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so I have been reading through some post and have realized that I am either farbehind the times or I have been reading the wrong books. I have heard that theBlood Angles have been seriously undermanned in man power. This got me thinkingwhat else have I missed? Could someone fill me in on what is going on fluffwise in the 40k universe during the 5th and sixth editions, or where I couldget some more information?
I admit that I'm quite behind the times too, but what you describe seems to fit the Flesh Tearers more than the Blood Angels. The successor chapter has lost vast amounts of battle-brothers to the Black Rage. Is that maybe what you've picked up on?
The Blood Angels fluff has been updated as follows:
Codex: More and more BAs are falling victim to the Black Rage, with no cure in sight. Some of the successors, such as the Flesh Tearers (who have always been understrength) are more prone to this, and as such are more violent in battle. As such, it's been getting harder and harder to conceal the flaws in the geneseed from the Inquisition and Imperium in general. Also, the Mechanicum aren't too happy with the BA, as Dante refuses to share the designs for the Storm Raven gunship with them (it's unknown how the Grey Knights got it).
Black Library: *SPOILER ALERT*
In the Blood Angels series by James Swallow, a schism happened in the Blood Angels Chapter (Chaos inquisitor tricked a battle-brother into thinking himself Sanguinius reborn, some BAs believed him and some didn't) that wiped out a huge number of Blood Angels. No exact number is given, but they lost a battle-barge, striker cruiser, and at least three companies worth of battle-brothers, if not significantly more, along with all their geneseed. So they convened all the BA successors, and after much ado, the successor Chapters each donated initiates to swell the Blood Angels back to full strength.
As for any other fluff updates, Astronomicon is failing due to the Golden Throne being broken and no-one knows how to fix it, Chaos currently controls Cadia (the planet, but not the space or Gate itself), the Tyranids' uber hive fleet, Leviathan, is here and striking all over the galaxy (being lured towards Terra by the Astronomican), Tau and other xenos are taking advantage, etc etc etc. Anything deeper you'll have to ask specifics.
The BA are preparing themselves for a massive deamon/chaos invasion of the bhaal system itself.Many successors are heading the call to defend the homeworld including the excommunicate knights of blood lurking in the shadows.The BA are in a world of hurt next edition(if the fluff progresses...)and
none knows at what state theyll emerge after that battle.
Praise be to the Emperor!!