Steel Confessors

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Steel Confessors
Steel Confessors.jpg
Battle Cry "Destroy the Weak!"
Founding Twenty-Second Founding
Successors of Iron Hands
Chapter Master Protonus
Primarch Ferrus Manus
Homeworld Kracsis IV (Destroyed), Kalevala
Strength Unknown, presumed half-strength
Allegiance Imperium of Man, Adeptus Mechanicus
Colours Steel-grey, bone

The Steel Confessors are a painfully-ignored loyalist Space Marine Chapter that have a pretty awesome background. Though they were featured in the 2005 Games Day Golden Daemon event, there is surprisingly little lore on them, even though the little bit we have is pure awesome. Created in secret by the Adeptus Mechanicus, the Steel Confessors are the successors of the Iron Hands (another badass chapter everyone seems to forget) but were created with the intent to be loyal to the Mechanicum over the Imperium. Long story short, the Inquisition found out and was not happy, the Tech Priests lost their RoboCop Army and now the Steel Confessors serve as a regular Space Marine chapter, but with very close ties to the Admech. Fluff wise, GW ignoring these guys kinda makes sense because they were made by the Tech Priests to have a singular fighting force to protect forge worlds, but now GW kinda made those with the Skitarii/Admech armies, so... Yeah. However, none of that shit stops them from existing, and even fits in pretty well, since even with their own personal army of Tin Technophiles the Mechanicum would want the technology to make (not to mention the emotionless, near unkillable soldiers) and train Space Marines. There's a pretty cool Index Astartes thing on them [1], but other than that not too much out there. But on second thought, that might interest Tech-Priestfag players, so maybe we should just forget about it...

Homeworld[edit]

Setting up shop in a new system after the Inquisition blammed their original homeworld, the Steel Confessors are allowed to replenish their geneseed and recruit from Kalevala in exchange for pledging their service to the protection of the manufactorum. In addition, the planet hosts a psychic choir, a sort of local amplification device for the Astronomicon. Surprise surprise, one day a tyranid fleet shows up.

Defense of Kalevala[edit]

Elements of Hive Fleet Leviathan surround the system and basically just rush to the planet, giving the planet little time to shore up a defense. The Steel Confessors decide the best offense is a good defense and set their entire chapter in defensive positions in and around the manufactorum. They did have a couple of advantages though, to begin with, their fortress monastery is situated inside the manufactorum, allowing them ready access to their entire armory and being that its a fucking manufactorum, they can replace material losses with near impunity.

That Psychic choir, as well, though it likely drew the tyranids to begin with, did provide a major advantage for the Steel Confessors: Navigation. The amplification, though weakened and with limited range, allowed for fleets to glimpse past the shadow of the warp and continue travel.

The Tyranids smack into the planet, like moths to fire, and began rushing towards the manufactorum. Realizing that just sitting in foxholes while tyranids are everywhere is a bad idea, they split their forces into two Groups: Tacticals and Devastators form moving firing lines that cut down with controlled, coordinated bursts (aiming to kill synapse creatures) and then assault and veteran vanguard squads launch an immediate counter-attack to wipe out whats left. Land Speeders were grouped up into squadrons, used to bolster any gaps in the line and carry supplies to units. This strategy allowed the Confessors to kill and disrupt the tyranids despite being outnumbered, and kept their own casualties low.

In the end, reinforcements arrived but since the Steel Confessors don't have plot armor, they were shattered. Two companies were destroyed outright, their First Company and most of the remaining were left with forty percent marines remaining.

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 - Disciples of Caliban - Fire Angels - Imperial Harbingers
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 - Sons of the Phoenix
Storm Reapers - Umbral Knights - Void Tridents - Wolfspear
Unknown Founding: Angels Eradicant - Astral Knights - Blood Ravens - Blood Swords - Brothers Penitent
Crimson Scythes - Dark Hands - Death Eagles - Emperor's Spears - 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