|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 they are very egotistical and their use to strike at the weakest 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 honor. 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. Many other Chaos forces see them as egotistical and self-indulgent, which often stirs up rivalry. Raptors don't always interact with other members of the warband, giving them a 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 now have been 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 exactly remains unclear. It is speculated that rather then Khorne, Nurgle, Slaanesh, or Tzeentch, Raptor Cults may worship one of the minor Gods of Chaos. But whoever they worship, as time has passed Raptors have become even more corrupted, their mutated by a strange force of Chaos so that it no longer bears a resemblance to Imperial counterparts.
Known Raptor Cults
- The Bleeding Eye
- 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
- 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)