Black Dragons

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Black Dragons
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Battle Cry "Fire and Bone!" Or "Bless the Curse!"
Founding 21st Founding
Successors of Unknown (believed to be the Salamanders)
Successor Chapters None
Chapter Master Unkown
Primarch Possibly Vulkan
Homeworld Gauntlet (semi-mythical, Chapter is officially Fleet-based)
Specialty Assault, having pointy retractable arm-blades
Allegiance Imperium of Man
Colours Black with a white Aquila and markings

The Black Dragons are a Space Marine Chapter in Warhammer 40,000. Part of the 21st or Cursed Founding, the Black Dragons suffers from a mutation like the other Chapters of that founding. Specifically, they suffer from a mutated Ossmodula, which causes some gnarly bone growths to grow out of their forehead and forearms. It's unknown what mutation the Adeptus Mechanicus was trying to cure, as their Parent Chapter is unknown (they might've actually been trying to make them bigger and stronger- seems lots of Black Dragons are too large to fit regular Power Armour). Heavy speculation is that the Black Dragons are descended from the Salamanders, and those with more pronounced bone extensions are noted to have darker skin, reminiscent of the Salamanders' mutated melanchromic organ. The "osseovirus" responsible for the mutations was later isolated by the Haemonculus Coven known as the Hex and used to create the bone-mutating weapons known as the ossefactors.

Black Dragons: The official chapter of Baraka and Dudepeel

Interestingly, rather than try to cure the bony crests, the Black Dragons instead embraced the mutation, having those with forearm blades coat said blades in adamantium and then inducted into special squads known as "Dragon Claws", and having them serve as Assault Marines (Space Marines + Wolverine/Baraka = awesome). They also incorporate this embracing of the mutation into their worship and doctrine as a chapter: such as the Chaplain calling upon the Emperor to "Curse thy servants" during prayer. This has raised more than a few eyebrows among the Inquisition, and several Chapters of Space Marines, such as the Dark Angels and the Marines Malevolent, have refused to fight alongside them (as if anyone wants the MMs anywhere near them, especially Salamanders descendants). Despite this, the Black Dragons are one of the few Chapters of the Cursed Founding still active as part of the Imperium of Man in late M41, where they committed nine of their ten companies to the 13th Black Crusade. They'd probably get on well with the Space Wolves.

They appear to have gained Primaris reinforcements with the dawn of the Dark Imperium, despite being a Cursed Founding (Or due to being so badass). The new KillTeam release mentions Black Dragon Reivers, and their prominent bone blades being used in KillTeams.

There is a novel featuring them, The Death of Antagonis. Quite a nice read, even while the description is misleading; the front and back covers feature Black Dragons fighting zombies, and while that does happen it's barely a third of the book. The last zombie "disappears" around page 90, and Exterminatus gets declared 20 pages later; the next 200 pages take place on city world Aeghis Mortis and the main enemies are Tzeentchian marines lead by a Rogue Cardinal who is on a jolly trip to discover a world engine. One member of the chapter (and the marines he convinces to follow him) gets convinced by an Inquisitor to try and purge his mutated brothers, but when they both fall to Chaos he gets his ass killed for treachery and not embracing his brothers' mutations as a means to be even more effective killing machines. Not to mention the asshole Inquisitor got his stomach slit open by a pissed off Canoness.

Daily routine[edit]

3:00 - Awakening: The Black Dragons wake up from their sleep and crawl out of their beds, which they refer to as 'hoards'. Chapter serfs claim that they are made out of gold coins and gems.

4:00 - Bone Sharpening: All marines who have been 'cursed' with bone growths spend the next hour sharpening and coating them in adamantine. Those who either haven't developed or don't have them sit around and wait on their brothers.

5:00 - Morning Prayer: The Black Dragons descend into the chapel and begin their prayers to the Emperor. The phrase 'Please Curse the Emperor's servantss.' has been outlawed after some unpleasant meetings with the inquisition. Marines wishing for their curses to be removed are generally ostracized. Marines who refer to themselves as 'scalies' or wish to become an actual lizard during their prayers are shot out of an airlock.

6:00 - Morning Firing Rites: Marines go to the firing range and begin firing at their targets. Most marines have trouble hitting the targets due to their bone growths messing up their grip on their bolters.

6:30 - Morning Sparring Practice: Though sparring practice doesn't officially start until 7:00 most marines get tired of not being able to hit and so they throw their weapons down and charge into the targets. Then they get into wrist blade fights and lock horns in a rather chaotic brawl. Marines who don't join in the fighting are generally given popcorn by chapter serfs.

9:00 - Clean Up: Most marines snap out of their fighting and, rather embarrassedly, clean up the damage they caused with their adamantine claws and blades for the serfs. Those marines who didn't join the previous fighting are then allowed to properly do sparring practice

12:00 - Midday Meal: Chapter serfs prepare a meal of mostly raw animals captured during previous planetary landings. Most marines are expected to cut the food with their claws then eat them raw. Marines without bone blades are to simply make do with chain swords and combat knives.

13:00 - Free Time: The Black Dragons begin their daily hour of free time. Most marines spend it sharpening their claws or polishing their 'scales'. Some marines try blacksmithing to get in touch with their suspected Salamander roots. Their horns or claws often get in the way so most give it up after the first try.

14:00 - Zombie Killing: The Black Dragons pull up to the nearest planet infected with chaos zombies and kill as many of them as they can get. The one who kills the most gets a free bag of thrones to add to their hoard.

15:30 - Tending to the Dragon Claws: Dragon Claws whose curses became too much to bear and went insane are given food and water for the day.

16:00 - Evening Firing Practice: Marines are once again sent to the firing range. This time the targets are much bigger and easier to hit to prevent another brawl.

17:00 - Evening Meal: The Black Dragons return to the mess hall for more food. Marines are fed nothing but pure meat, this time cooked and pre-cut, for dinner. Most marines express distaste for not being able to cut it themselves.

18:00 - Apothecary Visit: Every Black Dragon is herded to the Apothecary and inspected. Those who have not developed significant mutations are excluded. Neophytes are injected with a new gene-seed if they have not developed mutations yet.

20:00 - Evening Prayer: The Black Dragons begin evening prayers. Neophytes spontaneously screaming bloody murder and having bone growths emerge out of their head are a common occurrence.

21:00 - Returning to the Hoard: Marines return to their piles of coins and gems and go to sleep for the night.

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