"We fight bathed in the purifying light of the Golden Throne, for no shadow can exist without light."
-Chaplain Menander, 3rd Company, Avenging Shadows-
The Avenging Shadows are a Chapter of the Dark Angels' geneseed. They are a Fourth Founding Chapter (M.33), created to defend the isolated expanses of the Galactic north-east in the Ultima Segmentum.
They were sired by the Angels of Absolution and thus share their views on the touchy subject of the Fallen, much to the fury of the Dark Angels. Their homeworld is Messinia and the orbital Fortress-Monastery Arx Mortem.
The Chapter boasts black armour and silver pauldrons, faceplates, kneepads and robes.
They usually commence their assaults as dawn breaks, with their backs against the sun so they may truly cast the avenging shadow of Him-on-Earth, on the alien, the heretic and the daemon.
They are quite open-minded and embrace new technologies such as the Mark VIII "Errant" Power Armour. There are unconfirmed rumours that they have gone so far as to use alien technology.
Their symbol is a black elongated skull beneath two crossed scythes on a silver background and their battlecry is
Chaplain: "The Emperor's shadow is vast."
Reply: "And all foes die under it!"