So I did manage to get another three stories read last night and this morning, I think I’ve got two left.
Shadows of the Past - not one of the better stories, and actually I’m confused because I have no idea when it takes place. I think this is pre-Siege, but could be post for all I know. The basic premise is that the Word Bearers are building an infernal tower on a moon, in the name of the Gods, and a number of their Legionnaires are being brutally killed leaving their human slaves untouched. When confronted it appears as a daemonic shadow that appears out of nowhere and dismember the Word Bearers and forces them to run away to a camp where Lorgar is present. Marduk makes an appearance as first acolyte to Erebus, and is in Terminator armour for some reason. The warp is strong on this moon, as Lotgar is able to project himself as being three times the height of a Word Bearer when confronting the shadowy Daemon.
The Emperors Architect - the bulk of the story focuses around two remembrancers who are assigned to write about the history of Perturabo, and arrive on Olympia shortly after Perturabos adoptive father dies and the planet begins to fall into anarchy. They never meet the Primarch, but do see some elements of how he was from the grandson of one of Perturabos adoptive brothers. They are also shown a battle from one of the Iron Warriors pict feeds of an early Perturabo at the head of the Legion taking on the Black Judges. We also get, as an aside, some POV parts from Perturabo during his early time in Olympia, including a few pages from his viewpoint as he crashes down on Olympia for the first time. I may actually have to pick up Guy Haley’s Perturabo book based off of this short story, it’s very good.
The Prince of Blood - the best of the theee, and up there alongside A-D-B’s story. Angron has ascended and is in the bowels of the Conqueror, as they travel behind the Word Bearers on the way to Terra. Something happens to their navigator, and the World Eater fleet is forced to drop out of the warp into real space, as the Word Bearers adopt the ‘Top Gear’ protocol and leave them behind. The Conqueror is in a bad way, it’s succumbing to the warp and is changing - the human crew are suffering from dehydration as all the available water is being turned into blood. The Legion is suffering too, as the nails are becoming more of an issue. Khârn goes into the belly of the Conqueror to speak to Angron to seek orders. There’s a lot from Kharns point of view, including him blaming Lorgar for what’s happened to Angron, and wanting to take the World Eaters after the Siege and make the Word Bearers pay for what they’ve done. Angron is having a hard time coming to terms with his new patron, and the demands that are now coursing through his soul. He hates being coupes up in the Conqueror, and wants to get back to a planet to relieve the pressures building, which the Legion do. This is the second story in this book with major traitor characters wanting to see Lorgar killed, so I’m guessing it’s not going to end well for him.