BL: Advent 2017 – Day 4 “Duty Waits”

The Black Library brings us another tale from the Grim Dark for Day 4 of Advent 2017!

If you’ve been waiting to get caught-up on your fill of Black Library back-stories and lore then now is the time of year to jump in. Running from December 1st until December 24th, Black Library will have something to read, listen to, or just check out for all things Games Workshop. You can grab them individually or pick up the whole thing as part of the Advent Calendar Subscription.

Today’s story is Duty Waits (pause for snickering), which is a story of how the Iron Fists (pause for snickering) do their daily duty (pause for snickering) and deal with Civilians in a way that doesn’t involve either the Emperor’s Justice OR Mercy. So truly this shall be a mystery solved for us all.

As always, don’t miss the previous advent stories, which you’ll find linked below.

Advent 2017 – Day 1: Stone And Iron

Advent 2017 – Day 2: Endurance

Avent 2017 – Day 3: Doombound

Avent 2017 – Day 4: Duty Waits

via Black Library

Duty Waits$3.99


As Terra awaits the inevitable assault by Horus’ armies, Imperial Fists patrols find their greatest day to day challenges come from dealing with the heightened defences and with civilians unhappy with the new focus on war.

It’s a story that only Guy Haley could write, getting in the heads of Space Marines on Terra’s walls, and showing the devastating effects of waiting for an uncertain assault.

On Terra, the Imperial Palace awaits war. Since the Alpha Legion infiltrated the mighty structure, the Imperial Fists have upped their patrols, defences have been tightened and the planet prepares for the coming of Horus. Four primarchs stand ready to defend the Throneworld. But the enemy do not come. As the situation worsens and morale drops, Captain Maximus Thane and his company are forced to deal with a civilian riot – with tragic consequences.

Written by Guy Haley

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Why does everyone keep laughing when I talk about a Fists’ Duty?

  • benn grimm

    Story sounds drier than a desiccated dingo’s donger, nice artwork though, that is one badass looking Imp fist.

    • SilentPony

      Big spoiler in the description thought – 4 Primarchs defend Terra

      • MattyG

        4 Primarchs ?
        I thought the defense of Terra was the Imperial Fists, White Scars and Blood Angels.
        Who was the 4th ?

        • Benandorf

          Alpharius, maybe?

        • vlad78

          Vulkan arrived on Terra in ‘Old Earth’. With 3 salamanders.

      • benn grimm

        Wonder who the 4th is…

        • vlad78

          Vulkan is on Terra.

          • benn grimm

            How very disappointing.

  • carlisimo

    As a short story, it’s more of an atmosphere piece – and it’s bleak. I liked it.