The Angels of the WatchFounding Chapter:
7th FoundingChapter Master:
the Angels of the Watch’s fleetFortress Monastery: Sanguinus’ VigilMain Colours:
Dark red with black shoulder padsSpecialty:
Counterattacks, assaultsBattle Cry:
“Sanguinius’ watch never ceases!”Estimated Strength:
+/- 1000 Space Marines
The Angels of the Watch are a successor chapter of the Blood Angels Space Marine Chapter. The history of the Angels of the Watch is, like much to do with the Blood Angels themselves, a mystery to most outsiders, but what is known is that their founding members devoted themselves to warding the Imperium formed by the struggles of the revered Emperor and their father Sanguinius. And so the Angels set forth in their newly-made Chapter fleet, dubbed the Roaming Heavens, and declared their protection of the children of man.
The Angels of the Watch, isolated often within their space-faring fortresses, have developed many rituals and customs in addition to those adopted from their Blood Angel progenitors. The most noteworthy of these is the tradition that newly-inducted Angels of the Watch abandon their names of birth and take those of mythic angels from ancient traditions. Meanwhile, the companies and other organizations of the Chapter are called Orders and named for particularly powerful angels. Symbolically, the leaders of the Orders adopt the name of the angel which is the patron of their order, making the leader of the order something of an eternal figure. The Chapter Master himself is simply dubbed “Michael”, who in ancient Terran mythology was the commander of the Heavenly Host, and greatest of the archangels.
The constant travel of the Angels of the Watch provides them with fairly regular reinforcement for a chapter of Adeptes Astartes. Each Battle Barge or Strike Cruiser is capable of beginning the genetic modification and training of new Space Marines, but all Neophytes eventually find themselves upon the decks of the Skies of Eden
, where the Order of Metatron makes its home. There the neophytes, not yet inducted into the chapter, continue their training when not called for battle duty in the Scout squads. The Skies of Eden
, fittingly, also serve as the home of the Order of Raphael, which is vital in the process of creating new Angels of the Watch.
Each Battle Barge and Strike Cruiser has with it at least one Chaplain, with others traveling between ships as needed. Typically, several Strike Cruisers and one Battle Barge travel together through the endless expanses of the Imperium, the Strike Cruisers breaking off as necessary to perform tasks. Perhaps the most active of the Strike Cruisers is Azrael’s Book
; this ship is unique among the fleet, for it is purely at the beck and call of the Order of Azrael, their home and means of transportation, and out of the hands of the fleet commander Jophiel. Only Michael himself may overrule Azrael on the activities of the Book
. Like the Chaplains, the Order of Raziel is spread out among the various ships, with an Epistolary on every Battle Barge, [/i]Azrael’s Book[/i], and two of the other Strike Cruisers. The various Codiciers and Lexicaniums are spread evenly for the most part, with two Codiciers typically taking the place of an Epistolary on a Strike Cruiser.
For the most part, the Battle Companies are expected to be self-sufficient; the spread-out nature of the Angels of the Watch typically forces an individual Order to be able to handle a situation on its own unless a crisis worth the attention of multiple companies appears. The Tactical, Assault and Devastator Companies are rarely used outside of truly epic campaigns, in which as many reinforcements as deemed necessary might be assigned to assist a Battle Company. Organization of the Angels of the WatchThe Assault on Marius VIIWhen the planet of Marius VII, home of an Inquisitorial Conclave and staging area of the Imperial Guard, was struck by a terrible Black Crusade, the Angels of the Watch were one of the many Space Marine chapters to answer the call for retribution issued by the combined voice of the Emperor's Inquisition. The fleet-based nature of the chapter made it a simple matter to muster the necessary forces to engage in the campaign. The talent for assault that the Angels of the Watch had inherited from their Blood Angel founders, combined with their mandate of protection, made the retaking of Marius VII the perfect campaign for the chapter.
Chapter Master Michael, Archangel of the Watch and Champion of the Host, put two of the Chapter's Strike Cruisers, the
Crimson Rain and the
Wings of the Watch, under the command of Camael and his Order, equivalent of the 5th Company in another Chapter. In addition to regular troops and representatives from the Orders of Raziel, Raphael, Gabriel and Arkiel, Camael was granted command of several squads from the Orders of Zerachiel, Sariel and Uriel, as well as Neophytes from the Order of Metatron. Half a dozen Thunderhawk Gunships, and a full dozen Stormravens were added to Camael's force to support his troops in their role as assault troops. Last of all, the Archangel of the Watch assigned a squad of the legendary Order of Zadkiel to serve as Camael's personal guard.
With the might of two full companies mustered behind him, the Bearer of the Burning Blade set forth to purify Marius VII and take it back from the foul hands of the Chaos Gods. Girded in their faith and strength of characters, the Angels once more traveled the heavens to maintain the vigil of Sanguinius...
[I'll have a character sheet for Camael set up tomorrow]