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Iskandar Khayon

Iskandar Khayon is a Chaos Sorcerer, the Lord Vigilator of the Black Legion[3a], Warleader of the Kha'Sherhan, Third of the Ezekarion and a brother to Ezekyle Abaddon. To the Thousand Sons he is known as Khayon the Black, for his sins against his bloodline. The Black Legion call him Kingbreaker, the mage who brought Magnus the Red to his knees.[2a]


Born on Prospero, Iskandar lost his sister Itzara to a psychneuein attack. The larvae consumed half her brain before they were removed. Iskandar cared for her as best he could, but gave her to the Adeptus Mechanicus on Prospero for their anamnesis project. She was the first successful result of the project and was later installed in the Thousand Sons warship Tlaloc as its machine spirit.[2g]

During the Great Crusade, Khayon served in the 548th Expedition Fleet when suffered a brush with death while bringing Varayah to compliance. His drop pod was shot out of the sky and crashed in a harbour, killing five of his squad members. Iskandar was covered in burning promethium and his helmet had been ripped away, though he managed to survive.[2d]

Khayon slew the Space Wolf Eyarik Born-of-Fire in the Battle of Prospero by psychically dismantling him at the molecular level, taking his power axe Saern. His lost tutelary, Gyre, possessed Eyarik's Fenrisian wolf and has retained its form ever since.[2h] He was not among the 1,292 that Magnus brought with him to Sortiarius and spent an unknown amount of time barely surviving on the blasted surface of Prospero until he was found by Lheorvine Ukris of the World Eaters.[2e]

He later made his way to Sortiarius and opposed Ahzek Ahriman's spell to save their dying legion. As the Rubric began to fail, he created a portal with Saern to bring his men to the top of the pyramid, ordering them to kill Ahriman.[2h] Khayon failed to stop the spell, Sanakht parrying his axe to save Ahriman's life.[3a] Soon after, he left Sortiarius with a handful of brothers, including Ashur-Kai Qezremah and the Rubricae Mekhari and Djedhor, on the warship Tlaloc as the core of the Kha'Sherhan warband.[2b]

In his exile, Khayon became allies with a trueborn Dark Eldar scourge named Nefertari, binding her soul to her flesh after the greater daemon Zarakynel killed her but before it could consume her.[2i]

The Black Legion

Khayon answered Falkus Kibre's call for aid in his search for the lost Vengeful Spirit.[2c] He helped Ezekyle Abaddon strike back at the Emperor's Children's Canticle City, destroying it by throwing the Tlaloc at it in the Battle of Harmony. In the final battle aboard the Pulchritudinous, Khayon fought Fabius Bile's clone of Horus, who crushed Gyre with Worldbreaker and shattered Saern. Abaddon arrived in time to save Khayon's life, killing 'Horus' with his own Talon.[2j] Khayon would later pledge his allegiance to Abaddon's Black Legion, becoming the third of the Ezekarion.[2a]

In the years after, known the the Ezekarion as the Illumination, the newly formed Black Legion ended the Legion Wars in the Eye. One by one the Primarchs bowed before Abaddon - with Magnus the Red having to be brought to his knees by Khayon. Only then did the new Warmaster launch his First Black Crusade.[2k]

Khayon encountered Ahriman on at least two occasions after the Rubric, reversed in time for each of them. He returned to Prospero as Ahriman was seeking to use its link to Sortiarius to bypass his banishment, saying he had come to honour a debt yet in Ahriman's future.[3a] Khayon's ship fired the first shot in the Third Battle of Prospero,[3b] buying Ahriman the time he needed to complete his ritual on the surface.[3c]

Later, in the 7th Black Crusade, he fought alongside Abaddon and Telemachon Lyras and nearly destroyed the Blood Angels Chapter on the planet Mackan.[1]

The Crimson Path

In the last days of the 41st millennium, Khayon surrendered himself to the Inquisition to tell them his tale. Blinded, shackled, and deprived of his sixth sense, he was invited to confess his sins.[2a] He was to be the Herald of the Crimson Path, Abaddon's Thirteenth Black Crusade, confident that nothing he told them could change the Imperium's fate.[2k]

Equipment and Abilities

Khayon was a psyker powerful enough to survive the Rubric, capable of tearing holes in reality using a force weapon which could be used to teleport himself or others.[2h] He carried a deck of leatherbound tarot cards containing bound daemons, including the Ragged Knight.[2c]

Between the battles of Prospero and Harmony he carried Saern ('truth' in several Fenrisian dialects) - a power axe decorated with a golden wolf's head and runes telling the saga of Eyarik Born-of-Fire, which Khayon had turned into a force weapon by threading the haft with black, psychically-attuned crystals from a world within the Eye.[2f] After Saern was shattered by Worldbreaker, Khayon carried a sword with an amber-capped pommel.[3a]


  • Iskandar Khayon is pronounced Sekhandur Caine[2a]

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