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Targetdrone.gif This article is about the renegade Chapter; for the Chaos Space Marine warband, see Knights of Blood (Warband).
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- Knights of Blood -
Founding Chapter: Blood Angels[1a]
Founding: Unkown
Chapter Master: Sentor Jool[5]
Homeworld: Unknown
Fortress-Monastery: Unknown
Colours: Dark red and silver[2][5]
Specialty: Unknown
Strength: Destroyed[5b]
Battle Cry: Unknown
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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.[4]


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 rumors 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.[3]

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 was created and a Warp Rift opened 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 found themselves being overwhelmed, in battle with the Daemons and Xenos and in order for the few survivors to evacuate, the Knights of Blood charged their foes. Their sacrifice allowed the other Successor Chapters to escape from Baal Prime and the few surviving Knights of Blood were last seen by their brethren still fighting, but now fully enveloped by the madness of the Black Rage.[4]

The Daemons would later disappear back into the Warp and the Hive Fleet was defeated with the arrival of Lord Commander Guilliman's Indomitus Crusade. In the battle's aftermath, Seth met with Commander Dante about the fate of his Chapter, the Flesh Tearers. Seeing the Knights of Blood being consumed by their Gene-seed's curses, led Seth to believe the Flesh Tearers would suffer the same fate. Dante disagreed, as they were able to pull themselves away from fighting Ka'Bandha and did not fall into mindless rage like the Knights of Blood had. Seth claimed, though, that the Knights saw themselves as too corrupted to return with the Flesh Tearers to Baal and had instead decided to sacrifice themselves for the other escaping Successor Chapters. He insisted that despite Dante's feelings towards them, the Knights had in their last moments chosen a clean end to their Chapter's corrupted bloodline. Seth regretted that the few remaining Flesh Tearers would not have that option, before they too fell to their Gene-seed's curses.[5b]

Dante revealed, though, that Lord Commander Guilliman had brought reinforcements to the Blood Angels and their Successors, in the form of the new Primaris Space Marines. He believed these new warriors miraculously did not suffer from the Red Thirst and Black Rage, as the depleted Sanguinary Brotherhood still did. Now with the Primaris' pure Gene-seed, Dante remarked, Seth could safely rebuild the Flesh Tearers and stave off any chance of their extinction. When Seth asked if the Knights of Blood could be reborn using the Primaris Space Marines as well, however, Dante refused to do so. He claimed the Knights' name was too cursed to be resurrected and the Imperium should remember the Chapter for their final heroic act on Baal Primus instead.[5b]

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