Vulkan Lives has finally reached its small paperback format release (or small ‘squishy’ as it is known in some quarters), so my time is turning once again towards the Horus Heresy, specifically the sequel to Vulkan Lives.
Beyond the fact I have a third of the plot down in a Pages document, half of it on a bunch of blue coloured Post-Its and a quarter (just under…) still to noodle (that’s a technical writing term, by the way), I can’t actually tell you that much about it. I can say it follows on from the partial sequel to Vulkan Lives, The Unremembered Empire and that, chances are, the Lord of the Drakes’ body ain’t staying on Macragge. But that’s about your lot for now.
I can discuss ‘Artefacts’. This was the lead short story in a hardback novella collection called Sedition’s Gate, launched at the most recent Horus Heresy Weekender this month.
I suspect it’s going to have a few folks scratching their heads. Good. I won’t elucidate further on that, because it’s up to you guys to figure it out. One quick thing, though: could Vulkan’s forgeship have fit in that vault? Yes. A vault has no predetermined size. It’s as big as I needed it to be. In this case, big enough to house a massive forgeship. That’s the thing you’ve got to bear in mind about 30 and 40k – everything is always huge. Keep that in your heads, okay.
‘Artefacts’ is an important story in the Vulkan ‘arc’, as I’m now referring to it with my august Heresy colleagues. It introduces a new character, a Forge Master called T’kell. He gets a namecheck in Salamander by the way. His story is integrally linked to the artefacts, the Nine as they are known in 40K lore, and will be the lead in a storyline I am planning to write about them.
Since I know a few folks don’t do Twitter and like to get in touch via the website, I figured that rather than you having to piggyback on posts about comics, monkeys and Batman, I’d provide a post right here so you can do so in context. In fact, it’s something I plan to do for all of my stuff from here on out. Want to have a longer discussion about a short, audio, novella or novel? This will be the place to do it. Of course, I’ll still be on Twitter, so you can reach me here too.
So, if you have questions about ‘Artefacts’ or the Vulkan arc (can’t promise I can answer all of those, depends what you ask) then this is the place to do it.