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Thorn Wishes Talon (Short Story)

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Thorn Wishes Talon
Author Dan Abnett
Publisher Black Library
Collected in Ravenor: The Omnibus
What Price Victory
The Hammer and the Eagle: Icons of Warhammer
Servants of the Inquisition

Cover Description

On Malinter, the Divine Fratery, servants of the Ruinous Powers, do battle with Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor and his companions. But someone else is waiting in the shadows, someone that the Fratery want to see dead even more than they do Ravenor. As daemonhosts battle in the skies and the air fills with gunfire and rain, Ravenor meets with an old friend, summoned by a simple message: Thorn Wishes Talon.


After receiving a cryptic message, "Thorn Wishes Talon," Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor and his warband divert to a backwater world to meet with the sender. When they come under attack from a Chaos cult, Ravenor, Kara Swole, and Patience Kys press into the cultist stronghold, while Carl Thonius, Zeph Mathuin, and Harlon Nayl remain behind to engage the cultists outside.

Inside, Ravenor (aka "Talon") meets with "Thorn" - his old mentor Gregor Eisenhorn. With the aid of his demon companion Cherubael, Eisenhorn dispatches the remaining cultists and a Chaos Dreadnought that is about to kill Thonius, Mathuin, and Nayl.

As they are leaving the planet, Ravenor confides to Nayl that Eisenhorn had a warning for him: the cult has foreseen the manifestation of an immensely powerful Daemon into the Materium, and its arrival is somehow linked with Ravenor and his upcoming investigation on Eustis Majoris. But that is all Eisenhorn knows, and Ravenor can only promise him, and Nayl, that he will be watchful.



  • The story acts as a prequel to the events of the novel Ravenor.

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