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Peto Soneka was a Hetman (a high ranking officer) of the Geno Five-Two Chiliad, an Army segment of the 670th Expedition Fleet during the Great Crusade.[1a]


Soneka was born in Feodosiya on Terra and originally served with the local youth army before petitioning to join the Geno Five-Two. By the time of the Nurth campaign, he was 42 standard years old and had been a member of the regiment for 23 years, having risen to the rank of hetman and commanding one of the Geno's thousand companies; Soneka's company was known as the Dancers.[1a]

Soneka's 'Dancers' were all but routed by a surprise Nurthene attack during the campaign against the Nurthene city Tel Utan. It was later revealed that Soneka's company was intentionally used as a diversion by the Alpha Legion in order to draw the enemy out of their fortified city, thus allowing Alpha Legion Astartes to infiltrate and sack it. A disillusioned Soneka was retired to a town known as Visages with what remained of his Dancer company, and was shortly attacked by Nurthene raiders and eliminated entirely, barring Soneka, Lon and Shah, two of Soneka's subordinate Bashaws, and a handful of troopers.[Needs Citation]

His reputation for loyalty and close friendship with Jokers company Hetman Hurtado Bronzi eventually brought him into the service of the Alpha Legion, serving as a would-be spy for the Legion within the Imperial Army. He later escorted John Grammaticus to the captivity of the Legion, and finally to the surface of 42 Hydra Tertius to meet with the Cabal.[Needs Citation]