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The Callidora was a Battle Barge in the Emperor's Children Legion during the Great Crusade, when it took part in a number of joint missions with the Iron Hands Legion. When the Horus Heresy began, it was commanded by Captain Kleos, who joined his Primarch Fulgrim in turning upon the Emperor, and took part in the Dropsite Massacre. There, above Isstvan V, the Callidora fired upon its former comrades' ships; among them was the Iron Hands Strike Cruiser Veritas Ferrum, which the Battle Barge had often fought beside during the Great Crusade.[1a]

After the Dropsite Massacre was completed, the Callidora joined an Emperor's Children fleet before it was separated and sent, with the Escorts Infinite Sublime and the Golden Mean, to the Hamartia System. However, when they arrived they were ambushed by the vengeful Iron Hands Captain Durun Atticus, who had commanded the Veritas Ferrum during the Dropsite Massacre and who was eager to strike a blow against the Traitors who had betrayed his Legion. Having been forewarned in advance of the Callidora's arrival by his Astropath Rhydia Erephren, Atticus had his crew lay space mines where the Emperor's Children's ships would enter the system; this led to the destruction of the Infinite Sublime and crippled the Golden Mean. When the mines exploded, the Veritas Ferrum struck and finished off the Golden Mean, before attacking the wounded Callidora and then launching boarding torpedoes at the Battle Barge[1a]. After they struck, Atticus led his Company in storming the Callidora's bridge, where he killed Captain Kleos and then ordered the Battle Barge to be directed into an asteroid field; before the Iron Hands destroyed its control panels to ensure its course could not be changed. The Iron Hands then escaped aboard their boarding torpedoes and, though the Callidora's bridge crew was able to send out a message for aid before it fell, help, for the those left aboard the stricken ship, would not arrive before the Battle Barge struck a large asteroid and was destroyed.[1b]

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