Today Loremasters we speak of some of the most evil objects in the galaxy – burning with the unlight of the Primordial Annihilator.
An anathame was a unique sword-like weapon produced by a xenos race called the Kinebrach. Several came into the possession of the Interex, where they were encountered by the 63rd Expeditionary Fleet of the Imperium during the Great Crusade.
At first glance, an anathame was a simple knife or sword with a napped flint blade and golden hilt. The weapons appeared to be semi-sentient, as the Interex claimed the weapons could be instructed to recognize a particular person, which gave them the ability to mortally wound that person. The Interex did not know how to produce these weapons, but had confiscated them from the Kinebrach. At least one was on display at the Hall of Devices on Xenobia Principis. When Word Bearers First Chaplain Erebus stole it and destroyed the Hall, the Interex accused Warmaster Horus‘s party of the crime, sparking the Battle of Xenobia Principis.
Erebus took the anathame to the moon of Davin and gave it to the already Chaos-tainted governor Eugen Temba. When Horus led the 63rd Expeditionary Fleet back to Davin to return it to compliance, he confronted Temba on the moon. When Horus would not side with him, Temba spoke his name to the anathame and attacked with an agility that could not have come from his bloated, decaying body, driving the blade through the Warmaster‘s left shoulder before Horus slew him.
Had it been any other weapon, Horus would have survived and healed normally, but the anathame had his name and Horus’s Astartes physiology could not heal its wound. The Mournival brought him to the medicae deck aboard the Vengeful Spirit, where Apothecary Vaddon determined that Horus’s Larraman Cells were not functioning, preventing Horus’s shoulder wound from clotting. Vaddon told Garviel Loken that he might be able to save Horus if he could examine the weapon which wounded him, So Loken, Tarik Torgaddon, Nero Vipus, and the members of Locasta Squad went down to the surface of Davin’s moon to search for it.
The Book of Magnus (sometimes called the Book of the Thousand Sons) is a monumental tome of sorcery compiled by Magnus the Red from the arcane lore he gathered from all across the galaxy during the Great Crusade. The original still exists within the library of the daemon-primarch Magnus, on the Planet of the Sorcerers, while a copy is said to reside in the Black Library of Chaos.
Being a daemon weapon, Drach’nyen could be considered a living being and its appearance can change dramatically. The weapon normally appears to be something akin to a two-handed sword, except that Abaddon wields the weapon with a single hand in conjunction with the Talon of Horus. The guard of the weapon tends to be golden in colour, with a leering face of a demon just above the handle. The ricasso of the weapon has spikes protruding from the sides as well as outward from the blade, and the blade itself is blue with red, tormented faces writhing across its surface. It is unknown if these faces belong to daemons or the souls of those the blade has killed over the millennia.
It is said Drach’nyen can take many forms, and it only appears as a great blade in the hands of Abaddon because that is how the Warmaster chooses it to be. In truth, the sword has no real shape or size, at least nothing that could be understood by the mind of man.
The Talon of Horus is a large Lightning Claw, fitted with an early custom-built Storm Bolter that is wielded by Abaddon the Despoiler. It was originally built by the Dark Mechanicum for Warmaster Horus shortly before the start of the Horus Heresy, but was taken up by Abaddon after his master’s death and the reclamation of Horus’ body from the hands of the Emperor’s Children.
The weapon takes the form of a large silver lighting claw with thumb blade and integral storm bolter that runs from the wrist to knuckles of the gauntlet. The ancient bolter fires to the same effect as a modern storm bolter. Two belts of ammunition are fed into the weapon from the right side and howling faces of daemons cover the casing ejectors.
The Chirurgeon is a part-magical, part-technological device attached to the spine of Fabius Bile. It provides him with numerous spider-like arms which extend over his shoulders but also pumps black ichor through his body which is charged with the power of the warp and creates a protective ward around him. It has been said both that the Chirurgeon is Bile’s life’s work and that it works to keep Bile alive.
Grotti was once a mortal tribesman whose dubious personal hygiene saw him shunned even by his primitive people. After an unfortunate incident in which Grotti accidentally contaminated his tribe’s stew with grox dung, leading to an epidemic of crippling gut-rot, he was finally banished from his tribe. Alone and bereft of shelter, Grotti’s doom was inevitable. Yet as he slowly wasted away from starvation and fever began to take hold of his emaciated body, an otherworldly power took notice of his predicament. Nurgle gazed down upon this disgusting mortal with a sense of paternal pride and, though he chose not to save Grotti’s life, spirited away his departing soul and refashioned it into a Nurgling. Ever since this unconventional apotheosis, Grotti’s foetid aura has only worsened, and now has the power to wrack victims with a spectacularly messy wasting sickness.
~What is your favorite Chaos artifact?