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Here's a place to dump concepts for a chapter that relate to a single "thing" that makes the chapter stand out from the crowd. It's the High Concept "summarise a movie in one sentence" thread, where you can stick in ideas for your own chapter. 

This isn't a thread for millitary archetypes, or for discussions of the geneseed differences between chapters. It's more a place where you can suggest different ways for Chapters to operate, recruit etc, and other ways in which they stand out from the "Codex Chapter based on a feral world" norm.

 Let me give you a few examples from the canon:

  •  A chapter that runs its own small empire - (The Ultramarines)
  • A chapter that allies itself with Rogue Traders (the Marines Errant)
  • A chapter that works for the High Lords policing other chapters (The Minotaurs)
  • A renegade chapter who remain loyal despite being cast out by the Imperium (Knights of blood...Relictors, possibly. And Soul drinkers too, arguably.)

...and so on.

So here's a few ideas of my own:

  1. A chapter that recruits solely from a prison world 
  2. A chapter that works closely with the Adeptus Munitorum
  3. A chapter that works closely with the Officio Assasinorum
  4. A chapter that act as, in effect, prison guards for a deadly and immortal being
  5. A chapter formed solely to crew an incredibly powerful ancient weapons platform of some type
  6. A chapter that acts as agents for the Adeptus Custodes
  7. A chapter that worships a controversial aspect of the Imperial faith
  8. A chapter that suddenly appears after three thousand years lost in the warp, not knowing the time has elapsed
  9. A chapter that operates totally in secret: an Imperial version of the Alpha Legion
  10. A chapter that works closely with the Ordos Xenos
  11. A chapter that polices the Black Ships
  12. A castellan chapter: a chapter that guards a major point of entry into the Solar System
  13. A chapter that was created specifically to counter a specific threat which is now extinct
  14. A chapter that is ravaged by internal dissent over a doctrinal point
  15. A chapter that extorts resources from surrounding Imperial worlds
  16. A chapter that has become inefficient and flawed
  17. A chapter who hates its founding Legion and plots to destroy it
  18. A chapter which conceals its own secret shame: cowardice, geneseed problems etc
  19. A chapter which specialises in the use of a weapon not employed by any other chapter
  20. A chapter which plays politics
  21. A chapter which operates its own spy service
  22. A chapter which specialises in some aspect of the Codex to the detriment of all else
  23. A chapter which has a grudge against another chapter
  24. A chapter which has a grudge against another Imperial Institution
  25. A chapter that had suddenly executed all of its Librarians
  26. A chapter created to occupy a certain ancient space station or artefact (like a Blackstone Fortress)
  27. A chapter constantly under siege, slowly losing ground, refusing to give up.
  28. A chapter suffering a moral or religious crisis
  29. A chapter which is attempting to comply with the terms of an ancient secret pact
  30. A chapter which is attempting to ensure that an ancient prophecy doesn't come to pass
  31. A chapter which is dying, but which wants one last battle
  32. A chapter which specialises in exterminatus and ultimate weapons of that ilk
  33. A chapter which is so extremely pro-codex that it deliberately starts wars with others who are less hardline
  34. A chapter that specialises in major fleet actions/hunting renegade Imperial Fleet officers and policing space lanes
  35. A chapter that specialises in urban combat 
  36. A chapter that specialises in aquatic combat
  37. A chapter that is allied to a particular xenos race or faction
  38. A chapter that is slowly going totally insane
  39. A chapter that promotes jealousy among other chapters
  40. An arrogant chapter that is widely hated
  41. A chapter that is undergoing a penitent crusade 
  42. A defeated and shattered chapter
  43. A chapter which has been politically outmanouvered, and which now carries out tasks it hates for a master it despises
  44. A chapter with limited resources
  45. A chapter with more resources than it can handle
  46. A chapter with too few marines to continue
  47. A chapter that has over 1,000 marines
  48. A chapter that has committed a terrible crime
  49. A successor chapter to a successor chapter which itself was not of the First Founding: a chapter which fears it has dilute geneseed
  50. A chapter which does not know it's gene-ancestry

Well that's 50 to be getting on with...anyone want to add any more? If we can get 50 more, we can do a D100 table!happy.gif

 

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I'll have to count the Chapter numbered 66 as 51, I hope you won't mind. Here comes a few from me. :)

 

52. A Chapter that is closely allied to the Ministorum (spelling?)

53. A Chapter that specialized in the use of psychological warfare and terror tactics (kind of like Imperial Night Lords)

54. A Chapter so obsessed with its vendetta against a Xenos race that it is ready to break Imperial law and tradition to see the Xenos destroyed

55. A Chapter which was founded in secret with geneseed that had been enchanced by Xenos DNA

56. A Chapter that despises the Codex Astartes and tries to go countrary to it

57. A Chapter which thinks itself more holy than other Chapters

58. A Chapter which is isolated from the Imperium but trying to hold the line

59. A Chapter that considers implants to make its users into tech-mutants

60. A Chapter specialized in aerial warfare

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I'll play nice with AK.

51. A chapter that specializes in anti-Titan warfare.

61. A chapter that specializes in starship boarding actions.
62. A chapter that has cut ties to the Mechanicus.
63. A chapter that has cut all ties to it's parent chapter leaving both with hostile attitudes toward each other.
64. A chapter that never uses jump packs.
65. A chapter that never uses ground vehicles or skimmers. “The Emperor gave you two feet for a reason”.
66. * see above 
67. A chapter that only uses heavy weapons on vehicles, never on foot.
68. A chapter that never sets foot on a planet, purely fleet based naval actions.
69. A chapter that is dangerously over aggressive in combat yet always at full strength.
70. A chapter that specializes in command and control of large offensives.
71. A chapter that replaces the left eye of every member with cybernetics.
72. A chapter that specializes in policing and peacekeeping actions.
73. A chapter that deploys their own mortal guardsmen units side by side with Astartes.
74. A chapter that act exclusively as bodyguards for VIP's of the Imperium.
75. A chapter whos primary function is to test the defensive capabilities of Imperial facilities. 

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76. A chapter dedicated to (orignally body guard to) a legendary (but Human) figure
77. A chapter closely connected to the Navigator houses
78. A chapter holding a formally strategic position that is no longer a threat (by a closed anomaly)
79. A chapter that completely reverse there bolters as holy
80. A chapter that is dedicated to the Administratum
81. A chapter closely aligned to the Adeptus Arbites
82. A chapter that specialises in fighting in asteroid fields
83. A chapter dedicated to ideals of a famous philopher, perhaps championing human rights
84. A chapter aligned to the now defunct Ordo Chronos
85. A chapter who are dedicated to the egomanical planetary Govenor of their homeworld
86. A chapter who has an intense violent rivalry with another local chapter believing that they are to test each other constantly
87. A chapter who believes it's vehicles are the true power of the force and their dreadnoughts the commanders
88. A chapter dedicated to the overal working of the Imperium following chains of command from other organisations etc.
89. A chapter from a planet which was devastated by a race or monster that is still unknown to the imperium.
90. A chapter from a world that is heavily influenced by an advanced wargame.

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91. A Chapter based solely on the use and study of the power of Imperial Faith that Chaplains utilize.
92. A Chapter which has taken an ancient revenge against a Traitor Legion and revels in the recanting, and treats the event as on par with their Primarch.
93. A Chapter dedicated to the study and recreation of Xenos technology for Imperial purposes.
94. A Chapter which splices its gene-DNA with that of the extremely evolved creatures of their home, taking traits from super thick/hard skin to weaponized tails, or wings. Viewed as mutants but renowned - and praised- for their drive to better the Imperium and the betterment of the Emperors conquered galaxy.
95. A Chapter based on a large series of forge worlds that's purpose is to root out the ever present Corruption that seems to sprout from humanity. Extremely scrutinous and feared for their harsh punishment, and relentless dogma against Chaos.
96. A Chapter that uses only digital and combi-weapons. An elite force used in the most sensitive and most furious encounters, dabbles in politics and their psykers are mind control and manipulation oriented.
97. A Chapter dedicated to all the Primarchs, finding the lost ones, resurrecting the dead ones, and creating new ones from the Emperor or other recovered Primarchs DNA. They also must pursue and kill the corrupted primarchs if they are still alive, be they extremely powerful daemons or horrible aberrations of their former selves.
98. A Chapter focused on hand-to-hand unarmed combat whose techmarines constantly are modifying their power fists and power armour gauntlets to incorporate special characteristics. They support the use of arm/glove mounted weaponry be they ranged or melee oriented. (chainfist, lightning claws, storm/bolters.)
99. A Chapter whose battle-prowess, in all matters of war (be it Siege, Orbital Assault, Stealth and Subtlety, or Close Combat etc.) Surpasses that of other non First Founding chapters, akin the the honourable Ultramarines. They field many heroes, all of which have repeatedly proven their salt, and have faced and defeated death on many occasions.
100. A Chapter that just don't give a f*** about any save their own, and the Emperor.

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The complete list. To use it to randomly generate features for a homemade chapter, roll a D100. You could actually roll twice if you wish, to create more depth...just ignore any totally contradictory results. :-

1. A chapter that recruits solely from a prison world
2. A chapter that works closely with the Adeptus Munitorum
3. A chapter that works closely with the Officio Assasinorum
4. A chapter that act as, in effect, prison guards for a deadly and immortal being
5. A chapter formed solely to crew an incredibly powerful ancient weapons platform of some type
6. A chapter that acts as agents for the Adeptus Custodes
7. A chapter that worships a controversial aspect of the Imperial faith
8. A chapter that suddenly appears after three thousand years lost in the warp, not knowing the time has elapsed
9. A chapter that operates totally in secret: an Imperial version of the Alpha Legion
10. A chapter that works closely with the Ordos Xenos
11. A chapter that polices the Black Ships
12. A castellan chapter: a chapter that guards a major point of entry into the Solar System
13. A chapter that was created specifically to counter a specific threat which is now extinct
14. A chapter that is ravaged by internal dissent over a doctrinal point
15. A chapter that extorts resources from surrounding Imperial worlds
16. A chapter that has become inefficient and flawed
17. A chapter who hates its founding Legion and plots to destroy it
18. A chapter which conceals its own secret shame: cowardice, geneseed problems etc
19. A chapter which specializes in the use of a weapon not employed by any other chapter
20. A chapter which plays politics
21. A chapter which operates its own spy service
22. A chapter which specializes in some aspect of the Codex to the detriment of all else
23. A chapter which has a grudge against another chapter
24. A chapter which has a grudge against another Imperial Institution
25. A chapter that had suddenly executed all of its Librarians
26. A chapter created to occupy a certain ancient space station or artifact (like a Blackstone Fortress)
27. A chapter constantly under siege, slowly losing ground, refusing to give up.
28. A chapter suffering a moral or religious crisis
29. A chapter which is attempting to comply with the terms of an ancient secret pact
30. A chapter which is attempting to ensure that an ancient prophecy doesn't come to pass
31. A chapter which is dying, but which wants one last battle
32. A chapter which specializes in exterminatus and ultimate weapons of that ilk
33. A chapter which is so extremely pro-codex that it deliberately starts wars with others who are less hardline
34. A chapter that specializes in major fleet actions/hunting renegade Imperial Fleet officers and policing space lanes
35. A chapter that specializes in urban combat
36. A chapter that specializes in aquatic combat
37. A chapter that is allied to a particular xenos race or faction
38. A chapter that is slowly going totally insane
39. A chapter that promotes jealousy among other chapters
40. An arrogant chapter that is widely hated
41. A chapter that is undergoing a penitent crusade
42. A defeated and shattered chapter
43. A chapter which has been politically outmaneuvered, and which now carries out tasks it hates for a master it despises
44. A chapter with limited resources
45. A chapter with more resources than it can handle
46. A chapter with too few marines to continue
47. A chapter that has over 1,000 marines
48. A chapter that has committed a terrible crime
49. A successor chapter to a successor chapter which itself was not of the First Founding: a chapter which fears it has dilute geneseed
50. A chapter which does not know its gene-ancestry
51. A chapter that specializes in anti-Titan warfare.
52. A Chapter that is closely allied to the Ministorum
53.  A Chapter that specialized in the use of psychological warfare and terror tactics (kind of like Imperial Night Lords)
54. A Chapter so obsessed with its vendetta against a Xenos race that it is ready to break Imperial law and tradition to see the Xenos destroyed
55. A Chapter which was founded in secret with geneseed that had been enhanced by Xenos DNA
56. A Chapter that despises the Codex Astartes and tries to go contrary to it
57. A Chapter which thinks itself more holy than other Chapters
58. A Chapter which is isolated from the Imperium but trying to hold the line
59. A Chapter that considers implants to make its users into tech-mutants
60. A Chapter specialized in aerial warfare
61. A chapter that specializes in starship boarding actions.
62. A chapter that has cut ties to the Mechanicus.
63. A chapter that has cut all ties to its parent chapter leaving both with hostile attitudes toward each other.
64. A chapter that never uses jump packs.
65. A chapter that never uses ground vehicles or skimmers. “The Emperor gave you two feet for a reason”.
66. A chapter that recruits from the near dead. Lots of cyberware to be found.
67. A chapter that only uses heavy weapons on vehicles, never on foot.
68. A chapter that never sets foot on a planet, purely fleet based naval actions.
69. A chapter that is dangerously over aggressive in combat yet always at full strength.
70. A chapter that specializes in command and control of large offensives.
71. A chapter that replaces the left eye of every member with cybernetics.
72. A chapter that specializes in policing and peacekeeping actions.
73. A chapter that deploys their own mortal guardsmen units side by side with Astartes.
74. A chapter that act exclusively as bodyguards for VIP's of the Imperium.
75. A chapter whose primary function is to test the defensive capabilities of Imperial facilities.
76. A chapter dedicated to (originally body guard to) a legendary (but Human) figure
77. A chapter closely connected to the Navigator houses
78. A chapter holding a formally strategic position that is no longer a threat (by a closed anomaly)
79. A chapter that completely reverse there bolters as holy
80. A chapter that is dedicated to the Administratum
81. A chapter closely aligned to the Adeptus Arbites
82. A chapter that specializes in fighting in asteroid fields
83. A chapter dedicated to ideals of a famous philosopher, perhaps championing human rights
84. A chapter aligned to the now defunct Ordo Chronos
85. A chapter who are dedicated to the egomaniacal planetary Governor of their homeworld
86. A chapter who has an intense violent rivalry with another local chapter believing that they are to test each other constantly
87. A chapter who believes its vehicles are the true power of the force and their dreadnoughts the commanders
88. A chapter dedicated to the overall working of the Imperium following chains of command from other organizations etc.
89. A chapter from a planet which was devastated by a race or monster that is still unknown to the imperium.
90. A chapter from a world that is heavily influenced by an advanced wargame.
91. A Chapter based solely on the use and study of the power of Imperial Faith that Chaplains utilize.
92. A Chapter which has taken an ancient revenge against a Traitor Legion and revels in the recanting, and treats the event as on par with their Primarch.
93. A Chapter dedicated to the study and recreation of Xenos technology for Imperial purposes.
94. A Chapter which splices its gene-DNA with that of the extremely evolved creatures of their home, taking traits from super thick/hard skin to weaponized tails, or wings. Viewed as mutants but renowned - and praised- for their drive to better the Imperium and the betterment of the Emperors conquered galaxy.
95. A Chapter based on a large series of forge worlds that's purpose is to root out the ever present Corruption that seems to sprout from humanity. Extremely scrutinous and feared for their harsh punishment, and relentless dogma against Chaos.
96. A Chapter that uses only digital and combi-weapons. An elite force used in the most sensitive and most furious encounters, dabbles in politics and their psykers are mind control and manipulation oriented.
97. A Chapter dedicated to all the Primarchs, finding the lost ones, resurrecting the dead ones, and creating new ones from the Emperor or other recovered Primarchs DNA. They also must pursue and kill the corrupted primarchs if they are still alive, be they extremely powerful daemons or horrible aberrations of their former selves.
98. A Chapter focused on hand-to-hand unarmed combat whose techmarines constantly are modifying their power fists and power armour gauntlets to incorporate special characteristics. They support the use of arm/glove mounted weaponry be they ranged or melee oriented. (chainfist, lightning claws, storm/bolters.)
99. A Chapter whose battle-prowess, in all matters of war (be it Siege, Orbital Assault, Stealth and Subtlety, or Close Combat etc.) Surpasses that of other non First Founding chapters, akin to the honourable Ultramarines. They field many heroes, all of which have repeatedly proven their salt, and have faced and defeated death on many occasions.
100. A Chapter that just don't give a f*** about any save their own, and the Emperor.

 

 

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You could combine this with a chart I did earlier for random generation of the chapter's geneseed:-

D1000 (roll a D10 three times)

 

Roll Result
001-600 Ultra Helix (Ultramarines)
601-750 Pugnus Helix (Imperial Fists)
751-850 Umbra Helix (Dark Angels)
851-930 Fulmen Helix (White Scars)
931-960 The Helix Sanguine (Blood Angels)
961-970 Ferrum Helix (Iron Hands)
971-973 Canis Helix (Space Wolves)
974-984 Nex Helix (Raven Guard)
985-000 Other sources (Chimaeric, unknown, Traitor etc)

So to follow this through as an example of how to generate a chapter using this system, I roll twice on the first table and once on this one.

I'll do it now: 89, 16 and 638.

So this is an Imperial Fists successor chapter from a world devastated by an unknown race or monster, a chapter that has also become inefficient and flawed.

 

 

 

 

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Stannis Ravensight said:

94. A Chapter which splices its gene-DNA with that of the extremely evolved creatures of their home, taking traits from super thick/hard skin to weaponized tails, or wings. Viewed as mutants but renowned - and praised- for their drive to better the Imperium and the betterment of the Emperors conquered galaxy.

Oddly enough, this may actually be an inherent quality of Space Marines anyway - the Horus Heresy novel Deliverance Lost suggests strongly that individual Primarchs had genetics derived from particular Terran animals as part of their fundamental nature (as well as countless other variations - each was designed differently from a common baseline), which in turn influences the genetics of their Astartes progeny. In short, Leman Russ was already part wolf, and thus the Space Wolves' canine traits are actually the result of canine genetics spliced into their geneseed by the Emperor.

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Some more ideas, I guess we could use a D666 list if we get enough (or would an D888 list be more fitting)

101. A chapter that have somehow lost most of its Power armour, making what little they have left something that is only for the use of veterans and heroes, normal marines have to do with scout armour.

102. A chapter style itself after an, for Space Marines, unusual totem animal (spider, baboon, hippopotamus, yak, crocodile, etc.) and follow that animals "teachings", makes modification to their war gear to resemble totem and maybe use members of that species in their warfare.

103. A chapter usually only operate on War Worlds where the empire have been fighting for decades, decapitating the enemies leaders, destroying their main fortifications and/or weapons and then leaving.

104. A chapter where one in ten of its members begin to mutate into a degenerated combat form (maybe physically resembling crypt ghouls, strigoi or wolfen) before they reach Veteran status.

105. A chapter that have the administrative right to a Abhuman World and deploys forces of those abhumans side by side with Astartes.

106. A chapter that never leaves a warzone until the enemy is fully crushed, even if they would do better somewhere else.

107. A fleet based chapter that never split up, whatever conflict they enter they do it with the whole chapter.

108. A chapter that somehow have fallen under the influence of a xeno species and (knowingly or not) do the biding of that species.

109. A chapter that believe (truthfully or not) that they are a successor chapter of one of the traitor Legions, something that is a great, secret shame for them.

110. A chapter who recruit from a Culture who consider the mystical-arts something feminine, making them referring to their Librarians (and probably all other psykers) in feminine terms.

 

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111. A chapter that try to minimize collectrial damage and don’t like groups that have no problem with collectrial damage. Groups that focus on collateral damage are openly disliked/hated.
112. A chapter that try to protect agricultural lands and maybe even stay after the conflict have ended to help the people rebuild their agriculture.
113. A chapter that don’t fight a practical enemy, no matter how big a threat against the Empire it is.
114. A chapter that’s in a great alliance with a Navigator House. The chapter’s monastery and the Navigator House’s palace is either the same building or built extremely near each other and a honour guard of battle-brothers from the chapter follow the scions of the house on their missions, or maybe all members of the house if it’s a small Navigator House.
115. A chapter that never enter a conflict with a force smaller than a company.
116. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Aegis
117. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Astra
118. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Barbarus
119. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Chronos, at least until it disappeared (or did it?)
120. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Custodum
121. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Desolatus
122. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Excorium
123. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Machinum
124. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Militarum
125. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Necros
126. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Originatus
127. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Redactus
128. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Sanctorum
129. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Scriptorum
130. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Scriptus
131. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Senatorum
132. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Sepulturum
133. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Sicarius
134. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Thanatos
135. A chapter that works closely with the Ordo Vigilus

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136. A chapter in conflict with one of the Ordo Minoris.

137. A chapter honour bound to help a specific Imperial Guard Regiment whenever they can.

138. A chapter that make servo-skulls out of all their fallen brothers’ recovered skulls and every marine is accompanied by at least one of those servo-skulls.

139. A chapter that eat the brains and hearts of their fallen brethren.

140. A chapter that recruits solely from an “accursed world” (like Dusk, Sinophia or Malfi).

141. A chapter that, like the Moritat death cult, disdain non edge-weapons as crude and spiritually unfulfilling.

142. A Chapter whose homeworld is also a Knight World.

143. A Chapter that is fixated on a specific number and much of the chapter’s organization and planning is based on that number.

144. A Chapter that is highly motorized, they have so many tanks and flyers that nearly every brother can drive/pilot one into combat.

145. A Chapter that somehow has enough Mastodon Heavy Tanks to transport the whole chapter and they proudly use them in every large battle they participate in.

146. A Chapter that recruits solely from a former Daemon World.

147. A Chapter that’s over two thousand brothers strong, their way of getting around the Codex is by claiming to be two, or maybe even three, different Chapters.

148. A Chapter with a high amount of servitors that they are using in the field.

149. A Chapter that’s investigated by Mars because they are using supposed lost technology.

150. A Chapter that is close to one of the radical =][= factions (like the Relictors and the Xanthite faction).

151. A Chapter where a great part of the Chapter went renegade, something the Chapter is willing to kill to keep secret and they are actively (and secretly) hunting their fallen brethren.

152. A Chapter so obsessed with its vendetta against a specific Chaos warband/renegade Chapter that it is ready to break Imperial law and tradition to see the traitors destroyed

153. A Chapter whose secret origin is (or they believe to be at least) that they were a warband of Chaos Space Marines who somehow was redeemed.

154. A Chapter whose secret leader is one of the immortal Sensei

155. A Chapter that’s specialized in fighting the forces of one of the four great Chaos gods.

156. A Chapter that has a notable libido

157. A Chapter that’s as dedicated to the cultural arts as to the ways of war.

158. A Chapter that seems to have no contact with any navigator house, not even renegade ones, but are somehow still able to travel the Warp

159. A chapter that specialize in hunting and fighting an elusive minor xeno threat (like the Slaugth, Cryptos or Hrud)

160. A chapter that’s extremely secretive.

 

 

Can somebody else also post here? I find myself full of ideas for this thread but I don't want to turn it into my own echo chamber.

Edited by Gamiel

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161. A Chapter that are masters in fighting in a certain kind of environment, at the cost of their adaptability for other kinds of environments
162. A Chapter that for some reason hoard material riches
163. A Chapter that’s allied with an Assassin Order, Guild or Death Cult
164. A Chapter that consider pistol combat the highest form of combat and all battle-brothers caries at least one pistol (probably a bolter pistol, but it could be something more advanced or more primitive).
165. A Chapter that is close to one of the puritan =][= factions.
166. A Chapter that works closely with the Adeptus Astra Telepathica.
167. A Chapter whose Librarians develops a third eye and can function as Navigators.
168. A Chapter that’s accompanied by great numbers of cyber-mastiffs, or similar cybernetic battle-beasts.
169. A Chapter whose brother’s sometime fall into a “holy trance” in which they produced stigmata.
170. A Chapter that specialized in tracking and hunting.
171. A Chapter where the battle-brothers are also trained in architecture.
171. A Chapter whose equipment’s are barley taken care of.
172. A Chapter that is close to one of the esoteric, but still accepted (for now), fractions of the Ecclesiarchy
173. A Chapter that is close to one of the esoteric, but still accepted (for now), fractions of the Mechanicus
174. A Chapter that uses crafts usually not seen used by Space Marines (like Baneblades, Onager Dunecrawlers and/or Valkyries, etc.).
175. A Chapter that favours skills of the forge and artisanship.
176. A Chapter that believes the Emperor guides them and follows the guides of His tarot when making any larger decision.
177. A Chapter that fully believe in the Emperor’s divinity and are antagonistic against chapters that don’t share that belief.
177. A Chapter that still believes in the old Imperial Truth of atheism and science.
178. A Chapter that takes great pride in their standards and each squad has a standard bearer.
179. A Chapter that uses modified industrial gear as weapons.
180. A Chapter that hold little or no regard for the strategies of other forces, relentlessly pursuing their own battle plans regardless of the schemes others might have set in motion.
181. A Chapter that plunges headlong into the next battle, the next campaign, even after damages that might make other Chapters withdraw to rebuild and reconstitute their numbers.
182. A Chapter where none of its Battle-Brothers ever remove their helmets, nor reveal their faces in the presence of one not of their own Chapter.
183. A Chapter that hold abhumans in great contempt.
184. A Chapter that are the direct rulers of tree or more planet.
185. A Chapter that has an unusual amount of arms, armour and equipment of truly ancient patterns.
186. A Chapter that has an unusual high amount of tech-marines but doesn’t seem to be any closer to the Mechanicus then most other Chapters.
187. A Chapter whose cult is divided into a number of sub-cults.
188. A Chapter that cover their armour and the skin of its battle-brothers with protective script and glyphs.
189. A Chapter that’s as dedicated to the scholarly arts as to the ways of war.
190. A Chapter whose current Home world is not their original Home world and they still has many traditions from their first home.
191. A Chapter that believes that the “soul” of an Astartes is in the Gene-seed, and view themselves as the reincarnation of the previous owner of the Seed within them.
192. A Chapter that are carriers of a letter of marque from the Adeptus Mechanicus Magicasts, granting them salvage rights wherever they roam.
193. A Chapter that recruits solely from the aristocracy.
194. A Chapter that’s actually one of the Unforgiven, a secret only known to the Chapter Master and his inner circle.
195. A Chapter that recruits solely from war orphans.
196. A Chapter that doesn’t speak to outsiders, instead they communicate through text and/or speaker-servitors.
197. A Chapter where all the Tech-Marines are also trained techsorcists.
198. A Chapter that consider the use of Psychic Powers to attack is a first step to the road to Chaos and don’t train their Librarians in those kind of powers. They look with suspicion on Chapters that use offensive Psychic Powers greatly.
199. A Chapter that have divided their Librarians into two groups, one that ignore the Divination Discipline, while the other ignore the Telepathy Discipline.
200. A Chapter whose Librarians don’t know the Codex Discipline.

 

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Can somebody else also post here? I find myself full of ideas for this thread but I don't want to turn it into my own echo chamber.

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42 minutes ago, Gamiel said:

Can somebody else also post here? I find myself full of ideas for this thread but I don't want to turn it into my own echo chamber.

There isn't too many of us now...

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12 minutes ago, Jargal said:

There isn't too many of us now...

"We may be few, and our enemies many. Yet so long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope."

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1 hour ago, Gamiel said:

"We may be few, and our enemies many. Yet so long as there remains one of us still fighting, one who still rages in the name of justice and truth, then by the Allfather, the galaxy shall yet know hope."

“Amongst a hundred men, there may be none fit for the Adeptus Astartes. Amongst a hundred Space Marines, there may be one fit for the Deathwatch.”

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201. A Chapter whose Librarians don’t know the Divination Discipline.

202. A Chapter whose Librarians don’t know the Telepathy Discipline.

203. A Chapter whose Librarians don’t have a Chapter Discipline.

204. A Chapter that don’t seem to have any new equipment, all their arms, armour and similar are old and are showing traces of repair.

205. A Chapter that’s caught up in a Trade War between Navigator Houses

206. A Chapter that strictly follow the orthodox belief of the Adeptus Mechanicus; any machine that don’t fully follow one of the divine STC:s are considered tech-heresy.

207. A Chapter that works closely with the Adeptus Astronomica

208. A Chapter that’s has been infiltrated by the Alpha Legion. How much of the Chapter has been subverted?

209. A Chapter that has Battle-automatas in their armoury.

210. A Chapter that are allied with a troupe of Harlequins. Why has the fickle Xenos not betrayed them?

211. A Chapter that’s gifted with a Warrant to Trade, making the Chapter-Master also a Rogue Trader.

212. A Chapter that’s on its way to turning to Khorn. Can it be saved?

213. A Chapter that’s on its way to turning to Nurgle. Can it be saved?

214. A Chapter that’s on its way to turning to Tzeentch. Can it be saved?

215. A Chapter that’s on its way to turning to Slaanesh. Can it be saved?

216. A Chapter that’s on its way to turning to one of the minor Chaos deities. Can it be saved?

217. A Chapter that’s on its way to turning to Chaos Undivided. Can it be saved?

218. A Chapter that’s not (or at least not believed to be) a gene-decedent of the Blood Angels but suffers from a flaw similar to the Red Thirst.

219. A Chapter that use Combat and Boarding Shields as standard equipment.

220. A Chapter that’s very chivalric and noble.

221. A Chapter that don’t have a Chapter-Master, instead its lead by a council consisting of the Chapter’s senior Liberians.

222. A Chapter that don’t have a Chapter-Master, instead its lead by a council consisting of the Chapter’s senior Techmarines.

223. A Chapter that don’t have a Chapter-Master, instead its lead by a council consisting of the Chapter’s Dreadnoughts.

224. A Chapter that don’t have Chaplains nor Apothecary, instead it has an position unique for that Chapter that combines the role of both Chaplain and Apothecary.

225. A Chapter that don’t have Apothecary, instead it has an position unique for that Chapter that combines the role of both Apothecary and Techmarine.

226. A Chapter that has an unusual high amount of Apothecary.

227. A Chapter that don’t have Chaplains, instead their Librarians are trained to fill that role.

228. A Chapter that don’t have Chaplains, instead their Techmarines are trained to fill that role.

229. A Chapter whose Techmarines are also trained Electro-priests.

230. A Chapter that’s highly ritualised culture. More or less everything has to be done in a proper manner and follow the proper rituals, be it drinking (different ceremonies for different drinks and in whose presence), greetings (ceremonies differ depending on the rank/gender/work/nature/etc. of the people meeting), weapon cleaning, decision making, eating, before battle (different ceremonies for different foes), after battle (ceremonies differ depending on the foes and how the battle went), etc.

231. A Chapter that don’t have a Chapter-Master, instead its lead by a council consisting of the Chapter’s senior Apothecary.

232. A Chapter that works closely with one of the Orders Militant of the Adepta Sororitas.

233. A Chapter that works closely with one of the Orders Hospitaller of the Adepta Sororitas.

234. A Chapter that works closely with one of the Orders Dialogous of the Adepta Sororitas.

235. A Chapter that works closely with one of the Orders Famulous of the Adepta Sororitas.

236. A Chapter that works closely with one of the Orders Sabine of the Adepta Sororitas.

237. A Chapter that works closely with one of the Orders Pronatus of the Adepta Sororitas.

238. A Chapter that works closely with one of the Orders Hospitaller of the Adepta Sororitas.

238. A Chapter that had suddenly executed all of its Techmarines.

238. A Chapter whose battle-brothers are mutating, they are hiding this by cutting of the mutated part and replacing it with bionics.

240. A Chapter that don’t have any Techmarines.

241. A Chapter that recruits solely from the sons of pilgrims.

242. A Chapter that has a tradition to carry trophies from the battlefield and having the trophies adorning their armour or wargear.

243. A Chapter that conscript all male children in the warzones they fight in. Those children found worthy are turned into Astartes while the rest become Chapter serfs or servitors.

244. A Chapter that don’t have (or use) any terminator armour.

245. A Chapter that don’t use Scouts.

246. A Chapter where Scouts are not neophytes, but instead experienced battle brothers.

247. A Chapter that committed a great sin to stop a threat against the Empire.

248. A Chapter that committed a great sin to stop a threat against themselves.

249. A Chapter whose hatred against Xenos is so great that they will attack even sanctioned Xenos and will never find a common cause with more rational alien species when faced with a greater foe.

250. A Chapter that don’t use Dreadnoughts.

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Since I have created some more concepts I feel that I should post them here, even if FFG no longer have the WH40k RPG license. Here are #250 - #300:

251. A Chapter that officially fully follow the Codex Astartes but are actually much larger, something they hide with double-entry bookkeeping.

252. A Chapter that considers swords and powerclaws illfortune weapons since it was those that Horus used to wound the Emperor.

253. A Chapter that refuse to retreat, even when their chances are almost nil.

254. A Chapter that doesn’t have a Chapter-Master, instead its lead by a council consisting of the Chapter’s Chaplains.

255. A Chapter that heavily modify their wargear sometime edging on tech-heresy.

256. A Chapter that have a high amount of Artificer Armour.

257. A Chapter that has made enemies out of one of the 1th Founding Chapters.

258. A Chapter that has made a lasting impression on a ork Waaaaaagh!, that now try to imitate the Chapter’s look and tactic.

259. A Chapter that threat non-Space Marines humans as if they were blacks in the Jim Crow South, no matter how important, experienced or knowledgeable a person would be.

260. A Chapter that shares it’s homeworld with another Chapter.

261. A Chapter whose fortress-monastery was built near, or even on top, of something believed to be (or could be) a great threat against the Empire. As part of their holy mission the Chapter’s first duty is to prevent the threat from rising.

262. A Chapter whose fortress-monastery originally belonged to another Chapter.

263. A Chapter whose fortress-monastery is so large that even a fully numbered Chapter with all needed support staff leaves large parts of the fortress-monastery empty.

264. A Chapter that use cherubs in great amounts.

265. A Chapter whose fortress-monastery was built around a piece of archeotech. The Chapter may or may not know what it is and how to activate it.

266. A Chapter that, when it can, hires xeno mercenaries to help them fight their current enemies.

267. A Chapter that a Navigator House have declared a vendetta against.

268. A Chapter that has a high amount of Terminator Armour, enough for their full First Company and then some.

269. A Chapter that don’t have one grand fortress-monastery, instead they have a number of lesser fortress-monasteries spread out over an area that might be a planet, an asteroid belt, a star system or even something as large as a sub-sector.

270. Thuribles hang from all of the Chapter’s battle-brothers belts and/or weapons.

271. A Chapter that’s disturbingly similar to one of the traitor Legions.

272. A Chapter that has an unusual high amount of Chaplains.

273. A Chapter that’s specialized in fighting the forces of one of the minor Chaos gods.

274. A chapter whose colours, and possibly even their symbol, are almost identical to another chapter.

275. A Chapter whose colours, and possibly even their symbol, are almost identical to a renegade chapter.

276. A Chapter that seal themselves away in vast stasis crypts when not on a campaign.

277. A Chapter that have a large number of ancient war relics of weapons that are rarely seen in the 41st Millennium.

278. A Chapter that have a large number of ancient war relics of vehicles that are rarely seen in the 41st Millennium.

279. A Chapter that doesn’t recruit from any world, instead all their aspirants are secretly vat-grown in clone chambers.

280. A Chapter that communicates only when necessary and always use their own cryptic battle tongue amongst themselves.

281. A Chapter that don’t seems to have any arms, armour or other technology that’s older than half a century.

282. A Chapter that don’t use servitors.

283. A Chapter that distrust servitors and destroy them if they come to close.

284. A Chapter that only has one functioning Warp jump capable void ship.

285. A Chapter that lacks functioning Warp jump capable void ships.

286. A Chapter whose fortress-monastery is inside a Titan.

287. A Chapter that don’t have any Librarians.

288. A Chapter that built a shrine-bastion on all worlds they have helped conquer/retake and leave at least one battle brother to guard the shrine-bastion

289. A Chapter whose scouts use animal mounts instead of scout bikes.

290. A Chapter that has many teleportation devices and uses them often.

291. A Chapter created to fill the role of an older Chapter now lost to destruction, heresy, the Warp or similar.

292. A Chapter that’s more interesting in engaging the enemy in ways that bring them glory than what’s strategical best.

293. A Chapter that when interacting with other parts of the Imperium’s armed forces always put themselves under the command of the highest ranking officer instead of themselves taking command or working outside of the command structure.

294. A Chapter that use hunting beasts.

295. A Chapter that’s been declared renegade but they still fight for the Imperium

296. A Chapter whose name and colours are a lie, they are actually a Renegade Chapter but have changed their name and appearance so they can continue to operate within the Imperium.

297. A Chapter that salvage all older and/or rare technology they find or save from the Imperium’s enemies.

298. A Chapter that punish any survivors of any Imperial world that they save/liberate since the natives have proven themselves week by needing the Chapter’s help.

299. A Chapter who’s homeworld, recruitment world/s and ways to resupply are unknown to the Imperial authority.

300. The battle-brothers of the Chapter ritually inflict corporal mortification on themselves and their fellows.

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