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The Shenandoah Knights are a Loyalist Successor Chapter created from the lineage of the vaunted and stoic Imperial Fists during the 25th Founding, the so-called 'Bastion Founding'.

Chapter History

Origins

The Shenandoah Knights are a loyalist Successor Chapter of the zealous and fierce Black Templars Chapter, whom themselves are descended from the proud lineage of the ancient Imperial Fists. The chapter was founded during the 25th Founding, the so called ‘Bastion Founding’.

Chapter Home World

The Shenandoah Knights are a fleet based chapter and don’t claim any actual world as their home, but they do claim the Shenandoah sub-sector in the Segmentum Obscurus as their protectorate and maintain chapter keeps known as Knight’s Keep on the inhabited planets of the sub-sector. Prior to the Knight claiming this area of space, it had aproud military history and provided many regiments to the Imperial Guard and while the numbers may have dropped, it’s a tradition that is still continued.


Notable Campaigns

  • 13th Black Crusade (999.M41):

Chapter Organisation

The Shenandoah Knights maintain many of the traditions of their progenitors. However they have never been known to field Scout type units of any kind, as it’s seen as a dishonourable way to fight. Instead the chapter’s assault squads fill the role of reconnaissance instead.

The chapter loosely follows the Codex Astartes, however rather than ten individual companies it has 3 Priories. Each Priory is autonomous and is governed by a Prior, but they still answer to the Grand Master, who commands the first Priory. Each Priory has it's own Armoury, Reclusium and Apothecarium, just like a chapter.

Each Priory is divided into four Preceptories (Companies), which follow the structure for a company as set down in the Codex Astartes.  The First Preceptory of each Priory is commanded by the Prior and like the first company of codex chapters it contains the Priory’s veterans and Priory Champion.

Officer Ranks

  • Grand Master - Chapter Master equivalent.
  • Prior - Priors are the commanders of each Priory. The Priors are the final say within their Priory. The commander of the First Priory is known by the title of Grand Master, this is to show that it is the first among equals. Priors are in effect, a Chapter Master within their Priory
  • Preceptor - Captain equivalent. They command the Preceptories.
  • Seneschal - Lieutenant equivalent.

Specialist Ranks

  • Prelate - A Prelate is the chapter's Reclusiarch equivalent. The Prelates are referred to by their Priory. When the Prelate of a Priory dies it is the duty of the surviving Prelates to choose his replacement, mostly this is a Chaplain from within that Priory, but sometimes it can be one from one of the other Priories. Due to the fact that the chapter has no Librarius, the Prelates and Chaplains fill the place of Librarians.
  • Chief Apothecary
  • Apothecary
  • Forge Master - Forge Master is the title given to a Priory’s Master of the Forge.
  • Techmarine
  • Priory Champion - Chapter Champion equivalent. When a brother-knight is raised to the position of Priory Champion he gives up his own name and takes on the name of the sword he wields.
  • Preceptory Champion - Company Champion equivalent.
  • Ancient - Standard Bearer.

Line Ranks

  • Master Sergeant - Veteran Sergeant equivalent.
  • Knight-Sergeant - Sergeant equivalent.
  • Brother-Knight - Battle-Brother equivalent.
  • Squire - Neophyte equivalent.
  • Aspirant

Order of Battle

Priories

First Priory
1st Preceptory 2nd Preceptory 3rd Preceptory 4th Preceptory
Grand Master Waddell
2 Seneschals
First Prelate
Priory Champion Solas
Honour Guard
10 Veteran Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Dreadnoughts
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Preceptor (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Preceptory Champion
Honour Guard
6 Battleline Squads
2 Close Support Squads
2 Fire Support Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Preceptor (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Preceptory Champion
Honour Guard
6 Battleline Squads
2 Close Support Squads
2 Fire Support Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Preceptor (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Preceptory Champion
Honour Guard
6 Battleline Squads
2 Close Support Squads
2 Fire Support Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Second Priory
1st Preceptory 2nd Preceptory 3rd Preceptory 4th Preceptory
Prior (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Second Prelate
Priory Champion Elidor
Honour Guard
10 Veteran Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Dreadnoughts
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Preceptor (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Preceptory Champion
Honour Guard
6 Battleline Squads
2 Close Support Squads
2 Fire Support Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Preceptor (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Preceptory Champion
Honour Guard
6 Battleline Squads
2 Close Support Squads
2 Fire Support Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Preceptor (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Preceptory Champion
Honour Guard
6 Battleline Squads
2 Close Support Squads
2 Fire Support Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Third Priory
1st Preceptory 2nd Preceptory 3rd Preceptory 4th Preceptory
Prior (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Third Prelate
Priory Champion Beleth
Honour Guard
10 Veteran Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Dreadnoughts
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Preceptor (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Preceptory Champion
Honour Guard
6 Battleline Squads
2 Close Support Squads
2 Fire Support Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Preceptor (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Preceptory Champion
Honour Guard
6 Battleline Squads
2 Close Support Squads
2 Fire Support Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Chapter Serfs & Servitors
Preceptor (Add Name)
2 Seneschals
Preceptory Champion
Honour Guard
6 Battleline Squads
2 Close Support Squads
2 Fire Support Squads
Command Squad:
(Ancient, Techmarine, Apothecary)
Chapter Serfs & Servitors


Chapter Recruitment

The ways that the Knights recruit on each planet varies.

Chapter Beliefs

The people of the Shenandoah sub-sector are believers of the Imperial Creed and as such they venerate the Emperor as the God of Man and this has influenced the chapter’s own beliefs to the point where they share it. This belief has also meant that they have a strong relationship with the Ecclesiarchy and a close relationship with the Adepta Sororitas, especially the Order of the Emerald Rose. It’s not uncommon for the Knights to be seen fighting alongside Adepta Sororitas forces. This belief has caused them to have a somewhat strained relationship with other Astartes chapters who do not share their beliefs.

Chapter Gene-Seed

As a Successor Chapter of the Imperial Fists, the Shenandoah Knights share their genetic legacy with their genetic forebears, and have inherited many of the characteristics of their progenitor. However the chapter claim their first generation's gene-seed came from the Black Templars tithe's to Terra. Sharing similar traits of their forebears, the Knights have also lost the use of two of the special organs produced by the basic Astartes genetic template: the Betcher's Gland, which allows a Space Marine to produce poisonous/acidic spittle, and the Sus-an Membrane, which allows an Astartes to enter a state of suspended animation.

Another peculiar quirk of the Chapter is the Shenandoah Knights' hatred for the witch and heretic, even beyond that of other Chapters. It is a religious madness that is often expressed with valour and fearlessness on the battlefield, but it can also turn the Battle-Brother against all creatures touched with the psyker’s gift, be they friend or foe.

Primarch's Curse: Burn the Witch

  • Stage 1 (Fear the Witch) - The Battle-Brother is uncomfortable around psykers. He feels their dark powers crawling on his flesh and burrowing into his brain as the Battle-Brother’s disquiet shows through.
  • Stage 2 (Hate the Witch) - The Battle-Brother can scarcely stand the presence of psykers and abhors their sight. If there is a psyker is in the Battle-Brother’s Kill-Team (such as a Librarian), or he must work with a psyker ally. Until such a time as the psyker leaves or is killed.
  • Stage 3 (Kill the Witch) - The Battle-Brother cannot stand any psykers to live and flies into a rage when he sees them. When fighting enemy psykers, the Battle-Brother must seek them out (choosing the most obviously powerful first) and kill them to the exclusion of all other foes. This can be especially problematic for the Kill-Team, should they need to take a psyker alive.

Combat Doctrine

Due to being a fleet based chapter, it seldom comes together in one place and each Priory has developed it's own idiosyncrasies. The third Priory who favours assault tactics has a higher number of assault units and favours deploying via drop pods. Whereas the second Priory which favours long range tactics and has a higher number of fire support units.

The Chapter favours using bladed weapons, as they view them as an honourable weapon.

Battle-Cry

To date, there has been no recorded battle cry. It almost seems as if the chapter fights in silence and communicate via vox-caster when needed. The only time during battle that anything is uttered is when they have to communicate with another force.

Notable Shenandoah Knights

  • Grand Master Waddell - Waddell is the chapter's current Grand Master, He is the second to hold the office in the chapter's history.
  • Grand Master Bulloch - Bulloch was the Shenandoah Knight's first Grand Master and was killed in a warp accident upon the Battle Barge Sea King, the chapter's flagship.
  • Forge Master Wayland - Weyland was the first Forge Master of the First Priory. He was a master craftsman and sword-smith and crafted seven power swords. Six are still used by the chapter.

Chapter Fleet

  • Sea King (Battle Barge): The Sea King is the home of the First Priory and the Grand Master's flagship.
  • Shenandoah's Revenge (Battle Barge): Home of the Second Priory.
  • The Majidi (Battle Barge): Home of the Third Priory.

Chapter Relics

  • Swords of Wayland - This is the collective term given to the seven master-crafted power swords made by Forge Master Wayland. Six are still used by the chapter:
    • Albion – Wielded by the Prior of the First Priory.
    • Morax – Wielded by the Prior of the Second Priory.
    • Orias – Wielded by the Prior of the Third Priory.
    • Solas – Wielded by the Priory Champion of the First Priory.
    • Elidor – Wielded by the Priory Champion of the Second Priory.
    • Beleth – Wielded by the Priory Champion of the Third Priory.
    • Flauros – The current location and condition of this sword is unknown. However there is a legend within the chapter that Wayland gave it to the first Canoness of the Order of the Emerald Rose as a gift, to commemorate the founding of the order.

Chapter Appearance

Chapter Colours

The Shenandoah Knights primarily wear deep green coloured power armour with steel coloured backpack. The shoulder pauldron's trim denotes the Priory to which a Brother-Knight belongs. The Aquila or Imperialis worn on their plastrons (chest guards) are gold in colour. The Chapter's iconography is proudly born on their left pauldrons, while the right pauldron displays a large black coloured squad specialist icon, which indicates a battle-brother's assigned squad specialty (Fire Support, Close Support, Battleline, Veteran or Command). A small black coloured Roman numeral stenciled on the right shoulder pauldron inset indicates a battle-brother's assigned squad, while a much larger black coloured Roman numeral stenciled on the left poleyn (knee guard) indicates their assigned company.

Chapter Badge

The Shenandoah Knights Chapter iconography takes the form of a large black coloured angelic wing ending in a gauntlet gripping a sword, centred upon a field of deep green.

Relations

Allies

  • Order of the Emerald Rose - The chapter has a close relationship with the Order of the Emerald Rose of the Adepta Sororitas.
  • The Shenandoah Brigades- The Shenandoah Brigades is he collective term given to the regiments of the Shenandoah sub-sector. Each brigade is recruited from a single system,

Enemies

Notable Quotes

By the Shenandoah Knights

About the Shenandoah Knights

Gallery



Imperial Fists Successor Chapters (Last Wall)
2nd Founding Death Templars
3th Founding Astral PaladinsCrimson RobesImperial SentinelsIronclad TemplarsTemple Knights
4th Founding Bolts of DornGatekeepersGauntlets of DornIron MyrmidonsRebutorsSilver ShardsTeeth of the StormTempest Knights
5th Founding
6th Founding
7th Founding
8th Founding Ash ScorpionsSable LionsThunder Guardians
9th Founding
10th Founding Lions of BabylonSons of the EmperorVoid Templars
11th Founding Exalted BladesSkull Takers
12th Founding Blades of DornLyran GuardTerra's Hammers
13th 'Dark' Founding
14th Founding Templars Moline
15th Founding Hammer GuardStorm Fists
16th Founding
17th Founding
18th Founding
19th Founding Knights of Sol
20th Founding
21st 'Cursed' Founding Molten Fists
22nd Founding Dawn StalkersSoul Wardens
23rd 'Sentinel' Founding Brotherhood of the SwordConquistadorsDoom FistsEternal PaladinsIron GuardNemean LionsPlatinum SoulsStorm ZealotsVoid Lions
24th Founding Mordekaisers
25th 'Bastion' Founding Crimson DragoonsEternity InvictorsShenandoah KnightsSolar WardensStorm Sentinels
26th Founding Gray HussarsMourning WardensStormbreakers
Ultima Founding Cadian WallFrost LionsMaelstrom FistsPaladins of ThunderReclaimers of DornShadow WolvesSilver FistsSolar TitansStar WardensStorm MarchersWardens MetallicusWardens of Dorn
Unknown Foundings Bulls of RetributionDiamondbacksFatebinders of TyrGolden LionsHoly HospitallersMasonic MarinesPraetorian FistsRetributors
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White Scars Successors Storm Heralds
Space Wolves Successors
Imperial Fists Successors Eternity InvictorsShenandoah KnightsSolar WardensStorm Sentinels
Blood Angels Successors Bone ReapersSanguine Spectres
Iron Hands Successors Crystal DragonsGrey GorgonsSteel Tempests
Ultramarines Successors
Salamanders Successors
Raven Guard Successors Accentors
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