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The Flesh Rippers are an infamous Loyalist Chapter of unknown origin and Founding, said to be created in the early years of the 34th Millennium, though there is some conflicting evidence on this in the Imperial records, with some reference to the Chapter existing as early as the 32nd Millennium. This discrepancy within the records has not yet been reconciled and apart from several fragmentary accounts little indicated that they even existed. This rather optimistic hope was shattered once the Flesh Rippers returned to the greater Imperium during the Cerberus Crusade.
This Chapter is suspected, due to its name its tendency to fall into a berserk fury during battle to be descended from the Blood Angels. Others have claimed a link to the World Eaters Traitor Legion. Whatever their origins, the Flesh Rippers are bloody handed monsters - vicious and violent beyond what is expected even of Astartes and when thay are unleashed into battle, the Chapter Astartes fight with gleeful savagery, tearing apart whatever enemy they are given to fight without mercy or falter, heedless of the risk and uncaring of the Chapters own losses. They are Loyalists of the Emperor of Mankind though the significant evidence of major genetic flaws has led to their investigation on charges of heresy by the Inquisition, especially due to their widely-reported custom of cannibalistically consuming their defeated foes as well as the ritually flaying them.
They have been cleared of suspicion at present but the calls for them to be declared Excommunicate Traitoris have increased in recent years. Interestingly, since their return they have been witnessed on several occasions to operate alongside the Charnel Brethren, Corvus Legion and the Skull Reapers - chapters of Blood Angels, Raven Guard and suspected Iron Hands descent. What reasons for this, are unknown.
- 1 History
- 2 Noctis Aeterna
- 3 Notable Campaigns
- 4 Chapter Homeworld
- 5 Chapter Organisation
- 6 Chapter Beliefs
- 7 Chapter Gene-Seed
- 8 Primarch's Curse: Unending Rage
- 9 Chapter Combat Doctrine
- 10 Notable Flesh Rippers
- 11 Chapter Fleet
- 12 Chapter Relics
- 13 Chapter Appearance
- 14 Allies and Enemies
- 15 Notable Quotes
- 16 Trivia
- 17 Gallery
The Flesh Rippers are a relatively unknown Chapter having spent much of their history seemingly outside of the the greater Imperium. The reasons why are very much unknown to many, but during the Cerberus Crusade it soon became apparent that the Flesh Rippers were a Chapter unlike many others. While other Chapters may maintain a facade of humanity despite their transhuman state the Flesh Rippers are utterly divorced from the humans they once were. Whatever gene-seed was used in their creation has turned them into inhuman monsters who live only for the thrill of battle and the slaying of their enemies. Imperial commanders have found out, to their cost, that for the Flesh Rippers even their supposed allies can become victims of their unrestrained violence.
The exact origins of this infamous Chapter are hard to pinpoint in Imperial archives as the Flesh Rippers have left very few records of their activities. The few records that are available give this Chapter differences in name or title, such as the Death Ravens or Raptor Legion but all the accounts are consistent on certain similarities of iconography and operation, and in their description of the Flesh Rippers bestial savagery in combat and when they are unleashed into battle, the Chapter Astartes fight with almost gleeful savagery, tearing apart whatever enemy they are given to fight without mercy or falter, heedless of the risk and uncaring of the Chapters own losses.
The only other tantalizing clues to this Chapter’s origins can be offered up by those few Imperial servants who have had the dubious honour of encountering the enigmatic Flesh Rippers in the flesh. For the most part, these individuals have been those dispatched to explore the outermost bounds of the galaxy: Explorators, Rogue Traders, and the like. However, beyond these rare encounters recorded in various fragmentary Imperial data-vaults, the only information forthcoming on the Flesh Rippers is the stories of their often bloody deeds across the galaxy. The current whereabouts and operational activities of the Flesh Rippers remain unknown but reports from the fringes of Imperial Space have begun filtering back of excessive casualties in tactic-less displays of horde warfare and their are even reports that the Flesh Rippers' Imperial allies have sometimes become subject to the Flesh Rippers' fury even as as world after world falls to their savage berserker fury.
During this dark period the hopes of trillions was reignited with the return of one of the Emperor's loyal sons - the Primarch of the Ultramarines - Roboute Guilliman, and he brought with him the fruits of 10,000 years of research and labour - the Primaris Space Marines. Representatives from the Primarch were dispatched to every Astartes Chapter to gift these wondrous creations and soon Primaris Astartes were serving alongside their elder brethren with distinction, but unlike many other Chapters that received full grown and battle-hardened Primaris, the Flesh Rippers instead received the technology and knowledge to create their own Primaris Space Marines.
The wargear to arm these formidable warriors was also received including 500 suits of Mk X Power Armour in their various Patterns, Hundreds of Cawl and Belisarius Pattern Weapons, four Redemptor Dreadnoughts Chassis, 2 Overlord Gunships, two Repulser Grav Tanks and even an Astraeus Heavy Grav Tank, all of which aside from High Librarian Vorias have been assigned to the newly raised 12th Company. Thanks to this great fortune the Flesh Rippers now prosecute their wars with even greater vigour. The numbers of Primaris Astartes currently serving are unknown but during the battles of the Indomitus Crusade they were able to field an entire company. Despite these advances the Flesh Rippers Primaris Astartes have witnessed to also be afflicted with the same gene-seed flaws as the rest of their brothers and just as aggressive and unhinged as the rest of the Chapter, some have even been inducted into the Crimson Butchers. What other flaws may manifest in the future is unknown.
- The Pentarchy of Blood (860-940.M33) - During the dark and bloody episode of Imperial history known as the War of the False Primarch which plunged the Segmentum Pacificus into anarchy and is now largely lost to myth and purged from the Imperial record, the Pentarchy of Blood was convened by the High Lords of Terra to enact their judgement. Five Chapters, the Carcharodons, the Charnel Guard, the Death Eagles, the Flesh Eaters and the Red Talons are used to systematically destroy eleven Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes judged Traitoris Perdita and lay waste to their homeworlds, finally drawing the eight decade conflict to a close. Although the Flesh Rippers are not Listed in the Order of Battle there is an Imperial Report of an Astartes Chapter in black and red battle plate with a monstrous jaw insignia and carrying chain-axes that were attached with chains, brutally destroying one of the Traitor Chapters. An Imperial Navy witness reported that the unknown Chapter disregarded any form of bombardment and launched the entire Chapter in a massive drop assault against the fortress-monastery. In the battle's aftermath, the Imperial Navy and Imperial Guard reinforcements claimed that the inside of the fortress was filled with the dismembered and mangled corpses of the defenders with wrecked and destroyed bits of power armour scattered about the halls, and that almost all of the Traitor Marines were missing their heads. It was an absolute slaughter, the fortress having been transformed into an abattoir of human blood. Although not confirmed to be the Flesh Rippers, the similarities and the Chapter's known violent history seems to indicate that this is the first known reference to them.
- The Cerberus Crusade (821-844.M41) - The Chapter's are also believed to have fought during the Cerberus Crusade. Sometime during 830.M41 as the war finally began to turn in favour of Imperial forces Lord Commander Corvo (Chapter Master of the Ash Scorpions), supreme commander of the Imperial forces had received word that the Knights of Guilliman had retired from the war and returned to their homeworld of Jorvick, sending word that they would surrender, preperations were begun to accept the surrender when events overtook them. In orbit over Jorvick an unknown Chapter suddenly broke from the warp, ignoring all hails from the Knights they immediately attacked the Knights fleet before launching their strength at the world below using Drop Pods and Thunderhawks. This resulted in the destruction of Secessionist forces while the unknown Chapter suffered heavy casualties. Following the battle this Chapter was not seen again until the attack on Albion, following which they disappeared once more only to reappear above an Imperial World far away from the Cerberus Cluster, where they for reasons known only to themselves, launched an all-out assault against the world, and soon fighting raged across the world as the Chapter lost what little control they had. They proceeded to systematically slaughter almost all the world's entire population over the course of a single day. Why they attacked this world is unknown, and all attempts to locate them to inquire why has come to nought, leaving only the vid-captures, pict-Logs and the horrified and traumatized survivors as evidence. Further investigation showed that thousands of young men were missing, and Imperial scholars believe that they were taken as future recruits for the Chapter, pehaps to replace their losses from the attacks on Jorvick and Albion. Later during the hearings at Lycan a single Strike Cruiser bearing the heraldy of this Chapter anchored near to the assembled fleet, this ship was identified as the Gladiator, previous reports had idetified this ship as belonging to a Chapter called the Flesh Rippers although the Galdiator made no attempts to identify itself and left following an agument with the Lord of the Ultramarines, Marneus Calgar. Since then various reports from other Chapters and other camaigns including their now infamous actions during the Hades Crusade and the Slaughter of Hel confirmed them as the Flesh Rippers but aside from these scattered encounters, they have not been seen since.
- Hades Crusade (048.M42-057.M42) - The Chapter's first confirmed appearance is in the works of the field notary Ciaphis Quilp, in his account of the Hades Crusade. In the aftermath of the Great Rift many worlds fell to infighting and anarchy as insurrections and outright rebellion swept across the Galaxy, thanks to the machinations of one man four Chapters of Astartes declared themselves to no longer beholden to the Imperium igniting the Cataclysmic Hades Crusade.
- The Battle of Teutoberg (055.M42) - Part of the larger Hades Crusade the Battle of Teutoberg was fought during the closing years of the War. Within the Teutoberg System the Secessionist's attempted the capture of the worlds to use a bulwark against the advancing loyalists, the Rift Guard Auxilla, mortal auxilliarys of the Secessionist Rift Warders Chapters were sent to capture the worlds while the Rift Warders themselves engaged the main Imperial advance in order to slow them down enough that Teutoberg could be taken, however a staunch defence from the Loyalist population of Teutoberg VI delayed the attack enough that an Imperial relief could be conducted, the Adepta Sororitas Order of the Emperor Resplendent along with 28 Regiments of the Astra Militarum made up the majority of this relief force. The Order sent seven whole companies of Battle-Sisters to assist the beleaguered system In one notable incident during the brutal campaign, the Order found themselves fighting alongside the the Astra Militarum on Teutoburg VI as well as the notorious Flesh Rippers and Charnel Brethren Space Marine Chapter, who had appeared and joined the war. Also serving were squads drawn from the Skull Reapers and Corvus Legion Chapters. The Blood Reaver Ehrlen denied Canoness Anastasia any tactical counsel whatsoever and even refused to meet with her. Talks between the two Imperial forces was conducted by the Captain of the 6th Company of the Charnel Brethren, Blood Captain Gideon. After nearly 2 century's leading her Sisters to war, occasionally alongside Space Marine Chapters, this treatment came as no surprise. But the Order's main grievance was with the way the 2 of the Chapter's conducted themselves during the ensuing battle. The Battle-Sisters struck the massive Secessionist army as it changed positions from shelling the main Defences of Gaius City, to occupying the settlement. Battered by three days' bombardment, the loyalist population of Gaius City had dug underground and, under the careful ministrations of the Order's Sisters Superior and the Sergeants of the Astra Militarum, were determined to form an ad hoc militia to defend their homes, alongside them stood the Adeptus Sororitas and 8 full regiments of the Astra Militarum. The Flesh Rippers and Charnel Brethren launched their attack on the Secessionist column when it was approximately one Imperial mile from Gaius City and, hitting the Secessionists in the rear and flanks, they drove the disorganised enemy into the Battle-Sisters' and Guardsmens' waiting guns. Caught between Battle-Sisters and Space Marines, thousands were slaughtered, with the survivors mounting their vehicles to escape with all haste. The Sisters first noticed something was very wrong when the Secessionists began pouring towards the Imperial line. Cannoness Anastasia saw in the faces of the soldiers, absolute terror, and they displayed no fear of the massed guns of the Imperial Forces, only a desire get away from the Flesh Rippers and Charnel Brethren, who apparently driven mad by some kind of battle-frenzy, crashed into the Secessionists rear ranks, just as the first soldiers reached the loyalist Astra Militarum's lines. The crazed Space Marines fell upon the Secessionists in an orgy of bloodletting. Many Astartes had removed their helmets, and eschewing the use of pistols and other ranged weapons, set about the soldiers with chainsword, chain-axe, combat knife and even their own teeth. Cannoness Anastasia witnessed in mute horror, Astartes ripping out the throats of men with their bared teeth. The raw fury and love of carnage she saw in their faces, as they literally tore the enemy apart, made her shudder in fear. The Secessionist forces were annihilated within minutes of the Space Marines' brutal attack, but the small number of the enemy were simply not enough for the Flesh Rippers and Charnel Brethren, who by now seemed to have been driven into a fever pitch of absolute bloodlust. With no more Secessionists for them to butcher, they scrambled over the breastworks of the Astra Militarum and Militia and smashed into their line. Properly driven into a true battle frenzy now, the Flesh Rippers and Charnel Brethren performed acts of the most debauched nature, in the name of violence. Every guardsmen they found, fell beneath their blades. Even though they were allies, none were spared by the Marines crazed attack, Men, women and youths, all fell beneath their blades. The old, the infirm, none were spared the Marines crazed attack. The Canoness later reported that she had personally witnessed cannibalistic acts committed by the frenzied Marines. She ordered a hasty withdrawal of her Sisters from the Flesh Rippers and Charnel Brethren with all haste, before they reached their positions. The Canoness later reported the incident to the Inquisition. Her report stated that both the Flesh Rippers and Charnel Brethren were unstable beyond redemption and that they were not fit for duty anywhere within their mighty Imperium. The Canoness firmly believed that it was evident that the Flesh Rippers and Charnel Brethren had devolved far beyond any point reached by a loyalist Chapter and requested their immediate destruction. The Corvus Legion and Skull Reapers were spared a request for their destruction. The current whereabouts and operational activities of the Flesh Rippers remain unknown but reports from the fringes of Imperial Space have begun filtering back of excessive casualties in tactic-less displays of horde warfare and their are even reports that the Flesh Rippers' Imperial allies have sometimes become subject to the Flesh Rippers' fury even as as world after world falls to their savage berserker wrath.
- Morritaga Massacre (057.M42) - The event that became known in Imperial records as the Morritaga Massacre was discovered by an Imperial Navy patrol in 057.M42. The wreckage of an Imperial outpost was discovered in the dust wastes of the forlorn world of Morritaga II. Within the outpost was a nightmarish scene of carnage and destruction rarely witnessed before by men. A bloody battle had been fought between two company-sized forces of Space Marines from the Flesh Rippers and the Secessionist Baleful Spectres Chapter. These two forces, infamous, for their savagery and unyielding stances towards their foes, had fought each other to a bloody standstill. The base around them was ripped apart and many of the bodies of both sides showed signs of having fought on despite suffering horrendous wounds, severed limbs and massive trauma that should have felled even an Astartes, and several were found locked in deathly, gore-splattered embraces, striking at their foes with their last ebbing strength. It is not known which Chapter's last warrior survived to the end to claim a bitter victory. Neither Chapter has acknowledged any survivors of the massacre living to tell of what happened at Morritaga II.
- Slaughter of Hel (111.M42) - The first to suffer the Wrath of the Flesh Rippers following Dreagar Lhorkes elevation to Chapter Master was the world of Hel. Following the formation of the Great Rift, heretics from the Traitor Legions and various Renegade Chapters had emerged from their hiding places to ravage the Galaxy, Hel itself had fallen to the dreaded Night Lords and World Eaters Traitor Legion's led by a foul Deamon prince of Khorne 'Delvarus' and the Blood Reaver was determined to utterly destroy them. Arriving in orbit, the Flesh Rippers' fleet opened fire on the Traitors, and soon, a great battle raged in orbit as the Traitors mortal allies fought back. Smashing through the Traitor line, the Flesh Rippers launched their entire Chapter in a massive assault against the world of Hel where over a thousand World Eaters and a small contingent of their Night Lord allies waited for them. Hundreds of drop pods and gunships roared through the atmosphere crashing into the ground outside the walls of the Citadel of Blood. Led by their Chapter Master, the Flesh Rippers erupted from their drop pods and thunderhawk gunship and without heeding injury or loss, they hurled themselves at the Traitors butchering their way into the World Eaters line in a seemingly overwhelming desire to get to grips with the World Eaters who leapt to meet them, matching the Flesh Rippers' pure rage with pure rage of their own. Uncontrolled, unbound, unrestrained, the Flesh Rippers crashed against the World Eaters in rabid packs, showing why Imperial forces had feared to fight alongside them for solar decades. Dreagher Lhorke was a whirlwind of gore, smashing through the Night Lords and letting out building roar of pure, undiluted rage he slaughtered his way into the World Eaters line chain axes scything left and right, every blow sending mutated corpses tumbling through the air. With incoherent screams of rage the sons of Angron hurled themselves at towering warrior in their midst yet they were laughably outmatched in every regard, heads were ripped from their shoulders, bones pulverised, gene-forged superhumans torn apart as if they were nothing. The Blood Reaver reaped a bloody tally as he drove the Traitors back. For nine blood-drenched hours, the two sides fought in the most vicious fighting imaginable, until finally a ramp of corpses led up to a single breach in the wall, and the blood-maddened warriors of the Flesh Rippers plunged in. Filled with rage, they were merciless, the Blood Reaver in particular seemed utterly determined to destroy the entirety of the World Eaters host. Screams of hate and rage echoed though the halls until finally Dreagar Lhorke faced Delvarus in single combat, the infernal creature was a being of grotesque power, a manifestation of the unimaginable rage and savagery of his vile god, muscles able to rip apart a dreadnought with ease barely contained within Daemonic flesh as strong as Ceramite and a screaming Daemon Sword infused with the essence of a Greater Daemon clutched in hands tipped with razor sharp talon's able to cut armour with ease, whole worlds trembled at the mere mention of his name yet he was laughably outmatched in every regard, the two duelled for mere moments before Dreaghar overwhelmed and defeated the vile daemon, ripping him apart and sending him screaming back to depths of hell where he belonged. Taking with them their wounded with them the Flesh Rippers abandoned the Planet to the carrion birds and leaving behind a world of death. The Doom Legion, came across the aftermath long after the battle was over and the Flesh Rippers had gone, venturing to the surface they found a charnel house with bodies lying in heaps across the battlefield for the World Eaters had been utterly annihilated and their Night Lord allies scattered to the wind. The inside of the fortress was a slaughter house, filled with the dismembered and mangled corpses of the Traitors, for not one soul had been spared from the fury of the Flesh Rippers, the Doom Legion were shocked at the utter hatred for their foes displayed by Flesh Rippers, many of the bodies of both sides showed signs of having fought on despite suffering horrendous wounds, severed limbs and massive trauma that should have felled even an Astartes and several were found locked in deathly, gore-splattered embraces, striking at their foes with their last ebbing strength, It was an absolute slaughter, the fortress having been transformed into a blood-soaked charnel house. The Doom Legion had seen enough and returned to their Battle Barge where they proceeded unleash Planet Killing Weapons, Cyclonic Torpedoes battered the World until it finally broke apart, removing the tainted Planet from existence. The Flesh Rippers were last recorded tracking a course through the Warp, to visit their wrath upon another. The current whereabouts and operational activities of the Flesh Rippers remain unknown but reports from the fringes of Imperial Space have begun filtering back of excessive casualties in tactic-less displays of horde warfare and their are even reports that the Flesh Rippers' Imperial allies have sometimes become subject to the Flesh Rippers' fury even as as world after world falls to their savage berserker fury.
The fragmentary records of the Flesh Rippers indicate that the Chapter has no set homeworld. This is not uncommon for Space Marine Chapters; the renowned Black Templars Chapter, for example, operates solely from its substantial warfleet as part of a perpetual Imperial Crusade. However, the Flesh Rippers do not appear to follow the Crusade Chapter pattern of operations, relying instead on a much rarer operational strategy known as the "Nomad-Predation" pattern. The Nomad-Predation pattern evolved in use by Space Marine Chapters and certain Rogue Trader fleets operating beyond the Imperium's boundaries for extended periods of time. It refers to an entirely self-contained force that can sustain itself without any Imperial support whatsoever. A Nomad-Predation fleet may contain as many support vessels as true warships, or it may contain voidships capable of both combat and maintenance repairs. This second possibility may be more likely in the case of the Flesh Rippers; given the bellicose Chapter's propensity for combat, it seems unlikely they would tolerate vessels in their fleet's ranks that could not hold their own on the battle line.
A Nomad-Predation fleet voyages endlessly, pausing only to identify and engage its foes. Unlike other Nomad Chapters who must select their foes carefully in order to preserve the Chapters fighting capability the Flesh Rippers will attack any and all foes they encounter and do not seem to care about the possibility that the Chapter may be wrecked, only that the enemy knows that it will never be able to escape the Emperors wrath. Once it selects its victims, it will descend upon them quickly and savagely, engaging and systematically destroying all threats that are encountered in a whirlwind of gore The fleet obtains resources from the vanquished foe before vanishing back into the void, to visit its wrath upon another.
Though one cannot be certain that this is the means by which the Flesh Rippers operate, the tactics do seem to perfectly fit their observed behavior. If this is the case, the Flesh Rippers most likely replenish their ranks in the same manner as other Chapters that follow the Nomad-Predation pattern. Namely, they cull potential Initiates from amongst the young of the survivors of their assaults, provided those survivors are human and free of the corrupting influence of the Warp. This culling for potential Aspirants is known amongst the Flesh Rippers as a Blood Tithe. These Initiates must be subjected to intensive hypno-conditioning and other harsh procedures designed to strip away any past loyalty, replacing it with the will and attitudes of the Flesh Rippers.
As previously mentioned, what few Imperial records exist about the Flesh Rippers suggest they are entirely fleet-based, which in turn would suggest they have fundamental differences from most, more conventional, Space Marine Chapters. Their long isolation seem's have also had an effect on the Chapter's wargear. The few starships observed to be serving the Flesh Rippers are wildly different in the era of their construction, indicating the Chapter likely makes use of whatever vessels it can find, and performs extensive modifications and repairs in order to keep them sailing as long as possible. Vehicles with the exception of transports are used sparingly and while transports and battle tanks are allocated to individual companies while maintaining a reserve at the Chapter level, air assets are spread across the fleet to support the Companies assigned to individual Ships.
The Flesh Rippers are a dedicated assault force and are almost exclusively comprised of Assault Squads that deploy with Jump Packs or in transports. Tactical Squads operate much in the same way, often deploying by armoured transports or gunships, and even when they don't they will charge across the battlefield in order to engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. The Flesh Rippers also contains no Devastator Squads, as the few heavy weapons the Flesh Rippers possess are distributed amongst the various squads, and those few are invariably anti-infantry such as Heavy Bolters and Flamers. But even amongst their tactical units, heavy weapons are often left behind, as many sergeants are reluctant to hold their units at range long enough for the weapons to be used effectively, besides which the sergeants are often the first into the fray anyway. Individual Companies are assigned their own vessels with the 1st, 3rd and 4th Companies garrison the Chapter Flagship the Cruor Domina, the 12th, 11th and 5th the Gorehead, 5 of the remaining 6 Battle Companies garrison their own Strike Cruiser while the 10th Company have been given the singular honour of garrison the Chapters Forge Ship, the means with which the Chapter can wage war.
Their Elite Veteran Assault Squads of the 1st company are known as Ravager Squads. Ravager Squads are Berserker assault units composed of the most savage and bloodthirsty killers in a Chapter comprised of savage and bloodthirsty killers that are deemed just too unstable and insane to serve in a regular Company. Within these units their are even Marines that are too far gone to be anything but restrained between battles and are informally known as the Crimson Butchers, these Elite units are akin to the Death Company of the Blood Angels, It should be noted that all members of the first Company are just one step away from joining these psychopathic Marines which provides an Endless Supply of new members for the Butchers.
Their Veteran Sternguard squads are also Assault Squads but equipped with Boltguns rather than Bolt Pistols and close-combat weapons. The Battle-Brothers of the Battle Company's are no less Bloodthirsty but are simply those that manage to focus their desire for berserk slaughter through martial discipline, mastering a variety of macabre and savage weapons.
The Flesh Rippers order of battle contains several officer positions not present in other Space Marine Chapters:
- Blood Reaver (Chapter Master)
- Blood Captain (Captain)
- Reaper Prime - A Reaper Prime is an additional title given to a Company Master. Beyond the Captaincy of their own company, it is their job to ensure the Chapter is constantly supplied with fresh Aspirants, normally achieved during the "Blood Tithes," when they return to the Imperium and descend on an Imperial world to harvest the population for Chapter Serfs and potential Aspirants.
- Harvester Prime - A Harvester Prime is an additional title that is also given to a Company Master. It is their duty to seek out archeotech and lost technology on the isolated worlds that lie in the outer dark. This acquisition of technology is achieved during a so-called "Tech Tithe,".
- Blood Chaplain (Chaplain)
- Centurion (Lieutenant)
- Blood Sergeant (Sergeant)
- Brother of the Blood (Battle-Brother)
- The Devourers (Honour Guard) - The Devourers are the Blood Reavers bodyguard (whether he needs one is another matter), only 5 of the most vicious and bloody-handed members of the Chapter are chosen for this honour, clad in Ancient Cataphractii Terminator-Plate and wielding an assortment of macabre weapons they are utterly relentless in their singular goal, the defence of their lord. Access to its ranks is only attained by defeating a Devourer in single combat to the death or, should one of its number fall in battle against an enemy, a successor is selected by a contest open to all Astartes of the Flesh Rippers, only one of which will survive.
- Ravager Squad (Veteran Assault Marines) - Ravager Squads are Berserker assault units composed of the most savage and bloodthirsty killers in a Chapter comprised of savage and bloodthirsty killers that are deemed just too unstable and insane to serve in a regular Company.
- Crimson Butchers or 'The Caedere' - Frothing Psychopathic Berzerkers that have fallen so far to the Blood Rage that they must be chained up when not in battle, clad in Ancient Battle-Plate and wielding a variety of macabre and savage weapons, they are unleashed on whatever enemy the Blood Reaver decrees. Herded into battle by Blood Chaplain Gideon, screaming with incoherent rage they fight with uncontrollable savagery and bloodlust and only death will end their charge. They are sometimes refered to as the 'Caedere', a name that simply means Butchers in a ancient language.
Order of Battle (ca.111.M42)
The following is the disposition of the Flesh Rippers Chapter organization during the Slaughter of Hel, ca. 111.M42:
Chapter Master of the Flesh Rippers
Brother Dreagher - Judicier of the Flesh Rippers
Master of the Forge
Master of the Librarius & High Librarian of the Flesh Rippers
High Chaplain of the Flesh Rippers
High Priest of the Flesh Rippers
Master of the Fleet
|Veteran Companies||Battle Companies|
|1st Assault Company,
|2nd Assault Company,
|3rd Assault Company,
"Knights of the Void"
|4th Assault Company,|
|5th Assault Company,
|6th Assault Company,
|7st Assault Company,
|8nd Assault Company,|
|9rd Assault Company,
|10th Assault Company,
|11th Assault Company,
|12th Assault Company,|
"The Bloody Twelfth"
|"The Bloody Handed"|
Crimson Butchers Squads include all those Space Marines that have succumbed to the madness of the Blood Rage, including Dreadnoughts (Exact number unknown to outsiders.)
It is the duty of a Flesh Rippers Reaper Prime, beyond the duties of the Captaincy of their company, to ensure that the Chapter is constantly supplied with fresh Aspirants. This was normally achieved during the so-called Blood Tithes" when they return to the Imperium and descend on an Imperial world to harvest the population. There has been some circumstantial evidence that there may be psychological screening which is used to single out the most inherently aggressive and competitive recruits in an experimental pre-selection program. The vast majority of those taken would go on to become slaves and serf labourers in the Chapter's great fleet, providing the means by which the Flesh Rippers could continue to function in exile. Those of the right age and temperament, however, would undertake the trials. Few survive the brutal training and gladiatorial fights in the blood pits but those that do are gifted with the Ancient Armour of a fallen Battle-Brother and welcomed into the ranks of a Battle Company as a full Battle-Brother. For the Flesh Rippers, no Astartes is a Neophyte, instead each new man has been accepted into their ranks as a full Initiate and for them a lifetime of service to Emperor awaits. Some Initiates will even fall to the Blood Rage before joining a Battle Company, for these unfortunates the only option is to be inducted into the Crimson Butchers where their Berzerker Fury will be unleashed on whatever enemy the Blood Reaver decrees.
It is the duty of a Flesh Rippers Harvester Prime, beyond the duties of the Captaincy of their company, to ensure that the Chapter is constantly supplied with arms and equipment. They are also responsible for seeking out ancient archeotech on long-lost worlds that lie within the vast void. This acquisition of technology is known as a "Tech Tithe." Unlike some other Chapters it is not known if they share the technology they discover with rest of the Imperium. One of the pieces of technology believed to have been discovered are the implants that are given to all Battle-Brothers that have proven themselves in battle.
Like other Chapters, the Flesh Rippers possess an extensive support personnel comprised of thousands of Chapter Serfs as well as mindless servitors who are failed Aspirants given a second chance to serve the Chapter by commanding and crewing one of the Chapter's vessels in the Chapter Fleet. ' As stated before, most servitors are failed Aspirants, and the chapter serfs are made up of mortal men and women, some are rescued humans who have sworn themselves to the Chapter whilst others are serfs who were born into their status as the child of Chapter Serfs. These serfs are fanatically loyal to their transhuman masters, and indoctrinated into many of the lesser orders of the Chapter's Cult. Although human, they still benefit from remarkable training and access to superior weaponry, and this makes them a formidable foe in defence of their chapter's Barque and in ship-to-ship boarding actions, even without the support of their genetically modified lords.Such is the reduced number of Battle Brothers these support personnel make up the majority of the Chapters ship crews as well overseeing other menial tasks that are beneath the notice of their Superhuman masters. Each individual Battle Brother is assigned 3 serfs who act to assist their master in his daily tasks although it is very rare for the number of serfs to actually reach the numbers required, much prestige is attached to those chapter serfs who are assigned to high ranking Battle Brothers and the de facto leader of the Chapter serfs is assigned to serve the Blood Reaver himself and is known as the Ordinator of the House, the currant ordinator is Lotora Spika who also commands the Chapters mighty flagship 'The Cruor Domina' but this role is often a thankless task as she has to tread lightly not enrage the Blood Reaver and is constantly caught between between avoiding his uncontrollable fury and the performance of her duties whilst always making sure she measures her words when conversing with the rage-fuelled Blood Reaver. Naturally those unfortunate's who inducted into the Crimson Butchers no longer have these serfs assigned as it would be simply too dangerous for them to get within arms reach of these bloodcrazed marines but even those assigned to other battle brothers has to make sure they are constantly alert lest they become just another victim of the Flesh Rippers uncontrollable fury.
Using pict-log and video-captures from the Cerberus and Hades campaigns, Imperial scholars were able to determine much about the Flesh Rippers appearance and weaponry. Armour is of ancient design, in fact, no marks of armour more recent than the MK VI have been observed. It also seems to be highly personalised, as no two Battle-Brothers' armour looks alike. Small tokens shaped as blood drops adorn the plates while many Blood Brothers incorporate spikes into their shoulder pads, gauntlets and vambraces so that their armour itself can be turned into a weapon. Some Battle-Brothers wear a fully black-coloured helm rather than the black and red of other Battle-Brothers. This is often combined with red striations on the helm or a bloody hand print on the face, although the reasons for these honour markings is unknown. Red "tears" (more likely blood drops) painted beneath the eye lenses on a helm are thought to denote an Astartes' ritual scarification and kill tally marks are often carved into a vambrace or a warrior's individual weapon. A "blood-drop" decoration on a vambrace accorded an individual warrior status as having killed a fellow Flesh Rippers of higher rank in a sanctioned arena duel. Of the armour observed, the MK V Hersey Pattern is by far the most used. Vehicles often have the same decoration but some, Dreadnoughts especially, have script in an unknown language carved into the ceramite. Weaponry is also of an ancient design with the Umbra Pattern bolter the norm, but Tigrus and Phobos Patterns have also been observed. The Flesh Rippers have also seen to extensively using Chainaxes.
Flesh Rippers Librarians
Unlike many of their fellow Chapters, the Flesh Rippers had never been observed making use of Librarians within their ranks, all this changed with the arrival of the Primaris Astartes and now the Flesh Rippers now count these immensely powerful pyskers amongst their ranks, however only two Primaris Librarians have been recruited, the High Librarian and the 12th Company Librarian with the remainder Astartes if the old type. Despite their acceptance the Flesh Rippers are careful to ensure that the Gene-Seed taken from these Brothers of the Blood are only implanted in pysker recruits thus saving the rest of the Chapter from any unwanted mutations. They also make use of 2 unique powers in addition to those used by others.
- From the Void - The Flesh Rippers Librarian clouds the minds of his adversaries with a choking mental darkness, amplifying their fear and surprise so that it paralyses them. Their minds writhe with images of spectres and ancient predators, leaving them vulnerable to assault.
- Death Maw - The Librarian calls forth the avatar of a great predator whose maw descends from the very sky. Jaws and teeth snap shut, consuming all within in a shower of gore.
Despite their long isolation from the Imperium, the Chapter and its Battle-Brothers seem deeply loyal. All of the Flesh Rippers encountered have shown a seemingly overwhelming desire to serve the Emperor and have dedicated themselves to destroying his enemies wherever they can be found. The Flesh Rippers take a flippant view in regards to collateral damage and the use of excessive force. If innocent civilians or other Imperial forces happen to die due to their brutal tactics, then so much the better and they are not above laying waste to an entire system and it's defenders in order to achieve their objectives, even in the face of insurmountable odds.
As the Blood Rage continues to consume its membership, the leaders of the Flesh Rippers have come to the inescapable conclusion that their beloved Chapter may be doomed to eventual disintegration. They continue to seek a cure for this curse, but some consider their eventual depletion inescapable. Some among the leadership have begun to embrace the notion that if they cannot continue then their best approach is to make certain that they leave a bold legacy in keeping with the Chapter's proud traditions.
Most vital to these traditions is the way that they embrace savagery in combat. This is likely a combination of their susceptibility towards the Blood Rage as well as their supposed primogenitors the Blood Angels' tradition of excellence in assault actions. Despite the many millennia they have spent on the void the Flesh Rippers proudly exhibited this preference. For the their survival in the face of the voids endless terrors requires an ability to overcome even the most extreme odds through constant warfare. The Flesh Rippers have a long tradition of attempting to honour the memory of ages past by fulfilling their Primarch's and the Emperor's wish for a galaxy under complete Imperial Compliance. In many instances, the only way the Chapter had a reasonable chance to achieve victory is by taking the most extreme of actions against its opponents. There are no known instances where Flesh Rippers commanders ever hesitated to unleash weapons of cataclysmic proportions.
With each battle won, Battle-Brothers of the Flesh Rippers Chapter feel confident that their Primarch's legend has been preserved. This serves as the most effective method of preserving his glory as well as that of the Legion he once led. In many cases, the worlds targeted by the Chapter have strayed in some significant way from the Imperium. It is these conflicts that offer the greatest temptation for Flesh Rippers to fully engage their thirst for savagery. Those who show any taint of heresy, or who even choose to ally themselves, however briefly, with Heretics, are targeted for purging. In some instances, purges have continued well beyond a reasonable level, as Battle-Brothers of the Chapter continued their acts of savage brutality long after any justifiable conflict had been completed.
For many Flesh Rippers Space Marines, such frenzied battles represent a very real warning of the doom that encroaches upon their minds. With each period of savagery, their chance to return to a more normal state of consciousness can become increasingly difficult. This represents a very real sign to these Battle-Brothers that their final emotional and mental collapse approaches them.
- Head Taking - One of the most inhuman traditions of the Flesh Rippers is the practice of removing the head of fallen foes although for what reason imperial scholars are at a loss. Many believe that it is simply a rather macabre way of determing enemy casualties
- Gladiatorial Combat - Since their return, a few imperial forces have had the dubious honour of being allowed to witness another of the Flesh Rippers' traditions, that of Gladiatorial Combat which takes place in specially designed pits in the depths of the Cruor Domina, known as the Blood Pits. When the Flesh Rippers Battle-Brothers have a disagreement many choose to settle their problems in these pits. Two combatants will enter naked, save for a loincloth, and be chained together where they fight until first blood is drawn, or in some cases, results in death.
- Binding Weapons - The Flesh Rippers have also been known to bind their weapons to themselves by using large dense black chains, removing them only once victory is achieve, much in the same way as the Astartes of the Black Templars.
- Cannibalism - Once every century the entire Chapter will gather to offer thanks to the Allfather (Their name for the Emperor), during the gathering they will descend to blood drenched depths becoming a horde of fevered maniacs, having worked themselves into a state of animalistic barbarity over the course of their celebrations. The Blood Reaver's armour will be splattered in gore, and blood will run from his mouth as he presides over the ceremony. Slaves and war captives from every race and ilk are brought back to the Fleet and at the climax of the celebration they will be ritually sacrificed to the Allfather. Each Battle-Brother retreats to their cells where they begin their oblations by eating their captives alive -- the massive halls of their ships echoing with the din of their unheeded screams for mercy. Evidence also shows that the Flesh Rippers practice cannibalism during combat
- Flaying - The Astartes of the Flesh Rippers have been known to Flay their enemies, both during their Chapter wide celebrations and during the heat of battle, for what purpose it can only be guessed at.
Nobody knows what Primarch's gene-seed led to the creation of the Flesh Rippers and the Flesh Rippers themselves have never revealed anything about themselves. A Deathwatch Apothecary reportedly examined a corpse said to have been from the Flesh Rippers and interestingly, the gene-seed bore several markers reminiscent of both the Raven Guard and Blood Angels bloodline. These markers are uncommon, and a link to either Raven Guard or the Blood Angels would explain several other details about the Flesh Rippers as well. However, apart from those few similarities to Raven Guard and Blood Angels gene-seed the Flesh Rippers gene-seed is so different in other aspects that it is unlikely that they are descended from either Chapter. Due to their brutal nature and close-combat prowess there have been some Imperial scholars that have claimed that they are somehow connected to the World Eaters, but that is clearly impossible and most think it is just a rumor, albeit a rumor that has increasing evidence supporting it.
Further light was shed on their origin in the aftermath of the Cerberus Crusade when the Knights of Guilliman were brought to trial by a conclave of Chapter Masters whose Chapters had not fought in the conflict, presided over by the master of the Ultramarines, Marneus Calgar. During the trial only a single Ship from the Flesh Rippers attended, the Strike Cruiser Gladiator in orbit over Lycan. After the trial was over, Lord Calgar attempted to communicate with the ship over a secure vox channel, but was met with only silence until Calgar accused the Flesh Rippers of being no better than the Traitor Legions, to which the unseen Astartes replied with the following, "Who are you to judge us? Those of our blood stood alongside the Emperor on Terra, while yours hid until it was over." This statement seems to rule out the Raven Guard as they did not fight on Terra but gives further credence to the Blood Angels. The Imperial Fists and White Scars are not thought to be the origin of the Chapter as the Flesh Rippers have use of the Betcher's Gland and Sus-an Membrane and the Imperial Fists do not. The Deathwatch Apothecary who examined the Flesh Rippers' gene-seed was from the White Scars Chapter and he noted no similarities between his own gene-seed and the ones he examined. No other Loyalist Legions fought on Terra, and so, if the statement is true then the Flesh Rippers must be descended from Sanguinius unless the rumours of a Traitor Legion origin are found to have merit.
All have greyish, pale skin with an almost deathlike pallor and jet black eyes. Rather unusually, when seen un-helmeted most battle-brothers seem to have some sort of bionic implanted into their skulls. No imperial scholars have found any evidence of its origin and it seems to be unique to the Flesh Rippers,many have noted a resemblance to the Butchers Nails once used by the ancient World Eaters Legion. One of these devices taken from a body recovered in the aftermath of the attack on Jorvick gave the Mechanicum a chance to examine the device and from it they were able discover exactly what it does, far from increasing aggression, strength and speed as the Butchers Nails did the implant simply takes from the brain, interferering with the normal reabsorption of the chemical 'Serotonin' removing the Astartes ability to feel happiness and pleasure, only in battle is an Astartes able to become what he truly is once more. The Mechanicum however believe the implants have no discernible effect as Flesh Ripper Astartes show the same level of aggression and bloodthirsty psychosis whether they have the implant or not and surmise that it in fact serves a different purpose, the implant is a right of passage, the mere act of receiving the implant ties them together, perhaps more than even other Chapters and those willing to undergo the procedure shows that they are true Flesh Rippers
Whichever Primarch the Flesh Rippers are descended from, the gene-seed of the Chapter has clearly affected these Astartes at a mental level. Simply put, the Space Marines of the Flesh Rippers have a physical need to shed blood and kill - a driving imperative that sends them into a berserk fury of unrestrained bloodthirsty psychosis. Despite the absence of irrefutable evidence there is clearly several major flaws in the Flesh Rippers' gene-seed, which will only increase over the next few years, many think the Chapter is living on borrowed time and that their end is nigh. Whether that end is to be declared Excommunicate Traitoris and be destroyed, or to turn Traitor and fall to Chaos is unknown.
Primarch's Curse: Unending Rage
When the Chapter's genetic curse manifests itself in an affected Battle-Brother, it comes on in three stages:
- Stage 1 - Extreme Frenzy: The Battle-Brother completely loses control when he frenzies and finds it almost impossible to claw his way back to reason as long as there are foes to fight and blades drawn. Even when foes are not near, the madness of Frenzy grips him and he rages endlessly for battle and blood, howling out his anger and striking the ground with his blade. The Battle-Brother must take care, lest he lose control at any moment. Any time the Battle-Brother takes damage, is confronted with a clear threat, or is put in position of great stress, he must summon all his willpower in order to contain his fury for the duration of an encounter with an enemy.
- Stage 2 - Blood Madness: The Flesh Rippers thirst for the blood of their foes when in the grips of the Blood Rage and long to see it spilled across the ground in great arcs and gouts. They also crave the feeling of hot blood on their skin and splattering across their armour, staining the dark red battle-plate a darker shade still. The Battle-Brother must engage foes in close combat if possible, either making melee attacks against them or shooting point black with pistols so that their blood spills at his feet. When he downs a foe, he must resist the urge to hack or blast the foe's corpse apart. If the Battle-Brother is attacked by a new foe while he is in this state while hacking at another foe, he will turn his attention to his new attacker instead.
- Stage 3 - Animal Within: Near the end, a Flesh Ripper is little more than an animal filled with fury and madness striking out at all those around him. While he may still have lucid moments where he remembers the warrior he once was, these are fleeting and quickly gone to be replaced with only the thought of killing and the thirst for blood, and he will attack the nearest target (friend or foe) if there is more than one to choose from. At this point, the Battle-Brother is completely within the grip of the Blood Rage and must be transferred to the Crimson Butchers.
Chapter Combat Doctrine
Since their Reemergence the Flesh Rippers have become infamous across the Imperium as little more than frothing, psychotic berserkers and are now feared for there berserk fury and uncompromising savagery. "Merciless" is perhaps the best description for the Flesh Rippers in combat, but even that does not describe the depths of blood-soaked slaughter to which they descend.Those few who have witnessed their bloodthirstiness report that the Chapter displays savagery and cruelty on an unparalleled scale. A Flesh Rippers force in combat seeks nothing more than to come to grips with an enemy in close combat so they can rend them apart in a hail of blood with chain-axes and Power Fists and, if need be, their bare hands and teeth.
Imperial commanders are especially loathe to accept their assistance, due to the Flesh Rippers reputation for carnage and the inherent dangers of fighting alongside these crazed Astartes. There have been many documented occasions when allied forces have found themselves the victims of the Flesh Rippers unrestrained savagery in combat. As with all aspects of the Flesh Rippers Chapter, the Blood Rage strongly influences its strategic approach towards military engagements. As Flesh Rippers prepare for combat and see the enemy, they often choose to directly engage their foes in melee combat. This proclivity extends throughout the Chapter from the leadership elements to the newest recruits. As such, when preparing for an engagement, the Flesh Rippers' commanders generally plan their tactics in a way that takes advantage of this tendency, instead of attempting to fight against it.
Consequently, the Chapter often fields an inordinate number of its Battle-Brothers equipped as Assault Marines The white coloured squad specialty symbol on the right shoulder guard designate operational specialty - Battleline or Close Support although in keeping with their complete divergence from the Codex these symbols do do not indicate speciality but rather whether they are equipped with Jump-Packs or not and as such even assault Marines not equipped with Jump-Packs will have the Battleline symbol on their pauldron. A squad number is not displayed. In contrast, they do not field squads of Devastator Marines and even among their tactical units, heavy weapons are often left behind, as many Flesh Rippers Sergeants are reluctant to hold their units at range long enough for the weapons to be used effectively. In many ways, this restricts the Chapter's tactical flexibility. However, considering the overall efficiency of their Assault Marines, it is difficult to rationalise such a criticism considering the results of a Flesh Rippers unit in close combat. Though the Flesh Rippers seem both competent and familiar with armoured vehicles, the core of their tactics rely on large detachments of mobile Space Marine heavy infantry. In this way, the Flesh Rippers make use of the bloody prowess of their combat brethren to carry the day in battle.
The Flesh Rippers often endeavour to be the initiator of combat actions and prefer not to fight on the defensive. Tactical operations often begin with a Battle Company using its reconnaissance units such as Land Speeder and Bike Squads to probe enemy positions and identify weak points and any target with strategic value. Once identified, the main Flesh Ripper forces hit these points with overwhelming force. They may use Drop Pods, Thunderhawks, or massed Drop Assaults to make these attacks, and the assaulting forces are often a mix of Tactical and Assault Marines. Uncontrolled, unbound, unrestrained, the Flesh Rippers crash against the enemy in rabid packs, butchering their way forward and showing why Imperial forces have feared to fight alongside them for solar decades.
Once the assaults succeeds, the Flesh Rippers press the attack to the hilt. Once they commit fully, they dig deep into the enemy's vitals, endeavouring to do as much damage as possible as quickly as possible. At this point, the full fury of the Flesh Rippers is all too apparent, and little survives this stage of the assault as stongpoint after strongpoint is overrun in a storm of roaring axes. The Flesh Rippers prefer fighting at close range, either attacking with point-blank weapons fire, or in melee when they have broken through the enemy line.
The vast majority of the Flesh Rippers' vehicles are transports, specifically Rhinos and Razorbacks. Just as the Chapter seldom fields a significant number of squads equipped with heavy weapons, it also limits the number of armoured vehicles that it deploys. The Flesh Rippers prefer to charge forward into direct melee whenever possible as heavy infantry, eschewing the limitations imposed by a battle tank. The primary exception to their movement away from vehicles regards the numbers of Dreadnoughts that the Chapter maintains.
Many of the Flesh Rippers' most respected heroes fall prey to the Blood Rage before they can suffer a noble death in combat. Whenever possible, these respected warriors are assigned to a life-support sarcophagus where their abilities and knowledge can be preserved and used in future engagements. Many of these Old Ones enter combat with their fellows in the Crimson Butchers, charging directly forward to eliminate any foes that stand before them. Tragically, this results in an unacceptably high incidence of death among the pilots of these machines, but this does have the benefit of freeing new sarcophagi for the use of other Battle-Brothers that fall prey to the Blood Rage
The Flesh Rippers also have an unique battle cry that they let loose as they attack their foes. While the cry is created by the Space Marines vocal cords, it is enhanced and amplified by their Power Armours Vox-systems. First hand reports confirm that opponents are often stunned into immediate submission when they hear the terrible sound as defenders come face to face with the savagery of these Battle-Brothers.
When undergoing boarding operations during ship-to-ship void battles, the Flesh Rippers are known to employ an ancient and crude, but unique weapon known as "Ursus Claws" - large barbed lances that are the size of smaller Escort ships in their own right. Fashioned like massive harpoons, these massive lances puncture through an enemy vessel's hull, and once impaled, the immense spears become active, locking to their prey's ravaged insides with magnetic strength. With malicious slowness, the Flesh Rippers vessels can then recall their spears, as the lances ratchet back towards the vessel that fired them, dragging them home on massive chains. Once the doomed vessel is within reach of the Flesh Rippers, they then disgorge their Astartes into the bowels of the impaled enemy ship, and the blooding begins in earnest. This technique was first pioneered during the Great Crusade by the barbarous and bloody-handed World Eaters Legion. The fact that the Flesh Rippers use the same tactics as the traitor World Eaters has caused the Inquisition to regard them as even more corrupt
Command within the Chapter is gained through a mixture of martial prowess on the battlefield and displays of leadership on the front line. No rank or role within the Chapter is exempt from the expectation that they will fight as hard as the rest be the Space Marine in question an Apothecary or Librarian rather than a frontline Space Marine. Compared to many of the other Astartes Chapters, order and discipline does not come as naturally to the Flesh Rippers as it it does to other Chapters. Tempers often seeth, slights perceived or real are met with insane anger and violence often results should a Flesh Rippers sense of honour be questioned. Any officer of the Chapter knows they are expected to back up their authority by force if needed, and the punishment of infractors by an officer's own hand is the Chapters way. To disobey an officer's order in battle is a death sentence to be carried out without delay. Trial by combat is the Chapters preferred route for settling disagreements within its ranks, and bloodletting by warriors in open discord is an honourable thing in the Chapter's eyes.
Though it has happened only rarely, lone Space Marines in dark grey livery and speaking ancient variants of High Gothic have, on occasions, arrived at the fortresses of the Deathwatch in the Jericho Reach (and perhaps elsewhere) in order to "fulfill the obligations of their sworn oath." When pressed, some of these Space Marines have said they hailed from a Chapter known as the Flesh Rippers. However, beyond these rare encounters recorded in the dusty data-vaults of Watch Fortress Erioch, the only information forthcoming on the Flesh Rippers are the stories of their fell deeds throughout the Imperium.
As with many Astartes Chapters the number of Battle-Brothers fluctuate significantly. The Flesh Rippers' numbers are believed by Imperial observers to be at less than Full Strength. The available evidence indicates that the Chapter may have as few as 100 Battle-Brothers. The companies are so reduced, that they may have as few as one or two squads, per Company. However, since the return of Roboute Guilliman and the introduction of the Primaris Astartes, the Flesh Rippers have returned to 1,000 Battle-Brothers.
Their flagship, the Cruor Domina, has been extensively modified to be able to transport the entirety of the first five battle companies, and has had more extensive weapons retro-fitted and upgraded defence systems which makes it one of the most powerful warships in the Imperium. Their second Battle-Barge was formerly known as the Guilliman's Light, which was taken a prize from the Knights of Guilliman Chapter, it's name now, is the Gorehead. The remaining battle companies each have a dedicated Strike Cruisers and the Chapter Fleet is complimented by nine Gladius Frigates and two Nova Frigates.
Due to the Chapter's small number's and the individual Battle-Brothers reluctance to crew a warship, their vessels have no Space Marine crew, rather they have trained serfs who commands a crew of servitors and fellow serfs. The ships resident company captain will sometimes take command, usually to command the vessel draw close enough to board the enemy ship where they will lead boarding attacks. Most notably, this occurred during the Hades Crusade where the Cruor Domina drew alongside the Swords of Jaghatai's Battle Barge 'Tchin-Zar', and Captain Delvarus of the 5th company led the fight for the mighty vessel, a pair of chainsword gripped in his hands. Their ship's also do not have dedicated Techmarines on board, instead relying on trained Chapter Serfs.
Notable Flesh Rippers
- Blood Reaver Amit - Listed in ancient records as the Chapter's Blood Reaver, it is unknown when he obtained the position and when and where he was slain.
- Blood Reaver Erhlen - Chapter Master at the time of the Cerberus Crusade, although Erhlen was a formidable and highly skilled fighter, he was killed by Dreagher Lhorke after being challenged to the right to command, unable to withstand Lhorkes power and aggression, he was overwhelmed in seconds and brutally killed.
- Blood Reaver Dreagher Lhorke - Known as the Slaughter Lord, Dreagher Lhorke is the current Blood Reaver (Chapter Master) of the Flesh Rippers. A truly gigantic Space Marine, it is said that he even approaches some of the great Primarchs in size. He wears a pelt taken from a giant predator that he hunted in his youth, hanging with the skulls of slain World Eaters. He has been Chapter Master for less than a year, obtaining his current position sometime in the early 111.M42 just before the Hel Campaign by challenging the former Blood Reaver Erhlen to single-combat, for the Right to Command barely hours after he joined the Chapter. This was unheard of, as no one had ever challenged the Blood Reaver. But the Flesh Rippers' Chapter Master could not refuse the challenge once the gauntlet had been thrown down, and so, he entered the Blood Pits. The bout lasted all of 5 seconds, before Dreagher Lhorke butchered his opponent with assault after brutal assault. The Blood Reaver just couldn't cope with Dreagher Lhorke's unrelenting fury. With their former Chapter Master laying in a bloody heap in the sand, Dreagher Lhorke left the pit to the howls of his Battle-Brothers. Dreagher was then gifted with the Armour of Blood, which was found to fit him perfectly, as if it had been made for him, and wielding the twin relic Chainaxes, Bloodhunger and Bloodfeeder he led his brothers to war. Dreagher is believed to have been born on Terra itself. Like most of his Battle-Brothers, he is a frothing psychopathic berzerker who feels nothing outside of slaughter -- no smiles, no tears, nothing. Outside of battle Dreagher possesses a dead-eyed glare, murmuring to himself in a low monotone between battles, until he is once again turned loose upon an enemy and his eyes light up with the thrill of battle as he rampages across the battlefield in his overwhelming urge to destroy his foes. No living person has met him but a Rogue Trader detained by the Inquisition claimed to have witnessed a meeting between Lord Michaelus of the Charnel Brethren, Rhagrimm Korvix of the Corvus Legion, Dreagher Lhorke of the Flesh Rippers and Severon of the Skull Reapers along with an Inquisitor in silver power armour, the entirety of their Chapters were present on the Moon of Typhex V. The Rogue Trader was able to briefly describe each of the Chapter Master, as for Dreagher he described him as a mutilated, bloody, reeking, wrathful figure that stalked amongst his brothers - a giant in massive armour with a pale and tattooed face, long dreadlocked-like connectors attached to implants in the back of his skull which connects him to his armour with a pair of massive chainaxes strapped to his back. The Rogue Trader never finished his description, the Inqusition deemed him a Heretic and executed him but his words have been forwarded to the Lord Regent himself, what the Primarch Guilliman will make of his words an only be guessed at.
- High Chaplain Ulric - The High Chaplain of the Flesh Rippers, Ulric is believed to have been High Chaplain for over 200 Years. He acts as the spiritual head of the Chapter. He wears a suit of master-crafted artificer power armour that looks like exposed muscles, and wears a jump pack with wings.
- Chapter Champion Morgrim - Chapter Champion of the Flesh Rippers, Morgrim wields a massive two-handed chainsword in battle. He too, also wears a suit of Artificer Armour.
- Bjorn the Butcher - The Current Leader of the Crimson Butchers is a frothing psychopathic berzerker, who, like his charges, has to be restrained outside of battle. He wears the Badge of the Blood Reaver Dreagher Lhorke, in order to show that he is the Chosen Warrior of the Chapter's current Chapter Master. It is said that aside from the Dreagher Lhorke and Morgrim, he is most formidable warrior in the Chapter.
- High Priest Ramiel - The currant High Priest (Chief Apothecary) of the Flesh Rippers. Ramiel wears a suit of Indomitus armour, modified to enable him to perform his Apothecary duties.
- Blood Chaplain Neres - Neres is a senior Chaplain, second only to the High Chaplain himself. He acts as the head of the Reclusium and is a senior advisor to the Chapter Master, often being the voice of reason to the Blood Reaver's insane fury. He wears a suit of Indomitus Terminator Armour and Carries an Ornate Crozius Arcanum that was a gift from the High Chaplain himself.
- Blood Captain Lhorke - Captain of the 1st company. He wears a suit of Tartaros Terminator Armour equipped with 2 vicious and unique lightning claws.
- Blood Captain Merir - Captain of the 4th assault company, Merir wields a Thunder Hammer and is noted for his savagery in combat. He wears an ancient suit of MK IV Maximus pattern Power Armour with an upgraded jump pack.
- Blood Captain Delvarus - Captain of the 5th Assault Company, Delvarus is psychopathic killer, incapable of doing anything other than charging into battle at the first opportunity, he remains a Captain due only to the carnage he causes.
- Blood Captain Moloch - Captain of the 10th Company. In battle, Moloch wears a modified suit of MK V Heresy pattern Power Armour and carries a Storm Bolter and Power Fist.
- Brother Dreadnought Borek - Borek the Slayer is a Battle-Brother formerly of the 2nd Company, who is now encased in a pre-heresy relic Comtemptor Pattern Dreadnought. He is the oldest Flesh Ripper, having been entombed over four thousand years before the present.
- Blood Captain Hellskret Skraal 'The Berzerker' - Captain of the 12th Assault Company and a hulking Primaris Astartes, one of the first, twin of Vorias, clad in a suit of Mk X armour and wielding a mighty Relic Blade said to date back to before the Heresy, he is a superlative warrior and has earned the respect of the Blood Reaver a dozen times over, but he is still a Flesh Ripper and when in the grip of the Blood Rage he, like all his Brothers becomes little more than a frothing psychopathic berzerker living only for thrill of battle where he will descend to the same Blood-Soaked depths as his Brothers, rampaging across the battlefield in his overwhelming urge to destroy his foes.
- High Librarian Vorias - The first and greatest of the Chapters Psykers and like his brother a hulking Primaris Astartes, Vorias leads the Librarius upon the Cruor Domina, initially looked upon with suspicion and distrust by his Blood-Brothers he has proven himself as true to the Chapter as any Brother of the Blood but like all Flesh Rippers the Blood Rage can overcome him where he will descend to the same Blood-Soaked depths as his Brothers.
- Brother of the Blood Varren - Created from the gene-seed of the former Blood Reaver Erhlen and a hulking Primaris Astartes, clad in mighty MkX Phobos armour, when the blood rage takes over he is nearly unstoppable in battle, his chainsword screaming in his hand.
Notable Non-Astartes Personnel
- Lotara Spika - Shipmistress of the Cruor Domina and the Ordinator of the House, the de-facto leader of the Chapters serfs.
The Chapter Fleet is small but extremely powerful. They possess two Battle-Barges ,the truly ancient Cruor Domina and an unknown vessel that was formerly known as Guilliman's Light. The following are the known vessels of the Flesh Rippers as of 999.M41:
- Cruor Domina (Relic Battleship - Unknown Class) - Flagship of the Flesh Rippers Chapter
- Gorehead (Battle-Barge) - A Battle-Barge that was formerly known as Guilliman's Light.
- Bringer of Ruin (Strike Cruiser)
- Blood Shrike (Strike Cruiser)
- Gladiator (Strike Cruiser)
- Blood's Wake (Strike Cruiser)
- Hand of Wrath (Strike Cruiser)
- Merciless (Strike Cruiser)
- Armour of Blood - The Armour of Blood is the oldest relic in the Flesh Rippers' Armoury and may even date to before the Heresy. This mighty relic is a master-crafted suit of Artificer Armour that has been modified extensively into an exquisite suit that contains ancient technologies that were rare even before the Heresy. Its plates are almost impervious to damage, its like can no longer be made in this stagnated Imperium
- Bloodhunger and Bloodfeeder - A exquisite pair of master crafted archaic Chainaxes, their teeth were torn from the head of a mica dragon and are capable of cutting through any Armour with ease and made all the more deadly by the Blood Reaver Dreaghers consummate skill as a fighter.
- The Furnace - A Master-Crafted Plasma Pistol wielded with inhuman skill by the Blood Reaver
- Word of the Emperor - A Crozius Arcanum used by the Chapters High Chaplain in M.37 and held in stasis aboard the Cruor Domina.
- The Scyth - A Massive two-handed Chainsword that is used by the Flesh Rippers Chapter Champion, it uses the same teeth as the Blood Reavers Chainaxes.
- The Cutter - A brutal and vicious power weapon, it is a functional weapon lacking the refined nature of other power weapons, in appearance it resembles a butchers cleaver, a fitting weapon for the lord of the Crimson Butchers.
The Flesh Rippers wear red and black coloured power armour. The main part of the backpack, the upper portion of the helmet, shoulder pauldrons, arms, knees, greaves and sabatons are red in colour. The top of the backpack, main exhaust ports, faceplate, breastplate, groin and upper leg are black in colour. The white coloured squad specialty symbol on the right shoulder guard designate operational specialty - Battleline or Close Support although in keeping with their complete divergence from the Codex these symbols do do not indicate speciality but rather whether they are equipped with Jump-Packs or not and as such even assault Marines not equipped with Jump-Packs will have the Battleline symbol on their pauldron. A squad number is not displayed. Those battle-brothers that are designated as sergeants, are indicated by a blood drop superimposed over the right pauldron insignia. A white coloured gothic numeral stenciled on the left poleyn (knee guard) designates a battle-brother's assigned company.
The Flesh Rippers Chapter Banner is an ornate and superbly crafted banner replete with the symbols of the Flesh Rippers and of the image of a Flesh Rippers Astartes under the gaze of the Emperor of Mankind himself. Like all Chapters Banners it is a unique icon of the Chapter and on the rare time it is carried into Battle the Flesh Rippers will fight even harder to make sure no harm comes to it.
The Flesh Rippers Chapter Badge is is a stylised, white, monstrous jaw centred on a field of bright red, the same badge as the infamous Flesh Eaters Chapter, the berzerker Butcher squads use a golden Chapter badge in place of white in order to signify their unique position within the Chapter.
Allies and Enemies
- World Eaters - Although as a Loyal Chapter, the Flesh Rippers have a hatred of all things Chaos, they seem to have an almost unheard of hatred of the World Eaters and have even been known to abandon an operation at the merest rumour of their presence. The current Chapter Master even wears chains hanging with the skulls of slain traitor Khorne Berzerkers .
- Knights of Guilliman - The Flesh Rippers were responsible for the near-destruction of their Chapter, and the Knights have now vowed to have a reckoning between them.
- Ultramarines, Salamanders, Space Wolves- These Chapter are known enemies due to their known humane nature, and the fact that the Flesh Rippers have slaughtered Imperial civilians on a number of occasions.
- Inquisition - The Inquisition believe the Flesh Rippers no better than the Traitor Marines of Chaos and have attempted to have them Declared Heretics several times, but have yet to provide irrefutable evidence and int his Dark Imperium it likely they never will.
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By the Flesh Rippers
- "Who are you to judge us? Those of our Blood stood alongside the Emperor on Terra while yours' hid until it was over!"
- "We Know what we are and what you think of us..you think us monsters. Creatures not fit for the Emperor's galaxy, and you may be right. Yes we are monsters, but we are the Emperor's monsters. Never forget that."
- — Unknown Flesh Ripper Astartes
About the Flesh Rippers
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- "Reports of Flesh Rippers squads sighted on one of the nearby worlds sir."
"Avoid contact, I don't want any unneeded collateral damage."
"Sir, the locals have lost several settlements."
"New order. Shoot on sight.""
- — Chapter Master of the Blood Wights, Agathus Colchian
- "I wonder Moloch, whom would you say is the finer swordsman, Mogrim or Kerventes? I propose a duel! And to the winner goes the honour of first sip from the chalice! And the eternal enmity of his foe!"
- — Eulitus Ephrain and the Wings of Salvaxes in post-battle celebration with the Flesh Rippers
- "The Flesh Rippers are no enemy we want to face, but are a truly relatable chapter no matter how much you wish it untrue. A templar is bound by oath, not by morals."
- —A Brigadier of the Crimson Templars
- "Raving psychopaths more akin to wild animals than Astartes. Keep your eyes open and your senses sharp, Emperor only knows when they will turn on those they once called allies."
- — Lophess Ovair, Obsidian Blades First Captain
- "Of brethren lost and brethren found, vipers dead beneath the ground. Our brothers clad in blooded feathers, tied and bound by bladed tethers. Forsaken from the honoured sons, descended from the savage ones. Pure of mind and pure of soul, to absolve their sins their eternal goal."
- — Unknown Astartes of the Mortarchs Serpentia
All artwork except for a couple of pics from space marine painter were created by Algrim Whitefang.