|Battle Cry||Ex Tenebris Lux|
|Founding||21st (ca. M36)|
|Chapter Master||Lord Arbiter Zakis Randi|
|Strength||~800 (previously over ~2000)|
|Specialty||Conflict Resolution, Covert Warfare|
|Colours||Azure on Ceramite, Adaptive Camouflage|
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
- – Oscar Wilde
The Knights Inductor chapter is a fairly detailed attempt to create a viable chapter of Reasonable Marines. The first tale of the Knights Inductor was penned by an Anon known only as LongPoster, telling the story of one Inquisitor Rightina Immam and her visit to the Aprior Sector, hoping to investigate them for heresy. She found it in large quantities. They've since taken on a bit of a life of their own (though not to the extent of, say, the Angry Marines), with other writers chiming in and a completed fandex. Unfortunately, the tale was left unfinished, and the Knights Inductor were all but forgotten, until another Anon, creatively calling himself "Not LongPoster," continued their story. However due to this, the Chapter has attracted no small amount of controversy, especially with the "Return of the Reasonable Marines" tale which included a large number of improbable and heretical elements. It would be wise to read such stories with a large amount of
skepticism attention to their contents, as their contents have almost certainly either been falsified or exaggerated by untoward elements of the Inquisition *BLAM* are completely true in every respect.
- 1 Index Astartes: Knights Inductor
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- 4 Gallery
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- 6 See Also
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Index Astartes: Knights Inductor
"Our progenitors despised us, and our leadership didn't understand us. We were lost, until Captain Norys helped us find ourselves." - Chapter Master Zakis Randi
[CONTENT REDACTED: Purged by Inquisitorial Order, Contents May Prove To Be Inaccurate
Of all of the Space Marine Chapters, none are so legendary in their hatred of the enemies of Man as the Desert Fangs, now known only as the "Angry Marines" since the Horus Heresy. The Angry Marines were also renowned for their resilience against the corruptions of Chaos. This was believed to be their rage shielding them from Chaos' whispers, but in M36, a heretical Magos Biologis by the name of Jakobus Hamundr discovered ancient records on the Angry Marines' gene-seed. The information was incomplete, but it whispered that the Primarch of the Second Legion was potentially a Null of phenomenal power, and that his anti-psychic nature had imprinted itself on his Legion's gene-seed. The effect had been suppressed for unclear reasons, and supplemented with the burning hatred which earned the Angry Marines their name. Hamundr was convinced that he could restore it in order to create a Chapter with the same if not greater Warp-resistance as the Angry Marines, but without the instability of the Angry Marines' berserk rage. The Adeptus Indignatus would not cooperate with a successor less angry than they, so Hamundr had to ask the Doom Eagles to lend a leadership team to instill a proper Codex-compliant nature into the inductees of the new chapter. Hamundr shortly disappeared after the gene-seed's creation, supposedly silenced by the Inquisition, though for unknown reasons the gene-seed made it to the Founding.
The next Founding turned out to be the Cursed 21st, and Hamundr's plan soon went awry. The Warp-resistance was almost non-existent, with an abnormally high gene-seed rejection rate, especially within those of even the smallest psychic potential, causing them to suffer excruciating soul-pain before eventually expiring. While the Knights were not afflicted by the iconic berserk rage of their progenitors, neither did they exhibit the proper disdain for or hatred of Mankind's enemies; it seemed that the altered gene-seed had failed to carry over the vehement hatred that the Space Marines are so feared and admired for, instead encouraging an implacable if not dour state of mind. Most crucially however, post-implant recruits proved extremely resistant to the mental conditioning used to train inductees in other Chapters in the art of war, greatly increasing the amount of training a recruit had to undergo and leaving the Chapter vulnerable to human fears. The chapter's leadership decided that a crusade would harden the Knights' hearts with the fires of war, and so the Knights Inductor set off for the nearby war-torn world of Kronos VI.
Crusade on Kronos VI
Kronos VI was a Hive World home to several munitions manufactora, where the working class had suffered for generations under the yoke of their planetary leadership, until they realized that they outnumbered their rulers by about six orders of magnitude. The Munitorum demanded that order be restored by any means possible, and the standard practice for such situations was that the rebellion be annihilated.
The Salamanders had also sent a detachment to Kronos VI, under the command of one Captain Carolus Norys. Where the Angry Marines shunned the Knights for their dispassion, and their leadership pushed them in a direction they did not truly desire, Norys gladly took the fledgling Chapter under his wing, and the Knights soon saw him as their spiritual liege. He instilled in them a sense of guardianship: that their purpose was to protect the Imperium first, and only to exercise force in the service of that purpose, and even then, to minimize collateral damage while doing so. Rather than destroying the rebellion, the Salamanders and Knights Inductor worked to address the populace's demands for better living conditions and a government more responsive to their grievances, overseeing the revitalization of the primary hive city. Their solution took longer than a simple extermination campaign would have, but it resulted in a stable government, better living conditions for the Kronans, and a more productive, stable world in the long run. The Knights Inductor knew that they had found their purpose at last: to seek troubled systems, repair them, and leave them better off than before.
For information on what the Knights Inductor did after pacifying Kronos, and other events pertaining to the Knights Inductor and the Aprior Sector, see the Aprior Sector Timeline.
The Knight Inductor's origins, despite being relatively recent circa M36 have been shrouded through interference and intrigue. There are some claims to their being descendants of a Founding Legion but out of all the current Founding Chapters none have records pertaining to the Successor Chapter known as the Knights Inductor. Attempts to procure the source of their gene-stock results in Inquisitorial interference. All that is known for sure is that they were part of the Cursed 21st Founding and had their gene-seed tampered in such a way as to produce a Warp-resistant strain as a counter to Chaos. There are a few Chapters of Adeptus Astartes that are known for Chaos resistance, such as the venerable Grey Knights and the extreme Exorcists, both using differing methods with positive results but never before had the gene-seed been directly modified to do so.
The results were mixed at best. While the average Knights Inductor indeed proved to be more resistant to the wiles of Chaos, they did not show any particularly significant benefits or advantages in engaging the forces of Chaos over the aforementioned Grey Knights and Exorcists. In larger groups they had the potential to stifle the effects of the Warp to an extent but nowhere anywhere near the effectiveness of a Culexus or equivalent Grey Knight force. This mild benefit was matched with a higher than normal rejection rate, particularly within those that exhibited Warp-sensitivity or Psyker potential. The resulting rejection grew all the more excruciating to those who could become Psykers, forcing the Knights Inductor to pre-screen candidates for psychic potential and recruiting them without implantation, depriving the Chapter of regular Librarians. With this as the last straw the Ordos Malleus declared the testing of the Chapter for their use as a dedicated anti-Chaos force a failure.
On top of all this, initiates proved to be equally resistant to hypnotherapy training and typical indoctrination procedures, lengthening the amount of required to train initiates up to combat standards. Without the mental conditioning of Space Marines, they came to be regarded with disdain as pseudo-Marines and their naturally calm and dour state of mind lacking righteous fury as potentially detrimental to their faith in the Emperor. To some in the Inquisition these side-effects weren't enough to deter them from attempting to replicate the Warp-resistance effects but the original research data was already long lost.
Crusade on Kronos
After initial testing by the Inquisition of their anti-Warp traits and subsequent declarations as failures in that regard, they were given under the leadership of the Doom Eagles in order to instill a Codex-compliant nature into the still raw Knight Inductor Chapter. The chapter's leadership decided that a crusade would harden the Knights' hearts with the fires of war, and so the Knights Inductor set off for the nearby war-torn world of Kronos VI.
Kronos VI was a Hive World home to several munitions manufactora, where the working class had suffered for generations under the yoke of their planetary leadership, until they realized that they outnumbered their rulers by about six orders of magnitude. The Munitorum demanded that order be restored by any means possible, and the standard practice for such situations was that the rebellion be annihilated.
The Salamanders had also sent a detachment to Kronos VI, under the command of one Captain Carolus Norys. Where most Chapters shunned the Knights for their dispassion, and their leadership pushed them in a direction they did not truly desire, Norys gladly took the fledgling Chapter under his wing, and the Knights soon saw him as their spiritual liege. He instilled in them a sense of guardianship: that their purpose was to protect the Imperium first, and only to exercise force in the service of that purpose, and even then, to minimize collateral damage while doing so. Rather than destroying the rebellion, the Salamanders and Knights Inductor worked to address the populace's demands for better living conditions and a government more responsive to their grievances, overseeing the revitalization of the primary hive city. Their solution took longer than a simple extermination campaign would have, but it resulted in a stable government, better living conditions for the Kronans, and a more productive, stable world in the long run. The Knights Inductor knew that they had found their purpose at last: to seek troubled systems, repair them, and leave them better off than before.
"The only creature I've ever met with a more callous disregard for life than yours was a Dark Eldar Archon, and at least he had the courtesy not to proclaim his devotion to virtue while he murdered billions." - Chapter Master Jakob Morridus, shortly before executing Canoness Sarah Azaniel
At first, the Knights Inductor were a fleet-based Chapter, having dedicated themselves to repairing the Imperium world by world. Eventually, their crusade took them out to the Eastern Fringe, where the Astronomican's light pushes against the intergalactic calm in the Warp, setting up a great turbulence. In M40, the turbulence erupted into a full Warp Storm, enclosing the sector which the Knights Inductor were pacifying. With no means of leaving, the Knights decided to put down roots and push their skills to their limit in improving the sector.
Aprior was the most populated system in the sector, and was riven by internal division and external threats, so the Knights decided to improve that system first. They appeared to the fractious Apriori, and offered a deal: cooperate with us, and we will build a noble, bright future together. The Apriori were skeptical at first, having been disunited for so long, and several factions objected to the idea of unity or cooperation with their former enemies. The Aprior Commandery of the Order of the Sacred Rose was the most outspoken of these factions, especially when they learned that the Knights Inductor were willing to tolerate trade with xenos or attempt to rehabilitate heretics in the pursuit of peace. When their objections failed to attract popular support or produce results, they deemed the sector heretical, and sought to put it to the torch, starting with their home system of Marion. The Knights Inductor were able to stop the Sisters on the world of Dvi-Marion by incapacitating the Sisters' orbital assets, trapping them on the ground. The Knights tried and convicted the Sisters of crimes against humanity for the brutal tactics they employed, and offered a choice: use their expertise to help the Apriori, or be executed. The Sororitas who accepted were reformed into the more scholarly and defense-focused Order of Reason's Light, in line with what the Knights Inductor felt was a more reasonable interpretation of the Decree Passive.
Once the Knights extinguished the immediate threat of rebellion and started to implement their social policies, quality of life started to improve for those Apriori who cooperated with them, and support for the Knights grew rapidly. The Apriori banded together and set to work fortifying their world, and then spread, first to nearby stars, and then to the whole sector, driving back the threats of the cosmos and advancing the Knights' social programs as they went. The worlds of the Aprior Sector are varied, but their societies have several common policies dating to this era: citizens are regularly screened for genetic mutation, starting before birth, and extensive public education programs include civil defense training to ensure that all Apriori citizens can contribute to their worlds' defensive efforts.
The Knights Inductor use these programs to identify children who are compatible with their gene-seed and have the potential for combat aptitude. Because Aprior is largely composed of Civilized Worlds as opposed to Feral or Death Worlds, there is not an easy way to identify which of these children are truly Space Marine material without actually putting them through training, so the Knights simply train them all: when flagged children reach age twelve, their parents are contacted and offered the opportunity to allow their child to go through training. There is no penalty for refusal, but having a child in the Knights Inductor is a high honor, and even those who do not become Knights are skilled enough to excel in the Chapter Staff, the Apriori Armed Forces, or almost any other technical or military career field, so most parents accept.
As the Knights Inductor were the leaders of the fleets which settled the Aprior Sector, they have the option to directly rule every planet therein. They have temporarily exercised this power on worlds in a dire state of emergency, but otherwise, they leave the systems outside of the Aprior Subsector to govern themselves, so long as they meet certain standards of economic viability, self-sufficiency, and protection of the rights of citizens.
"As we proceed in our duties, consider the Emperor of Man. Despite his genius and continuing honorable courage, he made a number of avoidable mistakes, even from the foundation of the Imperium. Even with the greatest ability, and noblest goals, mistakes happen. Therefore, let us admit to our own errors, that we may refine our ways." - Knights Inductor Invocation
Like most Space Marine Chapters, the Emperor is not worshiped as a god among the Knights Inductor, but as a man: and even then, although the Knights Inductor believe that he is powerful, worthy of admiration, and in many ways the best that mankind has to offer, they also believe (though they would say that it is not so much "belief" as awareness) that he is not perfect. They are scrupulously careful to avoid blind devotion, because doing so would blind them to their own imperfections. A significant part of the Chaplains' sessions with the Space Marines is spent in reflection, to recognize and learn from their failures and shortcomings and improve going forward; reminding themselves that even the Emperor of Mankind can make mistakes helps keep them humble.
The Knights Inductor's practice of recruiting from the worlds they pacify has given them a personal understanding of and respect for the diversity present in the Imperium, not to mention several millennia of experience in forging a viable alliance out of many disparate members, within and beyond the subsector. They believe, from personal experience, that every Imperial world and citizen is able to contribute to the Imperium and is worth protecting; and that protecting the Imperium, rather than seeking and destroying the Imperium's enemies, is their primary purpose.
"Any Space Marine can apply force and destroy a target. The true measure of a Chapter is how it can achieve victory without force." - Captain Roland Darren, Third Company
Knights Inductor gene-seed makes them steadier but not as quick, relative to other Space Marine Chapters, and they use tactics to play to their strengths. Rather than making high-visibility close-quarters assaults, they use camouflage and more exotic stealth techniques to mask their deployments and strike from long range, usually with heavy mechanized support thanks to the Aprior Sector's thriving industrial base and growing manufacturing capacity. The Knights Inductor amplify this advantage through advanced electronic and psychological warfare, tricking enemies into reacting to forces which aren't really there, or even forcing them into surrendering in the face of apparently overwhelming opposition. Then, while the enemy is jumping at shadows, they employ surgically-precise strikes to eliminate enemy leadership or destroy enemy linchpins.
The most peculiar "combat doctrines" of the Knights Inductor have to do with their preference to limit or even avoid combat if it is reasonable to do so; they have found that a nonviolent resolution is preferable to a bloody war, and that, by not exterminating the enemy, prisoners taken can supply information and be used as bargaining chips, or even defect entirely. They may also leave a detachment behind after major combat operations are complete to help establish stability, rather than perpetuating needless and wasteful conflict and leaving the locals to clean up the mess by themselves. These practices have earned the Knights Inductor the moniker of "Reasonable Marines" among Imperial citizens.
Sometimes, this involves tolerating or cooperating with people (human or otherwise) whom more puritanical chapters or Imperial authorities would have exterminated; the Knights Inductor (and Apriori in general) are not picky about their allies, so long as they behave. When the encroaching Tyranids and Necrons calmed the Warp storms surrounding the Aprior Sector, Inquisitor Rightina Immam was sent to identify any deviations which had developed over the thirteen hundred years of isolation, and she was alarmed to find such tolerance; she immediately called an Inquisitorial Council to examine the Knights and judge them (see Report "An Investigation into the Heresy of the Reasonable Marines").
Radical Inquisitors, exemplified by Johannes Krieger of the Ordo Hereticus, advocated cautious acceptance of the Knights Inductor. Krieger acknowledged their deviations, but argued that their experience made them useful to have in the Imperium, and that their Warp-resistance and, in extreme cases, Warp-nullifying effect is especially valuable to the Inquisition. As a Recongregator, he also suggested to his like-minded colleagues that some "deviations" might be put to good use in the Imperium, such the Apriori genetic screening and public education policies. On the other hand, the more Puritanical Inquisitors, led by staunch Monodominant Inquisitor Lord Avius Damnos, claimed that no utility can justify the degree of Apriori deviation. He and his colleagues in the Ordo Malleus tried to rouse the Imperium in a Crusade against the Aprior Sector.
The Radicals gained the upper hand, if only through bureaucratic inertia: the Aprior Sector did not appear to be threatening enough to expend the effort to initiate a Crusade and the costs of eliminating an experienced and firmly-entrenched foe, especially when more immediate threats are always all around, though Inquisitor Rightina was dispatched to monitor the Aprior Sector as a concession to the Puritans.
Captain Darren has earned the honorific "Master of the Deal" for his successes in defusing conflicts without bloodshed; the "Non-War of Teron I" is one of his more famous accomplishments. When a Tau strike force claimed to own the Imperial world of Teron I, the local Imperial Guard Regiments were provoked to mobilize, which would invite a weightier response from the Tau Empire, and could only escalate from there. A long meat-grinder war was in the making, but cooler heads within the Administratum realized that the regiments were needed to fight the Tyranids, and that driving out the Tau would leave them dangerously under-strength for such a deployment. Fortunately, Darren's Battle Barge was in the vicinity, and the Administratum asked him to handle the situation.
Rather than preemptively striking the Tau, as the IG force commander suggested, Darren established a defensive perimeter against a sudden Tau attack, and used some technological trickery to give the appearance of having many more Marines deployed than he actually had on hand. When he engaged the Tau diplomatically, he was able to convince them that the resources required to take the world by force would be better spent colonizing non-Imperial worlds, playing on the fact that the Tau desired expansion more than bloodshed.
In the debriefing session thereafter, Darren was asked what he would have done had he not convinced the Tau to leave without a fight. For his answer, Darren whistled, and twelve Terminators deactivated cloaking devices, appearing as if from thin air. After the flustered leadership calmed down, Darren assured them that he was "well prepared for a hostile reception."
The Glove Comes Off
A full-out battle fought by the Knights Inductor is always representative of a last resort effort to contain and subdue the enemy before the threat grows too large. For every battle fought in this manner is a dozen more resolved peacefully and with a lot less collateral damage. However there is always a line that can be crossed to cause the Knights to show their true martial strength. Perhaps negotiation wasn't an option, such as it often is with Tyranids, Orks, Chaos, and Necrons. But sometimes the Knights are forced into a form of preventative self defense by unreasonably hostile aggression by even fellow Imperial forces.
When the efforts of even the best diplomats of the Knights Inductor fail, then the glove comes off, and the advanced technological might of the Knights is unleashed to minimize damage sustained. This kind of conflict is highly distasteful to the Knights and they fight all the harder to resolve things quickly.
"There is no specific regulation to the number of Marines in a chapter." - Sergeant (later Captain) Aeron Sacres, Fourth Squad, Fifth Company
For the most part, the Knights Inductor operate under the Codex Astartes as taught by the Doom Eagles who first led the Chapter, but in the millennia since their founding, they have diverged to adapt to changing circumstances.
In order to be flexible, the Knights tend to separate their forces. It is very rare for a whole Company to fight together; they frequently fight as individual Squads, in fairly separated battles -- on many occasions, a Company has found itself split across multiple fronts of warfare. To ensure that each detachment has enough Marines to fight effectively, the Knights gradually increased their standard squad size from ten to its present (and likely final) value of twenty-four. A squad of this size can divide itself two, three, or even four ways depending on the tactical needs of a particular mission; thus, even a squad that finds itself alone can instantly become a four-fold threat. This organizational change has the additional effect of allowing the Knights to increase their numbers without technically violating the Codex Astartes, though this was not their original intent.
The Third Company takes this division to the extreme, loaning individual squads (sometimes with support from the Chapter Armory and Reserve Companies) to Imperial forces in need of Astartes assistance. While lending their support, the squads gather intelligence on the tactics and technology of their allies and enemies; often, they will be supported in these efforts by a Techmarine or Librarian. After the conclusion of the campaign, the squad returns home with an impressive record of victory, battle experience, and information to be shared among and dissected by their battle-brothers. This practice is highly regarded as the biggest source of combat information for the greater Chapter and may even be adopted by other Companies to increase the intake of knowledge.
Following the Zeist Campaign, the greatest tacticians of the Knights Inductor pieced together an adaptive-reactive battle plan called the Macharius Strategem, named after the great Lord Solar Macharius whose victories were practically assured, from a local to stellar scale. It is heavily based upon intense study and scrutiny of Macharius' campaigns, as well as integrated information from Third Company and other sources. While those few who can see it in practice in battle hail it as a battle plan without flaw, the more shrewd commanders and tacticians of the Knights Inductor are careful not to over rely on a single strategy, and regularly revise it as new, brilliant tactics are invented and assimilated.
Joint Force Operations
"By the word of the Emperor, the Astartes are His bulwark against the Terror, the defenders of humanity. Whatever alliances they need to make to fulfill this great task they should make, and the Knights Inductor, at least, will do so." - Captain David Connor, Aprior 24th Mechanized Regiment, Imperial Guard
For all their ability, Space Marines cannot win wars alone; only the vast legions of the Imperial Guard have enough boots and guns to take, hold or defend large territories. The Knights Inductor quickly learned that they were more effective as part of a combined, diverse force than they were alone, and the first step taken by any detachment of Knights entering a new conflict is to identify and join such a coalition, or attempt to found one if none exist. This is usually straightforward, as almost every Imperial world has some armed forces that the Knights can augment, but integration takes time, while Space Marines are at their best in rapid deployments, and many threats to the Imperium are extremely time-sensitive.
When the Knights Inductor came to rule the Aprior Sector, they decided to ensure that their Sector's armed forces were built from the ground up with joint operation in mind. Every Guardsman, Voidsman, Scout, and (eventually) Novice in the Sector is taken through several standard, cross-service courses during training, with extensive time devoted to joint training exercises. The result is a set of highly competent armed services, capable of seamlessly integrating into one unified force as circumstances require.
This grants the Aprior Sector a substantial advantage over invaders, compared to the rest of the Imperium, as all facets of their defenses are trained to fight together for maximum effect, but it also serves them well on offensive campaigns, because it requires next to no time at all for an Apriori Joint Force to establish an optimal plan of action. The cross-training also helps each respective service integrate cohesively with their counterparts from other worlds. For this reason, detachments of Knights Inductor bound for high-conflict zones, such as the Damocles Gulf Campaign, are often accompanied by a Battlegroup from Battlefleet Aprior and several Guard Regiments. The reverse also applies; large Navy or Guard forces will often have a detachment of Knights Inductor for support.
The most common example of joint operations between the Knights Inductor and the Apriori Guardsmen is the inclusion of young, skilled, and highly motivated troopers in the Scout Company of the Chapter. While they are outmatched physically they have the potential to yet become Knights should they pass secondary screening tests and proving themselves in combat alongside neophyte Scouts.
"Our Primarch is lost. All that remains of him is our gene-seed, and through that, he is always with us." - Apothecary Stephan Aigle
Like their parent Chapter and Legion, Knights Inductor gene-seed has mutations in the organs that affect the brain. These mutations enhance the abilities of Nulls to the point that they can manipulate the shape and strength of their "null aura" to some degree, while psykers' abilities are severely blunted, if not outright deadened. All Knights Inductor receive significant mental resistance to Warp powers and emotional stabilization, allowing them to keep a cool head under all circumstances and resist corruption. It also seems that the psychic resistance makes the gene-seed itself less vulnerable to further mutation. These traits endear the Knights Inductor to the Inquisition, especially the Deathwatch, encouraging them (and thus the other Imperial factions) to turn a blind eye to the Knights' more deviant practices and beliefs. This resilience comes at a cost: the Catalepsean Node has been rendered ineffective, training takes up to a decade longer as the Neophytes are less susceptible to hypnotherapy, and a Knight's reaction time is about 15 percent longer than that of the average Space Marine.
The Knights Inductor still need psykers for astropathic communication, so Neophytes who happen to be psykers are trained and armored without implants, though this leaves them less capable in combat than their counterparts in other Chapters. The Knights Inductor also need Blanks to become full Marines to ensure they have proper psychic warfare units, so their recruitment program places special emphasis on identifying Blanks for the Librarius; thanks to this program, they have about as many "Silencers" as most Chapters have Librarians.
Their gene-seed banks are regularly screened for signs of any deviation; they are of the opinion that the resistance to corruption doesn't replace caution in any measure. There are three major gene-banks throughout the Aprior Sector, though the locations are highly classified, and the number stored in each is an even more tightly-held secret. The Knights Inductor know well the value of their Pariah gene factor within their gene-seed and take great lengths to ensure that even if the whole Sector was destroyed, their gene-seed would live on.
The mutations in Knights' Inductor gene-seed make them all but immune to Chaotic corruption, but have left them open to other fates. The Necrons originally planted the Pariah gene in humanity, and when the Desert Fangs encountered the tomb on Voralia, the Necrons were pleased to see how much their plan had matured. Knights Inductor are already much stronger and faster than a normal human being; their potential power after upgrading was nearly limitless. Over the years, some three dozen Knights Inductor have been captured, augmented with Necron technology, and conditioned to see all life as essentially chaotic; they now serve the Necrons, reborn as Null Knights.
These Null Knights have caused a good deal of grief to the Knights Inductor, as they superficially appear to be Knights in a remarkable likeness and wreak havoc where ever they tread. Nominally it is elements of 6th Company that is tasked with tracking down and eliminating their cursed Necron counter-parts. However the galaxy is vast and clues to the Null Knights' whereabouts scarce, and over the millennia only approximately a third of the Null Knights have been successfully eliminated. Attempts at containment and rehabilitation of the Null Knights themselves have proved to be unfeasible, to the cost of two whole Tactical squads of the 6th Company.
Each encounter with the Null Knights is seemingly always marked with gruesome violence upon the discovery of one. They are invariably found in high positions of power, having achieved their status through intimidation and manipulation. The cost of apprehending a discovered Null Knight is depressingly high, but the costs of an undiscovered one wreaking havoc are much, much higher. Upon discovery, a Null Knight will not attempt to flee until it has done maximum damage to the subsector or planet they are in, even if doing so increases its chance of capture. It is unknown as to why they do this, though amongst the 6th Company hunters it is attributed to the Null Knight's programming that causes them to inflict massive chaos.
Should the Hunters fail or falter in their duty, the greater Imperium's doom would be assured as the Null Knights leave countless planets ripe for Necron awakening or incursions, and possibly threatening Holy Terra itself.
The Knights Inductors' motto is "Ex Tenebra, Lux" ("From Darkness, Light"); usually, commanders render it in Low Gothic as "Light up the night!" or "Ignite them!" when they are confronting a foe with force. The cry is also often whispered instead before the opening shots are taken.
- Chapter Purpose
- Counter to Chaos
- Chapter History
- 21st Founding (M36)
- Chapter Progenitor
- Desert Fangs
- Gene-Stock Purity
- A New Generation
- Chapter Demeanor
- "See, But Don't be Seen."
- Gene-Seed Deficiency
- Missing Catalepsean Node
- Chapter Flaw
- We Stand Alone
- Chapter Characteristic Modifiers
- +5 Willpower, +5 Ballistic Skill
- Figure of Legend
- Captain Carolus Norys, Salamanders Second Company
- Deed of Legend
- Early mentor and spiritual liege to the Chapter
- Chapter Home World
- Aprior Regius (Civilized)
- Chapter Home World Terrain
- Home World Relationship
- Stewardship (most worlds in the Aprior Sector have representative governments, like most worlds the Knights pacified while fleet-based)
- Codex, with squads of 24 rather than 10.
- Combat Doctrine
- Solo Mode Ability
- Mental Fortress (JTF Ars Tactica)
- Squad Mode Attack Pattern
- Fire for Effect
- Squad Mode Defensive Stance
- Specialty Restriction
- Cannot be Librarians (Knights Inductor do not posses Librarians as portrayed in the Deathwatch Core Rulebook, though a Silencer could be used as fluff to justify use of Librarian crunch.)
- Special Equipment
- Customized Technology (their long isolation has resulted in technological adaptation, without the Mechanicus to keep their techmarines under control)
- Chapter Belief
- The Emperor Above All (more accurately, The Imperium Above All)
- Chapter Status
- Over Strength (~3000, looking to found a Successor at the next Founding)
- Chapter Friends
- Apriori PDF and Guard, Salamanders (and successors), Tyranids of Hive Fleet Draco (after its link to the Hive Mind was severed due to assimilating the Pariah gene, causing the Norn Queen of the Hive Fleet to become self-aware in the process), Exodite Eldar of Lida, Tau of the Farsight Enclaves, some Radical Inquisitors
- Chapter Relics
- Chapter Enemies
- Dark Eldar (esp. the Kabal of the Hand of Fate), Inquisition (Monodominant)
- Battle Cry
- "Light up the night!"
- Camouflage (in combat), or Azure on Ceramite (ceremonial)
- Custom Chapter Advances
- Death From Afar
True Reasonable Marines would be pretty broken on the tabletop, but Knights Inductor can be used in Epic and Apocalypse games as a fluff reason to have many different armies cooperating -- the Knights Inductor aren't picky about their allies, so long as they behave.
A playable, awesome, and balanced codex is in the works, with unique units such as Silencers and Silent-Hand Veteran Squads units. It WILL be made of awesome. Check. It. Out. At >Codex - Knights Inductor, give critique, comments, and suggestions (try to refrain from directly editing the main codex without posting the idea on the talk page first).
The Codex features unique rules setting it apart from Vanilla Marines, and emphasizes their unique Chapter traits and style of warfare. The average Knight however is more costly than a comparable Marine simply for the wargear that they have, and making the most of special equipment and abilities is of utmost importance
NOTE: If you want to represent Knights Inductor legally using the Vanilla codex, you could use the Iron hand Chapter tactics to represent their nanomite booster power armor (granting FNP) and nanomite vehicle repair systems, or Salamanders to represent their spiritual lineage coming from Salamanders and their propensity for high quality advanced wargear. You could also easily do Raven Chapter Tactics to represent their potent stealth tactics, Ultramarine for tactical flexibility, Fists for their better then average range skills, and really, the only chapter tactic that does not work for the Knights are the Black Templars.
A depiction of a Knight's left pauldron, painted azure for a ceremonial occasion.
"Ex Tenebra Lux - From the Darkness, comes a Light"
Even when all the world around you seems grim and dark
Reason blazes a light through the void
Understanding saves relationships, lives, time and resources
Hate narrows the future ahead
Understanding opens a thousand paths
When men are losing their reason and understanding around you
Hold fast to reason
To the thing that makes us more than beasts
A few say sanity is for the weak
Some say reason leads to despair
And more say understanding ourselves and others is impossible
They all are wrong
For even in a place of grim darkness
Can come a light
That will lead the way
Going through the darkness
So stand strong
Ex Tenebra Lux
Null Knight 01 - Xerxes
Xavion pried the boltgun from the rigid fingers of a fallen brother, the trigger finger having held on through the death spasms. Small impact craters pockmarked the walls along with the scorch marks from the lasguns of the dismembered security teams. He could still hear the screams far, far down the corridor thanks to his enhanced hearing. The whine of lasguns was dying down far too quickly, punctuated by the sound of bolters fired on full auto. The monster that did this couldn't be far.
He took off sprinting down the long corridor.
The sight of a boot disappearing around a corner a hundred meters away goaded him on, and despite the cries of wounded men and the groans of his broken brothers around him he knew that he had to take that -thing- down. It was very likely he would simply be slain like the rest of Phoenix Tactical Squad, but he needed to do this.
"Xerxes!" The Null Knight didn't even spare a glance to the lone Knight that appeared at the hangar doors, instead unpinning two stolen fragmentation grenades from his belt and flung them with tremendous force at Xavion across the length of the entire hangar, forcing him to roll to the side or risk being blasted by the shrapnel in the open. The Null Knight leaped for the Valkyrie as it took off, grabbing on to a handhold near the side hatch on the assault craft. Former Sergeant Xerxes shaped his hand into a rough blade and punched straight through straight through the hull in an attempt to rip off the entire hatch.and gain access inside.
"XERXES!!" Xavion trusted his hand to guide the barrel of the bolter up despite his sorrow and anger. He trusted his eye to make the miniscule adjustments needed to take in the atmospheric current differences from inside the hangar to the blustering winds just outside. He trusted the machine spirit of the bolter to be able to react to the trigger pull exactly when needed. But there were so many factors, too many, the target's movements alone combined with that of the Valkyrie made for a challenging shot. His helmet had been torn off earlier in the one-sided battle outside the containment cell; he couldn't even rely on the help of auto-sense for this shot.
Now this time the Null Knight looked back, perhaps to gloat, perhaps to confirm the position of another target. The eyes of the Knight were glowing a sickly green and they looked on dispassionately as the bolter in Xavion's hands flashed a brief orange. The enhanced mind within calculated that the bolt would miss, even if it was an upgraded Kraken bolt with a stronger propellant charge. It had already projected the flight path within Xerxe's twisted mind, and he began to turn to go into the hole he'd just made in the Valkyrie, confident that he could murder the crewmen within and pilot the ship to an escape point before reinforcements arrived.
The bolt was already losing kinetic velocity by the time it reached the end of the hangar, though it had been kept on its path thanks to the gyroscopic stabilization etchings on the bolt. As Xerxes had predicted, it was off target. It would most likely hit the lower hull of the Valkyire, or at worst be deflected off the Knight's power armored right leg.
The wind outside buffeted the flying bolt, changing it's trajectory to fly up and to the right. Shortly after a power armored figure was seen plummeting from the entrance of Hanger 0-12 at the rehabilitation and containment facility.
47 Knights had fallen that day. Over 230 security and scientific personnel had also been slain during the lone Knight's rampage. Many more would have perished if the Null Knight had managed to escape. But there were still more like him out there...
"Captain Xavion?" The pilot of the Thunderhawk sounded tinny through the floating servo-skull's external speakers, "we are arriving at the Necron tomb that Null Knight Vasilis most likely escaped to. Prepare for a hot drop, elements of the 22nd Aprior Shock Trooper regiments report contacts on several fronts." The corresponding points filed across Xavion's line of sight as the information came through the JNET Tactical grid.
"Understood." He checked the adjustments on his personal Stalker pattern bolter for the umpteenth time during the flight as he strode to the front of the Thunderhawk to address the veterans under him. It was time to free his estranged brother from the Necron taint.
The servo-skull of Xerxes followed him close behind.
Several stories and other pieces of fiction have been written about the Knights Inductor, including:
- An Investigation into the Heresy of the Reasonable Marines, the first story written about them, by the original LongPoster.
- Return of the Reasonable Marines, the sequel to the above, written by a writefag calling himself Not LongPoster.
- Apriori Public Service Announcements, a sort of Apriori equivalent of "The Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer" and "Imperial Munitorum Manual": an in-universe piece of writing meant to convey the feel of the setting.
- Tales from the Aprior Sector, short stories in the Aprior Sector that aren't long enough to stand alone.
- Aprior Sector Timeline, a timeline of all events pertaining to the Knights Inductor and the Aprior Sector.
- Aprior Sector, a guide to the Knights' home, including brief descriptions of all planets, organizations, characters, and technologies featured in the other stories.
- The Twin Crusades: The Black Crusade on Marion, written by one Not Not LongPoster, which focuses on a Chaos warfleet attacking the homeworld of the Order of Reason's Light.
- Codex - Knights Inductor, designed mostly by Remoon101, this is their codex.
- First Thread, in which the Knights Inductor are introduced.
- Second Thread, in which Index Astartes: Knights Inductor and the first chapters of Return of the Reasonable Marines are written.
- Third Thread, in which Return of the Reasonable Marines is continued.
- Fourth Thread, in which Return of the Reasonable Marines is concluded, and the Aprior Sector Timeline is written.
- Fifth Thread, in which said writefag (calling himself Not Not LongPoster) delivers the prologue and first chapter of The Twin Crusades: The Black Crusade on Marion.
- Five-and-a-halfth Thread, in which Not Not LongPoster revises the above.