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Characters belonging to the Word Bearers, both on the tabletop, the background, and the novel series.
One of the twenty Primarchs created by the Emperor of Mankind for the Great Crusade, Lorgar and his brothers were scattered to the stars by the Chaos Gods to prevent the coming of the Imperium. Landing on Colchis, Lorgar was taken in by the Covenant, the dominant religious order of Colchis which worshiped the Chaos Gods. Growing up in the temple, Lorgar became an amazing preacher, able to convert thousands with mere words. However, some within the Covenant grew to fear Lorgar's growing power. Suffering visions of the coming of a messiah, Lorgar soon became a threat to the established power of the Covenant. Forming the Brotherhood, Lorgar struck first, removing the rival preachers in a war that lasted six years. Soon after, the Emperor arrived on Colchis, and Lorgar bowed to him as both Emperor and God. After a month of oath swearing, Lorgar was given command of the XVII Legion of the Adeptus Astartes, the Imperial Heralds, which he renamed the Word Bearers.
During the Great Crusade, Lorgar brought about compliance not with conquest but with conversion. Whole worlds were swayed to the Emperor's rule by Lorgar's speeches. However, Lorgar also built vast temples to the Cult of the God-Emperor, and wrote his arguments for the Emperor's divinity in the Lectitio Divinatus, in violation of the Imperial Truth espoused by the Emperor. After a century with the Word Bearers, the Emperor rebuked Lorgar by ordering the Ultramarines to destroy the city of Monarchia, which exemplified the Word Bearers accomplishments, and forced Lorgar and the Word Bearers to kneel before the Emperor, Roboute Guilliman, and Malcador the Sigilite. Now believing that the Emperor's divinity was false, but still believing faith was central to the human spirit, Lorgar was susceptible to the whispers of First Captain Kor Phaeron and First Chaplain Erebus about the Old Faith. Learning of the existence of Warp entities, Lorgar masterminded the corruption of Horus and several other legions, resulting in the Horus Heresy. Following the Heresy, Lorgar's actions in bringing about the Chaos Space Marines resulted in him ascending to the status of Daemon Prince. Currently he waits within his sanctuary on the daemon world of Sicarus, ordering none to disturb his meditations.
- Ascended to A Higher Plane of Existence: When the Gods raised him up to daemonhood.
- Bigger Bad
- Carry a Big Stick: A crozius.
- The Corrupter: Of the Chaos Legions.
- Crisis of Faith: His was so massive after the Emperor's rebuke that he turned to the Chaos Gods.
- Dark Messiah: More so than the Emperor, which is no small feat.
- Faith Heel Turn
- I Just Want to Be Normal: All he wanted was just to be a priest.
- Old Shame: His eventual reaction to the Lectitio Divinatus.
- Orcus on His Throne: Has been sitting on his throne on Sicarus for thousands of years, leaving the Dark Council to monitor things in his wake.
- Physical God: As a Daemon Prince.
- Religion of Evil: Most would be content with founding one, but this 40K, he went Up to Eleven and founded two: the Cult of the Emperor and Chaos Undivided.
- Tragic Villain: His personal foreword in the Book of Lorgar is... heart wrenching. All he ever wanted was the truth, and had the Emperor not been so virulently intolerant of religion, to the point he would have ordered the destruction of an entire city for merely following the Word Bearer's beliefs that faith was a positive force, so much pain could have been avoided. As Lorgar would not have been forced down his path. All the same however, Lorgar does have the truth now, The Chaos Gods are truly divinities and have rewarded him for his belief.
The First Captain of the Word Bearers, and later the Master of Faith. It was Kor Phaeron who was the driving force behind Lorgar's corruption.
- Bald of Evil
- Blade on a Stick
- The Captain
- The Corrupter: Of Lorgar.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Is technically head of the Word Bearers with Lorgar in solitude.
- The Man Behind the Man: He is the one who is behind the Third Brotherhood, planning to remove Erebus and take total control of the Legion.
- Seems to have been this for Lorgar too.
- Parental Substitute: To Lorgar. Which makes their relationship after he becomes a Space Marine confusing, as Kor Phaeron was Lorgar's foster father, but Lorgar is Kor Phaeron's gene-father. Confused yet?
- The Resenter: Inverted with regards to the rest of the Legion. While they honour him as a wise preacher, they also resent him since he is only genehanced between Astartes and humanity, and not a true Space Marine.
The First Chaplain of the Word Bearers and head of the Dark Council. He was also responsible for the corruption of Warmaster Horus and First Captain Calas Typhon (AKA Typhon the Traveler) of the Death Guard, and played a lesser role in the corruption of Lorgar.
- Bald of Evil
- Carry a Big Stick: His accursed crozius.
- The Corrupter: Was responsible for the corruption of Horus and Calas Typhon, and partly responsible for the corruption of Lorgar. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the man more or less responsible for the Crapsack Universe that is Warhammer 40000.
- High Priest: As First Chaplain and head of the Dark Council.
- Magnificent Bastard: Single-handed he caused a war between two civilizations, leading to the complete annihilation of one, stole the most powerful artifact of one of those races, orchestrated the downfall of Humanity's greatest protector, caused a galaxy spanning civil war that almost destroyed the Imperium and is indirectly responsible for half the Space Marine legions converting to the worship of Chaos. Erebus IS this trope incarnate.
- Sinister Minister
The First Acolyte of the Word Bearers 34th Host, and apprentice to Jarulek.
- Ancestral Weapon: The Warmonger gives Marduk his old helmet after his was destroyed on Tanakreg, and later gives him his Terminator Armor and combi-weapon for the battle with Necrons on Boros Prime.
- BFS: His daemon blade, Bohrg'ash. It drinks blood, too.
- Dragon Ascendant
- Chainsaw Good: And it's possessed by a daemon.
- Carry a Big Stick: The crozius.
- Determinator: He will not give up on figuring out how to work out the Nexus Arrangement.
- Evil Overlord: As Dark Apostle of the 34th Host.
- The Rival: With Kol Badar.
The Dark Apostle of the 34th Host at the time of Dark Apostle, he is seeking something on Tanakreg.
- Big Bad: Of Dark Apostle.
- The Captain: Formerly a Captain before becoming First Acolyte to the Warmonger.
- Carry a Big Stick
- Continuity Nod: Jarulek first appeared in Index Astartes (a feature in White Dwarf magazine) which detailed the history of the original Space Marine Legions. His subordinate Garand plays a major role in the Blood Angels novels.
- Evil Overlord
- Rasputinian Death: He losses an arm and sliced in half before the Undying One finally kills him by cutting off his head.
- Sinister Minister
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To Marduk.
The Coryphaus (Senior Captain) of the 34th Host, and the rival of Marduk.
- The Captain
- Clingy Costume: He's locked within his Terminator armor. Being a Chaos Space Marine he has no problem with this.
- The Dragon: As Coryphaus, this is his job.
- Fake Defector: To the Brotherhood.
- Power Fist: Specifically, power talons.
- The Rival: With Marduk.
A possessed Word Bearer and the Icon Bearer of the 34th Host.
- And I Must Scream: For betraying Marduk to the Brotherhood, he's made into a Dreadnought.
- The Brute
- Carry a Big Stick: The Host's Icon.
- Demonic Possession: Being a Word Bearer, he considers this a blessing.
- Evil Former Friend: To Marduk.
- MacGuffin Guardian: Protecting the Icon.
- Man in the Machine
Sol Talgron, the Warmonger
The Warmonger is the former Dark Apostle of the 34th Host, currently residing in a Dreadnought. Unlike other Chaos Dreadnoughts, the Warmonger has not fallen into mindless insanity, but often believes that he is back at the Siege of Terra.
- Badass Preacher
- Carry a Big Stick: His crozius, back when he was among the living.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Kills himself to destroy the Undying One.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Though his real name is revealed in the Horus Heresy short story Scions of the Storm to be Sol Talgron, the Word Bearers address him as the Warmonger.
- The Fundamentalist: Erebus has said that it's his faith that's kept him from total insanity.
- Man in the Machine
- The Mentor: To Kol Badar, Jarulek, and Marduk to a lesser extent.
- Sanity Slippage: Keeps thinking he's back at the Siege of the Emperor's Palace, and will just as frequently cry out "Kill for the Warmaster" as often as he'll cry "For Lorgar".
- Undying Loyalty: To Horus.