Monday, June 28, 2010

Background Story and Campaign setting

Alongside my own personal project my mate Harley also built a chaos space marine army that has seen it become a constant adversary to the Templars.

Recently I've decided to look to build some narrative around the forces and allow me to build a back story for the Ulfhen.

So without much more blabbering here is the starting point for the story of the Úlfhéðnar

Arctic  Templar’s

When the Imperial Fists made land fall on Halldorr the society they found had regressed to archaic an society of feudal government with a distinctive warrior cult that thrived on challenges and was built on a strong tradition of oral history of saga’s.

The world was settled as a recruiting world, the existing society remaining untouched while recruiting officers would locate and recruit the best of the warrior class.

The Halldorr warrior’s though had a genetic tendency unseen by the Fists known as the Úlfhéðnar. 
Select warriors showed an ability to build themselves into a trance like state, this state seeing these warriors able to move faster, hit harder and seem to do so in a quite state. More commonly known as blade masters, they would train and meditate in enclaves away from main society.  

Some would look on them as close to berserk as they would sometimes be observed as laughing as they carved a bloody swath through the ranks of enemy warriors.

The genetic modification that all Astartes go through would see this genetic variance in warriors from Halldorr rise in the ranks of the legion as warriors of repute with almost a psychic sense  in combat and able to even in the ranks of the space marines achieve martial feats unmatched.

After the Heresy and with the agreement to split the legions, the small group of Halldorians left almost 150 of them returned to their home world.   Led by Alger HRÓÐGEIRR the marines set about forming a new chapter with strong links to their home-worlds traditions and culture and thus the Arctic Templar’s where formed.

The companies where formed into great hosts each set with tasks of crusades across the sector to weed out traitors and subdue the worlds affected.

And thus the chapter was born with years of war and great saga’s ahead of them.

The current hosts that are recorded as active are the Wolf Host, Falcon Host and Raven Host with the other 7 hosts stationed on Halldorr.    

Recent surveys by the administrative services of the Imperium have recorded that Wolf Host number approx 120 marines and show a distinct lack of adherence to the codex Astrates.

The  Astral Wolves:

The Arctic Templar’s have seen an increase in the raiding of this sect of traitors in their sector, with some sensing that the current leader of these raiders is an ex Templar who is seeking revenge against   his old chapter.

Lord HÁKON  Thrydwulf and the Wolf Host have currently been dispatched to the Ice World of  VOLUNDR a remote ice world where Astral wolves have set up a base of operations for their raids in the wider sector.