BL: Advent 2016 – Day 9 “The Soul Severed”

soul-severed-cover-horz Lord Commander Eidolon turns the Emperor’s Children against themselves to secure his leadership.

Advent 2016 – Day 1 – Perpetual

Advent 2016 – Day 2The Maiden of the Dream

Advent 2016 – Day 3 – Into Exile

Advent 2016 – Day 4 – The Road of Blades

Advent 2016 – Day 5 – The Calculus of Battle

Advent 2016 – Day 6 – Fixed

Advent 2016 – Day 7 – The Grey Raven

Advent 2016 – Day 8 – Wraithbound

Advent 2016 – Day 9 – The Soul Severed

The Soul Severed $3.99

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Day 9 of Advent 2016
A Horus Heresy audio drama

As Lord Commander Primus, Eidolon leads the Emperor’s Children in Fulgrim’s absence. But a challenge from within the Legion forces him to turn the Kakophoni against their brethren.

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With their primarch obsessed with, shall we say, other matters, the Emperor’s Children turn to infighting, in a typically extreme way…

THE STORY
As Lord Commander Primus, Eidolon leads the Emperor’s Children in the absence of his primarch – who even knows where the daemon prince Fulgrim resides, now? But a challenge from within the Legion forces Eidolon to confront one of his rivals, the ambitious Archorian, a capable officer and tactician who would see the Legion returned to glory. Dissent is unacceptable. It is time for the Kakophoni to be set against their erstwhile brethren.

Written by Chris Wraight.

Running time 25 minutes.

Performed by Gareth Armstrong, John Banks, Steve Conlin and Luis Soto.

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I hope this time around, Eidolon can keep his head…

  • SilentPony

    This one confused me. I’ll go with Noise Marines getting covered in acid and industrial chemicals. Sure.
    I’ll go with it melts their armor and skin together, forming the monstrous Noise Marines we’ve all come to ignore and love. Good.
    I’ll even go with for whatever reason chemicals + purple paint = pink. Whatever, GW had to make that change over eventually, and this is as good an excuse as they can come up with.

    What I don’t get is how does this super caustic chemical bath that literally melts their skin off, and when they drink it burns their throat, lungs and stomachs ALSO make them even better at screaming?! Shouldn’t it do the opposite? They’re loosing their vocal chords to the same acid that’s melting their skin and armor together, so they…scream louder?!…wat?

    • Nathaniel Wright

      Chaos magic.

      It’s chaos magic, ponyboy.

    • Rafał Pytlak

      Errrr….the adic burns the vocal cords and replaces them with…magic…vocal cords? Like magic-chaos-vocal cords +2 sonic damage?
      It works like “vocal cords of Vecna”.

      • euansmith

        +2 Holy D&D Reference

    • Morgrim

      Technically vocal cords aren’t made from the same sort of cells as skin or muscle, they’re epithelium; the same sort of cells that glands, the lining of the stomach and, weirdly, protective keratin is made of. So they’re made of the tissues least likely to dissolve in acid.

      Also above the vocal cords are the ‘vestibular folds’ or ‘false vocal cords’, which are stiffer and not normally used for singing, but they ARE what are used in heavy metal growling and screaming. And it takes a lot of practice to loosen them enough to do that without damage. Dumping acid on the ligaments holding them stiff seems a plausible (in the 40k Chaos sense) alternate way of loosening them.

      I seriously suspect that the author may have done some research, because it’s the sort of thing that works if you know enough obscure human anatomy but is weird and jarring to the vast majority of normal people, and so falls flat.

      • SilentPony

        But if its acid strong enough to melt power armor, surely it can melt even the strongest of human skin.

        • Morgrim

          Strength is a funny thing with acids. They don’t work on a flat scale with “this is a stronger acid so it burns more stuff”. Hydrofluoric acid is much stronger and more deadly than hydrochloric acid of the same pH, but HF won’t burn your skin like HCl will. It’ll go through your skin and start dissolving your BONES, but you won’t have melted and burned skin like HCl would. (The results on your skin 24 hrs later – assuming you survive that long – aren’t pretty, but they’re secondary injuries.)

          • SilentPony

            Huh…so its entirely plausible if super unlikely that industrial runoff/acid could melt their skin to their armor, but when ingested do less damage, if not loosen up their heavy metal throat…

            Wait…this this the most scientifically accurate story GW has ever written?!