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Kiuz Selaton stands alongside Captain Ventanus, holding the 4th Company Standard, during the Underworld War.

Kiuz Selaton was a Sergeant of the Ultramarines Legion's 4th Company during the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy. The right-hand man of Captain Remus Ventanus during the Battle of Calth and the Underworld War, he was revered as a hero of the Ultramarines well into M32, when he had been interred in a Dreadnought chassis..

Biography

The Battle of Calth

Selaton accompanied Ventanus to the surface of Calth, on the latter's errand to speak with the Seneschals from Numinus City. At the Holophusikon, they met with Tetrarch Eikos Lamiad, who introduced them to the Seneschals.[1d]

Ventanus and Selaton were at the Numinus Space Port when the fleet tender Campanile crashed into Calth Veridian Anchor. Ventanus and Selaton recognized the blink from the electromagnetic explosion and Ventanus covered Seneschal Arbute, accidentally injuring her in the process.[1e] Taking her to a shelter, the two Ultramarines managed to make contact with Amant and the squads of 7th on guard duty at the port, but were cut off from First Chapter and Legion Command. Arbute asked what happened, and Selaton insisted it was an accident, but Ventanus was skeptical, pointing out that he couldn't do this much damage if he tried. They were heading for the old listening port which had powerful vox-casters when the Androdamicus fell on Kalkas Fortalice, causing shockwaves.[1f] Ventanus, Selaton, Amant's squad, and the Seneschals resumed their way toward to the listening post when the Word Bearers attacked them, killing Amant and Arbute, forcing Ventanus and Selaton to jump out the tower.[1g] Landing hard on the ground, Ventanus and Selaton discovered the corpses of an honour guard, killed while waiting to board a ship, proving to Ventanus and Selaton that the Word Bearers had deliberately staged the attack. Ventanus insisted on taking their standard.[1h] Ventanus and Selaton found a group of the Kaul Mandari Chaos Cult and were attempting to steal a Land Speeder when the Word Bearers Terminator Zorator attacked them. Despite Zorator's Cataphracti-pattern armour, Ventanus was able to kill him and steal the Land Speeder.[1i]

Ventanus and Selaton were increasingly losing escape routes from Numinus when they finally managed to link up with Skitarii forces under Magos Meer Edv Tawren and Master of Skitarii Arook Serotid. Establishing contact with Captain Lyros Sydance at Erud Station through the Skitarii manifold, Ventanus and Serotid coordinated moving the 4th (now totaling at seven hundred men) to Leptius Numinus, which Tawren identified as having a cogitator potentially clean of scrapcode. To insure reliability of communication, Ventanus told Sydance to only trust messages from those who knew the number of the painted Eldar, refering to the assault on Craftworld Jeilthwa when Sydance killed a dozen Harlequins.[1j] En route to Leptius Numinus, they managed to make contact with other Skitarii and XIII Legion forces under Captain Teus Sullus of the 39th Company.[1k] Word Bearers forces soon found them, forcing them to engage in a defense of the place while Tawren brought the cogitator online. Ventanus quickly recognized that Sullus was growing despondent and potentially unstable as a result of the Word Bearers treachery.[1l] As the Word Bearers looked to overwhelm the Ultramarines and Skitarii, the rest of the 4th Company arrived to augment them. Meeting with Sullus and Sydance after the battle,[1m] Ventanus managed to make contact with First Master Marius Gage on the Macragge's Honour, flagship of the Ultramarines, to get a better theoretical on what was happening. Selaton then informed Ventanus that there was something he needed to see: Morpal Cxir, Force Commander of the Word Bearers Host which had assaulted Leptius Numinus has surrendered. He offered terms of surrender to the Ultramarines, which Ventanus rejected. Cxir then began to goad the Ultramarines, insisting that Roboute Guilliman had died begging for mercy, enraging Sullus to the point that he stabbed Cxir. This was a ploy on the part on Cxir, allowing his corpse to serve as a host for the Daemon Samus.[1n]

Blacking out from Samus's emergence, Ventanus awoke to find the daemon wreaking havoc on Leptius Numinus, essentially ignoring the bolter and las, and plasma fire the Ultramarines, Imperial Army, and Skitarii forces were concentrating on it, even destroying a Shadowsword and wounding Sullus in the process. Using Cxir's athame, Ventanus was able to defeat Samus,[1o], but Leptius Numinus was virtually defenseless. Additionally, Ventanus realized that there was something toxic about the athames, and ordered Selaton to destroy them. However, Tawren managed to make an important discovery: her predecessor, Uhl Kehal Hesst, had managed to formulate a killcode which could purge the scrapcode in a civilian data-engine in Lanshear which could regain control of the weapons grid. But to use it, they would need to destroy the Word Bearers engine being used to control the grid. A small force under Sullus and Serotid would remain to keep Leptius Numinus's data-engine functioning. Reestablishing contact with Macragge's Honour, Ventanus was relieved to hear the voice of Roboute Guilliman, and managed to relay that the Word Bearers had a data-engine controlling the grid, but vox-contact was interrupted before Ventanus could say where the target was.[1p]

Moving toward the data-engine in Lanshear, Ventanus learned from the remaining forces at Leptius Numinus that reinforcements were being directed toward Lanshear, mainly the remnants of the 111th and the 112th Companies under Sergeant Anchise.[1q] Ventanus managed to get Tawren to the data-engine,[1r] but the 4th were nearly overwhelmed by Hol Beloth's Host, and Ventanus himself was injured by one of the Gal Vorbak.[1s] Just as all hope seemed lost, reinforcements arrived. They not only included the 111th and 112th companies, but also the 19th Company under Captain Aethon, the Neride 51st under Lamiard, and Titans under Tetrach Tauro Nicodemus. These forces were enough to hold the Word Bearers back long enough for Guilliman's kill-team to destroy the Word Bearers data-engine, allowing Tawren to retake the control of the weapons grid.[1t] Unfortunately, First Captain Kor Phaeron and First Chaplain Erebus had managed to conduct a ritual that left the star Veridia unstable and releasing human-lethal radiation. Evacuations were conducted, but not everyone could be evacuated in time, so Ventanus and the 4th Company stayed behind, and Ventanus vowed that the Ultramarines would keep fighting.[1u] The Imperials and the remaining Word Bearers were forced to fall back to the arcologies and cavern networks that littered the planet, beginning the phase of the Battle of Calth known as the Underworld War.[1v]

The Underworld War

Selaton remained at Ventanus's side throughout the Underworld War. When one offensive against a Word Bearers stronghold turned out to be a deliberate trap by Hol Beloth and his Dark Apostle, Maloq Kartho, to lure them away and leave their primary headquarters undefended, Ventanus and Selaton raced back to their base in a Land Speeder, Selaton driving at breakneck speed. They arrived barely in the nick of time, and Selaton deliberately crashed the Speeder into a Word Bearers Dreadnought holding a virus bomb with which Kartho intended to wipe out all life on Calth. The impact knocked the Dreadnought and the bomb backwards, into a warp rift that Kartho had opened. Selaton was badly injured in the crash, but Ventanus could not spare the time to tend to him while he leapt out of the Speeder to confront Kartho.[2]

M32

Selaton survived, though whether because of injuries sustained in the crash, or later, he was interred in a Dreadnought chassis, after which he was known as Selatonus. By the time of the War of the Beast, he had been awarded the honorific "Ancient", revered by the entire Ultramarines chapter not only for his great age, but for his participation in the Battle of Calth, the Ultramarines' most desperate hour. Selatonus stood close to the side of Chapter Master Odaenathus, and was among the Ultramarines who formed the multi-chapter strike force that invaded Ullanor in an attempt to kill the Great Beast.[3]

The Imperium's forces suffered massive causalities in the invasion, including Chapter Master Odaenathus, though it is not known if Selatonus survived the battle.

Sources

  • 1: Know No Fear (Novel) by Dan Abnett
    • 1a: Target//Acquisition, Chapter 2
    • 1b: Target//Acquisition, Chapter 3
    • 1c: Target//Acquisition, Chapter 7
    • 1d: Target//Acquisition, Chapter 5
    • 1e: Absolute//Overwhelm, Chapter 1
    • 1f: Absolute//Overwhelm, Chapter 2
    • 1g: Absolute//Overwhelm, Chapter 3
    • 1h: System//Kill, Chapter 1
    • 1i: System//Kill, Chapter 3
    • 1j: Target//Engagement, Chapter 3
    • 1k: Target//Engagement, Chapter 4
    • 1l: Target//Engagement, Chapter 5
    • 1m: Target//Engagement, Chapter 7
    • 1n: Target//Engagement, Chapter 10
    • 10: Ushkul//Thu, Chapter 1
    • 1p: Ushkul//Thu, Chapter 3
    • 1q: Ruin//Storm, Chapter 1
    • 1r: Ruin//Storm, Chapter 2
    • 1s: Ruin//Storm, Chapter 3
    • 1t: Ruin//Storm, Chapter 4
    • 1u: Ruin//Storm, Chapter 5
    • 1v: Epilogue
    • 1w: Dramatis Personae
  • 2: Calth That Was (Novella), by Graham McNeill
  • 3: The Beast Must Die (Novel) by Gav Thorpe, Chapter Seven, pgs. 98–99