House Faretto, Nomad Navigator House, The Corpulent Eye, The Avoirdupois Steersmen
Novator Dagoberto Oriensis Faretto IV, Patriarch of House Faretto, The Corpulent One
The history of House Faretto is an ancient and revered one. As one of the Magisterial Houses of the ancient past the Farettos have been always present at the top of the Navis Nobilite, their pedigree an exalted one, their history a history of loyal service to the Throne and their bloodline one of the most ancient one among the Navigators mutants.
It was this esteemed pedigree which was the reason of the contract signed between the Primarch Horus and Novator Dagoberto III, the lord of House Faretto during the golden age of the Great Crusade. While several Navigator bloodlines served the XVIth Legion, the Faretto's held sway over the ships of no less than fifty companies of the Luna Wolves and it was said that the first ships sailing to Cthonia were steered by the progeny of this Magisterial House.
This exclusive contract allowed the Faretto's an unprecedented voice in the ranks of the Navis Nobilite and as the fortunes of the XVIth Legion improved the glory was also shared with those who followed the primarch Horus as his willing subjects. It was almost a hundred years before the Massacre of Istvaan that the Faretto's begun to mutate, an event not uncommon among the Navigators but usually it came only with advanced age or due to prolonged years of service. The Faretto's observed their Navigator talents increase proportionately with the ruin of their bodies. Some speculated that House Faretto was cursed with impure genes, others opposed this claim citing their ancient and flawless pedigree but the sad truth was that the Faretto's have long harbored the seeds of their own misfortune due to their incestuous tendencies and a perverse sense of purity, for they considered all other Navigator Houses impure.
This concept is not unheard among the most ancient Navigator Houses, clans who only breed with their own familiar kin, families who only trusted in their genome and theirs alone. The Faretto's were known for their incestuous practices and while this resulted into a surprisingly pure bloodline it also came with numerous side effects like a rampant mutation of their kin, kin which was safely hidden from the eyes of their detractors, the other Houses envious of the wealth and influence of House Faretto.
All this did not impede the long and commendable service of House Faretto. The archives of their House are filled with citations and honors bestowed upon the family by individuals like Horus Lupercal, Seneschal Aruvanai, numerous Captains of the XVIth legion and even august members of the other Legiones Astartes and imperial agencies like Chapter Master Vario of the Blood Angels and Mistress Katalina Ineven Urtaz, the General in Chief of Expeditionary Fleet 1012.
The fall of House Faretto came with the first cyclonic torpedoes striking the surface of Istvaan III. Novator Dagoberto ordered his family to vacate the Lighthouse of Marlena, their spire fortress on Holy Terra years before the opening phase of the Horus Heresy, not because the Warmaster ordered him, nor because he would betray his Emperor years after, but because House Faretto lost a duel with the preeminent House Villabona and suffered the expenses of reparation and a constriction of trade rights with the throne world. The whole incident was provoked by a slight between the two houses when Novator Sebalanus Villabona accused the representatives of House Faretto as "incestuous bastards and a mongrel breed" when Dagoberto II refused to give his eldest daughter Faustina in marriage to the third son of Sebalanus Villabona, a certain Hernalion Villabona, a renown figure in the shady circles of vice on Terra.
This slight resulted in a shadowy war between the two houses, accentuated by the august patronage that the houses enjoyed among the Legiones Astartes, namely the Faretto's and their allies in the XVIth Legion and the Villabona and their lords of the VIIth Legion. The conflict spanned across various ventures of trade, it ranged from assassinations to false accusations, to staged incidents and vocal critiques in the circles of the Navis Nobilite. It is unknown who the victor was in the inter-House war but eventually the Faretto's took their leave from Terra and assembled a mighty nomadic fleet which made sail to the Segmentum Obscurus.
The treachery which followed in the wake of the Horus Heresy helped the Faretto's to rectify their sight at the hands of the Villabona. Knowing full well that many Imperial Fists ships are steered by the Villabona the Novator of House Faretto fully pledged his loyalty to the Warmaster and his family even contributed many ship to the cause of Horus. For years the Faretto's waged a personal war with their rival house with the Heresy in the backdrop and it is said that many Sons of Horus captains were astonished by the sheer ferocity of maneuver and the single mindedness of the Faretto's when it came to the destruction of their hated enemies.
Perhaps due to the warping influence of the teachings which came to permeate the traitor legions or due to the almost constant service on the forefront of the Warmaster's effort the entirety of the Faretto's exhibited an increased magnitude of mutations but as their bodies bloated, their skin ruptured and their forms begun to change so this family of navigators experienced a vast increase in the powers associated with their eye.
In the wake of the defeat of Terra, House Faretto was instrumental during the Scouring, where their ancient knowledge of secret warp routes and their prodigal powers allowed for many traitor marines to escape the deadly retribution at the hands of their loyalist brethren. Only when the Warmaster was forever lost to their Sons did House Faretto terminate its contract with the remnants of the XVIth Legion, electing to see to their own family needs first.
The esteemed patriarch of House Faretto, Dagoberto II died on Terra so the dire task of rebuilding his family fell upon the shoulders of his children Dagoberto III and Faustina. The twins shared much insight with their father and they were quick to establish order among the manifold ranks of House Faretto. The entirety of the fleet was recalled into the dire Realm of the Eye and a program of breeding was enforced to see the bloodline preserved for eternity. With the might of their nomadic fleet the twins secured numerous contracts with the chaos warbands and turned a profit with the conflicts that were becoming endemic among the traitor space marines.
It was with great relish that House Faretto signed a contract with Abaddon, the heir to Horus's title and legion for it represented for them the patronage of the Black Legion and thus a return to their ancient glory as a Navigator House. Once more House Faretto served the scions of the XVIth legion and benefited from this sinister alliance.
Ten thousand years have passed since the events of the Horus Heresy, patriarch Dagoberto III died to an assassins blade, probably ordered and payed for by his ambitious and sole heir, Dagoberto IV as for Faustina it is said that the craven creature which was devoured by a daemon had little resemblance to her but her allseeing eye. In the thousands of years since the betrayal which has seen House Faretto side with the Warmaster the House has returned to its glory. Dagoberto IV, always the tyrant is said to have sired no less than seventeen heirs and he spread his progeny across the mighty fleet of the Black Legion. House Faretto always enjoyed a great number of scions and thus it still manages to keep its bloodline relatively pure, though incestuous. Life in the Eye only increased their already prodigal powers but the price for this was high. Obese, mutated beyond recognition and incredibly powerful, the Navigators of House Faretto are an obscenity to look upon yet even so what is truly frightening are not their obese forms of baleful eyes but their insane appetites and the myriads of schemes that the House inflicts upon themselves and other rival Navigator clans.
In his wisdom Abaddon knows that House Faretto is one of the most deranged strains of the Navigator genus and their schemes often put his warriors in jeopardy but even so, to count on the service of this magisterial Navigators is an exclusivity he and his Black Legion enjoy and he is unwilling to share it with other traitors in the Eye. On their part House Faretto has seen that the Warmaster pays homage to their family, the vast nomadic ships of House Faretto are filled with plunder, slaves and exotic goods from all across the galaxy. It is the Navigators of House Faretto who name the price for their services and it has always been so, all the way since the days of Horus and the XVIth legion, and the price for the services of House Faretto is exorbitant to say the least.
Dagoberto IV has seen to it that his House enjoys the results of their trade and he can call upon several Black Legion warbands who owe him favors. His House rarely favors other warbands with their services and mostly it is given by renegade elements of his household, kin who lost their esteemed status as a scion of Faretto or are a threat to their patriarch. In time the nomadic fleet of House Faretto was integrated into the Black Fleet of the Warmaster, the children of the House as often given into slavery aboard the Black Legion ships or contracted for a high price but even after all those thousands of years, or a hundred, irrelevant, House Faretto always considers itself as the most pure of the Navigator houses, their blood sacred their bloated forms as sacrosanct. It is this overriding belief into their own might and purity which estranged them from all other Navigator Houses, which has seen them abandon their ancestral holds on Terra, belief which has seen them cursed for eternity but also in a perverse way eternal themselves, eternally pure, eternally a Faretto.
As for their conflict with House Villabona, Dagoberto III has seen to it himself that the broken bodies and ravaged souls of the last Villabona's languish in the dark cells aboard the Corpulent Eye, kept artificially in life only to be used as playthings for the degenerated heirs of House Faretto. Such is the fate of those who oppose on the the Magisterial Houses and House Faretto is more then willing to teach this lesson to all those who do not pay homage to a House which was one of the first among their mutant kind.