Scorched Earth

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Scorched Earth

Postby Words_of_Truth » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:46 pm

Just finished it, kind of disappointed, it should of come out before Vulkan Lives. Another very psychological story by Kyme though, really investigates the psychological Trauma of a surviving loyal marine still on Istvaan after the "battle" is over.
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Re: Scorched Earth

Postby sam vimes » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:42 am

hah knew that there would be survivors wonder how chaplains will deal with marines that have had thier nerve broken as you'd think Astartes would be immune to PTSD but I'm glad the human side of Asartes is coming out in such a way reminds me that they are still at there core human when's the big paperback release November?
"Huron-Fal’s systems were on the verge of shutdown ... ‘This death,’ rasped the voder, ‘this death is ours. We choose it. We deny you your victory.’

"Abandon your fear. Look forward. Move forward and never stop. You'll age if you pull back. You'll die if you hesitate."

"From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will cometh faith. From faith cometh honour. From honour cometh iron." "And may it ever be so"
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Re: Scorched Earth

Postby Rob P » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:16 am

Can anyone provide a short synopsis of this please?
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Re: Scorched Earth

Postby Words_of_Truth » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:45 pm

Set in the Aftermath of Istvaan V, a Salamander and his brother legionary is set a task to place signal rods all over the Urgall Depression in the hopes they will find Vulkan, a long the way they encounter a badly wounded legionary which they have to silence in case they are spotted, although they regret it. They returned to their hidden base and find out they may of found Vulkans drop ship, against the wishes of the one armed raven guard apothecary, a crippled Iron Hands commander and Iron Father, they set out to find it. A long the way they encounter an altar to Khorne which drives his brother and the raven guard apothecary nuts but he appears to be untouched, their craziness doesn't end until the khorne marine they encounter is killed and the Salamander knocks the Apothecary out.

They continued on until they find the ship they are looking for, they enter it but find themselves split up, the Salamander spots a wounded and dying Emperor's Children whilst searching for his brother, it appears the Emperor's Children was once a Librarian, the Emperor's Children taunts him and kind of has a look of great amusement on his face, seemingly knowing something about the Salamander that he himself doesn't realise. The Emperor's Children promises to show him what he knows, the Salamander touches him and he has a vision of a location where Word Bearers had taken Vulkan.

Eventually the Apothecary shows back up but then a daemonic hunting machine finds them, it fires a net of nanowire at the apothecary (kind of like the predators wire net in the movie) and turns the apothecary into a a slush of meat. The Iron Father then turns up and takes out the machine with a conversion beamer that he had ramshackled together. His brother then reappears and he tells them of what he saw, the Iron Father is very much against proceeding but relents as he sees he's not going to get through to the Salamander.

They find the location, but it is currently guarded by an armoured column of Iron Warriors, who use jetbikes as guards. The Iron Father says he will not go any further and wishes them luck before leaving. The column suddenly decides to pack up and leave and the Salamander decides to make a run for it, the guards eventually spot him, only then does it dawn on him what made them pack up, someone had let off a nuclear missile or something and the armoured column were dispersing to make cover. the Iron Warriors don't even seem to acknowledge his brother and they are close to killing him but then the Iron Father turns up on a jetbike, having used the conversion beamer to take out the rider of it. He covers the Salamander as he makes it to the cave. He ends and finds what he is looking for, the warp seems very weak there and he realises that they'd used the place to teleport Vulkan out. Then his memories start coming back to him..he's not simply a Salamander, he's a librarian.

The brother who he'd been accompanied by was never there, he was in fact a salamander that tried to cross from one gun ship to another when they were trying to escape but he was just out of reach when his ship was struck and he went up in flames. The marine he had to execute, was done by him, not by his brother, during the point with the Khorne altar, his brother was his psychic defenses shielding himself from it's effects, which explained why he was in control but his brother was holding his head and going nuts. He pictures himself back at the hidden base and sees how he talks to himself when he's talking to his brother and the reason for why the other survivors treated him stand off like, they knew he was broken. They all knew but they still accompanied him on his task out of some sense of honour due to their own losses.

All this comes back to him as the Iron Warriors enter the cave to apprehend him, but he suddenly allows power to flow back into him and lets it expand into a blazing conflagration that consumes them all.

It's a deeply psychological book, it doesn't add much to the overall story line but it cuts deep to the consciousness of a space marine and how they deal with aftermath of istvaan V.
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