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Based my character looks and fluff wise on the force commander from dawn of war 2. He plays as calgare cuz I like his rules. besides that doesn anyone have a decent amount of fluff for the chapter? I read the omnibus and looked on lexicanum but besides that its hard
A moment of weakness spawns a life tme of heresy...
I won't promise that this will be formatted correctly, or that this isn't some kind of copyright breach, as it could possibly be. Either way, here's what I have from the remnants of the Red Elf website, which was one of the best places for good fluff.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
The Blood Ravens Space Marine Chapter
Their origins shrouded in mystery, the Blood Ravens Chapter are ever drawn to the pursuit of
knowledge and the acquisition of ancient lore. Guided by their powerful Librarians, the Chapter
fights with a precision and calculated fury, able to predict an enemy's plans and thwart them before
they come to fruition.
Though the Blood Ravens have a long and glorious history fighting in the name of the Emperor, their exact
origins and earliest days are shrouded in mystery. Not even the mightiest Chapter Masters or revered
Librarians can say with any certainty where the origin of their Chapter lies. They are a Proud and secretive
Chapter, obsessed with ritual, history, and the acquisition of knowledge - most especially for the truth of
their beginnings. The majority of the records on the Chapter date back no further than early M37, though
references to their service in the litanies of other Chapters and Imperial Organisations prove that the Chapter
existed and fought the enemies of the Emperor for centuries before this. This gap in the Blood Ravens
history has led to endless speculation as to the exact origin of the Chapter, and what could have happened
to expunge such a large and important portion of their history from their lore.
As a result, the Blood Ravens do not know from which Primarch or Chapter they are descended from, and so
revere no one as much as the Immortal Emperor, supreme master of all Space Marines. However, the current
organisation of the Blood Ravens owes much to a Space Marine named Azariah Vidya, known to the
members of the Chapter through an ancient legend known as the Father Librarian, or Great Father.
The Legend of the Great Father tells that Azariah was the Master of the Blood Ravens' Chapter Librarium at a
time when the Chapter was still in its infancy. The legend tells of how the Blood Ravens had suffered terrible
losses in campaigns fought against a series of warp-spawned rebellions said to have taken place in the
Gothic sector - though no corroborating records exist to confirm this. It is told that in the early days of the
campaigns, the foul servants of Chaos were widespread and disorganised, with no hope of standing before
the might of the Blood Ravens. But the machinations of Chaos are manifold and this impression proved to be
horrifyingly false. The cult forces were far more organised than they at first appeared, and the centres of cult
activity attacked by the Blood Ravens turned out to be fiendishly cunning traps. Many Blood Ravens were
lost in these elaborate ambushes, and in a blow that could have proven fatal to the young Chapter, the
Chapter Master and the Master of Sanctity th fell defending the retreat of the remnants of the 1st Company.
With their ranks depleted and their Chapter Master dead, the Blood Ravens turned to Azariah for guidance in
this terrible time.
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Azariah was a fearsomely intelligent
warrior who knew much of history and
bore the burden of terrible knowledge of
the ruinous powers. He was also blessed,
or some might say cursed, with
tremendously powerful psychic strength.
He spent months studying the enemy's
movements, tactics and even their
histories in an attempt to discern how
they might be defeated. While keeping up
the facade that the Blood Ravens were
reeling from the previous attacks, he
utilised his warriors and those of the
Imperial Guard to probe the enemy to see
how they reacted, gauging their response
and reactions. To some it appeared that
he wasted his time, that retreating to
books rather than steel and courage was
no way to fight the enemies of the
Eventually, Azariah completed his
divinations and studies, declaring that he
possessed the knowledge to defeat their
enemies utterly. The Blood Ravens
launched a sweeping counter-offensive
that at first seemed organised in a
confusing and uninformed way, hitting
areas that were virtually devoid of enemy
activity. But each location proved to be a key point where the forces of Chaos were secreting large amounts
of supplies and troops, massing for ambushes or raising dark idols to their blasphemous gods. The attacks
hit the Chaos forces with a supernatural prescience at their weakest points, smashing their resistance aside
with ease. Feted with honours, Azariah insisted that the key lay in researching and dissecting the enemy's
movements, but many came to believe that the powerful psyker was reading the minds of the enemy and
gleaning the necessary information he needed to defeat them. After the crushing blow of the first offensive,
the rest of the campaign was short and extremely bloody, with the forces of the enemy melting before the
Blood Ravens' relentless assault. At the conclusion of the rebellion, Inquisitorial Purgatus teams discovered
dark writings and abominable idols that pointed to the involvement of the traitorous Alpha Legion, a fact
that surprised Azariah not at all.
After the resounding victory in the Gothic sector, the legend tells of how Azariah took the Chapter away to
heal its wounds, mourn its dead and reflect on the battles it had just fought. At the insistence of his battlebrothers
and the Masters of the Chapter, Azariah took on the dual mantle of Chapter Master and Master of
the Librarium, an uncommon occurrence to say the least, and one that was frowned upon by other Space
Marine Chapters who believed in a more rigid adherence to the Codex Astartes. Azariah served as Chapter
Master for several centuries, and his heroic deeds are told in great prayers committed to the hearts and
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minds of every one of the Blood Ravens.
While the Blood Ravens follow the Codex Astartes in spirit, if not letter, their passion for knowledge and
history was instilled into the Chapter through the Great Father's example. As a result, the Blood Ravens are
attempting to create one of the most extensive, well-organised and detailed archives ever seen in a Space
Marine Chapter, hoping one day to rival even the ancient records of many of the Founding Chapters. The
Blood Ravens thirst for knowledge, understanding that, alongside faith, it is the greatest weapon available to
them in the fight against the Emperor's enemies.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Blood Ravens is the large number of Librarians within the
Chapter. The Librarians of the Blood Ravens are exceptionally powerful, but whether this is due to the Great
Father or a result of the reverence the Blood Ravens hold him in is unknown. However, neither explanation
fully explains how the Blood Ravens manage to cultivate such a high number of psykers within their ranks, or
how they raise their power to such high levels.
The Blood Ravens do not have a specific homeworld, but whether this is due to its being expunged from
their history or some darker reason is unknown. Their Chapter fortress is a mighty Battle Barge known as
Omnis Arcanum, and the rest of the Chapter travels aboard a host of Strike Cruisers and Battle Barges that
travel as its escorts The Librarium Sanctorum is aboard the Omnis Arcanum and it is here that the Chapter
maintains its records of heroic deeds, lore of vanquished enemies and captured heretical knowledge.
While there is no fixed base of operations for the
Blood Ravens, there are a number of planets that
they consistently draw their potential recruits from,
ranging from feral worlds of club-wielding savages
to sprawling hive worlds. There appears to be no
rhyme or reason to this process, but there are a
number of worlds in particular that the Blood
Ravens favour over others. Why this should be the
case is unknown, but it is speculated by some that
these worlds have a higher incidence of psykers
than is normal, though such speculation is, thus far
The Blood Ravens believe in studying the enemy
and predicting their movements before launching
any attacks. Not for them the rampaging charge or
the spur of the moment, lightning assault. This has
led to some friction between other, more
headstrong, Chapters who prefer a more
straightforward approach to war. One Chapter in
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particular has branded the Blood Ravens cowards
for their precise, methodical method of battle, but
nothing could be further from the truth, as once the
Blood Ravens take to the field of battle, they fight with a fury and zeal the equal of any other Chapter of the
In battle, the Blood Ravens destroy enemy units with utter ruthlessness and precision, their battle plan never
varying from initial concept to final execution. Such is the depth of planning and thoroughness that every
eventuality is planned for, thanks to their Librarians uncanny ability to predict how their enemies will react.
They have in the past warned or responded to enemy attacks or invasions well before most Imperial sources
have even been aware of them. This has led some puritanical figures to make dark mention of the tale of the
fallen Primarch, Magnus, and his ultimate fate - claiming that his path to damnation began with such
The Organisation of the Blood Ravens follows the standard practices laid down in the Codex Astartes, with
ten companies, each of ten squads. The Chapter is made up of the prescribed mix of Battle Companies,
Assault, Tactical and Devastator Companies, though the exact make up of these companies can vary quite
Due to the higher proportion of Librarians within the Blood Ravens, it is rare, but not unknown, for Librarians
to lead companies into battle, though this usually only occurs when the Chapter fights alone and unaided.
The higher echelons of command within the Blood Ravens reflect the high proportion of psykers within the
Chapter and many of the Secret Masters of the Chapter are themselves psykers who lead powerful units of
warriors chosen from the Librarium itself. These warriors obsessively study the ways of the Enemy to better
fight the Ruinous Powers and are steeped in the all manner of forbidden lore. As a result, they are
extensively monitored by the Chapter's Librarium for signs of corruption, as even the mightiest of psykers
are not immune to the insidious lure of Chaos.
The Chapter's Librarium Sanatorium is grim testament to this fact, filled with the mad souls who have proven
too weak to complete the final transformation into a Librarian. Here, those unfortunate souls are put to final
use by the Chapter before being ritually executed as a danger to themselves and others. It is a place of great
solemnity, with those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, honoured before their deaths with a personal
shriving from the Chapter's Master of Sanctity himself.
Like many Codex Chapters, the Blood Ravens do not venerate the Emperor as a god, but as the mightiest of
men. This inevitably brings them into conflict with the Ministorum, but this is allayed by the fact that they do
not know the identity of their Primarch, which leads them to give praise to the Emperor with a fervour
greater than almost any other Chapter. Their quest for knowledge echoes many tenets of the Adeptus
Mechanicus, and the Chapter maintains close ties with the Priests of the Machine God, often joining forces
with their fleets of Explorators in their conquest of the unknown quarters of the galaxy.
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As part of their obsessive
hunt for knowledge and
the secrets of their
origins, the Blood Ravens
are known to seek out
sites of lost artefacts and
ancient significance to
deny what they hold to
the Enemy. The Blood
Ravens rely heavily on
their Librarians to keep
the secret arch in order
and compile new
records, but just as
important as their
custodial tasks is their
duty to seek out new
information to bolster
the archives and guide
the Chapter in its quest
It is not uncommon for
groups of Librarians to
be dispatched with an
army of servitors and a
number of squads of
Space Marines to
uncover a lost artefact
whose location has been
recently been unearthed
or revealed through
ritual divination. This has
brought the Blood
Ravens into direct
conflict with the
Inquisition on several
occasions, as many of the
items they seek are
touched by the Ruinous
Powers. The Blood Ravens insist that it is their duty to hunt out and oppose the forces of Chaos wherever
they may be and that by recovering and destroying the tools of Chaos they deny the Enemy their use.
However, the Blood Ravens have been less than forthcoming regarding any proof of the destruction of any
of the hundreds of artifacts they are said to have procured.
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The Blood Raven geneseed is relatively stable, though the high proportion of psykers in the Blood Ravens
ranks have resulted in the their geneseed tithe being tested on a more regular basis than most. Thus far,
there has been little evidence of mutation, and nothing that points to the geneseed as the source of the
Blood Ravens' disproportionate number of psykers or the power they exhibit.
There has been much speculation regarding which of the Founding Chapters the Blood Raven's geneseed is
derived from. Both the Blood Angels and Raven Guard have been suggested, but these are likely speculation
based simply on the similarity in names between the chapters. Rumour has also persisted that the Blood
Ravens may be derived from the Dark Angels geneseed, but no facts have ever been presented to establish a
definitive single source of the genetic material that makes up the Chapter. The fact that the Blood Ravens
themselves have no record of the Chapter they descended from implies that they could easily have been a
Chapter created in anticipation of some threat to the Imperium in centuries past that has since been met
and defeated. The truth of their origin is the one piece of information the Blood Ravens seek above all others
in their thirst for knowledge and formation.
"Knowledge is power, guard it well!"
I got 1 Romours of them i found on diff site.(relic forums)
Roumor: They are successors of Either Word Bearers or Thousand Sons
Everyone gets this from the dawn of war series but obvisousness is probably not true
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Most of their fluff hints at them being a new or revised attempt at Thousand Sons geneseed. I don't see that being entirely unreasonable given their focus on acquiring knowledge and learning. They also have a very high number of Librarians, and they are frequently leaders among the Chapter. And, it's a stupid hint, but they do also wear red...
I think that most of those links are tenous at best.
We have as follows-
- Lots of Psychers
- Hard on for Knowledge
- No record of their creation
- Likes messing with Chaos
So. Thousand Suns psycher thing was based on their homeworld. Knowledge thing isn't really a thousand suns thing. The record of their creation could point in any number of directions. They could have just lied to them if it was going to be that much of a problem. And the chaos thing isn't remarkable, I daresay that the Chapters around the EoT are probably similar. Oh, and the similar colour scheme, but that could just be a fluke.
So they're obviously hinting towards something suss with their origins, but calling them Thousand Suns at this point is grossly premature.
i never heard the thousand sons rumor, but i have to believe that some of the traitor legions had at least a few companies that rebelled against chaos so that makes sense to me
A moment of weakness spawns a life tme of heresy...
It's like the Farsite = Necrons/Chaos. There's possibly something to it, but I'd say at this point the devs were probably just messing with us.
And theoretically, the Thousand Sons gene-seed from still sitting around somewhere, from samples taken from when they were loyal. So HYPOTHETICALLY, they could still be rendered into full chapters. Hell, I recall something about a few really messed up chapters that were thought to be an experiment to that extent.
So possibly, yes. But honestly, we really can't nail any conspiracy theories yet.
didn't they do something like that in the Cursed 21st founding? A lot of experiments that went to hell (sometimes literally).
Terminator armor going critical would be like Three Mile Island only very, VERY angry, and carrying a hammer.
LO rules in a nutshell: Don't post unit costs, be polite, rep posts containing of win.