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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Kharn the Betrayer • Equerry of Angron • Captain of the 8th Assault Company

Khârn the Betrayer, Traitor Captain of the 8th Assault Company, Equerry to Angron.

Equally cursed and revered amongst the World Eaters, the name of Khârn stands as a legend amongst those who would kill in the name of the Blood God. He has dedicated his millennia-long existence to unleashing bloody carnage upon anyone and anything within his reach. He is drawn by the scent of war as a hungering hound is drawn by fresh meat and it has become impossible to tally his slaying. Even in the Great Crusade, when he served as 8th Company Captain and equerry to the Primarch Angron he was known to be a brilliant but unstable warrior. When the Heresy came Khârn gladly led his warriors against his brother Marines, most notoriously in the drop site massacres at Isstvan.

He wields a chainaxe known as Gorechild (which, along with its twin Gorefather, was wielded by Angron himself during the Horus Heresy), rimmed with the teeth of a Mica Dragon. He is the avatar of Khorne, embodying that God's indiscriminate rage and bloodlust.

Like his Legionary compatriots, his brain was re-wired as a recruit, so that he finds joy only in killing the enemy. His love of killing is so great that he has actually had a kill counter installed in the lens of his helmet.

During the infighting on Isstvan III, Khârn was believed killed in action while fighting Garviel Loken of the Luna Wolves, a loyalist determined to stop Horus from attacking Terra by holding his former legion. Khârn engaged in close combat with Loken, only to be thrown against the dozer blades of a nearby vehicle, impaling his chest. It was believed that the blow was fatal, but this has been proven wrong.

During the Heresy and the culminating siege of the Imperial Palace, he was at the forefront of every assault. At the Heresy's defeat, Khârn already lay dead upon a mound of corpses at the walls of the Inner Palace. His fellow World Eaters carried his corpse away with them as they fought their way back to their ships. Once on board they discovered that by some dark miracle Khârn still lived. Whether Khorne himself breathed life back into the berserker's body or whether the relentless clamour of battle revived his blood lusting spirit remains a mystery, but since the Heresy Khârn has survived the bloodiest battles to the current age and never came so close to death again.

At the Battle of Skalathrax, Khârn became both legendary and infamous amongst his legion. He slew in a berserk rage Emperor's Children and World Eaters alike, earning him the title The Betrayer, and shattering the Legion into many individual war bands. From then on, he has become the unstoppable and bloody avatar of Khorne.

Afterwards he hunted the Eye of Terror, slaughtering any worthy enough to be killed in Khorne's name. During the Thirteenth Black Crusade his wrath was unleashed upon the Imperium as Khârn alongside a few of the most insane of Khorne's berserkers turned on the Emperor's warriors flocking to the defence of Cadia.

Khârn is one of the most deadly yet unstable close combat fighters in the galaxy. He is just as likely to attack his own allies in a berserk fury as he is the enemy. Armed with a Plasma Pistol and his ancient chainaxe (Gorechild), he is able to tear through armour, flesh and bone with ease. To emphasise that he is truly favoured by Khorne, he is subject to the Blessing of the Blood God, as a result he is immune to the effects of psychic powers.

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