|The Storm Wardens
A preview of Honour the Chapter, the upcoming supplement for Deathwatch
|Deathwatch | Published 05 April 2012|
“What threat might require an entire Chapter of the Adeptus Astartes to guard against it? I for one sleep no sounder at night knowing that such warriors guard our Imperium, for my nightmares are haunted all the more by what enemies they watch for."
–Lord Sector Marius Hax
Last month, we announced the upcoming release of Honour the Chapter, a supplement for Deathwatch. This comprehensive sourcebook provides a wealth of options for players interested in characters drawn from Chapters created during the Second or subsequent Foundings. What’s more, it contains new character creation rules, a wealth of relics unique to each Chapter, and plenty of guidance and adventure seeds for Game Masters!
Today, we’re pleased to offer a glimpse at the pages of Honour the Chapter with a preview of the Storm Wardens, one of the most secretive Chapters in the Imperium. Isolated on the gloomy Forbidden World of Sacris, the Storm Wardens adamantly protect their privacy while training in the use of close-quarters weaponry. Indeed, it is in close combat that many of the Storm Wardens’ traditions are most fully expressed, for they are possessed of a fierce sense of pride and believe that honour is to be found in the act of striking an enemy down with one’s own hand.
To this end, the Storm Wardens utilize the fearsome claymore wielded by the clans of Sacris, each Battle-Brother practicing endlessly until he is a master in its use. Only when he is judged worthy is a Battle-Brother formally allowed to wield his claymore on the field of battle, mostly limiting its use to officers and veterans. Many claymores have been passed down through the generations, and some are truly ancient relics forged by the clans of Sacris and later fitted with power field generators to wreath their mighty blades in shimmering, deadly force.
Warriors who have attained the acclaim of their entire Chapter are henceforth known as Tempest Blades, and are grouped together into special veteran squads within the 1st Company. Download today’s preview (pdf, 3.5 MB) to learn more about the Tempest Blades, then look for Honour the Chapter on store shelves later this quarter!
Deathwatch is a roleplaying game in which players take on the roles of the bio-engineered super-soldiers known as Space Marines. United with their battle-brothers, players will complete extraordinary missions involving some of the greatest heroes and deadliest opponents the Warhammer 40,000 universe has to offer.