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I have finished Signus. Final thoughts...

 

  • 'A Devil's Contract' box is kinda confusing. It states that a legion losing 10,000 warriors is 'effectively rendered combat ineffective'. What? Even if a legion numbers a mere 5,000, it's certainly not combat ineffective. But then it states that the Blood Angels legion would eventually return to full strength. What? How? When?
  • I'm annoyed that one of the last paragraphs goes on at length at how much effort the Blood Angels spent to hide any details of the Signus campaign, only to have the entire account show up here. Yes, I understand FW is playing the Mechanicum card with Shurol, but it still bugs me. 
  • The fact that some Custodians survive implies they arrive at Guilliman's Secundus empire. Who thought this was a good idea?
  • As usual, I enjoyed the emphasis on troop deployments, battle lines, and the tactical nitty-gritty that adds an entirely new aspect to battle we don't see nearly as well in the Black Library novels, but...
  • Ultimately, I think Blunt has the right of it. FW should have left Signus alone. FW's additions were just as likely as to taint the effort (the Custodians) as they were to add something interesting (the new angel-titles & heroes). And those additions could have been made elsewhere. Honestly, I think the real reason FW chose Signus was to have a plausible way to add a Daemon army without jumping too far ahead in the timeline. So, instead of jumping forward, they jumped backwards.

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There's a warp passage that flies through the Maelstrom called the Passage of Iron. Not sure how that will affect us.


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Thoughts from the Saint arc of Gaunt's Ghosts...

 

  • It appears sufficiently famous/divine people can, in fact, reincarnate. Though, as far as the Imperium is concerned, this seems to be limited to living Saints. 
  • The ending is incredibly bittersweet. Also, human souls can dodge the hellscape of the Warp, for a time at least. There is a ghost, a peaceful ghost, at the end of the arc. 
  • The Imperium, mid-Imperium, has the ability to create a device which can read soul signatures to trigger a super weapon. Or, maybe Sabbat found some Dark Age tech.
  • The living Saint of the series wields green fire when being super-divine. 
  • The Imperial Guard/Army really deserves to share the limelight with the Space Marines instead of being consistently overshadowed. 

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Back to Malevolence

 

  • So, FW is now saying that the thunderhawks were introduced in 943.M30. This in spite of it supposed to be introduced 'relatively recently'. I'm going to reject this bit.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche is Fridrek Neetcher in 30k.
  • Canopus is another world that is known for its extensive production facilities 'equivalent to that of a lesser Forge World'. So, the Mechanicum does not have a monopoly on production within the Imperium. It's also the site of a battle between Blood Angels and Sons of Horus. 
  • Saiph is a feral world used as a recruiting ground for the BA
  • The last addition to the books by the author is 087.M31. We can use that as a similar benchmark for our own writings. Also, the Khan has already disappeared by that point. The Brotherhood in question refuse to break down into chapters, retain claims to be a legion, and promptly head out into the unknown to continue to make war.
  • FW seems to now emphasize how the early Legions fought alongside the Thunder Warriors. 

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  • At one point, artificial moons were made around Neptune. They were occupied by mutants of the formerly human outposts and xeno raiders.
  • By the point of Neptune, the Ninth Legion was around 12,000 marines. Now, they are explicitly mentioned as one of the largest Legions, but the numbers renew old frustrations with calculations. 
  • A couple of brief mentions of fighting at the Second Siege of Yarant (early BA & Fists) and Shedim (Malagant Rifles and early BA). 
  • Sanguinius' conquest of Baal is interesting. On the one hand, he does purge the mutants beyond hope of salvation, but he never actually conquers the normal humans. The latter peacefully flock to his banner. Even more interesting, Sanguinius begs the Emperor not to slaughter the Baalites, who revere Sanguinius as a god. The Emperor relents and the Imperial Truth never comes to Baal. You'd think that would mean the Imperial Cult would be super-charged there.
  • Compliance of Teghar PentaurusTime: circa 848.M30. Location: Storm-wracked fifth world of the system. Involved abhumans and potential trained dire carnodons. Given the time-difference after Sanguinius is found, it could be anywhere in the galaxy. If we do we keep it near Baal, then the Steel Legion or the Iron Bears would be in the right neighborhood. Relatively-speaking, though the Crimson Lions would be more thematically similar to the Blood Angels. Recommended LegionIron Bears, Steel Legion, or Crimson Lions
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  • Siege of Anaxis XIITime: circa 850.M30. Location: Anaxis XII. Blood Angels and Imperial Fists versus Hrud. The siege lasted a full year. Recommended LegionAny 
  • Battles of Cambriole and PrehaltTime: circa 852.M30. Location: Cambriole and Prehalt. Blood Angels versus Eldar Reavers. Lot of dueling and close combat. Recommended LegionAny 
  • Compliance of Kentaurus Beta coloniesTime: circa 857.M30. Location: Kentaurus Beta. Sanguinius peacefully ensures compliance.  Recommended LegionHalcyon Wardens
  • I do not agree with the Forsaken at all. At the very least, the claim that Sanguinius only saw visions of doom. That's explicitly the Night Haunter's gig. I'm curious if the Forsaken is FW trying to establish a proto-Death Company. If so, I'm still not sure if they did the execution right. While 40k BA tend to have dark visions, that's to reinforce the utter grimdarkness of 40k as opposed to that being the nature of the visions themselves.
  • Er, well that completely reverses what BL wrote. Of the two, Horus and Sanguinius, both were widely loved, but Sanguinius was the 'distant' one. Not so much on purpose, but his own ethereal nature made it harder for him to connect as well as Horus did. Instead, Sanguinius tended to awe everyone he came into contact, like the Emperor. What really confuses me is that FW suggests Sanguinius could calm Angron down...not sure how I feel about that one.
  • Ah, there's the 'Sanguinius should have been Warmaster' that ires Blunt so much. Eh, Horus himself stated as much, and I wonder if the in-universe author is biased toward Sanguinius after what happened at the Siege of Terra. If that is the point, then one point of subtlety toward FW. If not, they lose a point.
  • Battles of Kum-kartaTime: Unification Wars. Location: Yndonesia. Involved fortresses with sunken vaults. Recommended LegionAny 
  • I find the three Spheres of the Blood Angels quite amusing and interesting as I was able to recognize some angelic orders from prior studies. The only disappointment is that they didn't follow through on the First Sphere, which are called Immortals. Then again, both Cherubim and Seraphim, the highest orders of Angels, were used for specific Orders within the First Sphere.
  • Since when is 120k marines considered one of the largest legions?

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Even then, they could have been more subtle. My issue was that the author says everyone expected Sanguinius, when all the BL stuff says otherwise, quite firmly.

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  • The Pentagram of Vesper was an emblem for veterans of the Venus campaigns, apparently the 'worst massacres of the Wars of Unity'. The image can be found on Legionary Scrun, p. 126.
  • The Blood Angel banners and pauldrons are shiny. I pity the artist who tries to emulate them. I do appreciate the shout-out to Nakir and the 24th company.

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