White Consuls

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White Consuls
White Consuls Shoulder Pad.png
Founding Second Founding
Successors of Ultramarines
Chapter Master Cymar Xydias & Titus Valens
Homeworld Formerly Sabatine (now a Nurgle-corrupted daemon world)
Strength Severely Undermanned
Allegiance Imperium of Man
Colours White & Blue

The White Consuls are a Second Founding chapter and also one of the Astartes Praeses, based on the world of Sabatine close to the Eye of Terror. Due to the extreme distance, it is a rare thing for the Chapter’s representative to appear in the Senate of Primogenitors led by Marneus Calgar, and when it does occur it is a cause for great celebration. The White Consuls, alongside the other Astartes Praeses, are bound to protect the Imperium from the depredations of the whatever spews forth from the Eye of Terror, therefore are routinely on the front lines during Black Crusades.

Organisation[edit]

As part of their duties in fortifying the Eye of Terror, the White Consuls have instigated a unusual deviation from the Codex Astartes. The Chapter is ruled not by a single Chapter Master, but by two. One of these remains upon their homeworld to oversee the defences and commands a standing force made up of the chapter reserves and scouts to respond to Chaos incursions through the Cadian Gate, while the second chapter master oversees the operations of the Chapter’s forces in war zones elsewhere in the Imperium.

It is completely obvious that this separation of command is not sanctioned by any entry in the Codex Astartes, therefore the White Consuls are Awesome for taking the initiative to create a unique situation that works well for themselves rather than dogmatically following the Codex Astartes. (It is also a very fluffy excuse to field TWO Chapter Masters on the tabletop). It is most likely due to the Chapter’s great distance from Ultramar and their forefathers that they have not been challenged on the matter.

Like their progenitors however, the White Consuls do maintain sovereignty over nearby system and its officers must spend a portion of their duties administrating those worlds if they intend to increase in rank, while in this position they are referred to as Proconsuls. This position also requires those officers to oversee the local PDF forces as well as what squads of Space Marines are assigned to them. This means that the White Consuls have a unique perspective when fighting alongside mortal forces.

History[edit]

They feature in Anthony Reynolds Word Bearers series. Like other Successor Chapters from the XIII Legion, the White Consuls have a strong hatred of the Word Bearers, further magnified by the death of their brother Chapter, the Black Consuls. However, before the launch of the 13th Black Crusade, the Word Bearers launched a campaign on one of the White Consuls protectorates.

Half the Chapter was deployed, with offers of assistance coming from the rest of the Astartes Praeses and the Grey Knights, but the Word Bearers used a Necron relic to cut off warp travel, stranding the White Consuls with only their PDF. The meatgrinder that followed took a heavy toll on the White Consuls, but was nothing compared to the slaughter that occurred when the Necrons showed up wanting the relic back. The combined Word Bearer and Necron campaigns wiped out half the Chapter, including one Chapter Master Valens and most of the First Company, with only three White Consuls surviving. Additionally their protectorate was all but destroyed, with most of the PDF (and civilians, but who cares for them) slaughtered by the World Bearers and Necrons, and land tainted by Chaos. All in all, a bad day.

They were more or less crippled by a Death Guard warband shortly after the fall of Cadia--with the bulk of their forces off fighting Abaddon, one of their chapter masters was killed, their geneseed stocks wiped out, and their whole planet turned into one giant satanic petri dish.

Relics & Wargear[edit]

It can be assumed that the White Consuls are very well equipped, as the Astartes Praeses must be to maintain constant battle status on the edge of the Eye of Terror.

They do have one unique relic that is known, though it is actually not in their possession: The Gauntlet of Sabatine is a sanctified, master-crafted power-fist that is the bane of mutants and will do additional damage to them. However, the gauntlet was lost on the planet of Polyphemnos when its bearer was overrun by a horde of cannibal Ogryns. It is rumoured that the Gauntlet does not even remain on the planet, but its whereabouts remain unknown.

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