Horus Rising: The seeds of heresy are sown service of Chaos roughly simultaneously with that of time Horus in (Book 2). Word of Horus' treachery escapes Isstvan III and now the Legions loyal to the Emperor mobilise to make Horus and those who follow account for their crimes. The Horus Heresy Book Two - Massacre is lavishly illustrated in full colour and contains the dark deeds leading up to the terrible slaughter that unfolded during.
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Five novels for the price of four. The Heresy continues. From the fall of Mars to the discovery of the Dark Angels, this collection deepens the story and introduces. —AK The Horus Heresy: Book Two - Massacre Type Campaign Book Series Horus Heresy (Forge World Series) Author Alan Bligh Publisher Forge World. The Horus Heresy Book Two-Massacre - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online. for warhammer 40k.
Horus sets a trap on Isstavan III. This is the infamous "Dropsite Massacre". They select the sections from their Legions they deem to be Loyalist and send them to the surface. The sections from those 4 Legions came to over companies of Loyalist Astartes. Once on the durface Horus' Navy turned their guns on the ground forces and also launched virus bombs in a surprise attack.
The remaining Loyalist forces, including orbital Loyalist Naval forces, try to regroup and make sure word of this treachery make it to Terra. Thus the last Loyalist Astartes fight to the death giving the famous battle cruiser Eisenstein a chance to flee to Terra with news of Horus's betrayal. Terra is in shock. The beloved son of the Emperor of Man has become a traitor. Sadly, save for a small handful of people on the Council of Terra, few realize that Horus has fallen to the Dark Gods.
At this time the Imperium was secular and the Emperor was a strict atheist. So no one really believed such a thing could happen. The Dark Gods strike and cause Warp Storms in space. The Emperor retreats to his private abode to conduct secret research. Meanwhile, the entire planet and the remaining loyalist forces exterminated by a 2nd bombardment. Manus refuses and declares war on his former brothers. Still no one suspects the Dark powers, rather they think it was ambition on the part of Horus and discontent by renegade Primarchs at the power of the civilian Council of Terra.
Terrible mistake. At Isstavan V the Traitor Legions are found to have fled and dug in. Four other Legions are in transit to support this assault.
Fulgrim is delivered a warning about Horus' imminent betrayal and the disaster that may follow by the alien Eldar race , but he and his staff dismiss it. The Emperor's Children eventually become the "Chosen" of Slaanesh, one of the four Gods of Chaos, with which Fulgrim is slowly and unwittingly drawn into grotesque communion.
The battle fully reveals the scale and ferocity of the rebellion. The story is mainly told from the viewpoint of Zahariel El'Zurias , a native of the fictional planet Caliban. Caliban is an isolated, low-technology world that resembles a feudal medieval fantasy setting.
Zahariel is introduced in the story as an Aspirant of the Order, an organisation of techno- barbarian knights. The first half of the novel is set on Caliban and covers the final battles of the Order under the leadership of Jonson, the future Primarch.
The book's second half describes Caliban's unification with the Imperium of Man as well as the actions of the Dark Angels during the early years of the Great Crusade. In this part of the story, Zahariel, selected as a candidate Space Marine, is accepted as a Dark Angel. A future schism within the Legion is intimated towards the end of the book. Characterised in earlier publications as clandestine and inscrutable, the book constitutes a major development of the entire canon of the setting with the revelation that the Legion's Primarch is actually a pair of twins, Alpharius and Omegon.
The book also features the Imperial Army, the regular unmodified human fighting force of the Imperium, covering several officers and their units. The human John Grammaticus is introduced as a prominent Cabal member. Early in the Heresy, the Traitor Word Bearers Legion is tasked with organising and leading the invasion; they plan to use an immense, secretly commissioned warship, the Furious Abyss, to spearhead the surprise attack.
They become aware of the powerful capital ship 's true purpose, and engage in long pursuit; they will seek to prevent the Furious Abyss from participating in the invasion and from reaching Macragge.
Mechanicum: Knowledge is power Mechanicum is the first book in the series not to focus on either the Primarchs or their Space Marines Legions.
The novel centres on the eponymous "Mechanicum", a cult of machine-worshipping technologists based on the real-life planet Mars and which serves as the chief engineering authority in the nascent Imperium. The machinations of Horus and the Chaos-worshipping Traitors affects the Martian cult as much as every other Imperial organisation, leading to a civil war on Mars itself.
As the Mechanicum is the sole power responsible for all civil and military technology in the Imperium, the conflict has vast implications for whichever side of the broader intergalactic civil war receives Mars' crucial support. Tales of Heresy Tales of Heresy is a collection of short stories introducing and expanding upon numerous threads within the greater happenings of the Heresy. Most stories are concurrent with the Heresy, with some occurring in the years prior.
It includes two stories that take place on Terra, one of which occurs long before the Heresy and adds to the background regarding the Imperial Truth ; another entry in the compilation is a Primarch origin story, covering the contentious circumstances under which the gladiatorial Primarch Angron takes command of the 12th Space Marine Legion, which he renames from the "Warhounds" to the "World Eaters".
The book contains seven stories by various authors;  several stories relate to full-length novels in the series. Book 11 to Book 20[ edit ] It tells two stories: one concerns the effort of Primarch Lion El'Jonson and a small group of Dark Angels to deny a forge world a planet devoted to manufacturing, especially of weapons to Horus' forces; the other is the story of Luther Lion El'Jonson's second , Zahariel El'Zurias by now a full Space Marine , and a Dark Angels contingent sent back to Caliban , the Dark Angels Legion home world.
They get involved in the fight against a growing insurgency that seeks to free the planet from under the Imperium's thumb. A Thousand Sons: All is dust Following a reprimand by the Emperor for dabbling in sorcery , Magnus and his Legion secretly continue to study the forbidden subjects. Then, around the time of Horus' corruption Book 2 , Magnus learns through sorcery of his brother's impending betrayal. However, he overreaches with his powers and damages the vital and secret project the Emperor is undertaking Book 1 , endangering the safety of Terra itself in the process.
The Space Wolves, accompanied by other Imperial forces, are to bring Magnus and his Legion to Terra to account for themselves. It is a look at the war behind the war, the covert operations undertaken by the opposing sides in order to influence the visible conflict.
Specifically, it deals with a plan by a secret Imperial organisation, the Officio Assassinorum, to eliminate Horus; an "Execution Force" consisting of operatives from all of the Officio's disciplines, and led by top-rated sniper Eristede Kell , is tasked with the mission. There have been several previous unsuccessful attempts against Horus' life, and this gives a high-ranking officer of the Traitor Word Bearers Legion the idea to field a nemesis weapon of his own: a highly specialised assassin, who is to be used in an audacious scheme to kill the Emperor.
Decades before the start of the rebellion they become heretics relative to the Imperial Truth by introducing religious worship.
This results in public and humiliating censure of Lorgar and the entire assembled Legion, by the Emperor himself. The despairing Lorgar is subsequently swayed by two of his most trusted lieutenants, who are in secret allegiance with Chaos; eventually both Primarch and Legion covertly embrace and promote the Primordial Truth , many years before Horus' corruption.
The story is largely told from the point of view of Argel Tal , a Captain of the Word Bearers, who becomes commander of a Chaos- possessed elite Legion unit. Prospero Burns: The Wolves unleashed Prospero Burns is part of the story arc of Book 12 , however it follows a different but related timeline. The story begins more than a century before the Space Wolves-led mission to Prospero , and the concurrent start of the Heresy.
On the surface it is his story; the important understory concerns the long-term machinations of Chaos, whose aim is the destruction of both Space Wolves and Thousand Sons. While this confrontation is taking place, Horus' previously covert rebellion becomes visible Book 3.
The novel also adds background to Horus' fall and to the planning of the Heresy campaign by Chaos and its forces. Age of Darkness Age of Darkness is a compilation of nine short stories by various authors. The stories present various facets of the unfolding conflict, as suspicion, insecurity, and paranoia spread through the galaxy on the wake of the Warmaster's betrayal.
Subjects include: a Primarch prepares for the end of the Imperium; a Traitor PSYOP topples an Imperial planet; an unusual diplomatic contest will decide which side will be chosen by a world on the fence; a non-combatant may be a rebel agent or a herald of unpalatable truths for the Imperium; a Loyalist Space Marine in a Traitor Legion holds his own against his erstwhile brothers. Several of the included stories are linked through continuity; some are also prequels or sequels to stories in other series books.
The Outcast Dead: The truth lies within The Outcast Dead is the first novel-length story in the series to take place almost entirely on Terra. It covers a relatively short period, starting several months before Magnus ' catastrophic psychic visit at the Imperial Palace Book 12 , and concluding several months after this event. The unauthorised visit is central to the story: apart from damaging the Emperor's top secret project Book 1 and the planet's defense, it massively disrupts Terra's long-range communications infrastructure.
The ensuing isolation and confusion cause indecision and delays for the Loyalist side.
The story's main character is Kai Zulane , previously a gifted Imperial astropath attached to the Ultramarines Legion.
He unwittingly becomes the keeper of a secret that could decide the victor in the developing galactic civil war. The secret has additional implications regarding the Heresy's conclusion and the future course of the Imperium of Man.
However, operatives and the Primarch of the Alpha Legion play a prominent role. Arriving at Terra a few months after the events described in The Outcast Dead take place, Corax convinces the Emperor to impart to him the knowledge and material that may accelerate the rebuilding of his Legion.
The novel features the reappearance of The Cabal Book 7 , and of other well-known characters; it also adds information about the developing strategies and subterfuge applied by the opposing sides, including reasons for Horus' timetable and for the Emperor's actions during the initial stages of the Heresy.
It is planned and led by the Traitor Word Bearers Legion, now fully and openly committed to the spread of the Primordial Truth. The narrative starts close to where the timelines of Book 8 and Book 14 converge in their respective conclusions , with the invasion force en route to, or near the planet. The rebel mission has aims beyond just delivering a crippling blow to the Ultramarines Legion and their home system; its objectives may affect the entire Heresy campaign.
The story tracks the Calth assault from its opening covert phases, and the actions of several characters.
Unaware of the developing rebellion and the Word Bearers' true role and allegiance, Primarch Roboute Guilliman and his Ultramarines are unprepared for the underhand invasion: it is total, bloody war, with ritualistic undertones, scorched earth tactics, decisive use of technology, and the considerable involvement of Chaos ; the inconceivable treachery and its implications forever change the Loyalists' view of reality.
The Primarchs The Primarchs is a compilation of four novellas by different authors, each story starring one of the "sons" of the Emperor. Book 21 to Book 30[ edit ] The plan almost succeeds; yet conflicting agendas among anti-Imperial protagonists, as well as the fortitude and unorthodox tactics of quick-to-adapt Blood Angels, narrowly result in Loyalist victory. In the meantime Horus' rebellion erupts openly and the Loyalists suffer catastrophic losses in the Dropsite Massacre Book 5.
Shadows of Treachery Shadows of Treachery is a compilation that collects five short stories previously published in limited editions , art books , or other formats, and also contains two new novellas. Other Legions and Primarchs are also featured, while one short story takes place on Mars and illuminates an aspect of the Traitor Mechanicum's conspiracy.
The narratives of all stories fill gaps in the series or add further details about the Heresy and its actors; they cover periods that range from several decades before the conflict to around the time frame of Book 18 one short story is a prequel to that novel.
Angel Exterminatus: Flesh and iron Angel Exterminatus covers a Traitor operation in uncharted and dangerous galactic space, that may purportedly decide the war in favour of the rebels. The story provides further glimpses of disparate motivations and conflicting objectives among traitor factions as the Heresy campaign continues.