|This article is about the Space Marine Company; for the the novel by Gav Thorpe, see Ravenwing (Novel).|
The Ravenwing is the Second Company of the Dark Angels Space Marines Chapter. Like the First Company, the Deathwing, the Ravenwing are not part of the Codex Astartes structure - although the remaining companies of the chapter adhere to the Codex. Although a versatile and tactically flexible fast-attack force, the true role of the Ravenwing is to hunt members of The Fallen. This secret is only known to high-ranking Black Knights and members of the Inner Circle.[6a]
The origin of the Ravenwing dates back to pre-Imperial times; originating from a mounted cavalry section of The Order who rode black horses and "could survive alone in the deadly forests of Caliban, heroic figures in matt black armour and winged helms." While its title originates from Caliban, its role was designed by the Emperor during the Unification Wars as part of the Hexagrammaton.
The Ravenwing is a highly specialized formation where speed is more important than heavy firepower. To this end, all of the marines in the company ride into battle on Bikes or Land Speeders on land, including specialized vehicles such as the Land Speeder Vengeance and Darkshroud. In the air, the Ravenwing employs Dark Talons and Nephilim Jetfighters. The Ravenwing's hidden role within the chapter is that of mobile hunters, eternally prowling for their traitorous ancestors, The Fallen. Instead of the usual dark green panoply of the rest of the chapter, the Ravenwing's armour and vehicles are painted jet black, echoing the original colours of the Dark Angels Legion. The Ravenwing also contains specialized sub-formations, such as Ravenwing Command Squads, support squads[6b], and Ravenwing Black Knights, the latter of whom are the most hardened veterans of the Ravenwing with access to the 2nd Company's Inner Circle. It is these warriors that know the Ravenwing's true mission, hunting the Fallen, and thus they are closely monitored by Chaplain's to make sure their loyalty is in check.
In 666.M38, three successive Grand Masters of the Ravenwing were lost in a single year hunting a group of Fallen, resulting an unprecedented two-decade period where the Ravenwing had no Grand Master, instead using the Master of the Angels of Vengeance as its commander until a suitable replacement could be found.[6b]
- Sammael — Current Grand Master of the Ravenwing
- Gideon — 347th Grand Master
- Zaelion — Champion
- Aquila — Sergeant
- Astegar — Champion
- Bartholomew — First post-Heresy Grand Master
- Aloceri — Commander of the Ravenwing during the Horus Heresy
In previous editions of the game the Master of the Ravenwing could be fielded on a bike or custom Land Speeder.
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- 2: http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?aId=2300008
- 3: http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?catId=&categoryId=§ion=&pIndex=3&aId=3500006&start=4
- 4: Descent of Angels (Novel), [Needs Citation]
- 5: Ravenwing Command Squad
- 6: Codex: Dark Angels (6th Edition)
- 7: Angels of Caliban (Novel), Chapter 3
- 8: Codex: Dark Angels (8th Edition) — Ravenwing
- 9: Warhammer Community - Secret Orders of the Dark Angels (last accessed 14 January 2018)
- 10: White Dwarf September 2019 - Index Astartes: Dark Angels