- "Brothers, there comes a time in all our lives when we must face Death itself, but let us not face Death alone. Let us face it as Brothers! Let us face Death for The Emperor!"
- — Captain Astrix Vornus addressing the 4th Company in a battle against the Necrons and Chaos at Jamerv Secundus, 847.M41
The Nova Wolves Chapter was formed in the 26th Founding, 739.M41, with the purpose of defending the Imperium from the Threats of Xenos and Heretics alike. It is unknown from whom they first drew Gene-Seed from.
They had their Fortress-Monastery based upon the Planet of Nexus Prime, a frozen Death World stuck in an eternal Ice Age with a small populace under constant threat from the Indigenous Wildlife that roam the planet, and those that survived until adolescence would become prime recruitment material for the Chapter.
The other Planets in the Sub-Sector also had ties with the Nova Wolves; Nexus Minor, a Forge World under threat from Pirates and War-bands. They would supply the Nova Wolves with Weapons, Armour, Vehicles, and Ships in exchange for protection.
Helios, a nearby Agri-World that helps produce Regiments of PDF troopers ready and willing to help defend the Sub-Sector; and finally, Gorgon. This desolate moon orbiting Nexus Prime would become a Mining Source for the Mechanicus. It would also serve as a training ground for the Nova Wolves and PDF in the event they need to fight in Zero-G Environments.
History and Campaigns
The Nova Wolves were formed during the 26th Founding, 738.M41, from an unknown Gene-Seed. They were given the Chapter Designation 954 and were considered to be a young Chapter by the older Astartes Chapters. Chapter 954 was tasked by the High Lords of Terra to help defend the Nexus Sub-Sector in the Segmentum Tempestus for their first mission while the Chapter Home world would be considered. The Sub-Sector was of vital importance to the Imperium as the Forge World located there was in the process of retrieving and
restoring an Ancient Imperator Titan found in the North Pole of Nexus Prime only days after the Chapter was created when a Mechanicus scouting party discovered the local feral humans praying to the Titans fallen body as if it were a god.
M41-Battle of Nexus Prime
Soon after receiving word about the Imperator Titan, the Nova Wolves were dispatched to Nexus Prime to help defend the Mechanicus in their retrieval process. After a week of travel in the warp, the Nova Wolves arrived to find Nexus Prime under assault by a Tau Recon Force. The Skitarii Forces on the Ground were holding out against all attacks, but the Mechanicus Fleet in orbit was obliterated from the surprise attack. The First Chapter Master at the time, Mal Vexes, ordered the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Company's to the planets surface along with supporting elements from the 9th through 6th Company's.
Meanwhile in orbit, Chapter Master Vexes conducted boarding actions on the Tau Ships to find the Enemy Commanders leading the assault, with support from the 1st, and 2nd Company's along with the rest of the 9th through 6th Company's. However, the Tau`s Morale was not wavering at all despite losing 3 of 7 Ships to the Space Marines. Soon enough, Vexes was able to find the Ethereal and Tau Commander leading the assault on the 6th Ship thanks to the efforts of Chief Librarian Janus.
With the Command Ship finally identified, Chapter Master Vexes ordered the 10th Company into the Planets Asteroid Belt to ambush the Tau Leaders ,like a pack of Wolves in wait, when they attempted to make planet fall. Meanwhile, Chief Chaplain Levi, and the Terminator Squads of the 1st Company boarded the Command Ship. After gruesome deck-by deck fighting the Tau Leaders, Shas`o Tau`Dec and Ethereal Aun'El Ke'lshan, decided to make a hasty retreat planet side and await reinforcements from the Empire.
However, as there Orca Transport was leaving the ship the 10th Nova Wolves Scout Company took aim at every vital system outside of the ship and when the order was given the Scouts shot out every external Sensor, Camera, and Engine they could hit. When the volley was finished, the Transport was fully penetrated and with the Pilots and Ethereal dead came crashing down onto the Surface. Although the Ethereal was dead, the Tau`Dec was not. With a great kick the Tau Commander beat down the Landing Ramp and using his Battle suits Jet pack, escaped the Drop ship.
After being met with a hail of Sniper Volleys, he retreated to nearest and last Tau Ship in the Fleet, soon after boarding it the Ship and Tau`Dec`s remaining Forces in Orbit retreated to Tau Space swearing to take revenge upon the Nova Wolves.
After the mop up of remaining Tau Forces, Chapter 954 became known as the Nova Wolves for their Successful Zero-G Ambush on the Tau Leadership, and although there was great celebration for the Chapters christening in battle and first successful battle there was also great sorrow; At least a quarter of the Chapter (269 Battle-Brothers) was lost. Amongst these losses were the Captains of 9th, 4th, and 7th Company's. who had died to protect the Titan from the Tau advance.
The Aftermath of the Nexus Prime Campaign saw the need to replenish the Chapters extensive losses, both Personal and Equipment. The battle had seen to the loss of 269 Battle Brothers, 3 of which were Captains, to Tau; along with the losses of 6 Rhinos and Razorbacks, Three Predators, Four Vindicators, One Whirlwind, Four Hunters and Stalkers and the Strike Cruisers Void Damnation and Zealous Servitude.
Although that would have to wait as the High Lords of Terra found a new Chapter Home-World for the new Nova Wolves, a planet in the Segmentum Ultra called Clausius. However the Chapter Master Vexes had made a request; He had wanted the Home-World to instead be Nexus Prime, for the dual reasons of honoring
there fallen Brothers and to help defend the Mechanicus and the Titan. Although there was much debate the High Lords agreed to this request. Soon Military Architects from the Imperium came with vast workforce's and set to the Fortress-Monastery's creation in the Mountainous Regions of the Planet which contained the only Lava Sources on the Planet.
The planets population was also a hardy stock, whom were tested by the harsh and deadly conditions of the planet. The Nova Wolves saw this and decided that the best of the Adolescents that survived would become Initiates to help replace the losses sustained. In addition to this, the Forge World of Nexus Minor would also help replace the Chapters Ships, Vehicles, Arms and Armour lost in battle as a thanks for their assistance and sacrifice, and also for the continued protection from the Nova Wolves.
After over 37 Years since the Battle of Nexus Prime, and dozens of small skirmishes and battles across the Segmentum; the Nova Wolves faced their biggest Campaign in 87 Years. WAAAAGH! Blud-Stompa came into full effect when a simple Ork Incursion on the Hive World of Pomus turned into a full scale WAAAAGH! in the blink of an eye.
Before Imperial Forces could fully mobilize, the WAAAAGH! had already devastated an entire Sub-Sector and was moving onto another one quickly. All Astartes Chapters and Guard Regiments nearby were busy already however and the only Forces that could mobilize were the Nova Wolves 2nd Company along with elements of the 1st, 1oth, and the Chapter Master, the 501st Cadian Regiment Imperial Guard, and Battle-fleet Hyperion whom had both just finished a war against rebel forces on an Agri-World called Prius.
After meeting each other on the Battle-Barge Thunder of War, General Edmund Shaw of the 501st, Chapter Master Mal Vexes, and Grand Admiral Vesalius began conducting an ambush for the Ork War-boss and his WAAAAGH! in orbit and on the surface of the Hive World Eesk in an attempt to finish off the WAAAAGH! in a single strike. Battle-fleet Hyperion and the Space Marine Fleet would lie in wait in the Asteroid Belt of the Planet to ambush the Ork Roks and Cruisers; Meanwhile the 501st Cadian Regiment and the 2nd Company along with support from the 10th, and 1st would wait outside of the Primary Hive City housing the Planetary Governor to ambush the Ork Assault. They knew the Orks would come here as all previous Planets that were attack had their Capital and Leadership wiped out first indicating the War-boss had more intellect than previously believed.
Two Days later, when the Ork WAAAAGH! finally hit the planet it was met with a Force equal to it. Battle-fleet Hyperion and the Nova Wolf Fleet came out of the Asteroid Belt and hammered the Orks at range before engaging at close range for boarding actions. The Ork Fleet wasn't large but it wasn't small either, it contained 30 Roks and over 90 Ork Ships. The opening salvo of the Imperial Fleet destroyed over 11 Roks and 20 Ork Ships before they could retaliate. When they did however, it was in full force.
War-boss Blud-Stompa ,who was on the Lead Rok, ordered the Ork Ships to form a shield around the ROks defending them from the enemy fleet. This worked and out of the 29 Roks descending onto the planet, only three survived as the rest either burnt up, were shot down, or shattered on impact. The landing however had its desired effect as most of the Roks managed to decimate two entire Hive City's. The three remaining Roks soon began disgorging their load of Troops and Vehicles and begun teleporting more down from orbit, soon enough all three groupings met up and with Blud-Stompa at the lead they charged towards the Capital.
After 2 Hours of charging they made it to the Capital, on their way they were blasted by minefields, artillery, and the local PDF manning the Hives Defenses. It wasn't until the vast majority of the Orks and Blud-Stompa himself were right up against the walls of the hive that The Nova Wolves and Cadian 501st Regiment leapt out of hiding and attacked the Ork`s rear lines.
Artillery and Assault squads devastated the confused Ork`s who were attacking anything they could see from the confusion. It wasn't until after five minutes the trap had been sprung that the War-boss rallied his Ork`s and charged the Space Marines and Guardsmen head on. The two forces crashed against each other like two colossal waves of flesh and steel, neither side letting up for even a second. During the middle of the fight, General Shaw and his Command Squad saw Blud-Stompa and engaged him. The Commissar and Priest charged at the War-boss but were killed by his Power Klaw, next the Psyker fell after copping backlash from an Ork Weirdboyz psychic attack on him. All that was left was Shaw and he intended to end the Ork`s life.
After half an hour of grueling Melee Combat, Shaw was finally bested by Blud-Stompa and was decapitated by a swing of the Power Klaw. The one to witness this was Chapter Master Vexes himself as anger welled up inside of him; he had a great deal of respect for the General and seeing him decapitated by the green skin was enough to send him into a rage of melee attacks on the War-boss.
M41-Vexes vs Blud-Stompa
Despite how hard he tried, Vexes was not able to penetrate Stompa`s Shield. Every time he would land an otherwise fatal blow, the Sword would just bounce off of a blue shield and War-boss would just shrug it off and continue exchanging blows with the Chapter Master. After close to an hour of fighting, the Nova Wolves and Guardsmen were slowly being pushed back. Eventually Chapter Master Vexes was dueling the Ork in the middle of his horde. Soon enough enough Vexes noticed that whenever he tried to swing at him with his Klaw he had to lower his Shield as it would interfere. As a last ditch effort to slay the Green skin, Chapter Master Mal Vexes let the War-boss grasp him up in his Power Klaw and just as the Ork prepared to crush the Space Marine he realized his fatal mistake as the Chapter Master pulled out a Vortex Grenade and activated it.
Vexes knew what he was doing full well, and accepted his fate. He was near death anyway from the brutal attacks of the War-boss and if he was to fall, he would take the Ork with him and end this WAAAAGH! one and for all.
When the Grenade Detonated, all life in the surrounding blast radius was either killed or sucked into the Empyrean including Blud-Stompa and Mal Vexes. As suddenly as it appeared it also dissapeared leaving the Remains of confused and demoralized Ork Army which was suddenly gunned down by the PDF, Guardsmen, and Nova Wolves. Meanwhile the battle in orbit was all but won by the Imperium when another Battle-fleet, Zenith, arrived behind the Ork Fleet and wiped them out in a Salvo of Heavy Weapons Fire.
M41-New Chapter Master
The victory at Eesk was widely celebrated by the Navy Battle-groups and Cadians. However, the Nova Wolves did not see a victory like the others did. They only saw a terrible loss, their Chapter Master, and were left without a Leader for a period of time, until Castarius Nexus; Captain of the venerated 1st Company stood up and assumed Leadership as Chapter Master of the Nova Wolves after he was voted in by the Chapter Council. Not long after the Ceremony in Honor of Vexes, the Nova Wolves began to re-arm themselves via the the Forge World on Nexus Minor.
2 Years after the Battle of Eesk the Chapter was called upon once more to deal with a threat to the entire Segmentum, a Collosal Space Hulk had apppeared out of the Warp dangerously close to the Nexus Sub-Sector. In response to this new threat, the Chapter gathered its fleet and was about to bombard it and destroy it, that was until the Forge World on Nexus Minor pleaded with Castarius to instead scour the Hulk of any threats and allow the Tech-Priests to recover any Archeo-Tech onboard. Reluctantly, the Chapter Master Agreed to this and proceeded to send a scouting unit of 2 Terminator Squads and a Tech-Priest to asess the Threats within.
Over 9 Hours had passed until they recieved a transmission from the now returning Thunderhawk, which detailed the prescense of Genestealers and a Ork Warband onboard the Vessel along with vast amounts of Archeo-Tech at its Heart. This information came at a cost however as 3 Battle-Brothers were lost to a Crossfire between the Orks and Genestealers on their way out of the Hulk.
A plan was set in motion to send the 1st Company in behind the Genestealers and the 2nd, and 3rd Companys behind the Orks and push both of them towards a large Hangar Bay and surround them in a pincer movement and wipe them out. The plan proved succesful as the two forces retreated into the Hangar Bay and proceeded to fight each other as well as get shot at by the Astartes that had pursued them throughout the Hulk. In the end the Genestealers and Orks were wiped out and the Adeptus Mechanicus extracted a horde of Archeo-Tech from the Hulks Core, an as thanks for this the Mechanicus gifted the Nova Wolves with a new Strike Cruiser, and not long after the Burial Ceremony of the fallen Marines during the Battle the Cruiser was christened by the Master of the Forge and was called, The Vengeance of Eternity.
M41-Battle of Jamerv Prime
In the year 847.M41, the Nova Wolves Strike Cruiser, The Vengeance of Eternity, intercepted a distress call from the Jamerv System in the Nijan Sub-Sector detailing an assault on its worlds from a wave of living steel coming from Jamerv Secundus. However the transmission was cut off and the Nova Wolves were the only ones to intercept it. The Strike Cruiser which was carrying the 4th Company and 2 Squads of Terminator Veterans led by the Captain of the 4th Company, Astrix Vornus, and the lead Terminator Seargeant , Firaxis Kinod, proceeded to travel to the Jamerv Sub-Sector with all due haste to help defend it.
When they arrived in the System they were to late. Almost every world in the System was destroyed save for Jamerv Secundus and Jamerv Prime. They immediately headed to Jamerv Prime as it would be the only place where any Imperial Forces would be holding out still. Captain Astrix Vornus sent a small recon team, consisting of the 3rd Tactical Squad, to an Departmento Munitorum Base on the Planet to gain information on what was happening in the System.
However this was not to be, as a massive arc of Green Energy shot from the surface and destroyed the Thunderhawk transporting the Recon Team. After this, dozens of Beams of Energy shot from the Surface screaming towards the Vengeance of Eternity, with only one managing to connect. The resulting damage resulted in the Strike Cruiser retreating out of the System to gather help, but not before deploying all remaining Marines, Weapons, Vehicles, and Supplies towards a Ravine 500 Kilometres South of the Imperial Base.
After landing, Captain Vornus gathered his forces and set up a base camp within the Ravine. Almost an hour after the camp was set up the Captain gathered the 2nd and 5th Tactical Squads, the 2nd Assault Squad, and the 1st Terminator Squad led by Seargent Kinod and loaded up onto 2 of the 5 Thunderhawks they had on hand and proceeded to move towards the Imperial Base and figure out what was happening in the system.
When they arrived however, all they found was the hollow shell of what was once an Imperial Millitary Base. They proceeded to send in the Assault Squad to scout out the Area before the others landed in the perimiter. After a few minutes of scanning the perimeter they found no immediate threats and relayed the all clear signal for the Thunderhawks to land. When all of the Recon Force unloaded into the base the Thunderhawks began and Aerial Recon of the area to spot any hostiles while the Ground Troops searched within the base.
An Hour later and the search had turned up no results, with only destroyed corridors and rooms, blood, and scorch marks to show that a battle had happened here. When Seargeant Haxon ,of the 2nd Tactical Squad, opened the door to the 57th Room he was fired upon by Lasguns. He immediately moved out of the way and gave the order for his men to throw flashbangs into the room and stun his attackers.
After stunning the occupants of the Room they charged in with Bolters Raised and Blades drawn. What they found however shocked them, Guardsmen. They had expected Cultists or Rebels but certainly not survivors of the Base. After relaying this to the Captain the Apothecary was sent down to assess the Guardsmen and help treat them of any injuries. Although the entire time they kept on mumbling something about Undead Metal Xenos and were completely hysterical. One of the Marines suggested shooting them and putting them out of their misery but the Captain wanted them alive for questioning.
That was when the Explosions were heard.
The pilot of the Thunderhawk, Void Eagle, never saw the missile rocketing towards him until it was to late. With a deafeaning explosion, the Void Eagle ceased to exist as its remains hit against the ground; with the destruction of the Thunderhawk, a vast horde of Chaos Cultists, as well as a few Chaos SM, charged the ruined facility. The remaining Thunderhawk rocketed out of the area to get the rest of the Company, but not before deploying a group of Tarantula Turrets to hold back the Horde while the recon force got prepared for the defense.
Leaving the Guardsmen near the inner-complex entrance along with the 2nd Assault Squad, 'Squad Vidian', Captain Vornus and the others took up positions on the ruined walls of the facility and began to lay into the oncoming heretic forces.
The battle was in the favor of the Astartes as they had the High Ground, Firepower, and Cover to withstand the Cultists. It seemed like it would be an easy defense until help arrived, that was until the Titans appeared in the distance...
In the distance they managed to make out the differen Titan Variants: 3 Warhounds, 2 Reavers, 1 Warlord, and to the horror of Captain Vornus, an Imperator Titan marching towards them. Luckily they were out of weapons range still but ithat still did not make them any less of a threat to the Marines.
They did not retreat into the base as even they could not survive that many Cultists in CQC and the Titans would blast the underground complex into oblivion anyways. They decided to make a retreat into the direction of their base, hoping to link up with reinforcements. However the Cultits would just follow them and they could not afford that as they need to keep the Guardsmen alive for questioning.
It was Sergeant Vidian of the 2nd Assault Squad whom had volunteered along with the rest of his squad to hold back the tide so the others could escape. Whn no other option was available, the Captain reluctantly agreed and wished the Emperors Blessing upon Vidian and his Squad. And with that, Vidian and his Squad charged into the fray purging the Heretics with Bolt-Pistol and Chainsword.
The others took this chance to escape. When asked if they knew of any escape routes, the Guardsmen just pointed to the Hangar Bay. After entering they had found one working Stormrvane Gunship bearing the seal of the Inquisition, Captain Vornus with no time to spare charged up its ramp with the remaining Imperials and sent the two best pilots among them to the cockpit and gunner seats.
With that done, they secured themselves to the seats and awaited take-off.
Sergeant Vidian had heard of the Stormraven discovery and was already sending his squad to take out the few CSM's and Cultists who possessed AA Weaponry so that the others may escape alive. It was hard fought, but the last of the AA wielding Heretics had been slain allowing the Stormraven to take-off and escape with the remaining Imperials. By this time only Vidian had survived the Horde as the rest of his Brothers were either Swarmed or Gunned Down bu Cultists and CSM's.
The enemy had him surrounded but left a huge gap in-between them both for some unknown reason, however it soon became clear to Vidian as what appeared to be a Chaos Champion approached him. Stopping mere meters away from hime the Heretic had given him a choice, Lay down his arms and surrender, or die.
Vidian chose to die rather than serve Chaos, but the Champion had other ideas as he made a gesture with his hands and a nearby Sorcerer cast foul heretic magics upon the sergeant, knocking him out. With this done, the Champion had his subordinates grab the Sergeant and return to their Thunderhawk waiting nearby while the Cultists fortified the Base.
After escaping the doomed Imperial Base thanks to Sergeant Vidians Sacrifice, the rest of the party had managed to re-group with the rest of the Company that was on its way to their last location. After landing and talking with his Command Group, Captain Vornus ordered the Company to return to their FOB and attempt ot gain answers from the Guardmen.
Assigning Chaplain Davis, Apothecary Kellen, and Epistolary Varset to gaining answers from the Troopers, Captain Vornus went to the Command Tent and proceeded to discuss the events of the last few hours with the remaining 8 Sergeants and his Command Group. Not long after, Apothecary Kellen arrived and told the Captain that they had found out what had transpired in the Sub-Sector.
Apparently, 5 days ago there was a mysterious energy spike coming from the world of Jamerv Secundus and the Imperial Forces on Jamerv Prime had sent a scouting party of guardsmen to investigate. What they had found was both shocking and confusing, they encountered a small Tau Army attempting to open a previously undiscovered gateway in the side of a mountain.
Moments after they had reported it in to command, a Tau Pathfinder team discovered them while doing a perimiter sweep. A brief skirmish broke out resulting in both the Pathfinders and Guardsmen taking heavy losses, but just as Tau reinforcements arrived a huge wave of green energy shot out from the gateway which caused the fighting to stop as both sides stared at it. W.I.P