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Title: WARMASTER, STRIKE AND FADE, VERITAS FERRUM
Description: New short audio series?


ShroudFilm - December 7, 2012 03:56 PM (GMT)
Hey all -

Announced and released today as part of the BL Advent Calendar, the first in a series of Horus Heresy short audios! 'Warmaster' by John French is available to download now, at the bargain price of £1.50

http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/warmaster-mp3.html

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(gotta love the Christmas wrapping paper artwork, eh?!)

This is quite possibly my favourite HH audio drama yet, and it weighs in at under 10 minutes. Fantastic stuff.

ShroudFilm - December 7, 2012 04:17 PM (GMT)
...and the blog is up now too!

http://www.blacklibrary.com/Blog/the-warmaster-demands.html

I've contributed to this one, with the following text:

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John French has already written some fantastic stuff for the Horus Heresy (The Crimson Fist, anyone?) He takes his craft very seriously, and he spends a lot of time getting inside the heads of his characters - Warmaster is a perfect example of this, taking us right into the confidences of Horus himself.

This is a reflective soliloquy from the main man, the guy with his name above the door. It's an almost Shakespearean monologue from the arch-traitor and he-who-would-be-king. But this isn't nine minutes of navel-gazing - we are treated to countless snapshots of the war itself... and for those of you with sharp hearing, there are some AMAZING teasers in there for upcoming Horus Heresy storylines...

The audio production is absolutely stunning. John has provided all the cues, really making the most of the medium - I've read the story as prose too, but the audio just takes it to a whole new level.

But who is Horus addressing as he speaks? I can't say, but it answers a question that fans have been asking for years...


And by 'fans', I clearly mean 'members of TGC'! :lol:

Marcoos - December 7, 2012 05:03 PM (GMT)
I need to listen to this a few more times! I've missed the 'hidden' extras, and I'm really not sure what question has been answered.

That'll teach me to listen whilst brig distracted by an overly playful dog!


BigWill - December 7, 2012 05:19 PM (GMT)
All my FW stuff should come wrapped in that.
Ah another missed oppurtunity,HH gift wrap :D
I for one would buy a couple rolls.

Yeah Marcoos, I too was listening with only half an ear.
Gotta go back with the Stethoscope ;)

Those of us gifted by the warp,figured out who he was talking to, for quite some time now B)

malika - December 7, 2012 07:37 PM (GMT)
So many little details in there! Ok, can we maybe tear the thing apart together and put all the tiny pieces together?

This is such an awesome release!

Pacific - December 7, 2012 07:49 PM (GMT)
Very interested in the premise of this - am hoping it will do something to fill in the gaps in False Gods, and how Horus goes from 'Emperor, yay!' to 'Emperor u die!' in seemingly 5 pages!

malika - December 7, 2012 07:54 PM (GMT)
He's actually becoming more of an interesting character because of this!

BigWill - December 7, 2012 10:06 PM (GMT)
And the more info I get,the more I think the Dark Angels did what the Ultras were said to have done and the Robooty is doing what the DA were supposed to be guilty of, but even worse cause he aint just waiting to see who wins but be ready to pounce on the victor with his full strength.

This is all baseless conjecture mind you,but still....

What I want to know when it is all said and done why was he reluctant to shove his Codex down the Wolves throught like he did the Fists.

I think the Scouring could be way way more interesting than the Heresy ;)
A lot of Intrigue and backstabbing

malika - December 7, 2012 10:14 PM (GMT)
Horus finally became a convincing character again!

Markus Krell - December 7, 2012 10:50 PM (GMT)
I like that Horus knows he's got the wrong primarchs on his side and I sensed doubt in his voice/thoughts.
Reading between the lines, "is it too late to say 'sorry'; lets all stop the fighting and go back to how it was".

BigWill: I think Dorn was more receptive to the Codex after most of his legion was wiped out and Guilliman rescues him. I don't think Russ is someone to be reasoned with.
I really need to finish Know No Fear!!


I kept imagining someone holding the skull of Ferrus Manus ala Eric Morecambe (manipulating the jaw for those who don't know)...
Horus: "What do you think of the Heresy so far?"
Ferrus: "Rubbish!!"

BigWill - December 7, 2012 11:39 PM (GMT)
Markus ,Why was Dorn fighting that battle(Iron Cage) in the first place.
Guilliman and Dorn almost started a second civil war because Dorn wanted Legions.
Dorn relented but rather than break them up,he broke them down to the hardest and deadliest which is why there are few IF sucessors.

Warhamster Horus - December 8, 2012 05:41 PM (GMT)
Ok after listening to this, I think I found the few references to future books Shroud mentioned.

SPOILER ALERT!


1) "We have no other resource, obliteration is the only option"

2) "The Hydra has failed you in the Ghoros Sector"

3) "Despite everything he lives!"

4) "500 ships lost to the void at this jump site, the enemy was waiting for us?"

5) "The Hydra does not see all, and now his blindness places a knife at his own back."


Now here's my thoughts on these quotes;

1) I think this is referencing the Battle of Tallarn where the Iron Warriors virus bomb the planet.

2 and 5) I think these two are linked, persumably the Alpha Legion are fighting the White Scars and or Space Wolves and Omegon stabs Alpharius in the back to allow the Loyalists to escape and make for Terra.

3) Vulkan! It must be surely. :)

4) I'm guessing this is a reference to the Battle of Phall as detailed in "Shadows of Treachery"

I hope I didn't break any rules by posting this, if I did just tell me and I'll remove them. Thanks :)

BigWill - December 8, 2012 06:54 PM (GMT)
3 might be Sanginius or Guilliman too.

Benedict Arnold - December 9, 2012 09:19 AM (GMT)
4) Could be the Death Guard's delay in the warp. Supposedly it was their entire force that went in one group that fell victim to the Destroyer plague and Nurgle's deal. "Mortarion was determined that the Death Guard would be there with him. With his entire fleet, he crossed into the Warp and straight into nightmare." -Index Astartes

Markus Krell - December 9, 2012 10:53 AM (GMT)
Point 3 could relate to Loken? Iím sure his former comrades would be shocked that he survived Isstvan.
As Warhamster said, it could be Vulkan and he makes a great entrance back into the fight (fingers crossed!!)

BigWill: I donít think I conveyed my point properly. Out of the surviving primarchs, Dorn was the only non-savage primarch with any strength (similar in many ways to Guilliman). The Space Wolves and White Scars would never have accepted the codex as their legionís set up are too unorthodox, so Guilliman didnít waste his time asking them.
Vulkan and Corax were in no position to argue, otherwise face extinction. Was the Lion still around at this point or had Caliban already been destroyed?
I know a new civil war nearly erupted between the loyalists and that the Iron Cage (probably) stopped this. My point was that Dorn had to accept the codex after the majority of the legion is destroyed (Iíd assume that he had around 4-5,000 astartes left). Guilliman was now in a position to demand more from the surviving legions as he has all of the strength.

Ogun - December 9, 2012 01:16 PM (GMT)
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Ok after listening to this, I think I found the few references to future books Shroud mentioned.

SPOILER ALERT!


1) "We have no other resource, obliteration is the only option"

2) "The Hydra has failed you in the Ghoros Sector"

3) "Despite everything he lives!"

4) "500 ships lost to the void at this jump site, the enemy was waiting for us?"

5) "The Hydra does not see all, and now his blindness places a knife at his own back."


Now here's my thoughts on these quotes;

1) I think this is referencing the Battle of Tallarn where the Iron Warriors virus bomb the planet.

2 and 5) I think these two are linked, persumably the Alpha Legion are fighting the White Scars and or Space Wolves and Omegon stabs Alpharius in the back to allow the Loyalists to escape and make for Terra.

3) Vulkan! It must be surely. smile.gif

4) I'm guessing this is a reference to the Battle of Phall as detailed in "Shadows of Treachery"

I hope I didn't break any rules by posting this, if I did just tell me and I'll remove them. Thanks smile.gif



Number 4 could be something new. I don't think the Iron Warriors were meant to have much more than 500 ships at Phall according to my reading of the Crimson Fist and they did not lose that number. The fate of the Death Guard possibly, but then again he seems to suggest the ships were lost due to enemy action. The White Scars are meant to be tied up fighting the Alpha Legion, so probably not them, and the same for the Wolves, though considering this is the Age of Darkness probably I shouldn't be too certain on that. Corax perhaps? A sneaky ambush sounds exactly his style. Or perhaps the Lipn now he has driven off the Night Lords?

5) is really interesting! Does Horus know that the Alpha Legion 1. has twin primarchs and 2. are divided against each other?

3) Vulkan back to lay on some serious smiting, yes please! :)

ShroudFilm - December 9, 2012 01:37 PM (GMT)
:D

As Nick Kyme keeps tweeting:

#vulkanlives!

Markus Krell - December 9, 2012 02:15 PM (GMT)
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:D

As Nick Kyme keeps tweeting:

#vulkanlives!


What about Tarvitz?!! :D

Is there a release date yet on Scorched Earth please; is it before Mark of Calth?

malika - December 9, 2012 06:18 PM (GMT)
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5) is really interesting! Does Horus know that the Alpha Legion 1. has twin primarchs and 2. are divided against each other?

Not sure about Horus knowing about Omegon being a Primarch. However, I can imagine that he has some grasp on that the Alpha Legion might not be as united as they seem...

Ogun - December 9, 2012 09:05 PM (GMT)
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Not sure about Horus knowing about Omegon being a Primarch. However, I can imagine that he has some grasp on that the Alpha Legion might not be as united as they seem...


I guess it depends on how he gets his information. :)
If he is learning stuff from the warp he may learn about the twin Primarchs from that. Horus can hardly trust the Alpha Legion fully so he might seek non-conventional ways of getting information on them. Given the Word Bearers known antipathy to the AL I'm sure Erebus would be up for trying some warp based dirt digging at least.

malika - December 9, 2012 09:34 PM (GMT)
What's this bit about the Word Bearers and Alpha Legion not liking each other? I remember reading that the Chaos version of them (so post heresy stuff) aren't so much into each other because they both use cultists (which is kind of a silly argument since cultists can be found amongst most Chaos forces), but during the Crusade/Heresy there was also bad blood between them?

Ogun - December 9, 2012 11:40 PM (GMT)
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What's this bit about the Word Bearers and Alpha Legion not liking each other? I remember reading that the Chaos version of them (so post heresy stuff) aren't so much into each other because they both use cultists (which is kind of a silly argument since cultists can be found amongst most Chaos forces), but during the Crusade/Heresy there was also bad blood between them?


I think the main reason I got that impression was down to Alpharius' hostile exchanges with Erebus in Deliverance Lost. But you are right, I don't think anything has been directly said about their relationship in the Crusade/Heresy era. I can't imagine they have anything approaching a warm relationship though, given their very different approaches and attitudes.
Does anyone know if the allies chart in Betrayal says what status of ally the Alpha Legion are to the Word Bearers? That might give us a better idea perhaps?

ShroudFilm - December 14, 2012 09:07 AM (GMT)
More new HH audio action in the BL Advent calendar today! Looks like becoming a regular Friday treat, eh? ;)

http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/s...d-fade-mp3.html

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We're returning to the wastes of Isstvan V - like the guy in the plague cart in Monty Python the Salamanders are crying out "I'm not dead...!" :-P

Guy Haley is an excellent new author, and of course ex-White Dwarf editor. Expect great things from him in the near future.

Pacific - December 14, 2012 09:41 AM (GMT)
Ah cool will have to give that one a listen. White Dwarf (back in the days when it had some journalistic content!) seems to have produced some really good writers for BL. Thought Guy did a great job of the latest Warpath background stuff (not sure how much of that was his own creation, but if it was he certainly has a good imagination!)

ShroudFilm - December 14, 2012 01:38 PM (GMT)
Not familiar with that one. Guy's stuff currently in progress is fantastic, and his Blood Drinkers short story 'The Rite of Holos' was amazing.

This audio has the best produced battle scene in any BL drama. Really scary and frantic.

ShroudFilm - December 24, 2012 10:45 AM (GMT)
...and here's a very special Christmas Eve story for HH fans... 'Veritas Ferrum' by new HH author David Annandale! :)

http://www.blacklibrary.com/horus-heresy/v...ferrum-mp3.html

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We finally get to see more of the battle at Isstvan V, and here for the first time in audio, a full-on space battle featuring the Iron Hands!

I absolutely love that bionic voice for Captain Atticus - it's like something from Doctor Who. :D

Hraesvelgr - December 24, 2012 12:28 PM (GMT)
Awesome stuff! I must say I've really enjoyed these advent stories, Failure's Reward sticks out particularly in my memory, well worth a read!

Dogbert - December 24, 2012 10:10 PM (GMT)
Are these going to be on sale for awhile? Or have to buy them soon ?

Marcoos - December 24, 2012 10:39 PM (GMT)
Really enjoyed today's audio. It had never occurred to me that the rest of the Iron Hands legion was so close behind the first wave and would have arrived whilst the massacre was in progress! So a 3rd loyalist legion has been shattered, not just lost the veteran companies. I hope we get to see more of the Veritas Ferrum in the future.




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