Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Better Know a Chapter: The Dragons Rampant - Armada Draconis

     The Dragons Rampant are an Imperial Fists successor chapter that follows in the footsteps of the Black Templars - a fanatical, spaceborne crusade chapterthat specializes in brutal hand-to-hand combat. Many of the spacecraft in the Dragons' fleet are named after mythical creatures of ancient Terra. Likewise, upon attaining a sufficiently high rank in the Chapter, it is not unheard of for an aspiring Tyrant (roughly equivalent to a Marshal of the Black Templars) to assume the name of a mythical dragon. The office of Emperor's Champion is replaced in the Dragons Rampant by the office of Slayer. Slayers are peerless combatants, and also the ultimate arbiters of Armada law among Astartes and human crew alike. Each ship in the Armada nominates one Slayer, who takes the name of a dragon-killer of old (most ships' Slayers take the name of their predecessor). Slayers are always on the lookout for heretics and sorcerors within the Fleet, and are swift and merciless in disposing of both.
     Warning: May contain tl;dr.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Homebrews on the Tabletop - Alternate Librarian Power List

Though this is primarily a fluff blog, I am a gamer as well as a writer. I don't buy into the whole competitive tournament scene; I prefer to play casual games with friends and family. I don't mech up, razorspam, or run with the latest codex just because it's better.  However, I do fancy myself something of a homebrewer, and  like to create custom characters, units, and powers for my homemade Chapter. Now I know that "homebrew fandex" in this game is almost always synonymous with "broken POS that nobody would play against," but I'd like to think that the things I create aren't all that bad. Whenever a new book comes out, I try to reexamine my homebrew stuff, make tweaks as necessary, and keep my stuff just a little bit behind the power curve.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Entombed VII

     My companion, we are nearing the equatorial city of Nobilis. I have hailed the local Arbites Marshal as you requested. He will be at the landing pad awaiting the arrival of We.

     "Very good, Spirit. Connect my auspex to that of the Thunderhawk. I would look with my own eyes upon the city I have chosen to defend."

     Very well, my companion.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Better Know a Chapter: The Steel Revenants - Major Engagements

Like any good seven-thousand-year-old Space Marine Chapter, the Steel Revenants have quite a few campaigns recorded in their massive archives. As much as I would love to write about every single one of them, most Space Marine engagements involve a few dozen Marines, a couple tanks, and a relatively short time in the field. Most Space Marine conflicts are, let's face it, not worth reading about. Because I'm not Matt Ward (SURPRISE!) and I don't get paid for that sort of thing, I'm not going to wax talkative about all the times my favorite Chapter Master victoriously wiped his own ass. However, the gaping maw of The Blog is ever hungry, and it is interesting to read about the campaigns where at least a full Battle Company takes the field for a protracted engagement.

But enough of this fool's jibba-jabba!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Entombed VI

     "That one worries me, Spirit." Vercingetorix lumbered back toward the bunker. The ground trembled slightly with each step.
     We are stronger than he, my companion. He is no threat to We.
     "His strength is not in his muscles. It is in those he commands. Aleksos well-loved by our brothers, and holds much sway with the Chapter Council. He balks under the leadership of Master Dolor. Were he to invoke the Right of Challenge, he might win."