1 Codex: Deathwatch
The elite amongst the elite, cautiously chosen and recruited for their extraordinary abilities, the Deathwatch are a thin black line, a sentinel that stands between the Imperium and alien threats unimaginable. Always outnumbered – such is the incredible scale of the hordes they face – this noble brotherhood has stood stout in opposition to limitless invasions, and will face countless more. Organised into small, elite groups plucked from Space Marine Chapters that have pledged a tithe of their power in the war against the alien, the Deathwatch counts only heroes amongst its ranks. Each member has been hailed as an specialist in his area even before his education as a Deathwatch operator has begun. His armour painted the blackest of hues, his Chapter icon intact upon his pauldron as a mark of respect to the Chapter that made him, the Deathwatch Space Marine and his highly-specialised Kill Team descend to the edge of destruction, there to repel any dire hazard they face.