- Name: Amelia Engel
- Rank: Canoness Preceptor of the Order of Bloody Tears
- Born: ~290.M41
- Status: Commanding all of the Order's activities in Sector Deus.
- Background: Amelia Engel is a Protheran-born Sister of Battle. Orphaned at a young age, she was inducted into the Schola Progenium where her faith burgeoned like a flame. This saw her selected for induction into the Adepta Sororitas and her combat prowess led to her being inducted into the Militant section of the Order of Bloody Tears, and during her training she became a true soldier of the Emperor - pure, fanatical and merciless. Her impressive tactical skills saw her promoted to Sister Superior at a young age and she led her squad to many victories, mostly distinguishing herself in fights on the moons of Volitair against Orks. Soon after that she was promoted to Canoness Commander and given the position of commanding a Prison-Convent on Attero. After several more years of loyal service and the retirement of her immediate superior, Engel took her place as Canoness Preceptor and commander of all the Order's activities in Sector Deus. Noted as one of the youngest members of the Order to have ever attained such a high rank, this is a testament to Engel's skill in both strategy and battle.
Encounters with the Ghosts of RetributionEdit
In 322.M41 the Ghosts of Retribution forced then-Canoness Commander Engel to hand over Magos Fram - a prisoner the Order had taken on the order of the Iron Monks - by mustering vastly superior forces at the gates of their Prison-Convent on Attero.
Engel was not present for the Order's disastrous attack on the Nestorian Learner transport ship that was being escorted by the Ghosts of Retribution in 323.M41. It is fortunate she were not for she would likely have been killed, but this event only served to further the Canoness' disdain of the Space Marines.
After the failed Defence of Prothera in 326.M41 Engel grew to despise the Ghosts of Retribution and their Chapter Master on a more personal level, as Prothera was the planet of her birth.
In 326.M41 she responded to a call for help from the Ghosts of Retribution, who requested humanitarian aid to the quarantined world of Mormark. Despite their bad history Engel accepted Chapter Master's request and her ships airdropped supplies into major habitation areas for the next few years, though the supplies were not enough to keep the entire populus sufficiently fed it prevented many millions of deaths that would have been caused otherwise. The ships ceased their duty and departed the planet in 328.M41 when Chapter Master organised new food shipments to be sent to Mormark.
When Alexander Kerr departed for Sector Corgus in 338.M41 he left Folkvangr in the care of both Engel and Chapter Master. Engel disapproved of Kerr placing trust in the Ghosts of Retribution, citing their failure to defend Prothera (Amelia's homeworld) and even vocalising her wish to see Chapter Master dead, but Kerr seemed to dismiss her concerns. During the meeting Chapter Master's enhanced senses noticed that Kerr and Engel were somewhat closer than their stations would suggest, with a few tears running down the Canoness' cheek as she said her farewells to Lord Kerr, following a tight embrace and brief kiss on the cheek.
In 340.M41, following the judgement of the Imperial Court over the Betrayal at Varda, the Ghosts of Retribution prepared to submit a number of Iron Monks complicit with Haran Dreifus to the Trial of the Blade, a judgement they would almost certainly fail and be killed for. Canoness Engel alone stepped forward from the massed officials and pleaded the Ghosts of Retribution to spare the priests. Chapter Master complied and handed the condemned priests over to the Canoness, and they were subsequently interred in the Prison-Covenant on Attero. Engel also sent aid to Varda in return for a symbolic donation of 10 million thrones to her Order.
Engel was present during Alexander Kerr's victory parade following his return from Corgus in 346.M41. Where Kerr had apparently arranged for her to take a place beside Chapter Master when observing the Rogue Trader's parade, and Engel explained Kerr's desire to "wait for me [Engel] to greet you [Chapter Master] so the masses would see it". The Canoness went on to mutter angrily under her breath, vocalising a sense of humiliation at being forced to stand beside the Space Marine.
In 354.M41, Chapter Master met with Canoness Engel to discuss the loyalties of Larion Ursus. Chapter Master presented Engel with the readouts of the Ursus cogitator and raised questions regarding the involvement of traitorous entitites in the Kruun rebellion. Engel accepted Chapter Master's suspicions as reasonable, though seeks further evidence. He also informed her of The Lost Belisarian Heirs, requesting teachers for them, and Canoness Engel readily dispatched Palatine Serpentina to the Tombstone.
In 359.M41 Canoness Engel and her troops assisted in the Coup against Larion Ursus, and she personally led a force of her troops to stop a Freyan regiment threatening the security of the coup. Following the coup her relationship with the Ghosts of Retribution became much less hostile, and after the Chapter gifted 413 ruby teardrops to her order the Canoness said that she had come to respect the Chapter Master himself.