Chaplain Titus Strome embodies everything Watch Fortress Erioch stands for: unrelenting duty, unshakeable faith and an abiding hatred of all things alien. Strome first came to Erioch as a Black Shield, his past history and Chapter expunged. From the outset he made his every moment serve his duty to the Deathwatch, throwing himself into a cycle of training, fasting and prayer that caused some Battle-Brothers to question his sanity. Strome’s readiness was truly tested in his very first deployment when his Kill-team was caught in a xenos heretek ambush on Meniscus. Battle-Brother Zarkus, the team-leader, was killed outright and every other member seriously wounded in the opening salvos of the engagement. Despite his injuries, Strome protected the survivors by making a ferocious single-handed counterattack that destroyed the heretek’s weapon-nest and scattered its crew.
After extraction, Strome’s armour was found to carry over two hundred impact hits sustained in battle. Even Space Marines are not immortal, and their gene-enhanced metabolisms can only survive so much harm. The Apothecaries did not expect Strome to live through such injuries and the Deathwatch Chaplain was called to give final unction. It was at this time, according to Strome, that his path became clear to him. The quiet strength and unwavering sense of righteousness of the Chaplain kindled within him a lust for life that returned him from the brink of death. Slowly, painfully, Strome recovered from his injuries and as soon as he became fit for duty, Strome sought apprenticeship with the Chaplains and was accepted as an acolyte.
For many years Strome served under different Chaplains, learning catechisms and legends of the Long Vigil. He applied himself to every trial with fervour, winning the approval of every one of his masters before he was finally inducted into their ranks. His legend has grown since, and Strome has become a masterful close-combat fighter capable of trading blows with an Ork Warboss or overthrowing a Carnifex—just two of the feats to be found in his long list of battle honours.