"The Painted Count" is a short story in the Horus Heresy Series. It was written by Guy Haley and published online on 13 December 2016 as Day 13 of Advent 2016.
Gendor Skraivok seeks to master the unholy weapon that has chosen him to wield it.
Distrusted by his allies and despised by his rivals, Gendor Skraivok nonetheless seeks to claw back the leadership of the Night Lords Legion for himself, by fair means or foul...
Following the disastrous invasion of Sotha and the dimming of the Pharos' light, Gendor Skraivok languishes on board the VIII Legion flagship Nightfall. Distrusted by his allies and despised by his rivals, he nonetheless means to claw back leadership of the Night Lords from the pretender Captain Shang, by fair means or foul. And, rather than a portent of doom, the daemonic blade that seems to have chosen him as its bearer may be the answer…
- "The Painted Count" (Short Story)