Come May, here in Nagoya we’re having our annual “NagoyaHammer” casual 40K tournament, and I wanted to take part with my (probably extremely sub-optimal) allied Marines / AdMech list, and also include Eisenhorn, since I went to all the trouble of buying and painting him up. As I mentioned back when I started painting my AdMech, I got it in my head that this would be a crusade to reestablish the Gryphonne IV forge world, supported by the Scythes as repayment for saving the chapter with a Primaris infusion.
Bored at work (when, frankly, I should have been working), I wrote up a fluffy explanation of the situation, and since all the principal actors are now painted, here it is for the world – or, at least, the half-dozen people who look at this blog, heh.
LET IT BE KNOWN that the Scythes of the Emperor have recognized the resurrection of their chapter with an infusion of Primaris space marines by the Adeptus Mechanicus as a debt that cannot be ignored, and have, as repayment of that debt, launched what shall heretofore be known as the Gryphonne Crusade to assist the Gryphonne IV Remnants (with whom the Scythes have a particular solidarity in the shared experience of the loss of a homeworld to the Great Devourer) in scouting out, conquering, and founding a new Forge World at an appropriate site.
Praise be to the Emperor! Praise be to the Omnissiah!
The forces of the Scythes of the Emperor have as their core the 2nd (Battle) company led by Brother-Captain Fentius Jorr, while the forces of Gryphonne IV consist of the 1st Cohort (Expeditionary) of the forge world’s single remaining Macroclade, under the command of Domina Vishti Ramh X10C5. The Crusade is accompanied by Inquisitor Harken Alford of the Order Xenos and his retinue, on his own recognizance.
In the relatively short time they have been fighting together, Brother-Captain Jorr and Domina Ramh have developed respect for each others’ strengths—Jorr as a seasoned and powerful front-line fighter, and the Domina as a bona fide tactical genius—and find that they work well together, both on the battlefield and in the Chamber Tacticum. The Brother-Captain’s fiery zeal for the Crusade (he was one of its first and most enthusiastic proponents in the Chapter conclave) is tempered by Rahm’s rather more detached nature, while at the same time it cannot be denied that his fervor energizes her and the forces she commands, helping to overcome the sometimes too-careful conservatism her position as marshal of some of the last forces of Gryphonne IV has instilled in her. Inquisitor Alford’s presence is tolerated with unease at best by the Domina—she suspects, with a calculated accuracy rating of approximately 76.3%, that the Inquisitor would balk at (53.8%) or even interfere with (22.5%) the re-foundation of Gryphonne IV on the basis of xenotech findings, something which she herself sees as a distinct, and not unwelcome, possibility. She also suspects, with a calculated accuracy rating of approximately 92.8%, that this is in fact the very reason Inquisitor Alford attached himself to the Crusade. For his part, while Brother-Captain Jorr is privately not entirely fond of some of Alford’s more unorthodox methods, he is pleased at least to have a reliable psyker along, as the Scythes’ newly-reestablished Librarium did not yet have enough members to spare any for the Crusade, and he respects the Inquisitor as a dedicated agent of the Imperium who has proven ready and willing to put himself (and the troops he commands) in harm’s way in the Crusade’s battles.
Brother-Captain Jorr, when the Warlord, uses the Iron Resolve or Champion of Humanity Warlord Traits.
The Scythes of the Emperor, as an Ultramarines successor chapter, use that chapter’s Tactics.
Domina Ramh, when the Warlord, uses the Monitor Malevolus Warlord Trait.
The Gryphonne IV Remnants use the Graia Dogma to reflect their dedication to the Crusade.
Inquisitor Alford uses the rules for Inquisitor Eisenhorn.