Apollyon

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At Age of 45 in 3076

Precentor Apollyon was a 31st Century Military Commander & Sub-faction leader in the Word of Blake.

Apollyon was a mysterious "Ascended" cybernetic warrior of the Word of Blake's elite Manei Domini and commanded all the Manei Domini Shadow Divisions in name of the Master. As Precentor of the Manei Domini he was considered the single controlling authority allowed to introduce Ascendants into becoming named Manei Domini warriors of high ranks. He had been given the informal title of the Prince of Scars.

Personality

He was fanatical to both the cause of the Master and the Word of Blake. He considered himself far above frail non-augmented humans. However, he was determined to protect them by any means, not unlike a samurai or a knight.[1] He saw himself as the guiding father of the Manei Domini. Many believe that due to his lack of greed and ambition he could be called insane.

Appearance

He seemed to always be wearing a hooded red acolyte’s robe with gold trim. Both his legs, one of his arms, and the right side of his face had been replaced with cybernetics implants. His flesh was noted to be of cocoa-like color.

Character History

Much of Apollyon's past is a mystery to general public, however intelligence agencies believe that he was a former native of the lost world of Jardine, one of the Word of Blake's five hidden worlds, and the leader of that planet too.[2]

During the beginning throws of the Jihad, he led the hunt for Doctor Brooklyn Stevens, who had discovered the location of Jardine.

On August 9th 3071, Free Worlds League government gave control over Gibson to Apollyon.[3] After taking control of the planet he created massive command and control complex which became the headquarters for his Shadow Divisions.

In February 3074, Apollyon lead the 52nd Division to Bolan where he directed his people to destroy the capital of the planet. The fighting against the Brion's Legion prevented him from killing the planetary leader, Duke Umayr. After sacking the capital city he ordered the execution of the planetary nobility.[4]

In 3075, Precentor Cameron St. Jamais had sent a series of transmissions to Apollyon, demanding to know why the Shadow Divisions were attacking his worlds. Apollyon simply replied that only the worthy would be allowed to survive and that the Master trusts him, Jamais, to hold Terra against their enemies.[5] In early 3076, Apollyon asked for a meeting with the "Captain-General" of the Principality of Regulus, calling for a ceasefire between the two. In April, Apollyon arrived with a task force for meeting with the Prince of Regulus. He found that Prince Kirc Cameron-Jones had been replaced by his son, Titus Cameron-Jones. In the meeting on Regulus's capital city spaceport, he delivered an ultimatum to the new Prince, stating that the crimes of his father, especially his attack against Gibson, would no longer be tolerated, proclaiming that all of Regulus would pay the price should they conduct any actions outside their borders, be it by proxy or by themselves. They would get to know the full fury of the Master. As he awaited the answer to his ultimatum, the Prince's wife had snipers try to shoot him. However, Apollyon's escort troopers took a number of shots for him. Regulan commandos then emerged from DropShips and attempted to assassinate Apollyon, however almost immediately after the shooting started, he ordered his Level II of invisible mimetic Battle Armor body guards to reveal themselves, forming a ring around him. The commandos were quickly killed by the Level II of guards. Apollyon then approached the Prince & Princess, telling Michelle Cameron-Jones he would have been disappointed if she had not tried something. He then addressed the whole Regulan delegation and soldiers using his augmented voice, asking how they could dare trying to attack him. Apollyon continues that he must give a demonstration of what will happen if they do heed his ultimatum. Apollyon orders one his battle armor clad warriors to grab the Prince's left fore-arm and holding him aloft for all to see, shatters it. He again asks the Prince Titus if he understands he can crush his frail bones as easily as he can crush his frail nation. The Prince, in serious pain, is able to give his response, confirming that he understands.[6]

In 3076, the word of the destruction of the Ventura prototype WarShip had reached Apollyon. Once its clear Regulan forces were involved with its destruction, he orders Naamah to send a personal visceral message to Prince Titus,[7] which turns out to be the murder of his wife Michelle and her unborn child.[8]

Apollyon Speaks[9]

We are Manei Domini.

We are the Hands of the Master.
We are the Will of the Blessed Blake.
We are the saviors of humanity.

The human race is intrinsically evil. Within each and every one of us may be found salvation and hope, intelligence and grace. But to a much greater degree, each and every one of us harbors greed, selfish pride, lust, and ambition the seeds of our own destruction. History teaches that time and again, the will to do evil is strong enough to overpower the will to perform good.

This will has created mighty empires, moved mountains, and settled the stars…only to bring us to the brink of annihilation time and time again for centuries uncounted.

Evil is in the nature of all mankind. It is integral to the flesh.

It is thus that we willingly sacrifice our very flesh. We trade the evil within us for the purity of technology, the cold, impar- tial perfection of the machine, yet retain enough to cling to our mission. We divorce ourselves from the senses and sins of the flesh—the petty desires of ego, lust, and vanity — yet we do not lose sight of their affect on others. We embrace the visions of a brighter future—even if it is one our fellow man must be dragged toward, kicking and screaming.

We become more than merely human, and far more than mere machines. We become tools of the Master, born in his image, awakened to his purpose, a purpose of pure, enlight- ened truth. As the hands are the first tools of men, we become tools of the Master’s vision. We become the Master’s Hands.

Some might call us monsters, in the same fashion as all weapons of war are seen as monstrous. But what we do is for the betterment of all. We accept this responsibility willingly, exchanging our very lives to the Master and his vision for a greater glory all might one day share.

That is what it means to be Manei Domini. That is our legacy for the future.

Sursum corda. [Lift up your hearts.] Dignum et justum est. [It is good and right.] Gratias agamus Domino Blake nostro. [Let us give thanks to Blake our lord.]

--Personal record of Apollyon, Precentor Manei Domini (circa 3069)

Titles and Ranks

The Commanding Officer of the 52nd Shadow Division.


Preceded by
?????
Precentor Manei Domini
306? – 308?



Succeeded by
None


Preceded by
Sir Paul Masters
Count of Gibson
3071 – 30??



Succeeded by
None

Gallery

Notes

  • He is a noted pilot of a modified Shootist BattleMech.
  • Although nominally based on Gibson, it is apparent from many sources that Apollyon travelled extensively during the Jihad. For example, it is indicated that he traveled to Terra to introduce new officers to the Manei Domini, as in the case of Berith. [10]

References

  1. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 87 - "The Hanging Threat - Conversation recorded between Apollyon and Naamah reveals his feelings on Manei Domini duty toward humans".
  2. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 81 - "Apollyon profile - Apollyon suspected being native and leader of the Lost world of Jardine".
  3. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 17 - timeline - "9th August Apollyon given named control of the world of Gibson".
  4. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 14 - "Brion’s Legion Saves Duke Umayr" <<file BOLTIMES.200274.vol2a>> - New except of Apollyon's unit actions on Bolton.
  5. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 50 - Feuding Children - "Garble transmission between Apollyon and Precentor St. Jamais".
  6. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, pp. 4-7 - "Sins of Our Father" (short story).
  7. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 87 - The Hanging Threat - "Apollyon orders Naamah to punish Titus for destruction of the Venture".
  8. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p.70-71 "Titus Cameron-Jones"
  9. Starterbook: Wolf and Blake, p. 37
  10. Starterbook: Wolf and Blake, p. 6

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