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2drones.gif This article is about the Space Marine Chapter; for the novella, see The Crimson Fist (Novella).

The Crimson Fists are a Space Marine chapter. They are one of the successor Chapters created during the Second Founding, their progenitors being the Imperial Fists and their Primarch Rogal Dorn.

Marine Basic Data Chapter Symbol
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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]
Specialty: Anti-Ork Warfare
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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Miniature
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Crimson Fists marine (Mk.VI armour)

Background

History

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] It is also rumoured that the planetary assault company were formed into another Chapter but all records have been wiped from Imperial history.[Needs Citation] The first Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists was Alexis Polux, a hero of the Heresy.[1]

The chapter's name derives from the ceremony conducted at the initiation of new chapter masters in the Imperial Fist legion. The Chapter Master and the Primarch would both cut their palm and share blood in a warrior handshake; strengthening the marine with the blood of the Primarch and forming a symbolic bond between them.[Needs Citation]
Crimson Fists Sternguard Veteran.

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]

Crimson Fists marine (Mk.VIII armour)

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] Since the Ork invasion, the Fists have sworn vengeance on all Ork-kind.[Needs Citation]

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

Organisation

Crimson Fists

The Crimson Fists embrace the Codex Astartes readily, and are probably the most traditional among the sons of Rogal Dorn, and receive training of all aspects of combat as written by Roboute Guilliman. There are a few minor deviances; such as the first company being known as the Crusade Company, a tradition started after the Crusade of Righteous Liberation left the Crimson Fists with no more than 128 survivors. The 1st company has been kept at 128 marines since, with the master of the Crusade Company always being the Chapter Master as well. It is considered a bad omen to march to battle with less than a full veteran company.[Needs Citation]

The Crimson Fists have always had close ties with the Imperium and the Inquisition. They have contributed many warriors to the kill-teams of the Ordo Xenos, being renowned Ork fighters. They have also, at the order of Terra and the Inquisition, destroyed two chapters of brother Space Marines; the insane Sons of Gideon and the mind-wiped Marines Vigilant. This has earned them a reputation as lap dogs of the Inquisition among certain chapters[Needs Citation]. 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]

The Chapter's main colour is deep blue with white or silver details. When an initiate joins the ranks of the Chapter his left glove is painted red; when he becomes a member of the Crusade company his right glove is also painted red. Scouts are often portrayed with red gloves but blue hand guards. Their Chapter symbol is almost an exact copy of that of the Imperial Fists but uses different colours, namely dark blue and crimson red.[Needs Citation]

Current Organization

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

Headquarters

Chapter Command

Pedro Kantor, Chapter Master

Armoury Apothecarion Fleet Command Librarius Chaplaincy
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Master of the Forge

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Chief Apothecary

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Chief Librarian

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High Chaplain

Companies

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

"The Crusade Company"

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Master of Crusades

"The Shieldwall"

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Master of the Shield

"The Red Lightning"

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Master of the Line

"The Crimson Lancers"

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Master of the Charge

"The War Riders"

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Master of Steeds

Reserve Companies Scout Company
6th Company 7th Company 8th Company 9th Company 10th Company

"The Iron Guardians"

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Master of the Watch

"TheWardens of Rynnl"

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Master of the Gates

"The Red Path"

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Master of Blades

"The Fists of Rynn"

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Master of Siege

"The Wayfinders"

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Master of Shadows

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]

Notable Crimson Fists

Crimson Fists with Pedro Kantor

Armoury

Relics
Relic Name Relic Type Notes Source
Dorn's Arrow Storm bolter Wielded by Pedro Kantor [5b]
Duty's Burden Bolt Rifle
Sceptre of the Sacred Blood Holy symbol Was lost during the Invasion of Rynn's World, presumebly destroyed [11]
Vengeful Arbiter Bolter
Night's Edge A Relic Power Sword Wielded by Veteran Sergeant Sandor Galleas of the Crusade Company.

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