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 produced their own version of the Proteus land-raider, the Simurgh Rex.

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.

Notable members[edit]

See also[edit]

Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes
First Founding (M29): Blood Angels - Dark Angels - Imperial Fists - Iron Hands - Raven Guard
Salamanders - Space Wolves - Ultramarines - White Scars
Second Founding (021.M31): Angels Encarmine - Angels of Absolution - Angels of Redemption - Angels of Vengeance
Angels Porphyr - Angels Sanguine - 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 - 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 - 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 (M35): Death Spectres - Exorcists
Fourteenth to Twentieth Founding: Angels of Fire - Celebrants
Twenty-First Founding
Black Dragons - Blood Gorgons - Fire Hawks
Flame Falcons - Lamenters - Minotaurs - Sons of Antaeus
Twenty-Second to
Twenty-Sixth Founding (M35-M41):
Angels of Vigilance - Celestial Lions - Dark Hunters - Disciples of Caliban - Emperor's Spears
Fire Angels - Imperial Harbingers - Knights of the Raven - Marines Errant - Mentors
Fire Claws/Relictors - Star Phantoms - Steel Cobras - Subjugators
Ultima Founding
Angels of Defiance - 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: Angels Eradicant - Astral Knights - Blood Ravens - Blood Swords - Brothers Penitent
Crimson Castellans - Crimson Scythes - Dark Hands - Death Eagles - Fire Lords
Guardians of the Covenant - Hammers of Dorn - Invaders - Iron Talons - Knights of Blood
Knights Unyielding - Marines Exemplar - Night Watch - Rainbow Warriors - Reclaimers
Red Hunters - Red Scorpions - Sable Swords (refounded) - Solar Hawks
Star Dragons - Storm Wardens - Valedictors - Viper Legion - Vorpal Swords
Unsanctioned Founding: Consecrators - Sons of Medusa - Steel Confessors
Others: Adeptus Custodes - Astartes Praeses - Deathwatch - Grey Knights