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Vernor Zeck

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Vernor Zeck was the Grand Provost Marshal of the Adeptus Arbites in mid-M32 during the War of the Beast. The physically largest of the High Lords of Terra at this time, Zeck was heavily cybernetically augmented and during Senatorum meetings showed little interest, instead mentally processing administrative and forensic data feeding to his bionic brain from across the Imperium. Inquisitorial Representative Wienand and Grand Master of Assassins Drakan Vangorich viewed Zeck as a potential ally in a power struggle against Lord High Admiral Lansung.[1]

Later, Zeck was one of the first High Lords to support Imperial Fists Chapter Master Koorland and the Inquisition in removing Lord Commander of the Imperium Udin Macht Udo. Zeck condemned Udo for allowing anarchy to erupt across Terra.[2] When Koorland executed the insane Ecclesiarch Mesring and announced his plan to revoke the Ecclesiarchy's privileges, Zeck was one of the few High Lords to show support.[3]

In the aftermath of the war, Zeck again supported Vangorich and Wienand in their move to appoint Imperial Fists Chapter Master Maximus Thane as the new Lord Commander of the Imperium. However this ultimately did not save him, and in The Beheading he was targeted by a reluctant Esad Wire on Vangorich's orders. Esad Wire was able to destroy Zeck's security convoy with viral weapons, and after a brief chase the two engage in a vicious brawl. The highly augmented Zeck proved to be a formidable opponent, but in the end was overwhelmed by Wire. Zeck urged Wire to instead kill Vangorich, declaring him the true traitor. Esad Wire agreed with Zeck's plea, but nonetheless decapitated the Grand Provost Marshal with a garrote in order to maintain the illusion of loyalty so he may get close to Vangorich and stop him.[4]

In the aftermath, Zeck's death was kept secret by Vangorich, who appointed Arbitrator Haas as his "speaker", and she carried out his duties in his puppet cabinet.[4]