Ionus Cryptborn is a Lord-Relictor, a Stormcast Eternals of the Hammerhands Warrior-Chamber of the Hammers of Sigmar Stormhost. He was originally called Eonid ven Denst, a prince from Shyish. He carries the aspect of the grave with him and few rest easy alongside him. With the power to summon and bind the storm at will, Ionus is a redoubtable foe.
Eonid ven Denst was once a Amethyist Prince of the Prime Innerlands, a secret he only shares with his fellow Lord-Relictors. He once slew the many-skulled Hydragor that wreaked havoc upon the courtiers of King Thanator's manse. During the Days of Shattered Bone he was the only one that had the courage to speak against Nagash.
Taken by Sigmar, he was reforged as Ionus Cryptborne, Lord Relictor of the Thunderstrike Brotherhood, an Exemplar Chamber of the Hammerhands and was part of the first strike in the Realmgate Wars at the Brimstone Peninsula in the Realm of Aqshy. Noticing his arrival, Nagash taunted him with visions of his dead wife in torment - claiming that A tithe is owed. A tithe shall be given. A soul for a soul.
During the Era of the Beast, months after the Siege of Excelsis, he went to Fort Ignis.[6b] More than three hundred years had passed since the first strike and the Hammers of Sigmar wanted to celebrate the anniversary with a ceremony and a new altar meant to honour the first battle of the Realmgate Wars.[6a] Unlike the other Hammers of Sigmar, Ionus showed himself in the Great Hall without removing his armour and avoided the banquet.[6b]
- 1: Battletome: Stormcast Eternals (2015)
- 2: War Storm (Anthology), by Nick Kyme
- 3: The Gates of Azyr by Chris Wraight
- 4: Bourne by the Storm (short story) by Nick Kyme
- 5: Age of Sigmar: Core Book (2nd Edition)
- 5a: The Great Parch, pg. 86-89
- 6: Hammers of Sigmar: First Forged by Richard Strachan