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The Andronius

Andronius, sometimes called Andronicus, was a Strike Cruiser of the Emperor's Children during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy, used as a second flagship after the Pride of the Emperor.[1a] It was destroyed through ramming by the Iron Hands Strike Cruiser Sisypheum during the Heresy, whilst en route to the Crone World of Iydris.[3]

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The Andronius was commanded by Lord Commander Eidolon during the early stages of the Heresy, it led the Emperor's Children contingent in the Battle of Isstvan III.[1]

In its original form, it held the Gallery of Swords which ran the length of the ship, with a transparent roof and lined with hundreds of statues to heroes of the Legion.[2] Following the Legion's change of allegiance, these statues were altered, some of them being crudely modified to resemble bull-headed monsters.[1b]

Following Fulgrim's order to pursue genetic experimentation on the Legion, Apothecary Fabius conducted his work from a research facility below the Gallery of Swords, accessed through a hidden entrance contained within a huge mosaic in the Central Apothecarion depicting Fulgrim’s victory at Tarsus.[2]

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