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Hecaton Aiakos, also known as the Guardian of the Daedelos Krata, the flagship of the Minotaurs' Chapter fleet, and the Terror of Bifrost, is a Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought of the Minotaurs Space Marine Chapter As with much that surrounds this fearsome Chapter of Loyalist Space Marines, the history and perhaps even the true name of the being entombed within this ornate Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought is shrouded in mystery.
Hecaton Aiakos served at the forefront of a dozen of the Minotaurs Chapter's major campaigns over the last several standard centuries. He was identified by the distinctive heraldry designating his participation in the Battle of Optera during the boarding assault on the Lamenters Chapter Strike Cruiser Mater Suspiria during the Badab War, the defence of the Black Gates of Hive Vitria against the Genestealer Cult of the Dreaming Deeps and, perhaps infamously, he was at the forefront of the slaughter of the "Traitor 2-19th" during the Bifrost Uprising. In this last battle Aiakos gained notoriety beyond his Chapter when a detachment of Bifrost Huscarl infantry, under the brevet command of Brother-Sergeant Augustine of the Viper Legion Chapter, mistakenly fired on the battle-damaged and gore-drenched Minotaurs Dreadnought. So provoked, Aiakos rampaged through the Imperial lines, killing thirty-seven Huscarls and Augustine himself in his fury, and ripped open a supporting Leman Russ Tank which had tried to stop him, before obeying a countermand Vox order issued from orbit by his Chapter Master Asterion Moloc to stay his hand. Despite his power and battlefield record, as with many of the Dreadnoughts who operate in the ranks of the Minotaurs Chapter, outsiders have noted Aiakos is treated without the due reverence that other Space Marine Chapters display toward their Dreadnoughts. Instead, cold indifference is displayed to him by his fellow Battle-Brothers for reasons unknown.
- Plasma Cannon
- Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon with in-built Storm Bolter
- Augmented Atomantic Shielding - One of the Contemptor Pattern's most distinctive features is a series of defensive energy field generators mounted inside its armour plating and powered by the enhanced atomantic power core within. The shielding provided by the Contemptor chassis that Aiakos inhabits is a particularly powerful example of its kind, which fills the air around the Dreadnought with the stench of burning ozone. He is able to violently discharge its power through the disruption field of his gauntlet.
- Smoke Launchers
- Imperial Armour Volume Twelve - The Fall of Orpheus, pg. 147
- Forge World - Hecaton Aiakos Minotaurs Contemptor Dreadnought