Absolutely love the book. Fantastic read and Khayon has usurped Talos as my favourite CSM. I just loved his melancholy, sentimentality and yearning for purpose. He's such a fantastic and complex character. Also a badass.
A lot of the nature of the Warp is discussed in the book. Too much to talk about in this post, so i'll post a monologue by Khayon that I felt was very illuminating, and terrifying to think about;
That is when life within the Great Eye ceased to feel like purgatory. The war-touched void became a haven, and it's power promised opportunity.
I have told you there is a malevolence in the warp, and this is true. But it is not the whole truth.
When you hear those of us among the "Armies of the Damned" speak of the Gods and their Neverborn children, you are hearing us lie to ourselves. Not for the joy of ignorance, but for the necessity of it. We perceive these things in this way for the solace of sanity.
Any psyker, be they soulbound to the Golden Throne or ascending amongst the officer ranks of the Adeptus Astartes, knows the simple truth: that a human soul is a light in the dark. A soul is a beacon in the layer that lies behind reality, and daemons are drawn to such soulfires by eternal, malicious hunger.
The soul of a psyker, the most valuable prize of all, burns a hundred times as bright.
Yes, all true. And no, all wrong.
Do you know what really lies beyond the veil? Can you conceive of what the warp really is?
It is us. The truth is that there is nothing in the galaxy but us. It is our emotions, our shadows, our hates and lusts and disgusts that lie in wait on the other side of reality. That's all. Every thought, every memory, every dream, every nightmare that any of us have ever had.
The Gods exist because we gave birth to then. They are our own vileness and fury and cruelty fiven form, imbued with divinity because we cannot conceive of anything so powerful without giving it a name. The Primordial Truth. The Pantheon of Chaos Undivided. The Ruinous Powers. The 'Dark Gods'... And, forgive me, I can barely speak that last name without forcing my scribe, the patient and diligent servitor, to record nothing but breathy laughter for several moments.
The warp is a mirror that swirls with the smoke of our burning souls. Without us there would be no refletion, no patterns to perceive, no shadow of our desires. when we look into the warp, it looks back. It looks back with our eyes, with the life we have given it.
The eldar believe they damned themselves. Perhaps, perhaps not. Whether they accelerated or heralded their demise is irrelevant; they were damned the moment the first ape-like human picked up a rock and used it to break open his brother's skull.
We are alone in this galaxy. Alone with the nightmares if all who have lived and hoped and raged and wept before us. Alone with our ancestors' nightmares.
So remember these words. The Gods do not hate us. They do not scream for the destruction of all we hold dear. Theyareus. They are our sins coming home to the hearts that gave them life.
We are the Gods, and the hells we have made are our own.
Loved it. It is exactly the same as my own thoughts on the nature of the warp. While of course the monologue of one character doesn't make it an undeniable fact, I like to think that ADB echoes my sentiments on the warp.
From iron, cometh strength. From strength, cometh will. From will, cometh faith. From faith, cometh honour. From honour, cometh iron. This is the Unbreakable Litany, and may it forever be so.
One thing the novel mentions, but not followed up on is the Talons have the Emperors blood, Sanguineous' blood and Horus II blood on it. Seeing how even a single drop of blood on a Rogue Trader charter is the subject of an entire novel, I wonder what happened to it after the battle.
Really enjoyed the novel, the characters are great and there's some great snippets of lore, especially the Legion Wars and their conclusion, and Abbadon meeting an old adversary in the First Black Crusade.
Not a fan. He looks daemonic when he's all about resisting their gifts/touch. And his armor is very plain looking.
That's the point, it's ramshackle and scavenged which represents his separation from the Legion Wars. As for Daemonic, the only thing about Abaddon that looks Daemonic is his golden eyes that drink in light, and he most assuredly didn't get that from a Daemon, quite the opposite in-fact.