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The Destroyers are a Loyalist Second Founding and rare Successor Chapter of the White Scars. Though they have won great victories in the Imperium's name, the stability of their gene-seed has come into question as well as concerns surrounding their savage conduct in battle.
As Second Founding successors of the White Scars Chapter, the Destroyers can trace their history back to a time when Jaghatai Khan hunted across the stars. The Destroyers were founded in the wake of the tragic events of the Horus Heresy in the early 31st Millennium. Their gene-seed was derived from the gene-stocks of the White Scars, who famously defended the Imperial Palace during the Battle of Terra in the closing days of the Horus Heresy. Sharing their forefather's battle lust and aggressive style of lightning warfare, the Destroyers have a troubled history. Though they have won great victories in the Imperium's name, questions remain regarding the stability of their gene-seed, and concerns have grown surrounding the sheer savagery of their conduct in battle.
The Destroyers' colours are sunburst yellow on the shoulder guards, helmet and chest icon (Aquila or Imperialis). The yellow-coloured squad specialty symbol (Tactical, Assault, Devastator, or Veteran) is indicated on the right shoulder guard whilst the Chapter iconography is painted on the left shoulder guard. Squad designation is indicated by a yellow-coloured gothic numeral stenciled on the center of the squad specialty symbol. The colour of the left knee guard indicates Company in accordance with the Codex Astartes.
The Destroyers' Chapter badge is a black coloured skull surrounded by four lightning bolts, centered on a field of sun-burst yellow.
The Codex: Space Marines (7th Edition) states that the Destroyers were established during the Second Founding, while the old Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition) states that the Chapter is a Successor of the Mantis Warriors (through the lineage of the White Scars). As this is the most current lore change, the older lore is no longer considered canon.
- Codex: Space Marines (7th Edition) (Digital Edition), pg. 137
- Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition), pg. 47