- "Unless you are capable of enduring whatever hurt your foe can inflict, there will come a time when you will fail, and by failing you will have made useless the sacrifice of millions. We are the Salamanders and we will endure, for no sacrifice made in the name of this great empire we seek to build shall be made in vain."
Xiaphas Jurr, known as "The Prophet of Fire," was a member of the Salamanders Legion during the latter years of the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy in the late 30th and early 31st Millennia. He served as a member of the Igniax, the formation that preceded the Reclusiam inside the Salamanders Legion. He was trained as a Chaplain by the great Nomus Rhy'tan himself. The Keeper of Nocturne charged Xiaphas with the important task of going to Istvaan V to investigate and determine the fate of their lost Primarch Vulkan. After visiting the war-scoured ruins of Istvaan V, he left that benighted world with his faith renewed and a strange power had taken roots in the once benign rituals he practised. Where once he sought desperately for answers, now his prophesies held the power to define the future; it was this power that would ultimately lead Xiaphas Jurr and his Disciples of the Flame down a dark path to an end long since hidden within the Salamander's sealed vaults.
Taken as a tithe from the scaver tribes of ancient Proximal, one of the many worlds brought to Compliance by the Salamanders in the earliest days of the Great Crusade, Xiaphas Jurr was raised to the ranks of the Igniax and trained as a Chaplain in the final years before the outbreak of the Horus Heresy, never seeing battle as part of the Emperor's Crusade. Reckoned amongst the most promising of the officer-recruits who remained on Nocturne in the wake of the muster in the Istvaan System. He was later chosen by the Keeper of Nocturne, Nomas Rhy'tan, to lead the mission to investigate the Primarch's fate.
Given to superstition and obscure ritual, as were many among the tribes of Proximal, whose unpredictable, rad-scoured world had little pity for those that lived upon it, Jurr accepted his mission with much zeal, seeing it as the first step towards a grand destiny. It was this fervour, verging as it did on religious fanaticism, which drew the men of the Nocturne garrison to him, dispirited as they were in the wake of dire rumours of the fighting at Istvaan V, and bound them to him in the dark odyssey that was to follow.
- Artificer Armour
- The Burning Halo - Bestowed upon Xiaphas Jurr by Nomas Rhy'tan, the Seneschal of Nocturne, upon the departure of his mission to Istvaan V, the Burning Halo is a force field projector created by Vulkan himself. More intricately wrought than the devices of lesser artificers, the Burning Halo projects a powerful defensive barrier against harm, and when struck converts kinetic energy into an explosion of searing flame, directed back at the attacker.
- Bolt Pistol
- Master-Crafted Power Maul
- Dragonscale Storm Shield
- Frag & Krak Grenades
- The Horus Heresy - Book Six: Retribution by Alan Bligh, pg. 255