The Purple Stars is a Loyalist Second Founding Space Marine Chapter of unknown origin. Almost nothing is known about this Chapter in Imperial records. The Purple Stars are rumoured to have close ties with the Adeptus Mechanicus and the Inquisition.
Sometime during the 32nd Millennium, at the behest of Technomagos Ipsissimus and an unidentified emissary of the Inquisitorial Representative of the High Lords of Terra, the Purple Stars sent Epistolary Merchsturmer and half a squad of Battle-Brothers (5 Astartes) into the Eye of Terror to carry out a clandestine reconnaissance mission. But their presence did not go unnoticed for long, and soon the Purple Stars found their null ship being boarded by a large force of Chaos Space Marines.
Severely outnumbered and running low on ammunition, the Purple Stars prepared to sell their lives dearly, attacking the Traitor Marines with Chainswords and Power Axes in a futile attempt to repel them. The Purple Stars Astartes and the crew of the ship were wiped out, with the exception of two lone survivors: one was the Purple Stars Librarian Merchsturmer and the other was the ship's Astropath.
Though mortally wounded, the Librarian had managed to acquire his fallen Battle-Brothers' Progenoid Glands, to be implanted into a future generation of Purple Stars Astartes. Before dying, Mechsturmer passed on a dire warning to the Imperium of Man -- another Black Crusade of Abaddon the Despoiler was fast approaching.
Notable Purple Stars
- Librarian Merchsturmer - Merchsturmer was the lone survivor of the Purple Stars strike force which entered the Eye of Terror during the 32nd Millenium to carry out a clandestine reconnaissance mission. Before dying after escaping the Eye, Merchsturmer passed on a dire warning to the Imperium of Man -- another Black Crusade of Abaddon the Despoiler was fast approaching.
The Purple Stars' Chapter colours are not listed in current Imperial records. However, the Librarians of this Chapter wear ebon Power Armour instead of the usual standard blue panoply of a Librarian.
The Purple Stars' Chapter badge is not listed in current Imperial records.
- Eye of Terror (Novel) by Barrington J. Bayley
- The Lives of Ferag Lion-Wolf (Short Story) by Barrington J. Bayley