When your job is to patrol and protect humanity, sometimes your fleet becomes your home. These are a few of the Famous Fleet-Based Space Marine Chapters.
Not all Space Marines have a planet to call their homeworld. These Chapters have taken on the eternal duty by becoming Fleet-Based Chapters. They do not take a homeworld and only have a fleet of Spaceships they use to patrol the stars. One of the ships becomes their floating Fortress Monastery. There are some drawbacks (like recruiting new members becomes a problem) but the trade off is all that freedom to go where you’re called. These are a few of the most famous Fleet-Based Chapters of Space Marines.
These Marines swore an oath to go on an eternal crusade and haven’t looked back. Breaking off from the Imperial Fists as a Second Founding Chapter, that also makes them one of the oldest Fleet-Based Chapters in existence.
You probably know of the woes of the Lamenters. If not, let’s just say they have the WORST luck in the history of all Space Marines. Anyhow, they are a Fleet-Based chapter and based on the current timeline, they have always been one. They didn’t lose their homeworld due the Badab War incident. Nope, they were Fleet-based since their founding. That’s one of the reasons they opted to just go patrol in the western fringes when there were some uh…issues with the other Cursed Founding Chapters in M37. The Badab War happened in M41.
Well, we talked about the Black Templars and another batch of Yellow Marines – but what about the Imperial Fists? While they do technically have a homeworld (which is currently Terra), they are a Fleet-based chapters. Their Fortress Monastery is the might Phalanx!
Being an chapter of the First Founding, this also makes the oldest Fleet-Based Chapter in existence. They are also kinda famous, so of course they are going on our list!
Carcharodons – aka The Space Sharks!
Besides being totally JAWESOME, the Carcharodons are another Fleet-Based chapter. Because they are so great they have been granted a homeworld but it’s the former homeworld of the Mantis Warriors, Ootheca.
Believed to have been founded sometime around M32, these Space Marines have been patrolling the void beyond the Imperium’s Borders. They have made their home in the empty spaces that exist in the dark void above the galactic plane. This has given them a mysterious air about them and famously so. It’s also noted that their gene-seed has mutated to give them a pale pallor and liquid-black eyes, much like the sharks they take their name after.
Created for the Dawn of War series, but with an in-canon birth of around M37, the Blood Ravens are another famous Fleet-Based Chapter. Their home world of Aurelia was lost to the warp and ever since they have been on crusade. However, their crusade is more out of a necessity to discover their true origins. It’s unclear which founding chapter they derive from. Speculation has pointed towards Blood Angels, Raven Guard, Dark Angels, and perhaps most troublingly, the Thousand Sons. Perhaps one day they will discover the truth.
There are more Fleet-based chapters – so who’s your favorite? Let us know why in the comments!