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The Second Founding of the Space Marines occurred seven standard years after the end of the Horus Heresy, in the early 31st Millennium. This Founding involved the division of the existing Loyalist Space Marine Legions into the far smaller, 1,000-man autonomous Chapters of the Space Marines as decreed by the new Codex Astartes, written by the Ultramarines' Primarch, Roboute Guilliman. The remaining Loyalist Space Marine Legions were divided into smaller Successor Chapters - one Chapter maintained their parent Legion's original name, badge and colours, while the remaining Chapters took new names and heraldry. These original Chapters are known as the Second Founding Chapters. Each Second Founding Chapter initially shared their parent Legion's gene-seed -- subsequently each Chapter's gene-seed was isolated by the Adeptus Mechanicus, forming new genetic lines. Because the Space Marines that made up each of the Second Founding Chapters originated from one of the Legions that first served the Emperor, the Chapters that were created were called Successor Chapters, a title not given to later Chapters of the many subsequent Foundings that have been carried out by the Imperium after that initial split to keep the number of extant Chapters at around 1,000. It is unknown how many Successor Chapters were created - some Second Founding Chapters in the past 10,000 years have been destroyed, leaving no records of their histories in the often incomplete Imperial archives of the Adeptus Administratum. Other Second Founding Chapters have been lost in more recent times and their names in the records of the fallen heroes of the Imperium are all that remain of them. Some survive to this day, the proud inheritors of their Legions' histories and the traditions of their Primarch. The Grey Knights, the elite Space Marine Chapter that serves as the Chamber Militant of the Ordo Malleus of the Inquisition, was secretly created during the Second Founding, the source of its gene-seed unknown. It is possible that the Raptors, the Silver Skulls and other Chapters were established in the Second Founding.

Select Second Founding Successor Chapters

Chapter Progenitor Chapter Legion Number
Angels of Absolution Dark Angels I
Angels of Redemption Dark Angels I
Angels of Vengeance Dark Angels I
Angels of Vigilance (Suspected, unconfirmed) Dark Angels I
Lions Sable (Destroyed and forgotten) Dark Angels I
Destroyers White Scars V
Marauders White Scars V
Rampagers White Scars V
Storm Lords White Scars V
Wolf Brothers Space Wolves VI
Black Templars Imperial Fists VII
Crimson Fists Imperial Fists VII
Excoriators Imperial Fists VII
Iron Knights Imperial Fists VII
Soul Drinkers (Excommunicate Traitoris) Imperial Fists VII
Angels Encarmine Blood Angels IX
Angels Sanguine Blood Angels IX
Angels Vermillion Blood Angels IX
Blood Drinkers Blood Angels IX
Flesh Tearers Blood Angels IX
Brazen Claws Iron Hands X
Emperor's Shadows Iron Hands X
Red Talons Iron Hands X
Aurora Chapter Ultramarines XIII
Black Consuls Ultramarines XIII
Doom Eagles Ultramarines XIII
Eagle Warriors Ultramarines XIII
Genesis Chapter Ultramarines XIII
Inceptors Ultramarines XIII
Iron Snakes Ultramarines XIII
Libators Ultramarines XIII
Mortifactors Ultramarines XIII
Nemesis Ultramarines XIII
Novamarines Ultramarines XIII
Patriarchs of Ulixis Ultramarines XIII
Praetors of Orpheus Ultramarines XIII
Silver Eagles Ultramarines XIII
Silver Skulls Ultramarines XIII
White Consuls Ultramarines XIII
Black Guard Raven Guard XIX
Raptors Raven Guard XIX
Revilers Raven Guard XIX
Desert Lions Unknown Unknown
Red Hunters Unknown Unknown
Yellow Jackets Unknown Unknown

Sources

  • Codex: Angels of Death (2nd Edition), pg. 7
  • Codex: Black Templars (4th Edition), pg. 6
  • Codex: Blood Angels (5th Edition), pg. 54
  • Codex: Blood Angels (3rd Edition)
  • Codex: Dark Angels (5th Edition), pp. 10, 73-75
  • Codex: Dark Angels (3rd Edition, 2nd Release)
  • Codex: Dark Angels (3rd Edition), pg. 14
  • Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), pp. 7-8
  • Codex: Space Marines (4th Edition), pp. 22-47
  • Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), pg. 9
  • Codex: Space Wolves (2nd Edition), pg. 9
  • Codex: Ultramarines (2nd Edition), pp. 9-10
  • Dataslate: Cypher - Lord of the Fallen, pp. 15, 17-18, 20-22, 28
  • Deathwatch: Honour the Chapter (RPG), pp. 9-16, 58-88, 103-105, 106, 109, 111
  • Deathwatch: Rites of Battle (RPG), pp. 53, 55-58, 60-64, 66
  • Index Astartes I, "Codex Astartes: The Holy Tome of the Space Marines," by Rick Priestley & Andy Chambers, pp. 12-13
  • Warhammer 40K Compendium (1st Edition), pg. 34
  • White Dwarf 287 (UK), "Horus Heresy: Sabertooth CCG," pg. 86
  • White Dwarf 258 (UK), "Index Astartes First Founding: Wolves of Fenris"
  • White Dwarf 248 (UK), "Index Astartes First Founding: Promethean Warriors - The Salamanders Space Marine Chapter," pg. 76
  • White Dwarf 177 (UK), "Golden Demon Space Marine Chapter Design Competition", pg. 30
  • Age of Darkness (Anthology) edited by Christian Dunn, "Rules of Engagement" by Graham McNeill
  • Battle of the Fang (Novel) by Chris Wraight
  • Legion of the Damned (Novel) by Rob Sanders

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