Chosen not simply because of their skill but also because of their resilience, discipline, and self-sacrificing nature, these are the traits that the Promethean Cult holds in the highest esteem. Firedrakes possess a singular focus in battle which borders on preternatural and legendary resilience; a matter as much to do with their willpower as their superhuman physiology. Firedrakes can be found fulfilling numerous rules throughout the Salamanders ranks rather than concentrated into elitist cadres (as was the case in most other Space Marine Legions). The exception to this however was the Pyre Guard who served as Vulkan's praetorian guard and advisers.
Following the Horus Heresy, the Firedrakes were made the First Company of the Salamanders Chapter. The Captain of the Firedrakes also serves as Regent of Nocturne and Chapter Master, as the Salamanders believe that Vulkan lives and will return to lead the Chapter once more. For operations involving the Firedrakes, the senior Veteran Sergeant is chosen to lead the Firedrakes when the Chapter Master is unable to so.
- 1: The Horus Heresy Book Two - Massacre, pg.249
- 2: Codex: Space Marines (6th Edition), (Ebook) Salamanders