The Broken were a warband of Chaos Space Marines. They were once a Loyalist Second Founding Successor Chapter of the Ultramarines known as the Viridian Consuls. They were corrupted after entering the Eye of Terror in 321.M37 as part of the Imperial Abyssal Crusade. It is unknown what they endured during their sojourn into the Eye, but by the time they made their way back into realspace, they had become the warband of Chaos Space Marines known as The Broken. The Broken were annihilated in the late 41st Millennium by the combined forces of the Renegade troops of the Adeptus Mechanicus and the remaining Veteran Marines of the Ultramarines' 1st Company.
Following the Ecclesiarchal Purges of 321.M37, a dozen star systems were engulfed by Warp Storm Dionys, its echoes rippling along the spiral arms of the galaxy as it raged through the Empyrean. Records of mutation and Chaos Cultist activity quadrupled overnight. Worse yet, it was not only the citizens who were affected by the sudden influx of Chaos. Many of the Space Marine Chapters with homeworlds affected by the Warp Storm found that the secret imperfections in their gene-seed were writ large upon their new recruits, giving rise to a wave of disturbing manifestations both physical and psychological. The Veridian Consuls were one such Loyalist Chapter of Astartes that had been affected by these Warp Storms.
When the Ecclesiarchy heard of this sinister tum of events, Saint Basillius the Elder demanded that all those Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes whose homeworlds had been touched by the Warp Storm be rendered unto his judgement. Such was the elder's influence with the High Lords of Terra that within a standard year this had come to pass. After a series of stringent tests and prognostications, hundreds of Chapters were deemed unaffected by the Warp Storm. No less than thirty were found wanting. The Judged, as these fallen Chapters came to be known, volunteered for a redemptive Penitent Crusade. The most militant of their number demanded the right to purify their tainted flesh in the fires of battle, to make a noble end from tragic misfortune. To the surprise of his closest advisors, Saint Basillius agreed to this proposal. He saw it fitting to send the accused into the Eye of Terror, taking the fight for the Imperium's future to the Daemon Worlds inhabited by the Traitor Marines.
A representative from each of the doomed Chapters held an emergency Council of Dismay to discuss the proposed Crusade. After scant hours of debate, they acquiesced to Basillius' demands, for they believed that martyrdom was preferable to an existence of suspicion and doubt. The last few days of 321.M37 saw a solemn procession of Strike Cruisers and Battle Barges pass through the Cadian Gate into the Eye of Terror, relay systems dormant and heraldic colours obscured by black mag-plates. One by one, the Chapters of The Judged disappeared into the iridescent dust nebulae that surrounded the Eye. As the massive Space Marine flotilla entered the Eye of Terror, they were set upon by a massive Chaos warfleet. The resultant battle was so fierce that the ships of The Judged were forced to retreat and were scattered to the furthest corners of the Eye.
After centuries of fighting the Forces of Chaos, the Viridian Consuls began to lose hope and felt that they were forgotten by the Imperium they served. They left their faith in the God-Emperor and embraced the worship of Chaos Undivided, particulary that of Khorne and Nurgle. Eventually, the warband attacked the Space Hulk code named Fury. The Space Hulk was but an experiment of the Adeptus Mechanicus, a fragment of a world they had dragged out of the Eye of Terror to unveil its secrets. The Tech-Priest scoured the planet clean, and took its hot heart to make the Fury move again -- but the Broken were able to seize over the Hulk's command bridge. Since then, they were fighting the renegade forces of the Adeptus Mechanicus for thousands of years.
The Arrival of the Fury Edit
After four thousand years, the Broken's Space Hulk codenamed Fury appeared on an auger of one of the many space stations guarding the Agri-World of Iax in the Ultramar system. A patrol ship was sent to intercept the Hulk, yet it did not come back after making contact with the Fury. Instead, the security-officer of the same space station received a vox-transmission coming from the Hulk. The message said: Insanista in tenebris. After the transmission, the security-officer ordered one of the staff members to patch him through to the Rex Aeterna so he could contact Captain Galenus of the Ultramarines' 5th Company.
Several hours later, Rex Aeterna appeared in the Iax System. The Fury fell on the augur of the Rex Aeterna. Once the Starship got closer to the Hulk, the Captain and his councile of officers discussed the next actions. Galenus was a Captain of the 5th Company for only 18 years, and so chose to relay the latest augur scans to Macragge and asked for the instructions of Lord Calgar. But he and his brothers would not simply sit out there staring at the Hulk. Galenus had to acquire more data on what they were facing. The 5th Company attempted a void insertion, and send a single squad to make an initial reconnaissance.
Warband Beliefs Edit
After fighting the Forces of Chaos for many years in the Eye of Terror. The Viridian Consuls Chapter lost all hope and felt betrayed by the Imperium whom sent them to die. The anger and despair were the two elements from which the Broken chose to worhsip the duo Chaos Gods: Khorne and Nurgle.
The Broken accepted Khorne as a manifestation of their anger towards the Imperium that had betrayed them. And Nurgle as the manifestation of hopelessness that the warband has adapted while fighting in the Eye. Despite the worship of the two Gods, the Broken seem to worship Nurgle in a much more fervent way. Those Space Marines who did not accept the worship of Chaos were crucified in a long and dark hall in which the citadel of the warband lied -- the Blood Keep. Many of those superhumans bear the maggots that dwell in there bellies, while the tortured Space Marines are still alive.
Notable Broken Edit
The Broken warband's colours are not listed in current Imperial records.
The Broken warband's badge is not listed in current Imperial records.
- Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition), pg. 19
- Calgar's Fury (Novel) by Paul Kearny