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Creation of The Codex Astartes[edit]

The first writings that would eventually become the Codex Astartes were composed by Rouboute Gulliman during his last days on Maccragge. Alone in an empty planet, the Thirteenth son began writing down his thoughts about each individual legions, its greatest strengths and its greatest weaknesses. He also mused about the ramifications of "The Great Treachery" (The Lorgar Letdown), and its impact on the Imperium. It was here that he called for legions to be broken up into individual chapters, with the remaining Primarchs leading their sons by example rather than by force. This he argued, would not only ensure that further treacheries would not happen again, but allow the Astartes to redeem themselves to the greater Imperium.

The break up of the chapters, in Gulliman's mind, was needed to correct the rising indifference he noticed in both his and other legions. By shifting the Astartes as protectors of individual planets, they would begin to see the imperium for its citizens and culture rather than as an abstract notion. The Collected writings of the Codex were smuggled out of Maccragge by Nathaniel Garro, who along with other loyalists was betrayed by Mortarion and Kor Phaeron. Roboute Gulliman died in Kor Phaeron's ritual, in which Maccragge was consecrated to the dark gods and the corpses of the multitude of dead heros were possessed by the demons of the Ruinous powers. These beings eventually tortured and killed Roboute, but not before he helped Nathaniel Garro and the remaining Loyalist Death Gaurd and Word Bearers to escape. The Codex Astartes was compiled and authored by Jaghatai Khan (the nomad prince), who took on the notes and writings of his friend Roboute Gulliman (the institutionalist) as a way to preserve the relations between Ultramar and the Greater Imperium. The realm of Ultramar was still spiritually and physically scarred by the Scouring of Maccragge and the Primarch treachery. Between bearing the brunt of the LL, and the misinformation campaigns of Alpharius (claiming that The Imperium ordered Gulliman killed and maccragge destroyed), Ultramar was suspicious of returning to the Greater Imperium at large. Khan, feeling guilty about the death of his friend, and how his Legion was spared most of the losses that befell his brothers, saw this as a way to make amends. Because the book was co-written, Rouboute's concerns about legions going traitor are tempered by Khan's nomadic experience with settler decadence and horde fragmentation. The result is a pseudo-united "Paralegionary" Force. The Khan willingly cedes control of two thirds of his Legion to be broken up into chapters, and the now Rogue Ultramarines agree to do the same. These Chapters are scattered throughout the galaxy. They can come at the request of The Primarchs (or other Imperial or Ultramar governors), but they ultimately answer to no one but The Emperor. Certain Primarchs (Magnus, Fulgrim, Corax, Vulkan) could have these Free Chapters help shore up the dwindling defenses of their territories. It also gives the Emperor a little bit more direct control over regions, (cant be too careful...). Eventually Primarchs like Rogal could grudgingly see the wisdom in this and donate chapters to fortify around the eye of terror. One of Khan's Stormseer successor chapters eventually becomes "The Grey Knights," etc. Perhaps too other Primarchs allow for some of their sons to form chapters according to the Khan-Gulliman Codex. The Blood Ravens could be an example of one such. Additionally, since both RG and JK have the most stable Geneseed (besides Rogal), and other legions would be disproportionately affected by the "Lorgar Letdown," the splitting of these two chapters would be seen less as a break up, and more of a "flowering" since the Khan would expect their successor chapters to act like Nomadic Bands that split off to form their own vibrant tribe. While Gulliman and Khan are technically no longer incharge of any of their now emancipated sons, they still have significant authority over The Codex itself, and any changes and revisions made.

Composition of The Codex Astartes[edit]

The Codex Astartes in total is a mighty lengthy Collection of Tomes. The Entire "Codex" takes up several bookshelves. Very few chapters have entire collections of the work and even fewer have read it in its entirety. So much so that their is an entire organization in Ultramar called the "Legatus Codices" (Codex Lawyers) who specialize in advising chapters on applying the codex as well as mediating chapter disputes.

The actual name for the Codex Astartes is: Illisimus Corpus Codices et Lectitiae et Tactici et Regulae pro Legio Imperii Paci Velloque or "The Great Body of Codes, Laws, Tactics, and Regulations for The Imperium's Legions during Peace and War."

Most chapters carry an abridged version of the codex, containing the relevant sections and indexes and regulae for their chapter's mission statement. Individual Astartes often have an even further abridged version, which mostly contains the sections relating to the individual behavior of a Space Marine. Each Abridged version of the Codex becomes its own book, as each abriged codex usually consists of pages worth of commentary and notes by the leaders of the chapter.

Codex Sections[edit]

The Corpus is divided into 4 parts.

Codex Velladucti[edit]

"The Book of War-waging"
  • The Book of Tactics and Generalship. This section consists mostly of the Work of Roboute Gulliman, but also features notable sections from Horus. Magnus, Fulgrim, and Khan also have made some contributions.
  • Contains guidelines for proper military tactics, effective strategies, guidelines on management of supplylines, and other things that would be useful guidelines for a chapter or company to use the codex astartes.
  • Includes advice and strategic guidelines for Joint Chapter and Joint Legion missions, as well as guidelines on Utilizing Imperial Gaurd divisions in joint missions.
  • It also includes analysis of major battles of the Great Crusade, with commentaries by the Primarchs who led them.

Codex Chronopacis[edit]

"The Book of Peace-Time"
  • Provides Guidelines for managing the chapter when a Space Marine Chapter and legion is not at war.
  • It offers advise on training schedules, fortress maintenance, managing Astarte morale and discipline, and other chapter management.
  • Codex Chronopacis is probably one of the Few Sections in which Vulkan makes hefty contributions on advising Astartes-Civilian relations, and the ways in which the space marine legion can contribute to the well-being of their subjects.

Codex Astartes[edit]

"The Book of The Soldier"
  • Perhaps the most famous book, and the one that nearly every Space Marine has read.
  • So much so, that This particular Section has become a Metonym for the entire Corpus, despite being the smallest section.
  • The Codex Astartes contains rules and guidelines for the behavior of the Adeptus Astartes on a personal level.
  • Behavior towards superiors, subordinates, Astartes of different chapters, as well as with Military and civilians are all covered here.
  • The Codex Astartes also provides guidelines on warding oneself against the forces of chaos and identifying signs of corruption.
  • This section was written primarily by Magnus the Red. However Leman Russ has some rather impassioned contributions as well.

Appendix Astartes[edit]

  • Contains rules and guidelines for the creation of new Space Marine Chapters
  • The Different Indexes and Regulae are located here.

Codex Regulae (Apochryphal)[edit]

The "Standard Code" or "The Code of The Legions"
  • An additional Section composed by Horus
  • Dismissively called "Codex Nebulae" (The Wishy-Washy or Irrelevant Code), by Astartes Chapters and most Jura Codice.
  • Codex Regulae offers advice on the management of legions.
  • However, because most Legions are still led by their Primarch (who usually have their own ideas), the Codex is for the most part ignored.
  • Very few Legions or Chapters include this in their codexes.

The "Codex Astartes" as usually carried by individual space marines usually consists of:

  1. Major selections from "The Codex Astartes"
  2. Heavily curated selections from Codex Chronopacis regarding individual behavior and dispute management
Selections usually selected based on the Position of the Astartes as well as the Chapter Master's preference.
  1. Heavily curated selections from Codex Velladucti
Usually selected based on the leadership of the chapter based on tactical preferences.
  1. The Relevent Index and Regulae pertaining to the chapter.

Rules for Post First Founding Chapters[edit]

The Codex provides the provisions under which a group of Astartes can apply for "Chaptership." Should an aspiring chapter-master wish to create an independent chapter, he must meet the following provisions:

  • Permission from your Primarch (or Legionary Commander)
  • Sponsorship from at least 10 other Chapter Masters,
  • Endorsement of good character by no less than three of your fellow legionaries of equal or greater status,
  • An endorsement of gene-seed health by the Ordo Biologius.
  • Have strength of no less than 150 Astartes, but no greater than 500
  • Among these 150, no less than 10 Librarians and 10 Apothecaries
  • Other requirements based on the Index upon which your chapter is founded under (those founded under Regula Magnus for instance, have additional regulations placed on Psykers)

If all 6 of these provisions are met, then the Rules and Chapter can be approved by a Majority of The High Lords of Terra and the Approval of 3 Ultramar Princes (Emperor can Veto) If any of these provisions are lacking, then either the Emperor's approval or a Unanimous Vote of The High Lords is required.

Index Astartes and Regula Astartes[edit]

While Gulliman and Khan wrote the entire book together, they also provided their own sections or "indexes" that they wrote independently. An applying chapter must apply to be under one of these rules, and will be subject to the regulations of the chapter they are headed under. Sections are Numbered in order of their creation

Additionally, there are certain "sub indexes" or Regulae, which while not significant enough in their divergence to be considered its own chapter, provides additional rules for further specialization of space marine chapters.

Section 1 - Index Aurellian[edit]

Aka "The Rule of Gulliman"
Index Aurellian requires provisions relating to planetary administration. Those under the Rule of Gulliman are expected to live up to Gulliman's vision of Statesmen Astartes and have mastery of the diplomatic and administrative arts as well as military matters. Index Gulliman also has additional requirements regarding Chapter Composition and Fortress Monasteries.

Section 1(a) Regula Viatorris[edit]

AKA Order of The Webway
A work of headache inducing compromise, and endless negotiations between Jaghatai Khan, Magnus, and The Representatives of Craft World Biel-Tan. Astartes founded under this codex were the first Space Marines to be permitted to operate in the Webway, and as such shoulder their crippling regulations with pride and distinction. In addition to stringent regulations regarding chapter organization, organizational hierarchy, and restricted activities, chapters in the Rule of The Webway must also accept the sponsorship of an individual craftworld, and are required to answer to them regarding activities in the web way.

Section 1(b) Regula Collegii[edit]

Ecclesiarchic Rule
Unique to the Aurelian cult, these are approved rules mandated for Astartes chapters under the direct control of the Aurelian Cult and Royum Ultramar (not to be confused with Ultramarine successors within the Imperium that follow the Aurelian Cult). The Chapters under this regula are very strict in terms of armaments, organizational structure, and restrictions. Most notably Regula Collegii chapters are restricted from major changes or adaptations in technology, resulting in most Ecclesiarchic chapters to continue to use their meticulously maintained Mark 2 Armor.

Section 1(c) Regula Prosperae[edit]

AKA First Order of Magnus
Heavily Modified variation of Index Aurelian, the Regula Magni adds additional qualifications for Librarians, and tactics for Librarian heavy combat.

Section 1(d) Regula Angeli[edit]

AKA The Rule of The Angel
Created by Sanguinius following successful development of Treatments for the Red Thirst. This section finally permitted The Blood Angels to form free Chapters.

Section 2 - Index Chorgoris[edit]

AKA "The Rule of Khan"
Index Chorgoris provides guidelines on nomadic or spaceborne chapters. It is less interested in composition and focuses more on clear lines of succession, Chivalric rules regarding behavior between fellow astartes and non-astartes, and managing Intra-chapter disputes. The Rule of Khan is considered to be less stringent on the Chapter as a whole, but places more of the rules and liability on individual Astartes.

Eventually Other Primarchs (with the permission of Khan/Ultramarines Chaptermaster) added their own Indexes (Shown in order of their creation)

Section 2(a) Regula Mortis[edit]

AKA Order of Garro
Special section of rules for loyalist sons of traitor legions. Mostly follows Index Chorgoris, but with guidelines pertaining to managing a Chapter composed of multiple Genefathers, as well as additional rules for safeguarding against corruption.

;Section 2(b) Regula Tempestus[edit]

AKA The Rule of The Warp or Second Order of Magnus
Created to help in the creation of chapters who operate near the Eye of Terror, and as such have more encounters with Warp Storms and Demonic incursions.

Section 2(c) Regula Skythiae[edit]

AKA Rule of The Nomad
The Mellennium long ambition of the Khan realized through the benignly negligent sponsorship of Commoragh. Created in M38, the Rule of The Nomad offers significantly more flexibility than the bureaucratically asphyxiated Regula Viatorres Astartes. In exchange for limitations on operations inthe webway, they have greater flexibility travelling through the webway, making these Astartes chapters the ultimate force for rapid response and deployment throughout the Imperium with little Eldar interference.

Section 3 - Index Penitentiae[edit]

Index Penetentiae was created for heretical or disloyal legions to prove their loyalty to the Imperium. Unlike the other sections, which offer significant flexibility in terms of the legions organization and mission, the Index Penitentiae provides the legion's structure, which must by strictly adhered to. Those under the Index Penitentiae must submit to regular investigations by the Imperial Inquisition. Penitent legions are also not permitted near forgeworlds, hive worlds or The Solar Segmentum unless invited. Those under Index Penitentiae are not permitted to expand their numbers until such time that they are considered worthy. Some may be forced to remain under The Rule of The Penitent until their legion is extinguished. Many of the first to use this index were the many Traitor Legion Loyalist Chapters in the Aftermath of The great treachery.

Section 4 - Index Phoenician[edit]

AKA "The Rule of Fulgrim"
Fulgrim's Rule places additional requirements on Artificers and Apothecaries. Astartes under the Rule of Fulgrim are also expected to be masters of Personal Combat. Those under Fulgrim's rule are expected to be both expert fighters and expert craftsmen. Curiously there are no Emperor's Children Successor chapters under the "Fulgrim's Rule." Due to the weakness of The Emperor's Children, they could never afford to donate. Instead the followers of The Rule of Fulgrim are almost exclusively Iron Hands Successor Chapters. Index Phoenician was written by Fulgrim at the personal request of Ferrus Manus, who had several companies request their Genefather's permission to form Chapters.

Section 4(a) Regula Tyrranis[edit]

Aka The Rule of Tyrannids

For Tyranid-busting chapters, augments Index Phoenecian with its emphasis on personal adaptability, with Dorn's experience and resilience enshrined in Index Praetorean. Exceptional at adapting to an ever adapting foe.

Section 5 - Index Praetorian: or "The Rule of Dorn"[edit]

The Rule of Dorn has a few stipulations for personal behavior or for chapter management. The ultimate focus of Index Praetorian is Seigecraft and Engineering. A chapter under Index Praetorian is rigorously disciplined in the arts of engineering, warfare, architecture, and defensive tactics.

Section 5(a) Regula Extrodinarii[edit]

AKA The Emergency Orders, The Tau Orders, The Justinian Codex
The now Infamous Regula Extrodinarii took an Index already light on Personal behavior and moral dictums and made it even more loose. The index was created by the High Lords of Terra in an effort to create more Legions to defend the Ultima Segmentum from the T'au. The result were the dregs from each legion escaping their Primarch's discipline to become free companies in the lightly governed frontier.

Chapter Foundings[edit]

First Founding[edit]

The First Founding was made entirely of White Scars and Ultramarines. The Creation of the Free Chapters was seen as the first step towards reconciliation between Ultramar and The Greater Imperium.

First Founding Chapters:

  • Novamarines
  • Genesis Chapter
  • Macragge's Honnor
  • Rampagers
  • Mantis Warriors
  • Marines Errant
  • Storm Lords
  • Sons of Gulliman
  • Inceptors
  • Black Counsels

Second Founding (ie The Penitential Founding)[edit]

While Jaghatai and Gulliman had created the Codex Astartes with the Loyalist fragments in mind, it was a very controversial position and Jaghatai didn't want to jeopardize his carefully hammered out reintegration of Ultramar with Traitor Chapters. Instead, Jaghatai used his own legion "The White Scars" as a sort of Parole Office for Wayward Astartes, helping to mitigate concerns about their reintegration by sending them out to demonstrate their loyalty to the Imperium under his Supervision. When Jaghatai felt the time was right, he used Nathaniel Garro, well-liked on Ultramar being the last Astarte to see Roboute Gulliman alive and the protector of The Primarch's last writings as the Posterboy for his "Second Founding." Garro was granted permission to found his own Chapter made up of Former Death Gaurd loyalists, and permission to recruit new astartes and carry one the Death Gaurd Geneseed. With the success of Garro's "Dusk Raiders" Soon other chapters were able to form their own loyalist chapters under "The Rule of Garro." Unlike in Vanillahammer, these chapters are aware of their gene-father's treachery and have built themselves around continuing their Emperor-made purpose. Second Founding Chapters:

  • "Oathkeepers"
Fmr Death Gaurd, formed from Nathaniel Garro
  • "The Charcodons"
Fmr Night Lords
  • "Silver Skulls"
Fmr Iron Warriors
  • "Consumed"
Fmr World Eaters
  • Space Wolves
Fmr Space Wolves (Vanilla Wolf Brothers), the few who survived the madness. Their founding was unique in that their request to form a Chapter was rejected by non-other than Leman Russ himself. Leman, who was so disgusted with himself and his Legion, did not want any part of his legion to carry forward. They went to the High Lords of Terra and the Emperor himself pleading for the chance to serve the Emperor once again, and permission for the Name "Space Wolves" to die an honorable death. Additionally, they went to Magnus to beg for him to intercede on their behalf, in exchange for service. Magnus was impressed by their gall, and agreed to help them overrule Russ's refusal. The war cry of the new Space Wolves is "Remember Prospero." They go through the galaxy hunting their former brothers, but try to stand clear of their furious father.

Fourth Founding or "The Phoenecian Founding"[edit]

The Fourth Founding consisted of a donation of Iron Hands. The Iron Hands were swelling with new ranks and many of the tensions between Ferrus Manus and his Augmentation-obsessed sons was bubbling to the surface. Both were affecting the efficiency of the Legions. Seeing the behavior and capabilities of other legions like The Thousand Sons, Emperors Children, Ultramarines, and Salamanders; Ferrus Manus was concerned that his obsession with brute strength and refinement of flesh was stifling the creativity and capabilities of his Astartes. In the interest of seeing his Sons thrive and adapt, Ferrus Manus commissioned his friend Fulgrim to design a set of rules to allow his successor chapters to reach their full potential. In many ways the Successor chapters of the Fourth (and future Iron Hands) Founding are unique in their dual heritage, taking on traits of both Primarchs

Fifth Founding or "The Corvidae Founding"[edit]

The Fifth founding came about as a result of a the First Black Crusade, when several legions (the Iron Hands in particular) learned the hard way how painfully ill-equipped they were for war against demonic forces. While orders like The Grey Knights did exist, they were small, and the Inquisition's "Ordo Malleus" was distrusted by most, if not all Space Marine Legions. Thus it was Magnus The Red's Turn to Donate, and as Such Composed The Regula Prosperae, providing for new Psyker-heavy Chapters, and ways to guard them against Chaos. Note that very few Thousand Sons formed successor chapters due to issues with the Primarch's geneseed. Until the development of Primaris the Regula Founding was mostly composed of other chapters (White Scars in particular).

Fifth Founding Chapters

  • The Corvidae
One of the few donated by Magnus the Red as one of The First of the new Mystic Chapters
  • The Exorcists
  • The Pleasure-Seekers
Chapter and Ironic name provided by Fulgrim, this Chapter excels in fighting against the Servants of Slaanesh
  • The Emperor's Path
White Scars Successor, specializes in fighting against Tzeentch
  • The Emperor's Peace
Focuses on The Servant's of Khorne,
  • The Wolf Hounds
Another Anti-Khorne Chapter, trained by Leman Russ
  • The Apothacaries
Iron Hands Successors, specialize in killing Demons of Nurgle.
  • Espandor's Faithful
General Anti-Demon Ultramarine Successors
  • Memory of Maccragge
Ultramarine Successor, expert Nurgle Killers.

Sixth Founding or "The Dornian Founding"[edit]

Called The Dornian Founding by those not in Proximity to Rogal Dorn, was made up of the deserters of The Imperial Fists Legion. Dorn's Legion, angry that Dorn had abandoned crusading for obsession with fortifications requested that part of the legion break off and serve Horus's plans. Dorn consented on the condition that he would allow them to break off if they agreed to follow The (maligned by Fists) Codex Astartes. Unfortunately they Called his bluff. Sixth Founding Chapters

  • The Emperor's Champions
Founded by None other than Rogal's Former Champion, Sigismund, This chapter is unique among the other Imperial Fist Chapters in that it is one of the Few that does not use "Index Praetor," Instead preferring the Rules set out by The Khan enshrined in Index Chorgoris.
  • The Crimson Fists
  • The Celestial Lions
  • The Imperial Fists
  • Fists Exemplar
  • Excoriators
  • Iron Knights
  • Astral Knights
  • Soul Drinkers
In this universe a Dorn Successor chapter that follows the Rule of Magnus

Explanation of Various Terms[edit]


An Index is a section of the "Appendix Astartes" which specifies the particular rules of a chapter. Different indexes were founded with drastically different mindsets and expectations. Index Chogoris for instance, was created for Chapters that are nomadic, and do not have a Fortress monastery, while Index Phoenecian was created with an Emphasis on Individualism over the chapter.


A Regula is a subset chapter that allows for further specialization of the Chapter.

Religious Chapters[edit]


Unlike the Legions who usually emphasize the Imperial Truth, Many Codex space marines (especially those descendent of Gulliman) are part of a sanctioned religion. More often than not this is the Aurelian and Promethean cults, but there are some notable exceptions such as The Lotus Hearts and The Blue Eagles.
Spiritual Liege
Members of the Aurelian Cults must answer to a Spiritual Liege, these Spiritual Lieges are responsible for inspecting the practices of the Chapter, and ensure they do not fall into heresy. Additionally each holy seat tends to have different philosophical and ecclesiastical traditions that are expected to be carried out by SM chapters under their spiritual vassalage. Those who are part of a minor holy seat technically fall under the jurisdiction of Nova Maccragge

(XIIIth Seat).

Notable Holy Seats
"Characteristics of The Different Sees"
Espandor Head Seat, most ancient orders, and administrative seats fall serve Espandor. "Assist" other Chapters
Bergenvan Tend to work heavily with Ancillae, missionary work and mobility common.
Calth Calth focuses heavily on detecting and fighting against the forces of Chaos. Many Demon-slaying chapters answer to Calth.
Macragge Extremis (SUEU) SUEU chapters tend to the Militarum, chapters from this holy seat tend to assist and tend to the needs of the various Human Guards found throughout the Imperium.
Nova Thulium Nova Thulium, both the wealthiest and widely respected chapters in the Imperium, are responsible for gathering the records and bodies of faithful departed. Less combat focused than other seats.
Magna Terra Some more prestigious older chapters exist, however Magna Terran chapters have a history of Bootlicking the High Lords, as well as being compromised by Other forces
Masali Both one of the most conservative and narrow minded chapters, but also most friendly with the Tarrasque peoples. It is not common to find Masali chapters outside of Ultramar.
Prandium Prandium chapters tend to be more philosophically minded that other chapters.
Konor Almost exclusively adherants to The Aurelian Mechanicus. Heavy emphasis on Techmarines and Technology. Chapters tend to behave similarly to The Iron Hands.
Laphis Laphis chapters have a reputation for being unorthodox with bizarre practices. Most diversity of chapter characteristics.
Allius/Nova Macragge The Opposite of Laphis, despite the variety of origins for these chapters, the Nova Macragge seats tend to be more conservative. All minor seats technically fall under the jurisdiction of Nova Macragge.

Patron Saint[edit]

Common Patron Saints
Gulliman the Conqueror A standard for Militarist chapters.
Tarasha of Espandor Patron of Navigators and Fleet-Based Chapters.
The Black Euten Those who serve under the Banner of The Black Euten tend to be obsessed with the Golden Sorrow. Consequently, they also tend to be more focused on justice, rectifying wrongs, and punishing the wicked.
St Aeonid Once was popular among Demon-Slaying chapters, however by the 41st mellenium Aeonid is such a ubiquitous patron saint its almost generic.
St Marcien the Red Angel The Great World Eater and one of the Holy Companions. A very common Patron Saint.
Lord of Macragge Aspire to be great administrators and statesmen.
Factoria Magna Factoria Magna, patron of Techmarines.
St Konor Followers of St Konor, Gulliman's foster-father are two fold, either they are aspiring statesmen and educators, or they are part of the Aurelian Mechanicus.
Spectra Pietas Unique to Prandium, the "Will of The Primarch and Emperor," chapters see themselves as arbitors of the Emperor's will.
Cordinelumbae Made popular by the Lotus hearts in the 36th Millennium, followers of Tarash of the Lotus Heart are often in the Ultima Segmentum and usually face against the T'au.
St Antoni The Chapter Master of The Ultramarines and first Spiritual Liege. Those with St Antoni as their patron tend to be from Espandor.
St Kaspian Kaspian Hech, once of The Word Bearers was one of The Holy Companions and patron of missionaries. A common saint for Nova Thulium chapters.
St Alicia See themselves as Bastions of Orthodoxy, and with very little tolerance for heresy.
St Zso Zso Shaahal Former Night Lord and one of the Holy Companions, patron of Psykers.
St Olanius Despite his problematic religious background, Those with St Olanius as their Patron either aspire to his bravery or service to the Imperial Guard.
St Macer The Red Angel Incredibly popular Saint, Macer Garvin was one of the Holy Companions. Often chosen in admiration of his endurance against adversity and pain.
The Cult often picks a saint as both a focus of devotion and emulation. The choice of patron saint is often a reflection of the Chapter's aspiration.


For those who are not a member of The Aurelian Cult or Ultramarines, the successor chapters can often be divided by their their view on their role as a space marine. Sometimes these are organized (as they are in the white scars), but usually these schools represent loose paradigms of shared ideals. Most often these schools depend on where they divulge from their genefather's teachings. Most all Legions, have some sort of "Origionalists" who seek to return the chapter to its ways before being refashioned by their Primarch. Origionalists should not be viewed as a unified school as an Origionalist Blood Angel is not going to be the same as a Origionalist Fist.

"Non Ultramarine Scools"
School Name Relations with Genefather Divergent or Complementary Description
Iron Hands
Fulgrimites Positive Complementary Have taken on the ideals of Fulgrim in an effort to be the Emperor's Children he lost during the Treachery
Mechanites Negative Divergent Refuse to abandon love of technological augmentation. Often allied with Mechanicus.
Dauntless Mechanites Negative Divergent Found on Ultima Segmentum, These Iron Hands have loosely aligned themselves with Konor, and as such honor Gulliman as the King of Machine Spirits.
Radical Gorganists Negative Complementary Essentially those who think Ferrus Manus doesn't go far enough. Reject technology whenever possible, prefering personal strength and regularly discarding what is seen as unnecessary.
Adaptive Gorganists Negative Divergent Often found among Iron Hands with Experience with Orks and Genestealers. Believe in Ferrus Manus' aspiration of the perfection of flesh but believe the Human body in of itself is fundamentally imperfect. Regularly engage in selective breeding of their geneseed, applicants, and even engage in genetic engineering.
Blood Angels
Sanguinors Positive Complementary Support Sanguinius' vision for them. Emphasis on personal discipline and containing red thirst
Cholerics Positive Divergent Believe that the red thirst should be balanced and controlled but not supressed.
Baal Redemptorists Positive Divergent Radical sect that views mutations of man and abhumans as being a higher state over homo-sapiens.
Imperial Fists
Legionaires Negative Divergent Reject Dorns call to wait and prepare, insist that the purpose of the Fists is to crusade. Despite being independent chapters, Legionaires skirt the rules and regularly collaborate with eachother. Often in the outskirts of the Imperium.


Preface to Index Aurelian[edit]

This Passage was part of Roboute's Collected writings called "Reflections on the Great Crusade." In which Roboute provides commentaries on the actions of himself and his brothers during The Emperor's Great Crusade as a preface to his own death and Lorgar's treachery. Gulliman remains hopeful in the Emperor's project, but he does warn that The Primarchs need to stop thinking of themselves as conquerors, and instead as rulers.

We should not be so arrogant to assume that all sins fall on Lorgar and his ilk. As if it is us not them who have nothing to atone for. All of us have committed great crimes in the name of a Higher Truth. Perhaps I can say that my legions never stooped to the brutality of Angron and his world eaters, yet the home of Nuceria was part of my kingdom. The men who tortured and mutilated the soul of my brother continued their evil with their deeds unpunished. Even if I am not a monster by my deeds I have been their husbandman through my omissions. All of us have committed our crimes and when we do, we place hope in our immortality, thinking that the memories of our nefarious deeds will die with our ephemeral brethren. They do not. Instead the stories echo and amplify in whispers and hearths and children's bedsides. Eventually all of the galaxy will know of us not as the heroes we paint ans sculpt ourselves to be, but mythical monsters who steal their children and punish the wicked. And as they grow fearful, we grow cold. And as aloofness becomes callousness, callousness becomes contempt. And after contempt? What then? Then perhaps it would be better if Lorgar and the traitors did succeed, for at least such maniacal evil has the virtue of honesty, and that's one more virtue than possessed by the hypocrite. No, if the citizens of this Imperium are to serve us, then we must serve them as well. Our Astartes should grow and bond not merely with us and their ships, but the planets they serve, attend to their needs, take on their way, right their wrongs and nurture their growth. If we take the best of their sons for our own ranks, should we not return something as well?

Selected Quotes[edit]

On Taking Cover[edit]

Do not allow your adrenaline to override your tactical sense. For an Adeptus Astartes, Cover has more uses than protection from bullets. Consider for instance, that appropriately sized barriers will protect your silhouette from enemy fire. For a few precious seconds you are little more than a formless specter of your former self. Every bullet he spends trying to pinpoint your silhouette is a round that can no longer go into you or your comrades. So use that time that your opponent spends deducting your precise location is time scouts and diversions gan gain mastery of the battlefield. The armor of a space marine offers sufficient protection from most threats, and therefore cover is more suitable protection against enemy eyes than it is enemy fire.

--Roboute Gulliman, Codex Velladucti

Boldness is brashness. Ensure that your most vulnerable members are protected. Your Librarius and apothecary should always be protected by a shield of materia, of bolter fire, or their own brothers. This is just as much for your protection as it is theirs, for what barrier could compare to the psychic protection of a librarius with time to concentrate?

--Magnus the Red, Index Prosperae A sturdy wall is a meatshield that does not cost human life. Use it.

--Rogal Dorn, Index Praetorian Our hands are the Emperor's fury, our armor is the Emperor's ingenuity, our brothers are the Emperor's protection. If an Astartes is so foolish as to forsake this and place its protection in a wall that could not support its own roof, then both he and that wall deserve to collapse together.

--Sigismund of The Emperor's Champions thoughts on Index Praetoran (and Rogal Dorn). I've considered the Situation Gulliman presents, "A man needs to take cover because he is under fire." I will tell you this now my children, if you are in this situation, you have already failed me four times. Firstly because you did not prepare for his arrival, secondly the enemy is not dead before seeing you, thirdly because you allowed him to fire first, and finally because your presence failed to instill him with the fear to stand up to you at all.

--Konrad Curze, Regula Noctis To be a Salamander is to be a bright flame of hope on a dark dismal battlefield. An astartes was built to fight like a warrior of the emperor not like a gaurdsmen. Think of your auxiliaries! What does will the put upon soldier think when he sees the Emperor's angels and the sons of Vulkan lying prone before a shattered column? I will not tolerate such pathetic displays and insults to my craftsenship. You must act as an inspiration and example at all times. You must show your men how to fight with inspiration, and should you die, teach them to die with glory.

--Vulkan, Via Draconis Always listen for the Rhythm of the Battlefield. All soldiers in a fight take their turns to play their peace. We Astartes are the masters of the instruments of war, and can adjust to the tempo of the battle while continuing to play our piece. When taking cover, or stop for any reason you may think you are adjusting the tempo. You are not, instead you are forfeiting your role, and allowing the opponent to play his part instead.

--Jaghatai Khan, Index Skythae