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.
You can find the previous post HERE and the next post HERE (whenever that happens).
Part 3 Chapter 1 introduces us to the interex, a human collection(?). The Imperium peacefully become the interex’s guests…FOR NOW (duh duh duuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh). I’m beginning to see how the series got it’s title.
Most people, including Eidolon, Maloghurst, Sedirae, Targost, and Goshen and Raldoron (those last two are Blood Angels) want to destroy the interex because they don’t want the Imperium to co-exist the with anything, and the interex is too compassionate. According to them, the differences between the Imperium and the interex are so irreconcilable that war is the only possible course of action. Good guy HORUS would prefer peace.
HORUS and the Mournival meet to discuss the situation. Abaddon is quite belligerent, unable to understand how his Warmaster could desire peace with and almost admire the interex. The argument gets so heated, HORUS kicks him out of the meeting. Tarik follows him to diffuse the situation. HORUS then tells lowercase Horus and Loken about his father-son relationship with the Emperor, using the zodiac to explain his desire for peace.
The Emperor had given HORUS an astrology book. HORUS memorized the 20 zodiacs and when asked, said his favourites were Leos, Skorpos, Tauromach, and Arbitos (Leo, Scorpio, Taurus, and Virgo?). The Emperor was impressed but dissapointed that HORUS had not chosen Sagittary, as he was to become the Emperor’s Warmaster. However, HORUS admires the interex for their compassion and capacity to integrate other species into their society. Lowercase Horus is having none of it. HORUS also said the Emperor told him ‘Make no mistakes, and the stars will be ours” (or thereabouts). He thinks he as made two mistakes (only tow?!?! Wow, HORUS is a saint), and does not want to rush into things with the interex.
The interex have developed a musical way to communicate with other species called the aria. It is very much like music, but so complexly mathematical that only a plebeian would mistake it for music.
Music is math people.
We then get a description of the interex envoy sent to meet HORUS. Despite being human, these people sound much more elf like or some other humanoid alien (although we do have women with helmet shaped heads so….). They are tall, about the same height as the Astartes, but very slender with bat ears… I’m not kidding. It is literally printed on the page that humans evolved (and surgically created) bat ears. There are men who play the aria dressed in robes, and the soldiers are dressed in form fitting armour, so light you could jump on a horse! (Please don’t jump on horses, they are extremely fragile). With these hooman things, come what could only be described as space dwarves. Short, broad, and stony features. These dwarf guys are an alien species the interex have absorbed into their culture (lowercase Horus is not impressed).
Daith Shehn, envoy for the interex, and HORUS meet to discuss stuff. They start with formalities and Daith is excited to learn that the interex has found lost cousins. HORUS is equally excited. They compare military forces, with Daith showing concern for how prepared and eager the Imperium is for war. The interex has no love of war and would rather co-exist with the aliens they come across. The spider-mechs are an exception, as the interex found no way to communicate with them, even using the aria. They defeated the spider-mechs in war and placed the remaining creatures onto Murder, or Urisarach as they call it, where they could live in peace with no way to bother anyone else. HORUS apologizes for ruining their penal colony.
Chapter 2 sees a rather shouty discussion between the Mournival about the interex, and more specifically about HORUS’ apology. Abaddon is the only one who is truly upset, the others having full trust in HORUS no matter what he says. There has also been a heavy demand on the Warmaster’s time as he’s been gone for seven months now. The envoys continue until it is decided that HORUS and an entourage will be received at an outpost for more negotiations.
Erebus is introduced, so I can only assume this character will be somewhat important. He selflessly puts off his own interests to help relieve some of HORUS’s stress, also intentionally strengthening relationships with the Mournival. They also have sparring matches against each other, with Tarik’s new best friends Saul and also Lucius is there. Lucius insists on sparring against everyone, including Loken. Loken does not want to hurt Lucius’ ego, which is probably impossible. So Loken punches him in the face. It is quite glorious.
HORUS and his Imperial party are received at the interex homeworld. Accompanying the terrifying horse-faced Astartes are the Remembrancers, which HORUS hopes will prove to the interex that the Imperium of Man is not obsessed with war (even though they totes are). The Imperial party is shown around the city, and one of the most interesting things that they see is a museum full of alien weapons and technology. Lowercase Horus and Abbadon think they are being mocked by this show of weapons. It is explained that these weapons are held in a museum because the technology is so advanced and they are incredibly dangerous. Sindermann (remember that guy?) asks what could be so dangerous about a knife. The tiny alien dwarves have a way of creating sentient weapons. Sindermann jokingly suggests that a curse is placed on the weapon, and the interex, very seriously, agrees.
This is telling of things to come.
This has been Hatchet’s
Summer Book Club, thanks for being here! x33