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A Perpetual is an immortal human part of a group known as the Perpetuals trying to guide Mankind to the next step of its evolution[14].

Some Perpetuals can regenerate from almost any injury however grievous, including decapitation, dismemberment, and disintegration.[1a][9] There are few ways of actually killing such Perpetual. One method is by the Fulgurite.[1b]

Perpetuals may be natural-born, or created. The Emperor transformed Dalia Cythera into a Perpetual so that she could watch over the Void Dragon indefinitely.[13] The Cabal is capable of turning humans into Perpetuals[2] - John Grammaticus is one example. Oll Persson, by contrast, is a natural-born Perpetual. In addition to the abilities, a Perpetual has the mission to guide humanity. For instance at the beginning of the Horus Heresy, a retired Oll Persson living in exile refused to be called a Perpetual[3]

History

The origins of the Perpetuals are a mystery even to themselves. Erda considers Perpetuals to have naturally arose as the next step in Human Evolution, dubbing them Homo Superior. In the early days of Human history they existed as kings and warlords, but the greatest and most powerful among them was always the being who would become known as the Emperor. The Emperor wished to accelerate the evolution of standard Humanity into beings similar to Homo Superior and personally sought out every Perpetual on Earth for this task. Some joined Him, some refused any part of His plans, while others violently resisted. Many wars in Human history were the result of Perpetual rivals of the Emperor attempting to thwart His plans. One by one the Perpetuals allied to the Emperor eventually left or betrayed Him. At the end of the Unification War, the Emperor only accompanied with a few other known Perpetuals, Malcador the Sigilite, Erda and Astartes, decided to create "Artificial Perpetuals" commonly referred as Primarchs to guide Mankind. [14]

Known Perpetuals

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