The Death Spectres are a Space Marine Chapter. Stationed beyond the boundaries of the Imperium, they maintain a careful watch over the Ghoul Stars to ensure that their supernatural inhabitants never again threaten the galaxy.[1a]
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Their parent chapter is the Raven Guard.[7a] Their founder, Corcaedus, brought the Death Spectres to Occludus after receiving a vision from the Emperor Himself, which directed him to a secret cavern underneath the world's surface containing a xenos artifact of immense power, the Shariax.[7f]
It is a closely guarded secret that each successive Chapter Master of the Death Spectres (known as the First Spectre, or in the Occludan dialect of Low Gothic, the Megir), upon his ascension, takes his place on the Shariax (the Throne of Glass) and does not step down again until he is dead. The Shariax grants some power to the Death Spectres that is vital to maintaining their watch over the Ghoul Stars, at the cost of draining the Chapter Master's life.[7g] Although he is semi-capable of directing the affairs of the Chapter, most daily command decisions are made by the Menrahir, the Chapter Council. Only the First Captain and the Chief Librarian have regular access to the Chapter Master.[7g][7h]
The Death Spectres have a special inclination towards Death and decorate their heraldry, armor, and fortresses with motifs associated with death and transcendence. They believe that those in die in battle will be reborn to once again fight in the Emperor's service. Upon death, battle-brothers are mummified and placed beneath Logopol, the Chapter's Fortress-Monastery. Members of the Chapter utilize a special gesture known as the Masrahim known as the salute of skull and throne. This is achieved by placing the left hand palm up next to the abdomen then placing the right in the left hands palm as a fist.
Unique designations include:
- Megir - Chapter Master and Grandmaster of the Chapter Cult known as The Order. Also known as the Eye that Pierces the Veil.
- Mesazar - Chief Librarian and successor to the Megir.[7g]
- Megron Master of the Flag[7f]
- Menrahir - Chapter Council[7g]
The Death Spectres recruit new members of the Chapter by scouring worlds for the best possible female candidates. They are taken to their homeworld of Occludus and once there breed future Aspirants.[9a]
Death Spectres lack a functioning Mucranoid and Betcher's Gland.[7b] Their gene-seed also suffers from relatively minor genetic mutations: all Death Spectres lose their hair during the gene-seed implant process[7c], and their Melanchromic Organ does not work as intended; as a result, all Space Marines of this Chapter are albino.[3a]
- The Vern IV offensive (140.M40) 
- The Macharian Crusade
- The Lazar Blockade
- The Achilus Crusade[3b]
- The Chapter fielded six companies against the forces of Chaos in the 13th Black Crusade. There they participated in the Siege of Lelithar, aiding Imperial Guard and Legio Ignatum forces by conducting guerrilla raids.
- The entire Chapter marshaled its strength against Hive Fleet Jormungandr.[1c]
- Evacuation of the Magos from the Xin-Cyn Research Station.
- Arquemann - Force Sword said to have been laid at the feet of the Golden Throne by the first Chapter Master Merrin Corcaedus. The sword is said to have a psychic mind of its own and will bind itself to the user. It was wielded by Chief Librarian Athio Cordatus, who eventually passed it to the Codicier Lyandro Karras.
- Torch of the Vigil - master-crafted Heavy Flamer.
- Merrin Corcaedus — First Chapter Master or Megir[7a]
- Athio Cordatus - Mesazar (Chief Librarian), de facto Chapter Master, and heir apparent for the next Megir.[7f]
- Lyandro Karras - Codicier, squad leader of Deathwatch Kill-team Talon[7f]
- Rohiam Elgrist - Captain, Third Company, and Megron (Master of the Flag)[7f]
- Hasrid - Deathwatch member and Kill-Team leader, operating alongside the Ordo Xenos under Inquisitor Talala Tazir
- 1: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition)
- 2: Exhumed (Short Story) — Hammer and Bolter 2
- 3: Deathwatch Core Rulebook
- 4: Codex: Eye of Terror, pg. 16
- 5: Angel of Fire (Novel), Chapter Four
- 6: White Dwarf 271 (UK), pg. 56
- 7: Deathwatch (Novel)
- 8: Deathwatch: Mark of the Xenos, pg. 50
- 9: Deathwatch: Shadowbreaker (Novel) Chapter 9
- 9a: Chapter 41
- 10: Headhunted (Short Story)
- 11: The Voice of Mars (Novel) - Dramatis Personae
- 12: White Dwarf 112 (French) pg.49
- 13: Deathwatch: Honour the Chapter, pg. 135