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Tales of Heresy
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Cover art by Neil Roberts.
Editor Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley
Publisher Black Library
Series Horus Heresy Series
Authors Dan Abnett, Matthew Farrer, Mike Lee, Graham McNeill, Anthony Reynolds, James Swallow, Gav Thorpe
Preceded by Mechanicum (Novel)
Followed by Fallen Angels (Novel)
Released 2009

Tales of Heresy, edited by Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley, is the tenth book in the Horus Heresy Series and is a collection of seven short stories, written by some of the series' authors. The book was published on March 14, 2009. It was later included in "The Novels: Volume 2" eBook collection and as an audiobook collection.


Cover Description

When Horus, the Warmaster, rebelled against the Emperor, the ensuing civil war nearly destroyed the Imperium. War raged across the galaxy, pitting Astartes against their battle–brothers in a struggle where death was the only victor.

Blood Games

By Dan Abnett

Synopsis

Custodian Guard Amon Tauromachian infiltrates the Imperial Palace as part of a 'Blood Game' designed to discover weaknesses in security. Ambushed by three workers when he attempts to purchase some drugs he effortlessly kills them and uses the drugs to temporarily stop his heart, allowing him to hide in a cargo crate and fool the security system that scans it. Inside the palace he locates the Emperor and makes it as far as raising his blade to strike before being intercepted by Constantin Valdor.

Given a new mission, Amon and fellow Custodian Haedo Emankon investigate Pherom Sichar, lord of Hy Brasil, who is suspected of leaking information to Horus. Infiltrating a meeting they attempt to arrest Sichar but are stopped by Rogal Dorn, who reveals that Sichar is a triple agent who is posing as a traitor but working for the Imperium. At that moment an assassin strikes, killing Sichar and eight others with a bomb before fleeing on a speeder rigged with explosives. Amon gives chase, kills the assassin and manages to send the speeder up into the atmosphere before it explodes.

Setting

Terra, after the Battle of Isstvan III.

Characters

Wolf at the Door

By Mike Lee

Synopsis

A band of Space Wolves belonging to the 13th Great Company have just completed the conquest of rebellious human world Kernunnos when they receive summons to muster with the rest of their legion but also discover a planet which was previously hidden by warp-storms. Lord Bulveye chooses to delay the rendezvous in favour of investigating the new world and finds it is inhabited by humans. However, Antimon's government is hostile towards the Imperium and Bulveye discovers that the governor's son Andras invited them to the planet without permission. Chaos descends when an army of Dark Eldar from the Kabal of the Shrieking Heart arrive for one of their regular tribute collections and the Space Wolves' ships are destroyed, stranding them on Antimon. With no other options, Bulveye leads his men in a series of guerrilla raids against the Dark Eldar, culminating in an attack on one of their towers which Andras and group of soldiers join. Bulveye manages to slay the enemy Archon and the Dark Eldar descend into infighting. Bulveye, Andras and their men brace for a last stand but a Space Wolves relief fleet arrives in orbit and drives the Dark Eldar away. Celebrations are cut short, however, when Andras refuses to let his planet join the Imperium and Bulveye is forced to kill him and order a bombardment of the planet.

Setting

  • Planets Kernunnos and Antimon in the Lammas subsector

Characters

Scions of the Storm

By Anthony Reynolds

Synopsis

The Word Bearers Legion encounter the planet Forty-Seven Sixteen and declare war on its heathen populace, who deploy intelligent machines with weaponised lightning-launchers for arms in battle. Captain Sor Talgron of the 34th Company leads an assault that brings down part of the force-field around the enemy palace and discovers the planet's remaining humans praying to the Emperor. He informs legion command of the gross mistake that has been made but is shocked when Lorgar, Erebus and Kor Phaeron order the people slaughtered, unaware that his commanders have secretly turned against the Imperium. Putting his faith in Lorgar, Talgron is inducted into the traitor fold.

Setting

Characters

The Voice

By James Swallow

Synopsis

The Sisters of Silence investigate the disappearance of a Black Ship, full of captured psykers.

Setting

Characters

Call of the Lion

By Gav Thorpe

Synopsis

Dark Angels bring the planet Byzanthis into the Imperium of Man, while Commanders differ on how it should be done.

Setting

Characters

  • Dark Angels
  • Byzanthisians
    • Paldrath Grane, Chairman of the Committee of Nations
    • Kinloth, President of Confederate Vanz
    • Lashkar Kerupt. This may be the name of the woman or of the power block she represented.

The Last Church

By Graham McNeill

Synopsis

A mysterious warrior visits a church, and enters into a battle of words with the old priest tending it.

Setting

Terra, before the the Great Crusade.

After Desh'ea

By Matthew Farrer

Synopsis

The War Hounds, the legion which will become known as the World Eaters, meet Angron, their Primarch, for the first time.

Setting

Characters

Trivia