The Crested Serpents are a chapter of Space Marines specializing in ambush tactics. They are most deadly when fighting in jungle environments.
The Crested Serpents organize themselves strictly, as written in the Codex Astartes. Despite their formal structure, the Chapter has a surprisingly lenient attitude towards the use of animals in warfare.
The Hadracus is a rare and respected animal. It resembles a large snake with a frilled crest around it's neck.
The Chapter has seen five chapter Masters. The current Chapter Master Dracius Fortam has been in command for almost 500 years.
The Planet Vitam where the Crested Serpents originate is a jungle planet teeming with life. The indigenous people live at one with the environment, discreetly manipulating nature to survive. This attitude has affected the tactics of the Chapter, who have been known to embrace wildlife and incorporate animals and nature into their battle plans.
Crested Serpents put a lot of focus on their scouts. As a final part of their training, Scouts must survive in their harsh jungle without technology. The recruits are forced to use their initiative and instincts to out-manoeuvre the deadly wildlife.
Crested Serpent vehicles are decorated as the Codex Astartes instructs. The Chapter relies heavily on vehicles. Crested Serpents field less tanks than other chapters, as they are usually unsuitable in jungle environments. The chapter favours smaller vehicles that can navigate rough terrain.