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Thousand Sons Rubric Marine[7b]

Rubric Marines, also known as Rubricae, are disembodied spirits of Thousand Sons Marines trapped within their power armour.

Together with the Aspiring Sorcerers of Tzeentch who lead them, they form the basic Thousand Sons squads.[4a][4b] The sorcerers and lords of the Thousand Sons use these "Rubicae" as bodyguards and enforcers.[5]


Rubric Marines were created shortly after the Thousand Sons Legion fled to the Eye of Terror. Having dealt with sorcerous practices and energies for decades and now under the sway of Chaos, mutation ran wild within the Legion.[4a] In order to put an end to this warping process, a mighty spell called the Rubric of Ahriman was cast upon them. However, the powers unleashed reduced all Marines without psychic abilities to ash, sealing every clasp and joint of their armour and trapping their souls within.[1][2][3][4]

These living suits are still capable of fighting and receiving orders from their masters, and with no fear and no will of their own, they make perfect bodyguards and guardians. Without an Aspiring Sorcerer to guide them, Rubric Marines tend to fall into inactivity; in combat, however, their battle-hunger returns and so they tend to move more like their former living selves[Needs Citation].

A single Sorcerer is capable of controlling a whole squad and will use his powers to enchant their bolters and turn their ammunition into explosive Inferno Bolts. These magical shots are able to ignore mundane armour and burn the souls of sentient beings.[4a]

When a Rubric Marine dies, the dried remains of his material form pour from his rent armour and are scattered to all winds of the battlefield. After this, only the most powerful sorcerers could re-collect this dust, reseal the armour, and through a complicated ritual reanimate the Rubric Marine to a new "life". The sorcery required for this deed are very dangerous and just one syllable misspelled could drive the Sorcerer insane - or kill him outright.[7b]

A variation of the Rubric Marine is the Rubric Marine Genie, whose lower body is nothing but a dust swirl.[8]

The Ynnari have demonstrated the ability to restore the Rubicae, using it as a ploy to throw off Ahriman during his battles with them. This process completely renews the souls of Thousand Sons with their personalities and full memory - continuing as if the Rubric of Ahriman was never cast.[6]


Usually Rubric Marines are armed with Inferno Bolters, Warpflamers and Soulreaper Cannons (one Marine in a unit). Leaders of Rubric Marine units - Aspiring Sorcerer - armed with Plasma Pistol (alternatively - Inferno Bolt Pistol, Warpflame Pistol) and Force Stave.[7a]


See also


Thousand Sons Forces
Command Exalted SorcererSorcererScarab Occult SorcererAspiring SorcererInfernal MasterDaemon Prince
Troops RubicaeScarab Occult TerminatorTzaangorTzaangor EnlightenedTzaangor ShamanHorrorFlamerScreamerChaos SpawnTutelaryCultistsThrall Wizard
Vehicles HelbruteFerrum Infernus DreadnoughtRhinoPredatorLand RaiderVindicator
Daemon Engines DefilerForgefiendMaulerfiendHeldrakeSilver TowerFire LordDoom Wing
Special Characters Magnus the RedAhriman

Chaos Space Marine Forces
Command Chaos LordExalted ChampionSorcerer LordDaemon PrinceDark Commune (Cult DemagogueMindwitchIconrachBlessed Blades)
Specialists Sorcerer (Balefire Acolyte) • WarpsmithDark ApostleMaster of PossessionMaster of ExecutionLord DiscordantWarsmithApothecaryInfernus Abomination
Troops Chaos Space MarinesHavocsChosenChaos TerminatorsPossessed (Greater PossessedAnointed) • Khorne BerzerkersPlague MarinesNoise MarinesRubric MarinesObliterators (Mutilators) • Dark DiscipleShrivetalonButcherCultists (Accursed MutantTorments) • Chaos SpawnFallen
Fast Attack BikersRaptorsWarp Talons
Chaos Dreadnoughts HelbruteFerrum Infernus DreadnoughtContemptor DreadnoughtSonic DreadnoughtBerserker DreadnoughtHellforged Leviathan DreadnoughtDeredeo Dreadnought
Vehicles & Daemon Engines RhinoPredatorInfernal Relic PredatorVindicatorLand RaiderLand Raider ProteusLand Raider AchillesLand Raider Hades DiabolusRelic SicaranSicaran VenatorMaulerfiendForgefiendDefilerBrass ScorpionBlood SlaughtererDecimatorBlight DroneKytanPlague HulkVenomcrawlerWhirlwind Scorpius
Heavy Vehicles SpartanFellbladeTyphonCerberusFalchionMastodonLord of SkullsDeath WheelPlaguereaperPlague Centurion
Aircraft HeldrakeStormbirdThunderhawkStorm EagleFire RaptorHell BladeHell TalonHarbingerDreadclawKharybdis
Summoned Greater DaemonsLesser DaemonsDaemonic Beasts
Special Characters Abaddon the DespoilerKharn the BetrayerTyphusAhrimanHuron BlackheartFabius BileCypherHaarken Worldclaimer