Wait, what?! The Grey Knights have successor chapters?! Source?
Ooh, sorry Robin, but the Exorcists have a confirmed progenitor chapter.... Which are The Grey Knights themselves! And yes, alpha legion could be (are) infiltrating other chapters (which has it's own level of awesome for stories) but I'm looking for chapters made up entirely of members with gene-seed from the traitor primarchs. Gotta look up that extermination book, see how likely a group of iron warrior survivors could be.
The Exorsists chapter could possibly be another group of Thousand Sons.
Pre-heresy TS colors? check.
Fighting daemons using strange methods? check.
All information witheld by the inquistion? check.
Bear in mind, this is my personal view, of certain hints in one of the forgeworld books, so it could be far from canon.
Technicaly the Grey knights count! When they were first formed Nathanial Garro ( former death guard) and other loyalists from the traitor legions are amongst them.
Also several chapters could have been infiltrated by the alpha legion. (as they did with the raven guard legion)
I'd be interested in hearing a source for this, too.
I was actually mulling over potential links between the Exorcists and the Grey Knights today. They're kind of opposite ends of the same spectrum: marine chapters that fight Daemons in different ways. The Grey Knights are (or were until their last codex) puritans, and the Exorcists are radicals from the outset.
It occurred to me that a neat way to retcon the section from the Grey Knights Codex that everyone hates (ok, not Draigo, the other one, the one about killing Sororitas for their 'pure blood') would be to make the Exorcists something of a dumping ground for the more impure Grey Knights, exiles and borderline heretics who have tried new and radical methods to defeat chaos.
What if those Grey Knights responsible for the massacre of the Sororitas were corrupted/inspired by radical inquisitors, and were subsequently exiled from the chapter by their brothers? What if there is a long tradition of these potentially tainted, radical, but otherwise still deadly and useful Grey Knights being quietly transferred to the Exorcists so the Grey Knights can continue to boast that not one of their number has ever been corrupted by chaos? What if the Exorcists were deliberately created from the start with this concept in mind?
After all, I don't think anyone was upset that Sororitas were being killed to perform chaotic rituals: this sort of thing is common in 40k. What annoyed people was that the GREY KNIGHTS were the ones doing the killing, and this fitted far outside the conception most had of the chapter.
My working assumption had always been that the Grey Knights were of a Puritan mindset. I think I got this idea from the Daemonhunters Codex, which as I recall (don't quote me on this) wouldn't let Grey Knights work with Inquisitors who used Daemonhosts. Like many, I wasn't happy with Grey Knights using Daemon weapons, killing Sororitas etc, as it fitted outside my vision of how they operated.
But what if, behind the scenes, there has long been a struggle within the Grey Knights chapter over exactly HOW they should be fighting chaos? This is a debate that has raged for thousands of years within the Inquisition; Marines are far from stupid, so it seems logical that they should have the same debates. Primarily "should we use the weapons of the enemy against them?"
It's all very well for Inquisitors to fall into squabbling factionalism about these debates, but the Grey Knights are an elite military unit, and they would likely have to make fairly rapid and robust decisions about how these debates should be played out. They can't afford to have a civil war about it: the Imperium depends upon their work.
What if they dealt with it in the same way as the Iron Hands dealt with the Moriae Schism: by allowing the "rebels" to set up their own franchise? Their own chapter: the Exorcists.
Of course this would probably have taken place over a long period, with the intense scrutiny of high ranking Inquisitor Lords from opposing camps of the radical/Puritan divide. But by using the Exorcists as a "release valve" for wilder ideas and a secret new posting for arguably tainted Brothers, the Grey Knights are able to retain their reputation with high ranking Puritan Inquisitor Lords (likely the most politically influential faction) while also continuing to test out radical theories and get some use out of damaged old warhorses in a new Chapter.
Edited by Lightbringer, 10 August 2014 - 05:45 PM.