Ultramarines Honour Company

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Ultramarines Honour Company
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Founding Second Founding
Successors of Ultramarines
Chapter Master Echion
Primarch Roboute Guilliman
Homeworld None
Strength around 100 Marines
Allegiance Imperium
Colours The same uniform as the Ultramarines

One little known formation made up exclusively of Ultramarines and their successors. Was introduced for the 13th Black Crusade campaign to provide players a fluffy excuse to use their Ultramarine models in a storyline that involved the Eye of Terror rather than the Eastern Fringe. They have only really been mentioned in the rolls of battle which have been re-used all the way into 6th Edition, though a couple of White Dwarf magazines at the time gave them a little bit of fluff to work with, explaining to us how they operate.

History[edit]

In the immediate aftermath of the Horus Heresy, Roboute Guilliman, decreed that his Legion would stand ready to oppose the Traitors who had fled into the Eye of Terror. The Ultramarines had taken no part in the Battle of Terra, as they had been bogged down for much of the Horus Heresy fighting the Shadow Crusade against the Word Bearers. But Guilliman declared that his Legion would never again find itself unable to respond to the more pressing threat. The solution was to ensure a continuous Ultramarines presence in the vicinity of the Eye of Terror, by maintaining an honour company within the region made up of a rotation of individual squads from different companies.

After the Second Founding split the Ultramarines Legion up into many different Successor Chapters, this company became supplied with squads and officers drawn from all of the Ultramarines' Successors.

13th Black Crusade[edit]

Noted actions of the Honour Company include defending an Agri-World from Abaddon's fleet which included Planet Killer. This counter attack gave the Planetary Defence Force the chance to evacuate the civilian population before the planet was destroyed.

Then they deployed themselves to Cadia where they performed boarding actions against a series of space hulks that were being used to transport Chaos Cultists throught the warzone. Three hulks were disabled, leaving 600,000 traitors to freeze in space (which Chaos really should have mutated them against) while a fourth was destroyed using a seismic detonator and killing a further 200,000 (lol).

Organisation[edit]

In a similar manner to the Deathwatch, the Honour Company is made up of elements of many chapters, though in this case; membership is exclusive to descendants of Roboute Guilliman who must contribute whole squads rather than individual space marines.

Strictly speaking, the Honour Company is not a Codex formation and therefore even though it is referred to as a "Company" it would only be a guess to assume that it conforms to the traditional 6 Tactical / 2 Assault / 2 Devastator arrangement of most codex complaint battle companies. However this would make the most sense since each member of the company would be a primogenitor, they would instinctively know how to operate to maximum efficiency under this system.

Despite the fact that the squads themselves are on temporary rotation within the company, for logistical reasons it would have to have a permanently attached set of assets such as fleet vessels and somewhere to berth them; as well as a dedicated staff of serfs, servitors and possibly a Techmarine or techpriest.

It is unusual for an officer not of the Ultramarines Chapter to lead the company, though with that Chapter's resources stretched by Tyranid incursions on the Eastern Fringe such a situation is set to become more common. The current commander is Brother-Captain Echion of the Patriarchs of Ulixis chapter, which is one of the lesser known Ultramarine second founding chapters.

Implications[edit]

While nothing about this company actually breaches the Codex Astartes, there are a couple of worrying implications surrounding the fact that it exists.

  • Despite being made up of elements drawn from several different chapters, in every depiction so far (which is not many) the uniform is almost identical to that of the Ultramarines second company, they bear the Ultramarines chapter iconography and most obviously have even taken the "Ultramarine" name. All of which means that the company officially represents the Ultramarines chapter and whether or not they are actually commanded by the Chapter Master, the Honour Company has unofficially has given them an eleventh company.
  • Unlike other small or niche formations such as the Deathwatch (in general) or the Wolfblades, since the Second Founding and the institution of the Astartes Praeses there is no actual requirement for the Honour Company to even exist, as the descendants of Guilliman do indeed have very large presence guarding the Eye of Terror, making a single company a bit redundant and perhaps a show of vanity. If the only purpose is then to ensure that the "Ultramarines" have a presence at the Eye of Terror, then the same problem exists as before about granting them an unofficial eleventh company.....That's not very codex.
  • Although they are made up of a rotation of squads from the primogenitors, a legitimate question exists about what happens to the void filled by those squads absences in their parent chapter? Every depiction of the Ultramarines organisation shows them at full strength and never accounts for detached marines in the Honour Company or even the Deathwatch, so this could be implied that once a squad / officer departs to the Eye of Terror, they will just refill the company by training up an extra squad OR by importing a squad / officer from the Genesis Chapter (which is what that chapter's main purpose seems to be)
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