Eidolon (Emperor's Children)
|This article is about the Space Marine, for the Daemon World see Eidolon (Daemon World)|
|This article is about the Lord Commander Primus of the Emperor's Children, for the Audio Drama see The Soul, Severed (Audio Drama)|
Eidolon, known as the Exemplar and the Soul-Severed, is the Lord Commander Primus of the Emperor's Children. He leads one of the largest warbands of the Emperor's Children and commands the Wage of Sin.
Eidolon was the first Astartes personally promoted to the rank of a Company Commander by Fulgrim, and his rise to the top of the Legion as a Lord Commander was accompanied by the growth of his reputation as a prime example of what it meant to strive to achieve perfection. He was commonly regarded within the Legion as the most proficient of the Lord Commanders, with a combat record that included excellent performance in sieges, holding actions and rapid assaults. Eidolon looked to Fulgrim as a father-figure in a particularly intense way, and was subsequently unfailingly loyal to the Primarch. This, combined with the personality traits that come with overwhelming arrogance, led to his fall to Chaos during the Horus Heresy.
When a Blood Angels force entered conflict with the Megarachnids on Murder, a distress signal was sent out. Eidolon led the Emperor's Children response, but his arrogance led to needless casualties. The Luna Wolves ultimately arrived and saved the Emperor's children, after which captain Tarik Torgaddon criticized Eidolon in front of his soldiers. Eidolon backed down, but swore to never forget Torgaddon's insult. Some time after the Cleansing of Laeran, Fabius Bile experimented on Eidolon and gave him the ability to yell at a destructive level; this ability presented itself during the Battle of Isstvan Extremis. In light of this, Eidolon may potentially be considered as one of the first Noise Marines.
|This page contains spoilers for:||The Reflection Crack'd (Novella)|
In the aftermath of the Drop Site Massacre, Eidolon proved unable to deal with the ever-changing tempers of his Primarch as well as other senior members of the Legion did; his under-estimation of Fulgrim's newly highly capricious nature led to a terminal misstep when he chose to ask why Fulgrim proposed a plan of action, and wasn't able to verbally react quickly enough to soothe Fulgrim's resultant rage; indeed, what words he did manage to say in his defence inadvertently provoked his master further. In a blistering fury brought on by the belief that Eidolon was mocking him and planning to betray him, Fulgrim swiftly drew the anathame and slew his once-favourite Lord Commander. Eidolon's severed head was then passed over the victory wine of the legion's inner circle, the blood dripping from it being allowed to mix with the alcohol. However with the approval of Fulgrim himself, Fabius managed to reattach Eidolon's severed head to his body and revive him. He later accompanied Fulgrim to Iydris, leading the ritual that saw his Primarch ascend to Daemonhood.
After Iydris, the Emperor's Children scattered into disparate warbands as their Primarch became more concerned with the matters of the Warp. Eidolon managed to take command of a third of the Legion, which began to hunt the White Scars. During the hunt, Eidolon killed White Scars Keshig Captain Qin Xa but still proved unable to corner the loyalists at the Battle of the Kalium Gate. He later allied with Mortarion and a sizable contingent of Death Guard where they nearly destroyed the Scars in the Battle of Catallus. However the Scars again escaped, and this time Mortarion ordered Eidolon to track down Calas Typhon and bring the First Captain back to his fold.
Lord Commander Archorian met with Eidolon above the chem-world of Horvia, asking him to meet on the surface to discuss the Legion command. Eidolon obliged, organising a counter-ambush to that which he expected from Archorian. Archorian believed Eidolon was excessively prideful and planning to usurp the Legion - indeed, Eidolon had mused that he wondered what it was like to have a primarch since Fulgrim had not been seen since Iydris. When Archorian came forth in person after unleashing a wave of chemicals that should have proved fatal, Eidolon and all his Kakophoni unleashed their death-scream to annihilate Archorian and his bodyguard of Phoenix Terminators. The purple of the Legion's armour was stained pink by the chemicals.
Imperial records seem to indicate that he was alive up until at least the Siege of Terra, and rumours abound that he exists to this day. Such rumours claim that Eidolon is responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of gruesome raids on Imperial worlds in the past ten thousand years, and have suggested he may have served as lieutenant to Abaddon the Despoiler, consort to Queen Sylelle and champion of the Keeper of Secrets N'Kari. No Inquisitor has yet succeeded in locating the source of these rumours, but without indisputable evidence, the Inquisition will not declare Eidolon deceased.
Despite Imperial ambiguity regarding his status, Eidolon is said to currently rule one of the largest and most disciplined forces of Emperor's Children since their shattering in the Eye of Terror Slave Wars. Mostly consisting of Noise Marines, the warband operates from the Battle Barge Wage of Sin and works closely with Abaddon the Despoiler's Black Legion, frequently participating in his Black Crusades. The Wage of Sin was sighted during the Gothic War.
Appearance and Abilities
Eidolon is an arrogantly aggressive combatant, striking down his enemies with a single, contemptuous blow. His skill with the thunder hammer earned him the title the Auric Hammer. The xenotech implants grafted into his neck by Fabius Bile grant him the ability to scream with a destructive howl capable of breaking bones and rupturing flesh.
- 1: Index Astartes I: Children of the Emperor, pg. 29
- 2: Galaxy In Flames (Novel), [Needs Citation]
- 3: The Reflection Crack'd (Novella)
- 4: Angel Exterminatus (Novel), [Needs Citation]
- 5: Battlefleet Gothic Compendium 2010 pg.108
- 6: The Path of Heaven (Novel) Chapter 26
- 7: The Soul, Severed (Audio Drama)
- 8: The Horus Heresy Book Two - Massacre, pg.221