|The Luna Wolves (copyright Games Workshop)|
There are a thousand ways and places in which we might begin the tale of Horus. We choose this one: the false Imperium, a collection of human worlds ignorant and arrogant enough to declare war upon the Luna Wolves of the 63rd Expeditionary Fleet.
We begin here for two reasons. Firstly, it marks the beginning of the tale that will see Garviel Loken take a major role in the shaping of the Legion's future. Loken will be our touch-stone for some time as we explore the Truth, and his actions against the 'Emperor' are the spark that illuminated him in those all but forgotten days, when everything still seemed to make sense.
The second reason is the 'Emperor' himself. For it was through him that a dangerous thought first occurred: that honourable warriors could boast unquestioned devotion to the self-proclaimed ruler of all humanity, and yet be horribly and obviously wrong. The manner by which the Luna Wolves responded to this dark mirror would ultimately tear the galaxy asunder.
A planet? No, wait. Is this the race Locust is fighting for?
A weapon, maybe?
Is that the ship the Emperor is on?
The one Locust - or is it Loken? - is working for? On those ships.
I picked this one up, at least, but I've no damn clue what it means. A code of conduct between the fighters... warriors... Astartes?
I think the Luna Wolves have been at peace for a while after a major war, and they want to expand their territory and/or preach their religion. I think we've got two groups of humans here that have both left Earth. The fleet people must have settled on that other planet
Is that where they got the super-juice from that makes them so strong? They're on a crusade, basically.
Did you notice anything about the implied location?
I thought it might be suggesting this was our solar system, but there aren't enough planets.
Yes there are, or at least there are with Pluto included.
Oh. Then the 'Emperor' must be from a group of humans who came back to Earth at some point.
It say's he's being ironic when he talks about Horus killing the Emperor; does it turn out he does it himself? Or did the Emperor survive somehow? Actually, could Garviel become a rebel? Other than that, he's clearly respected and good at his job, and trusted by his superiors.
It's difficult to say right now, because it's so packed with terms I'm entirely unfamiliar with. I've too much to absorb to think about prose. Let's come back to that question later.
(At this point, Fliss begins to wax lyrical about rotating rooms she has known, and as her mind turns to rotating German restaurants which offer delicious forest gateau, I decide to move on.)
What Will Be
The Emperor is going to die, but which one? I figured it would be the 'Emperor', but then you started quizzing me in a suspicious manner. I think there's going to be a problem with Garviel later on. Maybe he learns something from elsewhere in the galaxy that will turn him from the Emperor? Or maybe the first Captain (Abaddon) will, and Garviel will have to take him down. Definitely they're going to end up fighting each other. Possibly over a woman. That's how these things usually happen.
One or both Emperors turns out to be the Wizard of Oz.