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The Living Saint – Euphrati Keeler

By Rob Baer | January 2nd, 2016 | Categories: Lore, Warhammer 40k

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Daemons and heretics beware. Come see the first saint from the Horus Heresy series, who’s coming back in the latest book about Nathaniel Garro  Vow of Faith.

Pictured above, Keeler and the Emperor of mankind by Lynx C

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Euphrati Keeler was a remembrancer attached to the 63rd Expeditionary Force in the closing months of the Great Crusade. As a result of later events, she would later be canonized as one of the first Saints of the Imperial Cult.

Biography

An imagist of some renown, while attached to the 63rd Expeditionary Force under the command of Warmaster Horus, her images included the rescue of Maloghurst from the surface of Sixty-Three-Nineteen and Garviel Loken taking his oath of moment before the Battle of the Whisperhead Mountains.

She and other remembrancers were allowed to travel to the surface of Sixty-Three-Nineteen during the Battle, though they were meant to be kept well away from the actual fighting. On an impulse, their group slipped away from their Imperial Army escort and entered the rebel stronghold in the mountains. She was shaken by an encounter with the daemon Samus in the Whisperheads, which killed the entire group except for herself and Kyril Sindermann. This experience may have contributed to her eventual joining of the Lectitio Divinitatus, a cult that worshipped the Emperor of Mankind as a deity.

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Keeler banishing the daemon!

Her devotion to the Emperor became clear when Kyril Sindermann accidentally summoned a demon using the Book of Lorgar in the library of Warmaster Horus‘ flagship, the Vengeful Spirit, as she stood before the beast and banished it back into the Warp. She went into a state of what could be described as catatonia. The word went out throughout the 63rd Expedition, leading the Divinitatus members to see her as “the Saint”, the venerated prophet of the Emperor. She became the target of Horus’ assassins, including Maloghurst‘s enforcer Maggard. She awakened shortly before the battle ofIsstvan III, and warned that something was afoot. She witnessed the bombardment of Istvaan, and approached Iacton Qruze to escape the Vengeful Spirit. She escaped from Istvaan onboard the frigateEisenstein, commanded by Captain Nathaniel Garro, a Death Guard loyalist.

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Keeler and Loken after her coma

The Silent Sisterhood believed that Keeler may in fact have been a renegade psyker. She was taken to their fortress monastery on Luna and questioned; her fate has not yet been revealed.

Legacy

At some point before the start of the Heresy, Euphrati Keeler took several photographs of a comet above the planet El’Phanor. The comet was later named the Keeler Comet. It is important to note that the comet was named after Saint Euphrati Keeler, the Prophet of the Emperor. It can be assumed the Sisters of Silence did not execute her, and that she was later canonized.

Likewise, Euphrate’s Warp is the name of a stellar phenomenon in the Sabbat Worlds Cluster, in Segmentum Pacificus.

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About the Author: Rob Baer

Virginia Restless, Miniature Painter & Cat Dad. I blame LEGOs. There was something about those little-colored blocks that started it all... Twitter @catdaddymbg
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