The Swords of Praesium is a Loyalist Space Marine Chapter of unknown Founding and origin. Almost nothing is known about this Chapter in the Imperial records, save for the fact that a number of its Battle-Brothers turned Renegade after being isolated for 70 standard years upon the world of Acropolis Vega by a Warp Storm during the 41st Millenium. This Renegade warband became known as the Swords of Khargoth.
- Assault on Acropolis Vega (Unknown Date.M41) - When the Forces of Chaos attacked the world of Acropolis Vega, two Companies from the Swords of Praesium Chapter launched a counterattack. Not long after they made planetfall, a Warp Storm engulfed the system, cutting off Acropolis Vega from the outside for nearly 70 Terran years. No records survived attesting to how long the Space Marines fought against the warriors of the Dark Gods, but eventually they succumbed. Isolated and almost certainly overwhelmed by their opposition, several squads evidently swore their loyalty to Chaos in return for their survival. When the Warp Storm abated, it was the Swords of Khargoth who led the attack upon the Imperial reclamation fleet. Ever since, the Swords of Khargoth have been known as bloody reavers who delight in the slaughter of boarding actions. Though the armies of the Emperor eventually retook Acropolis Vega, the Swords of Khargoth escaped destruction and their Strike Cruisers now menace Imperial shipping and small outposts in the area.
The Swords of Praesium's Chapter colours are not listed in current Imperial records.
The Swords of Praesium's Chapter badge is not listed in current Imperial records.
- Codex: Chaos Space Marines (4th Edition), pg. 24
- Games Workshop - Tips for Creating Your Own Renegade Space Marines (Archived)