“Pain is…a lesson that the universe teaches us. Pain is the preserver from injury. Pain perpetuates our lives. It is the healing, purifying scalpel of our souls. Pain is the wine of communion with heroes. It is the quicksilver panacea for weakness – the quintessence of a dedicated existence. Pain is the philosophic vitriol which transmutes mere moral into immortal. It is the Sublime, the golden astral fire!”
– Unknown Chaplain of the VII Legion
In the aftermath of the Siege of Terra, the final battle of the Heresy had a lasting effect on the Imperial Fists and their entire culture became defined by the struggle. Company’s were named by their position in the Imperial Palace (i.e. “Daylight Wall Company”) and many Battle Brothers became known by their “wall names” (such as Slaughter).
The Imperial Fists are known to practice Scrimshaw using bones from the hands of their dead. After battle, Space Marines who distinguished themselves in the recent combat are awarded the skeletal hands of fallen battle-brothers, the individual bones of which are adorned with carvings, designs, and otherwise ornamented. Scrimshaw is undertaken solemnly by Marines of the Chapter and seen as an opportunity to practice mental discipline, focus, and attention to detail. Finished scrimshaws are worn as jewelry and ornamentation, particularly by officers.
The Pillar of Bone is a holy relic belonging to the Imperial Fists located on Holy Terra. The Pillar is all that remains of a once great Fortress-Monastery and recruitment chapel which was almost entirely destroyed during the Horus Heresy. Rather than rebuild the Fortress, the Chapter left the ruins largely unmodified except for a number of symbolic alterations, most notably filling the bolter holes that riddled the structure with Scrimshawedhands of battle-brothers lost during the defense of Terra.
Today, the Pillar of Bone provides a dual function to the Chapter. On the one hand, the relic has the symbolic function of serving as a battle honor. On on the other hand, the Pillar retains its practical use as a recruitment chapel, ensuring that Terran battle-brothers continue to be among the Imperial Fists. Captain Darnath Lysander is among those recruited from the site.
Veteran of the Watch, Centurion Grigor, of the Daylight Wall.
Chapter serfs X85U and X148V
Getting slightly carried away. But then again, half a year of time so might just as well have all the Pilgrims have this level of detail. Each of them is pretty heavily converted, but Sentinel Grigor has been one of the most evolved conversions in a long time…
This is the first group of Pilgrims. There will be themed NPC groups like this. Available as allies and or assets depending on the affiliation of player’s characters. The actual game will be a culmination of months of email roleplaying as players build their retinues and jockey for position and gather intelligence.