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Iskandar Khayon

Iskandar Khayon, a Chaos Sorcerer of first the Thousand Sons and later the Black Legion

Iskandar Khayon, also known as the Kingbreaker and Khayon the Black, is a Chaos Sorcerer and Lord Vigilator of the Black Legion. He is one of Warmaster Abaddon's most trusted and valued lieutenants and a member of the Ezekarion, the elite brotherhood of the Black Legion. As of now, Khayon remains a prisoner of the Imperial Inquisition, to which he surrendered willingly, as a part of Abbadon's plans.

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

Khayon was born on Prospero and recruited by the Thousand Sons Legion at an early age. It was already apparent as a child that Khayon was a gifted psyker. During his youth, his sister Itzara Khayon fell victim to a Psychneuein attack, suffering irrecoverable damage to her brain. Unable to save her himself, Iskandar gave her to the Mechanicum for their Anamnesis project, which endeavored to create a gestalt artificial intelligence by merging a human mind and a machine vessel's Machine Spirit (artificial intelligence) to avoid the mechanicum's proscriptions against creating a Silica Animus. All previous attempts had ended in failure, but Itzara's fusion with the machine proved a success, and she would later serve as the Machine Spirit of Khayon's warship Tlaloc and eventually become known as Ultio, the Machine Spirit of the Black Legion's flagship Vengeful Spirit.

Great Crusade amd Horus Heresy ErasEdit

During the Great Crusade, Khayon served with the 548th Expeditionary Fleet. He was nearly killed in battle while bringing a world called Varayah to Imperial Compliance, when his Drop Pod was shot down.

Khayon was also present at the Battle of Prospero, where he defeated a Space Wolves warrior, Eyarik Born-of-Fire, and acquired his Power Axe, Saern, that would serve him well in the centuries to come. Being gravely injured in his fight with Eyarik, Khayon once again survived a near-death experience when a Fenrisian Wolf came close to tearing him apart. He was saved, however, by his familiar Gyre, which possessed the wolf, obliterating it and assumed its shape permanently. Khayon was not taken by Magnus the Red to Sortiarius, and wandered the surface of Prospero until he was found by Lheorvine Ukris of the World Eaters.

Khayon later made his way to Sortiarius and stood against Ahriman as he was trying to cast his eponymous Rubric of Ahriman. Khayon failed to interrupt the spell, and the Rubric was cast nonetheless. Khayon departed from Sortiarius on the warship Tlaloc with his brother Ashur-Kai Qezremah and the newly-turned Rubricae Mekhari and Djedhor. Together they formed the core of the Ka'Sherhan warband.

Khayon was present at the Battle of Terra, and bore grave resentment towards the Emperor's Children for their flight from the battle, thus leaving the Thousand Sons without reinforcements.

Post-HeresyEdit

Birth of the Black LegionEdit

During the years after the defeat at Terra, Khayon spent most of his time as a warrior for hire. His favoured compensation for his services was either Battle-Automata to be used for defence of his starship, or valuable lore. For instance, Khayon spent six Terran years fighting for the Night Lords warband led by the warrior Dhar'leth Rul, in exchange for a map of parts of the Webway.

During those years, Khayon encountered and befriended a Drukhari Scourge by the name of Nefertari, binding her soul to her flesh after she suffered mortal injuries at the hands of the Greater Daemon Zarakynel. Nefertari herself remained oblivious to this fact, however, never realising her soul was now permanently bound to her dead body.

Khayon answered the call of his old friend Falkus Kibre of the Justaerin, who was requesting aid in a search for the lost Sons of Horus flagship The Vengeful Spirit. After the fall of the XVI Legion's stronghold, the Lupercalios, and the theft of Horus' remains by the Emperor's Children, finding the lost flagship seemed the last hope of redeeming the Legion's honour for its remaining warriors. Understanding the possible threat that cloning a Primarch as the Emperor's Children intended would pose, Khayon agreed to help Falkus in retrieving the flagship and striking against the Emperor's Children base of Canticle City, where the remains had likely been taken after the theft. They were joined in this effort by Captain Lheorvine Ukris of the World Eaters.

The meeting was interrupted by the arrival of Emperor's Children vessels, whose Astartes demanded Falkus' surrender. A small-scale skirmish ensued, which saw both the World Eaters and Sons of Horus warships seemingly destroyed. As a result, Lheorvine and some of his surviving World Eaters escaped with Khayon aboard the Tlaloc, alongside the captured Emperor's Children swordmaster Telemachon Lyras.

Khayon and his warband later reunited with Falkus and his men, who had survived the previous encounter, and had been daemonically Possessed. They later managed to find the Vengeful Spirit, along with its captain, Ezekyle Abaddon. The warband that would soon become the very first faction of the Black Legion struck at Canticle City, successfully destroying most of it. Afterwards, the warriors boarded the Emperor's Children's vessel Pulchritudinous, where they discovered that Fabius Bile had succeeded in cloning Horus. The fight with the resurrected Primarch saw both Khayon's familiar Gyre and his bloodward Nefertari slain, until Abaddon finally managed to kill the clone, ironically delivering the killing blow with the former Warmaster's own Talon of Horus.

The Ghost WarEdit

During the 7th Black Crusade in 811.M37, the full might of the Blood Angels Chapter fell upon a vast Black Legion warband on the world of Mackan. Although the conflict ultimately ended in the near-extinction of the Blood Angels at the hands of Abaddon the Despoiler and his primary lieutenants -- the Sorcerer Lord Iskandar Khayon and the swordmaster Telemachon Lyras -- the Blood Angels Reclusiarch Thalastian Jorus became one of the few Imperial heroes to ever land a blow against the Warmaster of Chaos.

With his Chapter devastated, the Chaplain endured solar weeks of hardship in the wilderness and the constant trials of keeping his crazed warriors undetected on Mackan. When the time was right, Jorus led his Death Company in a lightning raid behind enemy lines, butchering the unprepared sworn warriors of the Despoiler's honour guard, and allowing the Reclusiarch to lock blades with Abaddon himself. It is said the Warmaster still bears the scars of that battle, even over three millennia later.

Whatever the truth of the matter, it is known that the Despoiler honoured Jorus once the war was over -- perhaps in mockery, or perhaps with nothing but sincerity. After Mackan, thousands of Blood Angels corpses were desecrated, their gene-seed ruined beyond recovery. Of all the Chapter, only a handful of bodies were left undefiled: Reclusiarch Jorus and his Death Company, clad in their battered and broken black ceramite, seated in makeshift thrones made from the armour of those Black Legion warriors they had killed on that fateful night.

SourcesEdit

  • Index Astartes: Death Company, pp. 10-11
  • The Talon of Horus (Novel) by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Ahriman - Unchanged (Novel) by John French, pp. 134-161