Earlier, LynchPin spoke about his Tau Force and I wanted to quickly discuss my plans for Dark Angels.
In most regards, the DA are standard Space Marines, but they have a fun back story and hidden agenda:
Back in the day, when Horus pulled an Anakin Skywalker and flipped to the Dark Side, most of the DA were away from their homeworld, Caliban, fighting for the Emperor out in the fringes of known space. They got wind of the betrayal, but arrived at the party too late to stop Horus and his chaotic crazies. They then got word of shenanigans at their homeworld, and when they got there, the guys in charge of safekeeping the planet had turned evil on the inhabitants and slaughtered everyone.
That pissed off the non-crazy Dark Angels, who then landed at the HQ and the head honcho (Lion El’Johnson) slugged it out with his boy-hood friend and second in command, Luther. They accidentally opened a wormhole inside the planet, Star Trek style, and the only thing that saved them was the force field around their HQ castle.
This “castle-monastery” is now called “The Rock” and floats around as their mobile HQ. To everyone else, they say that Caliban was destroyed while anonymous bad guys assaulted them. In secret, they know that their own guys lost it and went bad. What makes this all worse is that the crazies that got sucked into the wormhole when the planet got destroyed started popping up randomly all over known space – they just kind of re-shuffled into existence. So, now, the DA are on a secret crusade trying to find these “Fallen” before they cause too much damage, because the DA feel responsible for their existence, and are trying to keep their messed-up history a secret lest they be thrown out of the Imperial clubhouse.
That’s a really long winded way of saying that these guys are super-paranoid battle monks with an overactive Internal Affairs department. What’s not to love?