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Leopold Cronus

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Leopold Cronus[1a] was a studious House Taranis Knight, who commanded the Knight suit Pax Mortis and he took part in the Great Crusade[1b] and Horus Heresy.[1b]

He was close comrades with his fellow House Taranis Knight Raf Maven and the two earned great glory for themselves on the Great Crusade's battlefields[1b]. Both were later present on Mars, when the Horus Heresy began and the Dark Mechanicum caused a civil war to erupt on their Homeworld. House Taranis would remain loyal to the Imperium[1c] and the two younger Knights, would serve under the more experienced Knight Stator's command[1b], as they fought against the Traitors. This changed, however, when House Taranis decided to defend Adept Koriel Zeth's Magma City Forge from the Dark Mechanicum's forces. With several of their Knights left inoperable at that time, the House's Knights had to deploy in teams of two. This led Stator to depart from Maven and Cronus and he instead partnered with the less experienced Gentran, who had only recently been elevated to Knighthood[1c].

While the two patrolled Magma City, though, Maven's Auspex sensed the Dark Mechanicum war machine that had attacked them earlier in the conflict and nearly killed him. An enraged Maven vowed to destroy it and while Cronus was doubtful that the war machine had survived its battle with Maven, he agreed to join the hunt for it and the two departed without notifying their Household[1d]. They began tracking down signs of the machine and it was after they discovered a destroyed mag-line train, that Cronus realized Maven had been right and vowed to help him destroy the war machine. It was at that time that both Knights discovered that the Schism of Mars had begun in earnest, and open warfare between the supporters of Horus and the Emperor had fully spread across their Homeworld. Despite this, the two continued their hunt[1e] and later discovered the war machine deep within the region of Mars, known as the Noctis Labyrinthus, where the war machine was about to fire upon a group of terrified Mechanicum servants. Acting quickly, Maven and Cronus worked together to bury the war machine in rubble and Maven personally destroyed the machine by plunging his Knight's sword deep within it. The two Knights were then approached by the Transcriber Dalia Cythera, who had been among the Mechanicum group the Knights had just saved. Using a mysterious power she possessed, Cythera healed[1f] the two damaged Knights and told them of a remote hidden automated research facility, owned by Adept Koriel Zeth. She told them to go there and wait for Mar's civil war to end and under the sway of Cythera's power, the two Knights did as she commanded.[1h]