White Dwarf has released a preview regarding Fall of Cadia: The Gathering Storm! This is the January issue, so make sure to get it if you're interested!
Here it is:
If you're unable to read the words, I'll type them out for you.
The Gathering Storm
Now is the Time of Ending and the fate of Humanity hangs in the balance. Yet a storm is gathering that will eclipse all the wars that have come before it. We sent Dan, our most experienced Stormseer, into the Warp (also known as the Design Studio) to find out more.
The year is 999.M41 and the Imperium teeters on the brink of destruction. On the Eastern Fringe, the Tau Empire encroaches upon the Damocles sector. To the galactic north-east, the shieldworlds of Baal are consumed by the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Leviathan, while Baal itself - home world of the Blood Angels Chapter - is assailed by Daemons. In the Diamor system, Kharn the Betrayer leaves red ruin in his wake.
Fenris is broken and the Space Wolves bloodied, following an invasion by the Daemon Primarch Magus the Red, whose slaughter of Fenris's people enabled him to pull the Planet of the Sorcerers across the threshold of reality and into the galaxy. Warp storms tear across the galaxy like a crimson scar across the heavens. The Malestrom waxes strong and the Eye of Terror burns with the ferocity of the Dark Gods.
The Cadian system lies on the edge of the Eye of Terror, the rift between the material realm and the Immaterium. It is the duty of the worlds in the Cadian system to guard the Cadian Gate, the only stable Warp corridor from the Eye of Terror - the path that Abaddon's Black Crusades have often taken. Though many of the planets in the Cadian system are home to shipyards, orbital defenses and Astra Militarum forces, it is Cadia Prime that bears the full brunt of the system's responsibilities, training billions of new recruits every year to defend the Imperium.
And now, at the end of the 41st Millennium, Abaddon's 13th Black Crusade pours forth from the Eye of Terror. Thousands of starships carrying millions of warriors emerge from the Warp to lay waste to the Imperium of Man. Among Abaddon's forces march Legionaires of the Great Crusade, embittered warriors over 10,000 years old who wish only to see the galaxy burn. Renegade Space Marines and traitor Guardsmen fight alongside them, followed by hordes of Cultists and Warp-tainted psykers. Daemons caper in the wake of the Black Crusade, waiting for the boundary between realities to shatter so they can pour forth and sate their hunger on souls that burn bright with with life. Beset on all sides by aliens, heretics and witches, the Imperium can only watch as Cadia is assailed by the greatest army Abaddon the Despoiler has ever assembled...
...and weep as Cadia fights its last war.
"The Fall of Cadia is one of those events we all secretly hoped would happen, but never expected to," says Creative Writing Manager Jes Bickham, who's currently overseeing the rules and background writers working on the Gathering Storm project. "Cadia, and the people of Cadia, are symbols of Imperial defiance, forever fighting against the forces of Chaos. Cadia has always stood firm where lesser worlds, and lesser people, would long have fallen to the Dark Gods. Indeed, Abaddon the Despoiler has conducted no fewer than 12 Black Crusades up to this point and Cadia has always stood in his way. The 13th Black Crusade is different. This time Abaddon's full military might is aimed at Cadia and he intends to destroy it. He's totally motivated by hubris - he will destroy Cadia. But that's not solely what this book is about, because the events that take place in Cadia, and the characters that fight for the world's survival, will set in motion other events that will have massive ramifications for the future of the Imperium. It's safe to say nothing will be the same again!"
That becomes abundantly clear when you read the introduction to the book, which describes in no uncertain terms that Cadia is doomed. Abaddon's invasion has already ravaged the world, millions have died, millions more are dying and Chaos, in every sense, is rife. Daemons...
Inquisitor Greyfax of the Ordo Hereticus
Inquisitor Katarina Greyfax is a member of the Ordo Hereticus, the Ordo responsible for hunting down witches. She was sculpted by miniatures designer Steve Buddle.
"I've wanted to sculpt a female Inquisitor for some time," says Steve. "I was inspired by a piece of John Blanche's artwork - several pieces, actually - and I thought it would be great to design a female member of the Ordo Hereticus. She's meant to be from another time, captured by Trazyn the Infinite hundreds if not thousands of years ago, which is why her wargear looks a little more archaic than that of other Inquisitors. Her power pack has exhaust pipes sticking out of it, her bionic eye is directly linked to a candle on her hat and she carries a condemnor pattern boltgun - essentially a crossbow for slaying heretics. I also wanted her power armor to look like the suits worn by the Adepta Sororitas, with the cabling on the thigh plates, the under-bust corset, the high greaves and armored boots. It suggests she might once have been a battle sister herself - her haircut certainly indicates that - or that perhaps her armor was given to her by them many years ago."
For more details and content, please purchase the January issue of the White Dwarf! For the Emperor! For Cadia! UGH! NOOO! CADIA WILL NOT FALL! NEVER! NOOOO!!!!
Adeptus Mechanicus and Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard "Wiki"
Incidentally, my blog also serves as a sort of "Wiki" for the Mechanicum during the time of the Horus Heresy (30K), the Adeptus Mechanicus and to a smaller extent, the Imperial Knights and the Imperial Guard...I mean Astra Militarum. I will endeavor to expand and construct new posts and articles on them. Feel free to comment, criticize and advise changes in the comments.
These posts will be about fluff, unit analysis and "tactics" similar to that of 1d4chan, but obviously I suck at it, being an amateur, so go read 1d4chan instead. But in the fluff sections for the 40K articles, I will include my own personal fluff regarding the Draconis system such as the Knight House Yato in Draconis III, the Astra Militarum regiment trained there, the Draconian Armored Defense Force, and the Forge World of Draconis IV with its Mechanicus priesthood and Skitarii legions, and perhaps the Titan Legion, Legio Gojira.
Skitarii Tactics (under construction)
Cult Mechanicus Tactics (under construction)
Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard
Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard Tactics (under construction)