Coriolanus Vestra

Heretic Missionary

Description:

Known Associates or Organizations:

Multiple cults and heretical organizations,
including the Serrated Query, the Brotherhood of the Horned Darkness, the Pale
Throng, and the Masqued of Malfi amongst many more. However, Vestra is only ever a
peripheral figure and an intermediary who prefers to work alone as a freelance agent
of sorts for the duration of a particular task or objective.

Confirmed Heresies:

The death of the planet Lassiv with all of its inhabitants in
the Hecuba Sector, the corruption of the Adorian sect of the Cult Imperialis,
founding of the Bearers of Mirrored Visage, inciting the second rebellion of The
Lost on Baraspine.

Preferred Methods of Operation:

Incitement of rebellion through demagoguery,
acting as a go-between and facilitator for different heretical and malefic cults in
order to create a larger force of disorder.

Threat Rating:

Hereticus Extremis.

Encounter Protocol:

Capture or eliminate at all cost.

Known Motivations and Goals:

Coriolanus Vestra’s spite and zeal in persecuting
his personal war against the Imperium cannot be doubted. It is unknown if Vestra,
beyond a desire to simply bring anarchy and destruction, has any discernible grand
scheme.

Bio:

Brother Missionary Coriolanus Vestra was a loyal, even revered, Imperial Missionary
who fought to bring the light of the Emperor to those who knew it not. His zeal
was marked by his superiors—Cardinal Fortis noted on several occasions Vestra
undertook missions in totally uncharted regions of space, always returning to
bring news of thousands of new followers of the Imperial Creed. The final mission
undertaken by Coriolanus Vestra records that he ventured into the Halo Stars in
search of human communities lost for millennia. He did not return and was presumed
to have perished.
What exactly occurred to Vestra on his journey into the Halo Stars is not known,
but it can be easily inferred that something occurred that caused him to break his
faith and turn him against the Imperium that he had so devoutly served. The fact
that Vestra uses the phrase “bathed in the light of the black sun” in some of his
blasphemous addresses has been the focus of much analysis and may pertain to some
dark revelation that turned Vestra into the arch-heretic he is today.
Fifty years after his disappearance, Coriolanus Vestra secretly returned to Imperial
space. He slipped onto the world of Lassiv in distant Hecuba, a disheveled shadow
among many. Two years of meticulous and brutal endeavor saw Vestra dedicating
Lassiv and the souls of its people to the ruination of the Emperor’s realm from
beneath a banner topped with the planetary governor’s severed head. It was not,
however, until after ten more years, three befouled worlds, and countless acts of
heresy that the true identity of this arch-corrupter was uncovered. The anger and
shame of the Ecclesiarchy has not abated in the eight decades that have passed
since that revelation.

Coriolanus Vestra

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