Lore- The Master of Sanctity: Chaplain Cassius

By |2016-02-27T13:00:23+00:00February 27th, 2016|Categories: Lore, Space Marines|

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Come see the older darker version of the Deathwatch’s Ortan Cassisus, the Ultramarines Master of Sanctity!

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At almost four hundred years old, Cassius is the oldest member of the Ultramarines Chapter (excluding those interred inside Dreadnoughts). He has perfected his oratory skills to allow the Ultramarines to be carried across hundreds of worlds by his command alone.

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During the Battle for Macragge, Cassius fought by the side of Chapter Master Marneus Calgar, to repel Hive Fleet Behemoth. During the last stages of the Battle, he accompanied the relief force that rushed to the polar fortresses to relieve the embattled First Company, though it was already too late for these veterans. Few members of Cassius’s unit survived the brutal close-quarters combat that followed, and Cassius himself was incapacitated by a rampaging Carnifex. He survived by only the slimmest of margins, clinging to life until the Apothecaries could tend to his ruined body, which was extensively rebuilt with bionic parts. Scarcely a centimetre of his remaining organic flesh is free of scars, and while his voice has lost none of its fervour, his bionic components can never fully compensate for the rents torn in his throat.

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After the Tyranid invasion had been repulsed, Cassius withdrew the Banner of Macragge and only allowed it back onto the field after the Ultramarines’ strength had been fully restored to their former numbers. Cassius also petitioned Calgar for permission to form a new unit of Tyrannic War Veterans, from the most seasoned Ultramarines to have fought at the Battle for Macragge and subsequent conflicts, which was granted. That Cassius, a Chaplain, decided to deviate from the Codex Astartes, which does not authorize such a unit, speaks volumes about his belief in the seriousness of the Tyranid threat.

His oratory skills are such that he can inspire Ultramarines to greater feats of heroism than many others can, though he is also wise enough to know when his men would benefit more from regrouping. Despite his increasing age, he remains a ferocious warrior and is in particular a master of combat against Tyranids, due to his extensive combat experience of fighting against them.

In M41 Cassius leads his Battle Brothers in a series of desperate battles to purge the Genestealer Cult from Torhaven.

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Cassius is now heavily scarred, with leathery, weathered skin and white hair.Cassius is also the only warrior of the Ultramarines permitted to call Marneus Calgar “young Calgar”.

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