I promised some Relictor lore and have been meaning to write up a post since. While there’s not been a great deal written about the Chapter by GW’s writers, there is a decent backstory worth telling. Rather than regurgitate the tale in full, I thought I would serve up some of the main chunks for your enjoyment.
They started out under a different name
Beginning life as the Fire Claws, the Chapter that would become the Relictors started as one of the Adeptus Praeses- a number of Chapters built to help guard the space around the Eye of Terror. When a Space Hulk spewed from the Warp, the Fire Claws would investigate and do battle with the Chaos warband onboard. Alongside Inquisitor De Marche, a group of Terminators led by Librarian Decario fought and eventually killed a Chaos Champion with his own daemonic sword.
They don’t get on with the Inquisition
With the exception of De Marche, the Relictors have a less than sterling relationship with the Inquisition. This could be because of their love of hunting for Chaotic artefacts with their favourite radical Inquisitor, or their decision to keep doing so even after being hauled up and told off for it. The Inquisition would have De Marche executed for what they saw as a form of corruption on the scale of a whole Space Marine Chapter. The Relictors would continue to add daemonic weapons to their collection, in one instance even killing Imperial Guard and Inquisition forces that were guarding some undesirable relics.
Ramilies-class starfort, Games Workshop.
They live (or lived) in a sky-fortress
Situated above the planet of Torva Minoris (known locally as Neutra), the Chapter stayed in orbit in a Ramilies-class star fort, a dwelling that was said to have an unnatural veil of darkness and gloom shrouded over it. Deep within the fortress lay a chamber protected by adamantium doors and stasis fields, where one can imagine the Chapter stored their arsenal of Chaotic weaponry. Since being excommunicated and having their star fort shot to pieces, what’s left of the Chapter have remained fairly fleet-based.
They were on Armageddon
As part of their penance crusade, the Relictors would commit all 10 companies to Armageddon to help combat the Ork hordes. Ignoring all orders from their allies, they would stay in the jungles situated close to a pyramid known as Angron’s Monolith. Claiming to be hunting feral Orks, the Relictors spent a suspicious amount of time in this area before leaving the battle prematurely. This move would piss off most of their fellow Space Marines across Armageddon, including Dante of the Blood Angels and General Kurov of the Imperial Guard.
They were covered in Chapter Approved, for God’s sake!
In White Dwarf #295, the Relictors got their own section in Chapter Approved. There was a short story of an Inquisitor getting his revenge on the Chapter for a previous attack, and some special rules allowing a Relictors army to take daemon weapons and Chaotic banners, as well as a selection of relics made available to these guys and their radical Inquisitor allies. It’s a pretty damn good read, and was really interesting to see them get a write up like that.
Warhammer 40k Wiki, warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Relictors
Lexicanum, page Relictors, wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Relictors
Codex: Armageddon, 3rd Edition, Games Workshop (2000).
White Dwarf #295, Games Workshop (2004).