Fall of Cadia: A Peek Inside


The Warmaster Strikes at Cadia…and it doesn’t look good for the Imperium.

The next exciting narrative campaign book is coming from GW this weekend. The Gathering Storm: Fall of Cadia see the return of some of the Heroes of the Imperium on a desperate crusade to fight Abaddon’s tide of chaos.

via Games Workshop


The cover has the Warmaster in all his Glory!

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More information about the conflict and come iconic Abaddon artwork…


Here we get a glimpse of the Defenders of the Imperium – looks like the Blood Angels and few successor chapters as well as a a bunch of later founding chapters will be there. And you can’t have a war on Cadia without Some Scions. The Ad mech are also here in force!


Here’s a teaser of the Echoes of War Missions – anyone else excited about this one? The Empyric Storms Chart is supposed to be really wild.

Full Description:

For ten thousand years Cadia has stood firm against the horrors spewed forth by the Eye of Terror. There are no records of how many valiant souls have fallen defending the fortress worlds of the Cadian Gate – but by their sacrifice, the tide of horror stemmed. But there is no sacrifice big enough to stop what is coming.

Abaddon has unleashed the full might of his thirteenth Black Crusade and little hope remains. On Cadia itself, Ursarkar Creed and manifold Imperial forces mount a desperate defence, and they are soon to be joined by the strangest and most powerful of allies. Their arrival spurs a chain of events that will change things forever – the pylons will fall, the Eye will open, and a storm will come.

The Book

Fall of Cadia is the first book in the Gathering Storm series. A 136-page hardback narrative campaign book, it introduces the Triumvirate of the Imperium – Celestine, the Living Saint, Tech-priest of Mars Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl, and Inquisitor Katarinya Greyfax of the Ordo Hereticus – and chronicles the bitter battle to protect Cadia from the grasp of Abaddon the Despoiler.

The Rules

Fall of Cadia contains a wealth of new rules content for Warhammer 40,000:

– full rules for fielding Saint Celestine, Belisarius Cawl and Inquisitor Greyfax with any army of the Imperium:
– Saint Celestine confers Act of Faith on nearby units
– Belisarius Cawl confers the Canticles of the Omnissiah on nearby units
– Inquisitor Greyfax brings 6 new Inquisition Tactical Objectives
– the Triumvirate of the Imperium – a formation bringing these three characters together;
– 6 new Ecclesiarchy Relics and 6 Arcana Mechanicum, usable by Adepta Sororitas and Cult Mechanicus forces;
– the Grand Convocation and Imperial Crusade detachments – combine Cult Mechanicus, Skitarii and Mechanicus Knights in one army, and Black Templars and Adepta Sororitas in another;
– Battlezone: Empyric Storms – rules for raging Warp Storm effects, some of which can be quite drastic: potentially removing invulnerable saves, or halving the effective range of psychic powers…
– 4 new Echoes of War missions.

This next part contains some pretty MASSIVE SPOILERS. Consider yourself warned.






Still here? Okay – Here we go.

via Games Workshop

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From these pages we get a sense of what is happening: Abaddon’s attack on Cadia is halted by the Combined forces of the Ad Mech, Astra Militarum, Black Templars led by Creed and Saint Celestine. We don’t get all the details but while the battle is in favor of the Imperium, Abaddon wins the ultimate prize – the destruction of Cadia.

To get the full picture of the domino of events that transpired we’ll have to wait until the book hits retailers next week – I can’t wait to find out!


No one remains unscathed when Cadia Falls…

  • Mira Bella

    Wow! Compared to the original this reads horrible!
    The original captured the dread of the incomming Chaos Fleet the system wide fighting and the desperate battle on the surface much better.
    Now they all fight in a big cave and only the main characters get to be in the spotlight? That is just lame.
    Im sorry but I rather stay with the original.

    • NNextremNN

      ??? What original?

      • Mira Bella

        Codex Eye of Terror.
        You know. That original 13th Black Crusade…

        • NNextremNN

          Oh I didn’t knew that one GW book is more “original” than an other GW book.

          • Mira Bella

            Well they are both about the 13th Black Crusade.
            So I think it’s fair to call the first one the “Original” while I would call the new one a “Remake”.
            Is that Concept so hard to grasp?

          • NNextremNN

            I’d rather say new and old but whatever you prefer.

          • Mira Bella

            You could go for that.
            I think I’m going to call them
            -The good one (the one that was released in 2003)
            -The crappy one (the one that will be released in 2017)

          • OldHat

            You are so damn salty.

          • Mira Bella

            I honestly don’t know what that means. 😀

          • SilentPony

            Salty, as in tears, of rage/sadness. Meaning you’re overreacting because something petty, like a Sci-Fi story, has brought you to tears.

          • Mira Bella

            Hmm thanks.
            I think the last Time I cried was when I was watching Footage of the Berlin Wall falling with “wind of change” playing in the backround.
            Those were tears of Joy though.
            Can’t really recall being in tears over anything GW related.

          • Michael Bradbury

            The Scorpions do bring a tear to the eye.

          • Sonic tooth

            st celestines favorite, “get the lighters out boys”….

          • Mira Bella

            Man there is this documentary where they Show the People on the eastern site on the very night the wall was falling. There is this old Lady telling a young DDR border guard that all she wanted is to walk through the Berlin Gate just once.
            In the end of the documentary you see them walking slowly, arm in arm towards the Gate while “wind of change” is Playing in the backround.
            Gets me EVERY FRIGGING TIME! 😀
            I refuse to be embarrassed by that.

          • Mira Bella

            Ok there was this one time I tried to put a Metal Thunderfire Cannon together…
            But I buried these memories as deep as I could. 😀

          • SYSTem050

            2003 bah young UN’s. I preferred when the eye of terror blinked and the systems briefly came under imperium control with reformed/brain washed/lobotomized criminal space marines inflicting brutal justice to the eye of terror world’s.

            That and the random documentary camera crew that coukd distract your troops.

          • Mira Bella

            Are you kidding me? 😀
            Did that really happen? xD
            Seriously I didn’t know.

          • SYSTem050

            Rogue trader,. Some great art that involves space marines arresting to punk’s who wouldn’t look out of place in a judge dredd comic

            The random press crew was a battle field hazard role. Along with one of your trips turning out to be a replicant that would then go on to attack the rest of the unit.

          • NikosanPrime

            Lol, do you have problems with original movies and remakes? I have to ask. Your comment is just too funny.

          • NNextremNN

            Not really I simply did not knew there was an older book from an earlier edition that already dealt with the fall of Cadia and the 13th Black Crusade. And I thought that the wording “original” sounded strange to me because this book is from GW.

          • Mira Bella

            You are excused then. 🙂

          • PrimoFederalist

            In 2003, GW did an eight-week worldwide campaign in which people had battles and reported the results, etc. The book itself was really good – it was a good story with lots of good fluff. It had Space Wolves 13th Great Company who’d returned from the Warp nipping at the heels of the 13th Black Crusade (and introduced models and rules for Wulfen and the psychic power “Gate”), it had Ultwe (which introduced Black Guardians who were BS or WS 4 at a time when Guardians were WS/BS 3 and the Seer Council which was exclusively Ulthwe’s since they have more Seers), it had the Lost and the Damned which was traitor Guard with mutants and zombies thrown in, and rules for Cadians.

            Overall, it was a minor Chaos victory. They’d gained a lot of ground throughout the Cadian Gate area and controlled about half the planet of Cadia while the Imperials won decisively in space. And Eldrad Ulthran had his soul consumed by Slaanesh who’d possessed a Blackstone Fortress.

            So Chaos players always blame GW for retconning it because they “won,” when in reality I think GW just freaked out over making major changes. In reality, I think things were in a pretty good place at the end.

        • Drpx

          The one the Marines won by fluff power.

    • DrLove42

      You are judging it on 4 or 5 pages out of some 80+ in the full book. Lets see if all before you judge it

      • Mira Bella

        You are certainly not wrong about that!
        I read 8 Pages and I really disliked it.
        So I think chances are pretty slim that I will like the rest of it.
        I won’t buy it, but I will give it a chance if I get my hands on a friends copy.

  • SilentPony

    So yeah, exactly as I predicted. Abaddon retreats while claiming he won, “Cadia falls” (again…), no one major dies(like they’d kill off the new models) and everything just goes back to normal. The Imperium will send more troops, some Space Marine will get into a big fight, Trazyn was only there to introduce the new Lady Inquisitor, and then it’ll all end in with “The End…OR IS IT?!”

    Because this is 40k, and the status must quo.

    • Michael Bradbury

      The latest White Dwarf suggests something much more impactful than that, and that Cadia is just the start of these new characters story arcs.

    • Brian Griffith

      This is only the first book in a series.

    • Philip Estabrook

      Was Cadia destroyed in the previous book?

      • SilentPony

        More or less. ‘Destroyed’ as in cracked in half and all life on its surface annihilated? No.
        Over run with daemons and cultists preforming rituals to bring in more daemons and Traitors and slowly turning into a daemon world to the point the Imperium is about to go all Exterminatus on it, yeah.

        But then again I doubt that photo is supposed to represent Cadia, because everyone on the planet in that photo is dead. Exposed planetary core means loss of atmosphere, solar winds/radiation, etc.

      • Geil

        The point of the old book, were a worldwide multi player game. Like the ones GW did back then:
        You played the campange with friends and uploaded your results over the summer, and in the fall GW declared a winning side and they wrote an ending to the campange.
        The promise were that the outcome of the games would write 40k history.

        But as it turned out, Chaos lost big big time.
        Imperial forces beat won a world wide major victory, and GW chose to do nothing.
        The whole thing never happened.

        So this time GW wrote the story, Cadia falls and WH41K is going to be a super grim and every one is going to die horrible… perhaps.

        • Charon

          Actually, wrong.
          Chaos dominated everything with the exception of cadia, while Eldar had the most success of the “order” forces.

          • SilentPony

            I was about to say, I don’t remember the Imperium cleaning house like that. They won, but it was a pyrrhic victory and Cadia itself was basically destroyed.

          • Charon

            Chaos won all ground battles, but could not take cadia 100%,
            Imperial control of Cadia went from 95% (Faithful) to 39.8% (Unreliable) over the course of the campaign.

        • Infamous Wendigo

          Actually the problem with the Eye of Terror campaign was much deeper than that. There was a massive cheating going on.

          Gw knew it. The players knew it. The Queen’s dogs knew it.

          So GW scrapped the results and wrote their own ending… which was the status quo, per their usual.

          • Nicole Cass

            Yeah, sadly that was a thing. Now-a-days it would be worst since bots are everywhere. People would report fake battles, killing the whole idea of a world wide campaign.

            That’s why I liked the idea of them having the stores do the campaigns and people would join in and the register store owner would put up the results.

        • Nicole Cass

          Yep, because heaven-forbid the players have a say in the story 🙂 Same thing happen in the old Warhammer universe, the good guys won huge, and GW didn’t like it…and the both of them were retcon ASAP

          • Drpx

            Warp stones fall, everybody dies.

          • Emprah

            Determining the lore of a game that has grown beyond the tabletop by players is a bad idea. Not that GW can do much good in their storytelling, AoS shows us that, but hey, its still somewhat better.

    • Christie Bryden

      err, the status must quo? did you even read wrath of magnus?

    • Dan Wilson

      The last page reads like the Cadian pylons essentially suffer failer, after Cawl tried to do something with them… suggesting the Cadian Gate may close… He also mentioned a Xenos name “Veilwalker”, possible the mysterious red clad eldar figure we’ve seen alongside the Black Templars.

    • vlad78

      I don’t think so. While the book may be really bad written, (as usual lately) the fact Cadia is no more should close the cadian gate, no more easy access in and out of the eye. I don’t see how this could be a chaos victory.

      Abaddon : Rejoice! We broke the Cadian gate!
      All other traitors : Fool! You just closed the only reliable way out of the eye !!

      • Admiral Raptor

        Most of the book has leaked elsewhere online. From what has been described, the Chaos plan at this point is to have the eye expand all the way to Terra so that the Daemon Primarchs and all of their bros can easily manifest. The Cadian gate thing seems to be no longer relevant (retconned)

        • vlad78

          Is it me or does the old fluff of the black fortresses used by Abaddon tro break Cadia become far more enticing than this peace of bad writing?

          • Admiral Raptor

            You’re not wrong. Destroying Cadia was a huge letdown, even for a Chaos fan like myself. I would have loved to have seen a two or three book set detailing a massive ground war. I want to see Abbadon earn that victory, not just have it fall in his armless lap as this book appears to do. It would have been awesome (and wonderfully grimdark) to see Cadia transformed into a Daemon world.

  • Sonic tooth

    just curious, in a way, is celestine kindov a greater daemon/daemon princess of the emperors will?

    • SilentPony

      Probably just a mutant, or an artificially created Saint. They Imperium needed a figure head, get some pious Sister, implant wings, genehance her, maybe try to trigger latent psychic powers.
      Happens all the time.

      • Admiral Raptor

        “Happens all the time.”
        This made me smile, thanks 🙂

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      She’s like the Sanguinor, probably.

  • Lion El’ Jonson

    ….Does this mean new Guard models.

    RIP in peace tactical genius…

    • Mira Bella

      Rest in Peace in Peace? 😀

  • Charon

    Just to understand that…
    The main reason why cadia was important and it was not just blown up the last 12 times was “the pylons calm the warp and this is the only reason why bigger fleets can enter or leave the eye”. And now the solution is “we exploded it, lol”.

    • SilentPony

      Failbaddon tactical genius at its best.
      “But sir, why can’t we just blow it up now?!”
      “I’ve told you Greg, what is the spookiest number of Black Crusades you can launch before achieving victory?
      “Thirteen sir.”
      “Thirteen Black Crusades, Greg. And what number are we on now?”
      “Four, sir.”
      “Well then, I guess we better retreat and start planning for the Fifth Black Crusade”
      “…Yes sir.”

      • Mira Bella

        Amazing! 😀

  • Stan

    About as “exciting” and sensible as JJ Abrams destroying Vulcan on a whim.

    • Drpx

      Not to mention Romulus and the entire character of Khan.

  • Drpx

    Age of Calgar here we come!

  • Mr K

    Interesting to see the story move forward.

  • Sonic tooth

    Have they jusy squatted the legion of the damned?

  • Tirelion

    This falls in line with how the fluff has been lately. Just like Wrath of Magnus, the bad guys get their butts kicked……but still somehow achieve their objective. It is terrible writing.

    • Absurdly Vexed

      Yes, but you musn’t tell anyone.

    • If you’re reading pulp science fiction (fantasy) for the writing, then you are using your time poorly.

  • Xodis

    Seriously have to read the book now, seems like a big mistake to destroy the planet unless….

    1) Those Pylons were preventing the Eye from spreading and now the entire Eye of Terror can engulf Terra and its surrounding planets.

    2) Those Pylons are strong enough to survive the destruction intact (they are Necron tech) and can now be used to make the gate bigger or make mobile gates.

    3) Maybe Cadia can still become a Deamon planet and have the warp hold it…..somewhat together.

    Could be interesting.