Noise Marines, as they are known, are the dedicated Slaaneshi Chaos Space Marine foot soldiers, commonly found in the Emperor's Children Traitor Legion, and also in other Slaanesh-devoted Chaos Space Marine warbands, such as The Flawless Host.
Their trademark is the use of devastating Sonic Weaponry that confuses and demoralizes enemy forces in a wild show of "deafeningly loud, psycho-sonically and pyrotechnically explosive attacks." However, Noise Marines are also physically enhanced by their patron God Slaanesh, giving them heightened senses as well as superhuman hearing.
The first creation of Noise Marines goes back to the days immediately preceding the Horus Heresy. After the Cleansing of Laeran introduced corruption into the heart of the 28th Expedition Fleet, noted remembrancer Bequa Kynska eventually produced a grand symphony she called the Maraviglia, at whose debut (and only) performance were present several Emperor's Children Space Marines, including Primarch Fulgrim and Marius Vairosean. This performance, inspired and entwined with Slaaneshi powers, not only caused the abrupt daemonic possession of several of the orchestra, but also spurred the audience to engage in an orgy of sex and violence alike. During the "performance" it was noted that the musical instruments were able to produce effects variously disorientating, stimulating and downright murderous. Not long afterwards, during the Battle of Isstvan V, some Emperor's Children marines took to the field armed with these weapons, becoming the first Noise Marines. During the Heresy, these early Noise Marines developed powerful but dangerous psycho-sonic weapons known as Kakophoni.
After the Heresy, the early Noise Marines took their deviant behavior to a new level with their new patron Chaos God and over the years of bloody warfare have honed their bodies into sensory extremes where nothing can stir their emotions other than the din of battle and screams of the dying. The louder the noise or sensation the greater mental reaction a Noise Marine achieves, and on the battlefield he essentially ceases being human but rather becomes a receptacle for the sounds of agony and death.
Noise Marines wear Power armour painted in all manner of striking and bold colors, pinks, blacks and purples being used predominantly in bizarre patterns all over the armour's legs, arms, gauntlets, helmets and shoulder pads.
The weapons employed by the dreaded Noise Marines use a combination of light and sound designed to stimulate the sensations of both the wielder and the unfortunate victim.
Notable Noise Marines
Noise Marine armed with a Blastmaster
Noise Marine armed with a Sonic Blaster
Epic Scale Noise Marines
- 1: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (4th Edition), pg. 39
- 2: Fulgrim (Novel) by Graham McNeill, [Needs Citation]
- 3: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition), pg. 47
- 4: Forge World (last accessed 10 March 2015)