"You've lost an arm, Alessio! By the mercy of the Emperor, you're lucky not losing your life as well! -- I haven't lost my arm, brother! It's right over there! I'm still in this! I'm fine!"
Alessio Cortez is the Master of the Charge and the Captain of the 4th Company of the Crimson Fists Space Marine Chapter. Captain Cortez was known for his pride, stubbornness and for being almost impossible to kill. It is said that only two bones in his entire body had not been broken one or more times.
During the Battle of Rynn's World, he survived the disaster at the Crimson Fists' fortress-monastery Arx Tyrannus along with sixteen of his Battle-Brothers and his old friend and comrade, Chapter Master Pedro Kantor.
Impossibly resilient, Cortez afterwards still reported for duty despite missing his right arm, and had to be forcibly ordered to stand down and wait for an Apothecary by his friend Kantor.
Captain Cortez was last seen in battle with Aeldari Corsairs amidst the stellar phenomenon known as the Wheel of Fire. Nothing is known of his whereabouts as of the final years of the 41st Millennium.
But Pedro Kantor and the Chapter's Veteran brethren remain convinced that Cortez is still alive and will return to aid the Crimson Fists again in this darkest hour.
- Battle of Steel Cross (853.M41) - During the decisive moments of the Battle of Steel Cross, Captain Cortez single-handedly slew the Ork Warlord and his entire bodyguard of Nobz. Cortez had managed to disarm the Ork leader with a twist of his torso after the Ork's sword had become embedded in Cortez's ribs.
- Battle of Shaebach (867.M41) - Captain Cortez broke through Aeldari lines on the world of Shaebach despite suffering 17 wounds, including being stabbed through one of his hearts and two heavy weapon hits.
- Defence of Maladon (892.M41) - Captain Cortez defends a breach in the defences of the Fortress Maladon for 21 solar hours of constant fighting.
- Kardian Campaign 903.M41 - Captain Cortez fights through the entire six solar week long Kardian campaign without supplies after they had been lost to enemy fire during deployment (breaking the old Crimson Fist endurance record for a Space Marine).
- Codex: Space Marines (3rd Edition), pp. 38-39
- Rynn's World (Novel) by Steve Parker
- White Dwarf 29 (January 2019), "Index Astartes - Crimson Fists", pg. 102