Night Swords

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Night Swords
Battle Cry "For the honoured ones"
Number Non-codex
Founding M32
Successors of Imperial Fists
Successor Chapters Unknown
Primarch Rogal Dorn
Homeworld Lavantia
Strength Unknown, but understrength
Specialty Armoured Assaults
Allegiance Imperium
Colours Pure white

The Night Swords are an Astartes chapter founded in M32 from the Imperial Fists geneseed. They seem to have a Prince of Persia style Zoroastrian theme going on. Descriptions of their homeworld are reminiscent of the 2008 Prince of Persia game, the chapter land raider variant is named Simurgh (a bird from Iranian/Zoroastrian mythology), and finally, one of their members is Isak Siavash (from the legendary Zoroastrian hero of the Shahnameh, Siyavash).

The Night Swords originated in FFG's Deathwatch RPG. They were initially a fictional chapter, serving as FFG's in-house mock 'how-to-create' example of a home-brew following the Space Marine Chapter Creation Tables. The chapter was canonised after someone at Forge World apparently liked it enough to include them in the Imperial Armour series.


The chapter was founded during an Imperial Crusade in M32. Records indicate that the geneseed of the Imperial Fists was used in their creation. In addition to the mutations common to all Imperial Fists successors, the chapter suffers from a unique mutation that make their speech a ghostly whisper.

The chapter's earliest triumphs included victories over Chaos, and it is implied that the chapter was created specifically to battle the Traitor Legions that were beginning to trouble the Imperium once more. They have good relations with the Black Templars. Hmmmmm.


The Chapter is non-codex, and known for their preference for mechanised warfare and lightning quick strikes. Chapter techmarines have an affinity for technology, and are noteworthy for having built a fully-functional Proteus land-raider (the Simurgh Rex) using parts from many different war machines found across battlefields of the Imperium in a state beyond repair.

The Night Swords recruit from their homeworld Lavantia, a desert world in the Segmentum Tempestus that is populated by teeming hive cities. Aspirants from the vicious underhive gangs have to make their way to the chapter fortress-monastery, which is bit of a hell-hole task. The chapter keeps the fortress-monastery far away from the hives in the desert wastes, and only those gangers who manage to survive the long trek through the arid terrain and raging duststorms even get the chance to undergo trials.


The Night Swords chapter cult includes the belief that their fallen heroes reside in the Lavantian deserts as elemental spirits, the 'honoured ones'. Their chaplains make regular pilgrimages into the dune seas, often residing in caves for days and nights until dehydration cause them to undergo visions in which they are said to receive the wisdom of their predecessors.

Well, naturally, the Ecclesiarchy doesn't like it, and on very bad terms with the chapter. However, the Night Swords are bros with the Black Templars , so they can't be totally divergent from the Imperial creed (admittedly, not all Black Templars worship the Emperor). Besides, since Guilliman clearly dislikes the Ecclesiarchy and the Black Templars are insanely devoted to Emperor and Primarch, perhaps the Templars are simply pleased to see a Chapter giving the Ecclesiarchy the finger because it pleases Guilliman.


When the chapter was first mentioned in the Deathwatch RPG, their badge was a single curved sword. However, in the Imperial Armour series the badge is two twinned curved swords.

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See also[edit]

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