Alan Bligh Core Books The core campaign books of the Horus Heresy Series, known as the Black Books, are black in colour and leather-bound with embossed metal corners and are lavishly printed in full colour. These books detail the background of the Horus Heresy and the Great Crusade , the various armies and factions involved and the battles in which they fought. These books also include the Battles in the Age of Darkness expansion rules, army lists, unit profiles, full campaign systems, missions and more. Containing no new Space Marine Legions or Primarchs, Conquest instead features updated army lists for the Mechanicum , Dark Mechanicum , and the Space Marine Legions including the ability to field a Shattered Legions army and additional new Legion units and vehicles. The book is to be part of a duology, with book 5 covering the Battle of Calth, and a later book covering the Shadow Crusade , the Battle of Armatura , and the Underworld War. This book takes place during the Shadow Wars of the Age of Darkness and follow the exploits of the Shattered Legions and the Knights-Errant during their campaign of vengeance against the Traitor Legions.
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Originating from Terra Earth , it is an interstellar crusade that claims the galaxy as the rightful domain of Humankind, and aims to reunite the multitude of scattered human colonies remaining from earlier space exploration under the domain of an "Imperium of Man". Its grand mastermind is the "Emperor of Mankind", a mysterious superhuman of unknown origin. He has declared an agnostic worldview , the "Imperial Truth", which promotes science, rationalism , and human primacy.
Officially, the Imperium denies the existence of psychic phenomena, including its manifestations as witchcraft and sorcery , and punishes its belief as ignorant and superstitious; yet the Imperium is also dependent on psychic activity in order to achieve faster-than-light travel between its scattered dominions.
The Emperor knows that psychic phenomena originate in The Warp, a parallel dimension reflecting the events of the material world at its most emotional. Within the Warp exist Daemons, sentient vortices of concentrated feeling that are chiefly malignant. The Daemons are themselves in service to the Chaos Gods, also known as the Ruinous Powers, titanic collectives of dark will whose rulership over the parallel dimension is supreme.
These malign immaterial entities forever seek to breach the material universe and subject all life within it to foul and debased whims. Awareness and perception of the Chaos Gods and their Daemons serves as the basis of numerous faiths and religions in the setting, both human and alien in origin. Knowing followers of the Chaos Gods, though rare, refer to their faith as the Primordial Truth, or the Primordial Annihilator. The Emperor has recently appointed him Warmaster, overall commander of Imperial military forces, while also leaving him in charge of the rest of the Crusade; the Emperor meanwhile returns to Terra, where in relative isolation he undertakes a secret project to which not even Horus is privy.
He becomes a member of the Mournival, an informal advisory body to Horus, and participates in Crusade campaigns against anti-Imperial human populations and aliens, referred to in the series as "xenos".
In a complicated conspiracy implemented by followers of Chaos, Horus is mortally wounded during a Crusade mission by a Chaos-tainted xenos weapon. He ultimately turns against his "father", the Emperor, and sets in motion the entire Heresy. Conflicts and characters flaws are repeatedly and effectively manipulated by Chaos in pursuit of their agenda throughout the series.
The novel details the first open move of the Heresy, the "Betrayal of Istvaan III", wherein factions of four Astartes Legions who were deemed unconvertible by their traitor brethren are ambushed during a planetary invasion of the fictional Isstvan star system. The novel marks the first distinguishment of the "Loyalists" and "Traitor" factions within the Legions and other rebel forces, including the unmodified soldiers of the Imperial Army.
Characterised as flamboyant perfectionists, the novel tracks the descent of Fulgrim and his Legion into the service of Chaos roughly simultaneously with that of time Horus in Book 2. The battle fully reveals the scale and ferocity of the rebellion. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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 ] 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.
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.
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 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.
Age of Darkness Age of Darkness is a compilation of nine short stories by various authors. 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. The ensuing isolation and confusion cause indecision and delays for the Loyalist side.
He unwittingly becomes the keeper of a secret that could decide the victor in the developing galactic civil war. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
The embittered Iron Warriors have aligned with Horus out of frustration with the ignominious and unheralded role assigned them by the Imperium; before the story begins, they lash out in unforgivable genocide.
In the story, they are invited to the freelance operation which is unknown to the Warmaster by Fulgrim and his Legion, who have their own agenda. Betrayer: Blood for the Blood God Betrayer returns the series to the action in the Ultramar theatre ; it starts around the time the events of Book 19 begin to unfold. In tenuous and fragile cooperation, the two very different Traitor Legions lay waste to worlds across Ultramar; it is a "Shadow Crusade" meticulously planned by Primarch Lorgar of the Word Bearers, who deploys Abyss -class spaceships.
The scheming Primarch of the Word Bearers orchestrates genocide in unprecedented scale, as a way to summon the powers of Chaos. With their help, he hopes to generate the so-called Ruinstorm, an immense interdimensional disturbance that will create an impenetrable veil around Ultramar.
As the final piece of his plan, Lorgar engineers the "ascension" into daemonhood of the increasingly unstable Angron: the event is to act as the conduit for the unnatural storm. Mark of Calth Mark of Calth is the fifth compilation to appear in the series; it contains seven short stories and one novella, each by a different author.
Vulkan Lives: Unto the Anvil Vulkan Lives is the first book where the story of Vulkan is shown with a significant background. His memories coming back to him after his capture by his brother Konrad Curze aboard his ship modified by Perturabo himself. He learns more about his immortality, which seems to be a gift and a curse, one he preferred not to bear at all. The book adds more background concerning the battle at Istvaan V, at the same time showing the drama of a squad of his surviving sons and the shattered legions while they fight to retrieve an unknown artifact that will change the course of history in the coming days of the rebellion.
An ancient device has been found on Sotha, one which could guide the mighty warships out of the impenetrable veil that cut off Ultramar from the rest of the Imperium. Scars: A Legion divided Vengeful Spirit: The Battle of Molech Legacies of Betrayal: Let the galaxy burn Deathfire: Into the Ruinstorm War Without End: Heresy begets retribution Pharos: The dying of the light The Silent War: Chosen of the Sigillite Angels of Caliban: Emperors and slaves Praetorian of Dorn: Alpha to omega Corax: Nevermore Book 41 to Book 54[ edit ] The Master of Mankind: War in the webway Garro: Weapon of fate Shattered Legions The Crimson King: A soul divided Tallarn: War for a dead world Ruinstorm: Destiny unwritten Old Earth: To the Gates of Terra Old Earth tells the story of the newly resurrected Vulkan, who is compelled to leave his homeworld and his legion behind and return to fulfill his destiny at Terra.
To break through the ruinstorm, which is keeping the throneworld inaccessible via the warp, he must make use of ancient Eldar pathways, where humans are not welcome. En route he seeks aid from Shadrak Meduson and the Iron Tenth, who continue to harass the traitorous Sons of Horus with guerrilla tactics.
But Shadrak is facing internal resistance to his attempts to revitalise the Iron Hands, while at the same time seeking a showdown with his nemesis Tybalt Marr. The Burden of Loyalty
Also featured are the background and game rules for the four Space Marine Legions covered in this book: the Alpha Legion, Imperial Fists, Raven Guard and Iron Warriors, and a Mechanicum army list, plus new campaigns and vehicles. This lavishly illustrated, full-colour, page hard cover book is leather bound with metal corner clasps stamped with the Imperial Aquila , and features a red ribbon bookmark and foil-edged pages as well as an embossed cover and spine. Contents The following is every section contained within The Horus Heresy Book Three - Extermination: Preface - The preface of this book, and all other Forge World Horus Heresy books begin with a foreword by the in-universe "author" of the book, an unknown individual who signs with the letters AK. Imperius Dominatus - A Great Crusade -era map that covers two full pages, and includes the names of many notable worlds and locations. A massive amphitheater and dais was constructed form the corpses of those loyal to the Emperor, with the Traitor Legions and their Primarchs gathered to listen to a speech by Warmaster Horus where he assured them a swift victory against the Emperor and those who followed Him. During the speech the structure of corpses was set alight, choking the Urgall Depression with ash.
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