Ibram Gaunt (or sometimes pronounced as Ibraum Gaunt) is the commanding officer and Colonel of the Tanith First and Only regiment of the Allies, as well as an Commissar. Like almost all Imperial Commissars, Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt is an orphan, the son of an Imperial Guard officer killed heroically in battle defending the Imperium. He was raised and indoctrinated on the Schola Progenium world of Ignatius Cardinal,where he was occasionally visited by his "uncle", General Aldo Dercius of the Jantine Patricians. He learned that his father had been an Allied hero. As a Commissar-Cadet he served under Commissar-General Oktar, gaining full rank status of Commissar at Oktar's death-bed. He served as a political officer with the Hyrkan 8th, from the regiment's foundation to their victory on Balhaut, a world reclaimed by the Allies. After this victory, Gaunt was granted the additional rank of Colonel, along with command of the three new regiments from the world of Tanith. Gaunt is much more compassionate than most Imperial Commissars, and does seem to show concern for his men. He tries to lead through displays of virtue, not the imposition of terror. This style has drawn anger from some of his superiors in the Commissariat.