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BL: Advent 2017 – Day 23 “The Board is Set”

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Dec 23 2017

You think this is a game? Malcador doesn’t as he and the Emperor “Wargame” to plan the defense of Terra.

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Even in the Grim Dark the Emperor finds time to “play” a wargame with Malcador. Sure, they might be attempting to plan the defense of Terra in doing so, but who knows what crazy plans they will invent. Do you think the Emperor is a rules lawyer, a WAAC, or a Fluff-bunny? I bet Malcador’s army painting skills are amazing!

Advent 2017 – Day 1: Stone And Iron

Advent 2017 – Day 2: Endurance

Advent 2017 – Day 3: Doombound

Advent 2017 – Day 4: Duty Waits

Advent 2017 – Day 5: Key of Infinity


Advent 2017 – Day 6: Gods’ Gift

Advent 2017 – Day 7: Magisterium

Advent 2017 – Day 8: The Assassination of Gabriel Seth

Advent 2017 – Day 9: Now Peals Midnight

Advent 2017 – Day 10: The Witch Takers

Advent 2017 – Day 11: Heart of Decay

Advent 2017 – Day 12: Dreams of Unity


Advent 2017 – Day 13: The Old Ways

Advent 2017 – Day 14: First Lord of the Imperium

Advent 2017 – Day 15: The Battle for Markgraaf Hive

Advent 2017 – Day 16: A Place of Reflection

Advent 2017 – Day 17: A Brother’s Confession

Advent 2017 – Day 18: The Rage of Asmodai

Advent 2017 – Day 19: Eight Lamentations: The Tainted Axe

Advent 2017 – Day 20: Fireheart

Advent 2017 – Day 21: The Dance of the Skulls


Advent 2017 – Day 22: A Lesson in Darkness

Advent 2017 – Day 23: The Board is Set

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A Horus Heresy story

With the enemy nearing, Malcador the Sigillite communes with the Emperor and plays out wargames, trying to divine a path to victory – and survival – in the battles to come.

It’s a startling insight into the relationship between the Emperor and the Sigillite, and shows just how aware they each are of the sacrifices that will be required to end the Heresy and bring peace to the Imperium.

Malcador the Sigillite is troubled. The war fleets of the traitor Horus approach, and war on the Throneworld is inevitable. But with the Emperor on the Golden Throne, keeping the darkness beneath the Palace at bay, how can even the assembled might of three Space Marine Legions stand against the fury to come? Communing with the Emperor, Malcador plays out a wargame, musing on the key pieces and the unorthodox strategies that may be required to secure victory – and at what role he might play in the battles to come.

Written by Gav Thorpe




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