Starkzahn is a Colonel of the Imperial Guard. Hailing from Cadia and commanding the Cadian 625th Regiment, Starkzahn had a long and honorable history in the Guard riddled with examples of leading from the front. He became known as the saviour of Darristen, the man who crushed the Hellicom Rebellion, and the commander who broke the hundred year stalemate on Boxian.
During the Second Agrellan Campaign, Starkzahn was one of the key Imperial battlefield commanders who led the Western Spearhead. He was wounded during the latter stages of the fighting by Tau forces, but insisted on still fighting at the front. In the end however he reluctantly agreed to the Imperial order to withdraw.