Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Your Void Stalker Qs

Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “These aren’t all of the Void Stalker Questions.” Well, I don’t care. But I did it, damn you. I freaking answered most of the freaking things. Time is a factor, you know.

I’ll try to get to the others at a later date.

  • Jonathan Ward asked: “What’s the part of it you’ve most enjoyed writing so far?” Good question, guy. Probably the evacuation of Tsagualsa, when it comes under attack by the Primogenitor Chapters.
  • Alec McQuay asked: “What does the Void Stalker wear under his armour?” I’m not sure. Also, the Void Stalker is a she.
  • Chris Buck asked: “Will the relationship between Septimus and Octavia go on?” Yes. The conclusion may or may not be a happy one, depending on your point of view.
  • Jonathon Ward (what, again?) asked: “Does Talos stop at any point and say ‘I’ve been a bit of a dick, haven’t I?'” Sort of. The novel is primarily about Talos realising his view of the Legion is a little theatrical and melodramatic, viewed through rose-tinted lenses to save his own sanity. The narrative spine is about how he comes to terms with it, and what he decides to do about it. Remember, the only actual non-biased information we have abou the Eighth Legion is their Index Astartes article, and it’s very clear on what the Legion is really like, now and in the past.
  • David Michael Defries asked: “If Talos is the Soul Hunter and Huron Blackheart is the Blood Reaver, who is the Void Stalker and what is his favourite colour?” I’m not telling you who she is. But it’s probably black.
  • Dale Jordan Parratt asked: “Will any further details from the Horus Heresy emerge?” Yeah. Well, quite a bit about the Scouring, and a little bit about the Heresy. Sevatar gets a few mentions and quotes, with several characters referencing his fate. That’s a touch of foreshadowing for him in the Horus Heresy.
  • Sam Spiteri asked: “Any news regarding the aftermath of the Atramentar??” Firstly, I’m not sure both of those question marks are totally necessary. Oh, and… yes. I’ve mentioned before that they’re getting their own spinoff, Terminator Nights, where they chase girls and solve crimes. Or chase crimes and solve girls. I’m not sure which one I’ll go with.
  • Alex “Buddy” Holly asked: “Is Void Stalker the conclusion or a continuation? These premonitions have me worried.” It’s the conclusion. Remember, the Night Haunter’s prophecies were mostly about how he died. Night Lord visions aren’t cool or hopeful things to have, when it comes to the crunch.
  • Lianne O’Sullivan asked: “What was your inspiration for the pieces of dialogue written in Nostraman?” Words that sound dangerous when you whisper them. Vaguely Italian-sounding wordplay that’s reminiscent of mafia captains threatening each other. I have a lexicon of Nostraman, so I know certain words, and I know how to pluralize certain phrases, etc. It has grammar rules, but since there’s hardly any Nostraman spoken, there aren’t many yet. I think the lexicon is likely to go in the omnibus.
  • Tom Williams asks: “Are we going to see lots of dead squishy space elves?” Maybe. And an equal number of dead space humans, too.
  • Joe Scrim Till Deth asks: “will the series of night lords books go on as long as the ultramarines??? If so will the night lords reunite there entire legion by the end of it cause from what i have read they seem to be a very broken up legion!!?” Man, that’s a grotesque amount of punctuation. I think I hate you. Firstly, it might go on after a break, but this is the end of the trilogy for the near future, at least. And no, no one Night Lord would ever be able to unite the Legion. That’s just now how Chaos Marines work, as every edition of the Chaos Space Marine Codex has highlighted. Even the Legions that are still relatively ‘together’ through a time-mutable eternity of infighting and war within a realm of pure Hell are still warbands, led by individual champions and warlords, coming together largely for raiding and Black Crusades.
  • Nikki Loftus asks: “Can I hug Cyrion?” You can, but be careful. You don’t know where he’s been.
  • Joe Marsden asks: “Question for you sir: Did you ever consider real world criminal organisations (their cultures, codes etc) when thinking about the Night Lords? If so, which ones? And, last question; could any victory or achievement truly make the Night Lords of your novels ‘happy’ or fulfilled?” The Mafia. I’ve researched them pretty heavily in the past for writing projects, so I know quite a lot about them. And sure, some of the characters could be fulfilled. It depends on their drives and desires, really. Cyrion and Xarl are already fairly fulfilled – they just want to survive another day in a galaxy that hates them. Talos struggles, though. Part of that is because he knows he’s essentially hollow, an avatar of the Legion’s capacity for self-deceit. Despite being from Nostramo, he’s what the Night Lords were before all the Nostramans joined the ranks. And remember, he’s right to be unhappy about a lot of things: Curze annihilated their home planet to stop any more of them joining his Legion. That’s serious juju. That’s not the act of a primarch who thinks his Legion is a great bunch of guys.
  • Sergio Nunez Cabrera asks: “What happened to the head and body of big bad Conrad Kurze? will we see more of Cyrion´s taint? Will we see flashbacks of Talos as an scout -do even NLs take scouts?-? will we see more of Halasker, of Lucoryphus prior to joining the Raptor cult?” In order… No one knows; Yes; No; Not exactly; Maybe; No.
  • Stephen Forde asks: “Where did I leave my shoes?” That’s less random when you learn that I really do have a pair of his clogs at my house.
  • Scott Anderson asks: “Who was Alpharius the whole time? :D” but I won’t answer it because I hate smilies.
  • Dale Jordan Parratt asks: “Cyrion is my favourite without a doubt.” and is promptly informed that that’s not a question.
  • Kenneth Goddard asks: “Will we start to see the Night Lords start to recruit and replenish their numbers?” which makes me wonder if he’s read the end of Blood Reaver.
  • James Nicolau asks: “Will Talos or any of 10th Company find Zso Sahaal and kick his ass for running off like a punkass?” Nope, because Sahaal resurfaces a decade or two after the series is set. I was careful about that. Really, with a Legion having done so much in ten thousand years, it’s unlikely Sahaal’s return would mean that much, and he’d (at best) be just one warlord among a Legion that didn’t like him very much. As much as some fans love him, they’re not looking at it from an in-universe perspective. All canonical Night Lords lore states that Sahaal’s viewpoint is incorrect. That means, well, that it’s incorrect. The subversive “But we were really betrayed” theme works great in BL’s annals a few years ago (and sells books like crazy, as fans love conspiracy theories, and villains who are wronged heroes out for revenge), but now we’re detailing all of those ancient eras more clearly, and according to the lore. This is part of the reason why, in the Night Lords series, he’s not as popular as some fans might have imagined, and why I avoided detailing too much about him. His story is done. He’s not as great as he said he was. He’s just as tarnished as Talos, Xarl, and all the other characters in the series.
  • Arwen Fenton asks: “If we pray hard enough to the Chaos Gods, will that ensure a second trilogy featuring our favourite cowardly badasses? What music (if any) do you listen to whilst writing for the Night Lords?” Part of my reluctance to continue it is that I’m planning a Chaos series about a different faction of humans and Chaos Marines. I’m taking everything I’ve learned from the Night Lords Trilogy, and applying it to that, as well as delving into new territory. As for music, I pretty much always listen to 90s British Rock (Wildhearts, Therapy?, etc. not Oasis and co.), Industrial, Darkwave, 80s Metal, and some dance. Repetitive things with no lyrics are surprisingly helpful sometimes.
  • Ragnar Karlsson, who works at Black Library, asks: “Is it going to be on time? ;)” Is it fuck.
  • Debi Marie Whitehouse asks: “It’s pretty obvious that Talos and the crew are currently single, but do they date and if so what kind of girls do they dig?!” That’s actually kind of an interesting question. They’d probably like really nice princess-types in secret, but they’d marry biker chicks. The problem is that they skin people when they get annoyed, so domestic violence on a Night Lords vessel would be slightly less amusing, and way more gross.
  • Joe Lyons asks: “How did you get the Night Lords so.. human? At least, as human as ancient genetically-forged giant killers can be, but unlike so many other astartes in writing, they are properly individual characters that I care about. Was it a conscious thing to move away from the norm?” It was, actually. Everyone has a different opinion on exactly how Marines act. For me, humanity – as a concept and an expected ideal of behaviour – covers a broad spectrum. The Night Lords were human; human children, at least. They’ve got human foundations to their psychological makeup, but a lot of their development was stunted, manipulated, or otherwise altered by nature and nurture. They’ve each got aspects of humanity, and their origins do show easily enough. Whereas I tend to write loyalist Marines are more “autistic from the outside” and focused, driven by duty, Chaos Marines are largely driven by emotion – and usually negative ones. That matters. It’s a powerful slice of characterisation, too.
  • Luke Temporal asks: “‎1. What kind of font will be used? 2. How thick will the paper be? 3. Will every page be numbered, or every other page?” 1. I write in Palatino Linotype, size 11. Everything else is barbarous. 2. I’m not involved in production. 3. Being in the family doesn’t spare me from hating you, man.
  • Sarah Cawkwell asks: “If Nicky gets to hug Cyrion, can I borrow Uzas to deal with my List!” You can borrow him, but please bring him back soon, as I need him to fight things. Also, he’ll be covered in blood and twitch all the time, so I’m not sure he’ll be much use around the house.
  • Sally Edwards asks: “Can you do a dictionary for Nostraman?” See above. Yeah, I’ve got one as a forever-open Word.doc on my second screen when I write, and I think it’ll be in the omnibus. Kalshiel, for example, is Nostraman for mating, but it implies mating ‘beneath your station’. As in, “Those kalshiel Bleeding Eyes.”
  • Greg Smith asks: “‎1. Do you actually have a full Nostraman vocab worked out or are you just making it up? 2. Is Talos going to remain in command throughout VS? 3. Are the Atramentar really dead?” 1. Yes I do, but yes, I also make up new things to add to it. 2. Sort of. There’s a leadership issue, related to the end of Blood Reaver. 3. No. That would be awful writing.
  • Dave Cox asks: “So. How are you?” Cyrion actually asks that in Void Stalker’s prologue.
  • Dave Young asks: “Can we still do our Xarl spin off book together?” You know it. Xarl: the Jihad Years will be a winner beyond anything else.
  • Wesley Weix: “How many times did you work on VS behind the Wifey’s back during the honeymoon? :p” Not many, actually. I did some of The Butcher’s Nails, and I read a lot of Steve Pressfield. I was mostly concerned with looking at Katie naked.
  • Jamie Watson asks: “1. whats the first thing you will buy with the royalties? 2. whats the weirdest thing you have been distracted by when writing it? 3. did you steal any ideas that you used in the book thus far?” 1. Probably flowers for Katie, since it’ll be Royalties Day. 2. Planning a wedding, getting married and going on honeymoon. 3. Nope, but I always want to use “OKAY, I’M RELOADED!” from Carlito’s Way, especially since the Lonely Island song.
In other news…
Goddamn, Neil. I owe you for that cover. It’s beautiful.

"I came all the way to the Eye of Terror and all I got was an Avatar puking on my boots."

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  1. Thanks for answering my question… quite glad to see that your thoughts on First Claw’s dating habits are similar to mine!

    Comment by Debi Marie Whitehouse | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  2. ‘Kenneth Goddard asks: “Will we start to see the Night Lords start to recruit and replenish their numbers?” which makes me wonder if he’s read the end of Blood Reaver.’

    I did read it… 😦 I guess i didn’t phrase it aswell as i hoped. What i kinda meant would we see them recruiting, and training new marines, eg, Xarl showing Novices how to shoot straight and such.

    Comment by Keneth | September 1, 2011 | Reply

    • That would be adorable.

      Alas, no. But I like the idea. Consider it stolen for my next Chaos series.

      Comment by aarondembskibowden | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  3. You are the worst teaser in the world. It would majorly suck if this were to be the end of the NL, but all good things must come to that eventually.

    Comment by Forkmaster | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  4. Dear Aaron Dembski-Bowden,
    What is your favorite cheese?

    Comment by lygris | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  5. Thanks for answering my questions. I had a feeling that the Atramentar weren’t ‘really’ dead – will be interesting to see if they ever pop up again in this series, or if you have other plans for them.

    Intrigued by your answer to my second question though – a leadership issue eh? Hmmmmm could be tasty.

    I have to say that I have enjoyed your NL stuff immensely, and I will be very sad to see the end of it, but at the same time I would rather that it ‘ended on a high’ kinda thing. Plus, I totally relate to what you say about it being a great big galaxy – ca’t write about the one thing forever.

    BTW – any news on if/when we can expect your NL contribution to the HH series?

    Comment by Greg Smith | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  6. Really? Another avatar getting it’s arse handed to it? *sigh*

    Comment by Sigiligil | September 1, 2011 | Reply

    • Or, maybe, more to the scene than at first it seems. “*Sigh*”

      Comment by aarondembskibowden | September 1, 2011 | Reply

      • Hi ADB – Now that you’ve put that idea in my head, all I can think of is how much Lorgar looks like a surly bouncer type that’s just evicted the poor avatar from some intergalactic strip joint for drinking too much and touching the dames.

        Congrats on the nuptials and the bub, by the way. Have you now considered the idea of writing kids books? Would that even be a good idea knowing your imagination?

        One last one – I was under the impression at one point you were coming to the Sydney AUS GD this October? Is that not the case now, or I was just completely incorrect from the start?

        Am looking forward very much to Aurelian. The First Heretic was the HH book that really answered the ‘So that’s why!’ question for me.

        Comment by Sigil | September 1, 2011 | Reply

      • Is that thing waking up?

        It can be touch and go after a heavy night on the molten lead.

        Comment by G | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  7. Write faster DAMMIT!


    Comment by Xhalax | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  8. Very nice, interesting answers all round.

    I think Sahaal could have had another novel written about him, perhaps about his quest to unify the Night Lords. It would have failed of course but it’d still be good reading. One thing I’ve wondered about is what would happen if Sahaal and First Claw met. My guess would be Talos would try to slit Sahaal’s throat, assuming Talos could beat him.

    Lord of the Night

    Comment by Lord of the Night | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  9. Hmm, as it seems Cyrion and Uzas are already taken I guess it’s time for me to call dibs on Talos. HA! *calls dibs on Talos*

    Comment by Dorian | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  10. Dude, Simon Spurrier is going to come kick your ass >:P But anyway I’, really psyched for Lorgar’s return in Aurelian.

    Comment by Nick Sharps | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  11. Did I ever tell you that you kinda look like Bjorn Stridt?


    Comment by Rob Ashley White | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  12. “Will we see more of Cyrion’s taint?” I imagine he keeps it well hidden beneath his ceramite jockstrap.

    Comment by Peterk | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  13. I imagine ‘kalshiel’ being spoken in the same tone and context most people would use ‘dogfucker’ for in English.

    Comment by MythicFox | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  14. Kill Sevatar with us witnessing the process!

    Comment by Anakwanar | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  15. I admit while I find the Night Lords books inspired and the First Heretic excellent I am only professing my love to you now due to you mentioning The Wildhearts.

    I have to point you towards this http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gingerwildheart#project and also say you really should go to one of the gigs in November…

    Comment by Matt | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  16. You mentioned working on another Chaos faction. Assuming it’s not the Abaddon project you’ve mentioned in the past, care to offer a hint as to who it/he/they might be?

    Comment by Phoebus Lazaridis | September 2, 2011 | Reply

  17. I’m excited there will be some insights to The Scouring in Void Stalker, I’ve always wondered exactly how that galaxy wide retreat/rampage went down. Ready to read the end of the trilogy.

    Comment by Caleb | September 2, 2011 | Reply

  18. Can World Eaters have the same sense of individuality as Night Lords?
    How will you bring depth into the character of a ragging Berserker running towards the enemy lines with a chain-axe in hand?
    Will they act as Spartans or more as Viking Raiders?

    Comment by Flying_Dutchman | September 2, 2011 | Reply

    • The same way you would bring depth to a Night Lord, I suppose. What was it that made Talos and the First Claw interesting? The fact that they terrorized and maimed people? Or their varying motivations for doing so and the conflict/dynamic those set up between the characters?

      Same for the World Eaters. It’s been established that World Eaters, even post-Heresy, are capable of complete sentences, nuanced thought, etc. See the Codices for this. The entire story wouldn’t be set entirely in melee combat (at least I assume it won’t be), so you have plenty of settings in which you can explore how this new batch of characters will think, feel, etc.

      But to answer using your examples, I would say “hopefully both”. And then some. As in, a man who has been brutalized into becoming this savage raider… but in undergoing this process he was also initiated in this twisted sort of warrior’s brotherhood where bonds are forged through shared suffering. Chaos is a corrupting force, though, and so while Khorne ultimately represents Spartans and Vikings alike, his core tenets–savagery, blood-thirst–will lead these “battle-brothers” to take each other’s lives almost as soon they would the enemy’s.

      I think good stories and good characters can be built around these concepts… and go beyond the whole “KILL, MAIM, BURN!” thing. 😉

      Comment by Phoebus Lazaridis | September 3, 2011 | Reply

  19. Okay, I believe that by definition World Eaters are far more generic than Night Lords.Why? Because there are manky kinds of terror and ways to inflict said terrors upon your enemies yet there is only one way to chop a head with a chainaxe… So, yeah.

    Comment by Flying_Dutchman | September 3, 2011 | Reply

  20. Uzas,or Sergent Uzas of Fourth Claw,just want to see him more often.Seriouly Sir,almost everyone in the NL series deserve a standalone book….I am just saying…

    Comment by bigtax | September 3, 2011 | Reply

  21. Sevatar must die! Must die by the hands of Corax!!!! Oh yes i already seen this!

    Comment by Anakwanar | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  22. How much void could a void stalker stalk if a void stalker could stalk void?

    Comment by Psiryu | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  23. About the new series ADB has planned for the future : I really hope they will be about a first founding legion, not about one of the other chaos warbands. I think the first founding legions are way more interesting !

    Comment by Bastiaan Vergoossen | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  24. Some times I can’t understand what you guys are doing. Every Chaos Legion had its own “tragic” story, like Iron Warriors with their homeworld, Magnus, Alpha. We already read some of them, and you wrote Word Bearers’ story yourself. Still you’re taking that kind of story away from Night Lords. Why can’t Siggilite as master of assassins be the one who sent them for Night Haunter’s head behind Emperor’s back? Why there is no tragic story about Night Lords staying to be horror for imerium instead of fighting Great Crusade? Once you wrote that there are no facts in WH40k universe and everything should/can/must be interpreted, and now it looks like Night Lords are covered with facts that they are just maniacs without any back story, without even group of 5 000 Terran-born Night Lords who prefers to stay behind pink glasses and think of themselves as of betrayed Legion. Lord of the Night brought that “point of view” feature to the Legion, and now I’m confused because of all those facts you just wrote…

    Comment by Helbrass | September 7, 2011 | Reply

    • It’s complicated, because the “tragic story” behind every Legion is either old canon in multiple sources, or something in the HH books that’s essentially a fact, perceived by thousands of people who know the truth. The Night Lords never had that; they had *one guy* in a novel saying it was true, and although some people loved that perspective, even in Lord of the Night it was revealed as a tragic mistake. That was the end of the book and why it was a tragedy: it was a tragedy of self-deception. That one guy’s perspective goes against all published Night Lords lore, and for everyone I see that likes it, I see countless other opinions that want the Night Lords to remain a cancerous, poisoned Legion, and not yet another gang of misunderstood good guys.

      It’s all about shades of grey. No, canonically, the Night Lords were never betrayed by the Emperor. Some of them insist it’s true, but no, it’s not. That isn’t me changing anything: it’s always been that way. Lord of the Night even showed Sahaal was wrong at the end. It wasn’t a daemon lying to him for a laugh, it was a daemon explaining the Legion’s Index Astartes article to him.

      While there will be plenty of surprises and deceptions with the Night Lords to come, it’s not going to be as simple and shallow as yet another “BUT WE WERE BETRAYED!” storyline. Varying perspective and self-deceit is interesting. Simply saying “It was a big misunderstanding, just like the Thousand Sons” isn’t.

      Comment by aarondembskibowden | September 7, 2011 | Reply

      • Ok, I was going to keep my fingers off the keyboard, but I can’t resist now. I love the ambiguity of the Night Lords, ever since The Dark King. But for me the ambiguity was always because Curze broke with the Imperium to save it from itself (however delusional that was) – to toughen it up. To do this he decided to become the monster that would force the Emperor to acknowledge that there was only one way to deal with monsters.

        He killed his homeworld because they had broken faith with him and were turning to anarchy again – and that required the ultimate punishment. The same punishment he eventually allowed to be dealt to himself, when he laid down his life to M’shen’s blade. That’s a pretty awesome, tragic and sad (as in pathetic) story in itself, with the added boni of Curze’s problems with his legion many of whom never got his subtleties, and Curze’s own fading sanity that caused him to become the mask he had donned from time to time (or more often than not) and the drive to make his prophecies self fulfilling. It is indeed all about shades of grey (or midnight 😉 ). When does “ends justifying the means” stop? When can there be no more justification? and when does justification just become delusion and window dressing for monsters?

        /rant. Sorry.

        Just wanted to say that the ‘interpretation problems’ of the Night Lords never hinged on an imperial betrayal for me.

        Comment by Liliedhe | September 7, 2011 | Reply

      • I can’t reply to your reply Liliedhe, so I have to reply to mine. Bizarre, WordPress, bizarre.

        In short, I agree with you. There’s nothing to say Curze didn’t choose to do all that, believing it was what humanity and the Imperium needed. In fact, I think it’s fairly clear he did. But there’s a difference between that (which is awesome) and “The Emperor told me to do it, then changed his mind”, which is a little tawdry and less juicy.

        Comment by aarondembskibowden | September 7, 2011 | Reply

  25. *is totally flattered* (can’t reply in the thread either)

    And given Curze’s impressive social skills (*sarcasm*) he might have interpreted the Emperor’s reactions as an endorsement of his tried and true Nostraman skills of population control, when the Emperor wanted nothing of the sort. And then the Emperor probably waited too long to tell him… It’s not like something of the sort didn’t happen before.^^

    Comment by Liliedhe | September 7, 2011 | Reply

  26. Just wanted to pop in on your blog and show my gratitude. Gratitude for what? For rekindling my interest in the WH novels. I’ve been a dedicated reader since Watson published his “Space Marines back in the 90’s, but somewhere around 2005 i simply lost interest. Too many half-arsed books where the marines went from point A to point B by slaughtering the enemies despite being heavily outnumbered. Im not gonna mention names, but the only books i kept buying the past 5-6 years has been Abnetts Ghosts and the few books Spurrier put out….until 3 weeks ago. Not sure why i picked up your Hunter/Reaver books, guess i’ve always been intrigued with the Night lords. Anyway, i tip my hat to you, sir. You really managed to nail the Night lords, and you actually managed to make a Chaos chapter intriguing, not like the dribbling bloodcrazed fools most other authors picture them. The action is well-paced and balanced with the intrigues of the chapter, and even though the Night Lords are ruthless killers you somehow spin those magical words and make the reader actually root for them. Anyway, keep up the excellent work and give us the third installment a.s.a.p, i got two of Ben Counters soul drinkers on the shelf that i havnt read yet and i really really dont want to read them!

    Comment by Aza | September 11, 2011 | Reply

  27. 2nd Ed Night Lords player & index astartes thumping chap reporting in.

    Let’s hope we see some other night lords factions/warbands in the vein of the end of Lord of the Night’s Acerbus’ warband. Purely so Talos/new fans realise that there are Night Lords who are daemon trafficking, deranged, psychopathic murderers and not just Talos’ more idealistic ilk. Not that there’s anything wrong with Talos’ group, I like most of the characters[particularly the exalted and Uzas], I just think that there needs to be more comparisson with other Night Lords.

    I suppose the Atramentar fall under that description so I hope they link up with a more suitable Night Lords faction to bring the pain. And some with warp lightning please like the Exalted. Bear in mind the legion does operate from the eye of terror so there should be both painted and warp depending on the warband to please all the fans.

    Largely I’d love to see the above because the slew of new Night Lords players your series has created all seem to think that the legion all share the same values and ideologies as Talos’ warband and that drives me up the wall. “Oh yeah, Night lords HATE chaos/Don’t wear any chaos iconography/Don’t use daemons of any kind/are all badly equipped/are more human/are nicer to humans than other chaos legions” etc etc. There should be plenty out there that are FAR less sympathetic, and if anything more violently disturbed and erratic. I can imagine many Lords out there that treat their slaves with much more disdain and have better equipped fleets.

    Looking forward to finding out, ADB.

    Comment by seth | September 15, 2011 | Reply

  28. Athrillay, vylas.

    I’m currently writing a history of all the battles the VIIIth as a whole took part in during the great crusade and horus heresy. Would you be willing to email me your nostraman cipher? You will, of course, recieve a great deal of credit. No one can write about the VIIIth and not give you the credit you so richly deserve. Reading Talos reaction and anguish at the death of Xarl…..it reminded me of my own reactions to the same thing. I’ll have to tell you about it sometime. Might offer some instances for your next novel.

    Comment by Spencer | September 27, 2018 | Reply

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