There is precious little known about the history of the Iron Dragons to outsiders. The chapter isn't particularly secretive, but neither are they talkative. What can be confirmed by the official records is that the Iron Dragons are a 5th Founding Chapter, lack the su-san membrane, have a slightly mutated Betcher's gland, and are a non-Codex chapter specializing in mechanized warfare. They were tasked with the defense of Tycho's Rift on the Eastern Fringe near Ultramar and have done so for the past eight millenia.
To those with the proper clearances it can be learned that the Iron Dragons are in fact one of the earliest successor chapters of the Salamanders. Without Nocturne's severe radiation the melanachrome mutation of the blood line is not evident but the slight dulling of their reflexes remains and is still unexplained.
The Iron Dragons share some similarities with the Imperial Fists in the way they manage the worlds under them. This combined with their love of heavy weapons has lead many to speculate that they are a descendant chapter of the Fists. The Iron Dragons maintain at least a small enclave on all worlds in their protectorate but officially take part in little of the day to day running of them. They often encourage the Rift worlds to greater cooperation but have no official position in the governmental structure. Their largest fortress is on Tycho itself. The Iron Dragons recruit heavily from hive and standard imperial worlds, focusing on highly intelligent recruits rather than the brawn and savagery of feral worlds.
The worlds of the Rift are focused around the needs of the forge worlds XXXXX and YYYYY. The capital of the subsector is ZZZZZ.
During the initial exploration of the subsector the airid frozen deserts of ZZZZZ were believed to hide incredible mineral wealth. It was expected that ZZZZZ alone would be able to supply the twin forges with nearly 40% of the materials they would need. Initial digs appeared to bear this out as adamantine, diamantine, and promethium precursors flowed freely. Hive cities grew up with alarming speed as the Administratum moved quickly to exploit the world. After only half a millenium of heavy mining the mines and wells began to dry up, exhausted thousands of years before projections. The inertia of the Administratum would not be stopped however and tens of millions of workers and all manner of construction equipment continued to flow to ZZZZZ. With more and more workers arriving daily but no jobs awaiting them the planetary governor was sitting on a powderkeg. Showing remarkable foresight
The Iron Dragons have two battle barges, the Great Wyrm and Steel Talon as well as five strike cruisers, eight rapid reaction cruisers, and numerous auxiliaries.
The Iron Dragons are a non-Codex chapter. They focus their efforts on heavy assault and mechanized warfare tactics. Heavy weapons are common in the Dragons and all troops have vehicle support. The Iron Dragons believe in flexibility and each company is designed to bring all necessary unit types with it to the field. The Iron Dragons employ no specialized companies, each one is a microcosm of the chapter as a whole.
The Iron Dragons have eight companies. Each company has twelve squads. Each squad has twelve men in it.
Let faith armor your soul and steel your flesh.
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