The 9th Malfian Cavalry
Malfi is a hotbed of intrigue. That’s well known. It’s also the second-most important planet in the Calixis Sector. That’s also well-known. Its nobles are back-stabbing, corrupt bastards for the most part. That’s well-known too, but smart folks don’t say too much.
Now, due to some of those factors, the 9th Malfian Cavalry almost wasn’t founded. The 1st through 8th Malfian Cavalry Regiments were, and still are, well-respected highborn-crewed armoured regiments, and very successful thanks to the exceptional tanks and munitions provided to them by the Adeptus Mechanicus.
The foundation of the 9th almost didn’t come to pass, due to Malfian politics, and the noble dealings surrounding the contract of their tithe.
The tithe states,
“…Malfi shall tithe enough noble-blooded men and women (see Appendix XVIII) for an upstanding Cavalry Regiment, so long as the Adeptus Mechanicus of Synford also successfully, and timely, tithe the most appropriate, and highest quality mounts and armour for such a Regiment…”
Because of this, a dastardly plan was put into motion be a cowardly, draft-dodging young noble by the name of Baron Laurence von Malkov.
He, through a web of agents, and lot of deceit and trickery, organised for the tanks being tithed by the Adeptus Mechanicus to be redirected to an enterprising, if somewhat ethically dubious Rogue Trader.
The tanks, not being delivered, would allow the tithed nobles to dodge the draft and escape service in the Spinward Front.
However, Sir Angus de Montfort, Scrivener of the Administratum and Inquisitorial agent, saw what was going on, thanks to the complaints of one Captain Emilia Florin, a young Malfian lady, fencing champion and PDF officer, who really wanted to prove herself in service to the Imperial Guard.
De Montfort moved quickly, and arranged for the planet of Synford to receive ownership of several thousand horses which were being sent elsewhere, to serve as ‘appropriate mounts for a cavalry regiment’. They also pulled a few strings, and arranged for a supply of high-quality carapace armour, too, to cover the ‘armour’ requirement of their tithe.
Von Malkov was furious at having been so easily outsmarted by those that would see him, and his siblings, tithed unto the Imperial Guard. He, personally, was assigned to a Penal Legion, whilst his family were all forced into the service of the 9th Malfian Cavalry.
Captain Emilia Florin was promoted to Colonel, and now leads the regiment, often from the front. She’s something of a mad bastard that way, but it does inspire her boys and girls, and gives them something to worry about that isn’t their squad-mates.
Being from Malfi, they’d have her poisoned in the night, if it wasn’t for the Inquisitorial agents crawling all over them. The regiment remains under suspicion, as the Baron von Malkov didn’t act alone; he had a network tithe-dodging supporters, after all. The fact that she's disturbingly happy and positive doesn't hurt either: she's obsessed with glory and heroics, and is now seen as something of a lucky charm for the 9th.
That being said, following the announcement that, yes, the nobles of Malfi had to get on their horses and set to fighting Orks and Eldar, a large amount of people actually volunteered, as opposed to being conscripted. This was unexpected, but on being told that this was the only regiment in which they could, in fact, wear their own, personal, heraldry instead of a uniform, a lot of second and third sons realised that they could earn a lot of glory this way. The horses and the flashy swords and armour didn’t hurt either.
On top of that, against all odds, they were actually effective. On paper, being a tank regiment, they were due more time for training than usual. Of course, they spent that time riding horses on parade grounds, fencing and lancing dummies, whilst being shouted at by their officers.
Currently, they are active in the Spinward Front, and are the only regiment on record to have charged across open ground into melee with Orks whilst outnumbered and achieved a victory.
The regiment is gaining a surprising amount of respect, even though they are still thought of as parade ground mamma’s boys most of the time.
They are accompanied by a higher proportion of Commissars than usual, due to their origin.
The Malfian Ecclesiarchy have also assigned a large number of Priests to them, too, the Malfian Synod hoping to consolidate more power from Scintilla by inspiring their own to glory in the service of the Throne.
Interestingly, in spite of having no vehicles of note, a fair number of Tech Priests have been sent to the regiment, due to the requirements on Synford from the tithe.
Characteristic Modifiers: -3 Ballistic Skill, +3 Weapon Skill, +3 Agility, +3 Fellowship
Starting Aptitudes: Weapon Skill
Skills: Common Lore (Administratum), Inquiry, Linguistics (High Gothic), Survival
Talents: Air of Authority or Peer (Nobility), Catfall, Die Hard, Enemy (Inquisition), Paranoia, Unstoppable Charge
Wounds: -1 starting Wounds
Fluency: The 9th Malfian Cavalry, all being nobles, don’t often consort with the peasants and such. They don’t speak Low Gothic, and certainly don’t read it or write it, seeing as peasants don’t read, do they? They can communicate in Low Gothic, so long as it doesn’t require a skill check.
Duty and Honour: The 9th Malfian Cavalry have never really had to deal with the lowborn scum that make up other regiments, they have servants to do that sort of thing. They take a -10 to Charm, Inquiry and Deceive checks against those that aren’t highborn. However, they get +10 to those same skill checks when dealing with the nobility and other high authority in formal situations.
Untimely Inquiries: Whenever the regiment fails in an operation, or the squad fails to complete a mission or achieve a critical objective, the Inquisition rears its ugly head. When such an investigation is taking place, even at a regimental level, each member of the squad takes a -5 to all Willpower checks until the interference ends, due to the stress caused.
Heavy Lancers: The 9th Malfian Cavalry exceed at the charge, and train extensively for such attacks. Members of the regiment increase the distance their Mounts can move as part of a Crushing Charge Mounted Special Action by a number of metres equal to twice the Mount’s Agility Bonus.
Favoured Weapons: Hunting Lance and Cavalry Sabre
Good-Quality Hunting Lance (main weapon) , Best-Quality Monosword, Best-Quality ornamented Light Carapace Armour (with personal heraldry) , Good-Quality Laspistol and 4 charge packs, horse, riding saddle, saddlebags and tack
parade uniform set of fancy clothes(with jewellery and personal heraldry), one set of poor weather gear, one knife, one set of basic tools, one mess kit and wine flask, one blanket and sleep bag, one rechargeable lamp pack, one grooming kit, one Leman Russ instruction manual, 4 weeks supply of Good-Quality Rations, one best-quality golden pocket chrono.