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The Flesh Tearers are a Second Founding chapter, created when the Blood Angels legion split up after the Horus Heresy in accordance with the Codex Astartes. They suffer from a mutation in their gene-seed, making them far more prone to suffer the Black Rage than other chapters with Blood Angels gene-seed. If no cure is found the chapter is likely to be extinct within the next two millennia. The Flesh Tearers are also ill-famed for their savageness and thirst for blood in battle.
- 1 History
- 2 Recent History
- 3 Chapter Disposition
- 4 Gene-Seed
- 5 Chapter Culture
- 6 Chapter Elements
- 7 Trivia
- 8 See also
- 9 Sources
The Flesh Tearers Chapter was created in M31 when Roboute Guilliman decreed in his Codex Astartes that no longer should a single individual control the might of an entire Space Marine Legion. Thus, the Blood Angels were divided into several Successor Chapters; one of these being the Flesh Tearers under Chapter Master Nassir Amit. Their reputation for blood-letting quickly spread in the aftermath of the Horus Heresy, indicating that the extensive flaw in their gene-seed was already present at their creation. Instead of checking the rumours of entire populations wiped out, the High Lords of Terra simply looked at the long list of worlds pacified and dismissed the accompanying casualty lists as inconsequential.[Needs Citation] Amit and his followers were still reeling from the death of Sanguinius during the Siege of Terra, and they eventually gave into their resentment and anger.
After years as a crusading chapter, Nassir Amit eventually settled the Flesh Tearers on an extremely hostile Death World known as Cretacia. A lost colony of primordial humans proved perfect recruits for the chapter, being pure of taint and extremely strong. Amit became obsessed with Cretacia, believing it to be the manifestation of the Flesh Tearers' own nature, hoping that if he could tame its peaks he could temper the edges of his own fury.
The chapter has since become more and more dependent on the easy access to recruits, as their gene-seed mutation gradually worsens. More and more marines succumb to the Black Rage, with few marines older than two centuries. As of late M41, the Flesh Tearers only have 4 full Companies of marines, less than half of the normal number. If the degradation of their gene-seed continues at the same rate they will count no more than 200 marines within a millennium. The Chapter has not used the process of Insanguination for millennia, and few know whether this has caused the wide presence of the Black Rage and Red Thirst among its members.[43a]
Over the years several Imperial bodies have questioned the combat doctrines and sanity of the Flesh Tearers. Many have refused to fight alongside the chapter, disgusted by their savagery in combat or fearing they would get caught up in the bloodshed along with the enemy. The chapter has been under Inquisitorial investigation since the The Kallern Massacres of M36.
By the Age of the Dark Imperium the Flesh Tearers were greatly reduced, particularly after taking part in the Devastation of Baal.[43a] However despite the skepticism of Chapter Master Gabriel Seth, the Chapter has received an influx of new Primaris Space Marine recruits.[31a]
- 544-546.M32: The War of the Beast
- ???.M36: The Zurcon Massacres.
- 371.M41: Acata Uprising
- 799.M41: The Flesh Tearers, along with nine regiments of Imperial Guard and elements of the Astral Knights, assisted the Grey Knights in defeating the daemonic incursion of M'kar the Reborn on the world of Acralem. M'kar would eventually fall to a young Kaldor Draigo
- 813.M41: Achilus Crusade — The Flesh Tearers appeared unheralded at Herisor, to buy time against Hive Fleet Dagon in the Orpheus Salient so the Imperial forces could prepare defences. Taking heavy losses they are now rearming in their strike cruiser stationed in Eleusis, although there are reports of several squads hunting a hidden enemy in the depths of shrine cities.
- 820.M41: The chapter responds to an unfolding conflict in the Adeonis Sector and battle against a tide of Tzeentch Daemons. Ultimately sealing off the Warp Rift, the victory is not as simple as it first seems when the scheming Changeling is revealed to be laying at the heart of the conflict. Manipulating the strands of fate, the Changeling has plans afoot to not only strike a blow against Khorne, but to also tempt the Flesh Tearers towards damnation.
- 837.M41: Flesh Tearers under the command of Gabriel Seth once again massacred innocents, much to the chagrin of the Space Wolves, leading to the battle known as Honour's End, where brother fought brother over the Flesh Tearers' uncontrolled bloodlust.
- 910-911.M41: Siege of Hypnoth — The Flesh Tearers were among the Imperial forces that fought against the Necron Sautekh Dynasty. Despite fierce resistance, the world ultimately fell to the xenos invaders.
- 986.M41: A company of Flesh Tearers is wiped out in the Swordwind Strikes.
- 991.M41: The Flesh Tearers would take part in the Stromark Civil War alongside the Angels Encarmine and terrify the worlds of the Stromark System into submission.[5a]
- 998.M41: Third War for Armageddon — Five companies were deployed in the Fire Wastes alongside the Sisters of Battle of the Order of the Argent Shroud. Their combined force was fighting against Warlord Rukglum's artillery unit, deployed within the settlement of Gaius Point. Civilians in the area had formed a rabble militia to help the Imperial forces and to protect their homes. The Flesh Tearers deployed behind the Orks and pushed them onto the waiting guns of the militia and Sisters. After wiping out the main body of the Orks, the Flesh Tearers proceeded to mount the barricades and slaughter the militia in their insatiable bloodlust. The Sisters withdrew rather than having to fight their former ally. The leader of the Order of the Argent Shroud has since reported this incident to the Inquisition, demanding the destruction of this Chapter.
- 998.M41: The Flesh Tearers aid the Blood Angels in the Cryptus Campaign.[Needs Citation]
- 999.M41: The Flesh Tearers are the first to heed Commander Dante's call for aid in defending Baal from simultaneous invasions by Hive Fleet Leviathan and a daemon army led by Ka'Bandha, dispatching their entire chapter without hesitation.[5b] The Flesh Tearers fought against the Tyranids alongside the Blood Angels in the subsequent Devastation of Baal. The battle further dwindled the Chapters numbers, reducing them from barely a third of a Codex Chapter to no more than a Company at best.[43a] An influx of new Primaris Space Marine recruits has seen them currently maintain at least 2/3rds Chapter strength.
- ???.M42: Following the Devastation of Baal, Gabriel Seth orders the Flesh Tearers 4th Company under Chaplain Dumah and Captain Tanthius return to Cretacia to reestablish the Chapters rule there. Accompanied by other elements of the fleet including the Death Company, the Flesh Tearers arrive back at their homeworld to find it threatened by Genestealer Cults, which they purge.
- ???.M42: The Red Scar Campaign.[Needs Citation]
- ???.M42: The Angel's Halo Campaign against Hive Fleet Leviathan.[30b]
- ???.M42: Battle on Duomos against Orks.[43b]
- Aiding the Ordo Xenos Inquisitor Hyboran in crushing the Xorln Infestation.[Needs Citation]
- Defeating the Bonescar Warband on Vetix IV.[Needs Citation]
- The Flesh Tearers initially declined the tithe of initiates proposed by the Blood Angels on Baal during the recent conclave meeting of the Sanguinius bloodline, called by Chapter Master Dante to discuss the fate of the Founding Chapter. However, after assisting in the defeat of Fabius Bile's Bloodfiends the Flesh Tearers agreed to lend their support to the Blood Angels.
The Flesh Tearers were originally a standard Codex Chapter, but have over the millennia evolved into a pure assault force. Being obsessed with bloodshed often mean that they will close in on the enemy with utmost speed and engage in close combat.[Needs Citation] Flesh Tearers operations therefore have large numbers of assault marines and transport-mounted squads. The Flesh Tearers deviate from most other Blood Angels successor Chapters in that their Death Company is a standing force.[43a].
The low number of marines has also led to an unexpected diversity in skills among the Flesh Tearers, with each marine being proficient in tactical, devastator, vehicular, and assault roles. The chapter has few vehicles apart from Rhinos and Razorbacks (a few Whirlwinds and one Baal Predator are also present). The exception to this are Death Company Dreadnoughts, which due to the Chapter's doctrine and genetic defects are fielded in large numbers. Above all else, however, Assault Squads are the dominant force of the Flesh Tearers and are fielded in above-average numbers.
- 1st Company - White/Silver Skull[5e]
- 2nd Company - Yellow/Gold Blood Drop[5e]
- 3rd Company - White/Silver Blood Drop[5e]
- 4th Company - Green/Adamantite Blood Drop[5e]
The Flesh Tearers suffer an abnormal mutation in their Gene-Seed, which makes them more susceptible to the Red Thirst and Black Rage that plagues all the sons of Sanguinius. There were numerous incidents in their past where they lost control on the field of battle and turned on their own allies. It happened so often that under Gabriel Seth they now only work alone as they don't trust themselves around others. Furthermore, the Chapter struggled to maintain its numbers due to losses to the flaws and was expected to go extinct.
The introduction of Primaris Marines to the Flesh Tearers greatly stabilized their gene-seed. The Red Thirst and Black Rage are still present, though they are far less problematic — so much so that Gabriel Seth questioned whether their new Primaris recruits deserved to be call Flesh Tearers. The Red Thirst and Black Rage define their identity and culture and now that the flaws have been brought under control, their Chapter will never be the same.[32b]
Faced with their genetic flaw, the Flesh Tearers culture is one of grim fatalism and acceptance that they are eventually doomed to succumb to the Black Rage. Some among the leadership have begun to embrace the notion that if they cannot continue then their best approach is to make certain that they leave a bold legacy in keeping with the Chapter’s proud traditions. They seek to gain notable victory's and secure the Galaxy in the name of the Emperor and Sanguinius. The Chapter has come to embrace the savagery of which they have gained infamy. This has led them to have strained relations with the Blood Angels and their other successor Chapters. Many Blood Angels successors fear the Flesh Tearers are what they are all doomed to become. Their savage behavior has also brought them into constant conflict with the Inquisition.
In an attempt to control their bloodlust, Flesh Tearers will regularly consume blood between battle. On their homeworld of Cretacia, large farm-like facilities are maintained where baseline Humans are drained of their blood in order to give the Chapter a fresh supply.
Chapter Master Gabriel Seth has been a noted critic of the new Primaris Space Marines due to their implication that may spell the end of the Firstborn and the Chapter's identity. However many Flesh Tearers are nonetheless impressed with those Primaris that have fought under their livery.[30a]
|Relic Name||Relic Type||Notes||Source|
|Blood Reaver||Chain Weapon||Wielded by Gabriel Seth.||[5d]|
|Bones of Baelsor||Dreadnought armour||Last worn by Skoraen.||[23b]|
|Severer of Threads||Chainsword||[30d]|
|Shield of Cretacia||Power Armour||[23b]|
The Flesh Tearers' fleet is small, with only one Battle Barge, the Victus currently in service. The Victus is an ancient vessel, having been in service possibly since the Great Crusade. However, they also have seven modified Strike Cruisers with an extended transport capability.[Needs Citation]
- Victus — Battle Barge
- Bleeding Fist — Strike Cruiser, destroyed in an engagement with heretic vessels in the Zurcon System.
- Cretacian Justice — Strike Cruiser
- Death's Cowl — Strike Cruiser. Home to most of the Chapter's Death Company.
- Jagged Blade — Strike Cruiser.
- Mortis Wrath — Strike Cruiser.
- Shield of Baal — Strike Cruiser.
- Butcher — Gladius Frigate, destroyed in an engagement with heretic vessels in the Zurcon System.
- Merciless — Gladius Frigate, destroyed in an engagement with heretic vessels in the Zurcon System.
- Redeemer — Gladius Frigate, destroyed in an engagement with heretic vessels in the Zurcon System.
- Barbed Angel — Storm Eagle, destroyed.[24b]
- Blood Drinker — Storm Eagle, destroyed.[24a][24b]
- Mortis Wrath — Storm Eagle.[24a]
- Spear of Sanguinius — Storm Eagle, destroyed.[24a]
- Baal's Fury — Thunderhawk.[24a]
- Serrated Angel — Thunderhawk.[24a]
- Vengeance — Thunderhawk.[24a]
- Vengeance — Stormraven, destroyed during the Third War for Armageddon.
Notable Flesh Tearers
- Nassir Amit — Captain of the Blood Angels Legion's 5th Company. Founder and first Chapter Master of the Flesh Tearers, declared Right of Conquest on Cretacia.
- Gabriel Seth — Guardian of the Rage. Current Chapter Master.
- Harahel - Chapter Champion
- Carnarvon — Former High Chaplain, leader of the Death Company and Watcher of the Lost.
- Appollus — Current High Chaplain
- Zuphias — Death Company Chaplain.
- Dumah - Chaplain
- Luciferus — Chief Librarian.
- Abigor — Librarian.
- Jarrod — Librarian.[30c]
- Belthiel — Codicier.[32a]
- Izrafel — Sanguinary Priest. Member of the Deathwatch.
- Thuriel — Apothecary.[Needs Citation]
- Barachiel — Apothecary.[Needs Citation]
- Cain Severan[Needs Citation]
- Corphal Antraeon[Needs Citation]
- Gorn — Deployed on Kallern with the so-called Kallern Massacres.
- Tanthius - 4th Company Captain and Master of the Fleet
- Toivo[Needs Citation]
- Noxx — Assisted the Blood Angels in recovering the stolen blood of Sanguinius from Fabius Bile.
- Crull — Member of the Deathwatch.
- Luca Thalassi — Member of Kill Team Excis of the Deathwatch. Killed during the initial investigation of Ghosar Quintus.
- Zarrael — Member of the Deathwatch during the War of the Beast.
- Krayth — former Brother, now a Chaos Space Marine.
- The Chapter's name has also been rendered as Fleshtearers.
Earlier editions of the Flesh Tearers' history states that they spent thousands of years as a Crusading Chapter after their formation and that it was a Chapter Master named Amit who finally settled the chapter on the world of Cretacia.
However, Amit appears as a Captain of the Blood Angels Legion in the Horus Heresy series. Amit has a vicious and savage reputation, even by the standards of the World Eaters and his oath brother, Kharn. Indeed it was during his frequent fights in the World Eaters gladiatorial pits that Amit earned his nickname the "Flesh Tearer".
During the Blood Angels' assault in the Signus Cluster, Captain Amit of the Blood Angels served as captain of his personal battle barge, the Victus. This battle barge would later find service in the Flesh Tearers as their only known battle barge, and is rumored to have been in their possession since the Heresy and their founding. It is unknown if this is a coincidence or if there is a connection.
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