnace of war forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns will they be armed. They will be untouched by plague or disease, no sickness will blight them. They will have tactics, strategies, and machines such that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines, and they shall know no fear.”

    —The Emperor of Mankind

    Volume One
    Chapter I - Order of Battle

    I: “My will be done.”
    II: The Space Marines shall thus be a formation of Chapters composing of ten Companies, led by a Chapter Master.
    III: Command of several Astartes formations are hereafter to be divided, and a singular Commander of massed Astartes formations is hereby outlawed.
    IV: A Company shall consist of 100 Space Marines. This unit is led by a Captain, and must have an Apothecary, Company Standard, and Chaplain.
    V: Each Chapter shall have an Armory consisting of the Chapter's Techmarines, tanks, and other units, existing outside the Company structure.
    VI: I, Roboute Guilliman, High Lord of Terra, Warmaster of the Imperium, and Primarch of the Ultramarines, doth declare The Edict of Nikaea abolished.
    VII: To this end, the Librarius Order is to be reinstated, and reintegrated into the new Chapter formations.
    VIII: A Chapter is required to maintain a Fleet or a Homeworld as its headquarters.
    IX: The composition of the First Company shall thus be made wholly of a Chapter's Veterans. Armed and supported by the finest arms a Chapter can muster.
    X: Companies 2 to 5 are thus designated as Battle Companies. Each split into six Tactical Squads, two Assault Squads, and two Devastator Squads.

    XI: A Squad is composed of 10 men, led by a Sergeant, with support units as necessary.
    XII: Companies 6 to 9 are Reserve Companies. With the 6th and 7th comprised of Tactical Squads, the 8th Assault, and the 9th Devastators.
    XIII: Reserve Companies and their related supporting equipment are to be deployed as the combat situation evolves.
    XIV: The 10th Company shall consist entirely of Scout Squads.

    XV: Of the Tactical Space Marine, bedrock of his Chapter and paragon to his brothers, I shall tell thee. He shall be steeped in the lore of battle and schooled in all manner of weapons and strategy. With Combat Blade, Boltgun and Grenade shall he assail the foe. But these are mere tools: a Tactical Marine’s true weapons are his courage, his wits and his dedication to his brothers. He will bring the foe to battle in a manner and time of his choosing, never himself caught unready or ill-prepared for the task at hand. In defence he shall be as stalwart as the mountain, a bulwark stood firm against the enemies of Man. In attack he shall strike with the wrath of the Immortal Emperor, felling the foe without mercy, remorse or fear.”

    XVI: The Tactical Squad shall draw the enemy’s fire, thus allowing the Devastator Squad to attack from a position of strength.

    XVII: A Devastator’s reach shall be without limit and his touch without mercy. Fire shall roar from his fingertips, but it shall consume him not. Thunder will roar when he calls, yet it will swallow him not. Let the Devastator Squad be thy blazing wrath, bringing the light of the Emperor’s justice to the darkest corners of the battlefield. Wherever he stands, that shall be his fortress of righteousness. He shall hold in his gift the fate of all who pass before his unblinking gaze. All shall fear him, and he shall fear no one.

    XVIII: And of the Assault Marine so do I decree: He shall descend upon the perfidious foe as an Angel of Judgement from on high. Let the jump pack be his wings and the roar of its engines a hymn of retribution. Know, though, that although speed be the essence of war, he shall not use the jump pack to leap blindly into enemy fire. Let him instead allow neophytes from the 10th Company to guide his way.

    XIX: Let the chainsword be his scepter of decree, its harsh voice singing joyfully with each and every blow. With it shall the Assault Marine bring bloody retribution to the heretic, the traitor and all alien transgressors who trespass on the Emperor’s domains. So will the Assault Marine be the hunter of warlords and the slayer of kings. His armor shall run slick with the life blood of the vanquished, and all shall honor his name.

    XX: And within each company, the mightiest warrior shall be anointed as Champion. He shall bear arms and armour of great craftsmanship, and he shall protect his Captain from all harm, though it cost him his life. Great honour shall be bestowed upon him in life and in death, and he shall be lauded with great praise.

    End of Chapter I

    Verse XV: “Use your Bike Squad as a blade, striking the enemy and turning aside his counter-blows in equal measure. But in all things beware that speed is nothing without direction, just as even the mightiest weapon is worthless without careful aim. A Biker’s stance should always be resolute and dauntless, but never immobile or rigid. Speed is his advantage, and surprise his deadliest weapon. In fluidity he will find success and in success shall he find renown.”

    Verse XVI: “A Captain leads from the front. By his example shall his men know what it is to be of the Adeptus Astartes, and from his teachings shall they learn the trade of battle in the Emperor’s name. No ordinary man can a Captain be, for many are the paths to victory and he must be master of them all. His very being shall be an extension of the Emperor's work. With every strike of his sword, with every word of his speech, does he reaffirm the ideals of our honoured master. He will vanquish darkness and heresy with every thought, word, and deed. So shall his coming be a sign of deliverance to the dutiful, and a herald of dismay to all traitors. No living man shall stay his wrath.”
    ^These canon quotes do not belong in Order of Battle, as they do not speak of any form of battle order. The Bike Squad can be placed in a tactics based chapter later, and the Captain one can be about command. Keep them, we shall work on this later.

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    OMG! Brilliant work! And I LOVE your changes. Sorry about the Google doc. I had it so you had to be invited, but now it's open to anyone with the link. So, I cut and paste your work into it, replacing the first chapter.

    My only note is that the reason I used the "classified" gag is so that others could add to it later. Plus, it's kinda short for a chapter. Also, the reason I classified Verse 2 was that the codex apparently lists other chapters and how they're divided (but that information is unclear in the canon). What do you think?

    P.S. I didn't put this part in red, but this is taken from the Warhammer wiki: 'Guilliman tore apart the documents of his old doctrines in front of Thiel and made his message clear; from now on, the Ultramarines shall not be a "horde under a warlord that follows him" but a "hundred of thousands of individual Legionaries each in support of the other". Thus was the vision for the Codex Astartes born.' That was the basis for one of my quotes at the beginning of the first chapter. But I'm happy to lose it as you could say that it's about the Codex rather than in the Codex.

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    Originally Posted by Graverobber View Post
    other chapters and how they're divided
    I think verse II adequately does the job. Remember that the Codex was written after the Heresy, when there were still Legions. Being ordered to divide into 1000-strong Chapters would be specific enough. I don't think any other Foundings beside the Second was really within Guilliman's realm of control.

    As for your P/S - I know, as you say, about, not in.

    Currently at work, and probably won't have time to work on this further during weekdays, but I suggest you begin looking at passages regarding command, and begin compiling them for a chapter. This chapter should have everything a commander needs to know to conduct his duty, so mostly simple things like "delegate", and "be decisive", in so few words.

    The way I see it, we need a chapter about command, strategy, and tactics, in that order. From what I've skimmed, tactics is already here, so that's good. The natural place for this seems to be Volume II. Volume I should be about the basic things we know about Space Marines, and from what I see they all make sense, just need a bit of a touch-up, which I can probably do given time, ie, the weekend.


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    Yeah, in regard to Verse II, I'm happy to leave it how it is. But I still think we need to leave room for others to add more detail. Here's what the Warhammer 40,000 Wiki says about it: "The exact number of new Chapters created from the Ultramarines is uncertain: the number listed in the oldest known copy of the Codex Astartes (the so-called Apocrypha of Skaros) gives the total as 24, but does not name them all." That's the degree of uncertainty I was referring to.

    And will do re: Command. Just so you know though, I'd originally divided what you're talking about into two chapters: Strategy and Tactics. This was based on the Clausewitzian notion of strategy being what is done before battle and tactics being what is done within battle. I added Operations due to the WII Soviet idea of one more layer in between the two. I then renamed Strategy "Dispositions" due to some strategic quotes from WD300 that said they were from Volume IV and a chapter named "Dispositions" (or, the way they cite it, it could mean that the entirety of Volume IV is named "Dispositions"). So, I think we need to leave Volume III "classified" or "lost to the ages" or something like that.

    Anyway, a real pleasure working with you! And anyone else who wants to join in, please do!

    UPDATE: I added Chapter IV, per your suggestion (deleting all else that follows, so we can build from what's in this thread rather than being stuck with it). I also tried to edit Chapters II & III to match your style. See what you think...

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    I think it's better to affect our current progress to your first post as well, ease of access and all that.

    There's also formatting to discuss in these matters. Should we 'reset' the chapter numbering after every volume and chapter? The Roman numerals will get tiresome across several volumes, so it's something to consider. If we apply this logic, your current chapter IV should be chapter I of volume II, with its first line beginning with I, and so forth.

    And I think quotation marks are not required, with the exception of when they are actually quoting someone other that Guilliman. Canon quotes of Guilliman should be shaded blue for clarity as I have done in Chapter I. I'm currently reading Know No Fear and there are excerpts of "Notes Towards Martial Codification" by Guilliman, a thinly veiled hint of the proto-Codex Astartes.

    The document title is numbered 7,3, ii.

    If we look at how our Codex is structured, this would mean Volume VII, Chapter III, line II. Do you agree? And if so, should we change our numbering entirely? 1-9s for Volumes and Chapters, and Roman numerals for lines?


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    Great points, all. Yeah, I'm cool with whatever notation you suggest (let me know if you'd like me to make the changes or make them yourself). And I totally agree about the primacy of consistency. The only thing I'd stress is that the line "Know thy duty, and discharge it above all else." is, according to canon, the first verse of Chapter 4 (which makes it kind of hard to have multiple Chapter 4's; although, you could argue that "Chapter" and "Volume" have been used interchangeably - as "Remark" and "Codicil" appear to have been).

    UPDATE: OK, I cut and paste the stuff from the Google doc over the original post. But sorry, I didn't realize your intention with the blue and already changed it all to the same color (but I just changed the direct quotes in the Google doc back to blue). Also, I'd argue that, while the color could help for our purposes while writing, it should be removed at the end for a seamless effect.

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    I'm happy for you to conduct the changes. For now, I think direct quotes that we know as canon should be colored for now as a guide for contributors. We can get rid of color when it's """""""""done""""""".

    The Chapter IV thing is a pickle. We could push the Chapter on Duty to IV, but we'll need 3 other Chapters to precede that, and Strategy and Tactics (2 separate Chapters) don't seem right coming before Duty. Thoughts?


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    OK, I changed the formatting. Have a look (in the Google doc, as I'd have to do the formatting twice to get it looking right here). I just did away with words like "Prelude", "Volume", and "Chapter". That has the benefit of 1) accounting for the ambiguity of some of the quotes (which matches the controversy with things like the Apocrypha of Skaros) and 2) giving us a reasonable number of chapters/volumes to plan out: 47.

    I've got "I" as "Order of Battle", "II" as "On Fortitude", "III" as "On Gene-seed", and "IV" as "Dispositions". "IV" covers everything from command to strategy to operations to tactics (that way it's consistent with canon references to quotes from both "Chapter IV" and "Volume IV").

    So, if you agree with this general approach, I guess the next step is to decide what those chapters/volumes should be called. From the canon, we have the names of a few...

    II - On Fortitude
    IV - Dispositions
    VIII - Thoughts
    XV - Siegecraft
    XXXIV - Coda
    XLVII - Hymnals

    And then, of course, there are the codicils after that.

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    First post is unreadable..

    At this point I'll let other contributors to fill in on volume / chapters. I'll concentrate on editing and adjusting material already available and slowly work myself down the whole thing.

    Chapter / Volume III could be called "Friends and Foes". In Know no Fear, Guilliman writes "If you start with many and end with a single victory, then the cost in between is acceptable." This is a T'Vanti battle creed, which while he doesn't agree entirely, he records nonetheless. I suggest we devote one chapter / volume about the things Guilliman knows about his allies and enemies.


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