Lucius (Emperor's Children)
|This article is about the Chaos Space Marine, for the Forge World see Lucius (Forgeworld)|
He was never bested in swordplay; the only duel he is known to have lost was against Captain Garviel Loken of the Luna Wolves, who brought him down with a punch. In a later rematch, however, Lucius was victorious.[Needs Citation]
In the betrayal of Isstvan III Lucius found himself betrayed by the Legion he loved, and found himself fighting alongside Saul Tarvitz with the loyalist marines of the Emperor's Children. As it became apparent that it was Tarvitz who was the hero of the hour for the loyalists, Lucius grew jealous and betrayed his one time friend to the traitor legions as his hunger for glory overcame his already dwindled sense of honour. He did this by attacking a group of thirty loyal marines who were assigned to him. He however did not do this alone. While fighting his own men, Captain Solomon Demeter arrived at Lucius's position. Lucius cried out for help and thus duped Captain Demeter to think the marines Lucius was fighting were traitors. Unfortunately Demeter realized this after the last of the thirty marines were killed. Lucius and Demeter, who had a mutual dislike toward each other, became locked in combat during which Lucius killed the already wounded Demeter.
Lucius followed his primarch on his quest for the "Angel Exterminatus." Lucius twice crossed swords with Nykona Sharrowkyn of the Raven Guard; the first time Lucius came away with a scar on one cheek, the second time, on Iydris, Sharrowkin gave him a matching scar and then killed him with two blades through his hearts. Lucius died on Iydris and awakened in Fabius's apothecarion, amazed to be alive.
After the events on Iydris, Lucius set out alone in search for a worthy challenge. He crossed paths with Hathor Maat of the Thousand Sons, who he despised for being so alike to a younger Lucius. Maat told Lucius of Sanakht, a peerless swordsman of the Thousand Sons, and his tower on the Planet of Sorcerers. Lucius, still enraged by his defeat at the hands of Nykona Sharrowkyn, set out to challenge Sanakht to a duel. Learning that none of the Thousand Sons' Corvidae seers were able to prophesize Sanakht's eventual defeat in combat only served to feed Lucius's ambition.
After a longwinded journey, Lucius reached Sanakht's tower. The swordsman welcomed Lucius's challenge. Sure of his own victory, Sanakht asked Lucius if he was eager to die, to which Lucius replied that he has already experienced death once. Sanakht accurately claims that Lucius sought him out to understand why he came back from the dead. In the unfolding duel, Sanakht was always a step ahead of Lucius, taunting his natural ability as being inferior to his own learned skill. Lucius was surprised to receive tips on his own technique from the Thousand Son swordsman, but refused the notion of requiring help.
As Lucius unleashes his full fury upon Sanakht, he eventually manages to overwhelm the Thousand Son, disarming him. Before he could deal the killing blow, however, Ahzek Ahriman steps in to halt Lucius's blade with a psychic barrier, stating that he would shield Sanakht even though the Thousand Son himself would not have, stating he would soon have need of Sanakht.
Lucius continued to hone and better his combat skills after the Emperor's Children began to worship Slaanesh. Fulgrim organized gladiatorial games on their home planet whenever the Legion was unable to vent its need for the pleasure of the kill on other worlds, and Lucius was undefeated in these, an unstoppable force, until he fought Lord Commander Cyrius. Lucius died, and his death was an experience of such transcendent pleasure that Slaanesh himself took notice: he could not let such a promising marine slip away. In the following days, Cyrius began to change: lines began to appear over his skin and his hair started to fall out. Lucius was back in the world of the living, and all that remained of Cyrius was a screaming face in the warped artificer armour.
Appearance and Wargear
The scarring on his face is self-inflicted. At one point he was a truly handsome man, but he resented being called "too pretty" by some of his fellow marines. His "perfect" features were forever marred after the sparring match with Loken; the Luna Wolf's punch had broken Lucius's nose, and - much to his fury - it had refused to set properly, despite the attentions of the Legion's apothecaries. Some time before Isstvan III, Lucius received a pair of scars across his cheeks from remembrancer Serena D'Angelus, a painter in the 28th Expedition who had already been corrupted by Chaos, to remind him of Loken's insult to his perfection. He subsequently marked himself with more scars to commemorate his victories, eventually creating an intricate network of scars distorting and deforming his features.[Needs Citation]
Lucius is armed with the Lash of Torment, a daemon-infested whip, as well as an ornate power sabre. His Armour of Shrieking Souls, powered by the thousands of souls now trapped in it, offers him unnatural protection and allows him to discharge the cacophony generated by the tormented souls as a devastating sonic attack.
This has happened many times since then: whenever his killer takes even the tiniest moment of enthusiasm, pleasure, or satisfaction from besting Lucius, they will begin to change into him and become just another swirling face, a memory in the armor in which Lucius is clad.
Lucius's codex entries consistently describe his first death coming at the hands of Lord Commander Cyrius. Angel Exterminatus has Lucius die at the hands of Nykona Sharrowkin and reawaken in Fabius's apothecarion.
- 1: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (4th Edition), pg. 54
- 2: Horus Heresy (Artbook Series), [Needs Citation]
- 3: Eye of Terror Newsletter 2
- 4: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition), pg. 62
- 5: Angel Exterminatus (Novel) by Graham McNeill, [Needs Citation]
- 6: Lucius: The Eternal Blade (Audio Drama)
- Games Workshop - Lucius the Eternal
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