|Ambiguous Term? This article is about the Chapter Master of the Blood Angels. For other uses of Dante, see Dante (disambiguation).|
Dante is the current Chapter Master of the Blood Angels. Commander Dante is one of the most experienced and able Space Marine commanders. In no small part, this is due to the longevity of the Blood Angels, which he has ruled for 1,100 years. Dante is the oldest living Space Marine in the Imperium (excluding Dreadnoughts) and is held in awe by leaders of other Chapters, who can remember him being a famous commander when they were in the Scout Company.
Dante was born in 447.M40[6a] on Baal Secundus (Baal's second moon) and his growth was stunted by malnutrition and radiation. When he took part in his clans trials at the Place of Challenge he showed no special promise, but nonetheless survived. Afterwards he was inducted into the Blood Angels Chapter as an Aspirant. He first drew notice when during his transformation after drinking the gene-seed synthesized blood of Sanguinius, he went into a year long coma and cried out the names of fallen primarchs, dark gods, and long-banished Daemons. Upon emerging Dante was trained to become a battle-brother, then - Brother-Sergeant. He reached the rank of Captain in 753.M40[6b] Later he took part in the Kallius Insurrection of M40, where every Captain of the Blood Angels but Dante himself was slain, and it was decided by the gathered Chaplains and Sanguinary Priests that he would become the new Chapter Master.
His very presence inspires troops to acts of valour that are extraordinary even for Space Marines. Because of this reputation, when it came to choosing a leader for the Armageddon intervention, the Masters of the other two Chapters taking part (the Salamanders and the Ultramarines) unanimously asked for him to be placed in charge. Dante is a legend not just amongst the Blood Angels but also amongst the common citizenry of the Imperium, to whom he is a saviour, a golden-armoured hero who descends to save them in their darkest hour.
Commander Dante has led the Blood Angels to some of their greatest victories, from the bloody campaigns in Ultima Macharia to the Liberation of Canau. He clove the mighty Bloodthirster Skarbrand in two at the Gates of Pandemonium and drove the Orks from the twelve worlds of Blackfang.
Perhaps his most famous victories were in the Second War for Armageddon, where his leadership allowed the beleaguered defenders to triumph over the fury of Waaagh! Ghazghkull. There he led the valiant strike against the Orks attacking Hive Acheron, where the horde was ripped asunder by cannon and bomb as Dante spearheaded the reinforcements. And it was in the closing stages of the war that Dante's tactical genius finally broke the back of the Ork army, leading a massed Drop Pod assault against the Orks assaulting Hive Tartarus, his Blood Angels slaying fully half of the Orks and driving them back to the ash wastes and jungles.
In the closing days of the 41st Millennium, heroes like Dante are points of light in the growing darkness. He stands, as he has done for a millennium or more, between the enemies of Mankind and the Imperium.
As a leader, Dante is utterly fearless, and full of drive and initiative. If his opponents ever make a mistake, Dante is on it in a flash, and he always exploits their error to the fullest. He has a reputation for leading from the front and can usually be found where the battle is fiercest. Plummeting from the skies at the head of his personal bodyguard, a halo of power playing around his head.
Yet for all of his success, or perhaps because of it, Dante has grown weary of his burdens. He has lived far longer than he should, and the burden of centuries grows even weightier. Only one thing prevents Dante succumbing to ennui. Recorded in the Scrolls of Sanguinius are the Primarchs visions of a great battle to overshadow all others, where one golden warrior will stand between his Emperor and the darkness. For many generations of the Blood Angels, these prophecies have been read as Sanguinius's foreknowledge of his own fate, yet through some instinct, perhaps a lingering trace of his Primarch's fabled far-seeing eye, Dante believes otherwise. One day, perhaps one day soon, the defence of the Emperor will rest in Dante's hands, and he aims to fulfill this final duty.
During the Devastation of Baal, Dante led the Blood Angels and their successor chapter's in a final stand against Hive Fleet Leviathan. During the battle Dante managed to slay the Swarmlord but was badly wounded in the process. As he lay dying, he saw a vision of the Sanguinor and Sanguinius himself. Relieved that his duty was finally over, Dante was about to pass into death when Sanguinius told him to live and that his time was not yet done. Distressed, Dante begged Sanguinius to let him die and take his soul with him, but was suddenly revived on the battlefield. Fortunately for the Chapter Master, Baal was saved by Roboute Guilliman and the Indomitus Crusade.
Dante's Artificer Armour incorporates a Jump Pack and the Death Mask of Sanguinius, a golden mask said to have been modelled on the features of Sanguinius. A halo of golden energy plays about Dante's head striking terror into the hearts of his enemies. Dante is also armed with the Axe Mortalis and the Perdition Pistol.
- "For eleven hundred years, I have fought and I have seen the darkness in our galaxy. I have seen the vileness of the alien and the heresy of the mutant. I have witnessed the sin of possession. I have seen all the evil that the galaxy harbours, and I have slain all whose presence defiles the Emperor. I have seen what you will see. I have fought what you must fight, and I have slain what you must slay... so fear not and be proud, for we are the sons of Sanguinius, the protectors of Mankind. Aye, we are indeed the Angels of Death."
- 1: Codex: Blood Angels (3rd Edition), [Needs Citation]
- 2: Codex: Blood Angels (4th Edition), pg. 6
- 3: Blood Angels Character focus at Games Workshop (last accessed 14 April 2015)
- 4: Codex: Blood Angels (5th Edition), pg. 53
- 5: Warlords of the Dark Millennium: Dante (Background Book)
- 6: Dante (Novel) by Guy Haley
- 7: Codex: Tyranids (8th Edition) pg.63
- 8: The Devastation of Baal (Novel)
- 9: Codex: Blood Angels (8th Edition) pg.22