House Zavora is a Loyalist Knight House of the Questor Mechanicus that serves the Adeptus Mechanicus. There is little information in Imperial records about this knightly house, other than that they were created during the Age of Technology.
During the earliest days of the Age of Strife, the fallen House Morbidia began as one of the early rivals of the Houses of Zavora and Taranis for power and favour of the Omnissiah's priesthood on Mars.
During those dark and lost centuries however, House Morbidia erred, and for crimes the truth of which has been long suppressed within the vast and ancient data cores of the red planet, was pronounced excommunicate by the Fabricator-General and condemned to servitude, allowing Houses Zamora and Taranis to ascend to primacy among the Knight houses of Mars.
As the colony ships of Humanity spread across the galaxy during the Age of Technology the means of their survival were often forged upon Mars, sent forth with technological marvels designed to ensure the prosperity of those seeking a new life. Many such expeditions were accompanied by complements of Knight armour devoid of name or legacy.
It was one such complement that birthed House Zavora, for the Scions destined to form the House were stranded on Mars by the Age of Strife. Bereft of a means to venture forth into the wider galaxy House Zavora was forged in service to Mars, one of many tasked with the defence of its forge cities, aiding in the chastisement of House Morbidia.
The fate of House Zavora remains open to much interpretation, for many of their number were stationed on Mars at the outbreak of the Horus Heresy and in the aftermath of that war the loyalties they held meant little, for none survived the turmoil that enveloped the red planet.
It stands to reason that some remained loyal to the Emperor while others sided with the traitorous Fabricator-General Kelbor-Hal during the Schism of Mars, just as those of the household elsewhere suffered divisions in loyalty.
In this manner, the loyalties of House Zavora remain impossible to clarify, for while stories of handfuls of their Scions marching alongside the Warmaster Horus' forces are not unknown, they are juxtaposed by the actions of House Zavora upon the Forge World of Ryza during the Defence of Ryza and a number of other battlefields recorded elsewhere.
Indeed, it was their service to Ryza during the Heresy that saw House Zavora restored to a measure of their former power, this Loyalist faction undermining the Traitor forces across the Ultima Segmentum.
The ties that House Zavora held to the ancient Mechanicum influenced many of the household's traditions, many of their Scions being inducted into the baser mysteries of the Mechanicum's secret arts; it was exceedingly common for the Scions of House Zavora to bear esoteric augmentations or even to be sealed eternally within their Knight armour as an ultimate sign of their devotion to the Machine God.
These habits, often viewed as deviant amongst the more puritan supporters of the Imperial Truth, consigned House Zavora to serve solely alongside Mechanicum forces with only a handful of its Scions embedded in Great Crusade expeditionary fleets.
Defence of Ryza (ca.013.M31) - During the Horus Heresy, the Knights of House Zavora and House Taranis, alongside the Titan formations of the Legio Honorum, Legio Osedax and the Legio Crucius stood their ground on Ryza against the forces of the Dark Mechanicum.
- Omnissiah's Will - Omnissiah's Will is an Acastus Knight Porphyrion piloted by Gafrali Bex.
- Gafrali Bex - Gafrali Bex was the pilot of the Acastus Knight Porphyrion Omnissiah's Will during the Great Crusade.
The colours of House Zavora are not listed in current Imperial records.
The arms of House Zavora are not listed in current Imperial records.
- The Horus Heresy - Book Four: Conquest (Forge World Series) by Alan Bligh, pg. 99
- Adeptus Titanicus - The Horus Heresy: The Defence of Ryza (Specialty Game), pp. 60-61