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Kristos was an Iron Father of the Iron Hands.

History

A commander of fame in the Chapter's history, Kristos took command of Clan Raukaan after the Skarvus Ambush and led the Clan-Company to victory in the Slaughter on Dawnbreak and Battle for Columnus. The Columnus victory over Orks proved controversial, as during the battle Kristos deliberately sacrificed Raven Guard allies. He insisted that this had allowed him to score a victory and was the most logical course of action, but others on the Iron Council suspected he had been personally motivated to betray his allies. In the ensuing two-century investigation of Kristos' conduct known as the Kristosian Conclave, the Iron Hands became divided as the affair evolved into a discussion of the Chapter's entire philosophy. Kristos formed a bloc of allies within the Iron Hands, which became known as Kristosians.[1]

After reported sightings of the Sapphire King and his Emperor's Children warband in the Gaudinia System, a now-ancient Kristos swiftly led Clan Raukaan to attack, ignoring pleas by other Iron Hands commanders for caution. When Kristos landed on Gaudinia Prime, he encountered a vast factory-complex where billions of Imperial citizens had become fused with machines by the forces of Chaos. Becoming convinced that this hideous monstrosity was the ultimate act of perfection and machine efficiency, Kristos himself became corrupted by Slaanesh and fused with the flesh-machine mass. The other Kristosians soon followed his example, and what became known as the Gaudinian Heresy infested the Iron Hands. The transformed Kristos was killed following the death of the Sapphire King in 460.M41.[1]

Physical appearance

Most of Kristos' flesh was replaced with augmetics, his body being over 80% augmetic. Most horrifying about Kristos was that he had no face: His head did have neither front nor back, just sporting ten narrow slits for optic lenses on the back of his helmet. He also had optic lenses where his ears should have been. He could rotate his shoulders, elbows and knees rendering traditional concepts of orientation obsolete.[Needs Citation]

He had a ruby set into his chest. In addition he wore an Ironstone mag-clamped around his neck - a potent relic of the Chapter in the form of a silver pendant was reputedly haunted by ancient and powerful machine spirits capable of bolstering the failing strength of the machines around them.[Needs Citation]

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