The following information is not to be regarded as officially sanctioned and/ or is not written from an in-universe point of view. During his sojourn across the Warp, Magnus realised the treachery ran deeper than he had first thought.  Apart from his gene-sire, Ahriman is noted to have formed close connections with his twin brother Ohrzmud and his mortal student, Lemuel Gaumon. Interestingly, it was only after their respective deaths that he was able to admit to himself that both Apophis and Phosis T'Kar of the legion had been old and true friends. It is only when the neighbouring planet of Midgardia is destroyed that the Silver Towers disappear from the system, but any Imperial celebration is premature -- unbeknownst to the Space Wolves, the psychic harvest reaped by the towers from Midgardia's demise has given Magnus the power he needs to enact a plan of unimaginable scope -- the return of the Planet of the Sorcerers to realspace, where it will sit in orbit above the husk of lost Prospero. An adept of the Pyrae Cult in the long-broken traditions of Prospero, Tolbek had been one of the first to join Ahriman's cabal. Worlds have burned at his command, billions have fallen to the hunger of the Warp, and reality has bled at the fury of his power. Ahriman, the exiled Chaos Sorcerer of the Thousand Sons Legion. It was also at this time that Ahriman was charged by his Primarch with inducting the Remembrancer Lemuel Gaumon into the ways of the Thousand Sons. The scars of his obsession have made his name a curse in the mouths of humans and aliens alike. At the height of the battle, Magnus and Leman Russ took part in a devastating duel in which Russ was ultimately victorious. In the aftermath of his subsequent failure, Magnus explained to Ahriman that he had been thwarted by agents of something he did not know of or understand called the Primordial Annihilator...however Ahriman once again realised his Primarch was lying to him and that Magnus not only knew of this 'Annihilator', this 'Chaos', he had dealt with it before. In psychic communication with him even as he fought the Wolf-King, Magnus instructed Ahriman to do one last thing for him, and to receive one last gift; as Magnus fell, he transmitted a huge burst of his own aetheric power into Ahriman, using the Chief Librarian as a psychic and sorcerous conduit to all the surviving legionaries. However his true identity was discovered by Tolbek as the Warrior met with Gzrel, the lord of The Harrowing. Amon could not abide his Primarch's decision, whether it was the right thing to do or not. Wyrdmake learned it all - Horus' betrayal, the setting-up of the Thousand Sons and Space Wolves and the mistakes that had led them to this point. After killing the majority of The Harrowing's leaders, Ahriman was confronted by Tolbek. During the subsequent Siege of the Fenris System, the two fought together in mutual vengeance against the hated Space Wolves. Then, one plate at a time, they slid into place over Ahriman's flesh. Facing oblivion, Yvraine demonstrated the ability to resurrect the Rubicae and offered this cure in exchange for their lives. Without the intervention of the Thousand Sons, they would succeed and split the galaxy asunder. Following the Emperor's victory and Terra's alliance with the Mechanicum of Mars to forge the Imperium, Ahriman and his twin brother Ohrmuzd were selected to be inducted into the ranks of the Astartes Legions. Returning both himself and the dazed Wyrdmake to the mundane dimension (but still keeping their minds free of their bodies), Ahriman paused to look around the battlefield, witnessing Leman Russ kill Thousand Sons by the score and the Space Wolves' mindless destruction of all that he cared about. The Imperial defenders screamed as the children of Chaos ate their souls. During the search Magnus revealed his crimes on the world of Morningstar and his subsequent erasure of the Thousand Sons memories of the campaign. The resurrected Thousand Sons were staggered by their sudden awakening, knowing not where they were or who they were fighting, yet they recognised their Battle-Brother Ahzek Ahriman whom they had not beheld with living eyes for ten millennia. Amidst the slaughter, Ahriman appeared outlined in lightning, ringed by Sorcerers and Rubricae. He had been warned by Amon about the gods of the Warp, which the Primarch had rejected, calling his tutor a superstitious old fool. The Grey Knights and Dark Angels arrive to aid the Sons of Russ in expelling the threat, but the Imperial forces are coerced into a state of infighting by one of Tzeentch's most devious daemon servants -- the Changeling. However, when the Crusade reached Magnus upon Prospero not long after, the Primarch of the Thousand Sons was seemingly able to eradicate the threat of the flesh-change; although only a fraction of the affected marines survived the mysterious process. Worlds have burned at his command, billions have fallen to the hunger of the Warp, and reality has bled at the fury of his power. Within the even more ancient proto-Indo-Iranian religion known as Mazdeism, Ahriman is often referred to as the chief of all demons and embodies evil in this Manichean concept of the world. ", Due to his Primarch's absence, Ahzek Ahriman, Chief Librarian and 1st Fellowship Captain, leads the Thousand Sons Legion during the Fall of Prospero. Ahriman's Tutelary was named Aaetpio, and was a vision of ever-turning wheels and eyes of light. Back to home page Return to top. It is the Grey Knights who first notice the Warp Storms forming a pattern, one recorded in their oldest tomes of lore and not seen in the galaxy for ten thousand years. [9a] Ahriman eventually discovered that he was being sought out by Amon who was sending an array of agents to kill the exiled Sorcerer. Ahriman states at one point that he was Magnus' Neophyte, despite also being described as a member of the Thousand Sons before the discovery of their Primarch. Where the idea had first come from none were certain, but once it took hold it bloomed like a flower in sunlight. Magnus had drawn a veil around Prospero. Across a thousand worlds, Ahriman has sought the keys to save what he has already destroyed. , Despite summoning a Leviathan, a giant flying warp beast and Ahriman bringing horrendous casualties on both sides of the conflict; Ahriman was ejected from the Webway, his goal unattained, Inquisitor Czevak captured by Harlequins, the webway gate Ahriman used was sealed, never to be opened again. Little is known about Ahriman's exploits during the Great Crusade. [1g], Ahriman is next spoken of in a another strained meeting with his Primarch, as Magnus unveiled his own discernment, that of the upcoming fall of Horus upon Davin. [1a], Ahriman rose to hold the positions of Chief Librarian of the legion, Captain of the First Fellowship, commander of the elite Sekhmet and leader of the legion's most powerful cult, the Corvidae, all at the same time. physical body to transcribe onto hermetic parchment what his simulacrum sees inside the library halls. It is a corpse rotting slowly from within while maggots writhe in its belly. Before their fall to Chaos, he was the Legion’s Chief Librarian and Magister Templi of the Corvidae, entrusted with sifting through the shifting strands of fate to divine the Legion’s future.… The dead Rubricae simply waited. , Ahriman's pre-Chaos life appeared to be one of dedication to his calling, studies and Primarch. Across the reaches of space, Ahriman burned worlds and sent souls shrieking into the Warp. Space Marine Chapter Honour Guards came against him, but were reduced to ashes and silent screams with a gesture. Ahriman looked across the ranks of blue armour. Now that events had been set in motion, Magnus ordered Amon, Ahriman and the rest of the Corvidae Cult to unravel the strands of the future. Ahriman Thousand Sons one built one not. While this vision of the Imperial future granted by the Chaos Gods was a true one, it was ironically an outcome largely created by the Warmaster's own actions. The skull, dipped in silver and engraved with ten thousand words of detestation, lay in the polar shrine city on the world of Dianaxis. Shortly after reuniting with their long-lost Wulfen brethren, the Space Wolves find their home system engulfed by raging Warp Storms and a massive daemonic invasion. "It is by the Changer of the Ways that I have power, it is by Magnus the Red that I have life! His knowledge of the dark arts is rivaled only by the Greater Daemons of his patron Chaos God, the terrible Lords of Change. Magnus urged Amon to do the same. Magnus agreed to once again work with Ahriman towards a common goal. The Crimson King joins with Ahriman and his other most powerful acolytes, and together they begin their rituals in the hearts of the Silver Towers. During the Solar War, Ahriman proved decisive for the traitor war effort when alongside the Word Bearers he initiated a ritual on The Comet that allowed for a massive Warp Rift to open over Luna. Though he did not exactly know the means in which Horus would fall, all he could perceive from his vision is that something primordial and corrupt would take root in his soul. Zoroastrianism was the primary religion of the Persian Empire until the Islamic conquest of the 7th century AD. Raising the skull to his eyes he found the one word he sought etched on the skull's surface. The conflux of dark magics creates a weak point in reality -- a doorway through which strides the Daemon Primarch Magnus. 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