Vorpal Swords

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Dungeons and Dragons[edit]

The vorpal sword was the weapon used to kill the monster in the famous poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll of Alice in Wonderland fame, a poem which almost every English student has to study. It's also one of the most iconic weapons in D&D, a magic weapon that generally always caused instant decapitation on a critical hit. Usually, but not always, an instant kill.

Warhammer 40,000[edit]

Vorpal Swords
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Founding Unknown
Successors of Unknown
Chapter Master Unknown
Homeworld Unknown
Strength Unknown
Specialty Unknown
Allegiance Imperium of Man
Colours Light Green, with Black Pauldrons and backpack

The Vorpal Swords are a loyalist chapter of Space Marines who were part of the ill-fated Judged, a group of chapters who had been accused of heresy by the Imperial Saint Basillius the Elder. He gave them the choice of a swift death or taking part in the Abyssal Crusade, a lethal crusade into the Eye of Terror to kill as many chaos worshipers as possible before they went down themselves.

The Crusade ended up being one of the biggest fails in Imperial history, as it was all a plot engineered by Chaos using Basillius, who was secretly in league with the Chaos Gods, to destroy or corrupt as many Space Marine chapters as possible. This would offer the twofold benefit of weakening the Imperium's hold on the galaxy and potentially strengthening the forces of chaos. The resulting increase in the number of marauding Chaos warbands provides a great opportunity for you to come up with one of your own.

The Vorpal Swords were the only chapter (along with a few stragglers from some of the other chapters) to escape the Eye of Terror after the crusade. They brought proof of the saint's corruption to the Inquisition, which caused one of the biggest u-turns in Imperial history as every mention of the saint was redacted. His remains, his relics and his worshippers were then fired into the heart of a sun.

Since then the Vorpal Swords have served the Imperium once more, which is remarkable when you consider how thoroughly they were screwed over in the first place. That said, this could play into their fluff in some interesting ways. Surely they must be by far the most mistrustful of the Ecclesiarchy and the Inquisition after their experiences with them.

Most recently, they have had engagements against Chaos Daemons, including an (ultimately pyrric) victory against Skarbrand.

Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes
First Founding
Blood Angels - Dark Angels - Imperial Fists
Iron Hands - Raven Guard - Salamanders
Space Wolves - Ultramarines - White Scars
Second Founding
Angels of Absolution - Angels Encarmine - Angels Porphyr
Angels of Redemption - Angels Sanguine - Angels of Vengeance
Angels Vermillion - Aurora Chapter - Black Consuls
Black Guard - Black Templars - Blood Drinkers
Brazen Claws - Crimson Fists - Destroyers
Doom Eagles - Eagle Warriors - Excoriators
Fists Exemplar - Flesh Tearers - Genesis Chapter
Inceptors - Iron Snakes - Libators
Lions Sable - Marauders - Mortifactors
Nemesis - Novamarines - Obsidian Glaives
Patriarchs of Ulixis - Purple Stars - Praetors of Orpheus
Rampagers - Raptors - Red Talons
Revilers - Silver Eagles - Silver Skulls
Soul Drinkers - Storm Lords - White Consuls
Wolf Brothers
Third to
Twelfth Founding
Astral Claws - Angels Revenant - Charnel Guard
Dark Paladins - Executioners - Flesh Eaters
Halo Brethren - Howling Griffons - Iron Knights
Mantis Warriors - Marines Malevolent - Night Swords
Sable Swords (initial) - Scythes of the Emperor - Space Sharks
Sons of Guilliman
Thirteenth Founding
Death Spectres - Exorcists
Fourteenth to
Twentieth Founding:
Angels of Fire - Avenging Sons - Celebrants
Twenty-First Founding
Black Dragons - Blood Gorgons - Fire Hawks
Flame Falcons - Lamenters - Minotaurs
Sons of Antaeus - Tiger Claws
Twenty-Second to
Twenty-Sixth Founding
Angels of Vigilance - Celestial Lions - Dark Hunters
Disciples of Caliban - Emperor's Spears - Fire Angels
Imperial Harbingers - Iron Lords - Knights of the Raven
Marines Errant - Mentors - Fire Claws/Relictors
Star Phantoms - Subjugators
Ultima Founding
Angels of Defiance - Black Vipers - Blades of Vengeance
Castellans of the Rift - Fulminators - Knights Cerulean
Knights of the Chalice - Knights of Thunder - Necropolis Hawks
Nemesors - Praetors of Ultramar - Rift Stalkers
Silver Drakes - Silver Templars - Sons of the Phoenix
Storm Reapers - Umbral Knights - Unnumbered Sons
Valiant Blades - Void Tridents - Wolfspear
Unknown Founding: Absolvers - Accipiters - Adulators
Angel Guard - Angels Eradicant - Angels of Retribution
Astral Knights - Blood Ravens - Blood Swords
Brazen Drakes - Brothers Penitent - Crimson Castellans
Crimson Consuls - Crimson Scythes - Dark Hands
Dark Sons - Death Eagles - Emperor's Shadows
Fire Lords - Guardians of the Covenant - Graven Spectres
Hammers of Dorn - Harbingers - Hawk Lords
Invaders - Iron Crusaders - Iron Talons
Jade Dragons - Knights of Blood - Knights Unyielding
Marines Exemplar - The Nameless - Night Watch
Rainbow Warriors - Reclaimers - Red Hunters
Red Scorpions - Red Seraphs - Red Templars
Retributors - Sable Swords (refounded) - Shadow Wolves
Solar Hawks - Sons of Orar - Star Dragons
Stormwatchers - Storm Giants - Storm Wardens
Valedictors - Viper Legion - Vorpal Swords
White Templars - Storm Wings
Unsanctioned Founding: Consecrators (founding unknown, but likely after 2nd Founding)
Sons of Medusa (separated from parent Chapters, ratified by edict)
Steel Confessors (de facto 22nd Founding, de jure ratified by edict)
Others: Astartes Praeses - Deathwatch - Grey Knights