These were the days when you bought as opposed to rolled for the powers your Possessed had; where you could dedicate vehicles to the Gods, and that gave you certain options (thus creating the Sonic Dreadnought... and Predator). Having been freed for solar decades, if not centuries, from the experience of fear and now released from responsibility, a Chaos Space Marine does not dread either retribution or punishment for his deeds. A composition of a squad of standard Heretic Astartes is as follows: Whether he be a Traitor from the prehistory of the Imperium or a Renegade turncoat from a more recent conflict, a Chaos Space Marine will find himself slowly reshaped by the eldritch powers he worships into a form that better echoes the darkness in his soul. Freed from the constraints of the discipline, traditions and responsibilities that define the Adeptus Astartes, a Chaos Space Marine can exercise his every whim, whether it be for bloodshed, mayhem, sensual pleasures long denied, ambition, love or simple vengeance. Through the passing of the Terran centuries since the Horus Heresy, the forces of Chaos have been further swelled by those Space Marines from the later Foundings who have turned from service to the Emperor of Mankind to pursue their own agendas. When they betrayed the Imperium, it was of little surprise that the vast majority dedicated themselves to Khorne. Your slavery to the False Emperor ends today!". Lorgar, Primarch of the Word Bearers Legion, was a scrupulous and dedicated follower of the Imperial Cult, and in many ways was the founder of the religion of Emperor-worship called the Lectitio Divinitatus that would one day become the Adeptus Ministorum. After their defeat, the Black Legion and their fellow Traitor Legions were driven into the hellish realm of the Eye of Terror by the vengeful Imperial forces. From this point on, they are fated to walk the path of the Chaos Champion. Those poor gals... NOT ANYMORE, The dreaded Night Lords preparing an ambush. However, once the 5th ed Grey Knights landed, Chaos was truly on its ass. They have some of the same strengths and amplified weaknesses, expensive-to-overpriced units, are easily often outnumbered, but overall, they tend to play too aggressively to the point of carelessness. This is why I think there should be 3 Space Marine codicies: Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines and Renegade Space Marines because the variety of flavors each comes with. What's this - CSM will be the first codex out the gate? These groups are often used by the Chaos Space Marines to bolster their ranks. The Alpha Legion, for instance, are closet loyalists (or double heretics, or triple heretics, or brothas doin' it for themselves, nobody knows), whereas the Night Lords Legion only cares about spreading terror, which Chaos is undoubtedly useful for, but they look down upon the religious. Sure, they might change their mind over time, but they didn't go through all those trials and hardships and training just to decide it wasn't worthwhile after all. These were temporary periods of unity amongst all the forces of Chaos when they seek to overwhelm the Imperium's defences surrounding the Eye of Terror and drive on Terra once more. There is little uniformity between squads; much of the organisation and structure of the force's former Legion or Chapter falls by the wayside as they turn to the path of Chaos. Others wonder why everyone seems to fanboy themselves over beings who "lived" thousands of years ago and even then only for a few verifiable centuries before vanishing up their own arses to sit out the wars that the renegade has potentially been fighting for far longer than the Primarchs were ever alive for. When Horus gathered his forces the Thousand Sons tried to use their occult powers to warn the Emperor of the Warmaster's betrayal. Due to the nature of Chaos, and the temporal instability of the Warp, many of the very same Chaos Space Marines who revolted against the Emperor more than 10 millennia ago continue to fight against the Imperium today, having effectively been granted a tortured immortality by the will of the Ruinous Powers. Now and forever they had become Chaos Space Marines, despised and feared as traitors and heretics throughout the galaxy. They were the oldest fogies (or at least the ones from traitor legions are anyway) in the setting, barring the space elves, that one angry viking dreadnought (who's about their age), the Tomb King expys and maybe a few of the Omnivorous Space Bug Lizards things but now they've been retconned. Arguably, things were a bit nascent because in spite of all the other extras, they were still very much just space marines with other armies rolled into it. When the devotees of Chaos die, their psychic energy, their souls in the Warp, do not fade away to an unknown destination, are not destroyed and are not devoured by daemons like the souls of others. New models? Chaos Space Marines do not. Unsurprisingly many Space Marines do resent this on some level, although regular indoctrination helps them cope with that particular feeling by redirecting it toward xenos/heretics in a more productive way. The latter reason is also why Chaos Marines no longer use some of them more delicate and advanced tech like Land Speeder variants or Whirlwinds, which they definitely HAD before the Heresy - those things require just too much maintenance to fit into their more independent and chaotic combat doctrines. Each of the 9 Heretic Astartes Traitor Legions fights using a different style of warfare that is defined by their Legion's culture and their primarch's nature; also, 4 of the 9 -- the Emperor's Children, the World Eaters, the Thousand Sons and the Death Guard -- are dedicated specifically to the service of one of the four major Chaos Gods, Slaanesh, Khorne, Tzeentch and Nurgle, respectively. In place of appointed Sergeants, the Chaos Space Marines follow the strongest, boldest and most merciless of their brothers. This is nice; according to the news, the Traitor lists aren't going anywhere and whatever weakness the current list has is mainly a go-to while the book gets written. This was when the 4th ed. Released from the confines of the need to follow orders and pursue missions prescribed by others, a Chaos Space Marine can become a cold and psychopathic killer without morals or restraint. Talk about a pretty hefty background update! The Chaos Space Marines have all of these strengths and skills as well, to which are added the power of Chaos and a brutal devotion to the Dark Gods. Each topic has to be notable on its own. Why do chaos space marines favor backpacks with extended vents or sometimes with 4 or 6 vents instead of 2 besides just the aesthetics making them look more badass ? Well, not really because there was a lot of dead weight and questionable mechanic design in that book. These rewards come in different forms. Regardless, this is one of a few times that GW actually dialed back the power creep inherent in their game systems to such a degree that all existing armies got hosed (worst of all, Eldar) and CSM were no exception. To be a Chaos Space Marine is ultimately to feel a near god-like power over other beings, particularly one's fellow Humans. Genetically engineered as an adolescent to be a transhuman warrior, and armed and armoured with the Imperium's most advanced technology, a Space Marine is intended to serve as the ultimate defender of Mankind. With each new millennium, dozens of disillusioned or power-hungry Chapters defect, just as Horus did. sorry. Night Lords get Raptors as core, Iron Warriors get Mutilators and Obliterators, Word Bearers get Possessed, and so on. Having been created for combat, most Chaos Space Marines first turn to the only thing they have ever known -- the pursuit of war. Some Daemon Princes leave their mortal followers behind and join the nightmare hosts of the daemons of Chaos to plague worlds across the gulfs of space and time as embodiments of the power of their gods. Just as their bodies benefit from the changes wrought upon them by the ancient technologies pioneered by the Emperor, so too are the minds of Space Marines honed to an incredible focus and possessed of a potent force of will. Their Bolters and Chainswords are caked with filth and rust but are no less deadly. Variations of the Space Marine Chaplain Skull Helm highlight the many cultural differences between Chapters. The Traitor Marines who command these warbands, all potent Chaos Champions, seek their own personal glorification and the eventual opportunity to become Daemon Princes in their own right by earning victories in the cause of Chaos. The Death Guard favour the use of heavy infantry, particularly Plague Marines, and are notorious for their brutality. A Chaos God can only increase its power through the collective actions and thoughts of the galaxy's mortals, regardless of their species of origin. Some praised the new design for its focus on intricate trims and warp-induced mutations (eyes, tentacles), whereas others disliked it for its lack of Grimdark, claiming it looked too cartoonish and too playful. - posted in x HERETIC ASTARTES x: I mean, the average human isnt really formidable against your average space marine. But there are those few men and women who dedicate their lives to becoming true warriors of the Chaos Gods. During the Horus Heresy, the terrible Imperial civil war that pitted the battle-brothers of the 18 known Space Marine Legions against one another, there were two factions. 5) Raptors die just as easily as basic Chaos Space Marines. Instead their souls are swallowed by the collective power of the gods, sustaining them and increasing the eternal power of Chaos. Amongst the myriad warbands of the Chaos Space Marines there exist tools of murder whose very names inspire terror. Pleasure, wealth, mayhem, but above all else, the power to rule their fellow Humans in the name of the Chaos Gods is the driving ambition and goal of every Chaos Space Marine. It is this temptation that constantly beckons to all Loyalist Space Marines. Some Chaos Space Marines never grow past this point and remain bloodthirsty Renegades, corsairs and pirates for the rest of their long lives. The many infamous Chaos Champions of the Traitor Legions during the Horus Heresy. My question is simple, do they recruit new marines? With the release of the supplement, CSM got legion specific buffs and abilites, for Fluffy builds. CSM can still ally with Daemons and Renegades so that's still nice (although it would be nice if Renegades had a list that didn't rely on Forgeworld). Though the Inquisition takes great pains to quell reports of Chaos incursions in order to spare the common populace of the Imperium from unconventional thought that might lead to a replication of the heresy, the legends and records persist across the galaxy, handed down through the generations by the foolish and the brave. Star of Chaos icon variant used to identify the Chaos Space Marines. More like "lost-a la vista," amirite. Ever since the Horus Heresy, Space Marines of every Legion and Chapter have been tempted by the path of Chaos, whether for selfish reasons or great ideals. Note that many bands of Undivided Marines exploit Chaos for their own gain and feel little devotion to the Ruinous Powers, seeing it as no more than a tool for their goals. The six surviving Traitor Primarchs have since been transformed into Daemon Princes by the Chaos Gods. During the terrible battle known as the Burning of Prospero, Tzeentch transported Magnus and his surviving sons to the Daemon World in the Eye of Terror called the Planet of the Sorcerers. Or do they rely mostly on space marine chapters turning renegade. These were the days of the 200+ point CSM lord that could out-punch fucking ANYTHING! In battle the Word Bearers are known to summon daemons en masse, using them as a horde of deadly effective infantry troops while their Chaos Space Marines execute specific objectives. To honour the Emperor, they strove for perfection in all things: battlefield doctrine was obeyed to the letter, tactics and strategy were studied … They are wholly committed to the path they now tread, for good or ill, and they can expect no quarter from former Battle-Brothers. and "Glory to the Goatse of Chaos!" Driven insane, Chaos Spawn are nothing more than mindless, howling monsters of tortured, mutated flesh. Though such changes can make a Chaos Champion a fearsome warrior, he risks receiving so many such "gifts" and becoming so mutated that he loses all control of himself and degenerates into the hideous creature known as a Chaos Spawn. What does this mean for the future? ... and then 7th ed. These blood-soaked soldiers seek to become the favoured of the gods and eventually become mighty Chaos Champions themselves and so are known as Aspiring Champions. Mortarion's fevered ravings were answered by Nurgle, and Mortarion became Nurgle's foremost Daemon Prince. Chaos Space Marines are basically Imperial Space Marines who have forsaken their oath to the Imperium of Man to serve the Ruinous Powers, which is Heresy. Post-Heresy Alpha Legion corrupted iconography. Others like Tolkein horses are not. So yeah, if they didn't have the Eye of Terror to hide in and the Imperium wasn't so idiot-ball prone, it probably would have killed them by now. Warhammer 40,000 Grim Dark Lore Part 10 – Gods and Daemons, Warhammer 40,000 Grim Dark Lore Part 32 – The Rise of Abaddon. Once made, it is a decision that can never be recanted, for from the moment that a Space Marine renounces his service to the Emperor, he is truly lost and irrevocably damned. Due to the fractious nature of the Dark Gods, the warbands in service to a particular Ruinous Power often view other Traitor Marine warbands who serve its patron's rival deity as even more appropriate targets for their wrath than the servants of the Emperor. Sometimes it's the Imperium's own fault for turning initially loyal marines against the system due to a misunderstanding or an overzealous Inquisitor declaring them heretics and the new 'renegades' then realize that since no matter what they do they'll be viewed as traitors by the Imperium, they may as well become traitors in reality. It's either the traitor legions or the Ultramarines who have produced the most Chaos Marines and renegade Chapters. Sundered from the Imperium, having turned their backs on the Emperor, these warriors know that there can be no peace for them, neither forgiveness nor absolution. However, this is mostly a fluff distinction, as the Codex does not differentiate between the two. Resources are precious and hard-won in the Eye of Terror and the Maelstrom and control of cities, continents and worlds is vital to the maintenance of power. It is a great irony that the same abilities that make Space Marines the greatest defenders of the Imperium are also extraordinary assets for those who would become the most potent warriors of the Chaos Gods. This mighty spell reduced most of the Thousand Sons to soulless suits of animated armour known as Rubric Marines, but left the surviving Sorcerers unmatched in power. I suppose we should start at the beginning? But for every successful aspirant there are hundreds of failures, mutated beyond recognition into mewling abominations called Chaos Spawn. A space marine and a Chaos space marine end up in a arena. Chaos Space Marines (also known as Heretic Astartes and Astartes Traitoris) are, simply enough, Space Marines that have fallen to, or were inducted to, Chaos. Even the superhuman, genetically-engineered body of an Astartes can only withstand so much genetic corruption and contain only so much unnatural power. I'm not quite sure what's going on with the recent edits to this page, but they were broken in formatting, and removed large chunks of the article so I have reverted them. Among their number are included the Traitor Legions and Renegade Space Marines, Human, mutant and alien Chaos Cultists, Traitor Imperial Guard, Traitor Titan Legions, Renegade Knights, the Tech-priests of the Dark Mechanicum, Chaos Spawn cannon fodder, and daemons of every shape and level of power as well as countless other foul beings too horrific to be mentioned here. The path to damnation for the Thousand Sons Legion of Space Marines was longer than most, but its final plunge more complete than any. A Chaos Space Marine of the insidious Alpha Legion with his modified Autocannon. Soon, the Sons of Horus lost their primacy as the preeminent Legion, as the Legion Wars ensued. Of these Chapters, 2 of them, the Sons of Vengeance and the Silver Guards -- had at first fought on the side of the Imperium but turned Renegade after their actions against the Chaos-corrupted Free Council of Hannedra II. Although, "Renegade" is also used to refer to non-Chaos aligned Astartes and other rogue but non-Chaos forces. Chaos Space Marines are Space Marines who have fallen and been corrupted by the powers of Chaos.Once loyal warriors of the Imperium, the Traitor Legions now bear a burning hatred for the "False Emperor", and all those who serve him.. Many were the veteran players who simply left in disgust. Those were the days of 2nd edition; that's when Chaos was a unified front led by an interesting character on a 10,000 year quest for bloody vengeance. That's right, They look down upon their more dedicated brethren, whether they are fanatical Chaos Space Marines like the World Eaters, or zealous Loyalist Space Marines like the Dark Angels. CSM did get a release in the form of Khorne Daemonkin, but it just blended two books together with some new rules and wargear instead of fixing glaring problems with the units in them; they were weak due to their garbled 6E codex. 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