Horus Heresy The End Draws Near…Finally

After 11 years and 45+ books – the finish line is in sight. The Horus Heresy is coming to a close…

It’s been a long time coming but the Siege of Terra is finally on the horizon. The forces of Horus and the Emperor are setting the stage for an epic throw down. So how does an event like this get planned? How do you tie up all the loose ends? How do you decide who takes the first shot or who is the first casualty? Well, you bring in all the writers and have a meeting to figure it all out, of course! That is exactly what Games Workshop has done at their HQ:

via Warhammer Community

Warhammer Community writer Rhuairidh [sat] in and see what’s next for the Horus Heresy.

Rhuairidh: Working at Warhammer World, it’s easy to get starstruck – you may well find yourself standing next to Phil Kelly in the queue for lunch, or competing against the likes of Jervis Johnson in a tournament. When I walked into Stormcast (that’s what we call our main boardroom here at HQ!) I was, quite understandably, bowled over – after all, as I’m a huge Night Lords fan, meeting Aaron Dembski-Bowden is one thing, but here too was John French! Guy Haley! Dan Abnett! Chris Wraight! Graham McNeill! Gav Thorpe! Nick Kyme! Laurie Goulding! After introductions, the team got right to it and there was a palpable crackle in the air, every writer dedicated to one purpose – doing justice to this legendary event and bringing their work over the last decade or so to a climax.

We won’t go into all the spoiler-free details but if you want to read Rhuairidh’s full write-up check it out HERE. I will say that I’m personally really glad to see an all-star writing staff meeting to plan out the epic conclusion. I’m also glad to see that Games Workshop and the Black Library are finally brining the series to a close. 45+ books and anthologies over 11 years is…a lot. And let’s be honest, there were a few books in there that, while important, seemed to drag the series on a bit. I can remember being really excited when the series first started all those years ago.

But it’s been a marathon and a know lots of fans of the series hit that breaking point along the line somewhere. Like me, they probably stopped reading just due to fatigue, possibly picking up a book here or there that interested them but not collecting the entire series. However, now the finish line is actually in sight! The Siege of Terra is such a major formative event in the lore that everyone knows the outcome – but now we get to see the gritty details! The build up has been a long time coming so, once the Bolter shells start firing, it’s going to be a mad dash to the end.

Are you excited that the Siege of Terra is coming? How do you feel about the Horus Heresy coming to a close after all these years?

  • Talos2

    Interesting Laurie Goulding was there, they said he’d left for a new job in the USA back in february

    • Zingbaby

      Good to see him. I just hope they keep James Swallow far away from this stuff.

      • Talos2

        I like James swallow

    • OldHat

      He did, but apparently he is at least consulting.

  • SilentPony

    It will be a disappointment. It can’t not be. The Siege is the singular most important event in the 40k lore, and so much happened.
    You could have every single 40k fan in the world write a dozen short stories and a full novel, each centered on a entirely new character during the Siege, and it still wouldn’t live up to what happened.

    • ZeeLobby

      Not to mention the steam just isn’t there as it used to be. There are definitely still good writers writing good stuff, but the recent entries definitely slip all over the range.

      • SilentPony

        It’ll end up being like Istvaan 5 in Fulgrim. Just them saying ‘there’s lots of blood, and lots of people are fighting, no seriously this battle is epic!’

      • GWELLS

        I think part of the reason for this is like many organizations with popular material they dragged it on to milk every last dime they could. I think its called “The Simpsons Effect”. Eventually the quality just starts to fade a little with occasional flashes of its former brilliance.

        I do feel it will be remembered fondly however. I just wonder if they will find something to replace the hole in their literary lineup when its gone.

        • I_am_Alpharius

          More event series like The Beast Arises. There are a ton of iconic events that BL could mine. Obviously the is the 10,000 year between the HH and the present – like the aforementioned book examines or period like the The Age of Apostasy or Reign of Blood. BL could do the: Fall of the Eldar and Birth of Slaanesh; One or all the Wars for Armageddon; they could look back the Gothic Wars; etc… loads.

          As I mention to another poster. I suspect that BL may well continue to mine the HH for stories. The galaxy is a large place. With 18 Legions there are all kinds of tales to be spun.

          • SilentPony

            Hell just make up an event!
            How about a trilogy of books on…the Blood Tigers Chapter trying desperately to defend the…Fraxis Expanse worlds against a massive Ork Waaagh that ultimately leads to a Chapter civil war, which leads to the Imperium stepping in, and sympathizers to the rebel Marines escape and it lays the foundation for the Nova Terra schism.

          • BrianDavion

            there is also the fact that the seige of terra could likely be over a dozen novels once you factor in all the little side stories etc. and after that, you have the second founding, which I could see getting some novels dedicated to it.

        • Simon Bates

          Well the siege itself could take a couple of years’ of releases. Then there’s the scouring, much of which has only been touched on in BL books so far. Plus there’s nothing necessarily stopping them adding more earlier HH books, or even going all the way back to the Great crusade or the Unification Wars.

    • Robomummy

      I’m picturing a book from each present legion.

      • SilentPony

        That’s 8 for the traitors, and now that War of the Beast confirmed Vulkan and the Salamanders were there, 4 for the loyalists.

        • Jared van Kell

          My guess is that Vulkan was taking the fight to the Emperor’s Children and the Night Lords who pretty much did their own thing during the Siege of Terra.

          • SilentPony

            Sounds like them, though i was left with the impression they were assigned to guard the webway passage so the custodians fight at the walls…

            Either works and either is worthy of a novel

          • Jared van Kell

            Well we will find out more in December when Old Earth arrives.

        • BrianDavion

          and of course addtional books for the loyalists describing what the dark angels, ultramarines etc where doing as they raced to Terra

        • Robomummy

          then that means we are probably looking at another few years of heresy.

      • GWELLS

        True, they only mentioned that the end is coming, not when or how long it will take. It could be another 2-3 years before the actual final book is released. They could drag the events of the siege over half-a-dozen novels.

        And lets not even talk about short stories.

        • SilentPony

          And the Novellas. Found of the Grey Knights, fall of the Sisterhood, Custodians, Malcador, birth of the Doomrider…
          This is my point! Everything ultimately ties back to the Siege!

        • Robomummy

          12 present legions means minimum 12 novels and 3x that many short stories (similar to what they are doing now with their release schedule). Not to mention novellas and audio dramas. We are looking at minimum another 2-3 years of heresy but I wouldnt be surprised if they stretch it to 5+.

          • GWELLS

            True, probably party to give the event its weight but also to give their Horus Heresy game line some new material for expansion. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if they did expand it to 5+, Heck I remember people saying years ago when they were covering the drop sight massacre that the series would probably wrap up soon. But the next five years of books barely made it past that point in the timeline. Calth lasted a couple years alone.

            A big theory I have been seeing is that the series may not actually end with the duel. It will continue on to show the Scouring after the siege and cover critical parts of period. Gilliumans crusades to stabilize the empire. The circumstances of Rogal Dorns disappearance, etc.

    • Fergie0044

      It’ll be like Istvaan, not covered in a single book, but cropping up in different ones from different points of view all adding to the overall narrative. Maybe a final trilogy that sort of sums up the siege and then moves on to covering H vs E and the build up to it?

      • Drew_Da_Destroya

        A final trilogy would make sense, since the series started with one (Horus Rising, False Gods, and Galaxy in Flames)

      • GWELLS

        Yeah, they could spread it out over 3-4 books and a dozen short stories before its really over. That could even take another 2-3 years before they are all published.

  • Justin Pettett

    Gotta end sometime…

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    this meeting will likely oversee a dozen or more books.

    We will likely have a “main plot” series of books, then side books which go into detail about the side battles and stories.

  • It might be enough to get buying HH novels again…maybe.

  • Randy Randalman

    And in the age of franchise mode in novels and Hollywood, every mythology gets completely watered down when we have the whole story. Every origin, every in-between, every perspective. It doesn’t add to a story… It all actually shrinks it. No more mystery and no more left to the imagination.

    • Carey_Mahoney

      Couldn’t agree more!!

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Presumable with 9 writers there, that means at least 9 books to cover the Siege of Terra. I could see them go to 12 through (or more frankly), with some writers doubling up. 12 seems a nice number and BL could make a event of it; like they did with the Beast Arises series, running over 12 months. I would also note, that BL could consider the final showdown on Horus’s battle barge a “separate” a trilogy of novels by itself.

    • GWELLS

      Yes that is true. They didn’t say it was ending this or next year. Only that they are moving into the end phase. The end phase could span another 10-20 books and short stories for all anyone knows. It could years before the actual final book is releashed.

      They could do one book for every legion taking part in the battle, each one giving a new perspective before the final one focuses on the duel.

      Heck they could even have one that focuses on the scouring after Horus’s death. There is probably a book or two of story there alone. Maybe fill in some gaps on how some Primarchs left.

  • KonstantinG

    Gotta end sometime…

    • euansmith
      • I_am_Alpharius

        Too soon…too soon man…RIP

    • I_am_Alpharius

      True, but I wouldn’t be so sure. I suspect that BL may well continue to mine the HH for stories. The galaxy is a large place. With 18 Legions there are all kinds of tales to be spun.

  • euansmith

    In the stygian silence of the cyclopean Golden Throne Chamber the Emperor’s enervated husk winked one nitred eye and a becowled Servitor smiled at its master, nodded assent and intoned in a vaporous hiss, “Just as planned. Hail Hydra.”

    The End

  • Jack

    Should be made a movie

    • Hagwert

      Two things……

      1.) You would need a budget and a time frame equal to Game of Thrones.

      2.) Don’t let Peter Jackson do the later episodes !

    • BrianDavion

      a movie about the HH would be a mess, they’d need to condense it to much

  • Xodis

    Real question is, will it actually end with the siege?

    Its called the Horus Heresy, and it encompasses EVERYTHING (sometimes more than we even want) about the Heresy from what attributed to it, why it happened, how it happened, so whats stopping them from starting to flesh out what happens after the heresy because of the heresy.
    If they want, they can pick up after the Death of Horus and after the “death” of the Emperor and really keep that Marine on Marine combat flowing.

    • SilentPony

      The Siege is actually the half-way point of the Heresy technically. The Scouring was just the Imperial counter-offensive to reconquer the western and Northern reaches of the Imperium from the Traitors – its still the same war!
      And according to the Grey Knights and Forge World books the Scouring was hundreds of years long…

      • Xodis

        Exactly my point, we dont know if the End is even the Siege, or maybe they will end the actual “Horus Heresy” at the Siege and then start a new series called “The Scouring”, which is really HH part 2, this time more CHAOS!

        • BrianDavion

          that’d be my bet. on the heels of the HH we’ll get novels about the scouring. especially as there are a few big events in that that would make a good epilogue. If I was gonna say what the “definitive ending” for the HH will be, it’ll be the 2nd founding, Gulliman and his brothers looking out among the divided legions, regretting whom is not there, and wondering if they are making the right decisions. before they all admit that they are doing what they have to, and that this is the future etc,

          • Deathwing

            The scouring can actually focus on the biggest events that happened during that time, the disappearance of the Primarchs Lion El Johnson, Corax, Leman Russ, the Khan, Rogal Dorn, Vulcan, and the “death” of Papa Smirf. 7 great novels that cover the period between the end of the siege of Terra and The Talon of Horus book. I imagine there will be a Grey Knights and Inquisition founding 3 book series in there as well. So thats 10 books basically to cover a 300 year time period. On average thats a pretty solid saturation of novels for such a short timeline (matching the HH and the Beast series+the Black Legion novel series)

          • BrianDavion

            I’m not sure the dissapperances of the Primarchs will be covered, they’re proably something best left for later if those primarchs are ever brought back (it’s worth noting that Dark Imperium describes the “death” of Gulliman) keep THAT mysterious at least. IMHO the biggest events of the post siege of terra, is proably the iron cage, and the “great chapter debate”

  • Jared van Kell

    Before we get to the Seige of Terra we first have the Great Slaughter at Beta-Garmon. That fight is going to be an absolute bloodbath which will see Horus demonstrate to everyone just how far he has fallen and just how powerful he has become.

  • luke-vdv

    This series CANNOT end until I see some completely loyalist Alpha Legion. Also, after all these years I need something to provide more closure and information after Legion.

  • Jonathon Runge

    I want it to be revealed that the Primaris Marines were actually ordered by Horus and Cawl is a heretek of the highest order.

  • Damien 1.0

    It’ll be like Istvaan, not covered in a single book, but cropping up in different ones from different points of view all adding to the overall narrative. Maybe a final trilogy that sort of sums up the siege and then moves on to covering H vs E and the build up to it?

  • BrianDavion

    you’re assuming the siege isn’t going to be stretched out for the next decade. with anther decade focusing on the scouring and the second founding (I would BTW LOOOVE to see a series of novels focused on the second founding)

  • Raven Jax

    The Horus Heresy has been great, but I want to see what happens next! I hope they decide to set some books in the future after the Heresy ends, like maybe 10,000 years later.

  • Gabriel De-Vere

    They should have had a cut out of Alan Bligh sitting at that table, partly because of if there was any lingering you know damn well he would be sitting there with his cup of tea listening in… And partly because you can’t not have him there in some form as he was the lexicon of the HH!!! 🙂

  • helter266

    siego of terra was so massive event, that they can make another 45 books about it 😉