At almost four hundred years old, Cassius is the oldest, non-interred member of the Chapter[3a]. He has perfected his oratory skills to allow the Ultramarines to be carried across hundreds of worlds by his command alone. He fought by the side of Chapter Master Marneus Augustus Calgar, during the Battle for Macragge, in combat with Hive Fleet Behemoth. After the Tyranid invasion had been repulsed, Cassius withdrew the Banner of Macragge and only allowed it back onto the field after the Ultramarines' strength had been fully restored to their former numbers.
Cassius also petitioned Calgar for permission to form a new unit of Tyrannic War Veterans, from the most seasoned Ultramarines to have fought at the Battle for Macragge and subsequent conflicts, which was granted. That Cassius, a Chaplain, decided to deviate from the Codex Astartes, which does not authorize such a unit, speaks volumes about his belief in the seriousness of the Tyranid threat[3a].
His oratory skills are such that he can inspire Ultramarines to greater feats of heroism than many others can, though he is also wise enough to know when his men would benefit more from regrouping. Despite his increasing age, he remains a ferocious warrior and is in particular a master of combat against Tyranids, due to his extensive combat experience of fighting against them.
Cassius is now heavily scarred, with leathery, weathered skin and white hair.1 Cassius is also the only warrior of the Ultramarines permitted to call Marneus Calgar "young Calgar"[3a].
Cassius carries the standard equipment of all Space Marine Chaplains, including the Crozius Arcanum (cast in the shape of a Tyranid skull) and Rosarius. Instead of the traditional Bolt pistol, Cassius is armed with the Infernus, a master-crafted Combi-Flamer which he forged and assembled himself[3a]. He may also be equipped with Frag Grenades, and carries Terminator Honours, permitting him to wear Tactical Dreadnought Armour as needed.
- 1: White Dwarf 266 (UK)
- 2: Codex: Space Marines (4th Edition)
- 3: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition):
- 3a: : p. 87
- 4: Space Marines miniatures gallery (accessed 2007.06.11)