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Tolin Dorden miniature[2]

Tolin Dorden was the Chief Medic of the Tanith First and Only Imperial Guard Regiment during the Sabbat Worlds Crusade.


This page contains spoilers for: First and Only (Novel)

A medical doctor in good standing upon the world of Tanith, Tolin Dorden's practice covered the Beldane province of the world, including the inhabitants of the wilder County Pryze area (where he was a member of the local acting troupe)[1d]. After many years of serving the citizens of his practice, Dorden found himself drafted into the Imperial Guard in order to make up the requirements for trained medical experts. His son, Mikal, was drafted alongside him and became an infantryman. Both of them escaped the destruction of their homeworld by dint of their service in the Tanith 1st, while Dorden's daughter and her own family all perished. The doctor's wife had passed away the year previous to the fall of Tanith. As a result of these facts and his nature as a doctor, Dorden believed passionately in the preservation and well-being of the Tanith soldiers under his care, as well as all those whose existences would "look out" for them. In this regard, he quickly came to respect the regiment's "outsider" commander, Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt[1c]

"These are all I've got. The last pitiful scraps of Tanith genestock, my only link to the past and the green, green world I loved. I'll keep patching and mending and binding and sewing them back together until they've all gone, or I'm gone, or the horizons of known space have withered and died."[1c]

Dorden's skills were then unexpectedly called upon while the regiment was in transit to their next combat theatre. The feud between the Tanith and Jantine Patricians regiment resulted in several deaths and injuries amongst the men, including the serious wounding of Murtan Feygor, whose life was only saved when Gaunt was able to use his influence with the Captain of the Adeptus Mechanicus transport vessel they were aboard to gain a stock of more sophisticated medical supplies.[1a][1b]

Upon reaching the next theatre, the death world of Menazoid Epsilon, Dorden found himself attached to a hand-picked commando unit made up of both members of the regiment and Navy Intelligence.[1e] This unit ultimately destroyed a tainted Standard Template Constructor, amidst interference from agents of the radical Inquisitor, Heldane.[1f] During this action Tolin Dorden saved Ibram Gaunt's life when he used a borrowed laspistol to shoot dead an enemy agent who had the Colonel-Commissar cold. A snap-headshot with a pistol from a sitting position some distance away, the shot earned a compliment from the Ghost's sniper, Mad Larkin. Dorden commented that he just because he customarily refused to carry a weapon, it didn't mean that he couldn't use one.[1f] Dorden himself took a shot to the head before the mission was over, but from a laspistol so drained of power the energy bolt merely stunned the old man for a time.[1g]

Appearance and Abilities

Tolin Dorden was of smaller than average build, who sported a grey beard as well as a kind pair of eyes. He disdained the carrying of weapons.[1c]


  • 1: First and Only (Novel) - Gaunt's Ghosts: The Founding (Omnibus)
    • 1a: Part Five: The Empyrean, Chapter Eleven, pgs. 143-144
    • 1b: Part Five: The Empyrean, Chapter Fourteen, pgs. 149-152
    • 1c: Part Five: The Empyrean, Chapter Four, pgs. 123-124
    • 1d: Part Five: The Empyrean, Chapter Sixteen, pgs. 154-155
    • 1e: Part Six: Menazoid Epsilon, Chapters Five and Six, pgs. 178-180
    • 1f: Part Six: Menazoid Epsilon, Chapter Twenty-Five, pgs. 220-222
    • 1g: Part Six: Menazoid Epsilon, Chapter Twenty-Eight, pgs. 228-229
  • 2: Games Workshop