Sons of Antaeus

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Sons of Antaeus
Founding 21st Founding
Successors of Probably Ultramarines
Chapter Master Unknown
Primarch Definitely not Mortarion
Homeworld Unknown
Specialty Being tuff nutters
Allegiance Imperium of Man
Colours Grey and black

The Sons of Antaeus are a Loyalist chapter of Space Marines who lead a very mysterious existence.

They are known to be particularly hardy and tough, being more impervious to damage than even other Space Marines, as well as being large even by Marine standards. They can shrug off blows that would instantly kill any other Astartes. This is due to the Adeptus Mechanicus going crazy in adding all sorts of extra stuff to harden them up; some whisper that their toughness is on par with the Death Guard Legion.

Perhaps due to this, they are notably not open to most Imperial authorities and avoid contact with them whenever they can. This is probably a smart choice, considering what happened to the other Cursed Founding Chapters.

Over a decade ago, these guys had their own rules in 3rd edition, found here (handily /tg/ updated for 6th edition)

The Sons are confirmed as being active as late as M41.9, so they're not doing as badly as some of the other cursed chapters. Also, while their toughness is often likened to Plague Marines, the process by which they were created bears more resemblance to Primaris Marines (made without Cawl's expertise) and could also explain their toughness. Primaris Marines are made using some of the process of creating Custodes. So, the Sons might have a similar connection to the Thunder Warriors. Or they could just have been an initial run chadmarine test.

Note: In real-world Greek mythology, Antaeus was a total badass renowned for being completely invincible while touching his mother. Sounds like a shit superpower, until you find out that Antaeus was actually the son of Gaia... AKA the fucking Earth itself. He, of course, abused this by challenging random passersby to Pankration matches (think MMA deathmatches) and taking their shit and their skulls when they inevitably lost. This continued up until Hercules defeated him by picking him up off the ground and hugging him to death.

Also antaeus means literally "opponent" in ancient Greek... read of that what you will.

A Son of Antaeus shows up in the novel Shadowbreaker, as a member of the Deathwatch no less. Called Androcles, he is described as being fucking massive; without armour he was about the size of a Marine wearing theirs. We also get confirmation that they are thought to be Ultramarines successors. Androcles also claims that despite being a part of the Cursed Founding, the Sons don't see themselves as cursed at all. He also claims the Sons of Antaeus have never been defeated "on solid ground". Sadly he is killed when he's ganged up on by two other Marines, one hoisting him into the air while the other stabbed him to death. It should also be noted that the other two Marines were wearing full power armour and one had a storm shield while Androcles only had recon armour and his combat knife, and he still put up a very hard fight. Notice that until they got him off the ground, they couldn’t win. How much of this is skill and how much might be...something else is questionable if you think about how oddly akin to the myth of Antaeus they seem to be.

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 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
(M32-M35):
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
(M35):
Death Spectres - Exorcists
Fourteenth to
Twentieth Founding:
Angels of Fire - Avenging Sons - Celebrants
Twenty-First Founding
(991.M35):
Black Dragons - Blood Gorgons - Fire Hawks
Flame Falcons - Lamenters - Minotaurs
Sons of Antaeus - Tiger Claws
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 - Iron Lords - Knights of the Raven
Marines Errant - Mentors - Fire Claws/Relictors
Star Phantoms - Subjugators
Ultima Founding
(999.M41):
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
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