Charnel Guard

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Charnel Guard
Charnel Guard Chapter Icon3.jpg
Battle Cry Unknown
Founding Third Founding
Successors of Blood Angels, possibly through the Blood Eagles
Successor Chapters None
Chapter Master Unknown
Primarch Sanguinius
Homeworld Fleet Based
Strength Critical
Specialty Sector-wide scouring actions, discretion.
Allegiance Imperium
Colours Wine and Black
Among what few information we have on this chapter, the only depiction of their colors and heraldry comes from this extremely rare Fellblade of all things.

Another Space Marine Chapter that used to have no info, but they have been involved in a few things, AND been slowly expanded across the years. Somehow no one has taken a photograph of them or even talked to their cousins. They also sound cooler than other chapters. To start off, they utilize stasis pods when they're not out killing heretics. It makes sense; your skills do not need to be maintained if you are in stasis nor do you need to be fed and whatnot. Huge cost savings on ammo and everything. Not only that, but since they are a Third Founding Chapter they still have some cool Heresy Era tech that is rare or non-existent in the 41st Millennium. They are known to have three Fellblades and a lot of Fire Raptors. They also have a minor geneseed deviation which causes them to have unusually elongated canines, even by Blood Angel successor standards.

They used to share a strange tradition with the "Triarchy" (a group of Chapters created by Black Library Writers that include the Red Seraphs, Angels Numinor, and the Charnel Guard itself who was created by Alan Bligh). Every century or so three warriors would reunite on a dead world to speak of their chapter's past, present, and future. But as the Great Rift makes the present ever more dire, and the future ever more uncertain, the three chapters have decided to leave tradition behind and join their fleets to take the fight to the enemy. For a time, they were also part of the Malestrom Warders.

As of Devastation of Baal, they are said to be almost destroyed. But it is assumed they got some reinforcements with Primaris Marines.

Obliquely featured in the Inquisitor Carrow fan-fiction series, a Warhammer 40k/Harry Potter crossover. Which shouldn't work, but somehow does.


  • War of The False Primarch - One of a few chapters that got their purging on with the Space Sharks, Flesh Eaters, Red Talons and the Death Eagles (Pentarchy of Blood). This war was extremely secretive to the point that the only thing we know about it is that the Pentarchy destroyed eleven other Space Marine chapters deemed heretics.
  • Great Malagantine Purge - The Chapter is once more put into a taskforce collectively termed the Manus Irae for another secretive campaign spanning the entire Malagant sector. This time it includes the Silver Skulls, Fire Hawks and two other chapters whose name remained unknown. Apparently the High Lords of Terra wanted to set an example, and thus when the Chapters get rolling, genocide ensues.
  • Messallas Purgation Campaign - As stated. Notable because they used one of their Fellblades.
  • Angevin Crusade - This resulted in the creation of the Calixis Sector.
  • Maelstrom Warders - Bundled up with a few other chapters to watch the Maelstorm. They fought alongside them for a while, but then were sent to the southernmost edge of the galaxy on the Thanatos crusade. This means they missed all the fun in the Badab War.
  • Strato-Keeps of Keziah's Moon - The Forge Moon of Keziah, located in the strategically vital Agathon System, falls into an unnatural eclipse driving the population to murder and madness in an endless night of horror (beacause of course it does). The dread forces of the Tenebrae and the Company of Misery keep kicking the asses of the Imperial Guard and Inquisition until the Goth alliance of the Charnel Guard and the Adepta Sororitas of the Black Sepulchre arrive to get shit done. They manage to keep the Chaos forces at bay until reinforcements from the Angels Porphyr, Storm Lords, Iron Hands and the Mechanicus arrive. Once the Heretics were outnumbered, it was only a matter of time until they got expelled from the moon after a series of tank battles and Zone Mortalis engagements. The Charnel Guard used more of their forces in this event than they had in the last three thousand years.
  • Thanatos Crusade - According to Imperial Armour, their last recorded action before the Devastation of Baal shows the Chapter plunging south, towards a region of space named the Caligari Sector in the "Inquisitor Martyr" videogame.
  • Devastation of Baal - Took very heavy casualties in the battle, among which was included their Battle Barge "Invictrix", and are said to be almost destroyed.
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