The second book in the ongoing saga of the Psychic Awakening – Faith & Fury – tells the tale of a battle 10 millennia in the making. The Cicatrix Maledictum has torn a rent in the galaxy, and the forces of the Heretic Astartes are committing to war in unfathomable numbers. Let’s take a look at the story of one such war…
The Talledus System
The choice to invade the Talledus System was hardly arbitrary. Formerly a nigh-untouchable stronghold of the Ecclesiarchy, its proximity to Terra also makes it a tactical lynchpin, and so none other than Kor Phaeron of the Word Bearers marked the system for destruction – a worthy sacrifice to the Dark Gods. The unholy fervour of the Chaos Space Marines is opposed by the Adepta Sororitas, Space Marines of several Chapters, including the zealous Black Templars and the Astra Militarum.
What’s at Stake?
The psychic trauma caused by the Great Rift has altered the very fabric of Imperial culture. Psychic manifestations are increasingly common and more powerful, shaking the faithful to their core. Some hail them as divine miracles of the God-Emperor while others see them as evidence of corruption.
Tensions are high, unravelling the delicate political and social structure holding Humanity together. The Chaos Space Marines revel in the confusion, planting the seeds of heresy in this rich loam of doubt. The pure of faith are forced to fight a spiritual war as well as on the battlefield, protecting the citizens both body and soul.
The Black Templars and Sisters of Battle bitterly refuse to give an inch of ground without a fight, because the fate of this one system will send ripples throughout the entire Segmentum, or further! If a stronghold like Talledus can fall, so close to the holy light of Terra, what’s next?
Even though it’s just one system amongst a great many, the war for Talledus is a microcosm for similar conflicts raging across the Imperium, on both sides of the Great Rift. The increase in raw psychic energy empowers both the faithful and the heretic alike, but that power is not without danger. This is a desperate hour for the Imperium and an unequalled opportunity for the servants of the Gods of Chaos.
You’ll be able to read all about it soon – Faith & Fury is available for pre-order right now, alongside the new Chaos Space Marines Sorcerer!
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