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"My sword is at the Emperor's command. I answer to no other man, living or dead."
Tu'Shan, Chapter Master of the Salamanders
Marneus Calgar

Marneus Augustus Calgar, Chapter Master of the Ultramarines

To be a Chapter Master of an Imperial Space Marines Chapter is to be a superhuman avatar of war amongst mere mortals. The Chapter Masters of the Adeptus Astartes are unmatched in personal combat prowess, possessing the body of a genetically superior killing machine and literally centuries of combat experience. He is a true scion of the Emperor of Mankind, heir to the strength and fortitude possessed by his genetic forebears, the Primarchs. Centuries of combat gained from time spent throughout the various ranks of the Chapter have taught him valuable lessons in the art of war, trained him in the various facets of military strategy and honed his martial instincts to the level of near pre-cognizance.

In the dark days of the late 41st Millennium, in the days of ceaseless war and numberless enemies that would see Mankind enslaved or wiped from existence, the Chapter Masters of the Space Marines are warriors without peer, standing resolute when others would waver, advancing without trepidation when other men flee and wisely withdrawing when only a fool would futilely fight on when the odds are stacked against them. By his example of true heroism and superlative command does a Master of the Space Marines awaken great deeds in lesser men, inspiring not only the Astartes under his command, but those mortal men and women whom they fight side-by-side with.

Being a peer of the Imperium of Man, the Chapter Master acts with authority as he sees fit, according to his own counsel and judgment, answerable to no one except his fellow Chapter Masters and the Emperor of Mankind himself or his representatives, the High Lords of Terra. He holds dominion over 1,000 Battle-Brothers, willing to fight and die for him at his merest whim, and without question. In addition he holds sway over vast resources, including Battle Barges, Strike Cruisers, Armouries filled with the most advanced weaponry of the Imperium, Planetary Defence Forces, Astropaths and Navigators. The majority of these Masters of the Space Marines sometimes rule an entire world as well as the surrounding system and subsectors in the name of the Emperor. Such areas of the galaxy are considered to be relatively stable and safe in a far greater galaxy that is often consumed by war. The sectors of space controlled by the Astartes benefit greatly from the political patronage and formidable intellectual skills of their protectors.

The title of Chapter Master is not consistent throughout the various Space Marine Chapters. Often times less standard Chapters that do not comply with the Codex Astartes in every way use traditional or non-standard cultural titles to denote their Chapter's commander. The most notable titles are: "Imperial Commander" (Formal title used for all Imperial military commanding officers), "Grand Master" (used by various Chapters), "Lord Commander" (Blood Angels), "High Marshal" (Black Templars), "Supreme Grand Master" (Dark Angels), and the "Great Wolf" (Space Wolves). These are but a few of the many different titles used throughout the various Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes for these paragons of Mankind.

List of Notable Chapter Masters

The following is a list of all known Chapters Masters that currently command an Adeptus Astartes Chapter:

Chapter Name Title Information
Angels Encarmine Castellan Zargo Chapter Master Chapter Master Zargo is one of the most active within the Adeptus Astartes. He cannot rest at peace, forever seeking opportunities to lead his Chapter on campaign. As a result, the Angels Encarmine are rarely at full strength, though what they lack in numbers is more than compensated for in their determined fervor.
Angels Numinous Geron Chapter Master Chapter Master Geron is the current Chapter Master of the Angels Numinous Space Marine Chapter.
Angels Sanguine Sentikan Lord Lord Sentikan supported the Blood Angels on Baal during the recent Conclave of all the Chapters drawn from Sanguinius' bloodline, called by the Blood Angels' Lord Commander Dante, to discuss the fate of their Primogenitor Chapter. Sentikan assisted in the defence of the remains of the Primarch Sanguinius himself from the assault of the Forces of Chaos.
Astral Fists Argolis Chapter Master Argolis is the current Chapter Master of the Astral Fists Space Marine Chapter. Most recently, he led the entirety of his Chapter to engage the Tyranids of the Echidna Splinter Fleet sometime during the 41st Millennium.
Astral Knights Artor Amhrad Chapter Master When 15 Space Marine task forces failed to stop a large Necron starship known as the World Engine, the Chapter Master of the Astral Knights Chapter adopted a desperate strategy. Forgoing weaponry that proved to be ineffective, Amhrad employed his Chapter's Battle Barge against the World Engine's Void Shields. The moment the mighty space-borne missile pierced the World Engine's shields, the Astral Knights had already taken to their Drop Pods. For over 100 hours the Astral Knights battled against the vastly superior force of Necron warriors numbering in the tens of thousands. The Astral Knights force was eventually reduced in size to just Amhrad and five remaining Battle-Brothers. Amhrad then detonated Melta-charges that destroyed the vast Necron tomb complex that housed many of the World Engine's command arrays. This damage brought down the vessel's Void Shields. With the World Engine's shields lost, the Imperial Navy's starships were able to destroy the World Engine with Cyclonic Torpedoes. On the outskirts of the Danorra System lies the scarred and lifeless planet of Safehold. It is there, in the dead heart of the Battle Barge Tempestus, that a shrine was raised to the memory of the Astral Knights. Seven hundred and seventy-two arbalstone statues stand silent vigil amongst the ruined flagship of the lost Chapter, one for each of the fallen Battle-Brothers of the Astral Knights.
Aurora Chapter Herak Nhuson Lord Goru Heresy (650.M41) - Lord Herak Nhuson was the Chapter Master of the Aurora during the 600's.M41. In 650.M41, a Chaos-inspired nihilo-cult usurped power in the Gorus System, igniting the Goru Heresy. The Aurora Chapter immediately executed a lightning campaign that decapitated the heritcs' inner circle and restores order to the region within ten days of their deployment. There is scant cause for celebration however, as Lord Herak Nhuson is killed when the heretic leader unleashes a Warp fuelled psi-vortex as a dying act of spite.
Black Templars Helbrecht High Marshal Current High Marshal (Chapter Master) of the Black Templars Space Marine Chapter and primary coordinator of the Chapter's various Crusades.
Blood Angels Dante Lord Commander Lord Commander Dante of the Blood Angels is considered to be the oldest living Chapter Master within the Adeptus Astartes at over 1100 standard years old. He is believed to be the oldest living Loyalist Space Marine as he is currently 1,300 standard years old, with the exception of those Space Marines sustained by the cybernetic technology of Dreadnoughts, the use of temporal stasis or other technological means of extending human life. Lord Commander Dante's exact age is unknown and he is suspected by some members of his Chapter to be much older.
Blood Drinkers Orloc Chapter Master Chapter Master Orloc took part in the recent Blood Angels Conclave and agreed to donate a portion of his Chapter's Initiates to help rebuild the depleted Blood Angels Chapter.
Blood Legion Armis First Ixard Armis, First Ixard of the Blood Legion Chapter, took part in the recent Blood Angels Conclave and assisted in the defense of the Primarch Sanguinius' tomb. He agreed to donate a portion of his Chapter's Initiates to help rebuild the depleted Blood Angels Chapter.
Blood Ravens Gabriel Angelos Chapter Master Gabriel Angelos is the current Chapter Master of the Blood Ravens Chapter. Formerly he was the Captain of the Chapter's 3rd Company. Angelos was recently responsible for slaying the Chapter's former Chapter Master and Chief Librarian, Azariah Kyras, who had become a pawn of Chaos. Angelos has been responsible for some of the most notable events in the Blood Ravens' recent history, including the battles against the Forces of Chaos on Tartarus, Lorn V and and the defeat of a splinter Tyranid Hive Fleet and Chaotic invasion of the Sub-sector Aurelia of the Korianis Sector
Blood Ravens Azariah Kyras Chapter Master Azariah Kyras was the former Chapter Master and Chief Librarian of the Blood Ravens Chapter of Space Marines. Kyras was known by elements of the Blood Ravens to have been corrupted by Chaos. Following the recent victory of Captain Gabriel Angelos over the Forces of Chaos in the Sub-sector Aurelia, Angelos defeated the corrupt Kyras in battle and replaced him as Chapter Master of the Blood Ravens.
Blood Swords Daggan Lord Lord Daggan is a Space Marine Dreadnought who was the former Chapter Master of the Blood Swords Space Marine Chapter. He died defending the remains of the Primarch Sanguinius on Baal from the foul Blood Fiends created by Fabius Bile.
Brazen Claws Caul Engentre Chapter Master Caul Engentre is a hero of the Brazen Claws Chapter who has four centuries of experience in facing down the slavering darkness of the daemon, xenos, mutant and Heretic. Lord Engentre was present when the Brazen Claws' homeworld of Talus IV fell to the ravening hordes of Chaos. The Chapter Master had sworn a mighty oath of vengeance to pursue the Forces of Chaos into the very Eye of Terror itself. It had been uttered in the ashes of his Chapter's homeworld, the oath sworn amidst the fires of their burning fortress-monastery. After twenty standard years of prosecuting their ill-fated Crusade of Vengeance against the Traitor Legions within the Eye of Terror, the Chapter had suffered the loss of at least two companies. After twenty years of hubris, pride and death, Engentre called the entirety of his Chapter to council aboard his flagship, to discuss whether or not it would be prudent to continue prosecuting their Crusade. Out of ten companies, only four hundred Space Marines of the Brazen Claws were able to attend. After much debate, and the sage wisdom of the Chapter's surviving Captains, Engentre told his Chapter that their Crusade was at an end. He then ordered his Chapter to prepare to depart the Eye for the realms of man.
Consecrators Nakir Supreme Grand Master Chapter Master Nakir of the Consecrators was something of an enigma even amongst the mystery-wreathed warriors of the Unforgiven. Nakir had been an Interrogator-Chaplain before his ascension to command of the Consecrators, the so-called Master of Souls. Even now a symbol of his past hangs at his waist, a wooden rod in the shape of a small Crozius Arcanum, studded with six black pearls. Each was a trophy of a Fallen made to repent, a remarkable feat for any Dark Angel, and almost unprecedented in one of Nakir's short service. He leads a Chapter dedicated to unearthing the secrets of the past. In battle, Nakir wields one of the legendary Heavenfall Blades , known as the Sword of Sanctity.
Crimson Castellans Caroman Chapter Master Current Chapter Master of the Crimson Castellans Chapter. Recently Caroman's Chapter was forced to defend the world of Ector in the Valedan System during their decennial recruitment ritual from a simultaneous assault of a splinter fleet of Hive Fleet Kraken and the main body of Hive Fleet Leviathan.
Crimson Castellans Sojai Antiro Chapter Master Previous Chapter Master of the Crimson Castellans. Antiro was embroiled in a war with a pirate warband assisted by Renegade elements of the Crimson Castellans Chapter, the differences between Loyalists and Renegades were set aside with Hive Fleet Jormungandr's descent upon their Chapter homeworld. Antiro died in the bowels of Hoventa Hive, spitting curses at the Raveners of Hive Fleet Jormungandr who tore him limb from limb.
Crimson Consuls Elias Artegall Chapter Master The Crimson Consuls and their Chapter Master were destroyed through the foul machinations of an Alpha Legion Chaos Space Marine claiming to be none other than the nefarious Primarch Alpharius. who intended to deliver the Chapter's gene-seed stocks to Abaddon the Despoiler to replenish the ranks of the Black Legion before the 13th Black Crusade.
Crimson Fists Pedro Kantor Chapter Master Survivor of the Battle of Rynn's World when a large Ork WAAAGH! invaded their world, destroyed their fortress-monastery and wiped out the majority of their Chapter.
Dark Angels Azrael Supreme Grand Master Supreme Grand Master (Chapter Master), Keeper of the Truth and bearer of the Lion Helm of Lion El'Jonson and the mighty Sword of Secrets.
Disciples of Blood Techial Chapter Master Techial serves as the current Chapter Master of the Disciples of Blood Space Marine Chapter.
Doom Eagles Hearon Commander Commander Hearon is the current Chapter Master of the Doom Eagles Space Marine Chapter.
Doom Legion Konstantos Chapter Master Konstantos is the current lord of the Doom Legion Chapter. When the Doom Legion had been found wanting by the apostate Basillius, only six companies from their Chapter deployed with the Imperial Abyssal Crusade to face the horrors of the Eye of Terror. The other four companies remained on the star fortress Faithful's Deliverance to maintain their eternal vigil over the Elusian Maze asteroid field. The six companies who took part in this doomed crusade were utterly corrupted by Chaos. Following the events of the Abyssal Crusade, the eyes of the Adeptus Terra fell upon the erstwhile kin of the Doom Legion that were still "loyal" to the Imperium. Despite close scrutiny by the Inquistion, Konstantos convinced the Inquisitorial investigators of their continued loyalty.
Emperor's Swords Kendral Chapter Master When the ambitious and foul-tempered Evil Sunz Ork Warboss known as Skullkrumpa, the infamous Red Scourge of Galthamor, and his Speed Freeks laid waste to the Hive World of Galthamor in 925.M41, the Emperor's Swords answered the call to defend the besieged Imperial world. But during the epic battle, Skullkrumpa managed to personally slay the Emperor's Swords' Chapter Master Kendral during the Assault on Fireheart Hive, the planet's primary population centre. Following the death of their Chapter Master, the enraged Emperor's Swords managed to drive off Skullkrumpa's forces.
Excoriators Zachariah Kersh Chapter Master Zachariah Kersh is the current Chapter Master of the Excoriators Space Marine Chapter. Serving as the Chapter Scourge (Chapter Champion), he dishonoured his Chapter when succumbed to the crippling genetic curse, known as Dorn's Darkness, during a crucial battle against the treacherous Alpha Legion upon the world of Ignis Prime. In the ensuing melee, nearly the entirety of the Honoured 1st (the Chapter's Veteran 1st Company) was destroyed, the Chapter Master was grievously wounded by an assassin's poisoned blade, and the sacred Chapter standard, The Stigmartyr was taken. Kersh would later serve as the acting commander of the Exocoriators' 5th Company, and defend the Cemetery World of Certus-Minor against the predations of the Chaotic Cholercaust Blood Crusade, in which Kersh would emerge as the sole survivor. Redeeming himself in the eyes of his Chapter, he would succeed the previous Chapter Master after he succumbed to the poison ravaging his body.
Executioners Arkash Hakkon Lord High Executioner Arkash Hakkon was the Lord High Executioner (Chapter Master) of the Executioners Space Marine Chapter at the outset of the Badab War. Owing an ancient blood-debt to Lufgt Huron of the Renegade Astral Claws Chapter, the Executioners soon found themselves on the wrong side of the Badab conflict. They were eventually granted the Emperor's forgiveness by the High Lords of Terra. Their twin Chapter worlds were given over in trust to the Salamanders Chapter and their own Successor Chapters rather than forfeited entirely, and would be returned to them should they survive their hundred year long Penance Crusade.
Exorcists Enoch Trismegistus Chapter Master Enoch was the first Chapter Master of the mysterious Exorcists Chapter.
Fire Angels Uriaens Consul-Master Consul-Master (Chapter Master) Uriaens is the current master of the Fire Angels Space Marine Chapter.
Fire Hawks Stibor Lazaerek Knight-Commander At the outset of the Badab War Knight-Commander (Chapter Master) Lazaerek was more than six standard centuries old and in failing health due to numerous war wounds accumulated over a long and glorious career. Widely regarded by Imperial authorities as a bitter and hubristic individual. Lazaerek, along with his entire Chapter was officially declared Lost to the Warp and assumed destroyed when their Chapter fleet attempted a warp jump from the Piraeus system, one-hundred and twenty light years from the Crows World subsector in 963.M41.
Fire Lords Jaric Phoros Chapter Master Jaric Phoros is the current Chapter Master of the Fire Lords Space Marine Chapter.
Flesh Tearers Gabriel Seth Commander Commander Seth has led the Flesh Tearers for over a century and has not yet succumbed to the Black Rage, though the stability of his Chapter as a whole remains questionable. Seth has earned a great degree of enmity with most other Imperial armies he has fought alongside. Imperial Guard and Adepta Sororitas commanders are often simply ignored, whilst other Space Marines grow frustrated with Seth`s impetuous desire to instantly destroy all enemies.
Grey Knights Kaldor Draigo Supreme Grand Master Supreme Grand Master Draigo is a Grand Master of the Grey Knights and a warrior beyond all reckoning. As a lowly Battle-Brother he imprisoned the Daemon Prince M'kar the Reborn and he has risen steadily through the ranks to become a Grand Master of the most secretive and elite Chapter of the Space Marines. Yet ever since his battle with M'kar, Draigo has been cursed to a life within the Warp, doomed to walk within the Realm of Chaos. To remain pure when constantly assailed by the power of raw Chaos shows such fortitude and personal strength that it is beyond the measure of the average mortal. But so long as Draigo still draws breath he knows that one day he will prevail and more importantly, he will return to realspace to lead the fight against the Forces of Chaos.
Howling Griffons Alvaro Chapter Master Alvaro is the current Chapter Master of the Howling Griffons Space Marine Chapter. During the Third War for Armageddon the elite 1st Company, led by Alvaro, was based on the Battle Barge Force of Destiny, where they engaged in the persecution of a company of Night Lords Chaos Space Marines under the command of the infamous former Word Bearers Daemon Prince Periclitor. It was widely known that the Howling Griffons harboured a particularly deep hatred of this Daemon Prince for his prior assaults and insults to the Chapter, including his murder of a previous Chapter Master in the 38th Millennium.
Imperial Fists Vorn Hagan Chapter Master Vorn Hagan is the current Chapter Master of the Imperial Fists following the death of Vladimir Pugh in 970.M41, when he was slain battling Tyranids deep within a crashed Space Hulk during the Infestation of Drashin. Captain Darnath Lysander of the 1st Company was initially elected to lead the Chapter, but refused the honour. Instead, Captain Vorn Hagan, the commander of the 5th Company, became the Imperial Fists' new Chapter Master
Imperial Fists Vladimir Pugh Chapter Master Previous Chapter Master of the Imperial Fists. Whilst not a particularly inspirational leader, Pugh was considered as meticulous a planner as any Chapter Master in the Imperial Fists' history. It is said that Pugh had once had his taste buds removed as penance for losing 170 Imperial Fists Astartes in battle. Pugh was slain battling Tyranids deep within a crashed Space Hulk during the Infestation of Drashin in 970.M41.
Iron Fists Kastal Verchen Chapter Master Kastal Verchen is the current Chapter Master of the Iron Fists Space Marine Chapter.
Iron Hands Kardan Stronos Chapter Master Kardan Stronos is the de facto Chapter Master of the Iron Hands Space Marine Chapter. Of all the Iron Fathers to have led the Iron Hands Chapter, none echo the glory of their Primarch Ferrus Manus more than Stronos. Since the loss of their Primarch, no single warrior has ever permanently led the Iron Hands. Instead, they are guided by the Council of Iron Fathers who appoint one amongst their number to command, according to the needs of the Chapter. So it is that an Iron Father might lead for the course of a campaign for which his particular skills make him singularly suited, and whilst that war rages, he wields all the power and responsibility of a Chapter Master. Upon the mission’s conclusion, he cedes power back to the Iron Council, who then calculate the next Iron Father to lead them. It is testament to Kardan Stronos' skill as both warrior and commander that he has been reappointed as head of the Iron Council for over three hundred consecutive years.
Iron Snakes Seydon Chapter Master Seydon is the 18th successive Chapter Master of the Iron Snakes.
Lamenters Malakim Phoros, "Lord of Ruin" Chapter Master Malakim Phoros was the Chapter Master of the Lamenters at the outset of the Badab War, and was also known as the 'Lord of Ruin' and the 'Watcher of the Deeps'. Phoros was a living example of both his brethren's grief and their resilience. A figure of awe and reverence for his Chapter, Phoros struggled to contain the Black Rage that permeated his Chapter's soul. In battle he was a fierce sight to behold, his control slipping as he went to the brink of being consumed by the Black Rage several times only to pull himself back from the abyss. He willingly followed Lufgt Huron and his Renegade Astral Claws into the Secession of the Maelstrom Zone from the Imperium, which devolved into the infamous conflict known as the Badab War. Phoros was believed slain during the destruction of his Battle Barge when the Lamenters were battered into submission by the Minotaurs Chapter. Rumours persist that he has since rejoined his Battle-Brothers in exile, but such stories cannot be confirmed
Mantis Warriors Khoisan Neotera Chapter Master At the outset of the Badab War Khoisan Neotera was the Chapter Master of the Mantis Warriors Chapter. Finding themselves on the wrong side of the internecine conflict, the Mantis Warriors realized that they had been misled by the Tyrant of Badab, Lufgt Huron, the Chapter Master of the Renegade Astral Claws, and turned on their former allies. Neotera was tried by an Imperial jury of his fellow Chapter Masters who sentenced him to spend the rest of his natural life in solitary confinement in the Imperial prison Penitentiacon to contemplate his wrong-doing. His Chapter was spared; they were ordered to give up their homeworld and to undertake a century-long Penitent Crusade without the ability to draw new recruits in to the Chapter to make up their losses.
Marines Errant Anton Narvaez Chapter Master At the outset of the Badab War, Anton Narvaez was the Marines Errant's current Chapter Master.
Marines Exemplar Maxim Absolon Chapter Master Chapter Master Absolon deployed 9 Battle Companies (all but one Reserve Company) in the defence of the Cadian Sector against Abaddon's 13th Black Crusade in 999.M41. His Chapter was scattered across several warzones. During the war, the Chapter Master's Thunderhawk was shot down (though the Chapter remains hopeful that Absolon was still alive). His current whereabouts are unknown.
Mentors Nisk Ran-Thawll Chapter Master Ran-Thawll is considered one of the most formidable Commanders to serve in the Adeptus Astartes. He has the authority to refuse field testing of any new equipment thought to be dangerously unstable. There is no record of Ran-Thawll ever choosing to exercise his veto. He is thought to have visited the Emperor several times, though this is mere speculation.
Minotaurs Asterion Moloc, "Master of the Minotaurs", "Bringer of Wrath" Lord Lord Asterion Moloc is the current Chapter Master of the fearsome and brutal Minotaurs Space Marine Chapter. This paranoid and bloody-handed Astartes commander revels in his dark reputation and his name is a byword for death and mayhem carried out in the name of the benevolent Emperor of Mankind.
Mortifactors Magyar Lord This venerable Astartes warrior is the current Chapter Master of the Mortifactors Chapter. He is one of the oldest living Chapter Masters at over 700 standard years old.
Novamarines Lucretius Corvo Chapter Master Lucretius Corvo was appointed by Primarch Roboute Guilliman as the founding Chapter Master of the Primogenitor Chapter, the Novamarines, a Second Founding Successor Chapter of the Ultramarines Legion. Corvo was a highly honoured Captain of the Ultramarines Legion who had led his company in countless successful engagements during the Great Crusade and served as one the Ultramarines' Champions during the vicious fighting against the apostate Word Bearers Legion on the planet Astagar during the Heresy. As recognition for his tenacity and heroic actions, a Laurel of Defiance was awarded to Corvo by Roboute Guilliman himself. This sacred object is still enshrined at the Novamarines' fortress-monastery, the Fortress Novum. Having previously granted Corvo numerous honours during his lengthy service within the Ultramarines, Guilliman trusted the Space Marine implicitly. It is for these reasons that the Primarch was comfortable in assigning Captain Corvo the responsibility of command as he forged the notion of independent Space Marine Chapters.
Obsidian Glaives Midnias Chapter Master When the vast greenskin hordes of the infamous Ork Warlord Grukk Face-rippa and his Red WAAAGH! invaded the Sanctus Reach sub-sector, only a few little obstacles stood in the Orks' way, most notably the Space Marine world of Obstiria, home to the Obsidian Glaives Chapter. Midnias assured the Sector Lord that he could halt the Ork incursion before it plunged even deeper into the sub-sector. Leading five companies of Obsidian Glaives, Midnias and his men valiantly defended their Fortress-Monastery, the Penumbral Spike, when it was overrun by Ork outrider forces, led by the notorious Freebooter Kaptin Dakbad Flamegut. During this epic battle, Chapter Master Midnias faced Flamegut himself and managed to kill him. This shattered the morale of Flamegut's forces. By the dawn of the eighth day, the tide of Orks seemed to slacken, leaving the Space Marines to count their dead, which included all but one of their Dreadnoughts, most of which had succumbed to the intense radiation of their home world. The Ork onslaught had been temporarily halted. But the Chapter Master knew this was only a temporary respite. Then Grukk arrived. The Battle of Black Gulch was Midnias' final attempt to kill the Warboss. During the epic battle, Chapter Master Midnias confronted the massive Ork Warlord, and though he managed to grievously wound the fell creature, Grukk proved to be too powerful and adversary, and killed Midnias. Their commander dead, the Space Marines valiantly attempted to defend their world for a further three days, fighting a battle they could not hope to win against the overwhelming numbers of Grukk's hordes. With Obstiria crushed and the Sanctus Reach aflame, only the Knight World of Alaric Prime remained defiant, and the Red Waaagh! gathered once more for war.
Raptors Lias Issodon, "the Grim" Chapter Master Current Chapter Master of the Raptors Space Marine Chapter. He is especially adept at commanding ambush, infiltration and sabotage missions. This taciturn Space Marine Chapter Master earned the sobriquet "the Grim" as a result of his granite-like appearance and aversion to communication unless absolutely necessary.
Raven Guard Corvin Severax Lord of Shadows Corvin Severax serves as the Raven Guard Space Marine Chapter's current Chapter Master. As the Chapter's commander, Corvin Severax's honorific, the "Lord of Shadows", is well founded. Seldom is the enigmatic commander seen -- even by the Space Marines of his own Chapter -- yet his authority is absolute. Despite his covert style of leadership, Severax fights as a consummate predator in battle. The Lord of Shadows strikes with the speed and ferocity of a thunderbolt, his form a blur of motion as he carves his foes to bloody ruin without hesitation or remorse before disappearing into the shadows once more. Little is known of the mysterious and shadowy Chapter Master of the Raven Guard, save for his exploits fighting against the Tau Empire's Third Sphere Expansion upon the Imperial worlds of Agrellan and Voltoris. Severax met his end while fighting against the Tau Empire's Forces on Prefectia. Commander Shadowsun's genius strategy and the sacrifice of a brave Fire Warrior led to the Raven Guard's Chapter Master demise.
Red Hunters Daemar Chapter Master Daemar was the Chapter Master of the Red Hunters Chapter in the aftermath of the First War for Armageddon.
Red Scorpions Carab Culln Lord High Commander Carab Culln is the current Lord High Commander (Chapter Master) of the Red Scorpions Chapter. Culln was meritoriously promoted to the position of Lord High Commander during the Badab War when the preceding High Lord Commander, Verant Ortys, was slain during a parlay with Lufgt Huron of the Renegade Astral Claws Chapter, in the infamous "Betrayal at Grief" incident.
Salamanders Tu'Shan Chapter Master Current Chapter Master of the Salamanders and Regent of Nocturne's moon, Prometheus. Tu'Shan led the Salamanders during both the Second War for Armageddon and the Third War for Armageddon and is renowned for being one of the strongest Astartes alive.
Scythes of the Emperor Thrasius Chapter Master Thrasius is the current Chapter Master of the Scythes of the Emperor after the recent death of his predecessor, Thorcyra, on the Death World of Miral at the hands of the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Kraken.
Silver Eagles Periphas Chapter Master Periphas currently serves as the Chapter Master of the Silver Eagles Chapter.
Silver Guard Veegum Chapter Master Veegum is the current Chapter Master of the Silver Guard, and led his Chapter during its participation in the Sabbat Worlds Crusade.
Silver Skulls Argentius Lord Commander Lord Commander Argentius is the current Chapter Master of the Silver Skulls Space Marine Chapter.
Sons of Dorn Quintus Decius Alexandros, "Alexandros the Blind"' Chapter Master Quintus Decius Alexandros is the current Chapter Master of the Sons of Dorn Space Marine Chapter.
Sons of Orar Alavaan Chapter Master Alavaan is a renowned Veteran who received great honours during the Jorun Retaliation, and currently holds the command of the Sons of Orar. Under his skilled guidance, the Sons of Orar have earned a well deserved reputation for acts of heroism that are equally inspiring and terrifying to behold.
Space Wolves Logan Grimnar Great Wolf Logan Grimnar is one of the most renowned Chapter Masters in the history of the entire Imperium. He has lead the Space Wolves for over 700 years as the Great Wolf, often clashing with the Ecclesiarchy and the Inquisition.
Star Phantoms Omadon Tiresias Master Omadon Tiresias is the current Master (Chapter Master) of the Star Phantoms Space Marine Chapter, whom ordered the evacuation of his Chapter during the destruction of their homeworld of Haakoneth due to a massive Hrud migration. When the planet was engulfed in a massive vortex of spatial turbulence, Tiresias was blinded by a rogue time-eddy that speared the command deck of his ship.
Steel Confessors Avonis Chapter Master Avonis was the first Chapter Master of the Steel Confessors, secretly Founded during the 36th Millennium's 19th Founding by the Adeptus Mechanicus for its own use from the gene-seed of the Iron Hands. Avonis was chosen by the Magos of the Adeptus Mechanicus to lead the new Space Marines after they were covertly created. Avonis was buried on the Chapter's now-devastated original homeworld of Kracsis IV, though his remains were later returned by the Chapter to its new homeworld of Kalevala where Avonis was laid to rest beside his successor, Chapter Master Protonus, who was slain defending Kracsis IV from the assault by Hive Fleet Behemoth that ultimately drove the Steel Confessors from that world. Chapter legends maintain that Avonis never died but is only in stasis until such time as his Chapter needs him once more.
Steel Confessors Protonus Chapter Master Protonus was the successor of Chapter Master Avonis. Protonus was killed during the valiant defence of Kracsis IV from the Tyranid Hive Fleet Behemoth in 745.M41 . He would later be buried on Kalevala alongside the Steel Confessors' first Chapter Master, Avonis. The Steel Confessors' current Chapter Master is unknown.
Storm Wardens Lorgath Maclir Ward-Master Lorgath Maclir is the current Chapter Master of the Storm Wardens Space Marine Chapter. He is known for excessively studying one of the supreme treatises of military strategy known as the Tactica Imperialis. Some even claim that he has memorised this vast tome of military knowledge in its entirety. If true, it would indeed be an impressive accomplishment, even amongst the Adeptus Astartes. Lorgath is an impressive strategist without peer who continuously challenges his captains with tactical exercises.
Storm Warriors Calan Chapter Master Current Chapter Master of the Storm Warriors Chapter. Wearied by a recent prolonged campaign and the losses incurred (two starships and 300 Battle-Brothers), the Storm Warriors were diverted at the last moment by a request to quell a rebellion on the world of Tesra IV. Calan was reluctant to have his Chapter get involved for fear of taking more needless casualties. With the arrival of Inquisitor Andrijssen and the forces tasked to him, this allowed Calan to accomplish his mission with no losses to the Imperial forces.
Ultramarines Marneus Augustus Calgar Chapter Master Current Chapter Master of the Ultramarines, Lord Macragge, and Regent of Ultramar. Calgar is one of the most accomplished Chapter Masters within all of the Adeptus Astartes. His number of deeds and acts of valour fill twenty-eight volumes of Imperial records, a deed only surpassed by his Primarch Roboute Guilliman.
Vorpal Swords Konvak Lann Chapter Master Konvak Lann was the Chapter Master of the Vorpal Swords at the time of the Abyssal Crusade in the 37th Millennium. Almost 800 standard years after the Abyssal Crusade began, the remnants of some of The Judged returned from the Warp in 112.M38, having purged more than 400 worlds within the Eye of Terror. With the testimony of Konvak Lann, the Master of the Vorpal Swords Chapter, revealed him as a false idol, guilty of sending innocents into the jaws of damnation in the service of the Dark Gods. The Vorpal Swords led the other survivors of the Crusade, blazing with righteous anger, to penetrate the defences of Basillius' palace. They found the unaccountably ancient saint and finally revealed Basillius' true nature as an apostle of Chaos.
White Consuls Cymar Xydias and Titus Valens Chapter Master The White Consuls Space Marine Chapter is unusual among the Astartes in that it has two Chapter Masters instead of the prerequisite one; one leads the Chapter in its duties guarding the Eye of Terror, whilst the other resides on the Chapter's homeworld of Sabbatine. Titus is the battlemaster, excelling in leading his ground troops against the enemy whilst Cymar Xydius is cunning and handles strategic command and planetary diplomacy.
White Panthers Jorus Shadowmaw Chapter Master The White Panthers' Chapter Master Jorus Shadowmaw was killed in action whilst putting down a rebellion in the Dynathi Cluster in 998.M41.
White Scars Jubal Khan Great Khan Jubal Khan is the current Great Khan of the White Scars. He has fought countless xenos and untold numbers of battles and campaigns throughout the Imperium. One of his most notable exploits occurred during the Jopal Uprising. Leading the First Brotherhood in several lightning raids against the enemy's supply and communication lines, they caused such devastation that the enemy forces had no choice but to divert large numbers of troops to deal with the White Scars, allowing the Imperial Guard to batter through the weakened front lines, effectively ending the insurrection. Jubal Khan also led his Chapter in the Third War for Armageddon, where the White Scars operated primarily on both the world of Armageddon and on other surrounding Ork-held worlds. They were successful at disrupting the Orks and holding back the Greenskins' assaults, allowing Imperial garrisons time to better prepare.

Renegade Chapter Masters

The following is a list of notable Renegade Chapters Masters that currently command those Adeptus Astartes Chapters that have been declared Excommunicate Traitoris:

Chapter Name Title Information
Astral Claws Lufgt Huron (known as Huron Blackheart following the Badab War) Chapter Master Huron was the brilliant, ambitious and power-hungry Chapter Master of the Astral Claws, whose hubris led to the bloody internecine conflict known as the Badab War and his Chapter's eventual fall from grace. It was originally assumed that he had died during the final assault on Badab Primaris in the closing days of the Badab War after taking a Melta Gun blast to the whole right side of his body. But Imperial authorities were unable to confirm this as his body was never found. Reborn as the infamous Chaos Lord Huron Blackheart, he now leads the Renegade Space Marine warband called the Red Corsairs, launching raids against the Imperium from the hellish region of space known as the Maelstrom.
Blood Gorgons Gammadin Khorsaad The first Chapter Master or Khorsaad of the Blood Gorgons, Gammadin led his Chapter into damnation and eventually became its Chaos Lord. The Blood Gorgons, who value their freedom and independence above all else, refuse to swear allegiance to any patron Chaos God, preferring to serve Chaos in general in the form of Chaos Undivided. It was recorded in the Chapter's history that it was Gammadin who had first begun to experiment in daemonology and the Chaotic rituals that would form the core of all later Blood Gorgons custom before the Chapter turned Renegade. Using Gammadin's knowledge of arcane lore, the dark Rituals of Binding were first implemented.
Crimson Slaughter Kranon the Relentless Chapter Master Once known as Sevastus Kranon, Kranon the Relentless is the current Chapter Master and Chaos Lord of the Crimson Slaughter warband of Chaos Space Marines. Kranon was known to be militant and brutal even during the days when he was still a loyal servant to the Emperor as the Chapter Master of the Crimson Sabres Chapter. Upon leading his warband into self-imposed exile in the Eye of Terror, Sevastus was corrupted by the Ruinous Powers of Chaos. Renaming himself Kranon the Relentless, he has driven himself to commit more and more bloody and vile acts in an attempt to silent the maddening voices that plague him, the result of a "gift" from the Blood God Khorne.
Relictors Artekus Bardane Chapter Master The final Chapter Master of the Relictors Chapter. When the call for aid came from the beleaguered Hive World of Armageddon, the Relictors mobilised their entire Chapter and set off to serve in the system-spanning conflict. Artekus ordered his captains to gather their warriors, and the entire Chapter journeyed to this war-torn world. Artekus led his men deep into the heart of the Equatorial Jungle, where he believed the greatest potential lay for the study of Chaos, given that the cursed Monolith of Angron, the Daemon Primarch of the World Eaters Traitor Legion. For When the war on Armageddon drew to a close, the Librarians of the Relictors claimed to have had visions of a giant eye, dripping with blood, and Artekus immediately withdrew his Chapter from the warzone. Following the Conclave's vision, he began the journey towards the Eye of Terror, where his Chapter participated in the 13th Black Crusade and ultimately was declared "Extremis Diabolus."
Sons of Malice Kathal Chapter Master Once the Captain of the Sons of Malice's elite 1st Company, Kathal was granted the honour of leading the Chapter in its victory rites after the successful Cilix 225 Campaign. It was these rights that led the Inquisitor Pietas to declare the Sons of Malice Heretics and ultimately to her death at the hands of the Chapter. It was Kathal who ritually sacrificed the intruding Inquisitor and ate her remains alongside his Battle-Brothers before they turned Renegade and found a new home in the service of Malice. After the disappearance of the Chapter Master Ba'kel Draak, Kathal replaced him as the Sons of Malice's new and current Chapter Master.
Soul Drinkers Sarpedon Chapter Master Sarpedon was the former Chief Librarian and the last Chapter Master of the now extinct Renegade Soul Drinkers Chapter. Sarpedon's lower torso had mutated into the shape of eight arachnid legs, after he and the rest of his Chapter were tricked into a brief pact with the Chaos God Tzeentch. However, the Soul Drinkers remained loyal to the Emperor of Mankind until the end.
Wolf Brothers Beor Arjac Grimmaesson Great Wolf Beor was the first and only Great Wolf of the Wolf Brothers, the only known Second Founding Successor Chapter of Space Marines created from the gene-seed of the Space Wolves Legion. The Chapter was eventually forcibly disbanded by the Inquisition as a result of the rampant genetic instability and resulting mutation that appeared in the Chapter's Battle-Brothers. This instability may have been the "Wulfen" gene that manifests itself at times in the Space Wolves themselves.


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