Golesh Constantine Pheppos Heldane was an Inquisitor of the Ordo Malleus. He was a powerful psyker and a pupil of Inquisitor Commodus Voke in 240.M41. In his youth, Heldane was a staunch Puritan like his master, but became a Radical in his later years.
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When Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn went undercover during the investigation of House Glaw on Gudrun, Heldane accompanied him. When it seemed likely that Voke - wounded during the attack against House Glaw's efforts to claim the Necroteuch in saruthi space - was going to die, he asked Eisenhorn to take Heldane under his wing and sponsor his eventual elevation to full Inquisitor. However, Voke survived and later elevated Heldane to the rank of Inquisitor himself.
In 386.M41, Inquisitor Heldane - along with Lord Inquisitor Leonid Osma, the Grand Master of the Ordos Helican - declared Eisenhorn an outcast when certain facets of his life came into public knowledge (as public as you could get with the Inquisition, anyway) after the escape of Pontius Glaw from his captivity on Cinchare. Heldane continued on in his service to the Inquisition for nearly four centuries afterwards, and was a part of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade during the campaign on Menazoid Epsilon in 765.M41.
Heldane backed Lord General Militant Hechtor Dravere - a possible successor to the late Warmaster Slaydo, who was killed at Balhaut eight months earlier - in his bid to claim a "Vermillion prize", an intact but corrupted Standard Template Construct that would produce the mythic Men of Iron, which would allow him to supplant Slaydo's successor Macaroth and take over as head of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade.[1a] To that end, Heldane used mind control, trickery and outright torture to achieve his ends, first by tapping Colonel Draker Flense to intensify the feud between the Jantine Patricians (which Flense commanded) and the Tanith First and Only, who presented a possible roadblock in Dravere's plan.[1b] He also attempted to make Elim Rawne - one of the Tanith officers - into one of his pawns[1c], but he succeeded better in turning Fereyd, one of Macaroth's agents and an ally of Tanith commander Ibram Gaunt, to his cause.[1d] However, the psychic link connected not only Heldane's mind to Fereyd, but his life as well - as he discovered to his dismay when Fereyd was killed.[1d]
The psychic backlash of Fereyd's death ultimately killed the surprised Heldane - and in the wake of his death, powerful waves of energy lashed out from his dead body and incinerated Dravere's command Leviathan, killing the general and everyone onboard.[1d]
- 1: First and Only (Novel) - Gaunt's Ghosts: The Founding (Omnibus) by Dan Abnett