Your update looks good. I've got a few comments and suggestions ........
I think some version of this caption should be at the top of your IA:
Index Astartes: The Blades Aurus
CURRENT STATE OF THE FLEETS [M42]
The last Great Council was in 921.M41 when there was a disagreement between the Fleet Admirals of 1st and 3rd fleet. Fleet Admiral Talmarus Neumann of The Foil believed that uncovering ancient human knowledge was the only way to make a breakthrough in the stalemate of war that the Imperium, whereas Fleet Admiral Mantorus Ackerman of The Saber believed that pursuing this, rather than concentrating on fighting the enemies of humanity, was abandoning their duty. They did not quite come to blows, but a simple compromise was made: their two fleets would not meet again until one of the Fleet Admirals died.
Although the last sentence made me smile, allowing an entire fleet to take up a exploritor mission in war time no matter how strongly one Fleet Admiral feels about this seems like a hugely inefficient use of limited resources bordering on sheer folly. Considering the state of Imperium Nihils, both physically and strategically, it would be like looking for a needle in a BURNING hay stack (unless Admiral Neumann has some sort of evidence of a specific STC and a possible location). Not that finding some ancient weapon tech couldn't conceivably shift the balance of fortune in the Imperium's favor, the odds are just to great to risk so many lives and resources. I could see a compromise in several small task forces doing this mission, but nothing larger..... and the two admirals still probably wouldn't see each other until one of them was dead
Ultimately it's your story and if you still want to stick with your idea, that's okay too.
Brother Mantorus of the Blades Aurus watched the Space Wolf lieutenant leap the trench. He landed with perfect poise, his mane of blond hair forming a halo around his head. Backlit by the setting sun he was the epitome of the noble savage.
An autocannon shell took him in the left temple, exploding the right side of his head, his blond hair suddenly stained red.
“Sanguinius wept”, Mantorus yelled, “what kind of idiot goes into battle without their helmet?!”.
This made me laugh
Your Blades are coming along very nicely
Edited by Brother Lunkhead, 20 November 2019 - 09:43 PM.