As Second Founding Successors of the White Scars Chapter, the Destroyers can trace their history back to a time when Jaghatai Khan hunted across the stars. The Destroyers were founded in the wake of the tragic events of the Horus Heresy in the early 31st Millennium.
Sharing their forefather's battle lust and aggressive style of lightning warfare, the Destroyers have a troubled history. Though they have won great victories in the Imperium's name, questions remain regarding the stability of their gene-seed.
These concerns have grown despite the self-sacrificing heroics the Chapter displayed in the wake of the daemon rampage throughout the Lhorgus Sub-sector. For their part, the Destroyers are concerned only with the next mission.
The Destroyers' colours are black with sunburst yellow on the shoulder guards, helmet and chest icon (Aquila or Imperialis). The yellow squad specialty symbol is indicated on the right shoulder guard whilst the Chapter iconography is painted on the left shoulder guard.
Unlike their progenitors, who utilise unique Chapter iconography to designate squad number which is based upon the imagery used by the nomadic tribes of the White Scars' Chapter homeworld of Chogoris from which they are recruited, the Destroyers instead utilise Codex Astartes-approved squad designations, which are indicated by a yellow Imperial Gothic numeral stenciled on the centre of the squad specialty symbol.
The colour of the left knee guard indicates company identity in accordance with the Codex Astartes -- i.e. White (1st Company), Yellow (2nd Company), Red (3rd Company), Green (4th Company), etc.
The Destroyers' Chapter badge is a black skull surrounded by four lightning bolts, centered on a field of sun-burst yellow.
The Codex: Space Marines (7th Edition) states that the Destroyers were established during the Second Founding, while the older Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition) states that the Chapter is a Successor of the Mantis Warriors (through the lineage of the White Scars).
The issue was resolved with the release of the 8th Edition Codex Adeptus Astartes - Space Marines, which confirmed that the Destroyers are a Second Founding Successor Chapter of the White Scars.
- Adeptus Astartes: Successor Chapters (Limited Release Booklet), pg. 34
- Codex Adeptus Astartes - Space Marines (8th Edition), pg. 35
- Codex: Space Marines (8th Edition), pg. 40
- Codex: Space Marines (7th Edition) (Digital Edition), pg. 137
- Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition), pg. 47