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Iron Avengers
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An Assault Marine of the Iron Avengers

Founding

5th

Primarch

Ferrus Manus

Speciality

Heavy Weapons, Armored Warfare

Numbers

600(Marines)

Warcry

"Vengance!"/"Our Hate Burns Cold!"

Homeworld

Ignitus

Fortress-Monastery

The Iron Citidel

Allies

Adeptus Mechanicus, Ordo Hereticus, Ordo Xenos

Eneimes

Emperor's Children, Iron Warriors

Chapter Master (The Lords of the Forge)

Oberus Dagon, Saydar Gurun, Mangalor Ceer

"The Gorgon is dead, and has been for Millienia, but this truth gives us new purpose. We shall not bemone his loss, no, we shall use it. It shall fuel our rage, hone our wrath, temper our hatred until burns cold. Then we shall go forth, with hands of iron and hearts of flame, and bring death to all who oppose us."- Iron Father Darruk Mail

The Iron Avengers are a grim and ruthless Space Marine chapter decended from the bitter Iron Hands. They, unlike much of the Iron Hands and their successors, have long since accepted the fact that Ferrus Manus is most likely dead and shall never return. But they do not sulk over this fact, instead they have embraced the loss, and the bitter hate that comes with it. They have honed their greif, their bitterness, and their loathing into a potent tool that allows them to become both a tempest of fury and a cold and methodical juggernaut. They care not who must fall on their path of venagnce, only that they see those responsible for their Primarchs death die in agony and fear. 

HistoryEdit

5th FoundingEdit

The Iron Avengers were created during the 5th Founding out of the ranks of the Iron Hands. The Iron Hands used this founding to purge it of brothers who did not hold to their faith that Ferrus Manus had survived the Drop Site Massacre. In spite of this deviation from their Promginater Chapters core belifes, the Iron Avengers were just as cold and deadly as their forebears.

Purge of TellasEdit

One of the Chapters first missions, the Purge of Tellas was by far a dark portent of things to come. Tellas was once a large and vital agri world, but when the Governer felt he was better served by rebelling against the Imperium and alling with the vile forces of Chaos. The First Century, the Iron Fists, were deployed to bring the world into compiance. The Iron Fists did far more than merely show the heretics the wrath of the Imeprium, they fully annihilated every human being and daemonic monstrosity on the world, they used horrid chemical weapons and rendered much of the worlds once verdent soil unusable.

The reason for such unhinged destruction was soon discovered when the Inquisiton questioned the Fists of Iron. Leading the tratiors and backing up the corrupt Governer was a warband of Emperor's Children, known as the Whips of Pleasure. The Whips had assembled a massive force on the world, far greater than Imperial Intelegence had indicated. In order to survive and defeat the traitors, the Iron Avengers were forced to utilize their most devastating weapons in their arsenal. They stormed the world, blades and flamers ablaze, their mechaincial lungs immune to the horrid chemicals that their ships released into the worlds atmosphere. Death and misery came for the tratiors, and in their last moments defending their dark bastions, they cried out for their God to save their souls, but all that came was death, the Iron Avengers tore into their fell fortresses and purged them with fire and bolt.

In the aftermath the Iron Avengers were comended for their victory over the tratiors, though they were never again assigned to worlds where such enviornmental devastation could cripple its use to the Imeprium. As a result of the purging, many worlds of the sub-sector suffered from starvation and poverty in the years to come.

Weapons and TacticsEdit

The Iron Avengers use fairly brutal tactics, often relying on heavy weapons and armor to crush the enemy and whatever feeble cover they hide in. The Iron Avengers are also very fond of flamers and shotguns as well. Iron Avengers also make use of various chemical weapons in order to weaken the enemies grip on the field of battle, such as chemical grenades that cause the foe to be blinded by burning gasses or artillery shells that vent clouds of nuerotoxin. Iron Avengers also make use of extensive and radical bionics, often replacing their shield hands with mechanical ones as is standard but also replacing entire organ systems such as their lungs or hearts with mechanical equivalents.

No tactic is to cruel or inhuman for the Iron Avengers, and they are rarely concerned with civilian or allied casualties, so long as the Gorgon is avenged they will gladly accept any cost.

A few weapons are unique to the Chapter, such as:

Ignitus Pattern FoehammerEdit

Made by the skilled Iron Fathers of the Iron Avengers, the Ignitus Foehammer is a mighty pistol capable of bringing down any foe at close range. Prized for its sheer stopping power and the ferocious damage it causes, this weapon is most common with the first Century.

OrganisationEdit

The Iron Avengers are led by a tribunle of elders known as The Lords of the Forge which is made up of the three Iron Lords that command the three, two hundred man, Centuries of the Chapter. After the Iron Lords there are the Brother-Lieutenants who command the individual squads of Battle-Brothers.

The Iron Avengers have no Scouts and instead freshly trained Astartes are immideatly given power armor. These Battle-Brothers are known as Forgelings and kept under the watchful eye of an experienced Brother-Lieutenant.

Battle-Brothers also ascend to different specializations differently than in a codex chapter. In the Iron Avengers, a Space Marine begins his service to the Imperium as a Tactical Marine in order to teach him flexiblity early on. Next they will acend to the coveted class of Devastaor, where their now tempered wrath becomes the master of some of the chapters most deadly weapons. Finally, a Forgeling is cycled into the ranks of Assault Marines, where their methodical rage can be used to slaughter the enemy in hand to hand combat. After a Forgeling completes his cycle he is free to choose whatever class he wishes.

The Iron Lords command three seperaite Centuries which are as follows:

1st Century, "The Iron Fists"Edit

The 1st Century is led by Mangalor Ceer are are some of the most ruthless Space Marines of the Chapter. Considered the most aggressive tactician of the Iron Avengers, Mangalor Ceer has transformed his "Iron Fists" into a deadly assault force. Typical tactics of the Iron Fists are those that involve steady chemical and artillery barrages followed by his Space Marines in a large but methodically exicuted charge that is almost certain to wipe out the enemy. Favored weapons amongst Mangalors Astartes are Flamers and Shotguns, the most famed example is Mangalors own Foehammer (shogun Pistol) "Doomsbane". The Iron Fists are also the Century most intune with their homeworlds barbaric culture, this is seen in their practice of raising and utilizing Ignitaian Cyber-Mastiffs, which are larger and far more hardy than nearly any other domestic cannine breed found in the Imperium.

2nd Century, "The Lords of Thunder"Edit

The 2nd Century is led by Oberus Dagon, who is the eldest and therefore wisest Iron Lord of the Iron Council. Thus his "Lords of Thunder" are more cautious and anylitical in their movments. They are also the best armored fighters of the Chapter and their Preditor Tank formations are to be feared. The Lords of Thunder are perfect line breakers and support fighters, not to mention the most liberal users of heavy firepower. As a result they have the largest concentraiton of Devastators than any other Century.

3rd Century, "The Spiteful Lances"Edit

The 3rd Century is known as the most fatalistc and cold of the Iron Avengers, such is the nature of its Iron Lord, Saydar Gurun. They are without a doubt the best defenders of the Chapter, and some of its most vindictive fighters. The Spiteful Lances are some of the most radically augmented Space Marines of the Iron Avengers and extremely cold and methodical in their tactics, using horrid chemical weapons and merciles automated systems to bring unending suffering and pain to those foolish enough to assail them. The Spiteful Lances are also honored to have the bulk of the Dreadnoughts of the Iron Avengers Chapter assigned to them, though these ancients are rarely awakened.

CultureEdit

Cold and ruthless as the steel the vernerate, the Iron Avengers have little in the way of passionant battle honors or brotherhood. They accept their purpose as living weapons to be levied at the foe, they understand that they exsist to destroy and nothing more. They embrace this as they embrace the pain and anguish of their fallen primarch, and this makes them beyond relentless and pitiless fighters.

However they embrace much of the culture of the savage world of Ignitus. Ignitus is a death world of exremes, undying volcanos belch pitch black smoke and red hot lava across the frozen plains, and a constant hail of asteroids and pyroclastic debris lights the otherwise black and red skies. Here the savage techno-barbarian survive in a constant state of bitter and unyeilding war, with themselves and with their own world. These people are stoic and in any other society would be considered callous and violent, but on this world of exremes one must be harsh if they are to survive. Technology varies widely amongst the tribes of this world, some bearing arms and weaponary that would be considered advanced even by the standards of the Imperium, while others bear little more than stone axes and spears. It is from the most ruthless and deadly people of this world that the Iron Avengers recruite, some of the children chosen have killed at least fifteen men by their tenth year.

The training of asperaints is nothing short of torture, with various brutal tests of both physical ability and mental aptitude. If they survive they are uncerimoniously made into one of the Avengers, and immideatly pressed into service into one of the three centuries and there he will serve until his dying breath.

Noteable EngagementsEdit

13th Black CrusadeEdit

All three Centuries of the Iron Avengers took part in the defence of Cadia, fighting valliantly against the forces of Chaos and delivering a killing blow to a Warband of the Emperor's Children Traitor Legion.

Deathwatch ServiceEdit

Some of the finest marines in the Deathwatch come from the Iron Avengers, for their cold fury and methodical brutality makes them ideal for the covert and vital missions of the Deathwatch. However, their total lack of empathy or basic humanity makes them difficult to intergrate into a Kill-Team.

Chapter RelicsEdit

WhisperEdit

"Vengance without remorse, hate without quarter, spite without mercy!" - Whisper leading the charge during the Seige of Ullex

The Iron avengers are known for their range of heavy vehicles. But none is no more respectable to the Iron Avengers then the Venerable Mortis Pattern Dreadnought known only as Whisper. Known for his master crafted twin-linked lascannons which can cut through xenos and heretics alike, Whisper has fought and guided the chapter for as long as any of the Iron Lords can remeber. Ancinet in the exreme, it is roumered that he was actually one of the famed Morlocks, the personal guard of the Iron Hands Primarch. He is also rumored by other Iron Hands Successors to be the one who first began the heretical idea that Ferrus Manus was slain during the Istvvan IV Massacre, having claimed to have seen Ferrus fall in battle against the twisted traitor Fulgrim.

Whisper rarely speaks, and when he dose the sound is near mystical, like the rolling hot breezes of Ignitus' fire barrens. He is only awakened by the Chapter when the most dire battle must be won, or when the Chapter finds itself against its most sworn foe, the Emperor's Children.

TriviaEdit

The Iron Avengers themesong is The Hero, By Armon Armarth