Techmarines of the Red Talons: Iron Thanes
"Do your worst, riven cur."
[//Attr. to Forgemaster Khaol during the razing of Icathus. Note the atypically dead earth and vegetation.+]
All Chapters, save the most divergent or distant, hold within their midst a clade of Techmarines: individuals educated upon holy Mars or one of its lesser satrapies, invested with the secrets of the machine and ordained with the sigil of the Opus Machina.
As a successor to the Iron Hands – the legion most closely allied with blessed Mars – it is of no surprise that the Red Talons sport an atypically high number of such cult-warriors. Where most chapters can supply each company with one to three such battle brothers, the Red Talons are blessed with the capacity to outfit each company with a coven of five to six Techmarines – informally known within the Chapter as Iron Thanes.
The Pentarchy as a whole would make great use of these Iron Thanes, for within their circles were held the secrets of power armour, cybernetica and phosphex manufacture. Bellicose and saturnine in demeanour, they were known to be the closest to their Lord Mor in trust and spirit, with Forgemaster Khaol – depicted in this document – being reported as one of the five individuals responsible for the 'liberation' of Autek Mor from his adamantium coffin during the Season of Miracles.