Sa'vael Ra, later known only as Sa'vael the Fate-bound was the original Chief Librarian of the Nether Host (Later re-organised into the Phantoms Chapter). After his fall to Chaos after an incident involving the massacre of loyal Imperial Soldiers and a Planetary Governer on Skylus V, Sa'vael formed a Warband named the Scourge Knights from his forces of corrupted Nether Host Marines, dedicated to the ways of Tzeentch, the Chaos God of Change and Sorcery.
Born on the Imperial planet of Dem'boka, Sa'vael enjoyed a privileged childhood as the son of wealthy parents. As a child and young man, Sa'vael was very academically gifted in many topics, including Philosophy, Mathematics, Sciences, History, Psychology and Literature. Easily surpassing most of his peers in academic establishments. This academic ability soon earned him the reputation of a scholar and wealth of information among the rich and powerful of the world. The inquisitive nature combined with Sa'vael's natural talent as a gifted Psyker would soon make him a well respected individual, though this was not to be at first due to the Imperium's repression of most Psykers that have yet to be recruited into the Imperial Guard or Adeptus Astartes.
He would often go out of his way to learn as much as he could about a particular subject or person that took his intrigue - Easily making a future candidate for what would soon be one of the greatest threats to the Imperial presence in the Pacificus region.
Years of a pursuit of knowledge soon grew dull for the young scholar, having spent the vast majority of his life surrounded by the finest sources of information and academic teachers grew stale. He would begin venturing to the poorer parts of the planet, to see what he could learn from them. His first visit afforded him a brief introduction with a man of lean build, but radiated a calmness rarely found among the impoverished - The same man that would later be Chapter Master Vemeras Malevos.
Recruitment into the Imperial Guard
Into Sa'vael's late teens, the 78th Dem'bokan Regiment 'Cerberus Regiment' opened up new recruitment centres all over the planet in the closing days of M36. At the encouraging of his peers and his intrigue to learn about the greater galaxy, Sa'vael enlisted within the Regiment as a Sanctioned Psyker and advisor to General Alastair Black of Kambolas. Coincidentally, the same vagrant Sa'vael met several years prior, Vemeras, was recruited alongside him as a Corporal of the Guard for his natural ability to lead.
Soon after recruitment, Vemeras and Sa'vael were soon sent to the Sylvana system to aid the Crimson Nova Chapter with fighting an unidentified Eldar Craftworld, that had taken up residence on the planet, apparently seeking lost Catacombs housing multitudes of Spirit Stones. The fighting with the Xenos forces took a heavy toll on the both the Astartes and Cerberus Regiment - Yet the high price awarded them victory. The reward for the victory was a planet that General Black said the Imperium had "something special planned" for it, among the new wealth of resources and freed Human population that had begun re-education under Tau supervision. Unknown to the victors however, a small party of the Eldar escaped - Including their Farseer: Kalasan the Thrice-Fated.
Over the next few years, the regiment would often be deployed to the harshest battlefronts, each costing them a heavy toll - Yet the raw power wielded, even by a Sanctioned Psyker, would prove to aid Sa'vael on many occasions. In this time, Malevos had attained the rank of Colonel, a true reflection on his charisma and ability to lead for one as young as he to be promoted to the rank.
Recruitment into the Adeptus Astartes
The exact details of the recruitment of Vemeras and Sa'vael into the Adeptus Astartes, and the formation of the newest Chapter called the Nether Host was clouded due to incomplete records. The only known detail is that the planet of Sylvana - where the Regiment was stationed at the time- was visited by Inquisitor Kayleen of the Ordo Malleus and a Tech Priest of the Adeptus Mechanicus in very early M37 with the message of the creation of a new Chapter to be based on Sylvana and Kambolas - The Nether Host. Many of the Cerberus Regiment were selected for implantation for the progenoid glands, among the other organs Space Marines are given - Including Malevos and Sa'vael barely making the ranks on account of their age. It was not until early M38 that the 23rd 'Sentinel Founding' was completed, and the Nether Host had been established. No records have been recovered about exactly which Chapter gave birth to the Nether Host's own gene-seed, all that is known is that Kambolas was said to have been visited on three separate occasions by the Raven Guard, Dark Angels and White Scars. Vameras Malevos was selected as the Chapter Master of the Nether Host with some trepidation, given the immediate transition from Guardsman Colonel to Adeptus Chapter Master - Yet the need for more Space Marines in this Millennium was dire and Vemeras was the best suited candidate at the time. Sa'vael, a Psyker possessing such raw power and keen intellect for all things was promoted to the role of Chief Librarian of the Chapter.
Fall to Chaos
After an incident on an expedition to the planet Skylus V resulting in the massacre of the planet's Governing body and many of the unsuspecting PDF, Sa'vael and a large number of the Phantoms Chapter terminators grew increasingly paranoid, fearing an investigation of heresy from the Ordo Malleus - This fear and paranoia allowed a particular tome that had been recovered to whisper to those that had been on the planet, slowly opening them up to the lure of Chaos.
Battle of Uhades - Ascension to Daemonhood
Sa'vael's ultimate goal of Daemonhood would come shortly after the Pernicum Campaign when he encountered the world of Uhades - Normally it would not have warranted his attention, yet he discovered through his own sorcerous abilities that the planet's inhabitants contained a large number of powerful Human Psykers, undiscovered by the Imperium and other powers in the Galaxy. Sa'vael saw a great opportunity here, and called upon the leader of his Beastmen followers: T'Challok'a. He ordered the Beastman and his tribes and mutant hordes to descend with Felemoore to the planet's surface with the intention to try and forcibly make the Psykers serve Tzeentch.
The Beastman and Felemoore did as ordered and descended to Uhades. What they encountered was not a peaceful colony, but rather these Psykers were also warriors, hardened mortals that were weathered and would not fall easily, a result of Uhades' harsh volcanic climate. Almost as soon as Sa'vael's followers made contact with a native colony, a battle broke out between both sides - Many Beastmen and Mutants fell before the Warrior-Psykers and forced them to retreat to the landing site where Felemoore's Terminators could assist.
The Terminator Champion noted that the bodies of the slain natives seemed to rot and decay surprisingly quickly, each body's flesh would decay rapidly, before leaving a pile of slick oil mess where it once stood. This information was passed on to Sa'vael, who saw fit to land on the planet himself to investigate.
It was as he suspected, when T'Challok'a and Felemoore had managed to secure a forward position in the form of the now-destroyed colony that had attacked them earlier, Sa'vael inspected the corpses of the dead natives, and confirmed it was the work of a servant of Nurgle - The God of Decay and enemy of Tzeentch.
Other Notable Events
One of Sa'vael's more notable events after falling to Chaos was his retrieval of a tome written by Galkran Vornost. This tome proved to be of great importance to the Knights and Sa'vael himself upon retrieval. The tome contains some of Vornost' most destructive abilities, including the 'Perverters Blight', a genetic curse with the ability transform the afflicted into Chaotic Mutants, also known as 'Blightspawn'. The tome has also allowed Sa'vael to learn how to manipulate and attempt to replicate the aura emitted by Galkran, albeit to a much less effective magnitude but with the ability that he is able to enable or disable it at will.
Sa'vael is a cunning and borderline sociopathic manipulator. His early days, whilst not as twisted or malicious as the Daemon Prince now is, would often see him manipulating various people in order to obtain what he wishes, some even say that he was able to manipulate his tutors into believing any academic 'fact' he gave them, only to be proven wrong by the same student to seem more intelligent and allow a touch of leniency towards him. Otherwise he was often a 'strong-but-silent type', even during his tenure as a sanctioned Psyker and Librarian of the Nether Host, rarely speaking up in a room unless addressed.
At other times, rather than raise his voice when angered, he would keep his composure and respond with rapier wit and sarcasm, often with the intent to make his verbal adversary seem foolish or dim-witted before his 'superior intellect'. Whilst this touch of Hubris is present, Sa'vael is rational - Weighing up options and opting for the best outcome in any situation, even if it means making a great sacrifice. This approach is not due to nobility however, but cold logic.
However after the incident at Skylus V, he would change and speak even less so than he did before, accompanied by paranoia and at times, unwarranted hostility which would result in many keeping their distance, given the tremendous Psychic power he possessed and the fear that he would use that power.
Ever since his birth four Millennia ago, Sa'vael's keen intellect has prompted him to study many material artefacts - Both of great power and historical significance. Among these artefacts are:
-Staff of Silver Flight: This Staff's haft was fabricated with the remains of a slain Wraithlord. The Wraithbone material providing a natural Psychic defence against Psyker attacks. The pinnacle of the staff bore an icon shaped like a Raven and electroplated with an unknown silver metal. This staff was said to house great Psychic power, fashioned by the Ordo Malleus and gifted to the Nether Host upon the latter's establishment. This Staff's attacks were said to strike with such magnitude it was capable of propelling a single Chaos Marine ten metres away, if not outright destroying them.
-Staff of the Architect: After Sa'vael's fall to Chaos, he encountered the same Farseer that his regiment had met during his tenure in the Imperial Guard, Farseer Kalasan the Thrice-Fated. The two did battle on the planet of Fendrela - The result was the destruction of Kalasan's Singing Spear. Unarmed, Kalasan was forced to flee. The remains of the staff were gathered by Sa'vael, once more fabricated from Wraithbone - Yet Sa'vael was able to bind a Daemon to the staff's remains, improving its power. The pinnacle of the staff, a was fitted with a fragment of a Bloodletter's Hellblade in the centre, allowing the staff to act as melee weapon should the need be made evident, as well as allowing Sa'vael to channel the flames of the blade to his enemies.
-Spirit Stone of Kalasan: After meeting Kalasan in combat for the third time, Sa'vael finally took the Farseer's life. He kept Kalasan's Spirit Stone on his person as a trinket, he regularly attempts to find a way to take advantage of Kalasan's conscious mind to witness future events. Whilst Sa'vael possesses a third eye for prophesising already, he believes the Farseer's ability to foresee future events is less at risk of deception.
-Scroll of the Sororitas' Oath: Obtained after the Battle of Kambolas, it is said this Scroll has the ability, when read by a Chaplain or Missionary, has the ability to heal the wounds of the faithful on the field of battle within a ten metre radius, as if they had never been touched in the first place but must spend twenty-four hours to recharge.
-Armour of the Omen: One of many things taken from Sa'vael's engagements with the Eldar, this armour was worn by a lone Warlock of the same Craftworld that Kalasan hailed from. The Armour had the ability to protect the wearer from melee attacks brought about from Daemonic entities. This was demonstrated when Raptors of the Scourge Knights sought to end the Warlock. As soon as the Chainsword, Power Swords and Axes of the Raptors made contact with the Warlock, each of them began to slowly freeze from head to toe, allowing the Warlock to easily dispatch his attackers - He was killed later on by Malakan's sorcerous powers prior to the latter's betrayal.
-White Scars Pauldron: Normally no cause for concern, but this particular Pauldron bore the heraldry of the White Scars' Firefist Brotherhood -or the 2nd Company-, reinforcing the theory that the Nether Host / Phantoms Chapter gene-seed is descended from the fifth Astartes Legion.
-Djin Blade found on the body of an unidentified Dark Eldar. The blade was allegedly stolen from a Dark Eldar Archon named Rethyx of the Kabal of the Black Scales. This encounter resulted in a number of encounters with Dark Eldar raiding parties commanded by Rethyx in an attempt to reclaim the blade.
Powers, Abilities and Traits
- Keen Intellect: Even from a young age, Sa'vael has always had a desire to learn. This desire was originally narrowed to more practical subjects, such as Engineering and Science, yet as he aged he began to expand his horizons, becoming one of the most gifted intellectuals of his time. As Chief Librarian (and subsequently Sorcerer-Lord), Sa'vael's desire for knowledge expanded beyond typical academic learning to the greater universe, arcane and sorcerous knowledge were his utmost desires.
- Sociopathic: Sa'vael was born with an inherent difficulty in producing empathetic responses to others and had a limited capacity for emotional depth, resulting in him being a 'loner' in much of his life prior to his fall to Chaos. Additional traits would reflect what he later willingly became - Manipulative, calculating, and paranoid, especially after Skylus V.
- Adept Swordsman: Whilst he preferred to wield the typical staff of a Librarian and Sorcerer-Lord, he recognised the necessity of being able to fight in melee combat. This would later prove beneficial for him during his ascension to Daemonhood.
- Psychic Power: As a Librarian, he was able enough to be made Chief Librarian of the Nether Host Chapter, reflecting his capabilities with psychic abilities. This power only increased when he became Sorcerer-Lord of the Scourge Knights, no longer limited in where his curiosity and keen intelligence may take him. It is suggested that he even possessed the ability referred to as the 'Twisting Path', allowing him to stun the foe with a waking dream and plant post-hypnotic suggestions and alter memories in the target. This power was especially effective under his use, being quite an adept at applying his well-learned psychology.
- Gifts of Tzeentch: As a mortal, Sa'vael was granted a number of gifts, including the Eye of Tzeentch, able to foretell the future. However this gift was used rarely, as is the nature of the future to constantly shift and change in reflection of Tzeentch's doctrine. The third eye that grew as a result of this gift could be found on Sa'vael's forehead, akin to that of a serpent's eye. The second gift granted to him was the Talisman of Tzeentch, making his presence an anathema to other Psykers, straining their mental control on their powers. Finally the third gift was the gift of having a greatly expanded intellect - Allowing Sa'vael to perceive grand schemes and goals, some perpetrated by Tzeentch himself.