|This article is about the the Chaos jump infantry. For other uses of Raptor, see Raptor (disambiguation).|
Raptors consider themselves as elite shock troops. Although seen as very egotistical by other Chaos forces, their use of deep strikes at the most vulnerable point in an enemy line has given them a predilection for preying on the weak, making them vicious hunters. Much like Terminator Armor, the Jump Packs used by Raptors are considered prized relics and badges of honour. Often the armour of a Raptor is modified with amplifiers and vox casters to emit terrifying sounds used to disorient their enemies, making them easier prey. They always wear their stylised jump packs which are identifiable by their arched intakes and thrusters.
Raptors are sometimes armed with flamers or meltaguns to aid in different situations. Whatever they are armed with, Raptors descend upon positions and deal death and destruction wherever they land. Due to their egotistical and self-indulgent reputation, Raptors often stir up rivalry when amongst other Chaos forces, while their disinterest in interacting with other members of the warband gives them a still greater air of arrogance. Champions of Chaos still see their merit in combat and some even stoke up rivalry to get rid of the weakest of their force, leaving a more hardened core.
Raptor warbands frequently operate in Cults, usually consisting of the original Raptors that fought for Horus but who have since become twisted into something more monstrous by the Gods of Chaos. Much like Khorne Berzerkers and Plague Marines, these Raptor Cults worship one of the Gods of Chaos, but which god exactly remains unclear. It is speculated that rather than Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh, or Tzeentch, Raptor Cults may worship one of the minor Gods of Chaos. But whomever they worship, as time has passed Raptors have become even more corrupted, mutated by the strange forced of Chaos such that they no longer bear a resemblance to their Imperial counterparts.
Known Raptor Cults
- 1: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (4th Edition), pg. 34
- 2: Index Astartes IV — Harbingers of Doom
- 3: Games Workshop
- 4: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition), pg. 48
- 5: Warhammer Community: Heretic Astartes Focus Night Lords (posted 20/3/2019) (last accessed 10/3/2020)
- 6: The Wolftime (Novel) - Chapter 1
- 7: Black Legion - A Codex: Chaos Space Marines Supplement (E-Book) pg. 26
- 8: Vigilus Defiant pg. 172
- 9: Void Stalker (Novel), Epilogue Tertius
- 9a: Chapter 26
- 10: The Siege of Castellax (Novel)
- 11: Games Workshop (dead link)
- 12: Games Workshop (dead link)
- Codex: Chaos Space Marines (3rd Edition, 1st Codex), pg. 16
- Codex: Chaos Space Marines (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex), pg. 32
- White Dwarf 231 (UK): Harbingers of Doom - Chaos Space Marine Raptors
- Lord of the Night (Novel)