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Ottmar Kord

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Ottmar Kord was an Arbitrator of the Adeptus Arbites stationed on Terra during the War of the Beast.


When the Orks' Attack Moon appeared over Terra, Kord was one of the Arbites mobilized to keep order as the planet's entire population descended into panicked madness. This mobilization was particularly frenzied because the other High Lords of Terra, at a loss for any other response to the Ork threat, shifted responsibility for the crisis to Grand Provost Marshal Zeck, arguing that no important decisions could be made until public order was restored.[1a]

When Speaker Tull and Ecclesiarch Mesring announced the Proletarian Crusade, Kord was among the first in his Arbites unit to volunteer. He argued so fervently in favor of the Crusade's necessity that he converted his comrade, Galatea Haas, into joining along with him, despite her initial misgivings.[1b]

Ironically, Kord's nerve began to fail when he saw the Militant Fire, the small, unshielded cargo ship that was meant to convey them through the Ork lines and onto the surface of the Attack Moon.[1c] When the Fire, against all odds, managed to land on the Moon's surface, Kord was too petrified to disembark, finally seeing the futility of landing such a small, untrained force on the massive space station. He was executed by Commissar Deklan Sever of the 546th Jupiter Storm, when he was given one last chance to move, and balked. Haas, who had served with Kord for years, merely thanked the Commissar for doing what she would have done herself, and upholding the honor of the Arbites uniform.[1d]