40K Lore: Mysteries of the Sanguinor

The mythic Sanguinor has watched over the Blood Angels for millennia, but what is known of the entity’s origins?

The Sanguinor

The Sanguinor is a mysterious figure that appears during the Blood Angels‘ greatest need. To many among the battle-brothers of the Chapter he is a myth, as few ever survive the battles that warrant his appearance, but members of the Blood Angels’ Reclusiam know otherwise, keeping detailed records of his manifestations throughout the millenia.

While the Sanguinor’s deeds are unquestioned, there has been much debate regarding his true nature. Members of the Chapter Council argue that he is the manifestation of Sanguinius‘ noble nature, lost to the Chapter with his death at the hands of Horus, while the Sanguinary Guard believe that he is the founder of their Order, Azkaellon, preserved beyond time through the Emperor’s grace. There are Blood Angels who believes that Sanguinor is a soul of a wronged brother seeking redemption and there are those who do not believe in Sanguinor at all, thinking that it is just a symbol of Blood Angels rage. The Inquisition have their own opinions about the matter, theorizing that the Sanguinor is some sort of psychic construct, furthering their thoughts that the Blood Angels are just one step short of damnation. Whatever the truth of the matter is, the Sanguinor is an honoured part of the heritage of the Chapter, as integral as the rest of their traditions and mysteries.

Heretical Origins

The role of Sanguinor began during the Horus Heresy, specifically the Unremembered Empire of Imperial Secundus. Believing Terra had already fallen, Roboute Guilliman and Lion El’Jonson elected Sanguinius as the new Imperator Regis. But, unwilling to allow Sanguinius to make public appearances for fear of assassins, Azkaellon convinced his father to allow a herald to speak on Sanguinius’ behalf. Azkaellon gathered ten Sanguinary Guard and had them each draw lots, two of which were marked in blood. Dismissing the eight that did not win, the names of the two remaining Guard, Alatron and Haratial were put in a grail and one was picked randomly. Alatron’s name was chosen and in order to keep the identity secret, Azkaellon killed Haratial. Azkaellon then drew a white hot helm in the visage of Sanguinius from a fire and placed it over Alatron’s head, forever searing the helm to flesh and ensuring Alatron would forever be The Sanguinor.

The Sanguinor, now known simply as The Herald, served in his role for several years. Later when Sanguinius, Guilliman, and Lion El’Jonson attempted to reach Terra through the Ruinstorm, the Herald attempted to rescue Sanguinius from the clutches of the Daemon Madail on Davin. As Sanguinius battled Madil and was torn between a portal that linked the Materium and the Daemonically corrupted-ship Veritas Ferrum, The Herald took his place. The Herald and Madail fell together into the collapsing portal, and Sanguinius saw his son transform into a golden angelic form as he was consumed by the energies of the Warp.

It is unknown if Alatron survived the Heresy and what role, if any, he would play after the death of Sanguinius and the break up of the Blood Angels Legion and Imperial Secundus.

Known Appearances

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  • Dalinair

    He was always “giving blood angels their primarch without actually giving them their primarch”

    • Punisher

      Except he has standard marine stats….. Just a Captain with better rules. I hope Sanguinius would have had better stats and rules 😉

      • Dalinair

        Yeah we was never going to be as good as sanguinius is, the aura buffs are nice though and I member back in the day he had a 3++ which was nice

        • Punisher

          True. The Sanguinor was nice in 5th edition. Mostly i think its a shame that Dante and Mephiston are copy/paste from the index. Really sad about that. They truly neglect to read their own lore…. Dante being named commander of the Dark imperium…. Calgar gave him command over imperial forces at the 2nd war of Armageddon because he knew Dante was more experienced and the better battlefieldcommander. Yet Calgar gives 2 CP and Dante ZERO! Come on GW….. Girlyman is around 350 years old…. Dante is 1500+ years….. 1100+ as chaptermaster….

          • Dalinair

            That’s my only gripe with this codex, I guess technically Meph got a buff via new psy powers but Dante could have done with a buff

          • Punisher

            Well all of them got buffed with the Red Thirst rule with is awesome! But Mephiston has always been portraid as the most powerfull psyker in the imperium when talking about being able to summon raw power. Even his fellow are uneasy as to why he is so powerfull a psyker. And he does not even get a +1 to his psychictest…. Njal gets +1…. He’s cool and all but in no what described as powerfull as Mephiston. Yes more power is great. But Quickening has a value of 7….. With 2d6 thats only 50% chance…. Have you ever read a Spacemarine book where they only got their powers of half the time??? Its SOOO bad from a rules perspective… They are being a bit lazy when looking at the background of their own lore….

          • zeno666

            Old models and non Ultramarines = No love.

  • Alexis Muscat

    And more recently appeared in Angels Blades against the Crimson Slaughter , the World Eaters and the Black Legion .

  • Zingbaby

    I’m not a Ward hater, but this character and his fluff are some of the worst currently in the game – yuck.

  • Nosebleed

    Never liked the idea behind Sanguinor. He was introduced in later editions and during then, ppl I know were like “wth?”

    IMO, Sanguinor is just an attempt at trying to make Sanguinius/Primarch with rules without actually making a Primarch (those days had a no-primarch policy in 40k).