The Freeblade known as the Scorched Knight was as much a product of the Red Waaagh! as he was a combatant within it. Having rejected his family only scant months before the arrival of Grukk and his Ork hordes, Dyros was still finding his way within a world become strange to him. When he had learnt of his older brother’s murder at the hands of his father he had cast off his family obligations. Overnight he rejected the caste systems of Alaric, taking his Knight and striking out on his own. Scorching off the symbols of House Kamata in the Damatoi volcano range, Dyros struck out into the hinterlands of the world, determined to right the wrong committed against his brother by their father, Hyram Kamata. The Red Waaagh! gave him all the opportunity he could ask for. In the chaos of the invasion he returned to the shadow of Sacred Mountain to see the blood debt paid.
A skilled and able warrior, Dyros was instrumental in disrupting the Ork forces around the mountain and accounted for hundreds of greenskin kills. He chose not to fight alongside the other Nobles, instead striking against rearward units or Ork artillery. His lone Knight would often be seen by Cadian Guardsmen, its burnt hull obscured by smoke and flame as it smashed Ork wagons to scrap or tore though massed ranks of greenskins with its reaper chainsword. In the space of a few cycles the legend of the Scorched Knight had sprung up among the Imperial forces. Guardsmen and commanders cut off or abandoned to the tides of war would pray for his appearance, their eyes scanning the horizon for the distinctive hunched form. Unknown to the Cadians, Dyros did not fight for them. He fought to keep his world free, to purge the alien and maintain his honour, but mostly he fought for revenge.
What no one could know was that when Dyros’ brother Tyras had perished within his Throne Mechanicum, part of his mind had remained. It was this fragment of Tyras that had told Dyros about the deadly malfunction his father had engineered, about the madness in the heart of his house and the long list of crimes committed by Hyram. While words alone might not have been enough to sway Dyros, his brother was able to share visions of their father’s madness via the Throne, forever changing the young man.
Dyros was to get his chance for vengeance during the last battle for Sacred Mountain. In the chaos of the melee, Hyram’s own Knight was toppled by a crashing Dakkajet. Dyros, who had been fighting in the vanguard of the Imperial forces, saw his father fall and hastened to his side. When Hyram looked up to see which Knight had come to his aid his gaze fell upon the armour of Dyros. One look at its scorched insignia and, even through his insanity, the patriarch knew his time had come. Leveling his thermal cannon at his father’s canopy, Dyros let the rage and hatred of his brother wash over him. A final mental pulse ended the crimes of his father once and for all.
Though dozens of other Nobles had seen Dyros decapitate his father’s Knight, none barred his way when he finally strode from the field of battle, for each and every Noble respects the right to settle debts within his own house.
Dyros and his Knight were destroyed on Alaric Prime by the Ork bombardment — an event that caused the uncontrollable anger of Ragnar Blackmane, who headed the desperate attack on the orks' army which eventually lead to destroying the mighty flying ork's fortress Skygouger. So even the death of Dyros and the Scorched Knight was triumphant.
- 1: Sanctus Reach: The Red Waaagh! — Dyros, the Scorched Knight
- 2: Sanctus Reach: Iceclaw (Audio Drama) by Ben Counter