What Hangs in the Heavens?
Four dying men met on a dead world//
There to see a sight//
Soft words and hard vows passed between//
Who then lit the light?//
refrain: The Silver Star, the Silver Star!
Harbinger: Battle of Hong-Qi
Precis: First recorded appearance of the Silver Stars. A battlefleet of unquantified displacement – codified as AY-0975B – arrives during a battle between Eldar of the Halo Region and the Inheritors. The interdiction routs the Eldar; and the fleet leaves without communication.
Belligerents: Silver Stars; Inheritors – Craftworld Dain Mir
Treachery over Choreopsis
Precis: The damaged Inheritor fleet is targeted by Inquisition vessels on the route to their homeworld; they divert to Choreopsis, a Civilised world of religious fundamentalists. The intervention of a Void Baron picket fleet routs the Inquisitorial fleet.
Belligerents: Inheritors; Void Barons – Ordo Propter; Ordo Astartes; including substantial elements of the Vigilants.
Steel and Will
The Conclave on Jiam Tertiary
[//TITHEclassific: DEADWORLDvalue=Aptus Non+]
Precis: First recorded appearance of Volnsocere; assembly of the Quadrargenta. The first Four Chapters to declare for Volnoscere gather on this dead planet, and pledge service.
A Year of Whispers
Whatever his or her personal charisma and mystique, no Space Marine Chapter Master would blindly follow anyone; least of all one claiming such incredible stories. Each of the Partisan Chapters had their own reason for pledging to Volnoscere; and these are outlined below.
First. Remember that. Call them many things – misguided, naïve, damnably hard to kill – but recognise them for who and what they are. First in joining the Abomination. To make a jump in loyalty of such magnitude suggests single-mindedness, determination; admirable traits, in their own way. Thus, though we take our byblow offspring's decisions to be ill-starred, do not mistake them for weakness.
|[+//Brother-Khalsa Ranviir of the Silver Shield Guard+]|
'We didn’t court war with the Orthodoxy. But War came to us anyway. Our oaths bind us. Without loyalty, we are no better than the enemy that attempted to tear down the Imperium.'
Believe in Gods Again
|[//Brother Ahirom of the Riven Lords+]|
Haruspicy is the habit of the Marines Orcinus. Divination is the heart of the chapter librarium’s study, but many amongst the rank and file continue to practise the arts of the Ishim’s ancient peoples.
|[+//Mikha Levi, Devastator Squad Janarhta, 6th Company+]|
The Marines Orcinus – more commonly known as the Red Fish – were a broadly Codex Chapter, known for their indomitable defence of the human inhabitants of Sector Morqub. Their homeworld, Ishim, lies towards the galactic core of the Sector, in the centre of a populous region rimwards of neighbouring Sector Heliopolis. The Chapter was held in high esteem by the worlds under their protection, and by their regional Astartes allies. Their stalwart and reliable nature – not to mention their high political standing in the region – made them an invaluable tool for Volnoscere in the early to mid years of the war.
Their example, and frequent presence amongst the human populations, saw widespread support amongst the worlds of the region; and the Inquisition attributed their influence as amongst the most corrosive to Orthodox support. On worlds where the Red Fish trod, support for the Partisans was ever buoyant.
Longtime allies of the Inheritors, the Red Fish's rigid adherence to their vows of defence saw them stretched thinly across their extensive realm. Regarding themselves as honour-bound to the Sector, the Chapter's brethren were frequently divided across dozens of fortifications and holdings.
Upon meeting the 'Primarch', Chapter Master Madu Iri-Abasza later claimed to have voiced his personal doubts directly to Volnoscere; earning him the wry sobriquet of 'the Pensive' amongst the later Partisans. He claimed to have laid out his thoughts to the supposed Primarch calmly and quietly; declaring that he could not pledge his service without some proof, no matter how magnificent, nor compelling his claims.
That he emerged from the cell convinced is clear; though what actually passed between them is unknown. From the lost tales that were told of Volnoscere's liminal nature and persuasive powers, it is possible that he used some form of influence – malign or otherwise – upon the representative of the Red Fish. If, however, he and his Chapter were bewitched or hexed into service, it was not something that affected their efficacy in warfare or logistics in the slightest. The Red Fish remained dutiful, stern opponents to the Orthodoxy, and ready allies to the Partisan cause, long after they might have recanted. Indeed, from the earliest days, the Marines Orcinus were counted amongst the most dedicated to the Partisan cause; champions of the Silver Stars and the New Imperium.