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- Crimson Fists -
Founding Chapter: Imperial Fists[1]
Founding: Second Founding[1]
Chapter Master: Pedro Kantor[2]
Homeworld: Rynn's World[1]
Fortress-Monastery: Arx Tyrannus[10]
Colours: Dark blue, crimson red[12]
Strength: Less than 500, but recently rebuilding strength[15a]
Battle Cry: Chaplain: There is only the Emperor
Reply: He is our shield and protector[1]
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After the Horus Heresy, it was decided (in the Codex Astartes written by the Ultramarines Primarch Roboute Guilliman) that no single man should ever wield the power of a whole legion of Space Marines alone, and that each legion was to be split up into thousand-man strong chapters. Rogal Dorn of the Imperial Fists legion long opposed this, but decided to yield rather than risk the fragile peace of the post-heresy Imperium. The Imperial Fists legion was divided into four chapters: The marines most devoted to their Primarch were to remain Imperial Fists, the most zealous started the never-ending crusade of the Black Templars and the younger and more levelheaded marines formed the Crimson Fists.[1] The first Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists was Alexis Polux, a hero of the Heresy.[1]

The Crimson Fists spent their first nine millennia as a space-faring Crusade Chapter, based aboard the fortress-monastery Rutilus Tyrannus[6], much like the Black Templars. Their first victory was against a large host of Exodite Eldar on Urolak Prime, followed by the cleansing of HR8518; the home system of an alien race known as the Scythians.[1] Their most legendary campaign was the Crusade of Righteous Liberation - the retaking of planets lost after the Age of Apostasy. The largest Crimson Fist operation in more recent times was the Voltigern Crusade in late M40, where several Ork empires in the Loki Sector were attacked and destabilized, later to collapse in civil war. For this, the Crimson Fists were granted fiefdom over Rynn's World, a prosperous agri-world.[1] The ruins of the Rutilus Tyrannus were moved to Rynn's World and the Fists built their new Fortress-Monastery around it.[22a]

Their homeworld was invaded by Orks in mid-M41. The Crimson Fists, led by Captain Drakken of the 3rd company had earlier tried to sabotage an Ork Waaagh building on the nearby world Badlanding, but failed. The Orks rallied under Warlord Snagrod — the Arch-arsonist of Charadon — and invaded in response, despite the almost suicidal nature of invading a Space Marine homeworld. The odds shifted in the Orks' favour when the Crimson Fists fortress-monastery was destroyed by a stray missile from its own defence system. Of more than six hundred space marines stationed there, only sixteen (among them Chapter Master Pedro Kantor and Brother-Captain Cortez) escaped the blast.[10] Circumstantial evidence, and coincidences have led some to believe the Officio Assassinorum may have had a hand in the strange destruction of the fortress-monastery, but no concrete evidence has ever come to light.[4]

The last two-hundred and eighteen surviving Space Marines on Rynn's World consolidated their defences at the planet's capitol, New Rynn City, and managed to stave off the invasion after a furious, 18-month siege behind the city's walls. The siege was broken by a relief force of more than 2200 ships and elements of 6 Space Marine Chapters (amongst them the Ravenwing of the Dark Angels[3]), the Titan Legions, and the Imperial Navy. [10] With no more than a hundred surviving marines the Chapter came close to being disbanded due to irrecoverable battle losses, but have since managed to recover.[1] The chapter is back to half its original strength as of late M41.[7]

During the Imperial attempts to reclaim the planet of Entymion IV, the Crimson Fists answered a request for reinforcements. During the first assault, the Crimson Fists' commander, Captain Reinez, discovered the presence of the Soul Drinkers on the planet after suffering an attack by Tellos. Additional companies arrived led by Chaplain Inhuaca, but their campaign ended in failure as Entymion IV was lost and the Soul Drinkers successfully accomplished their goals and escaped off world.[7]

With the formation of the Great Rift the Crimson Fists homeworld of Rynn's World was again invaded, this time by Daemons. Ultimately Roboute Guilliman's Indomitus Crusade arrived to break the Dameonic siege. With them came new Primaris Space Marine recruits, allowing the Fists to rebuild their former strength and embark on new campaigns against the enemies of mankind.[15a]

Notables Battles and Campaigns

  • The War of the Beast544-546.M32. During the war, Chapter Master Quesadra died and was replaced by Cuarrion. During the conflict, the Crimson Fists contributed a portion of their strength to rebuild the Imperial Fists.[13]
  • The Zeist Campaign.[5a] (M41) — The Crimson Fists heeded the call of Lord Macragge, and provided tactical squads to fight for the liberation of Augura (a staging point for the Tau forces).
  • Vortigern Crusade - 745.M41[21]
  • Achilus Crusade[6]777.M41 — The Crimson Fist contributed a demi-company to a series of operations on Khazant in the Cellebos warzone. They achieved some victories before being recalled by their Chapter to combat the Orks of Charadon. Thy lost the Dreadnought and its pilot, Ancient Castores, who was once Captain of the Chapter’s First Company. Although the Chapter’s forces now fight elsewhere, those Crimson Fists assigned to serve in the Deathwatch in Jericho Reach maintain a watch for their fallen hero, hoping that one day his sarcophagus may be returned to Rynn’s World.
  • Indomitus Crusade???.M42. Rynn's World is besieged by Daemonic armies, forcing the Crimson Fists to defend their homeworld once more. Guilliman's Indomitus Crusade and newly arrived Primaris Space Marines bearing the markings of the Crimson Fists arrive at Rynn's World and break the siege. The Fists on Rynn's World marvel at the new Space Marines and see them as closer to the ideal of Rogal Dorn.[15a]
  • A Crusade of Vengeance against the Ork race in retribution for the Invasion of Rynn's World. Strengthened by a great influx of Primaris Space Marines, several greenskin Waaagh!s are diverted by their Warbosses in hopes of a better fight.[18]
  • Battle for Geo-Station Erpes — with the Orks[16]
  • In one of battles with Orks Crimson Fists used an entire formation of Land Raider Redeemers to destroy the Ork Mektown of Khurkhuk.[15b]


The Crimson Fists destroyed the chapter of the Marines Vigilant. This chapter, described by Pedro Kantor as "troubled", had suddenly and without explanation refused to even fight against Xenos. The Marines Vigilant did not defend themselves when the Crimson Fists attacked them on orders from the Adeptus Terra. Though they did so reluctantly, Pedro Kantor himself considers the destruction of the Marines Vigilant "the most distasteful act" in the Chapter’s history.[11]

Current Organization

As of the beginning of the Indomitus Crusade M42:[22]


Chapter Command

Pedro Kantor, Chapter Master[22]

Armoury Apothecarion Fleet Command Librarius Chaplaincy

Master of the Forge[22]


Chief Apothecary[22]


Chief Librarian[22]


High Chaplain[22]


Crusade Company Battle Companies
1st Company[22] 2nd Company[22] 3rd Company[22] 4th Company[22] 5th Company[22]

"The Crusade Company"[22]


Master of Crusades[22]

"The Shieldwall"[22]


Master of the Shield[22]

"The Red Lightning"[22]


Master of the Line[22]

"The Crimson Lancers"[22]


Master of the Charge[22]

"The War Riders"[22]


Master of Steeds[22]

Reserve Companies[22] Scout Company[22]
6th Company[22] 7th Company[22] 8th Company[22] 9th Company[22] 10th Company[22]

"The Iron Guardians"[22]


Master of the Watch[22]

"The Wardens of Rynn"[22]


Master of the Gates[22]

"The Red Path"[22]


Master of Blades[22]

"The Fists of Rynn"[22]


Master of Siege[22]

"The Wayfinders"[22]


Master of Shadows[22]

Homeworld & Recruitment

Though the Crimson Fists are a based on Rynn's World, they usually recruit from the nearby Feral World of Blackwater. They have also found Rynn's World unsuitable for training, and thus use the Loki Sector for such activities. Rynn's World largely occupies a ceremonial and aspirational role.[22a]

Chapter Assets


Relic Name Relic Type Notes Source
Dorn's Arrow Storm bolter Wielded by Pedro Kantor [5b]
Sceptre of the Sacred Blood Holy symbol Was lost during the Invasion of Rynn's World, presumebly destroyed [11]
Fist of Vengence Power Fist Mastercrafted power fist recovered from the ruins of the Fortress-Monestary on Rynn's World. [22b]

Notable Crimson Fists


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