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At Gaius Point (Short Story)

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At Gaius Point
Author Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Publisher Black Library
Collected in Legends of the Space Marines
There Is Only War
War for Armageddon: The Omnibus

Cover Description

Emerging from the wreckage of a crashed Thunderhawk gunship, Brother Zavien of the Flesh Tearers embarks on a desperate hunt. His quarry is more dangerous, more vicious and more deadly than any other in the jungles of Armageddon. Zavien knows this, because he hunts Jarl, his own battle brother, taken by the Black Rage and a threat to friend and foe alike.


A squad of Flesh Tearers are shot down on Armageddon. Only two Marines survive the crash, Brothers Zavien and Jarl. Zavien is forced to pursue Jarl as he is consumed by the Black Rage, an unfortunate legacy of their Primarch Sanguinius. Jarl unfortunately makes contact with a squad of the Order of the Argent Shroud, mistaking them for Traitor Marines attacking the Imperial Palace during the Battle of Terra.

Zavien follows Jarl's trail of destruction to the village of Dryfield, to find its inhabitants slaughtered and forcing Zavien to kill his brother to stop his rampage. Immediately afterwards, Zavien is confronted by the pursuing Sisters of Battle who execute him as retribution for their sisters' deaths and the tragedy at Gaius Point.


Armageddon, some time after the Third War.


  • Flesh Tearers
    • Brother Zavien - Must pursue Jarl and put him down so that the other Imperial forces present do not learn or witness the violence that he will perpetrate. Kills him in the church at Dryfield.
    • Brother Jarl - Marine caught in the throes of the Black Rage and loose upon the landscape of Armageddon. Kills two Sisters of Battle and the village of Dryfield before being put down.
    • Brother Sergeant Drayus - Barely alive after the Thunderhawk crash. Charges Zavien with hunting down Jarl and stopping him, killing him if neccassary.
    • Brother Garax - Thrown clear during the crash, presumed dead due to no lifesigns but not confirmed.
    • Brother Varlon - Pilot, killed in the crash
  • Sisters of Battle - Order of the Argent Shroud
    • Sister Superior Mercy Astaran - Executes Zavien at the end of the story as revenge for massacre Gaius Point and the deaths of her sisters.
    • Amalay D'Vorien - Sister killed by Jarl due to Black Rage
    • Brialla - Manned the heavy Flamer upon the Immolator tank Promethia. Killed by Jarl due to Black Rage after getting a warning off over the vox of the Flesh Tearers presence.