Why Was The Chapter Founded -
For crusade against the Emperors foes
When Was The Chapter Founded -
Believed Twenty Third Founding or The Sentinel Founding
Who was the Chapter's Progenitor -
Fortress of Solitude
Black with silver greaves and arms, yellow chest plate
Gene-seed purity -
Chapter Demeanour -
Suffer Not the Work of Heretics
Gene-seed mutation -
No Known mutations
Chapter's Flaw -
Distrust of all but the Unforgiven
Chapter homeworld -
Rock 118402 RK78 (the Dark Chapel)
Homeworld Type -
Homeworld terrain -
Dead and Airless
Chapter organisation -
Combat doctrine -
Shock and Awe
Special equipment -
Chapters' beliefs -
To Honour the Ancestors and the Chapter
Chapter strength -
Chapter friendly -
Chapter's enemies -
Inquisition, Administratum, Ecclesiarchy Ultramarines, The Fallen
Battle Cry -
Death to the Heretics
The Dark Guardians were formed during the 23rd or Sentinel founding. Although there are no official records of their origin exist, it is know that they are members of the Unforgiven and as such a successor chapter of the Dark Angles.
The chapter is mostly fleet based, maintaining a fair sized fleet of vessels, most of which are smaller class of vessels, as the chapter does not possess many cruisers, maintaining just two, a strike cruiser and a vanguard cruiser, and no longer possesses any battle barges, the only one, the Fortress of Solitude, an old and heavily modified Emperor Class Battleship, was destroyed in an incident involving an Ultramarine Strike Cruiser. While it is not certain what happened as there were few survivors, none of which were members of the upper command, all of which were slain when the battle barge was destroyed. What is know is that the Dark Guardians battle barge was engaged in surrender discussions with a rebelling Imperial Navy battle group, near the planet of Kiviuq, when a task force of Imperial Navy vessels and a strike cruiser of the Ultramarines arrived and attacked the battle group, unaware that the Dark Guardians were there. Before the Fortress of Solitude could react, for she was powered down with both shields deactivated and weapons unloaded, as a show of peace, a shot from the Ultramarines strike cruiser penetrated the aft section of the vessel, causing a critical hit which resulted in a chain reaction that resulted the destruction of the battle barge. Although the Ultramarines apologised over the incident there is still a deep resentment towards the Ultramarines.
This incident not only resulted in the most powerful ship in the fleet to be destroyed, but it also resulted in the death of the majority of the upper command, including the Chapter Master, and the destruction of many of the chapters Holy Relics. As a result, the remaining upper command decided to find a more permanent place where the remaining Relics could be housed and protected, this result in the occupation of Rock 118402 RK78, an uninhabited dead and airless rock surrounding a small star in the depth of the Segmentum Pacificus, light years from anything or anyone. Within the rock, known as the Dark Chapel by the chapter, lies the new Fortress of Solitude, housing all the chapter remaining records and relics. While the chapter is still mainly fleet based, the Dark Chapel now forms a centre for the chapter's activities.
In addition to the incident at Kiviuq, there have been a number of incident involving the Ultramarines and many of their successors. Most of these have been instigated by the Guardians, and have usually revolved around the chapters refusal to assist the Ultramarines and their successors or simply ignoring them, but on the rare occasion there have been shots exchanged between the two chapters. This has lead to open hostilities between the two chapters and this has lead to the attentions of the Inquisition, even more so than would normally be warranted by a member of the Unforgiven. The chapter is even more secretive that most of the Unforgiven chapters due to the beliefs of the chapter, who believe that the Administratum and the Ecclesiarchy have been corrupted by the power that they wield, and they also believe that the Emperor has died and has ascended to become a god to rival the gods of chaos, but because of the Ecclesiarchy denying this, his powers and abilities are being denied to him and so he is powerless to fight the god of chaos on equal terms. Although they have been declared renegade for their beliefs, if they are even known by the Inquisition, their contact with the greater imperium is poor to say the least. This has lead to the Mechanicus being reluctant to provide any advanced tech to the chapter. However the chapter still maintain their link as members of the Unforgiven and will answer any call no matter what from a fellow Unforgiven chapter.
The chapter is below strength as a result of the fact that they have a very poor relationship with the rest of the imperium, and as such are very restricted in where and when they can recruit. Although understrength they are not in any danger of dying out as they are able to recruit to cover any losses that they sustain.
While they still maintain a loose DA codex structure, they have high numbers of TDA suits and Bikes, in addition to fielding a large number of veteran units with few assault or devastator squads. Task Force Psamathe, which is currently in the area of the Hamnavoe system, following some rumours as to a fallen. The task force is lead by an Interrogator Chaplain, Skathi, is leading a force of 1st company vet squads in their TDA, and the Chaplin Surtur leads his force of 3 5th company bike squads.
Tactical Marine from a Battle Company
1st Company Veteran in TDA
Updated: Feb 17