Blades in the Dark
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|Blades in the Dark|
|Battle Cry||None, open battle is to be regretted, not glorified.|
|Successors of||Void Angels|
|Chapter Master||Thierre Boulet (Founding), Florian Morel|
|Homeworld||Vaniteux (Destroyed), Fleet Based|
|Strength||1,100 at establishment, 800-1400 current.|
|Specialty||Stealth, asymmetric warfare, urban combat.|
|Allegiance||Imperium of Man|
|Colours||Variable, context determinant|
Created in the second Founding, as the Blades of the Emperor, successor chapter to the Void Angels the Blades were stationed at the far side of the Ultima Segmentum, on the Eastern Fringe.
Their founder, Thierre Boulet, a captain in the Void Angels, was renowned for his swordsmanship and chivalry in battle. From the Void Angels, he brought several veterans to becomes, most notably, Mathieu Thibodeau, a Terminator Sergeant who became the captain of the first company, and William Ombre, a Scout Captain and veteran of the Al-Sherar Sector.
After their near destruction in the Second Vetrovnak Incursion, Ombre became Chapter Master of the devastated chapter, and they rose again, as the Blades in the Dark.
Thierre Boulet was a popular marine in the Void Angels. He fought in the Heresy and beyond, gaining a small cadre of sergeants and Captains that respected his martial prowess, though he rarely commanded more than his own company.
When the legions were split with the reforms of the Institutorum Astartes, Boulet and his comrades formed the Blades of the Emperor, and were assigned to the Ultima Segmentum. They controlled a small region, several Hive Worlds, a Forge world and countless agriworlds.
Their homeworld was the feudal world of Vaniteux. A grand melee was held on the world every year, and those children that accounted themselves best in the fighting were recruited to the chapter, as they best fitted the chivalrous duelling style of the Chapter.
The Blades of the Emperor served with distinction for 700 years, but spread thin, with forces as small as 20 and at most 100 marines on each planet across several systems, and were therefore all but destroyed in the Vetrovnak Incursion, and those that survived forged a very different chapter.
The Pacification of the Vaniteux System
The Blades of the Emperor travelled far to reach the system they were to make their home, and upon arrival, wanted only to begin construction of their Fortress Monastery.
The system was not, contrary to the claims of the Administratum, a part of the Imperium. So the Blades set about rectifying this fact.
Again the transhuman might of the Adeptus Astartes, the feudal forces of Vaniteux folded like a wet paper bag. The campaign was over within hours, when Thierre slaughtered all 32 of the High King's bodyguards to deliver the Emperor's justice to the man.
No Marines were lost.
The Second Vetrovnak Incursion
The Blades of the Emperor deployed across 15 systems, so they could respond rapidly to any developing threat. However, this meant they were woefully underprepared for the Vetrovnak onslaught. The Blades, spread so broadly, took horrendous casualties. Aghast, Thierre called the Blades back to their homeworld. Only the first and tenth company did not come. The tenth was spread throughout Hive World Tribulus, on the orders of Scout Captain Ombre, matching the Vetrovnak at their own tactics, hitting isolated groups and supplies, and evaporating into the Hive when the Vetrovnak moved more forces into the area. In this manner, they blunted the Vetrovnak advance, however temporarily, in the system, and therefore were not ordered to withdraw. The First Company, meanwhile, was caught up in a desperate last stand on the death world Sitio, which baked under a too-large sun. They were trapped in the promethium mines that riddled the world, and were slowly bleeding men, their Terminator Armour ill suited to the narrow mine shafts.
The rest of the chapter assembled on Vaniteux, and retreated to their fortress. Boulet immediately set about preparing for an assault, which he hoped would break the back of the Vetrovnak forces in his domain. The Vetrovnak encircled the planet with their fleet, so none could land or take off on Vaniteux.
He led 400 marines in a glorious charge against the Vetrovnak besieging his fortress, slashing a path through them, to engage the leader of the raid.
The two battled for hours, before Thierre managed to break through the Vetrovnak's defence, and bury his power sword in it's stomach. He roared his triumph, and turned to check on his men, and the Vetrovnak impaled on the end of his sword stabbed him in the back of the head. He dropped wordlessly to the ground, quite dead. The marines called for a general retreat.
Of the 400 marines that entered battle with the Vetrovnak, only 120 returned. They retreated to the fortress, and protected those that had reached it before the Vetrovnak. They would take a further 50% casualties before they were evacuated.
On Tribulus, the Scouts were finally forced to withdraw from the planet, leaving behind 15 dead from their 100 strong force. They made their way back to Vaniteux. THe Vetrovnak were preparing to leave the world, having seized the entire population, and preparing to destroy it from orbit, to wipe the chapter out.
Thunderhawks made near-suicidal dives through the Vetrovnak blockade, escaping with the Geneseed stocks, and 45 marines, the rest lost to the Vetrovnak fleet.
The highest ranking officer remaining was Ombre, leader of the 10th company. He was in command of the remains of the chapter; 130 marines, none of them Terminators, and 85 of them scouts.
Thus reduced, they dropped into the warp to leave the system.
Ombre hoped to reunite with the First Company, but the astropathic messages made the fate of the terminators clear.
Without a hope of facing the vetrovnak on even footing, Ombre recalled his service under the primarch on Jolof, and instructed the marines of his chapter in how to wage war as the Void Angels had been forced to in the campaign against the Amatteir.
For the rest of the Vetrovnak Incursion, the Blades cut the Vetrovnak on every planet they could get to. Arming the populace to resist the Vetrovnak, murdering commanders and striking at their support, whilst the Vetrovnak could do little to retaliate against the small, fast moving groups of Astartes.
The chapter began building their strength back up, claiming the orphans left when the Vetrovnak reaped their bloody harvest from the worlds they fought on, and screening for their ability to serve the chapter.
Though few reached maturity in time to face the Vetrovnak, they gave the chapter the confidence that this was not their last battle, that they could rebuild.
By the end of the war, the chapter knew well the value of guerrilla warfare, of fear, of resistance movements. They had been the sword of the Emperor, striking down the enemy before him, but now, they would be his dagger in the darkness, and they would make his foes bleed.
Thierre Boulet - the founder, and first Chapter Master. Abnormally, the chapter does not honour him, instead he is considered somewhat vainglorious, and foolhardy. A fine swordsman, but a poor strategist.
Mathieu Thibodeau - The original First Captain. Died a hero's death, fighting back to back with his terminators. Honoured by those who still believe in the virtues the Chapter once held - honour, valour, open combat and the like.
William Ombre - Originally captain of the tenth Company, Ombre took command of the chapter after the leadership collapsed in the fighting. He is honoured by all marines of the chapter, for saving the chapter, and forging an effective weapon from them. It was he that first espoused the guiding philosophy of the chapter.
Florian Morel - the current chapter master. Generally respected, though little loved.
Chapter Combat Doctrine
The Blades in the Dark are almost entirely focused around stealth, guerrilla warfare and fear tactics.
When forced to open battle, they rely heavily on scouts to disrupt their foes as they advance across the field. What few Terminators they have are usually deployed via Teleport, within striking distance of the leader of their adversary's forces.
Tactical Marines also utilise the principles of asymmetric warfare, using camouflage to make it more difficult to pick them out, as they advance rapidly, striking the enemy out of nowhere, hoping to behead the enemy force in a short, sharp attack, to take advantage of the qualitive advantage they enjoy above their enemies, before the enemy can swamp them with weight of numbers. When fighting those that are of similar calibre, they prefer to deny them battle, bleeding them as they advance, killing their scouts, cutting their supply lines, and killing any force that hopes to strike at them.
The Chapter believes that the Imperium, in it's current form, cannot survive.
However, they also hold the fervent belief that it will not remain in it's current form. The Emperor will rise from His Throne, and the Imperium will enter a Golden Age. It is the duty of the Space Marines to keep His Imperium from falling into ruin, until He is ready to save the future of Humanity.