Disciples of Caliban
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The founding of the Disciples of Caliban is shrouded not only in mystery but also controversy. It is believed that Dark Angels Chapter Master Anaziel made a strong request of the High Lords of Terra for a Chapter to be raised late in the 37th Millennium. At the time, such a request was unheard of from a Chapter Master and no clear reason was given by the Dark Angels. Eventually their request was granted and the Disciples of Caliban were created. The gene-seed was of the highest pedigree held by the Dark Angels at the time, and was examined using standards far beyond even that required by the Adeptus Terra. To this day the purity of the Chapter's gene-seed is constantly monitored for the slightest sign of corruption or degradation, and it has the most exacting standards of recruitment of any of the Unforgiven.
It is generally acknowledged that Anaziel had the Disciples of Caliban created for a very specific and secretive purpose - rumored amongst the other Unforgiven to be the pursuit and capture of the renegade known as Cypher, though none outside this Chapter's Inner Circle know if this really is their true purpose. The Disciples of Caliban are a very mobile Chapter, and their fortress fleet has been sighted in conflicts the length and breadth of the Imperium, and sometimes far beyond. Speculation exists that many of these conflicts were instigated or fueled by the presence of Cypher, and the Disciples of Caliban have become experts at detecting even the most subtle tell-tale signs of the Fallen. The warriors of the Disciples of Caliban are virtuous and noble to the highest degree, utterly unflinching in their sacred duties. The Chapter fleet houses great reliquaries celebrating the successes of their warriors and their forebears, and each Company has several Relic Bearers who carry these artifacts to war to inspire the battle brethren to the greatest feats of valour. The most sacred of these relics is the Lionus Censum, an immense scroll that details the names and deeds of the Chapter's most decorated Battle Brothers.
- 1: Codex: Dark Angels (4th Edition), pg. 74
- 2: Codex: Dark Angels (6th Edition) pg. 27
- 3: The Unforgiven (Novel), An Enemy Revealed