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The Red Corsairs are a Renegade Chapter and warband of Chaos Space Marines who lead a vast fleet of pirates composed of mortals and other Traitor Marines that threaten Imperial shipping and Imperial worlds near the Maelstrom Warp rift in the Ultima Segmentum, a region known as the Maelstrom Zone to Imperial astrocartographers. The Red Corsairs were once a Loyalist Space Marine Chapter called the Astral Claws who were based on the world of Badab Primaris in the Badab Sector of the Ultima Segmentum. The Astral Claws were, ironically, raised during the 10th Founding in the 35th Millennium to guard against the numerous daemonic and alien threats emerging from the Maelstrom. Under the leadership of their Chapter Master, Lufgt Huron, the "Tyrant of Badab," in the late 41st Millennium, the Astral Claws sought to have the Badab Sector secede from the Imperium of Man in protest against the Imperium's continued attempts to use the resources of the Badab Sector outside the region rather than dedicating them fully to the defeat of the Chaotic and xenos threats that emerged constantly the Maelstrom Zone. The Astral Claws and the Tyrant of Badab were able to convince several other Astartes Chapters also dedicated to the protection of the Maelstrom Zone, including the Executioners, Lamenters, and the Mantis Warriors to stand with them against the Imperium in what they believed to be a just cause and an attempt to maintain the traditional autonomy of the Adeptus Astartes in the face of unwarranted interference from the Imperial nobility, economic interests and the often hated Inquisition.
Unfortunately, Lufgt Huron had slowly been corrupted by his desire for power into the service of Chaos, and eventually the Imperium was forced to respond to the Secessionists in the Maelstrom Zone by unleashing the full might of the Imperium in the terrible civil conflict that became known in the Imperial record, before the Inquisition laid down an Order of Obliteration that sought to remove all records of the Astral Claws' existence from Imperial history, as the Badab War. This conflict was fought between 901.M41 and 912.M41 and ended in the complete destruction of the Astral Claws defences and the devastation of their Chapter homeworld of Badab Primaris. Only 200 Astral Claws survived the final Imperial assault, and these Astartes, all corrupted by Chaos, fled with the maimed body of their leader into the Maelstrom, where they founded a new Chaotic empire. The other Astartes Chapters who had served the Secessionist cause were eventually forgiven by the Imperium since they had only been misguided and not corrupted, in return for launching themselves upon a series of penitent Crusades. But Lufgt Huron swore his soul and the souls of his remaining Astral Claws to the eternal service of the Ruinous Powers in return for the restoration of his health and the power needed to make war upon the Imperium that he beleived had betrayed him and his fellow Astral Claws. Replacing the ravaged portions of his body with bionic augmetics, Lufgt Huron, now calling himself Huron Blackheart, ironically led his corrupt Astartes, now calling themselves the Red Corsairs, back into the Maelstrom Zone to become the piratical raiders that he had so long fought against. In time, the Red Corsairs became the leaders of a vast Chaotic pirate force of Renegades and Traitors that represents a major continuing threat to the Imperium in the Ultima Segmentum. .
- ???.M41 - The Fall of Vilamus
- ???.M41 - The Scouring of Makenna VII
- 799.M41 - The San Leor Massacre
- 799.M41 - The Assault on San Leor
- 937.M41 - The Third Purging of Lastrati
- 980.M41 - The Raid on Bakka
- ???.M41 - The Battle of Oldarian
- 959-961.M41 - The Pandorax Campaign
- ???.M41 - The Destruction of Mortain
- ???.M41 - The Gildar Rift
- 999.M41 - Besieging the Chogoris, Kaelas, and Sessec Systems.
- ~999.M41 - The Terran Crusade. Magnus the Red and Kairos Fateweaver are able to recruit a large force of Red Corsairs to combat Roboute Guilliman. The Red Corsairs ambush Guilliman's fleet and take both it and the Primarch captive aboard their new Blackstone Fortress. Skarbrand and Khornate Daemons attack the Fortress seeking Guilliman's head, fighting the Red Corsairs as well. Eventually Guilliman and his warriors are freed by Cypher and Harlequins.
The Red Corsairs fight primarily as an expression of their twisted faith. In order to save what was left of his chapter and his hideously wounded body, Lufgt Huron made a terrible pact with the Ruinous Powers, pledging eternal service in return for the blessings and patronage of Chaos. With limited numbers at their disposal, the Red Corsairs spent much of their time as space pirates, but also launch brutal raids on Imperial shipping and outposts. These raids are not for plundering, but for the sheer pleasure of raiding the areas that they once swore to protect.
The Red Corsairs are organised into a large fleet, able to deploy small, elite forces of renegade space marines supported by larger groups of human reavers. The Space Marines among the force are supremely proficient at the boarding actions favoured by the chapter whose ship-to-ship fighting prowess is infamous. Huron Blackheart maintains a substantial fleet consisting of vessels captured over numerous engagements, ranging from a single Adeptus Astartes battle barge, a number of strike cruisers, many and varied escorts and a huge number of classes of interceptors and bombers. Rumours suggest that Huron's command ship, salvaged when it was drifting on the edge of the Maelstrom, was originally a Word Bearers Traitor Legion ship.
- Huron Blackheart - Master of the Red Corsairs
- Armanneus Valthex - Master of the Forge of the Red Corsairs. Known as "The Alchemancer".[12b]
- Corpulax - Former Consecrators, now a Plague Marine.
- Garlon Souleater - Sorcerer Lord
- Garreon - Lord Apothecary of the Red Corsairs. Known as 'The Corpsemaster'.[12a]
- Kaldemar Kursh, known only by his saying
- Oneius Prayd - Former Red Scorpion, now a warlord
- Sartak - renegade Codicier
- Variel - Apothecary Secundus known as 'The Flayer', betrayed the Red Corsairs and joined Talos and his Night Lords.[8b]
- Blackstone Fortress - Gifted to Huron Blackheart by Abaddon
- Spectre of Ruin - a Battle Barge, often used as Huron Blackheart's flagship
- Venonomous Birthright - a Battle Barge previously belonging to the Night Lords where it was known as the Echo of Damnation[8a]
- Hell's Iris - a Ramilies Class Starfort previously known as Canaan's Eye[8a]
- Wolf of Fenris - a Strike Cruiser previously belonging to the Space Wolves, captured at the Battle of Parenxes[6b]
- Aquiline - an Overlord Class Battle Cruiser[8a]
- Might of Huron - a Slaughter Class Cruiser
- Hope's Sunset - an Executor Class Grand Cruiser
- Midnight Solitude - an Executor Class Grand Cruiser
- Nightmare's dawn - an Executor Class Grand Cruiser
- Chaos Space Marine Legions and Warbands (List)
- Space Marine Forces (List)
- Astral Claws
- Badab War
- Skull Harvest
- 1: Warhammer 40,000: Compendium[Needs Citation]
- 2: White Dwarf 101 (UK) "Index Astartes: The Badab Uprising" by Rick Priestley
- 3: White Dwarf 303 (UK) "Index Astartes: Rogue Sons" by Andy Hoare
- 4: The Skull Harvest (Short Story) by Graham McNeill
- 5: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex), pg. 7
- 6: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (4th Edition)
- 7: Imperial Armour Volume Nine - The Badab War - Part One, pgs. 54-56
- 8: Blood Reaver (Novel) by Aaron Dembski-Bowden[Needs Citation]
- 9: Into the Maelstrom (Short Story) by Chris Pramas
- 10: Apocalypse pg. 171
- 11: Codex: Grey Knights (5th Edition) p. 40
- 12: The Gildar Rift (Novel) by Sarah Cawkwell[Needs Citation]
- 13: Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition Rulebook pg. 176
- 14: Pandorax (Novel)[Needs Citation]
- 15: Warhammer 40,000 7th Edition Rulebook - The Pandorax Incursion
- 16: Strategy Cards for Planetary Empires expansion game, card "Planetstrike – Major Stratagem", (saved archive page, dated February 2011, last accessed 7 October 2015)
- 17: Gathering Storm: Rise of the Primarch Part 3