Amongst the stable abhumans, Homo Sapiens Variatus draws the most suspicion and hatred amongst the populace. Beastmen to the majority, few are ever accepted outside of their homeworlds. Most die serving the Imperial Guard as shock troops, callously thrown against entrenched enemies. Orwick Skrel survived fourteen orbital drops against the Schest in the Praedico Sector, an unheard of feat of survival against a deadly foe. Inquisitor Tesnohlidek secreted him away from the front to test Skrel and determine what made him so resilient and successful against an enemy that is rapidly closing in on the Carthax Sector.