Ahzek Ahriman

Chaos Space Marine

During his tenure as an Imperial Astartes, Ahriman was equipped with the red power armour of his legion, a highly artificed bolt pistol that featured swept-back hawk wings made of gold on the casing and a stippled psychneuein-hide handgrip, and a hooked hequa staff of ivory and blue copper. Ahriman’s Tutelary was named Aaetpio, and was a vision of ever-turning wheels and eyes of light. His Enumeratory rank was that of Adept Exemptus, meaning that he had attained mastery of a psychic discipline (precognition in Ahriman’s case), connection with a Tutelary, could unshackle his astral form from that of his body, sense and read the auras of ensoulled creatures and possessed complete knowledge of the legion’s rites and practices.

Ahriman’s pre-Chaos life appeared to be one of dedication to his calling, studies and Primarch. Indeed, Ahriman’s relationship with Magnus is pivotal to his character and personal history.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. His relationship with Othere Wyrdmake was an important one in that the treachery and (as Ahriman saw it) hypocrisy of the Space Wolf personally affected Ahriman during the tumultuous times surrounding the fall of the Thousand Sons; Ahriman’s murder of Wyrdmake was not only notably cruel, it also placed personal satisfaction over doing what may have been best for the legion. When considering the importance of his decision over Wyrdmake’s fate, it is unlikely to be a coincidence that immediately after the event, Ahriman’s force staff spontaneously changed from its original colouring to jet black.

Ahriman is a true master of sorcery and one of the most powerful psykers in the galaxy, his knowledge of the dark arts rivalled only by the greater daemons of his patron. In addition to the multitude of Chaos Psychic Powers he can call upon, he is armed with The Black Staff of Ahriman; an ornate Force weapon which provides a potent focus for his psychic energy. He also carries an enchanted bolt pistol which fires powerful Inferno bolts similar to the weapons of his Rubric Marines.

Ahriman’s sorcerous powers are apparent even in the cast of his skin; his facial features seem to blur and shift constantly, making it almost impossible to focus on anything other than his eyes, which appear as constantly burning with a blue flame.


Ahzek Ahriman

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