Censure (Audio Drama)
|Performer||Gareth Armstrong, Seán Barrett, Martyn Ellis, Chris Fairbank, David Timson|
|Series||Horus Heresy Series|
|Collected in||Legacies of Betrayal|
|Editions||2013 audio CD|
In the depths of Calth's arcology network, the Underworld War has raged for years. Aeonid Thiel, previously an honoured sergeant of the Ultramarines, once again finds himself in trouble - pitted against the daemonic forces of the Word Bearers, he has no choice but to venture back to the ravaged surface and brave the deadly solar flares that have scoured all life from this world. With a lowly Imperial Army trooper as his only companion, it falls to him to drive the maniacal Dark Apostle Kurtha Sedd and his warband from the overrun XIII Legion stronghold.
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Two years have passed since the Word Bearers' initial attack on Calth, and the Underworld War has continued to rage between scattered cells of the Word Bearers and the Ultramarines, striking at each other from a network of underground bases.
Two human auxiliaries of the Word Bearers, a sniper and his spotter, catch an Ultramarine on the surface, and the sniper hits him with a perfect kill-shot - only to see that the armoured figure is a decoy, a split second before Aeonid Thiel dispatches both of them from behind with his twin swords.
Thiel has been attached to one of the Ultramarines companies on Calth, supposedly to assist them, though some suspect that he has (yet again) done something back on Macragge to be marked for censure. Certainly he has trouble obeying his superior, Captain Vultius. When Thiel returns to the company's underground base, Vultius berates him for disobeying his orders to avoid the surface, while Thiel retorts that the company must re-establish communications with other Ultramarines elements on the planet, or else they will eventually be overwhelmed. Thiel was unsuccessful, but insists that they keep trying.
While Thiel is being scrubbed clean of the surface radiation, he is amused to see an Imperial Army trooper, Rowd, hovering nearby, guessing correctly that Vultius has assigned the trooper to watch him. Suddenly the compound is stormed by a squad of Word Bearers, led by their Dark Apostle, Kurtha Sedd.