Friday, 17 April 2015

The History of the "Dark angels": Part 3

The History of the "Dark angels" part 3

Hi guys, welcome to part 3 of the history of the "Dark angels" space marine chapter of space marines.

part 1 can be found here
and part 2 can be found here

The History of the Dark Angels: Part 3



The Dark Angels and their known successor chapters are collectively known as the “Unforgiven" and generally maintain close links with each other.
The Chapter Masters of each chapter belong to the Inner Circle and also carry the honorific of "Grand Master of the Inner Circle". The Dark Angels Chapter Master is also the Inner Circle supreme leader and every single member of the circle answer to him when it comes to the hunt for the Fallen.
Dark Angel's Successor Chapters, much like themselves, will abandon everything for the hunt of the Fallen. It's known that the Dark Angels Legion sired at least three Second Founding chapters, although several other are also thought to hail from this Founding.
The History of the "Dark angels": Part 3


The organisation of the Dark Angels Chapter has been shaped primarily by events in its history, as a result it is different from that of any other. The Chapter is monastic in nature with much time being given over to worship and prayer. There are also many different levels within the Chapter which individuals may gradually rise through. On attaining each level, they find out a little more about the truth behind the Dark Angels' origins. Most Dark Angels themselves know nothing about the beginnings of the Chapter. It is only those at the very top who have learned the whole truth.
The History of the "Dark angels": Part 3


To outside observers, the Dark Angels seem to follow the standard Codex astartes, as written by Roboute Guilliman, organization - comprising 10 companies of roughly 100 Marines plus Headquarters Staff, however they do have several organisational differences which are unique to them and their Successor Chapters -
  • Inner Circle: It is in the organization of the Dark Angels' higher levels that the chapter deviates from the dictates of the Codex Astartes, At the highest level of the Chapter is the Inner Circle, which consists of a number of officers who stand apart from the company organization, and include the Chapter's Librarians and Interrogator-Chaplains. Companies are each led by a Master, who is part of the Inner Circle.
The first two companies are also uniquely organized:
  • The Chapters First company is called the “Deathwing", which fights exclusively in (usually) Indominatus pattern Terminator Armour
  • The Second Company is known as the “RavenWing", which is a formation consisting entirely of fast and highly mobile units such as bike and “Land Speeder" squadrons.
The remainder of the Chapter is organized along Codex lines.


As the Dark Angels are no longer based on an actual world, they draw their recruits from a variety of planets, mainly highly primitive worlds. One of these worlds is the feral world “Kimmeria", from which the current chapter master “Azrael" himself was recruited. Representatives of the Dark Angels visit each recruiting world once within a normal human's lifetime, and take the strongest juveniles from the population. Each recruit is thoroughly screened, and from the moment he is accepted into the Chapter as a Space Marine his past becomes irrelevant.
After the Heresy, the Dark Angels recruited from a single planet (known as the “Plains world"). Sometime before the 41st Millennium a group of returning Deathwing found that their planet had been overrun fifty years earlier by “Genestealers", with only a few untainted humans remaining. The Terminators, whose duty and honour required the extermination of the genestealers, prepared themselves for battle. Because the odds of their success were nearly non-existent, the Terminators engaged in their native death ritual. Instead of anointing their skin with white ash, they anointed their armour. The Terminators cleansed the world and rescued the enslaved populace, and in honour of those few Terminators, their armour was ever after white. Meanwhile, the Dark Angels leadership, the Inner Circle, recognized the folly of relying upon one planet for manpower and so diversified their recruiting grounds.
The History of the "Dark angels": Part 3


The ruins of Caliban are located in the “Cadian” sector, close to the “Eye of terror". Prior to the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy, the planet of Caliban was covered with lush forests inhabited by creatures warped by Chaos. The humans of the planet were a proud, martial people forced to live in great fortress monasteries of stone.
The Dark Angels rebuilt their fortress-monastery on the asteroid that had borne the old one, drilling deep into the bedrock and rebuilding the ruins. The new fortress is known officially as The Tower of Angels, but is more commonly referred to as The Rock. The Rock has been equipped with warp engines, enabling faster-than-light transit through the Immaterium.
The warrens beneath The Rock are where the Dark Angels bring their fallen brethren to be redeemed by their Interrogator chaplains It is believed by the inquisition to hold many other secrets.
However, even this pales in comparison to the greatest secret held by the Dark Angels. This secret is known only to the “Watchers in the dark" and to the Emperor himself. Deep within the bedrock of the asteroid which is their home there is a solitary chamber. In this chamber, attended to by the Watchers in the Dark, lies the sleeping form of Lion El'Jonson.

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