Savage Weapons (Short Story)
For two years, the Dark Angels have battled the Night Lords on the worlds of the Aegis sector, and they are no closer to victory. When the traitor primarch known as the Night Haunter issues a challenge, Lion El'Jonson of the Dark Angels descends to an abandoned world for a final confrontation with his treacherous brother. But the Night Haunter has a darker purpose...
The Dark Angels and Night Lords Legions are locked in battle over the Thramas sector, neither side able to gain an advantage without losing equally important territory elsewhere. Konrad Curze summons Lion El'Jonson to parlay on a barren world named Tsagualsa and each primarch attends with only two warriors, though their fleets remain in orbit. Corswain and Alajos of the Dark Angels exchange barbs and insults with Sevatar and Sheng of the Night Lords, while Curze and Jonson walk away to have a private discussion. The fragile peace is broken when Curze levels an insult Jonson cannot let slide and the Lion runs the Night Haunter through. The two primarchs begin a furious fight, while Alajos engages Sheng and Corswain tries to find Sevatar amidst the foundations of a fortress. Curze gets the upper hand and starts throttling Jonson, and Alajos sacrifices himself by taking on both Sheng and Sevatar while Corswain runs to the Lion's aid. Alajos cuts off Sheng's lower arm just before Sevatar beheads him. Corswain saves the Lion by ramming his sword into Curze's spine and forces from both sides arrive to pull their injured and raging primarchs apart. Both sides retreat, the engagement inconclusive.
- Tsagualsa, at this time a barren world.
- Aboard the Invincible Reason and the Vehemence, ships of the Dark Angel fleet.
- Lion El'Jonson - Primarch of the Dark Angels legion.
- Konrad Curze - Primarch of the Night Lords legion.
- Alajos - Captain of the 9th Order of the Dark Angels.
- Corswain - Paladin of the 9th Order.
- Tragan] - Sergeant, 9th Order.
- Sevatar - First Captain of the Night Lords.
- Sheng - Huscarl to Konrad Curze.
- Kellandra Vray - Captain of the Vehemence.