Warhammer 40K: Relics of Sanguinius – Treasures of Baal
The Primarch of the Blood Angels has left his children several priceless relics used to this day.
8000 years after his death the relics of Sanguinius still reverberate through the Blood Angels and the Imperium.
The Red Grail is said to hold the blood of Sanguinius and is part of a Blood Angels ritual where one of their Space Marines must drink this blood, to, so they say, become closer to their dead primarch. Once they have drunk from the Red Grail, they become a Sanguinary Priests, the most senior of which is named Corbulo. It is from these priests that the blood is taken to be used in the rituals of transforming aspirants into Space Marines.
The Red Grail is often taken to the battlefield where it provides a source of great inspiration for the Blood Angels, it also incorporates a powerful force field generator to protect the bearer from attack.
The Blade Encarmine is a relic of the Blood Angels. Wielded by the Blood Angels’ first Chapter Master, Belarius, the sword is said to only respond to those who carry the gene code of Sanguinius. It was given to Belarius by the Primarch himself.
It was lost to the Ork warlord Garshul the Destroyer. During the battle in which it was lost, the Blood Angels present were under the command of Captain Leonatos. Leonatos was exiled from the Chapter by Lord Commander Dante himself, until such time as he recovered the lost blade.
In his quest to recover the Blade Encarmine, Leonatos and his group of fellow exiles tracked down the Ork warlord’s fleet, only to discover the warlord himself was host for a daemon of Tzeentch. Following the daemon’s Traitor Marine allies into the Eye of Terror, Leonatos once again searched for the sword across a daemon world. Eventually recovering the sword, but at the cost of his own soul. The sword was returned to the chapter’s homeworld of Baal by the two remaining exiles, who refused to rejoin the chapter. Instead they themselves undertook a quest to rescue their commander from servitude to Tzeentch.
The Death Mask of Sanguinius is an incredibly life like golden mask, that is said to have been modeled upon the features of the the Blood Angels‘ PrimarchSanguinius. The Mask has been incorporated into the armour of the Blood Angles’ current Chapter Master, Dante and when he is in battle it appears to come to life. A halo of golden energy plays about his head, that strikes terror into the hearts of his enemies.
He was shown using it against the Slaughter-Lord Morroga on the Tapestries of Riga which hang in the fortress-monastery on Baal. Its blade is shaped like an elongated tear with a hollow in the centre to represent the single drop of blood Sanguinius shed when he swore fealty to the Emperor. The haft is sculpted to show the primarch as a hooded angel of blood and beneath that is a Purity Seal handwritten by the Emperor.
In combat, the spear can emit a blast of energy which vapourises anyone who doesn’t have the blood of Sanguinius in his veins.
It was originally thought to have been lost during the Horus Heresy but the Blood Angel’s Battle Barge Bellus was sent to recover it following the discovery of documents relating to its whereabouts on Evangelion. The weapon was found among the ork-held systems on the borders of the Segmentum Obscurus by a team led by Inquisitor Ramius Stele.
While you’re considering the ultimate sacrifice of The Angel, paint up some Blood Angels to fight in his honor.
~Guard your knowledge well.