Assassinorum Kingmaker (Warhammer 40,000)
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Trazyn. Our ships are without atmosphere, unpressurised,’ Orikan said. ‘Do orks… breathe?’ A pause. ‘They have lungs.’ Prepare to repel boarders, Orikan signalled. In case.”
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The Knight parts: really good depiction, I like how he realized a working semi-feudal society, with these high tech parts organically built in. Kingmaker feels like a spy movie in terms of its plot and characters. There are political machinations, hidden agendas, murky loyalties, factions maneuvering both openly and in the shadows, while characters try to navigate byzantine networks of relationships as deadly as a battlefield. It’s very much a plot-driven novel, where events and actions are the primary movers of narrative threads. Adamus Temple - The Adamus Temple, originally known as the Clade Adamus, was the oldest of the clades of the Officio Assassinorum during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. It is unclear whether it survives into the 41st Millennium as one of the Officio Assassinorum's present temples. Clade Adamus Assassins are master swordsmen and melee specialists, drawing on some of the most ancient blade-master traditions of Old Earth. Adamus Assassins were dedicated to decapitation strikes intended to eliminate an enemy military force's command and control.Next year, Sycorax and Raithe will join forces in the novel Assassinorum: Kingmaker, as they try to infiltrate an Imperial Knight world on the brink of seceding from the Imperium.
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But while the sense of peril is great, what’s really fun is seeing soldiers of different nationalities, specialties, and ethical codes bounce off each other and fall into conflict. It’s a dynamic practically every ‘team must do a thing’ story has pulled from since, whether Guardians of the Galaxy or Gaunt’s Ghosts (it’s called The Guns of Tanith for a reason). The Callidus Temple is the subtlest of the ancient temples of the Officio Assassinorum, specialising in the artful deception of the enemies of the Imperium.
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