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The Hunters was a Space marine Chapter of Ultramarine descend who claimed the jungle/Death world of Jewel as their homeworld before their exile from the realm of Ultramar. They would later settle on the Civilized World of Ionov. The Hunters were founded as part of the 10th Founding during the Nova Terra Interregnum. The Hunters were known for preferring the Stalker Pattern Boltgun over more regular bolters as well as other long-range firearms. The Hunters' exile from Ultramar was due to getting into fights with the other Ultramarine successor chapters over the interpretation of the Codex Astartes. The Hunters later joined the Conclave of Demondaus, a group of Space Marine Chapters working close together within the Ultima Segmentum. They settled on the world of Civil World of Ionov after they had cleaned of remaining Necron forces within the structure that would later become their Fortress-Monastery, The Obsidian Citadel.
The Hunters were founded during the 10th Founding during the troubled times of the Nova Terra Interregnum. The Chapter was specifically founded to combat this massive insurrection that had consumed the entire Segmentum Pacificus. Its founding was not only a way to boost the number of successor chapters for the Ultramarines but also a way for their leadership to remove key individuals from the chapter that were more or less known for their tendencies to stray from the sacred Codex Astartes. These veterans were gathered up and given the "honor" of being the Founding Fathers of the Hunters Chapter. Of course, these Veterans knew what was happening on the Ultramarines' internal political floor and came to resent their former battle-brothers for dishonoring them in such a way by getting rid of them by doing this. Nonetheless, the newly founded chapter took up arms against the rebels in the in Segmentum Pacificus. The chapter, still wet behind its ears, was thrown into the thickest of battle. None of the other Ultramarine successors deployed with them wanted to support them due to being the black sheep of the family. Instead, the Chapter found friends among the Raven Guards, who saw the despair of lone marines of the Hunters. A small detachment of Raven Guard marines decided to travel with the Hunters, teaching them the arts of stealth and infiltration. The Hunters quickly adopted some of the Raven Guards doctrines, slowly forging their own as the Ravens allowed the Hunters to stand on their own. Countless battles against the rebels later, the Hunters had found a great passion in long-ranged weaponry, adopting the Stalker-Pattern Bolter rifle as their standard issued rifle. With a combination of deadly surprise attacks and long-range sniper fire, the Hunters quickly became a force of fear and dread for their enemies.
Exile from UltramarEdit
After the Nova Terra Interregnum, the Hunters returned home to Ultramar with many stories of heroic deeds and great bounties of glory achieved on the fields of battle. Their homecoming, however, was not as welcoming as they had hoped. High-ranking members from the Ultramarines and their 2nd and 3rd founding successors soon arrived at Jewel and demanded to talk with the Hunters' Chapter Master along with the rest of his staff and all of the captains. Whatever happened within the Chapter Master's throne room is unknown but what is known is that the meeting didn't go well and that it had come to blows between the Hunters and their guests. The emissaries left in anger, spitting curses at every Hunter they met on their way out of the fortress-monastery. Later the same night, after the chapter had held its evening prayer led by the chapter's Chaplains, the Chapter Master stepped in front of everyone. He told them that the Hunters were to be exiled from Ultramar and if they didn't submit to these demands the Ultramarines and their successors would force them out with violence if it came down to it. Many hunters voiced their anger at the news and encouraged the rest of the chapter to stand and fight for their home. The Chapter Master, however, told them that the Hunters would meet these demands as too much Imperial blood had already been spilled during the Nova Terra Interregnum and that the Chapter still needed to rebuilt its strength after the many battles. Most were calmed by the Chapter Master's words and saw the logic in them while others still thought that they should stand and fight.
The chapter prepared to leave and even sent out a final round of recruiters to recruit the last worthy warrior on the planet. Having gathered the last batch of recruits before the Hunters boarded their ships and left their home behind. For the next few centuries, the Chapter was Fleet-based until one day when the Chapter received reports of an uncovered Necron structure on the Imperial Civilised World of Ionov. The chapter responded to the call and arrived above Ionov in full force. The Chapter Master at the time quickly took a liking to the Necron structure and send word to Holy Terra to request that Ionov would become the Hunters' new homeworld. While he and the entire Hunters Chapter fought the malfunctioning Necrons in the huge fortress, word arrived that the Hunters' request had been met and they were allowed to claim the world as their own. The Hunter's cleared the Necron structure and claimed it as their new Fortress-Monastery after Tech-priests from Mars had analyzed whatever they thought they could find within the many hallways and chambers of the structure. The Hunters named their new Fortress-Monastery the Obsidian Citadel and quickly began setting up their new home within it. While they couldn't combine the Necron design with Imperial, they instead made sure to hollow out walls to accommodate doors and electrical systems as well as adding additional rooms to house the Fortress' Plasma Fusion Power Plant to power the fortress. All foul xenos symbols were covered up with banners, trophies and other furniture. After almost two centuries of tireless work, the Obsidian Citadel was complete.
The Hunters Gene-Seed comes from the Ultramarines and as such are extremely pure. While the Hunters resent their parent chapter, they do treasure the Gene-Seed they were given and are also very proud of it.
Ionov is a temperate civilized world located in the Ultima Segmentum. It's known for its huge plains and high mountains that are covered in wild forests. While the plains are relatively safe and peaceful, the mountains are entirely other thing altogether. The mountains of Ionov are home to many wild and bloodthirsty beasts, some even speculated to have been touched by the chaotic powers of the warp long ago. Only a few settlements are located at the foot of these mountains as the beasts tend to travel down the mountains for easier prey. The Hunters have made climbing and surviving in the mountains a part of their Rite of Initiation. Young Hunters usually travel up in these mountains to hone or maintain their skills as unparalleled hunters.
The Hunters Fortress-Monastery is called the Obsidian Citadel, courtesy of the black stone-like material that makes up Necron structures.