|This article is about the Space Marine Company, for the the novel by Gav Thorpe see Ravenwing (Novel)|
The Ravenwing is the Second Company of the Dark Angels Space Marines Chapter. Like the First Company, The Deathwing, the Ravenwing are not part of the Codex Astartes structure system - although the remaining companies of the chapter adhere to the Codex.
The Ravenwing is a highly specialised formation where speed is more important than heavy firepower. To this end, all of the marines in the company ride into battle on bikes or Land Speeders.1 The Ravenwing's hidden role within the chapter is that of mobile hunters, eternally prowling for their traitorous ancestors, The Fallen.2 Instead of the usual dark green panoply of the rest of the chapter, the Ravenwing's armour and vehicles are painted jet black, echoing the original colours of the Dark Angels Legion.
The current Master of the Ravenwing is Sammael, who rides to battle on the last known surviving Imperial Jetbike. In previous editions of the game the Master of the Ravenwing could be fielded on a bike or custom Land Speeder.3
According to the novel Descent of Angels, by Mitchel Scanlon, the origin of the Ravenwing dates back to pre-Imperial times; originating from a mounted cavalry section of The Order who rode black horses and "could survive alone in the deadly forests of Caliban, heroic figures in matt black armour and winged helms".4