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[Being a study of the horrendous war between the Old Ones and the Necrontyr]

Transmitted:  Magos Biologis Research Station: Denebar
Received:  Nallisea III
Date: 8810999.M41
Astropath: Prime Estellis
Ref: INQ.XB.13259/N
Collated by: Magos Biologis Urieth Malkar

Theory on the C'tan God Outsider

Inquisitor Mandius,

I have been studying the C'tan more frequently in recent weeks, and as you have ordered I am limiting reports of my findings to your eyes only. I am sending this report because I believe I have found an enigma within the C'tan, something that seems to me to make little sense. It is, admittedly, speculation based on research, but it is as close as we can get to the understanding this mystery.

We have heard accounts of a C'tan known as Outsider, amongst other names that are less wide spread. This C'tan has been known to attack at random, destroying armies, habitations, and ships on a whim. It was originally thought that such attacks are random, occurring as simple attempts to cause as much destruction as possible. But after studying the reports of forty-three attacks, I am beginning to see a pattern emerging.

All attacks have occurred against targets that are primarily military-related. The ships have been warships or transports for our Navy. The armies are part of our glorious armed ground forces. The habitations are all centered around military installations.

This would not normally be of much notice, since we are at war with the C'tan and Necrontyr, or at least those that have come out of stasis. However, I have found many references to a creature resembling Outsider in both description and image, and they present a new view of his actions. These references are in ancient texts, databases of the ancient Eldar, and hieroglyphic translations from Necrontyr pyramids.

In many cases, there is reference to C'tan gods representing certain aspects of the galaxy. For example, Nightbringer is death and fear. Deceiver is trickery. No mention is made directly of what Outsider is meant to represent, but there are many suggestions that point to him representing the eternal struggle of life against the many elements that seek to destroy it. If all reports of him throughout the ages are to be believed, Outsider is like a primal force of nature, protecting its creations through extreme measures if necessary. This would naturally bring him in conflict with the other C'tan, making him, indeed, and Outsider.

Like the thoughts of the Necrontyr helped shape the other C'tan, I believe they shaped Outsider. I believe he is shaped by their deepest sense of self-preservation, coupled with a paranoia shared by all of the Necrontyr. If this is true, then we can count on Outsider attacking many more military targets, but leaving alone large groups of unarmed civilians who are generally harmless.

Your obedient servant,
Magos Biologis Urieth Malkar