The Claws of Lorek are a warband of Chaos Space Marines of unknown allegiance. They are suspected by Imperial savants of being a splinter group of the Astral Claws Renegade Chapter, the once Loyalist Space Marine Chapter that now forms the Red Corsairs warband. The Chaos Space Marines known as the Claws of Lorek have been sighted within the area of the Warp rift known as the Maelstrom in the Ultima Segmentum.
- Invasion of Ultramar (999.M41) - The Invasion of Ultramar was unleashed when a large Chaos warband known as the Bloodborn invaded the Ultramarines' Realm of Ultramar, headed by the Iron Warriors Warsmith Honsou and the Daemon Prince M'kar the Reborn, both servants of the Ruinous Powers who had sworn revenge against the Ultramarines for past wrongs they believed done to them. This Chaos invasion occurred roughly concurrently with Abaddon the Despoiler's 13th Black Crusade in 999.M41, though the Bloodborn's invasion was not officially a part of the Black Crusade's forces. The Bloodborn were comprised of a large following of multiple Heretic Astartes warbands and rogue regiments comprised of both Planetary Defence Forces and former Imperial Guardsmen. These throwaway troops were used as cannon fodder during the Bloodborn's initial assaults. The rest of the invasion's elite forces were comprised of Chaos Space Marine warbands which included the Claws of Lorek, the Apostles of MinthRas, the Skulltakers, and the Death Shadows. The Claws of Lorek were led by Neshan Voor and fought alongside the Corsair Queen Kaarja Salombar in Espandor against Cato Sicarius, and against Uriel Ventris in Calth.
Notable Claws of Lorek
- Neshan Voor - Neshan Voor was the Chaos Lord who led the Claws of Lorek in the campaigns of the Invasion of Ultramar.
The Claws of Lorek wear primarily black Power Armour with metal trim and a reverse red/black tiger-stripe pattern on the shoulders plates and greaves.
The Claws of Lorek do not have an individual icon, instead they wear the usual heretical Chaos iconography and fetishes to identify their allegiance to the Dark Gods.
- Codex: Chaos Space Marines (4th Edition), pg. 18
- The Chapter's Due (Novel) by Graham McNeill