On the world of Verghast, the Imperium is triumphant. The forces of the Imperial Guard – aided by the brave men and women of Vervunhive – have defeated the Chaos-tainted soldiers of rival Ferrozoica Hive. The traitor leader is dead, killed in single combat by Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt. Now, in the aftermath, a sculptor seeks to commemorate Gaunt’s men, the heroes of Vervunhive – the Tanith First and Only.
This short story is set after the events of the novel Necropolis. It was previously published in Gaunt's Ghosts: The Founding (omnibus).