Special thanks to Graham McNeill.
THE HORUS HERESY
It is a time of legend.
Mighty heroes battle for the right to rule the galaxy.
The vast armies of the Emperor of Earth have conquered
The galaxy in a Great Crusade – the myriad alien races have
Been smashed by the Emperor’s elite warriors and wiped
From the face of history.
The dawn of a new age of supremacy for humanity beckons.
Gleaming citadels of marble and gold celebrate the many victories of the Emperor. Triumphs are raised on a million worlds to record the epic deeds of his most powerful and deadly warriors.
First and foremost amongst these are the primarchs,
Superheroic beings who have led the Emperor’s armies of
Space Marines in victory after victory. They are unstoppable
And magnificent, the pinnacle of the Emperor’s genetic
Experimentation. The Space Marines are the mightiest
Human warriors the galaxy has ever known, each capable of
Besting a hundred normal men or more in combat.
Organised into vast armies of tens of thousands called Legions, the Space Marines and their primarch leaders conquer the galaxy in the name of the Emperor.
Chief amongst the primarchs is Horus, called the Glorious, the Brightest Star, favourite of the Emperor, and like a son unto him. He is the Warmaster, the commander-in-chief of the Emperor’s military might, subjugator of a thousand thousand worlds and conqueror of the galaxy. He is a warrior without peer, a diplomat supreme, and his ambtion knows no bounds.
The stage has been set.
LION EL’JONSON Commander of the Order
LUTHER Second in command of the Order
ZAHARIEL Knight Supplicant of the Order
NEMIEL Knight Supplicant of the Order
MASTER RAMIEL Training Master of the Order
LORD CYPHER Guardian of the Order’s traditions
The Hero of Maponis, Battle Knight of the Order
SAR HADARIEL Battle Knight of the Order
ATTIAS Knight Supplicant of the Order
ELIATH Knight Supplicant of the Order
The Knights of Lupus
LORD SARTANA Master of the Knights of Lupus
The Dark Angels
BROTHER LIBRARIAN ISRAFAEL Chief Librarian of the Dark Angels
The White Scars
SHANG KHAN Leader of White Scars Expeditionary Force Bearers
KURGIS Astartes battle-brother of the 7th Chapter
LORD HIGH EXALTER Leader of the Saroshi Bureaucracy
DUSAN Saroshi exegetist
LORD GOVERNOR ELECT HARLAD FURT Overseer of the Sarosh territories
CAPTAIN STENIUS Captain of the Invincible Reason
MISTRESS ARGENTA Fleet Astropath, Invincible Reason
RHIANNA SOREL Composer and Harmonist
IT BEGINS ON Caliban.
It begins back before the Emperor came to our planet, before there was even the first talk of angels. Caliban was different then. We knew nothing of the Imperium and the Great Crusade. Terra was a myth, no, not even that. Terra was a myth of a ghost of a memory brought to us by our long-dead forefathers. It was an ephemeral and half-forgotten thing with no bearing on our lives.
It was the time of Old Night. Warp storms had made it impossible to travel between the stars and each human world was left to fend for itself. We had passed more than five thousand years in isolation from the rest of humanity: five thousand years. Can you imagine how long that is? Time enough for the people of Caliban to develop our own culture, our own ways, drawing from the patterns of the past, but separate from what had gone before.