The Relictors are a Renegade Space Marine Chapter, originally known as the Fire Claws. They are believed to have been created from Ultramarines and Dark Angels gene-seed and were one of the Astartes Praeses Chapters, created to guard the Eye of Terror.
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The Epiphany and Renaming
The Fire Claws generally fought in the area around the Eye of Terror alongside Cadian Shock Troopers. When the Emperor's Tarot showed a badly damaged Space Hulk emerging from the warp near the Forge World of Stygies in Segmentum Obscurus, the Fire Claws were mobilized to investigate. The hulk was codified as the Captor of Sin and contained a Chaos Warband led by a Champion of Tzeentch known as the Excoriator. The Fire Claws used their Strike Cruisers to cripple the hulk and then sent Terminator Assault Squads to investigate it, led by Librarian Decario and the shadowy Inquisitor De Marche. The renegades realized they were doomed and made their final stand in the vast engine room, where Decario and De Marche both fought the Excoriator.[Needs Citation]
The champion carried a daemon sword forged in the heart of the Eye of Terror that had the essence of a Greater Daemon bound within it. De Marche quickly found himself out of his league as his power axe had no effect. His armour was cut open and he had been grievously wounded. Decario's force sword was shattered and his Terminator Armour was cut open in one foul swoop. Fortunately, Decario used his Power Fist to rip the Excoriator's sword arm from its socket. Even though it was wounded, the Champion fought on, smashing down the Librarian and killing four more Terminators before Decario grabbed the nearest weapon and, with a prayer to the Emperor, took off the head of the Excoriator.[Needs Citation]
Decario then noticed that the weapon he had was the Daemon Sword. Instantly he felt that this weapon could be used to defeat Chaos. De Marche warned the Librarian that only he was trained to handle such weapons. Decario handed over the weapon and they returned to their ships. Once back on their ships, De March explained that this weapon could be used against Chaos and should not be destroyed. With the aid of Decario, they convinced the Chapter Master of the Fire Claws and, under the eyes of the Inquisitor, they explored the worlds around the Eye of Terror for more artifacts. Over the decades that followed they slowly collected more relics and became known as the Relictors.[Needs Citation]
Judgment and Crusade
It did not take long for the rest of the Imperium to discover their use of Chaos weaponry in warfare. A cell of Inquisitors, four Chapter Masters and an Emperor Class Battleship descended on the Relictors' Fortress Monastery and they were forced to hand over all relics and De Marche and take on a century-long penance crusade. De Marche was executed as a heretic and as part of their crusade, the entire Chapter (all 10 companies) were deployed to Armageddon in the Equatorial Jungles, especially around Angron's monolith.[Needs Citation]
Vision and Quest
The Chapter later left Armageddon after the Chapter's Librarians had a vision of a lidless eye weeping blood; following this, the entire Chapter left the planet in their spaceborne Ramilies Class star-fort for the Eye of Terror. Conflict with the other forces in the area increased as the Relictors descended deeper into the Eye of Terror in their search for tools of Chaos to turn against their owners. This conflict eventually culminated with a Relictors raid on the remote Diamedes Archive where the Space Marines destroyed an Inquisition force guarding a Chaos artifact of great power and claimed it for their own.[Needs Citation]
Continued conflict with the Inquisition during the 13th Black Crusade resulted in them being declared Excommunicate Traitoris and were all but destroyed by the Grey Knights under the command of Inquisitor Cyarro. Only a few hundred now remain, and it is suspected that these survivors have fled to the relative safety of the Eye of Terror.[Needs Citation]
It is currently unknown whether these survivors have thrown in their lot with the forces of Chaos or continue their struggle of trying to turn the dark powers against them for the good of humanity, much like another of the Renegade chapters, the Soul Drinkers.[Needs Citation]
- Blood Star Campaign. The Chapter loses its Chapter Master.
- Feral War. The 3rd Company is destroyed by the Thousand Sons
- Captor of Sin. See above.
- Achilus Crusade
- Third War for Armageddon. The Relictors contributed all 10 companies to this war.
- 13th Black Crusade. The Relictors contribued all 10 companies to fight against the forces of Chaos in this war.
- 1: Index Astartes, [Needs Citation]
- 2: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 30
- 3: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition), p. 21
- 4: Codex: Space Marines (6th Edition) (E-Book Edition) p. 67
- 5: Codex: Eye of Terror (3rd Edition), p. 16
- Armageddon Website - Details of the Third War for Armageddon Worldwide Campaign. (accessed 2007.02.18)
- White Dwarf 295 (UK), [Needs Citation]
- How to Paint Space Marines, [Needs Citation]