Eidolon (Emperor's Children)
|This article is about the Space Marine, for the Daemon World see Eidolon (Daemon World)|
|This page contains spoilers for:||The Reflection Crack'd (Novella)|
He 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.
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.
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 mis-step 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.
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.
- 1: Index Astartes I
- 2: Galaxy In Flames (Novel) by Ben Counter
- 3: The Reflection Crack'd (Novella) by Graham McNeill
- 4: Angel Exterminatus (Novel) by Graham McNeill [Needs Citation]