The Astral Claws were a Space Marine Chapter who turned Renegade in M41. Their survivors exist as the Red Corsairs, and their Chapter Master, Lufgt Huron, is now the infamous pirate lord Huron Blackheart.
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The Astral Claws were founded during the mid-35th millennium as a Crusading Chapter in order to help stabilize the slowly crumbling Imperium during the Nova Terra Interregnum. Their founding chapter is unknown, as most records of their existence have been destroyed in an Edict of Obliteration, though speculation on their gene-seed stability and combat tactics point towards either the Ultramarines or the Dark Angels.[1a]
Before their downfall the Astral Claws possessed a roll of battle-honours that would be the envy of many; after their performance in the Fifth Black Crusade, their Chapter Standard was placed in the halls of the Eternity Gate in the Imperial Palace on Terra.[1a]
According to the Apocrypha Kaali, the Astral Claws had "three sons", but only names one; the Tiger Claws. During the Badab War, Inquisitorial investigations found that the Astral Claws were hiding members of the long-thought lost Tiger Claws chapter within their own ranks, as well as illegally expanding their own numbers above Codex-approved norms.[1a]
After rebelling against the Imperium and being defeated in the ensuing Badab War, the Chapter's survivors fled into the Maelstrom, becoming the core of the Red Corsairs. As a chapter they have been declared Excommunicate Traitoris and any records of the chapter are marked to be destroyed.[1a]
Notable Members of the Astral Claws
- Lufgt Huron - Chapter Master[Needs Citation]
- Corien Sumatris - 2nd Company Captain, The Tyrants' Champion, Warden of Piraeus[1b]
- Armanneus Valthex - Master of the Forge, The Alchemancer, Personal Armourer to Lufgt Huron and Corien Sumatris.[1c]
- M35 - Founded
- Campaigned during the Nova Terra Interregnum
- M36 - 5th Black Crusade
- M37 - Stationed in Segmentum Obscurus, unknown homeworld
- M38 - Stationed in Segmentum Obscurus, unknown homeworld
- M39 - Reappear at full strength during the Gorgon Pentarchy.
- M40 - Patrol Segmentum Solar and Segmentum Tempestus.
- M41 - Assigned to the Maelstrom Warders, 587.M41.
- 697.M41 - Lufgt Huron becomes Chapter Master.
- 718.M41 - Huron assumes overlordship of Badab Primaris and the Badab sector.
- 748.M41 - Huron begins withholding the Astral Claws gene-seed tithe.
- Secret expansion program begins.
- 780.M41 - The Lycanthos Drift Campaign; Huron elected commander of all Imperial forces present.
- 901.M41 - The Badab War begins.
- 912.M41 - Conclusion of the Badab War; the chapter is effectively destroyed, the remnants becoming the Red Corsairs.
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- 1: Imperial Armour Volume Nine - The Badab War - Part One
- 2: Deathwatch: Honour the Chapter, pg. 126