Astorath

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Astorath the Grim, High Chaplain of the Blood Angels and Redeemer of the Lost. Despite his looks he is 100% loyal and not aligned to Khorne in any way.

Astorath the Grim is the High Chaplain of the Blood Angels and one scary looking motherfucker.

Duties[edit]

As the Chapter's High Chaplain he holds the title of Redeemer of the Lost. This loosely translates into that if you're overcome by the Black Rage to the point where you can no longer serve in the Death Company Astorath comes along and chops your head off with his massive axe. Most Blood Angels do not feel comfortable around him for this reason: it is very well possible that they are the next to receive a Viking crew cut from the Redeemer of the Lost. While some believe that Astorath causes the Blood Angels to succumb to the Black Rage this is far from the truth.

Astorath has a knack for sensing when the Black Rage is about to strike, and meets up with the brothers who are about to fall so he can lead them into glorious battle one last time. He makes no difference of Chapter in this, as Astorath's duties are beyond his own: he travels across the battlefields of all the Chapter's successors: so one month he can be fighting alongside the Flesh Tearers, and the next he is aiding the Lamenters. No matter the distance, Astaroth can feel the encroaching Black Rage in any of his battle brothers before even the brother himself starts feeling the effects.

This sometimes causes derp, like in the Shield of Baal books when it's mentioned that he once started detecting the Black Rage in a chapter that claimed to be of Ultramarine descent. The operative word here is 'claimed'. There's a ton of Chapters who don't know their Primarch, or their records have been lost, and they basically throw a dart at a dartboard, and proclaim themselves sons of whatever Primarch the dart hits. There's even records of the official Terran list of Astartes saying that a Chapter is descended from one Primarch, but the Marines themselves claim to be descended from another. Such was the case of the Griffon Lords, who claimed to be descended from Guilliman (Emperor knows why they chose him), but the official on Terra stepped in and said "Uh, you're actually from the White Scars. Jaghatai Khan IS the father!". Of course, this didn't stop them plugging their ears and saying "NUH UH, KHAN'S NOT OUR REAL DAD!" until the Terrans went away. It's entirely possible that there's a Chapter who think they're descended from Guilliman, and just are SO loyal that they sometimes skitz out, get a bit TOO loyal and start drinking the enemy's blood. Of course, they probably wouldn't like Astorath rocking up, starting to behead them and then say "No no no, it's cool, it's cool. You're sons of Sanguinius." Turns out that said Chapter (the Carmine Blades) were pretty OK with the revelation, and in fact had been suffering from the Red Thirst for some time (which they believed to be some kind of curse). Although with a name like 'Carmine Blades', it probably wasn't too much of a logical leap (except they were originally named the Swords of Haldroth and were renamed AFTER the discovery).

Tabletop[edit]

Pts WS BS S T W A Ld Sv
Astorath: 143 2+ 2+ 4 4 5 4 10 2+/4++

Astorath plays like the bastard child of a captain and a chaplain, and in the humble opinion of this author he has one of the best looking models the BA have to offer, which is really saying something. For rules he comes with ATSKNF and jump pack assault. Redeemer of the lost allows all BA units within 6" to use his LD of 9, and makes DC unites fearless. Litanies of hate are normal chaplain words that allow for re-rolls to hit in assault. BUT the good stuff is Mass of doom. once per battle (which sucks when this fails) Roll a dice for any nearby DC 6" away, on a 1 they take a mortal wound, 2-5 add 1 to all hit rolls, 6 same as before but they get 4+ invuln save. Stick him in a unit of jump-pack Death Company, charge them at something, and everybody dies. Everybody.

Trivia[edit]

He is musingly named as a variant spelling of Ashtoreth, which itself is the demonic name for Astarte who was a deity of war in many of the ancient Semitic religions of the Middle East. Furthermore; Astaroth (and many other derivations) are often associated with various deities named "Baal" after whom'st the Blood Angels home planet is named.

Famous loyalist members of the Adeptus Astartes
Black Templars: Grimaldus - Helbrecht - Sigismund - Tankred
Blood Angels: Acrion - Astorath - Corbulo - Dante - Donatos Aphael
Erasmus Tycho - Karlaen - Lemartes - Mephiston - Meros
Moriar - Rafen - Sanguinor - Thalastian Jorus
Blood Ravens: Apollo Diomedes - Avitus - Azariah Kyras - Brother-Sergeant Matiel
Cyrus - Davian Thule - Force Commander Aramus - Gabriel Angelos
Indrick Boreale - Isador Akios - Jonah Orion - Martellus - Tarkus - Thaddeus
Crimson Fists: Alessio Cortez - Pedro Kantor - Alexis Polux
Dark Angels: Asmodai - Azrael - Belial - Ezekiel - Luther - Naaman - Sammael - Zahariel
Flesh Tearers: Gabriel Seth - Nassir Amit
Grey Knights: Anval Thawn - Arvann Stern - Castellan Crowe
Hyperion - Kaldor Draigo - Vorth Mordrak
Imperial Fists: Darnath Lysander - Slaughter Koorland - Maximus Thane - Vorn Hagen
Iron Hands: Kardan Stronos
Minotaurs: Asterion Moloc
Raptors: Lias Issodon
Raven Guard: Kayvaan Shrike
Red Scorpions: Carab Culln
Salamanders: Tu'Shan - Vulkan He'stan - Xavier
Space Sharks: Tyberos the Red Wake
Space Wolves: Arjac Rockfist - Bjorn - Bran Redmaw - Canis Wolfborn
Krom Dragongaze - Logan Grimnar - Lukas the Trickster
Njal Stormcaller - Ragnar Blackmane - Ulrik
Ultramarines: Antaro Chronus - Captain Titus - Cato Sicarius - Illiyan Nastase
Marneus Calgar - Ortan Cassius - Severus Agemman
Torias Telion - Uriel Ventris - Varro Tigurius
White Scars: Kor'sarro Khan