Rainbow Warriors

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Rainbow Warriors
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Founding Originally a part of Rogue Trader's 11uh, 12 First Founding chapters, later retconned.
Successors of Ultramarines. Maybe. Depends on who you ask.
Successor Chapters None
Homeworld Prism?
Strength Unknown
Specialty Eternally forgotten by their parents, dressing up as space Aztecs, being cryptically referenced again, being Gay, maybe doing a lot of spook and protesting against pollution and shit.
Allegiance Imperium
Colours All the colors of the Rainbow (No durr...), but mainly Blue
Rainbow Helmets, man. Rainbow Beakie Helmets, no less.

Back when Warhammer 40,000 was still called Rogue Trader, all of the First Founding Space Marine Chapters were known, and the Rainbow Warriors were one of them. Nothing else was known of them, except for the fact that the Sisters of Battle curb-stomped them at one point.

So apparently Games Workshop didn't think too highly of these guys, and in a Third Edition White Dwarf article, they were declared to be of a "later founding." They also hold the title of silliest space marine chapter name of all time, resembling that of a deranged LSD-dealing hippie cult that prowls the parking lots of Grateful Dead concerts with mangy dogs and backpacks full of spook, warp dust and flects. These degenerates existed at the time that GW came out with Rogue Trader (and still do, in parking lots wherever hippie music is played) but it is highly unlikely that they were any influence as they and similar organizations don't really have any reach in the UK (or anywhere outside the US, for that matter.)

They are also (and more probably) directly named after a radical environmentalist ship that got sunk by the frogs French for nosing around their weapons of mass destruction, which was in the news and highly controversial around the time when Rogue Trader was published. So take your pick, this chapter's theme is apparently either drug dealing or eco-terrorism. Edgier than they sound.

In the 5th Edition Space Marines Codex, the planet "Prism" is designated as the homeworld of "<<record deleted>>," a chapter which bears the Rainbow Warriors' insignia. Prism has been found! Get the 6th edition and look in the Northwestern border of the Vidar Sector located in the Imperius Dominatus. So apparently one of the lost Chapters might have been exterminus extremis due to being filthy hippies. Good to know.

Sadly, this fun fan theory is dead on arrival due to the retcon in which ye olde Rainbow Warriors were relegated to an unspecified "later founding," nonetheless, one imagines that the Emperor's reaction, not to mention that of the Inquisition or Black Templars, to either species of hippie, drug-dealing or boat-sinking, and that it certainly wouldn't be too friendly. More canonically, though, it's noted that the image for Sisters of Battle in the Rogue Trader rulebook has a Sister shoot down what appears to be a Rainbow Warrior. Such a square harshing the guy's mellow. This combined with the <<record deleted>> statement above suggest they were filthy hippies heretics who got purged.

Also, to add to the eclectic weirdness and confused aesthetic of the whole chapter, somewhere along the way, people thought it would be cool to envision the Rainbow Warriors as Aztec Marines. There's also a basically-the-Rainbow-Warriors chapter called the Death Strike, which, simply as a name, is hilariously edgy for the opposite reasons that the Rainbow Warriors themselves are edgy. Apparently, they have a huge hate-on for the Ultramarines (not unlike some folks we know) for helping to excommunicate their brother chapter. HMM.

They're still even kicking around in the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium if the 6th Edition Codex is anything to go by. They, the Relictors and the Fire Lords fought a bloody powerful Demonic incursion, but ended up losing a fair chunk of their chapter, including their Chapter Master. Whether they'll eventually get NOM'd by the 'nids like other very 985.M2-era material that hasn't aged too well remains to be seen, as does whether or not anyone really cares. General fanon holds they are Lost Legion Loyalists brainwashed into believing they are Ultramarines, supported by mentions that Ultramarines got a large number and supply boost when the lost were, well, lost.

According to the short Story "War in the Meuseum", the Rainbow Warriors are confirmed to be an exhibit in our favorite curator's collection, Trazyn the Infinite.


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