- "Only Truth can save mankind. And soon Truth will be ours for the taking."
Azunar (Original name Azun'Kar) the Daemon Prophet and Herald of Chaos, is the Chaos Lord of the Host of the Truthbringer, and the larger Dark Priesthood organization. A fanatical devotee of the Dark Powers, Azunar has spent the last ten thousand years plotting to spread the 'gift' of Truth to others.
Azunar was born upon Colchis to a exiled clergyman of the Covenant. Given the name Azun'kar, "He who is sought", it was almost prophetical, for he was born a psyker, harrowed by the creatures of the Warp. The constant fight for his mind left him with a damaged, traumatized psyche. Clinging to faith as a raft in these psychological floods, he became a fanatical zealot of whichever religion was in vogue, a believer in the sinful nature of life, and a proponent of cleansing humanity through severe abasement and fanatical faith.
Azun'Kar's life of fanaticism and self-hatred would continue until the rise of Lorgar. The Primarch's creed of the One True God and the creation of the Godsworm faction drove Azun'Kar into a violent religious frenzy, swiftly joining the armies of the Old Faith in the War for Colchis.
For years he would slaughter the followers of the Primarch with extreme prejudice, showing no mercy to their cause. However, as time went by, Azun'Kar would see that the Godsworm were winning, and that their leader, Lorgar, stood at an unnatural stature, striding forth like a golden demigod. Eventually, Azun'Kar would come to the conclusion that Lorgar was indeed justified in his war, for how would the forces of true divinity lose to heathens? Azun'Kar turned his guns against his former allies, murdering his own parents in cold blood, before going on to earn many victories for the Godsworn. Whilst not the most tactically minded, Azun'Kar made up for this through sheer morale, pressing his fellows on and on in the name of the Urizen. Through these deeds as a mortal youth, Azun'Kar was inducted into the Word Bearers Legion upon the Emperor's arrival.
- "Forward! Crush them in the Emperor's Name! Burn their heathen shrines and false idols!"
- —Azun'Karar during the Purging of Arank
Azun'Kar and his fellow Godsworn would be inducted into a new Chapter composed entirely of Colchis-Born. They were called the Chapter of Ruin's Aeon, named after an ancient, apocalyptic Colchisian prophecy of a great Era of annihilation, the End Times. The Chapters link to a ancient, doom-laden prophecy was not random: They were recruited from the more fanatical and pious of the faith, and were more violent in their interpretations of the Emperor's divine will. They would rebuild worlds as their Brothers did, but they would take less time doing so, ever eager to continue the crusade.
Azun'Kar, at first a lowly Battle-Brother, would rise through the ranks exponentially. At the Purging of the Arank System in the Segmentum Obscurus, Azun'Kar took command when the sergeant commanding his Squad fell in battle, and lead the Word Bearers to victory through a series of well-timed ambush maneuvers against the Xenos. For his oratory skills and ability to sway hearts and minds, Azun'Kar was promoted to Chaplain, though he still served as the commander of a Word Bearer squad. Azun'Kar's sermons, weighing more on the impurities of mortal life and the need to abase oneself before the Emperor, began to become popular among the battle-brothers of the Chapter, driving them to further acts of violent piety. At the Salvation of Mhurdok, Azun'Kar lead the main charge of Word Bearer forces, and was promoted to Captain for his bravery. All the while, however, Azun'Kar was still haunted by his psychic mind, barely managing to hide his cursed abilities.
Following the death of the Captain of the 2nd Company at the hands of an Ork Warboss, Azun'Kar claimed that tile for himself, becoming both a High Chaplain and Captain. In command of both the spiritual and military affairs of the Second Company, Azun'Kar would continue his crusade unceasingly. That is until the burning of Monarchia.
Descent into Darkness
At the rebuking of the Emperor and the destruction of the Perfect City, the entire Word Bearers legion entered a state of melancholy and despair. However, while Azun'Kar's brethren were moaning and despairing, Azunar was thinking. The Emperor's rebuke seemed to jar his mind, make him even more vulnerable to the psychic predators of the Warp. At this time his visions worsened, and voices spoke out to him, promising power, glory and eternal life in return for servitude. Azun'Kar resisted these visions for a time, but eventually came to a realization when the Dark Gods reached out to him. The Old Gods of Colchis were real! They always had been! Azun'Kar knew this, even when the Pilgrimage had only begun. Old thoughts and ideas returned, and he began to see sin and vileness in all his fellow Astartes. Thus, he knew it was his charge to liberate the Crusading Fleet under his command from the Materium's clutches. But how?
Evangelist of Oblivion
One Astartes, even a Captain of a whole Company, could not sabotage each and every Gellar Field by himself. And so he moved about the ship like a shadow, having his underlings cover for him as he slipped through the lower decks, whispering in the ears of serfs and slaves, servants and workers, spreading the Old Faith of Colchis to them, and telling them that soon, it would be their time to strike. The unmodified humans and even techpriests proved to succumb inevitably, and with honeyed words that were as much his as they were the voices in his head, he soon has a worm at each generator.
So, when the time came, and the fleet was in transit, it was done.
What occurred precisely cannot be known, and should not be known, for to know what horrors Azun'Kar gleefully unleashed on his own brethren would be to invite the same insanity that gripped the Chaplain. The Ruin's Aeon would remain nonexistant, entirely subsumed by Warp Space, until the dawn of the Heresy.
The Horus Heresy had begun. The Word Bearers were preparing to lay siege to Ultramar. Before they could, they found unexpected reinforcements.
Bursting from the Warp came a fleet of Daemonships, half machine hull and half warp-infested flesh. The mortal servitors of the Ruin's Aeon had fused horrifically with the Ships themselves, and those that did not had either become food for Daemons or warped into teeming hordes of Chaos Spawn. The Astartes were twisted by the Warp, many of them possessed by Daemons, and even those who were not were wracked by mutation, their armor covered in intricate, curved patterns that were other to this world, inherently wrong to reality.
Where once their were ten Companies, where once there was 1,000 Astartes, there were now only 450 Space Marines, and only Four companies. Attending Azun'Kar were the four commanders of the Companies, their former identities completely lost to the seething tides of the Warp: four Possessed Champions that went by the names Khaane, Tezen, Slanat, and Narag. Each company was 100 strong, with the remaining 50 Astartes being the most powerful and mutated. These would be the Elite of the Chapter. The Ruinous Circle they were called. Sorcerers, Champions and Madmen supreme, they were the lesser priests of his order. Together, the reborn Chapter of Ruin's Aeon had renamed itself the Host of the Truthbringer, and all would burn before them, as the Gods will it. Azun'Kar took up a new name, Azun'Nar, 'He who is found, for he at last had been.
The Horus Heresy
They fought in the Battle of Calth, reveling in insanity and brutality, and soon after escaped from the planet with Kor Phaeron. They would go on to plague the Galaxy throughout the entire Horus Heresy, enslaving entire populations and driving the mortals before them as meat-shields. They were entirely without mercy and compassion, and their legacy would always be fire, chains and madness.
Azunar's sermons now held a far more depraved and unhinged meaning: he preached that the Material Universe itself was inherently sinful, a lie, and that it was the will of the Gods that the veil between Reality and the Warp were destroyed and utterly negated, that all beings may freely and equally bask in the glorious light of Chaos. It was this purpose that the Host dedicated itself to, and this purpose it would follow until the end of days. For Azunar knew now of the Sundered Aeon, the Father of All, Ruin, and would see it mended. Empyrealism was born.
Even after their defeat and fleeing to the Eye of Terror, the Host was triumphant. For in his time within the Warp, Azunar made a Pact with the Forge of Souls. Every drop of blood shed by his army, their enemies or their own, would be given to the Forge, and in return the Forge would give Azunar a weapon and fortress that could ply the stars and be the center of his Crusade. And so they gave him the massive, Warp-Forged fortress known as the Sanctified Desolation. This would be their Basilica, a monument of worship and adoration to the insanity of the Warp from which they could strike at the Imperium, and at all who would defend the illusion that must be cast aside.
Aeon of Ruin
- "RUIN'S VOICE COURSES THROUGH ME! THE AEON'S SING, CAN'T YOU HEAR IT!? THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES IS POUNDING IN MY SOUL!"
- —Azunar's ravings upon reading the Codex Inferna
After ten thousand years, the Host's war against Causality is reaching it's final phase. With the destruction of Cadia, the rising of the Great Rift, and Azunar's traumatic revelation upon reading the Codex Inferna, Azunar's purpose is now clear. Just as the black hole known as Anthelion became an engine of divine rectification, so to would the supermassive black hole at the very heart of the Galaxy. Thus, the servants of the Truthbringer burn countless worlds, sacrificing trillions to the black hole itself as a rising power of Absolute Chaos: the complete breakdown of all forms and functions, an avatar of Ruin itself. Feeding so warp-infused an anomaly with such burning faith and screaming souls will no doubt have it's effect. Soon the Sundered Aeon would be freed, and along with it all the souls of the Materium, and the Apostle will see it done.
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Appearence and Physiology
Azunar is always seen wearing tattered, black robes over dark, long-dried blood red armor, the robes torn and tattered by the many spikes on the armor, less wearing the robes and more having them impaled along his back. His armor is covered in both Colchisian and Daemonic runes, and his helm eyes, rather than green, burn a bright, fiery orange/red.
His helmet is covered in the assorted decor of a Chosen Champion, with four esoteric, curving horns protruding from it's scalp. The Armor is structured to give off a vastly daemonic feel, to look as if the wearer is possessed by a daemon. The armor appears to have many bonelike ridges and spikes, as well as non euclidean designs in the armor's shape.
It is unknown if Azunar still looks human beneath that armor, or if he, as he claims, has become a true image of Chaos...
Azunar's soul is so utterly infused with the energies of the Warp that it radiates pure Chaos outward from itself, as if it were a shard of pure insanity rather than a human spirit. Liquid aetheria, the very stuff of insanity, leaks from his armor like water from a reservoir, infecting and corrupting everything around him.
Personality and Traits
Azunar is a Crusader at heart, leading his armies from the front and setting worlds ablaze. He is absolutely convinced that the Material Universe is a sinful lie, and illusion, and must be cast aside in favor of the Realm of Chaos. To achieve this end, he launches twisted holy wars to convert Mankind to the worship of Chaos and to undermine reality and actuality themselves.
Azunar is famous for being extremely ruthless on the battlefield. Clad in daemonic armor and wielding his Dark Crozius, Azunar is capable of reaping great and terrible destruction in a brief amount of time. Wielding dark and esoteric powers drawn from the Warp, Azunar is an avatar of Chaos' capacity for total cosmic disassembly, for his ultimate goal is nothing less than the annihilation of the Materium itself.
Powers and Abilities
- Font of Chaos: Azunar himself is a locus of Warp power, the energies of Chaos wafting off of him as if his own body were a Warp rift. This aura of corruption and daemonic power thins the veil wherever he may tread
- Centre of Zeal: Azunar's presence on the battlefield invigorates his allies and servants, driving them to ever more debased and vile acts.
- Chaos Abyss: Azunar can open rifts to the Warp with ease, easily summoning Daemonic cohorts to his side.
- Armor of Darkest Faith: Forged in the Forge of Souls for this Apostle, it's metal cooled with the blood of a hundred sacrifices, the armor is heavily corrupted by the powers of the Warp. Covered in daemonic runes and symbols that glow with malignant power, it is more like the armor of a Daemon than an Astartes.
- Judgement: The name given to his Dark Crozius, Judgement is an ancient weapon of great power. The one who wields it has his words suffused in the power of the Immaterium, making his rhetoric ever more convincing. In the hands of a skilled orator such as Azunar, this power is used to great potential, entire worlds swayed to his creed. It has an alternate form as a Hellblade, crackling with the powers of the Warp.
The Great Work
- "Every drop of blood we have shed in the past ten thousand years, every war we have prosecuted, every slit throat, every muttered prayer, every consecration we have committed in the name of the Primordial Annihilator has been according to my design and my formulae. Soon, all our goals will be achieved. And when they are ... everything will be as it should. Everything."
- —Azunar to a disciple, explaining the Great Work.
The Imperial Inquisition has spent considerable resources attempting to unravel the figure that is Azunar, knowing that the origins of a full Warband and galaxy-wide conspiracy both are tied to this same figure. While the vast majority of the Inquisition dismisses Azunar and his followers as just another lunatic warband, with no goal beyond harming the Imperium, some evidence points to the contrary:
- The Host of the Truthbringer was behind the destruction of the Acrya Triad, and its transformation into the Triad of Oblivion
- the Host has been sighted on worlds immediately surrounding the Galaxy Center and, during these assaults, follow bizarre and esoteric strategies that do not give them victory, but seem to form a highly complex pattern.
- The Host is known to worship Anthelion as ’The Angel of Primordial Annihilation’
- At the closing of the Vitatum Crusade, the Host has acquired the Codex Inferna.
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The Chaos Sorceress and Possessed Champion of Chaos, Valkyura Warpschild, made good her alliance with Azunar late in the 41st Millenium, the pair coming together over mutual devotion to the will of Chaos. While Azunar initially demanded Valkyuras fealty, and supplication, he was denied by her strong conviction and faith in the dark gods, whom she swore were the only beings she would ever bow to and prostrate herself before. She however, recognised the shared goal between them, the galaxy-spanning worship of the ruinous powers, and so has committed herself and her forces to aiding Azunar, when and if he requires them, her only desire to see the culmination of a galaxy ruled the Dark Gods.
Azunar, as a powerful war leader has naturally heard of the infamous Noise Marines the Screaming Rapture. Vritra for his part is more than happy to work for the Word Bearers, and aids them in bringing the will of the dark gods to their victims. For their part, the Noise Marines provide Azunar with a truly horrifying fate to be suffered for those judged 'heretics.'
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- " All that Lorgar has taught us is true. All that I speak is truth. I am the Word of Lorgar given flesh to inhabit, air to breath and blood to flow through it's veins. We all are."
- "Upon the rock of Man's untapped potential, we shall build our church."
- —-Azunar, upon declaring the foundation of The Dark Priesthood
- " I've waited 10,000 years for victory, and I can wait a thousand times more."
- —-Azunar regarding the stubbornness of the Imperium
- "Ruin is the Aeon. Ruin is the First Being. We are all Ruin. Embrace it, my children, throw off the shackles of sanity and life, and join the Empyrean as what you were always meant to be: Ruin."
- —Azunar's voice, broadcasted throughout a Hive city during a Cults uprising
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- "Come my Brother! Let us bring ruin to the lackeys of the Corpse-Emperor! And illuminate the galaxy to the Primordial Truth of the Dark Gods! Men, Xenos and even the stars themselves will supplicate to the will of Chaos!"
- "I must say the man is a bit of a joykill. Here I am talking about having a good time robbing some farmers or capturing a whole town's population for use as slaves and he starts chastising me about not being a worthy enough follower of the dark gods. He even assigned me tomes to read!"
- —Dolfdir of the Crusaders Once Crossed
- "This Azunar's got almost as many titles as I do."
- —St. Athaliah the Flame The Emperor's Bride, Our Lady of Necromunda, Mother of the Faithful, Our Lady of the Flame, Mystical Rose, etc. etc.
- "Anybody ever tell you, you rave just like a Redemptionist Preacher?"
- "My associates and I have never hesitated to work with those who follow the full Pantheon. The best pleasures come only to those who give them their full attention."
- "Kneel? I will never bow to any but the Gods themselves, Brother. For only they, in all their majesty, deserve my devotion, however, your own forces greatly dwarf my own. As such, you could easily force me to serve, but I do not believe you will. After all, we worship Chaos Undivided, and divided, we shall never achieve victory. You have my support, brother, but you will never have my servitude."
- —Valkyura Warpschild, responding to demands of fealty.
- "You make no sense..."
- —Echo, trying really hard not to think too deeply about it
- "Even by the standards of organic beings, your ambitions are ridiculous. Are you so naive as to believe the offspring of your own erratic meanderings will deign to reward you for your misguided service? Like all life, the horizons of your vision are so very small. "
- "I may take you more seriously if you started to think for yourself. The Chaos Gods are nothing more than pathetic echos of what they once were. Khorn used to be a God of War, not just pointless slaughter. Nurgle used to be Nature itself and now he has lost everything but decay. You're just like the Imperium, just worshiping different corpses."
- "First of all, how the hell did you establish a vox link? Secondly, I think the Necrons would argue against you."
- —A slightly confused Inquisitor Justin Dall