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Tymell
01-12-2014, 15:56
So, the 2014 Black Library Advent Calendar has begun: http://www.blacklibrary.com/Home/advent-calendar-2014.html

First up (on the story side anyway, which is the only one I'm really interested in :p ) we have a Sons of Horus tale.

I like the symbols hinting at what's to be covered with each day. Curious about #15 though (again, on the story side), that's the only one I can't identify, though I know I've seen it before.

Raga88
01-12-2014, 16:28
Curious about #15 though (again, on the story side), that's the only one I can't identify, though I know I've seen it before.
It seems to be the symbol of the night elves. Here's the same: http://www.blacklibrary.com/Warhammer/wind-of-change-ebook.html

DarkChaplain
01-12-2014, 16:53
*Dark Elves, Night Elves are Warcraft.

Day 2 is Brazen Claws, probably by Joe Parrino.
Day 3 is probably an Abaddon story by AD-B.
Day 9 is Flesh Tearers, obviously Andy Smillie.
Day 24 is Garro/Malcador/Knights Errant.

I'd say one of the Blood Angels might be Josh Reynolds, due to Shield of Baal, where he wrote a BA novella already. Of course, it wouldn't be the first time James Swallow gets two of those, but then, I'd prefer Josh.

Tymell
01-12-2014, 17:21
And I had to scour through some Lexicanum images to remember what it was, but day 16 appears to be a Marines Malevolent story.

DarkChaplain
01-12-2014, 17:36
Nick Kyme does Marines Malevolent.

ArtificerArmour
01-12-2014, 18:13
I guess the paint pots are painting guides of some description

Darke
01-12-2014, 23:22
Is the novel "exclusive" only to subscribers or will it be available to all to purchase on Christmas Day?

DarkChaplain
06-12-2014, 21:28
Stratagem, Nick Kyme's Aeonid Thiel audio drama,

deals with Thiel's specialist group that is being called "Red-marked" (so there's no doubt about what the upcoming audio drama of the same name is going to be about). It is basically the birth of Tactical Squads, and Guilliman approves of the concept of sending 2-3 squads into battle, to remove redundancy etc.

Guilliman realizes that he's been going about his martial codification project wrongly, and Thiel's inscribed armor makes him throw his work out and rethink his position. They are no longer a Legion, but thousands of individuals, to be organized in smaller groups. He realizes that they need to become "more Tactical".
Guilliman also now thinks that it isn't appropriate anymore to put all those Legion-eggs in one basket.

Fen
13-12-2014, 16:46
The word of the Silent King


-Another one for "making seemingly bad background shine thanks to a little expansion on it"

Also,a lot of new things are implyed by the story,for both sides

DarkChaplain
13-12-2014, 21:23
Yeah, it seems like Goulding is the man when it comes to elaborating and "fixing" the Ward lore.

Perrin
14-12-2014, 00:57
Silent King is a Necron right? What happens in the story?

DarkChaplain
14-12-2014, 08:41
Silent King is a Necron right? What happens in the story?

I think this here has the gist of it:



The Judicator’s gaze swept over me. ‘THE CONFLICT BETWEEN US WAS AN ERROR,’ it repeated.
Tycho raised his voice, then. ‘Who decides that? You?’
‘NO. IT IS THE DECISION OF MIGHTY SZAREKH, LAST AND GREATEST OF THE SILENT KINGS. PROSTRATE YOURSELVES BEFORE HIS MAGNIFICENCE.’
An uneasy silence fell over the seven of us. I turned to my brothers, unsure how to react.
Dante narrowed his eyes. ‘The Silent King… The Silent King?’
‘MIGHTY SZAREKH, LAST AND GREATEST OF THE SILENT KINGS.’
‘The Silent King is… here, on Gehenna?’
The Judicator’s head twitched. ‘I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF “GEHENNA”. BUT THE SILENT KING IS HERE, NOW. HE WOULD TREAT WITH YOU, DANTE OF THE BLOOD ANGELS, IN THE FACE OF OUR COMMON ENEMY.’

Fen
21-12-2014, 17:47
The dread sentinels of Dorn

-I think this is the first IF story to use the post-Sentinels of Terra background.A few tidbits of Fists' lore are added here and there
Like the fact that they hold an entire line of star forts all around the perimeter of the segmentum solar as part of their "praetorians of Terra" role,and that it's the specific task of the 5th company captain to manage them

Also,i think it's the first time outside the Index astartes and 30k that
Inwit is mentioned as something important,even if just in a single line

As for the story...Not bad but probably suffers of a little problem
it's hard to get an exact scale of the engagement...Either the space marines follow strictly the hollywood marines standard or there must be more of them than the story suggests

Events call for an entire company to be there and the start of the book seems to consider it so in at least one place...But then it looks like it's only 8 of them for most of the story

Kijamon
24-12-2014, 17:01
Picked up The Watcher, it's okay but not convinced by the price tag.

1. So what was the word? Or was I stupid and missed it?

2. Overall, quite please my beloved Space Wolves finally get the greeting you would expect of having a babysitter unit from another legion turn up. It's a pretty solid concept but I'm guessing it's lining up another part to the story or that I've missed something that this fixes from another story. Any help?

Bonus points for the Space Wolf saying "Istvaan? Never heard of it..." upon hearing of the destination of the fleet.

Tymell
24-12-2014, 21:46
1. So what was the word? Or was I stupid and missed it?

Bird? :p (sorry, couldn't resist)

More seriously: The word the Space Wolf says is "Nightfall", the word (and other things) carved into his flesh by Curze isn't specified.


2. Overall, quite please my beloved Space Wolves finally get the greeting you would expect of having a babysitter unit from another legion turn up. It's a pretty solid concept but I'm guessing it's lining up another part to the story or that I've missed something that this fixes from another story. Any help?

Yeah, I liked it too. There's nothing I'm aware of leading to it (aside from the concept of the Space Wolf watch-packs as a whole of course), although Ison is mentioned by Garro in Shield of Lies, just when he's listing off Knight-Errant names. We have seen one/two other Space Wolf Knights-Errant, but neither have his name (Bror Tyrfingr from Vengeful Spirit and possibly Varskjold from Distant Echoes of Old Night, though it's not 100% clear if he's a Knight-Errant), so I'd imagine this is leading up to something else.

Also got me curious about Ison's original legion. My guess is Thousand Sons: He mentions detesting his primarch, which suggests a traitor legion. The description on the BL website tells us he was a librarian in his former legion, which likely rules out Death Guard and Emperor's Children as they didn't have them. He mentions fighting alongside the Night Lords as "another legion", so they're out, and he also says his first time fighting alongside the Space Wolves was before his primarch had been found, so Luna Wolves also unlikely just since Horus was found so early on. Lastly, he mentions seeing the Space Wolf's blood staining his plain armour red, and that reminding him of being apart from his legion now. While it's possible he's referring to the plainness of the armour itself, I'd guess this is a hint at his legion's colours being red, suggesting Word Bearers or Thousand Sons. I'm guessing the latter since librarians were so common among them, and the Word Bearers only took on red colours late on.

DarkChaplain
25-12-2014, 01:47
Good thinking, Tymell, but you overlooked one fact: The Word Bearers weren't red, initially, but grey. They only switched to red when they unveiled their treachery.

Tymell
25-12-2014, 05:33
Good thinking, Tymell, but you overlooked one fact: The Word Bearers weren't red, initially, but grey. They only switched to red when they unveiled their treachery.

That's what I meant when I said they only took it on late on ;) Unless you mean them going from grey to red is itself a point towards Word Bearers, since his armour is turning from grey to red too. Also a good possibility! (I just wanted to clarify that I was aware of and mentioning the fact of their change, but I hadn't thought of it in that way :) )

MiyamatoMusashi
27-12-2014, 22:48
1. So what was the word? Or was I stupid and missed it?

If you're stupid, so am I. I really don't see what the point of this story was if the author couldn't be bothered to finish it. Or maybe in six years time this little detail will be provided in some obscure event-exclusive spin-off and they'll expect us to be all "OMG!!!" but actually everyone will have forgotten all about it.

Nazguire
27-12-2014, 23:09
If you're stupid, so am I. I really don't see what the point of this story was if the author couldn't be bothered to finish it. Or maybe in six years time this little detail will be provided in some obscure event-exclusive spin-off and they'll expect us to be all "OMG!!!" but actually everyone will have forgotten all about it.


Much more likely. Unless it's got something to do with Abnett's fascination with Enuncia.