Variel the Flayer - sketch
Variel was Apothecary Secundus of the Astral Claws and later the Red Corsairs. After the Badab War, Variel and his mentor, Apothecary Lord Garreon, oversaw the rebirth of Lufgt Huron into Huron Blackheart. As the Astral Claws had been cast out by the Imperium, Variel joined his battle-brothers as the Red Corsairs. There, in addition to the duties expected of an Apothecary, he became an infamous torture specialist known as The Flayer. When Talos Valcoran and his fellow Night Lords arrived to The Maelstrom to seek repairs, Variel's conflicted loyalties between his past and present self began to emerge. He would later go on to betray Huron Blackheart and assist Talos in the theft of the Red Corsairs warship Echo of Damnation, which had once belonged to the Night Lords. Variel continued to serve under Talos' command.