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Found a copy of Mont'ka and perused the information within. While most of the story isn't anything truly shocking, the ending definitely IS.



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Wow.

I like it a lot.

Killing off Aun'va is pretty ballsy, gotta say! The system-burning missile is kind of silly, but sounds like something the Imperium would do so I can forgive it. I think we all knew the random anonymous assassins weren't going to succeed in killing important, established Tau characters but Aun'va, dayum.
 

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Wow.

I like it a lot.

Killing off Aun'va is pretty ballsy, gotta say! The system-burning missile is kind of silly, but sounds like something the Imperium would do so I can forgive it. I think we all knew the random anonymous assassins weren't going to succeed in killing important, established Tau characters but Aun'va, dayum.
In fairness the Worldflame would not have worked like that anywhere outside the Damocles Gulf. It was all the nebulae and other celestial phenomina that chain-reacted with the destruction of Agrellan to cause a system-wide firestorm.


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Ah, okay. It still feels a little deus ex machina, but far from the worst I've ever seen.

Interesting how the Tau cover it all up. I've always liked the extremely shady 'Tau are the good guys' with a lot of evidence to the contrary angle that writers take, like in this instance. It paves the way for the continuation of the storyline of GW wants to; Tau shadow wars as Farsight's enclave tries to expose the truth and show the rest of the Tau that they're being manipulated and controlled, with the Ethereal Council using specialist Fire Caste or maybe Water Caste counter-intelligence operatives against them. Or the Imperium taking the place of Farsight in that scenario, trying to destabilise the Tau Empire by smashing up their hologram machines or whatever they plan to do (more deviously, hacking into them to control the puppet of Aun'va to control the Tau themselves?). Lots of potential for new fluff, which can only be a good thing
 

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Huh. So the Tau actually lose, quite spectacularly it would seem. Would have to read myself, but the failed assassins still sound annoying, though obviously they couldn't all succeed, and I'm shocked one actually did. Aun'va too. Go Imperium!
 

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GW said someone was gunna die from those assassins and since the RW dude died in the last book I assumed it would be the Tau character that came from the last campaign book as well (instead of one of the more established characters, as others have pointed out). No big surprises here but I am glad to see you that GW is advancing the storyline somewhat for 40k.
 

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The way Pask got taken out of the fight was a bit stupid though. Wasn't a fan of the Vindicares fail.

He ran into Darkstriders perfect ambush, with his perfectly places pathfinders and his perfectly times photon grenade. Sigh.

The biggest problem I have across both books, is how the author just does not seem to grasp how monumental the losses inflicted on the Space Marines are. In the final attack, the Space Marines deploy upwards of half a dozen companies maybe? HALF are killed in the initial ambushes, just the initial ones, then Farsight seems to be hunting more down with relative ease. Almost half a chapter gone, in one battle. Combine this with the earlier losses in Mont'ka and the hideous losses in Kauyon, and whole chapters worth of Astartes have been killed and over half the Raven Guard chapter, including their chapter master. At the end of this though, the Raven Guard are just like, 'well, we're needed elsewhere, see ya', where as they should be retreating to homebase to desperately try and recover what's left of their chapter.
 

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Found a copy of Mont'ka and perused the information within. While most of the story isn't anything truly shocking, the ending definitely IS.



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Sounds good...but a Tau called "Myamoto"...I mean really?
 

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The way Pask got taken out of the fight was a bit stupid though. Wasn't a fan of the Vindicares fail.

He ran into Darkstriders perfect ambush, with his perfectly places pathfinders and his perfectly times photon grenade. Sigh.

The biggest problem I have across both books, is how the author just does not seem to grasp how monumental the losses inflicted on the Space Marines are. In the final attack, the Space Marines deploy upwards of half a dozen companies maybe? HALF are killed in the initial ambushes, just the initial ones, then Farsight seems to be hunting more down with relative ease. Almost half a chapter gone, in one battle. Combine this with the earlier losses in Mont'ka and the hideous losses in Kauyon, and whole chapters worth of Astartes have been killed and over half the Raven Guard chapter, including their chapter master. At the end of this though, the Raven Guard are just like, 'well, we're needed elsewhere, see ya', where as they should be retreating to homebase to desperately try and recover what's left of their chapter.
It's quite frustrating that the Astartes are beaten so easily in so many novels. Only the Guard should suffer this kind of loss in numbers as the SM's (especially the Raven Guard) are meant to be brilliant stealth tacticians.
 

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I wouldn't have been surprised if they killed off Aun Shi, but Space Popemobile himself? Cool!
 

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It's quite frustrating that the Astartes are beaten so easily in so many novels. Only the Guard should suffer this kind of loss in numbers as the SM's (especially the Raven Guard) are meant to be brilliant stealth tacticians.
Yeah, reading about Fire Warriors out stealthing the Raven Guard is frustrating to say at the very least.
 

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Slight Necro, but I don't care.

It seems that Assassins always get the short end of a straw, which is annoying as fuck. They're supposed to be Imperium's finest killers, yet they're always somehow beaten or plot-ed to the core. It was bad enough that Shadowsun was able to stand toe to toe with Kor'sarro in melee but a fucking Callidus that can outrace and outspeed an astartes fairly easily? Come the fuck on.

Eversor is even worse, considering these fuckers can tank enough firepower that can outright destroy an Ogryn *facepalm * or essentially rip apart an astartes when frenzied.

Though im glad Culexus succeeded, it seems fluff favours them over the other assassins just as well as tabletop for some reason, or at least it seems to be Games Workshop's favorite assassin. I haven't read this collection just yet but from what I hear it sounds infuriating, especially Raven Guard part.
 
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