|Founding||Unknown, possibly Second Founding|
|Chapter Master||Daemar (as of 445.M41)|
|Specialty||Being Inquisitonal lackeys|
|Colours||Red and Gold|
The Red Hunters are a secretive Space Marine chapter, a little too close with the Inquisition for comfort. They are directly tied to and subordinate to the Inquisition, with their history kept mostly hidden or erased. They often serve under an Inquisitor Lord, functioning as his or her personal Space Marine strike force. This is extremely convenient for the Inquisition, who has a storied and tenuous relationship with the Space Marines at best. In this regard, the Red Hunters willingly allow themselves to be used as a tool, often to hunt down traitor marines. They are thus a bunch of badasses, willing to do the dirty work of the Inquisition in missions that Inquisitorial forces are too chickenshit to take on themselves. And that's saying something. Given the Inquisition's propensity to root out Chaos and fight daemonic incursions, the Red Hunters are required to undergo routine Men In Black style mind wiping.
Surprising that the mighty Space Marines would willingly subject themselves to this, but it is theorized that they are honor bound to serve the Inquisition and therefore accept it as part of their duty. The rest of the Astartes accepting it is most likely A) the Adeptus Astartes know they can purge the Chapter whenever they wish and B) the Custodes are likely keeping a close eye on them and C) the Red Hunters are doing things Space Marines would normally do anyway, so the rest of the Astartes would be willing to look the other way. They are frequently involved in campaigns that expose them to the ruinous powers of Chaos, which, with long term personalities and memories, might otherwise slowly begin to corrupt their souls. The Inquisition is furthermore not particularly fond of anyone knowing their secrets or objectives, even Space Marines, which the Red Hunters seem to respect. After every few campaigns, like a puzzle, the chapter's history and roles of its members are shifted around by the Inquisition to account for secrecy and the marines being "reset". Ironically, due to the mind wiping, the marines themselves are not aware of these changes and when they occur. After each mind wipe, they are equipped and retrained intensely for the next campaign. This makes them an extremely insidious and deadly tool, as they can therefore be used for the Inquisition's sometimes unethical plans without resistance from the marines themselves. This mind-wiping might actually be a good idea for all Space Marines, though with leaders not being wiped so as to ensure Chapter records are straight (and making sure the Ordo Astartes keeps track of it for their own jobs). Really, working closer with at least the Ordo Astartes would make the Space Marines so much better protected from Chaos corruption. You can't develop heretical thoughts if you can't remember anything but absolute devotion. Leave watching the Ordo to the Custodes for obvious reasons.
Serving a different purpose than the incorruptable Grey Knights who also operate with the Inquisition, the Red Hunters serve as more of an all around tactical force. It is not known how they handle resetting the personalities and experience of their marines without ruining the overall effectiveness of the chapter. Nor is it known how much the officers and dreadnoughts of the chapter are subject to mind wiping. It can be assumed they are either trusted enough not to undergo it, or are subjected to it on a less frequent and intense basis than the chapter's rank and file. The chapter's marines and/or scouts (Even maybe the Chapter Master) might be cycled for missions, training and promotions depending on their success in the field and time of their last mind wipe. With that in mind, the Red Hunters are still capable of operating independently, executing operations against forces other than Chaos without an Inquisitor present. They seem to do primarily by the request or permission of the Inquisition, but have executed actions in self-defense independently before. They participated in "The Months of Shame" battles against the Space Wolves.
They're probably created from Alpha Legion gene-seed considering they're basically the Inquisitions' pet version. Or...actual Alpha Legionnaires.
7:00 - red hunters rise from their inquistorially sanctioned “beds” to start the day which look convenientley like mind scrubbers.
7:30 - morning rising red hunters rise to the ancient terran musicians of black sabbath and for some reason.
8:15 - inquisitorial sanctioned grooming: the red hunters groom themselves for the day making sure they wash behind their ears and brush their gums
8:35 - breakfast: the red hunters sit for their breakfast not remembering if they had eggs or waffles yesterday
9:00 - praise the emperor: chaplians gather together the chapter to venerate red hunters heroes but cant remember exact names or campaigns for some reason. the rest of the sermon is vauge but encourages battle brothers to give props to our buddies the inqusition and to drink any punch that they give us
10:00 - mid day combat maneouvers the red hunters will gather to practice their combat maneouvers in the field aiming for maximum devastation against heretics, aliens, rebels and captured celestial lions marines. Anyone who wounds a celestial lion gets a gold star from the inquisitior.
11:00 - poke the lamenters with a stick hour: for the next hour fleet elements of the red hunters will chase after and do the astartes equivalent of “poking them with a stick” to any lamenter ships in the area(read fire upon unless they get a move on) into the jaws of the nearby tyranid worlds, no lollygagging
12:00 - shady shit: inquisitors will ask to borrow roughly kill team sized (or bigger) squads of marines for super secret space marine missions. Most marines wont remember what happened but they get sweets at the end
13:00 - lunch : the red hunters will find themselves back in the great hall with no memory of the previous hour eating lunch with the inquisitors present whos just told another zinger of a joke.
14:00 - intense combat training: for some reason at this hour red hunters will gather to train in their practice cages against fully armed fully vat grown and lethal combat servitors as if to relearn some forgotten skills
15:00 - live fire ranged exercises: for the next hour red hunters will drill through ranged fire exercises against some of the fastest most lethal enemies in the imperium, captured scourges, dark eldar bikes, captured raptors, tyranid genestealers, gargoyles, flying rippers etc
16:00 - praise the high lords: the next hour will be spent exclusivley venerating the high lords of terra and why their so great and why their so lucky to be able to work with the inqusition this weeks topic “why fyodor karmazov is awesome and why we should all be like him”
17:00 - cross off the imperiums shit list: the next hour will be spent seeing if theirs anyone in the vicinity who needs a good bolocking, prime targets include but are not limited too lamenters, marines malevolent, ultramarines, rebel scum, the tau empire, traitor marines, the inqusitors ex wife, his mother in law all will make good targets for tomorrows purge
18:00 - pay the imperiums enemies a visit: based on the above list the red hunters may be paying you a visit or mabey you made an inquisitor angry and he’s coming for you in either case drop pods will soon be landing in your vicinity.
19:00 - mandatory viewing hour: the red hunters watch the ancient terran movie of “the fugitive” played by harrison ford and tommy lee jones, battle brothers are thought why tommy lee jones is the real hero and harrison ford is a rebel and a traitor.
21:00 pm the red hunters retire to watch ancient terran holovideos of “iron man” seeing him as a proto astartes in power armor not unlike their own red and gold addtionally, watching captian america civil war many red hunters compare starks actions with the government to the inqusiiton and love him for it, while similtanously booing captian america and his lackeys
01:00 the red hunters retire to “bed” and do the whole thing all over again.