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The Fighting Tigers of Veda
Fighting Tigers of Veda are an old but relatively little known Space Marine
Chapter stationed on the dangerous eastern side of the Maelstrom (at
right), an area similar to the infamous Eye of Terror, in the Ultima
Tigers were established as Chapter 531 during the Ninth—or possibly the
Nineteenth—Founding, with Maharaja Shiva Nagordarika as their Chapter Master.
For thousands of years, it was assumed that Fighting Tigers were from Ultramarine
geneseed stock, but recent tests have proved that they are descended from
the White Scars.
Tigers were assigned to the Regulus Secundus system, with its large yellow
star and 19 planets (11 of which are human habitable), and ordered to rid
it of a large Dark Eldar pirate force, the
Kabal of the Ozone Scorpions, that was preying upon the feudal-level
human civilizations there. The Fighting Tigers swiftly defeated the Ozone
Scorpions and claimed the ninth planet, Veda, as their own, adding its
name to theirs. Shortly thereafter, the Tigers adopted Vedic names, languages,
deities, customs, and traditions as their own, replacing the ones that
ruled Veda and the Fighting Tigers for many centuries before he and the
entire Chapter were lured into a trap and ambushed by the Chaos
Lord Baalzephon Zgorch and his Khornate Chaos Space Marines, the
Warband Bloodcomet. Shiva was crippled by a summoned Bloodthirster and
more than 800 Fighting Tigers perished before the remaining Space Marines
and their allies defeated the Warband Bloodcomet and drove Zgorch into
Maelstrom and surrounding areas.
Veda lies just east of the
Maelstrom, isolated from much of the Imperium
Surya Ashoka and Raja Shrendi Vashtar, the Fighting Tigers slowly recovered.
Because Zgorch and his treacherous followers had killed so many Fighting
Tigers as well as native warriors of Veda and the neighboring planets,
Surya and Vashtar were forced to recruit women as Space Marines. Fortunately,
their Apothecaries found the surgical processes little different from those
used on men, and soon, guided by their death goddess Kali, female Fighting
Tigers joined their male counterparts on the battlefields.
(reborn as the Dreadnought Shiva
the Destroyer, below) is still officially Maharaja, or Chapter
Master, but in his debilitated state, the Fighting Tigers are actually
led by the two Rajas, or Caste Commanders. Each Raja rules not only their
half of the Chapter but also the native people living on their respective
continent of Veda. The two Rajas regularly confer on issues affecting the
Chapter as a whole and together guide the Chapter until (it is hoped) Shiva
resumes his duties. As the centuries pass, this becomes increasingly unlikely.
After several years of fighting
and hundreds of casualties, the Tigers were forced to withdraw from their
campaign to claim the Blood Deserts of Auros
IX for the Imperium, as their homeworld
had been infiltrated by the Dark Eldar Kabal
of the Ozone Scorpions. Ultimately, the Scorpions were repulsed,
largely thanks to the Space Wolves under Ferin
The Tigers immediately began a rebuilding
effort to replace their losses, and thus were only tangentially
involved in the efforts to combat Abaddon the Destroyer as his
13th Black Crusade erupted from the Eye of Terror. Hive
Fleet Ravana entered the Regulus system, home to the Tigers’
base, but was--for now, anyway--repulsed. Shamshir
Talatra has been stripped of his title
of Raja and command of half the Fighting Tigers. Until a new Raja can be
named, Librarian Chandramatie Bahl has assumed his duties. While Bahl is
certainly talented, she is inexperienced, and will be hard-pressed to held
Raja Khandar Madu overcome their many foes.
As the 41st Millennium draws to a
close, the future of the Fighting Tigers is in question.
from report concerning Veda, by Inquisitor Varman Kumar
is a large planet with a hot climate similar to many tropical and subtropical
areas of Earth. There are two large continents, connected by several narrow
land bridges, both located in the eastern hemisphere. Scattered islands
dot the warm, shallow oceans that cover the rest of the planet.
continents are populated by feudal level agrarian humans living in small
villages. Villages are bound together into tribes, but all people of Veda
bow to the Maharaja, the Chapter Master of the Fighting Tigers. Through
him they faithfully serve and worship the Emperor, whom they call the Brahman,
the Sleeping God whose dreams shape the universe.
northern continent, Mahaduyana, has huge expanses of jungle broken occasionally
by wide stretches of grassy plains. In the extreme north are several high
mountain ranges, where snow falls year round. In Mahaduyana can be found
titanium, adamantium, coal, and natural gas.
southern continent, Ghuyarashtra, is roughly twice as large as Mahaduyana.
Like Mahaduyana, there are some mountains and jungles, but most of Ghuyarashtra
is covered by plains. Because of the rich, black soil and annual summer
monsoons, these plains are very fertile. In addition, gold, silver, copper,
and diamonds are found here. Roughly 65% of Veda’s human population lives
the Tigers fit in with the history of the 40K universe....
||Birth of the Emperor
tigris) become extinct on Terra. Mars settled
||The Warp is discovered
||Mankind begins to
colonize solar systems near Terra. Dark Age of Technology begins
||Veda settled. Colonists
clone Terran fauna--including tigers--using frozen DNA.
||Age of Strife begins.
Veda society degenerates to a feudal level.
||The Emperor conquers
||The Emperor creates
the Space Marines and Primarchs, embarks on the Great Crusade. The Imperium
||Horus Heresy. Horus
is defeated and the Emperor ascends the Golden Throne. Codex Astartes re-organizes
Space Marines into Chapters.
||Age of Apostasy.
Veda captured by Kabal
of the Ozone Scorpions, who enslave the populace. Fighting Tigers
Chapter (#531) established under Chapter Master Shiva
Nagordarika. Tigers defeat Ozone Scorpions, imprison Archon, assume
rule of Veda, and set up permanent home on planet surface.
Tigers begin explorations
of new worlds near Maelstrom and Galactic Core. Discover alien and
lost human technology. Develop the Vedic
Siege Gun. Exterminate the dvergar of the Angrboda Nebula.
of the Templars: Warband Bloodcomet
cripples Fighting Tigers, ravages Veda before exhausting their strength
and succumbing to counterattack. Shiva becomes a Dreadnought. Syryx
Lynatharr, Archon of the Ozone Scorpions, escapes.
taken over by Ultramarines. Surya
and Vashtar assume command, begin recruitment of female
Marines and establish practice of purusha. Pacts of Friendship
are established with the Space Wolves. The Rigsamayajur,
the holy verses and history of the Tigers, is written.
of the Twin Fangs pits Tigers and Space Wolves against Eldar Warhost
"The Lotus Storm of Impossible Contemplation" (translation). Ferin
Ironhammer falls and is revived as a Dreadnought.
||Reign of Raja Rajeesh
Kumar, "the Exalted Prince." Fighting Tigers exterminate Blood Axe tribe
"Da Sonz of Dix-E" and Goff Klan Fuguden. Tigers first begin (and later
abandon) explorations of the planet Ghaatti.
Baalzephon Zgorch returns with the Saracens.
||Development of the
Predator variant. Tigers battle Church of the Poisoned Mind (Genestealer
Cult) and Godfrey's Desert Vipers (rebel Armored Company) on Qellizarr.
Tigers suffer the Choudhury Incident but ultimately prevail.
||Fighting Tigers first
spot Hive Fleet Ravana, but do not engage.
Tigers land on Kurinda, suffer heavy casualties, cease explorations of
new worlds. Tigers clash with Sisters
of Battle. Kavita Chavan, hero of the Dakr Conflict, rescues Raja
Amar Vedantam from the Sii-gesh hordes at the cost of his own life.
||Solar Macharius conquers
over 1000 worlds. First Armageddon War. Battle of Macragge: Ultramarines
defeat Hive Fleet Behemoth. Badab War: Fighting Tigers ordered not to engage
Claws, their sister Chapter.
Talatra succeeds Sabeer Ansari as Raja of Ghuyarashtra.
Second Armageddon War.
Fighting Tigers battle Saracens,
annihilate them. Khandar Madu
appointed first female Raja--she keeps the masculine form of the title
over the feminine rani out of deference to tradition.
Tigers begin campaign
for the Blood Deserts of Auros IX.
Third Armageddon War. Ozone Scorpions return to Veda
and battle Space Wolves guarding planet
while Tigers on Auros IX. Shamshir Talatra removed
The Fighting Tigers have
sworn to destroy Former Raja Shamshir Talatra and the Fearful
Symmetry, his army of renegades
This is the
end of the introduction section of Codex: Fighting Tigers of Veda.
The next section discusses elements of the army.
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