Here are the details of the background for the Crimson Slaughter renegade chaos marines. The Crimson Slaughter is found in the Dark Vengeance starter set for 6th edition.


via Warhammer 40k Wikia
Crimson Slaughter
Primarch
Unknown

Chapter Master
Kranon the Relentless (Formerly Sevastus Kranon)

Homeworld
Unknown

Allegiance
Chaos; Khorne

Colours
Dark red with gold trim

The Crimson Slaughter is a Renegade warband of Chaos Space Marines dedicated to the service of the Blood God Khorne. Originally they were a Loyalist Space Marine Chapter of an unknown Founding known as the Crimson Sabres, but they eventually slid into heresy and damnation during the 41st Millennium.

Warband History
Once known as the Crimson Sabres, a Loyalist Space Marine Chapter, the Crimson Slaughter began their descent into heresy on the world of Umidia in the 41st Millennium. The planet's inhabitants were, according to the Crimson Sabres, attempting to summon a powerful daemon of the Blood God Khorne. In their rush to judgment, the Crimson Sabres purged the entire planet of life. This led to them being declared Renegades by the Inquisition and the High Lords of Terra due to signs of continued psychological instability and over-zealous prosecution of their campaigns.

As punishment (or possibly reward) for the bloody annihilation of his worshipers, Khorne cursed the Crimson Sabres to be haunted by the voices of those they had slain. Subsequent bloodshed could silence the voices, but only for a short time. Sevastus Kranon, the Chapter Master of the Crimson Sabres, led his warriors into the Eye of Terror to slaughter Traitors instead of spilling the blood of innocents, thereby gaining a temporary respite. Within the Eye of Terror, the Crimson Sabres were finally fully corrupted by Chaos and were remade as the Crimson Slaughter. They were blessed with many gifts to enhance their combat prowess. Sevastus Kranon, reborn as the Chaos Lord Kranon the Relentless, learned of the mystical Chaotic artefact known as the Hellfire Stone and led his warriors in search of it. The Hellfire Stone was a powerful Chaos artefact which, once anointed with the blood of a Loyalist Space Marine, would open a gateway to the Warp and allow a powerful Daemon of Khorne to enter realspace from the Warp. The Crimson Slaughter were also accompanied by the fearsome Helbrute, Mortis Metalikus, who had once been Sevarion Kranon, the actual biological brother of Sevastus. After refusing to give in to the blood frenzy that claimed his Chapter, he was imprisoned by his brother and driven mad before finally being entombed within the metal sarcophagus of a Helbrute.

Joining forces with a more powerful Traitor Legion in the midst of a Black Crusade, the Crimson Slaughter rampaged across the southern rim of the galaxy. When the world of Stern’s Remembrance came under attack by the Forces of Chaos, it drew the attention of the the 5th Company of the Dark Angels. The 5th Company's Grand Master Zadakiel lead a squad of the Chapter’s deadliest warriors, the Terminators of the Deathwing, to purge the Traitors and their dark master. But a greater plan was in action, and it fell to the Deathwing's Sergeant Balthasar to defend his commander from the machinations of the Ruinous Powers. Unfortunately, many valiant Loyalist Astartes were killed, including their commander Zadakiel. This earned the Crimson Slaughter the undying enmity and wrath of the Dark Angels.

The newly-ascended 5th Company Grand Master Balthasar vowed to hunt down the Renegades and bring their heads back to the Rock, the spaceborne Fortress-Monastery of the Dark Angels. The 5th Company was also accompanied in this task by members of the elite 1st Company, the Deathwing, members of the 2nd Company, the Ravenwing, and a Librarian by the name of Turmiel. The hunt for these Renegade Space Marines took place across a dozen worlds, until the Crimson Slaughter were finally tracked to the world of Bane's Landing where they were confronted by the Dark Angels 5th Company once again. Kranon the Relentless, the evil lord of the Crimson Slaughter, sought to use the Hellfire Stone to summon forth his daemonic masters and usher in an age of darkness. As the Dark Angels raced to stop him, a mighty conflict between the loyal Balthasar and the Traitor Kranon was in the offing.

42 Comments:

  1. Not sure what to feel about this fluff...

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    1. I like it. A loyalist space marine chapter that had to turn renegade and still fought against chaos, only to FINALLY turn into chaos? Pretty clever.

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  2. First cool story

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    1. Neve mind nearly first

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  3. Since 6th editions new focus on Psykers and psychic powers I was hoping for more focus on Tzeentch as the Big Bad Chaos god around, bit disappointed that they went to the expected Khorne route but I'm fine with it.

    I am glad that GW is giving the Chaos Marines some more depth in their backstory. I always liked the idea of them being "fallen angels" who were forced to turn to Chaos and were corrupted by it, rather than the old "They're just psychotic, (more) brutal, and spickey/horny, Space Marines."

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    1. No one is really "forced" to turn. It's always a choice. They are the weak-minded ones.

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    2. They're the strong minded one. Loyalist worship a corpse. If that's not weak minded i don't know what is...

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    3. Very much agree with you, always hated fact that people just thought of Chaos Marines as more violent spikey marines. hell read the horus heresy books, you'll soon get into chaos

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  4. Hey at least it isnt too khorney

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  5. So i dont recall hearing that spacemarines can have actual brothers. Is it it possible cuz the Hellbrute and the Lord are said to be "brothers" . I dont recall ever hearing this was possible but i may just not know enough.

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    1. If they were brothers and were both made into space marines as kids, then they would still be brothers.

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    2. In the Blood Angels Trilogy books from the Black Library there are also brothers.
      Same for some other books I don't recall at the moment.
      It's rather rare though.

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    3. Alpharius and Omegon were brothers.

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    4. One of the new grey knights books has 2 biological brothers in the same squad, if I remember correctly they were twins.

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    5. In thousand sons ahriman's brother was a space marine too

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    6. And Omegon was a clone of Alpharius, not his "real" brother. For this reason they have Hydra as an emblem. Cut off on head but there is still another one.

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    7. I read that the embryo split before they were whisked off by Chaos.

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  6. It's unlikely two brothers would both past the tests required to become space marines, but not impossible

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    1. Actually it makes more sense to think that if one brother was good enough to pass the tests, another brother would have the genes to be just as good.

      Kind of like how you see brothers in professional sports.

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  7. Rafen and Arkio of the blood angels were brothers

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  8. They could both have been inducted at the same time and been biological brothers before becoming marines. Unlikely but not impossible. Nothing stopping two brothers being selected.

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  9. In Emperors Gift there was also 2 brothers in the same squad

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    1. It has Mat Ward's fingerprints all over it.

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    2. Ewww. It is tainted by Wardism.....

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    3. I agree. Absolutely shit. Reads like it was conceived by a twelve year old (and I guess thats the target audience too).

      I only play this game for the fluff, and the fluff gets worse by the year. Time to retire and take up Saga (I like Vikings!).

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    4. If you haven't heard of Saga here it is:

      http://meeples.wordpress.com/reviews/rules-reviews/saga/

      Plastic 28mm Dark Age minis are available, and because they aren't made by rip off merchants GW they are 40 odd minis to a box. Two boxes and you have an army.

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    5. If you want awesome Warhammer fluff, read the Horus Heresy. Makes you both hate and love the traitors,and snort arrogantly at the renegade chapters.

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    6. Anon and Knight- What were you expecting, exactly? I'm not sure what exactly it takes to please you, but not every single chapter/warband is going to have the background story that is new york times best seller material.

      If some crazy psycho wants to kill for Khorne, he kills for Khorne and Khorne is happy. Some things are just that simple.

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  11. Just noted something quite cool about the chosen. 2 of them look very similar to the Chosen of Abbadon. Helmet wise anyway.

    http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111111204744/warhammer40k/images/thumb/6/61/Chosen_of_Abbadon.jpg/1000px-Chosen_of_Abbadon.jpg

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  12. "The newly-ascended 5th Company Grand Master Balthasar vowed to hunt down the Renegades and bring their heads back to the Rock"

    Kind of ironic isn't? Taking skulls for...err, umm, I mean from Khorne...

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  13. LOL!!!

    How utterly dissapointing..."The evil lord Kranon". hahaha!!!

    Sounds like some 15 year old wrote the fluff...

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  14. Yet the The Dark Lord Sauron wins awards.

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  15. Why even bother writing fluff about Space Marines anymore because everyone knows how it ends:

    Chaos turn up and bloody Space Marines a bit, maybe win a few battles but in the end Space Marines always amnage to pull it out of the bag. If this fluff does in fact have Chaos winning in the end, i'll be rather shocked and pleased.

    Although if the two armies in the box are anything to go by Chaos are pretty much screwed.

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    1. No it doesnt. Instance if they had the stone they would supposedly summon tons of daemins to win the galaxy. But whats that? There are events after this proving otherwise?! See the BRB.

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    2. There is a book in the black library (the fictional one and I forget it's name), that gives a similar view of the apocalypse with chaos engulfing all. Am surprised the Eldar didn't turn up as well worried that the hellstone might be the bringer of this.

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  16. I think it's ok as far as 40K background stories go. Nothing too spectacular or cunning, but for the starter set I expected even less...

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