Now this post is different from my usual posts in the sense that I want to gather opinions from Dark Angels players and other races alike on a topic of fluff that interests me deeply. Now for the question… I have always believed that there is something more to our apparent ‘enemy’ Cypher. I have a theory on this mysterious character, especially after reading Descent Of Angels and then Angels Of Darkness. What I want to do is gather a few opinions from anyone who knows anything about the fluff revolving around Cypher, Fallen Dark Angel, and rather than relying on forums, I actually want to see if we can put together a full-proof theory! Here is my suggestion:
For those who have read Descent Of Angels, you will be familiar with Zahariel, who was to become the next Lord Cypher. Now by the end of this book, the split of the Dark Angels legion was apparent, therefore suggesting that the last Lord Cypher before the treachery was in fact Zahariel. Now earlier in the book, Zahariel had agreed to assist the Watchers In The Dark (little guys in hoods, in particular carrying the Lion Helm for Azrael) in their goals, whatever they may be.
Now to me, this suggests the following: Zahariel is in fact Cypher, who follows the rule of the Watchers In The Dark who are quietly pursuing their aims within the Dark Angels Chapter, and uses his infamy within the Chapter to lure them in to battles that will shape their fate as the first legion. For example, we can comfortably say from physical description that Cypher was ‘The Voice Of The Emperor’ in the Eye Of Terror campaign, and although his actions were in support of the forces against the Imperium, the aftermath of these actions resulted in not only the strengthening of the DA Chapter, but the Imperium upon success of the battles. I feel that Cypher is slowly drawing the Dark Angels in to scenarios and situations that benefit them in the long run, and although they cannot see this, they (I hate to say) are being used as pawns to the Watchers In The Dark to achieve one of the two known fates of the Emperor; Resurrection at the hands of Cypher leading to the forgiveness of the Fallen Dark Angels, or the opposite; the Death of the Emperor at the hands of the ‘Lion’ sword being carried by Cypher as he slowly makes his way across the Galaxy under the protection of I feel the Watchers In The Dark. I believe the Watchers play a major role in this story as they are known to disappear and reappear without trouble, and on one occassion the Black Templars assisted the DA in the capture of ‘The Voice Of The Emperor’, and had to hand him over to the Dark Angels due to threat of attack from their larger ship. The Black Templars cruiser disappeared after a last communication with their High Marshall, which to me is a sign of destruction at the hands of the Dark Angels Vessel to hide their secret capture of Cypher, but upon examining the cell in which the hostage was held, it was found to be empty, as if the captured being had disappeared, not unlike the Watchers In The Dark, strongly reassuring my theory that he is being protected by their supernatural powers to ensure their aims are successful.
I am a little sketchy on a few of the details, so forgive anything that is incorrect, and feel free to rectify them, but now I ask for your opinions, thoughts and theories for anyone interested in this discussion without having to rely on forums and feeds that so often drift from the point!