Knights of Blood (Chapter)
|This article is about the renegade Chapter; for the Chaos Space Marine warband, see Knights of Blood (Warband).|
A Successor Chapter to the Blood Angels, the Knights of Blood are a Renegade Space Marine Chapter. Although their frenzied warriors are dangerous to both friend and foe alike, they still purge the galaxy of the Imperium's enemies.[1a] They have since been largely destroyed and are now a Lost Chapter.
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The Knights of Blood Chapter suffer the same deficiencies common to many of the later founding successor chapters of the Blood Angels - to wit, the Black Rage and the Red Thirst. The Knights started a galactic crusade to purge the foes of the Imperium, but committed so many excesses in the course of it that they were declared renegades by the High Lords of Terra in the beginning of M41.[Needs Citation]
As such they kept their distance from any allies, to protect those allies from both the Inquisition and their own deficiencies. Some chapters ignore this decree, refusing to accept any declaration of renegade status from any other than a Space Marine, but other chapters are extremely zealous in prosecuting outcasts.
There have been rumours of the presence of the Knights of Blood operating in the Jericho Reach for several years, but they have never appeared on any officially sanctioned order of battle, and as far as can be ascertained, no communications have been exchanged between them and the Achilus Crusade's high command.
In 999.M41, the Knights of Blood assisted their founding Chapter in their defence of Baal against both the Daemonic hordes of Ka'Bandha and the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Leviathan. Being branded as renegades, they kept their distance from the other Chapters during the battles.[1b]
During the Devastation of Baal, the Knights of Blood arrived on Baal to aid the Blood Angels against the Tyranids. They were welcomed as allies despite their status as a Renegade Chapter and are among the Successor Chapters that defended Baal Primus during the Hive Fleet's invasion. Under the command of the Flesh Tearers' Chapter Master Seth, they aided in destroying numerous waves of Tyranids, until the Great Rift is created and a Warp Rift opens on Baal Primus. From its depths emerged the Bloodthirster Ka'Bandha and the Daemon legions of Khorne, which fell upon both the Tyranids and Space Marines. Seth's forces soon find themselves being overwhelmed, in battle with the Daemons and Xenos and in order for the few survivors to evacuate, the Knights of Blood charge their foes. Their sacrifice allows the other Successor Chapters to escape from Baal Prime and the few surviving Knights of Blood are last seen by their brethren still fighting, but now fully enveloped by the madness of the Black Rage.
- 1: Codex: Blood Angels (5th Edition)
- 2: Blood Angels Successor Chapters (Accessed 2010.06.03)
- 3: Deathwatch: Rites of Battle, pg. 65
- 4: Codex: Tyranids (8th Edition), pg. 29 — The Battle of Baal
- 5: The Devastation of Baal (Novel) by Guy Haley, Chapter Fourteen