The Survivor and the Contriver
The psyker battle squads of Kierdale’s Shrineworld garrison are looked upon with great suspicion by the rest of the regiment. Line infantrymen will spit on the ground before them and make the symbol of the Aquila upon their chests and even company commanders will think twice before calling upon their ethereal and esoteric abilities, avoiding meeting their eyes at all times. The Primaris Psykers assigned to the 41st regiment of foot are treated a little better due to their perceived rank and the supposed hardiness of their training, though still there is a rift between the mundanes and those with the Sight.
The above pict shows Primaris Psyker Eldrid wielding his Force staff from which can be seen hanging fetish beads and a pair of Janus skulls carved by the psyker himself from the vertebrae and skulls of his former gestaltkin.
The case of Eldrid is a curious one, for during his time with the Scholastica Psykana he was judged to possess fine control though lacked raw power. Something was holding him back from opening his mind fully to the Warp. This reticence saw him assigned to a Psyker Battle Squad rather than fulfilling his potential as a Primaris. His training continued as part of a gestalt and, over the following years it was as if his personality was stripped from him. Perhaps a better analogy would be that his personality became merged, melded with the other eight members of his unit. Eventually the nine would no longer need to converse amongst themselves for their thoughts were shared, and often when addressed by Outsiders they would speak for each other, or all at once as one voice, much to the consternation of the listener.
It is common for those who have forged brotherly ties in combat to suffer survivor’s guilt at the loss of those brothers. How they can we describe the horror of losing eight-ninths of one’s own self? For such occurred to PSB-124C in the St.Dunsany’s Day invasion on Vionym III. At first it appeared as if the lone survivor of PSB-124C would have to be put to death, so severe was his trauma, until his superiors discovered that Eldrid has survived by doing what he had been incapable of all these years: he had opened himself to the Warp, smiting those who had slain his gestaltkin.
After undergoing surgeries to install cyberpsycho buffers into his cranium, Eldrid found himself reevaluated and reassigned as a Primaris Psyker.
A shell of the man he once was, prone to talking to himself in distinctly different voices and indeed carrying out entire conversations with himself, the Primaris Psyker was deployed to Kierdale’s Shrineworld. He is known to keep his distance from others, both frightful of making connections with others and loathing to hear the common soldiery lamenting the loss of their own squadmates.
The above pict shows Primaris Psyker Obolensky Samuil examining an artifact recovered after clashes with androidform Xenos wakened by Imperial surveys of the planet Taharka IV. Primaris Psyker Obolensky was later admonished for his actions by commissariat members attached to the 41st regiment of foot. The artifact however was lost and its current location is unknown.
While his peers burned insects with lighter on the hive world of Stalinvast, the young Obolensky Samuil was directing them into the blades of extractor fans by the force of his will, his actions going unnoticed by his family, overworked in the hive foundries. His peers would take great delight in pushing firecrackers into swarfgrub hives, while he took great pride in manipulating them to build a hive in his own image. It was this last act which caused his friends, who had always found him different, to turn against him. They destroyed the hive-statue and, spitting upon him and calling him a witch, attempted to drive him from their hab block.
The next day the leader of the gang was found dead by his parents, his ears, nose and mouth teaming with swarfgrubs. When the other children told tales of Obolensky Samuil’s actions the boy was hunted down and by pure chance or fate one cannot know but a Black Ship was scheduled to gather tithe from Stalinvast only a few days later.
Inducted into the Scholastica Psykana his tutors took great interest in young Samuil’s ability to exert his will over others and they let his whet his talent firstly upon insects and as the years passed steadily larger animals, through small rodents and mammals until they eventually let him experiment upon other Scholastica students, pitting his dominating will against their ability to resist. This was a challenge Samuil relished, and forcefully learned discipline: when once he failed to subvert the will of another student he attempted to do to them as he had the gang leader in his youth. The quick actions of his fellow pupils saved his would-be victim and Samuil felt the lash of his tutors. A similar incident occurred when he succeeded in dominating one of his weaker-willed instructors, one who had seen Samuil as something of a protégé to champion. By the time he graduated the Scholastica Psykana, Primaris psyker Obolensky Samuil -openly at least- understood his place within the chain of command.
When the Departmento Munitorum assigned him to Kierdale’s Shrineworld he smiled at the opportunity to direct masses of guardsmen. At the command of his superiors, of course...