Wolf at the Door (Short Story)
The Space Wolves of the VIth Legion are among the most fierce and dedicated of the Legiones Astartes, bringing the Emperor’s wrath against the many enemies of mankind. As part of the 954th Expedition, Wolf Lord Bulveye’s warriors of the 13th Company come across a world previously shrouded by warp storms and cut off from the rest of the Imperium – when it becomes apparent that the human population is being raided by mysterious xenos known as ‘the Harrowers’, the Space Wolves are duty-bound to intervene.
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.
- Planets Kernunnos and Antimon in the Lammas subsector
- Andras Santanno, son of Antimon's planetary governor
- Darragh Shakkar, Archon of the Kabal of the Shrieking Heart