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As the seventh son of the noble lord, Pontius was essentially left to his own devices, becoming corpulent with excess.[1a]
Eventually, in 019.M41, Pontius became corrupted by Slaanesh due to a torc given to him by a slave he owned named Aaa.[2a] After his corruption he led a cabal of like-minded men to wreak havoc, gaining him the attention of the Inquisition. Inquisitor Absolom Angevin and his band hunted the heretic down and executed him with the aid of his own family (seeking to publicly distance themselves from their heretic kinsman).[1a]
Two centuries later, Inquisitors Gregor Eisenhorn and Commodus Voke (the latter having been a member of Angevin's retinue when Pontius was killed) began an investigation of House Glaw based on connections to the Glaw family from heretics they had killed. Eisenhorn, in particular, had heard of something called "the Pontius" in his hunt for the heretic Murdin Eyclone on Hubris. Upon his investigation of House Glaw, Eisenhorn discovered that "the Pontius" was a crystal that contained the essence of Pontius Glaw, and that his family had been trying to resurrect him.[1b] Upon destroying House Glaw, which had in fact been completely corrupted, Eisenhorn took Pontius' crystal into his possession and hid it away with an old friend, Magos Bure, on Cinchare.
Several decades later, Eisenhorn returned to Cinchare and offered Pontius an opportunity: He would have Magos Bure construct a mechanical body for Pontius to inhabit in exchange for any information that he might provide on Daemonhosts; as a short time after this encounter, Eisenhorn and a cell of four other inquisitors would hunt down and kill the renegade Inquisitor Quixos and his Daemonhosts, Cherubael and Prophaniti. Some years after this, Pontius managed to escape from Cinchare and found his way to a world where a Daemon King, Yssarile, was said to have been buried with his "barque" - some kind of daemonic weapon that Pontius was trying to obtain. Meeting the mechanical heretic in single combat, Eisenhorn plunged his sword through the machine's head, shattering the crystal containing Pontius' essence and killing him once and for all.
- 1: Xenos (Novel) - Eisenhorn (Omnibus) by Dan Abnett
- 2: Malleus (Novel) by Dan Abnett
- 3: The Inquisition (Background Book), pg. 42