|This article is about the Space Marine Chapter, for the novella see Crimson Fist (Novella)|
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After the Horus Heresy, it was decided (in the Codex Astartes written by the Ultramarines Primarch Roboute Guilliman) that no single man should ever wield the power of a whole legion of Space Marines alone, and that each legion was to be split up into thousand-man strong chapters. Rogal Dorn of the Imperial Fists legion long opposed this, but decided to yield rather than risk the fragile peace of the post-heresy Imperium. The Imperial Fists legion was divided into four chapters: The marines most devoted to their Primarch were to remain Imperial Fists, the most zealous started the never-ending crusade of the Black Templars and the younger and more levelheaded marines formed the Crimson Fists.1 It is also rumoured that the planetary assault company were formed into another Chapter but all records have been wiped from Imperial history (See Soul Drinkers).
The chapter's name derives from the ceremony conducted at the initiation of new chapter masters in the Imperial Fist legion. The Chapter Master and the Primarch would both cut their palm and share blood in a warrior handshake; strengthening the marine with the blood of the Primarch and forming a symbolic bond between them.
The Crimson Fists spent their first nine millennia as a space-faring Crusade Chapter, much like the Black Templars. Their first victory was against a large host of Exodite Eldar on Urolak Prime, followed by the cleansing of HR8518; the home system of an alien race known as the Scythians.1 Their most legendary campaign was the Crusade of Righteous Liberation - the retaking of planets lost after the Age of Apostasy. The largest Crimson Fist operation in more recent times was the Voltigern Crusade in late M40, where several Ork empires in the Loki sector were attacked and destabilized, later to collapse in civil war. For this, the Crimson Fists were granted fiefdom over Rynn's World, a prosperous agri-world.1Their homeworld was invaded by Orks in mid-M41. The Crimsons Fists, led by Captain Drakken of the 3rd company had earlier tried to sabotage an Ork Waaagh building on the nearby world Badlading, but failed. The Orks rallied under Warlord Snagrod - the Arch-arsonist of Charadon - and invaded in response, despite the almost suicidal nature of invading a Space Marine homeworld. The odds shifted in the Orks' favour when the Crimson Fists fortress-monastery was destroyed by a stray missile from its own defence system. Of more than six hundred space marines stationed there, only sixteen (among them Chapter Master Pedro Kantor and Brother-Captain Cortez) escaped the blast.9 Circumstantial evidence, and coincidences have led some to believe the Officio Assassinorum may have had a hand in the strange destruction of the fortress-monastery, but no concrete evidence has ever come to light.11
The last two-hundred and eighteen surviving Space Marines on Rynn's World consolidated their defences at the planet's capitol, New Rynn City, and managed to stave off the invasion after a furious, 18-month siege behind the city's walls. The siege was broken by a relief force of more than 2200 ships and elements of 6 Space Marine Chapters (amongst them the Ravenwing of the Dark Angels10), the Titan Legions, and the Imperial Navy. 9 With no more than a hundred surviving marines the Chapter came close to being disbanded due to irrecoverable battle losses, but have since managed to recover.1 The chapter is back to half its original strength as of late M41.5
Since the Ork invasion, the Fists have sworn vengeance on all Ork-kind.
During the Imperial attempts to reclaim the planet of Entymion IV, the Crimson Fists answered a request for reinforcements. During the first assault, the Crimson Fists' commander, Captain Reinez, discovered the presence of the Soul Drinkers on the planet after suffering an attack by Tellos. Additional companies arrived led by Chaplain Inhuaca, but their campaign ended in failure as Entymion IV was lost and the Soul Drinkers successfully accomplished their goals and escaped off world.5
The Crimson Fists embrace the Codex Astartes readily, and are probably the most traditional among the sons of Rogal Dorn, and receive training of all aspects of combat as written by Roboute Guilleman. There are a few minor deviances; such as the first company being known as the Crusade Company, a tradition started after the Crusade of Righteous Liberation left the Crimson Fists with no more than 128 survivors. The 1st company has been kept at 128 marines since, with the master of the Crusade Company always being the Chapter Master as well. It is considered a bad omen to march to battle with less than a full veteran company.
The Crimson Fists have always had close ties with the Imperium and the Inquisition. They have contributed many warriors to the kill-teams of the Ordo Xenos, being renowned Ork fighters. They have also, at the order of Terra and the Inquisition, destroyed two chapters of brother Space Marines; the insane Sons of Gideon and the mind-wiped Marines Vigilant. This has earned them a reputation as lap dogs of the Inquisition among certain chapters.
The chapter's main colour is deep blue with white or silver details. When an initiate joins the ranks of the Chapter his left glove is painted red; when he becomes a member of the Crusade company his right glove is also painted red. Scouts are often portrayed with red gloves but blue hand guards. Their Chapter symbol is almost an exact copy of that of the Imperial Fists but uses different colours, namely dark blue and crimson red.
Notables battles and campaigns
- The Declates Crusade
- Battle for Rynn's World
- Rynn's World Reclamation
- Battle of the Steel Cross
- The Zeist Campaign.6a (M41) The Crimson Fists heeded the call of Lord Macragge, and provided tactical squads to fight for the liberation of Augura (a staging point for the Tau forces).
Notable Crimson Fists
- Chapter Master Alexis Polux - The Crimson Fists First Chapter Master (dec.)
- Chapter Master Algernon Traegus - 16th Chapter Master (dec.)9
- Chapter Master Klede Sargo - 17th Chapter Master (dec.)9
- Chapter Master Kardova - Chapter Master during The Crusade of Righteous Liberation (dec.)
- Chapter Master Pedro Kantor - Lord Hellblade, current Crimson Fists Chapter Master (M41), Captain of Crusade Company, 29th Chapter Master1,9
- Captain Drigo Alvez - Captain of the 2nd, Master of the Shield, Captain in charge of defence of New Rynn City, overwhelmed and killed by Orks (dec.)9
- Captain Ashor Drakken - Captain of the 3rd, Master of the Line, killed in the assault on Krugerport (dec.)9
- Captain Alessio Cortez - Master of the Charge9, Nigh-invulnerable Captain of the 4th Company (pres dec.)
- Captain Selig Torres - Captain of the 5th9
- Captain Olbyn Kadena - Captain of the 6th, Master of the Watch9
- Captain Caldimus Ortiz - Captain of the 7th, Master of the Gates (.dec)9
- Captain Matteo Morrelis - Captain of the 8th, Master of Blades9
- Captain Raphael Acastus - Captain of the 9th, Master of Siege9
- Captain Ishmael Icario - Captain of the 10th, Master of Shadows9
- Veteran Sergeant Grevius - Member of a Deathwatch Kill-team and was killed by a Tyranid Lictor on Herodian IV7
- Brother Toma of the Fifth Company, Crimson Fists8
- Forgemaster Javier Adon - Master of the Technicarum (dec.)9
- High Chaplain Marqol Tomasi (dec.) 9
- Chaplain Argo - Chaplain of the 5th Company
- Chief Librarian Eustace Mendoza - Master of the Librarius (dec.) 9
- 1 White Dwarf 287(us) Index Astartes: Bloodied Fist. The Crimson Fists Space Marine Chapter. by Andy Hoare
- 2 White Dwarf, German, 43
- 3 White Dwarf 94, Skirmish on Rynn's World: The Battle of Jadeberry Hill
- 4 Warhammer 40,000 4th Edition Rulebook, p. 102
- 5 Crimson Tears by Ben Counter
- 6 Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition) - a: p.48
- 7 Warrior Brood (Novel) by C.S. Goto
- 8 One Hate (Short Story) by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.
- 9 Rynn's World by Steve Parker
- 10 Codex: Dark Angels (4th Edition), p.44
- 11 Codex: Assassins (3rd Edition) p. 13