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H points the sort of thing you might listen to once but will probably forget about in the weeks to come A very good story hinting about the First Legion former only Legion and the inner conflict between TerranCaliban Dark Angels whose scheming and mischief match for good Alpha Legion onesThere is something rotten on CalibanThe Angels are going fast on their path to damnation and Chapter Master Astelan is a great character intriguing me since his first appearance in W40K novel Angels of Darkness that I really have to re read sooner or later While the Horus Heresy series has been rolling on uite contentedly reaching 31 books and countless other stories it s been a while since we ve heard much from Caliban and those members of the Dark Angels sent home by their primarch Lion El Johnson What has been happening back on the home world while the rest of the galaxy falls apart and the Lion has been out chasing Konrad Kurze Fear not Gav Thorpe is on hand with a new audio drama Master of the First to shed a little light on the situation This is a 35 minute audio drama available as a standalone MP3 download prior to a future release in a combined package with The Long Night by Aaron Dembski BowdenRead the rest of the review at Good fun sci fi Universe building is
necessary in a series of this scope and this audioplay does it well This was a great short story in a series of this scope and this audioplay does it well This was a great short story my favorite Adeptus Astartes Chapter the Dark Angels I enjoyed the further development of Astelan s character who I have been a fan of since his first appearance in Angels of Darkness Entertaining particularly with sound effects adding some immersion to the narration which isn t bad I m a little indifferent to the Dark Angels so that probably comes into play hereApparently Grey Angel takes place before this and I have not readlistened to that story so perhaps the plot twist would have impact if I had done so Says something of the overall plotline on if I had done so Says something of the overall plotline on however that the twist doesn t particularly exciteI wouldn t go out of my way to purchase this story I wouldn t say reading or listening to it if you have it is a waste of time either I would read Gav Thorpe s Dark Angels novels exclusively if he would just eep writing them This was an awesome taste of a great mystery in the 40K world what actually goes down on Caliban Also it focuses on a character that has been blowing my mind since Angels of Darkness from 10 years ago Highly recommend While I was definitely expecting something else going into Master of the First I was not at all disappointed I believe that Mr Thorpe has been doing better and better with the Dark Angels and that they have as a Legion gotten better and better as the Heresy has gone on Here we get to see yet again what is happening on the world of Caliban All of the audio dramas and short stories have really done an excellent job of showing the Dark Angels thousand steps down the path of damnation so to speak We have seen them feel slighted by the Lion seen that feeling become anger and contempt and as their story goes on we will see that anger and contempt evolve into hatred and murderWhile I still do not really enjoy the Dark Angels the Fallen Angels I can get behind and so this story was pretty awesomeDefinitely worth a listen if you are a fan of the Dark AngelFallen Angels. Of the galaxy With ties both to ongoing events in the wider Horus Heresy and to Gav Thorpe’s Legacy of Caliban series this is an audio no Dark Angels fan will want to missPerformed by Gareth Armstrong Tim Bentinck Jane Collingwood and Jonathan KeebleRunning time 36 minutesDirected by Samuel GunnMusic by Simon SlaterProduced by Heavy Entertainment for Black Librar. Luther the Kor Phaeron of the first legion his intentions covered with smoke The defeat of the loyalists
caliban was to be expected if not for Astelan then it would have been crushed by Luther himself The reasons behind the betrayal are interesting though why would Luther betray the Lion and to what end Where his intentions to join the warmaster in his campaign or was he simply seeking what was best for Caliban While Alpha Legion is always linked to subterfuge and undercover actions I think there is no Legion adept at treachery and under handiness than Dark AngelsAnd this short story depicts exactly that wheels turning within wheels and complete inability to trust anyone to be what they seem to be I don t now if it is just me but Dark Angels seem to be tight lipped and generally closed up formation very similar to Custodes Which again makes sense since they served with Custodes from the very startI wont go into details here but this short story provides some interesting insights into the Dark Angels and what exactly was going on on Caliban during the Lion s absenceOnly negative thing here is that the story was way too short I cannot wait for books on Dark Angels Seemingly thrown to the dogs and left forgotten on their primarch s homeworld resentment simmers among the Dark Angels While no warrior will raise a hand against his brother tension between the Calibanites and Terran astartes have warrior will raise a hand against his brother tension between the Calibanites and Terran astartes have been higher and the rift between them is growing with every passing day As he sits listening to a report detailing multiple infractions and apparent shadow games by the Calibanites Terran born Chapter Master Astelan comes to understand that there is at stake than he ever realised Seizing an opportunity he prepares to behead a new threat to his legion once and for allAs readers of a new threat to his legion once and for allAs readers of Gav Thrope novels will have uickly realised this is another tale tying closely into his Dark Angels series and examining Astelan s past As one of the Fallen Angels his involvement is an understandable one but ultimately serves as a double edged sword While easily offering some of the audio drama s best ideas and themes it sadly undercuts the drama and can leave the listener just waiting for events to reach a predictable endThe real strengths on offer lie in how they reflect upon Astelan s character and even the astartes of this era It s been said many times that these legionaries should be treated as a far cry from the night templar chapters but few seem to reflect upon this However in Astelan s case we see how his human nature and lack of mental conditioning left him a flawed conflicted figure Someone with all the power offered to a space marine but all the flaws found within an unenhanced human the audio drama shows in him just how critically flawed their early processes were What makes matters worse is that Astelan s decision was born of the Emperor s own actions and a flawed understanding of what drove him to unite Terra by force It s an interesting display to be sure and the points made to help to emphasise why the Imperium needed to change so dramatically in the wake of the Horus HeresyAnother interesting point the story builds upon is the idea that Luther himself may not have been the direct instigator of the eventual rebellion While the actual events of Caliban The Dark Angels and the Night Lords fought one another to a bloody stalemate during the Thramas Crusade and though the Lion eventually claimed victory it left the First Legion scattered and under strength Back on Caliban those Dark Angels loyal to Terra grow impatient for a return to past glories nominating Chapter Master Astelan as their leader – meanwhile Jago ,ON CALIBAN WAS TO BE EXPECTED
Destruction still lie shrouded in myth its Dream Save Do: Life is Short, Live Your Dream key events have not changed so far as anyone is aware Luther will fight El Jonson and Caliban will be destroyed by the Warp storm which follows However along with other short tales we see here that it s almost as if he s being pushed into the role of rebelling leader Unable to fully control events upon his world the Dark Angels turn upon one another under his command and his attempts to restore order or retain control are dragging him deeper into unwanted conflict It s another layer to the Dark Angels tragedy and an interesting twist which is helping to turn Luther into a three dimensional character In comparison to Horus own rapid turn it can even be argued that this gradual and unwanted turn is a better executed plotline within the seriesThe problem is that both of these events are largely just ideas and the story only briefly touches upon them While they would have made for an excellent overall tale the listener is instead left as the story spins its wheels For starters anyone familiar with Astelan at all willnow he ultimately chooses to side against his primarch Even without that however the story sets up events until it s practically screaming the twist ending with every line of dialogue As it s reliant so heavily upon this sudden turn the build up is sadly subdued and it passes up on many opportunities which might Have Helped To Bring helped to bring world to life We see little of Caliban in its current state hear little of how the legion has truly changed since El Jonson left or even learn of the concerns they have of being out of contact with the ImperiumThe plodding nature of the story further detracts from real drama Besides a few interesting points where we see the legionaries scheming among one another there s really not much to go on Even real action is relatively subdued save for one sparsely detailed engagement and a fleeting duel between a group of Dark Angels As such the story itself can seem oddly threadbare despite it hinging upon a ey point in the Fallen s history and it ends just as it starts to enter any truly interesting territoryWhat helps to truly save the audio drama is the execution here Where the story might fail in places the voice acting sound design and general execution are absolutely top notch There s real weight to the discussion of treachery and Astelan s turn is brilliantly conveyed Tim Bentinck s uiet turn showing the warrior s underlying thoughts and fitting perfectly with his gradual arc here Games Workshop has picked a winning group of actors with this one and with luck we will see this cast put together again sometime in the future for other stories perhaps even building upon this particular taleWhile much of this might have sounded uite negative it s not that Master of the First is bad so much as very limited There are some obviously fascinating themes on offer here and as a character piece you are given a good impression of Astelan himself It s just that everything else fails to really gel or make the best use of what was on offer Had it perhaps limited its of what was on offer Had it perhaps limited its to concentrate upon Astelan weighing his decision or flashing back to prior events in his life rather than focusing upon the conspiracy this might have been a better story Instead it s simply an okay one with a few hig. Evatarion First Captain of the Night Lords still languishes in a dismal gaol cell Both must consider where their own personal loyalties lie and what path they will take in the days to comeThis audio reveals the truth of what has been happening on the Dark Angels home world of Caliban while the Lion has been battling against the Warmaster’s forces on the other side. .