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Early Life Magnus, as an infant, was dropped onto the remote colony world of Prospero.

He w as incredibly fortunate to land here, as anywhere else his cyclopean eye (see No tes) would have made him an outcast, shunned and hunted. Prospero was a world of outcast human psykers, making him nothing special in the eyes of the colonists. They had chosen Prospero for its remoteness from Terra. When Magnus fell from t he skies, it was like a portentous comet. His pod landed in the central plaza of all the places on the planet[Needs Citation]. He became a ward of the scholars and quickly gained their powers, surpassing the m in many ways. Magnus mastered every psychic training program and soon surpasse d the greatest adepts of the commune. By that time he had so much control of his psychic powers, he was by far the greatest person on the planet. One day, Magnu s performed something to change the world forever. Instead of channelling Warp e nergy from the Warp to the Materium universe, he looked into the Warp with his c yclopean eye, going from the student to absolute master instantly.[1] Discovery by The Emperor Magnus and members of the Scarab Occult[Needs Citation] With such a mind in the Warp, it was not long until the Emperor noticed him. Whe n his fleet arrived and the Emperor stepped foot upon the planet, he and Magnus immediately embraced and conversed as if the two had known each other for years; as indeed they may have done, in the mind if not in the flesh[Needs Citation]. The Thousand Sons Magnus inherited were rife with psychic mutations, being based on Magnus's genes. He took them in as his own and began training them in the wa ys of the psyker. Individuals from within the Imperium who were fearful of these rampant mutations began to voice their opinions openly, but Magnus silenced the m[Needs Citation]. Magnus fought bravely and successfully during the Great Crusade, but he was alwa ys a wild and impetuous commander. Due to his early brush with Chaos during his abduction, Magnus had an inherent affinity for the Warp and the secrets within i ts fabric. Throughout the Crusade he came into contact with long isolated cultur es where psychics had been allowed to flourish. Although warned by the Emperor t o shun such matters, Magnus began to gather arcane lore from across the galaxy. From this material he compiled the monumental tome of sorcery that would come to be called the Book of Magnus.[3a] The further from Terra the crusade went, the more strange warp-influenced creatu res they came across. This naturally made Magnus look bad, his control of the Wa rp being similar to these creatures. Leman Russ and Mortarion both distrusted Ma gnus due to his use of the Warp and because of his use of deceit where they woul d have used more straightforward physical strength[Needs Citation]. To solve this dispute, the Emperor called for a debate on the use of psychic pow ers. They gathered on Nikaea and the Emperor presided over the debate. The Emper or finally ruled that only astropaths and Navigators would be tolerated, the Lib rariums were to be disbanded, and that sorcery was to be banned. Magnus was not happy. The Horus Heresy Magnus in combat with Space Wolves[Needs Citation] Magnus returned to Prospero, intent on pursuing his sorcerous experiments in sec recy. He peered into the Warp, and saw a vision of Horus' revolt and roles all t he legions would play, except his own. Entering the mind of his brother while it was under a Chaos ritual initiated by Erebus and Cultists on Davin, Magnus atte mpted to persuade his brother away from heresy and remain loyal to their father. [2] However when that failed, Magnus decided to warn the Emperor via an astral p

rojection spell rather than the much slower mode of astropathy. As his disembodi ed spirit blazed through the Warp, he came across a Webway corridor that led to Terra. Unbeknownst to him, this particular corridor was constructed by humans, a part of the Emperor's secret Webway project. Magnus tried in vain to breach the wall of the corridor, but then an anonymous voice from within the Warp offered Magnus the extra power he needed, and the overconfident Magnus accepted without question. Magnus tore a breach in the wall and followed the corridor to Terra, b ursting through the portal beneath the Golden Throne. The breach allowed daemons to invade the Webway and ruin the Emperor's project. Magnus was so shaken and h orrified by his blunder that he could not find the will to deliver his warning, and instead retreated back to his physical body on Prospero. The Emperor dispatched Leman Russ and his Space Wolves to arrest Magnus and brin g him to Terra. On the way to Prospero, Leman Russ received new orders from Horu s: the Emperor had changed his mind and wished the Thousand Sons destroyed. In t he ensuing Burning of Prospero, Magnus watched in horror as the great libraries and arcane archives he had worked so hard to create were burned to the ground. E ngaging Leman Russ in combat, just as the Space Wolves Primarch was about to str ike the final blow, Magnus and his forces disappeared into the Warp thanks to a ritual he had helped prepare with Ahriman.[6a] There, Magnus found what he had w anted: unrestricted psychic powers and an opportunity for vengeance. Eventually giving himself to the forces of Chaos, Magnus took all that he had from Prospero , from the Imperium, into the Warp forever. Magnus' physical form had been destr oyed in battle against Russ, and now existed as a being of corporeal Warp energy in the Eye of Terror alongside his legion.[7] The next time Magnus was seen, he had gained the status of Daemon Prince of Tzeentch. Magnus eventually joined fo rces with the Traitor Astartes led by Horus, taking part in the Siege of Terra a s vengeance against the Emperor for betraying him.[1] After the Horus Heresy Magnus the Red, Daemon Prince of Tzeentch[Needs Citation] After the failure of the Horus Heresy, the newly-formed commune joined together with Ahriman to find a way to stop the mutation caused by their allegiance to Tz eentch. They cast a mighty spell to counter the corruption. The Planet of Sorcer ers, the new world of the Thousand Sons, was arcing with violent blue and yellow streaks of lightning. They would strike down every Marine until Magnus had to i ntervene. Their mutations had been halted, but at a terrible cost: their bodies turned to dust and their armour sealed tightly shut[Needs Citation]. Magnus summoned Ahriman and his council, and railed at them for what they had do ne. When Ahriman protested, Magnus fought and gained the upper hand. Ahriman, no match for his Primarch, was struck down. But just as Magnus raised his fist to kill him, Tzeentch itself spoke: "Magnus, you would destroy my pawns so readily? " then Magnus knew that his master had planned for all of this. So he spared Ahr iman and banished him and his council on an eternal quest to understand Tzeentch . They still wander the galaxy, looking for relics of a former time of psychic p rowess and control. It is said that Ahriman even attempted to access the Eldar w ebways, although this is unconfirmed[Needs Citation]. Despite knowing Tzeentch's plans had led to this fate, Magnus was beyond enraged to see that the Legion he had sacrificed so much for, his legion of scholars, h ad been reduced to automatons who could no longer even think. With his homeworld lost and his legion in ruin, Magnus ascended to the top of his tower and vowed, as Horus had, that he would see the galaxy burn.[1] Later, seeking revenge against the Space Wolves for the Burning of Prospero, Mag nus would lead his Thousand Sons in an assault against the Space Wolves homeworl d of Fenris in what became known as the Battle of the Fang.[5] Additional Material Notes

Older material describes the pre-daemonic Magnus as actually akin to a mythologi cal Cyclops - naturally possessed of only one eye, set in the middle of his fore head.[3a] Later visits to the character have established that he once possessed two normal eyes and lost the right one as part of his dealings with Tzeentch.[6n ] Trivia Magnus giving up his eye in order to gain knowledge of the Warp is reminisce nt of how Odin gave up one of his eyes in order to gain the Wisdom of the Ages.

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