Welcome back to Hatchet’s
Summer Book Club! If you’re new, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.
Perhaps I was a bit hasty when I said that one group of Astartes who had landed on the glorious planet of Murder were dead.
Saul Tarvitz, Lucius, and the remainder of their squad discover the remains of the Blood Angels impaled on giant stakes/trees/plaster sticks.
Saul wants to blow them up. Lucius disagrees.
They blow it up.
Saul takes the whole squads explosives (which is pretty dumb). He and two others set the charges and run. Unfortunately, some flying enemies spot them and give chase. One is shot down by Lucius and lands on Saul and Sardine, who are then thrown through the air when the explosives blow.
While the explosion and ensuing smoke led to the remaining Astartes being reunited, Eidolon is pretty brassed off. Saul assumes that Eidolon is just too proud to admit that the explosion was a good idea because an inferior came up with it. These idiot Astartes are so dang proud. Regardless of his reasoning for being pissed, Eidolon sends Saul and five other men to recover some Blood Angel paraphernalia to prove that they found anything at all.
While searching through the rubble, an army of the weird creatures attack the camp of Astartes. Another group starts to rebuild the concrete trees that Saul blew up. If I understand how this works, the creatures eat the rubble and it becomes new concrete? It’s pretty weird.
So Saul, being the rash little bastard that he is, decides that he and his five men will attack and kill the builders as he is so personally offended that they would try to repair their home. His idiocy is rewarded with the death of two of his men, but the remaining three are saved by the sudden arrival of the Luna Wolves.
Chapter five sees a jump to the past within a jump to the past.
HORUS pays a surprise visit to the 140th Expedition fleet, who are horrified because they know they did a bad. There is a war meeting held in which the Mournival (remember them?) are complete assholes so that HORUS can be seen as the benevolent leader. The Mournival tears August and Eshkerrus apart, two of the highest ranking officers left, for pouring all of their resources into Murder without restraint.
HORUS then authorizes the exact same tactic no less than an hour and a half later.
There is a break in the storms surrounding the planet and Tarik wants to send down a force to take the planet. HORUS is initially against the idea, but vox activity is detected on the surface and Tarik is authorized to rescue the men.
We then jump back in time by several weeks. Horus has convinced Loken to join him for a lodge meeting. Loken is rather dubious and is afraid that he will have to kill the people at the meeting including Horus.
The dude has no chill.
It turns out that most everyone Loken respects is in attendance to the meeting, even his best friend. Loken questions the members about their motives and why they meet, threatening to expose them to the Warmaster. To which he discovers that the Warmaster already knows. Loken is appalled at the secrecy within the legion and pulls the disappointed-parent routine. The members argue however, that the lodge is a place where anyone of any station can meet and discuss as equals, leading to better relationships within the chain of command. They convince Loken to stay for the meeting, and he is surprised when it turns out that no rituals are performed. Rather they drink and eat and talk. Loken obviously had no friends before he was an Astarte.
The evening convinces Loken and he has a change of heart, and seeing how there is nothing shady going on, completely reverses his position on the whole subject. Nero and Tarik are quite enthused.
Next up we have Ch. 6-7, and then we will be moving on to Part 3! So two more installments this series before I give it a rest until next summer!
This has been Hatchet’s
Summer Book Club, thanks for being here! x33
[Picture] I honestly had no idea what to pick for this xp