Sorry Semper, I agree with the rest. Luther, Astelan and Zahariel have been side-lined for now and we either know or can assume their fate anyway. Corswain will persumably be the Lion's right hand for the rest of the Heresy and we want more.
Disagreeing is what the forums are for!
Well undoubtedly Corswain is the one to watch. He is the new kid on the block and I wouldn’t be surprised if Vazzy’s guess, that Corswain ultimately becomes the first SGM, turns out to be true.
But DAs are not about Corswain – they are about the Lion! He is the one that defines the faction. Corswain may be brave (he was) or a coward (some hint to that in the way he handles the daemon situation) but in the end he is just one marine in a 100,000 strong Legion (give or take). The Lion is what matters. It’s like in Savage Weapons. The main thing of this short story was that the Lion lost to Curze in a straight fight. Curze had no advantage to speak of either – if anything he was surprised by the Lion’s unexpected first attack. Am I supposed to feel compensated by Corswain’s bravery? I am not. As a reader, I do not identify with the champion, I identify with the big man himself.
But back to the novella at hand, I really do not care a single bit how Corswain behaves when confronted with lesser daemons for the first time in a warp saturated environment… The quality of the novella will actually be judged on how the Lion is depicted. It is called “The Lion” after all. And the minute he decapitated Nemiel was an air-punching moment for me! I was like: “Yeeeeeeeeessssssssss! shut up you self-righteous little nobody! Now the Lion speaks! All we need now is for Luther to kill Zachariel and we’re done.
In fact, as supporting characters go, Corswain in a short story has managed to be a gazillion times more interesting than two full novels of Nemiels and Zachariels…
And I agree. Corswain sticking the Night Haunter is what made that skirmish a moral victory for the Dark Angels.
Agreed. This is what put Corswain on the map.
And talking about how the Lion is depicted, the BL passage above is just marvellous! TWO SWORDS! Yessss! *looks at his avatar, in self satisfaction* Carving up daemons in a warp environment! Yessss! “It wants to speak with you”
? I bet the Lion wants to have a word with IT too!
In short I see this novella, so far, as giving the Lion a Primarch awesomeness quality from which he was consistently deprived in the “Decent” and “Fallen Angels”.
Edited by Captain Semper, 16 February 2012 - 09:04 AM.