Emperor's Spears

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Emperor's Spears
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Battle Cry Skovakarah uhl zarûn! (Redden the Earth!)
Number Unknown
Founding 25th Founding
Successors of Ultramarines
Chapter Master High King Arucatas the Swordbearer
Primarch Roboute Guilliman
Homeworld Nemeton
Strength Unknown
Specialty Air-to-ground assaults, Drop Pod assaults
Allegiance Imperium
Colours Light blue with white helmet and aquila; Druids (Librarians, Apothecaries, Techmarines, and Chaplains) wear black armor with white helmets instead
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"Cousin. Do you use actual lions, celestial or otherwise?"
"Well, no."
"Then shut up about us using spears."

Aaron Dembski-Bowden's take on the Emperor's Spears

The Emperor's Spears are one of those many, many chapters who nobody has ever heard of, or at least until Aaron Dembski-Bowden wrote a book about them, set after the Gathering Storm. They were one of the three Chapters stationed to watch over the Elara's Veil region, the others being the Star Scorpions and the Celestial Lions. Unfortunately for them, the Star Scorpions were lost in the Warp and the Celestial Lions are still rebuilding after their spat with the Inquisition so they're more or less stuck watching the sector on their own. They are mostly Codex-compliant, but have dispensed with using the standard companies in favor of using autonomous warhosts, the better to cover the region.

Nemeton is a pre-industrial world dominated by vast oceans, and the Emperor's Spears' share the native tribes' superstitions about rain being a sacred gift from the sky, which annoys the Ecclesiarchy to no end. The Astartes interact little with them, and in turn the natives believe the Emperor's Spears' to be the spirits of lost children who take their young away never to be seen again.

Following a dispute with the Aurora Chapter over matters of honor that boiled over into a full scale conflict, they have become estranged from their primogenitor (who settled the dispute in the Aurora Chapter's favor; the Spears insist that they did so as an act of favoritism). The tensions have eased somewhat since then, but the Spears and the Aurora Chapter still refuse to fight together.

ADB has given some details about their look and culture through some forums. They mark ranks with helmet plumes of various colors and are basically Spartans in SSPPPAAAACE compared to Ultramarines being space-romans. Alternatively, the Emperor’s Spears may have a distinctly Ancient Briton theme, from their use of Ogham Runes, Woad Blue colouring, organisation into semi-autonomous ‘Warhosts’ and their use of distinctly Brythonic flavoured titles such as ‘High King’ and ‘Druid’. Their allied forge world, Bellona, is also the name of a Romano-British goddess. They also semi-worship the rain - just like the British.

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 Consuls - 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