Only those Destroyers who bore the World Eaters' Blood Hand on their power armor could have the right to enter its ranks. This mark was earned by those who had demonstrated exemplary ferocity or violence in the name of their Legion. In battle, the Red Hand were consistently in the World Eaters' vanguard, as they sought to prove themselves ever-worthy of bearing the Blood Hand[1b]. This led them to fire their Destroyer weaponry at their foes, even if their fellow World Eaters would be caught in the blast[1a]. Thus the Red Hand were not drawn together through brotherhood or camaraderie, but instead through rivalry and enmity.[1b] As the Horus Heresy developed they were always found in the vanguard, reaping a bloody toll and dressing themselves in gory embellishments.
In battle, they could be equipped with Jump Packs[1b] and carried melee weapons, that were reminiscent of the ritualistic gladiatorial weapons of ancient Romanii. Also as a result of their Destroyer weaponry which included Phosphex, Melta, and Radiation Grenades, the Red Hand's power armors were left heavily damaged, though were also still operational[1a]. When they were grouped in squadrons, the Red Hand were individually referred to as Ravagers and were led by officers known as the Blood Bonded.[1b]
- 1: Warhammer Community: Plug in your Butchers’ Nails and Destroy the Loyalists in this Horus Heresy Exemplary Battle (Posted on 07/12/2021) - The Battle of Armatura PDF (Last accessed on 7 December 2021)
- 2: Exemplary Battles of the Age of Darkness: Volume One, pg. 43-45