Sons of Antaeus
Part of the cursed 21st Founding, the Sons of Antaeus have a mysterious existence. It is unknown what exactly went wrong, if anything, in the creation of these mysterious Space Marines. What is known is that they are extremely durable and resistant to pain.
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The only official Imperial record that lists the Sons of Antaeus is the Chronicles of the Third Inter-Guild War of the Inca Sector, 850-901.M41. The Chapter is listed as having answered the pleas of the Guild Fathers for aid against pirate forces sponsored by business rivals, and according to the records, acquitted themselves courageously before departing. One such eyewitness account, submitted by Captain Rakman of the Subjugators Chapter, records an incident in which his force found itself under attack by the Eldar of the Void Dragons pirate fleet. Surrounded and under heavy fire by the pirates' ultra-rapid anti-gravitic vehicles, Rakman states that a force bearing the livery of the Sons of Antaeus appeared unexpectedly and attacked the enemy vehicles from behind. Forced to redeploy, the Eldar suddenly found themselves faced with the prospect of having to make a breakout. The Eldar Falcons and Wave Serpents made straight for the Sons of Antaeus, judging them the lesser of the two Space Marine forces. The incredulous Captain Rakman gives an amazing account of the Sons of Antaeus' stand in the face of a storm of Eldar firepower, against which the mysterious Space Marines stood seemingly impervious. The Subjugators were able to press their attack on the enemy rear as the Sons of Antaeus held the Eldar in place, and the xenos pirates were destroyed in short order, caught between the immovable anvil of the Sons, and the irresistible hammer of the Subjugators. As soon as the Eldar were defeated and the Subjugators were victorious, the Sons of Antaeus vanished as mysteriously as they had arrived.
Since then the Sons of Antaeus have been sighted on many missions around the galaxy by various reputable Imperial Forces.
Much like other chapters, such as the Space Wolves and Black Dragons a mutation within the chapters gene seed has provided them with unforeseen benefits in combat. Marines within the chapter are capable of withstanding damage that would kill any normal Space Marine, with their endurance being compared to that of the Death Guards Plague Marines.
As with many other Space Marine chapters, the Sons of Antaeus are inspired by cultural aspects of certain societies, The Sons of Antaeus are inspired by the Greek/Berber mythological figure of Antaeus, an incredibly strong and near invincible character descended from Gods.[Needs Citation]
- 1: Chapter Approved 2004, The Cursed Founding by Andy Hoare, Graham McNeill, and Phil Kelly
- 2: Shadowbreaker (Novel), Chapter 36