‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Part 2 Ch. 6 and 7: Dogfights and War

We are back with a new post, and a new look for the new year.  (Let me know what you think of the new theme, can’t decide if I like it or not).

If you’re new to the book club, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.

You can find the previous post HERE and the next post HERE (whenever that happens).

(Editor’s note: although Tarvitz has been mentioned by name more often than Tarik (probably), Torgaddon is too much of a pain to type over and over again so I’m going to retcon all uses of Tarvitz to Saul.)

Part 2 Chapter 6 sees the action return to Murder, Saul and Co. being rescued by Tarik.  While Saul and Eidolon are appreciative, Eidolon is not appreciative (yes, the wording is intentional).  They waste no time insulting each other, Eidolon attacking Tarik’s status as a Luna Wolf (really not sure how he thought that was an insult) and Tarik attacking Eidolon’s incompetence as a commander (which is valid).  So Tarik 1, Eidolon 0.

Tarik has Saul and his remaining men assist him in fending off the possible next wave of Spider-Mecha-dealys.  Lucius wants to kill Tarik for his insolence and calls him a dog while Saul says he quite likes dogs.  I think he has a crush.  Tarik and Eidolon get in another argument about what to do next.  Tarik manages to extract himself from the conversation and inquires of Saul how he can stand to take orders from Eidolon.  Saul simply states that Eidolon is his commander and that is that.  He has to do what Eidolon says whether or not he agrees with it.  Tarik isn’t entirely satisfied with the answer.

The company’s course of action has been determined, despite Tarik and Eidolon’s inability to get along.  They will use explosives to destroy the giant cement trees to interrupt the shield storms, just like Eidolon did earlier.  Saul, being the obedient and humble soldier that he is, seems perfectly content to let Eidolon get all the credit.  Bulle however, is not (Wait, who is Bulle??).  He attempts to speak up, and against Saul and Lucius’ wishes, Tarik lets him.  Bulle reveals that Saul was the one who blew up the trees.  Tarik now has one more reason to dislike Eidolon, commends Saul for his smarts and tells Lucius if Bulle is punished for speaking, the Warmaster will personally strip Lucius of rank.  Something tells me Lucius is starting to resent Saul.

Now we get to spend some time with Loken who is waiting to be called to assist the companies on Murder.  He and an Astartes named Marr and discussing what the landing party is experiencing.  Marr is jealous  and a little nervous because his twin brother was part of the landing party and he wasn’t.  The two are joined by Qruze, a relic who is weird.  He’s like your old, slightly senile grandfather, that you put up with because you love him, but he has no idea what is going on.  Loken quickly exits the coversation, leaving Marr flailing in a sea of unwanted and dubious advice.

Loken has been reading through The Chronicles of Ursh, the book he borrowed at Sindermann’s recommendation.  He doesn’t seem overly fond of the book, but has continued reading for Sindermann’s sake.  While only half comprehending the book, Loken finds a brief account of the men going crazy and turning on each other, much like what hapened to Jubal at the end of Part 1.  He even finds the word ‘sorcery’ used un-ironically, but the rest of the book makes no further references to this event.

Unnerved, Loken puts the book away and finds a data slate containing picts from Keeler.  He pages through them reflecting on how much he loves the picts.  Despite his apparent habit of pouring over these,  he discovers a hidden folder for the first time.  This folder contains pictures from the Whisperheads, and specifically, necromorphy Jubal.  Loken immediately rushes off to see Keeler, asking Nero to keep him up to date is they are called to go to the planet.

Loken finds Ig, who is losing a game of cards.  Ig takes him to see Keeler in her quarters.  She hasn’t been coping well.  Loken asks her about the picts of Jubal and she says that she put them there hoping he’d find them earlier.  Loken’s kind of dumb, huh.  Keeler didn’t remember taking the picts, but upon reviewing them, she found strange distortions to the images.  Loken didn’t see any of this and after Keeler walks him through a ‘zoom and enhance’ sequence we find there is a ghostly aura that was obscuring Jubal in the pict.  The two are mimicking each other.

Loken offers to find out the truth for Keeler, but she says she’d rather live thinking it was some giant dog-like creature than the truth.  She asks how Loken is able to keep secrets and if he would be willing to break from the Imperium if it was for the good of mankind.  He cannot answer her and their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Sanguinius.

Chapter 7 jumps back to a week before the arrival of Sanguinius to explain the character of Sanguinius.  Loken is recounting to Sadie a private event at which ten thousand soldiers were in attendance.  These seems to be the first time Loken saw Sanguinius.  Sadie says she’s heard of him and Loken says that it is all true.

Well that’s not vague and unsatisfying.

So Sanguinius shows up and meets Saul, uninteresting things happen and then the what is possibly the most infuriating and idiotic line happens: “We will murder Murder together.”  Who thought that was a good line?!  It punctuates the scene as the turning point and the reason the Imperium goes to war.  As if HORUS just said something incredibly inspiring.

Infuriating dialogue aside, the Imperium wages a 6 month war against the Spider-Mechs.  The Mournival tries to convince HORUS that he is too precious to die in battle, which offends and amuses him.  He is not swayed and fights regardless.  It is revealed that when around the time HORUS became Warmaster, the Emperor wanted someone (it is unclear as to whether this someone was HORUS or a different commander) to change the name of the XVI Legion to The Sons of Horus.

The six month campaign ends when mysterious battleships appear, asking the Imperium: “What the heck dudes!  We totally warned you!” (my words, not theirs).

Well that’s the end of Part 2.  There are four chapters in Part 3.  Once we finish Horus Rising, I will be doing a normal review of False Gods, the second book in the series to give it a fair chance.

This has been Hatchet’s Summer Book Club, thanks for being here! x33

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