|“||A battle can be won with brute force, or random luck. But a war? A war is won with cunning, and waged without mercy. For the noblest of goals one must sometimes commit ignoble acts. So ask me not to justify the Raven Guard's ways. The carrion worlds in our wake should make a statement eloquent enough.||„|
|~ Corvus Corax at the Eurydicus Hearing|
|“||The First Axiom of Victory is to be other than where the enemy desire you to be. The First Axiom of Stealth is to be other than where the enemy believes you to be. The First Axiom of Freedom is that justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyranny.||„|
|~ Corvus Corax, Axioms of the Legiones Astartes|
Corvus Corax, also known as "the Liberator," "the Deliverer," "the Raven-Lord," "Chooser of the Slain" and "the Shadowed Lord", is the currently missing Primarch of the Raven Guard Chapter of Space Marines and its Successor Chapters. Corax presented a striking countenance, at least when he wished to be seen. His skin was alabaster white and he was possessed of shoulder length hair as black as the feathers of his namesake, the raven. Most remarkable and unsettling were his eyes, which appeared as entirely black shards of solid shadow. His sable armour was edged with fine, golden figures and upon his back was mounted a Jetpack formed into a pair of articulated pinions that he wielded as a murderous, blood-edged weapon of war.
Like most of the Primarchs, Corax was blessed of an extensive armoury of artificer-wrought weapons, but he most often bore to war a pair of metre-long Lightning Claws and a coiled whip at his belt. The latter was carried as a reminder of the cruelty enacted upon the people of Lycaeus by the tyrannical guild of Kiavahr and with it countless enemies have been laid low. Though few even amongst his sons know of it, Corax is blessed with the ability to pass unnoticed should he will it, this preternatural ability allowing him to slip from the perception of his enemies even when he was in plain view.
After the near-destruction of his XIXth Legion during the Drop Site Massacre on Istvaan V at the start of the Horus Heresy, Corax was desperate to rebuild his Legion. With the Emperor's permission, he and his Astartes delved deep beneath the Imperial Palace to recover the advanced genetics knowledge that the Emperor had used to create the Primarchs. Corax then made use of these techniques and a recovered original Primarch genetic template to accelerate the development of new Raven Guard Astartes. The repercussions of those actions came back to haunt him, leading Corax to eventually grant the Emperor's Peace to all the twisted, mutant spawn who emerged as the result of his experiments. Corax then vanished into the Eye of Terror alone in search of penance for his shame. His current whereabouts and status remain unknown, though he is assumed to be long dead. It is written in the records of the Raven Guard that before departing in his suicidal journey to the Eye, Corax spoke only one word: "Nevermore".
However, despite the beliefs of his Chapter and of the Imperium at large, Corvus Corax is still alive after all these millennia, though the Primarch of the Raven Guard has changed almost beyond recognition. When Horus' rebellion came to an end, Corax became consumed with rage, and so traveled into the Eye of Terror seeking vengeance and retribution for the annihilation of his Legion. And it was during the course his personal crusade within the Eye that Corax learned what he truly was: Not a material being, but an entity born of the Warp and bound to a physical shell. With this realization, the Primarch discovered and mastered his true psychic potential, transforming into a "Daemon" of Shadows. Ever since, Corax has made use of his newfound powers to hunt and destroy all traces of the Traitor Legions from the Eye of Terror.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least High 8-C, likely far higher | At least 4-B, likely higher
Name: Corvus Corax, the Liberator, the Deliverer, the Raven Lord, Chooser of the Slain, the Shadowed Lord
Origin: Warhammer 40,000
Age: Likely over 10,000 years currently
Classification: Primarch of the Raven Guard Space Marine Legion
Powers and Abilities:
Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses, Immortality (Types 1 and 3), Regeneration (Low-Mid), Large Size (Type 0; Should be comparable to Primarchs like the Lion who's stated to be a little under 3 meters tall and Mortarion who's stated to be twice the height of a mortal man), Information Analysis (Can accurately analyze any chemical he eats/tastes and break them down if required), Limited Memory Manipulation (Can eat creatures/people and absorb part of their memories from their DNA/RNA), Technology Manipulation (His skin can directly connect and interface with his armor, among several other pieces of Astartes equipment), Weapon Mastery (Skilled in a wide variety of weaponry to an extent far greater than what could ever be achievable by a regular human), Martial Arts (As a Primarch, Corvus is one of the best close-quarters fighters in the entire galaxy), Vehicular Mastery, Genius Intelligence, Forcefield Creation (Via Iron Halo), Matter Manipulation and Durability Negation (Power weapons generate a field of energy around themselves that splits the bonds between matter, making it easier to break through targets), Teleportation via Dimensional Travel, Perception Manipulation and Invisibility (Erases himself from the minds of others, negating their perception of him and essentially making himself invisible), Stealth Mastery (Among his brothers, one of the only to master stealth and insert into his Legion's tactical nature fully, and among the best infiltrators in the entirety of the Imperium. Said by Curze to be superior to him in terms of stealth. Curze himself managed to hide from the Lion on his own ship for sixteen weeks straight), Flight (Via The Korvidine Pinions), Mind Manipulation and Soul Manipulation (Primarchs are capable of attacking on every a physical, mental, and spiritual level. Capable of erasing himself from the minds of others), Aura (Primarchs are said to contain an overwhelming aura that completely baffles regular humans, as well as sometimes Astartes. Their presence in the Warp is so powerful and influencing that Magnus reduced several Remembrancers to tears over his seeming divinity, while Russ could make Ahzek Ahriman himself kneel before him with his sheer presence)
All former powers on a higher scale, Incorporeality and Darkness Manipulation (After taking on a true psychic form inside the Warp, Corvus became a sentient mass of black shadows), Self-Sustenance (Type 1, 2 and 3; Being now being made out of pure Warp-stuff, Corax should have no need for physical necessities, such as air, nutrition or rest), Shapeshifting and Size Manipulation (His true form is now a sentient mass of shadows that can move about and take on other forms, such as his original one or a flock of ravens), Absorption (Absorbed bolts fired into him), Electricity Manipulation (His form is wreathed in white lightning)
Resistance to Magic, Telepathy, Mind Manipulation, Empathic Manipulation, Soul Manipulation, Reality Warping, Madness Manipulation, Aura (Resistant to all the myriad of different attacks that can be made on him by the powers of the Warp, as well as most of the powers of other Primarchs), Disease Manipulation, Poison Manipulation (Astartes are practically immune to all diseases and poisons, and their Primarchs should logically be even tougher), Corruption (Type 1 and 2), Radiation Manipulation (Should almost be entirely immune to the effects of radiation exposure, thanks both to his Power Armor and enhanced physiology), Heat Manipulation (Astartes are incredibly resistant towards extremes of hot and cold, and logically their Primarchs should be far superior), Pain Manipulation (Astartes possess the physiology and mental training to shrug off debilitating injuries, and their Primarchs should easily scale. In addition, Corvus took multiple headbutts from Lorgar that crushed his face and did not even flinch)
Attack Potency: At least Large Building level, likely far higher (Comparable to the other Primarchs. Bested Chaos Lorgar Aurelian in combat, and nearly killed the Primarch) | At least Solar System level, likely higher (Fought against, and defeated the Daemon Primarch Lorgar Aurelian within his own Daemon World in the Eye of Terror, with the Word Bearer having to retreat to escape being killed. As a Daemon Primarch, Lorgar would've been superior to the average Bloodthirster who can grow to the size of a solar system in the Eye of Terror)
Speed: At least Subsonic movement speed (Should be far faster than regular Marines), with Massively FTL+ combat & reaction speed (Comparable to Sanguinius. Moved faster than Lorgar during their duel) | Massively FTL+ Combat & Reaction Speed (Comparable to Daemon Lorgar)
Striking Strength: At least Large Building Class, likely far higher | At least Solar System Class, likely higher (Severely damaged Lorgar with his strikes)
Durability: At least Large Building level, likely far higher (Endured debilitating attacks from Lorgar without flinching) | At least Solar System level, likely higher (Endured both physical and psychic attacks from Daemon Lorgar)
Stamina: Superhuman (Primarchs are capable of fighting with shattered ribs, caved in abdomens and even fractured skulls. Nothing short of a killing blow can stop them, and even their immensely lesser Space Marine sons can fight for weeks on end without stop) | Superhuman, likely Infinite
Range: Extended melee range, Kilometers with firearms, At least Thousands of Kilometers via teleporter | At least Several meters
- The Sable Armour: Fashioned for the master of the Raven Guard by the Emperor's own artificers, this suit of highly sophisticated Power Armour not only offered the Primarch defense against outside attack, it also masked its sensor signature and could be used to disrupt enemy sensors and transmissions in his immediate vicinity.
- The Panoply of the Raven Lord: Corax carried a number of personal weapons of formidable power with which had made for a frighteningly deadly opponent in personal combat. These included artificer-crafted Lightning Talons able to shred the heaviest armor with ease, and an energized whip—a symbol of the overthrow of the tyrannical powers that once held him captive—with which he could lash out or ensnare with blinding speed.
- The Raven's Talons: Corax's primary weapons in combat are the Raven's Talons, a pair of master crafted Lightning Claws forged by the Primarch himself on Deliverance, after the Raven Guard retreated there following the Drop Site Massacre on Istvaan V. The Talons are beyond sharp, and quite capable of rending Terminator armor as if it were papyrus, in addition to the normal effects of Lightning Claws.
- The Korvidine Pinions: Corax's flight pack was a miracle from the Dark Age of Technology modified to suit the Primarch's own exacting needs.
Intelligence: Extraordinary Genius (Each Primarch possesses intelligence far above what any unaugmented person and even most Space Marines are capable of achieving, and they are each masters in their own respective fields of combat, being considered the greatest generals humanity has ever produced. An expert combatant and a brilliant military leader and tactician with an almost unrivaled mastery over stealth. Managed to best Roboute Guilliman in his brother-Primarch's notoriously testing strategio-simulcra thrice, making use of several unconventional troop types his brother Primarch had never before faced, including the forerunners of the Moritat, though was unable to ever defeat him again once Guilliman adjusted his strategies. A brilliant scientist, who not only forged much of his own wargear, but was also capable of modifying and improving on the Raven Guard Legion gene-seed, creating the Raptor Legion. An accomplished poet and writer, who wrote many treatises on philosophy, history, and military strategy.)
Weaknesses: None notable
Key: Great Crusade/Horus Heresy Era | Post-Heresy Era/In the Eye of Terror
- Descent of Angels; Chapter Sixteen
- Dark Imperium: Plague War; Chapter Fourteen
- Space Marine Codex: 5th Edition; pg 10
- Space Marine Codex: 5th Edition; pg 11
- Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition); pg 52
- The Devastation of Baal; Chapter Twenty One
- Raven's Flight
- Konrad Curze: The Night Haunter; Chapter Six
- The Unremembered Empire; Chapter Eight
- The First Heretic; Chapter Twenty Seven
- A Thousand Sons; Chapter Thirty One
- A Thousand Sons; Chapter Three; pg 24
- A Thousand Sons; Chapter Eleven; pg 94-95
- Sons of the Emperor; Shadow of the Past
- Eye of Terror
- Betrayer; Chapter Twenty One
|Discussion threads involving AbaddonTheDisappointment/Corax|