13th ("Dark") Founding (Late 35th/Early 36th Millennium)
Unknown (Possibly the Raven Guard)
Unknown (Possibly Corax)
Black, White, Bone
The Death Spectres are a Loyalist Chapter of Space Marines of unknown origin of the 13th ("Dark") Founding, only the second known Chapter of Astartes, besides the Exorcists, to have been created in that unusual Founding. They are possibly a Successor Chapter of the Raven Guard as they share the same mutations as found in that Chapter's gene-seed. Like the Raven Guard, the Battle-Brothers of this Chapter possess a minor mutation that causes the Melanchromic Organ (which controls the amount of melanin in an Astartes' skin tone) to not function properly, leading to the development of albinism in Death Spectres Astartes. Differing Melanchrome gene-seed from Chapter to Chapter leads to variations in skin and hair colour, and in some Chapters all of the Space Marines may have identical colouration, such as is found in the albino warriors of the Death Spectres Chapter.
Stationed beyond the frontiers of the Imperium, the Death Spectres maintain a constant vigil to ensure that the supernatural inhabitants of the Ghoul Stars never again threaten the galaxy. The Death Spectres' homeworld is the planet Occludus. During the 13th Black Crusade, the Death Spectres infiltrated the world of Lelithar to assist the Imperial Guard Regiments seeking to retake that world from the Forces of Chaos with stealth raids and hidden strikes.
- Hive Fleet Jormungandr (995.M41) - The tendrils of Hive Fleet Jormungandr begin to brush against the northeastern boundaries of the Imperium. The Death Spectres and Honoured Sons Chapters lead the Imperial counterattack against this arm of the Great Devourer.
- 13th Black Crusade (999.M41) - The Death Spectres participated in the Siege of Lelithar and the defence of the Cadian Sector against the 13th Black Crusade. The Death Spectres fielded 6 companies against the Forces of Chaos in this campaign.
The Death Spectres' Chapter badge is a pair of crossed black scythes located behind a skull.
Notable Death Spectres
- Lyandro Karras - Lyandro Karras is a Death Spectres Librarian Codicier currently seconded to the Ordo Xenos' Deathwatch. Karras, known as "Scholar" to his Kill-team, leads an elite squad of specialists. It was this squad that slew the Ork Warboss Balthazog Bluddwrekk.
- Codex: Eye of Terror (3rd Edition)
- Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), pp. 26, 49
- Hammer and Bolter #2, "Exhumed" (Short Story), p. 30
- Heroes of the Space Marines (Anthology), "Headhunted" by Steve Parker, pp. 251-304
- Warhammer 40,000 Rulebook (5th Edition)