Angels of Vigilance

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Color Scheme of the Angels of Vigilance
Angels of Vigilance
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Founding Second TWENTY-FIFTH Founding
Successors of Dark Angels Unknown
Homeworld Pervigilium
Allegiance Imperium of Man
Colours Yellow & Black

A very obscure chapter that have only been connected to two major battles, but what little information gleaned makes them quite intriguing.

History[edit]

The origins of the Angels of Vigilance are shrouded in mystery. But given their prediliction for wearing robes, their stubborn and unflinching devotion to duty and the tendency of certain chapters to name their successors "Angels of..." it is suspected that they may be one of the Dark Angels Second Founding Chapters that have either been conveniently "missing" for thousands of years or deny any links to the Dark Angels.

The fortress-monastery of the Angels of Vigilance is a gigantic orbital spacedock circling the world of Pervigilium close to the Eye of Terror. Each time the fleets of Chaos vomit forth, the Angels of Vigilance muster to fight them. While they may be one of the Astartes Praeses since the full twenty chapters have not yet been named, it is potentially unlikely that they are a member of them since they have been observed fighting in different Segmentums.

The Angels of Vigilance have never once mobilised their entire Chapter to fight in warzones across the galaxy. Each Battle-Brother of the Chapter has sworn a blood oath that the Angels of Vigilance's fortress-monastery shall never be undefended and each time the Chapter has been called to war, at least one company is duty-bound to remain behind on garrison duty. This has occasionally caused the High Lords of Terra to question their loyalty when the Chapter outright ignores them... but if they truly are successors of the Dark Angels, then that is no surprise at all.

The source of this blood oath is unrecorded, however following the Horus Heresy, the Dark Angels Legion of Space Marines disobeyed direct orders from the High Lords of Terra (surprise surprise) and launched a campaign against the rulers of Pervigilium. Years later, following the Second Founding, the Angels of Vigilance took up station around the planet remained ever since. Which hints that there may be something interesting about the planet if the Dark Angels decided to stick around, particularly if they left Angels of VIGILANCE to remain to watch over it.

The confusion brought up about the chapter is that despite their history, they have not been confirmed as a Second Founding chapter, and have instead been listed in White Dwarf as having been founded in the 40th Millenium, which is around approximately the 25th Founding. As mentioned earlier, this would not be the first time that the Dark Angels apparently have unexplained successor chapters popping up out of no-where with long, yet conflicting histories or with wargear suggesting provenance of a considerable age. This potentially hints that there may be many more Second Founding chapters hidden in the Imperium that no-one knows about (which is almost a certainty as several of the Ultramarine successors have yet to be named) but which further hints that the First Legion may have broken up into many more chapters than originally thought.

Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes
First Founding (M29): Blood Angels - Dark Angels - Imperial Fists - Iron Hands - Raven Guard
Salamanders - Space Wolves - Ultramarines - White Scars
Second Founding (021.M31): Angels Encarmine - Angels of Absolution - Angels of Redemption - Angels of Vengeance
Angels Porphyr - Angels Sanguine - Angels Vermillion - Aurora Chapter - Black Consuls
Black Guard - Black Templars - Blood Drinkers - Brazen Claws - Crimson Fists - Destroyers
Doom Eagles - Eagle Warriors - Excoriators - Fists Exemplar - Flesh Tearers - Genesis Chapter
Inceptors - Iron Snakes - Libators - Lions Sable - Marauders - Mortifactors - Nemesis
Novamarines - Obsidian Glaives - Patriarchs of Ulixis - Praetors of Orpheus - Rampagers
Raptors - Red Talons - Revilers - Silver Eagles - Silver Skulls - Soul Drinkers - Storm Lords
White Consuls - Wolf Brothers
Third to Twelfth Founding
(M32-M35):
Astral Claws - Charnel Guard - Dark Paladins - Executioners - Flesh Eaters - Halo Brethren
Howling Griffons - Iron Knights - Mantis Warriors - Marines Malevolent - Night Swords
Sable Swords (initial) - Scythes of the Emperor - Space Sharks - Sons of Guilliman
Thirteenth Founding (M35): Death Spectres - Exorcists
Fourteenth to Twentieth Founding: Angels of Fire - Celebrants
Twenty-First Founding
(991.M35):
Black Dragons - Blood Gorgons - Fire Hawks
Flame Falcons - Lamenters - Minotaurs - Sons of Antaeus
Twenty-Second to
Twenty-Sixth Founding (M35-M41):
Angels of Vigilance - Celestial Lions - Dark Hunters - Disciples of Caliban - Emperor's Spears
Fire Angels - Imperial Harbingers - Knights of the Raven - Marines Errant - Mentors
Fire Claws/Relictors - Star Phantoms - Steel Cobras - Subjugators
Ultima Founding
(999.M41):
Angels of Defiance - Blades of Vengeance - Castellans of the Rift - Fulminators
Knights Cerulean - Knights of the Chalice - Knights of Thunder - Necropolis Hawks
Nemesors - Praetors of Ultramar - Rift Stalkers - Silver Drakes - Silver Templars
Sons of the Phoenix - Storm Reapers - Umbral Knights - Unnumbered Sons
Valiant Blades - Void Tridents - Wolfspear
Unknown Founding: Angels Eradicant - Astral Knights - Blood Ravens - Blood Swords - Brothers Penitent
Crimson Castellans - Crimson Scythes - Dark Hands - Death Eagles - Fire Lords
Guardians of the Covenant - Hammers of Dorn - Invaders - Iron Talons - Knights of Blood
Knights Unyielding - Marines Exemplar - Night Watch - Rainbow Warriors - Reclaimers
Red Hunters - Red Scorpions - Sable Swords (refounded) - Solar Hawks
Star Dragons - Storm Wardens - Valedictors - Viper Legion - Vorpal Swords
Unsanctioned Founding: Consecrators - Sons of Medusa - Steel Confessors
Others: Adeptus Custodes - Astartes Praeses - Deathwatch - Grey Knights