Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy)

By Christian Dunn

A brief tale assortment at the Horus Heresy

From the battlefields of Phall and Isstvan, to the haunted shadows of Terra itself – the Horus Heresy rages on around the galaxy during this number of brief tales and novellas.

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No longer a conflict of conquest, no longer the battle we have been made to struggle, yet a struggle for the oaths we made and the blood we shed to make the Imperium. we are going to by no means see the tip of this struggle, but when by way of our deeds we will carry that finish a step nearer, if our deaths fee the enemy a hundredfold, then the longer term will take note us. ’ He paused, felt the electrical cost thickening opposed to his epidermis. The machines have been keening. Arcs of garish gentle performed over the platform. Tyr introduced his bronze-headed mace as much as his face plate and closed his eyes. ‘To the dignity of the primarch and the Emperor,’ acknowledged Tyr. The machines howled. A rolling flash of sickly gentle crammed his imaginative and prescient and oblivion took him. The cry made me flip. Calio Lezzek lay at the white marble of the command platform in a pool of his eco-friendly gowns. The final time I had visible him he had appeared at the fringe of demise, yet someway he had controlled to stroll to the bridge. I moved in the direction of him, the projection of Tyr’s assault at the Iron Blood momentarily forgotten in the back of me. The previous guy used to be shaking. clean blood ran from his eye sockets, repainting over brown stains. His lips have been vivid rainy crimson in a parchment-pale face. His silver-tipped cane rattled at the delicate marble as he attempted to face. He slipped and began to fall back, and that i stuck his arm as he fell. Lezzek used to be feather-light yet I approximately dropped him as I touched him. It felt as though I had plunged my hand into sizzling acid. I blanked the sensation out and lifted him slowly to his ft. Deck officials and attendants have been clustering round now. in the back of me the conflict spun on, forgotten and unattended. ‘Master Lezzek,’ I stated. He didn't answer. His physique used to be shaking, arms establishing and shutting. A thick crimson trickle ran down his chin. His lips have been relocating and a wheezing sound used to be coming from his mouth. ‘Master Lezzek,’ i attempted back, yet he didn't appear to comprehend that i used to be there. ‘Calio,’ I stated, and his head grew to become. ‘I can think it achieving in the direction of us,’ he gasped. ‘I can see it, coming in the course of the typhoon. Terra, it really is burning. ’ He moaned and shivered. ‘How can such…’ however the query died in his throat. His head arched again. I heard a crunch of bone. His mouth opened as though he was once screaming yet he made no sound. White-hot soreness crammed my hand the place I held his arm. He lifted off the ground, his flesh gleaming from inside of as though his blood was once on hearth. He seemed like a carcass suspended on a hook, legs and arms nonetheless twitching as they dangled. My grip broke, and the palm of my gauntlet was once darkish purple with warmth the place I had held him. Ash fell from the outdated guy, hair and silk charring and flaking from pores and skin. A roaring sound spilled out of Lezzek’s mouth, like air sucking via a furnace grate. A booming, hole voice got here from the burning guy, talking the message that used to be killing him. ‘Sons of Dorn, go back to Terra. go back instantly. this can be the desire of Rogal Dorn, Praetorian of Terra. ’ Lezzek’s floating physique shimmered as though i used to be seeing it via a warmth haze. His head snapped up, his empty eyes fastened on me. For a moment i assumed that he was once attempting to inform me anything, that he was once attempting to provide me one other message in that blind glance.

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