"Hmph. So, It begins. I suppose it’s time to do something inexplicable.... again.”
Cypher is a major figure among the Fallen Angels. His true allegiance is unknown, as he is just as likely to help Chaos-aligned forces as he is to assist Imperials. He has constantly evaded capture by the Dark Angels for Millenia.
The original Lord Cypher was a title inherited from one of the rival Knight Orders that Lion El'Jonson fought against, prior to his reunion with the Dark Angels. The last surviving member was made part of the legion, and knew of the existence of Chaos. While he did tell Luther about Chaos, what his plans were during Luther's rebellion was unknown. He was supposedly killed, and his title was given to Zahariel.
After that, it's unknown what became of Cypher, whether it's the same individual or a title passed between Fallen. He may in fact be a time traveler who was responsible for scattering the Fallen in the first place, as he was able to unite several artifacts in the 40th millennium that brought him, Azrael, and Typhus back in time to witness the fall of Caliban.
The sword on his back is likewise mysterious, as it is never seen unsheathed. Some speculation is that its the Lion's own sword.
Cypher decided it was time to do something "inexplicable" and lead the Adeptus Mechanicus to a planet in the Orior sector where giant ancient speakers were found. Satisfied that this would make the planet "rival Terra itself in its sacredness," he snuck aboard the Dark Angels' ship as they arrived to investigate Cypher's activities. Azrael himself mistook Cypher for another Dark Angel.
Cypher, along with the rest of the Dark Angels, are traveling on their way to Mars. Eldrad Ulthran revealed that he was in league with Cypher, and should the plan to summon Ynnead go awry, he would need Cypher and Sylandri Veilwalker to find and recruit a certain "big bewildering bag of hooded dicks," presumably Belisarius Cawl.
After the Dark Angel's arrived on Mars, Cypher presumably snuck off ahead of them and from there began
stalking observing Kitten and his shield-host as they went to seek the Fabricator-General of Mars. After political confrontation between Kitten and the Fabricator-General, he would continue to stalk the Custodes on their way to the Noctis Labyrinth, but not before 'pranking' the Fabricator-General and throwing a book at him titled 'The Secrets of The Dark Angels Chapter 1st Edition' before the Dark Angels would arrive to investigate the High Lord.
- "And at long last... I get to eat something that isn't fucking sand."
- "Hey what's up guys its ye boy Cypher back at it again with another episode of Cypher Stalks People® [inhale]. Today we're...[inhale] [exhale] [inhale] STALKING CUSTODES... MMMmmmmMMGRRRM"
- "That guy has no clothes. He hides nothing...Truly LIBERATING."
- "Everyone at home, observe for it seems we have found today's PRANK VICTIM"
- "[enigmatic gurgling]"
- His actual voice and demeanor was that of an easily excitable teenager with a squeaky voice but had to suppress them to keep up with his "mysterious" nature.
- The Emperor regards him as a 'PRETTY COOL DUDE' and a 'RAD LAD'.
- The Emperor knows his plans and loyalty, but doesn't want to explain it to 'DOUGH-BRAINS'.
- Because the Emperor was able to perceive the events on Mars through Cypher's mind's eye, it is speculated that Cypher is a fragment of the Emperor, explaining Cypher's mysterious nature and the Emperor's endless praise for him.