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The Master of Mankind (Volume 41) (The Horus Heresy) [Paperback] Dembski-Bowden, Aaron

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We have already seen that, and when the novel does need to bring up such moments, it does so with more indirect reminders, such as the Emperor's decisions surrounding Angron. That might just be my personal opinion, but for some reason whenever I read one of his books I get this very odd sense of deja vu, as if I've read the books before or maybe it's the feeling that I know what I'm going to get (and I've yet to be disappointed) since it always feels as if he's delivering the same (very well written) bullet points, just with different characters, and/or in a different area. While Ra is leading the attacks directly, Diocletian, another high-ranking Custodian, and Kaeria, a high-ranking Sister of Silence, are sent to Terra's surface to recruit valuable assets to the war effort. The Emperor left Sureka behind to look after the Molech Warp Gate until such time as that world could be safely protected by the coming of the future Imperium of Man.

Some of my favorite parts were simple conversations between two characters, particularly any that involved the Emperor. The Emperor's Great Work, to secure use of the Eldar webway for mankind and eliminate their reliance on the Warp is hanging on by its fingernails. To enhance the Primarchs beyond the capabilities that even genetic-engineering allowed, however, the Emperor also drew upon the powers of the Warp he had learned at Molech to enhance His creations, imbuing them with nearly godlike levels of charisma and capability, but also unintentionally making them susceptible to corruption by the entities of the Warp. Many of Dembski-Bowde n's main stories will stick to simple and direct core plots as a basis for stories. The Primarchs would be beings of such great mental and physical superiority that nothing merely Human could stand against them.That COULD be because he sees them only as a series of tools, or it could be, because that is how he first thought of them during their gestation and their estranged childhoods.

It has also resulted in technological and cultural stagnation, and a regression into tyranny, superstition and religious obfuscation and intolerance that would have horrified the Emperor. He's less the God here than he is the man, albeit a powerful one and ever the master architect of humanity's future. But to make His dream of reuniting all of Humanity within a single galaxy-spanning empire possible, the Emperor knew that He would have to make some difficult, even immoral decisions.It is known that He had been born an immortal Perpetual and ancient even before His ascension to the Golden Throne over 10,000 Terran years ago. The ‘Ten Thousand’ Custodian Guard, along with the Sisters of Silence and the Mechanicum forces of Fabricator General Kane, fight to control the nexus points of the ancient eldar webway that lie closest to Terra, infested by daemonic entities after Magnus the Red’s intrusion. The man who would later become known as the Emperor of Mankind first appears in Imperial records as just one of the many warlords struggling for control of Terra during the later part of the Age of Strife in the early 29th Millennium.

In truth, the Emperor's origin and history prior to the start of His attempt to unify Terra during the Unifications Wars is largely mysterious and unknown, though His immortality as a Perpetual and extraordinary psychic abilities still define Him. Together, she, several other Perpetuals and the man who would one day become the Emperor travelled to the Knight World of Molech aboard a one-way voidcraft. While Horus' rebellion burns across the galaxy, a very different kind of war rages beneath the Imperial Palace. The Emperor prepared extensively for the Great Crusade in the years after Unity was achieved on Terra; He created the special astro-telepath ( astropath) corps to link his eventual interstellar dominion together through the use of telepathy, and engineered the creation of the Astronomican. The Ten Thousand Custodian Guard, along with the Sisters of Silence and the Mechanicum forces of Fabricator-General Zagreus Kane, fight to control the nexus points of the ancient Eldar Webway that lie closest to Terra, infested by daemonic entities after Magnus the Red's intrusion.

I'm a long-time reader of your work and know that, though critical, you offer plenty of balanced reviews. Speaking personally, much as I did enjoy the ideas and concepts introduced, so much here w orked against the story that I was always left with the sense of almost disliking the fact I was engaged by it. He is doing what he believes needs to be done to save the entire human race, but in the process he is a real bastard. ADB knows the lore very well, and you can tell he has cast his fair share of D6s during an actual Warhammer tabletop campaign. Horus once mentioned that the Emperor lived "in Anatolia, in his own childhood" when describing his own first meeting with the Emperor.

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