The Blood Drinkers are a successor chapter of the Blood Angels Legion.
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Strict followers of the Codex Astartes, the Blood Drinkers have blood-drinking rituals and suffer a literal blood-lust, due to a mutation of the chapter's Omophagea gene seed. Members of the Chapter are described as having a perpetual air of aridity, likely due to the above mutation[4b].
While they seem to have overcome the worst aspects of the flaw of the Blood Angels Successors, with low incidence of "Black Rage" and a small Death Company, the truth is that instead of denying or controlling the "Red Thirst", they surrender to it.
The truth behind the Blood Drinkers is far more insidious however. By M37 the Blood Drinkers were a dying chapter, brothers succumbed to the Black Rage as soon as they were fully initiated. A battle-brother named Holos, against the orders of the Chapter Council, followed a dream that told him to ascend to the top of Mount Calicium. At the peak he supposedly met an angel, some claim it to be Sanguinius, who told him how to save his dying Chapter. The Rite of Holos as it came to be known is a gathering of marines, rank is suspended in these meetings apart from Chaplains and Sanguinary Priests, where the marines drink blood from serfs who provide it freely, and sacrifice an unwilling victim. "Blood given, blood taken." This balances the ritual and calms the Thirst.
However the truth behind the Rite was that Holos was visited not by an angel but by a Daemon, heavily implied to be Kairos Fateweaver, who made a deal with the battle-brother. In exchange for the blood drinking Rite that would save thousands of brothers from the Death Company, Kairos would gain the ability to change the visions of a select few Death Company marines from the normal visions of Sanguinius' death to those of Holos and the daemon itself. As of M39 eighteen brothers had witnessed it, and Kairos has spoken through the memories to each battle-brother, tempting them with the power of Chaos. If one even so much as thinks of accepting Kairos's offer the entire Chapter will be damned and fall to Chaos. Thus far all have refused Kairos, but the Daemon cares not as only a single "Yes" is necessary for the Blood Drinkers to be damned forever. Only the Reclusiarchs know the truth behind the Rite, though it is unknown if they wish the Chapter to fall.
- The cleansing of the Genestealer-infested Space Hulk codenamed Death of Integrity, along with the Novamarines chapter. Terminators of the First Company of both chapters led the assault. A 53:1 kill ratio was achieved. Total annihilation of the infestation was confirmed, and the Hulk was later examined for STC materials.
- Took part in Blood Angels Successor Chapter Summit and agreed to donate a portion of its Initiates to help rebuild the depleted Blood Angels Chapter[4c].
- A squad of ten Blood Drinker Marines in a damaged cruiser landed on the apparently loyal Imperial world Karkason only to find that the Planetary Governor Fulgor Sagramoso had declared independence from Imperial rule. The squad, led by Kroff Tezla, were pitted against a force of Titans that Sagramoso had hidden on his world. One by one the Marines were killed by the Titans for the sport of the locals until only their leader remained. A Titan then scooped up Tezla and offered him to Sagramoso as a trophy. Sagramoso had Tezla mutilated and imprisoned. Unable to flee, Tezla entered a dormant state, only to be roused years later when scouts of the Imperial Fists chapter found him by accident and Tezla was able to warn them about the Titans, avoiding disaster. Tezla's wounds were too severe for augmetic replacement, so he was equipped with a mobile chair and two simian servitors to care for him until he was reunited with his chapter.
- Achilus Crusade - In 816.M41 two companies of Space Marines of the Blood Drinker chapter were drawn to Castobel, seemingly by the scent of blood, months before the tendrils of the Hive Fleet Dagon invaded. Fortifying the largest spire of Hive Ibellus. There are some appearances of blood-drained corpses throughout the Hive City, trough the citizens blame xenos stalkers.
- Holos - Battle-Sergeant, Chapter Hero (M37)
- Caedis - Chapter Master (M39)
- Mazrael - Reclusiarch (M39)
- Guinian - Chief Librarian (M39)
- Teale - Sanguinary Priest (M39)
- Orloc - Chapter Master (M41)
- 1: Warhammer 40,000: Compilation, Genestealers
- 2: White Dwarf 98 (UK) (1988), Chapter Approved: The Origin of the Legiones Astartes by Rick Priestley, reprinted in uk.games-workshop.com: The Creation of a Space Marine
- 3: Imperial Armour Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition, pg. 52
- 4: Red Fury (Novel) by James Swallow
- 5: Codex: Blood Angels (5th Edition), pg. 54
- 6: Space Marine (Novel) by Ian Watson, [Needs Citation], pg. 106
- 7: Deathwatch: Rites of Battle, pg. 64
- 8: Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, [Needs Citation]
- 9: Death of Integrity (Novel) by Guy Haley
- 10: How to Paint Space Marines, pg. 82