Vorpal Swords

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Dungeons and Dragons[edit]

The "vorpal sword" was the weapon used to kill the monster in the famous poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll of Alice in Wonderland fame, a poem which every English student had to study. It's also one of the most iconic weapons in D&D, a magic weapon that generally always caused instant decapitation on a critical hit. Usually, but not always, an instant kill.

Warhammer 40,000[edit]

Vorpal Swords
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Founding Unknown
Successors of Unknown
Chapter Master Unknown
Homeworld Unknown
Strength Unknown
Specialty Unknown
Allegiance Imperium of Man
Colours Light Green, with Black Pauldrons.

The Vorpal Swords are a loyalist chapter of Space Marines who were part of the ill-fated Judged, a group of chapters who had been accused of heresy by the Imperial Saint Basillius the Elder. He gave them the choice of a swift death or taking part in the Abyssal Crusade, a lethal crusade into the Eye of Terror to kill as many chaos worshipers as possible before they went down themselves.

The Crusade ended up being one of the biggest fails in Imperial history, as it was all a plot engineered by Chaos using Basillius, who was secretly in league with the Chaos Gods, to destroy or corrupt as many Space Marine chapters as possible. This would offer the twofold benefit of weakening the Imperium's hold on the galaxy and potentially strengthening the forces of chaos. The resulting increase in the number of marauding Chaos warbands provides a great opportunity for you to come up with one of your own.

The Vorpal Swords were the only chapter (along with a few stragglers from some of the other chapters) to escape the Eye of Terror after the crusade. They brought proof of the saint's corruption to the Inquisition, which caused one of the biggest u-turns in Imperial history as every mention of the saint was redacted. His remains, his relics and his worshippers were then fired into the heart of a sun.

Since then the Vorpal Swords have served the Imperium once more, which is remarkable when you consider how thoroughly they were screwed over in the first place. That said, this could play into their fluff in some interesting ways. Surely they must be by far the most mistrustful of the Ecclesiarchy and the Inquisition after their experiences with them.

Most recently, they have had engagements against Chaos Daemons, including an (ultimately phyrric) victory against Skarbrand.

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
(M32-M35):
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
(991.M35):
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
(999.M41):
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 Consuls - 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