|Praetors of Orpheus|
Second Founding (31st Millennium)
Beta Entebes II (Orpheus Prime)
White and Sky Blue
The Praetors of Orpheus are a Loyalist Second Founding Space Marines Chapter who are Successors of the Ultramarines. The Praetors of Orpheus' understanding of Imperial science and technology is second only to that of the Tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus itself. Many believe that the two organisations are tied by more than shared service in the Emperor's name and that the Praetors have shared personnel and goals with the Mechanicus in the past. The large number of Praetors of Orpheus who undergo cybernetic augmentation with bionics would lend weight to this theory. The Praetors of Orpheus are currently active in the star systems neighbouring Pavonis.
The Praetors of Orpheus are a Second Founding Successor Chapter of the Ultramarines. The Praetors of Orpheus maintain their fortress-monastery on the world of Beta Entebes II within a vast subterranean complex called the Labyrinth of Orphia.
- Orphean Key - An Orphean Key is a specialised combi-tool used exlusively by the Praetors of Orpheus Chapter. The tech-lore of the Praetors of Orpheus is justly renowned, both for secrets shared with the Machine Cult and knowledge unique to the Chapter. The creation of Orphean Keys is one secret the Chapter has kept to itself, granting the advanced tools only to the most senior Techmarines of their Chapter. This combi-tool can also serve as an Auspex and multi-key, functioning as a normal example of such tools. Its most impressive function, however, is the advanced Cogitator package which allows the tool to analyse unknown or malfunctioning technology and offer a potential solution that the user of the tool can then effect.
The Praetors of Orpheus wear predominantly white armour with distinctive sky blue shoulder plate trim, backpack, Aquila and gun casing. A Praetors of Orpheus Company is denoted both by a Roman numeral on the left knee plate and also the colour of the plate itself.
The Chapter's badge is a blue shield with a yellow sunburst in the center, with the exception of the top left quarter which is white with a blue Ultramarines badge.
- Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), p. 25
- Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition), p. 47
- Deathwatch - Honour the Chapter (RPG), p. 130
- How to Paint Space Marines (2004)
- Imperial Armour Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition, pp.138, 177