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Mag'ladroth Void Dragon Necron C'tan Shard 9th Edition miniature

A C'tan Shard of Mag'ladroth the Void Dragon.

The Void Dragon, sometimes referred to as The Dragon, though its proper name is Mag'ladroth, is one of the few remaining C'tan, one of the Necron's star gods, in the Milky Way Galaxy.

The Void Dragon, or a large C'tan Shard of it, is believed by some Tech-priests to be the actual Machine God venerated by the Cult of the Machine of the Adeptus Mechanicus.

No C'tan Shard of this C'tan has yet been encountered, and it is possible that the Void Dragon has remained whole through the eons and its essence was never captured within the Necrons' Tesseract Labyrinths. This is a truly terrifying prospect for the galaxy if this entity were to awaken.

There may be a connection between this being and the Dragon of Mars, an unknown entity which was imprisoned beneath the surface of Mars by the Emperor of Mankind before the start of the Age of Terra.

The Void Dragon, if it actually exists, is arguably the most powerful surviving C'tan, particularly after the banishment of the Nightbringer's Phase Scythe to the Warp by the Old Ones and their Aeldari servants during the War in Heaven millions of standard years ago, although the Nightbringer seems to have had a much more sinister effect on the galaxy as a whole.

History

Mag'ladroth is named "the Void-Dragon" in Aeldari Mythology, which portrays it as a figure of oblivion, wanton destruction and devastation. It was a master of the material realm and its warriors were practically invincible during the War in Heaven. While eating stars it takes the form of a cloud of dark light.

In an Imperial transcript of a Vox-communication between an Inquisitor named Horst and a Tech-priest named Alagos, the Void Dragon is described as the most powerful of all the ancient Star Gods, having once possessed the ability to create almost invincible warriors.

According to the ancient Aeldari legends, these warriors could channel lightning into their foes, though these lightning attacks were ineffective against the "Iron Knights" that the Aeldari hastily created to battle against the ancient Necrons.

Having gained a respite through the forging of the Iron Knights, the Aeldari god of the forge, Vaul, created the "Talismans of Vaul" (Blackstone Fortresses). These too were powered by the souls of Aeldari Farseers and were used by Vaul to attack the Void Dragon directly.

Here the Aeldari legend ends, and there is little evidence as to the outcome of the legendary battle, other than the stated opinion of Inquisitor Horst, which was that the Aeldari attack had succeeded in stopping the Void Dragon's rampage, but ultimately had failed to destroy the Star God.

In the final years of their Great War against the Old Ones, the C'tan were losing, overwhelmed by the psychic might of their foes. Using machineries conceived by the Void Dragon, the Necrons planned to turn the tide of the war by cutting off the Old Ones from the source of their psychic power: they would forever separate realspace from the Warp with an unbreakable barrier.

Protected by massive warfleets, the Necrons began to construct warp suppression pylons at key locations across the galaxy, such as Cadia in the Segmentum Obscurus and the Cerberus Shroud in the Segmentum Tempestus. This plan was interrupted, however, and the arcane mechanisms were never completed.

The Void Dragon at present is widely whispered to be slumbering in some form beneath the surface of Mars. If what the Adeptus Mechanicus first worshipped as the Omnissiah is truly this sinister xenos entity, as some Tech-priests seem to believe, there is no telling what the ramifications of this discovery could be. While only speculation at best, it is believed by experts knowledgeable on this topic that the Void Dragon is on Mars, likely in the Noctis Labyrinth.

This is believed because of the suicide rush by five Necron Shroud-class light cruisers that succeeded in penetrating the planetary defences of Mars and then landing on the Red Planet near the Noctis Labrynthus in the late 41st Millennium in pursuit of an unknown objective.

In addition, the Warmaster of Chaos, Abaddon the Despoiler, and one of his lieutenants have discovered, through their interactions with the daemonic spirits of the Warp, that there is a "New Kind of Death" walking on Mars.

The idea of the Void Dragon slumbering beneath Mars was also given credence during the Horus Heresy. At the outbreak of the Schism of Mars in the early 31st Millennium, it was known by the master adepts of the Mechanicum who sided with Horus that the "Dragon of Mars," an ancient entity believed to have been defeated and captured by the man who would become the Emperor of Mankind long before the founding of the Imperium, was hidden in the Noctis Labrynthus.

A Guardian of the Dragon, a Terran girl named Dalia Cythera, was also transformed into a Perpetual and interred within to keep others away from the entity and to keep the creature secured there.

While the Void Dragon was not mentioned by name, it is pertinent given the fact that it provides significant evidence as to the possible location of one of the final two sleeping C'tan in the galaxy -- and this dreadful entity lies at the very heart of the Imperium of Man.

In 912.M41, the Necron Arotepk Dynasty was ravaged by the mindless rage of a C'tan Shard of the Void Dragon that had escaped from its imprisonment. Though only a faint shadow of the Void Dragon's true power, it proceeded to gorge itself on a dozen Necron worlds, expending its fury upon the living before the Arotepk Crypteks were able to force the creature back into its cage.

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