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BL Publishing forums: The Alpha Legion, the Heresy and the third option
Hi chaps. I have a ganders at the BL forums from time to time and this thread jumped out at me regarding the Alpha Legions role in the Horus Heresy and thought I'd share it with you, see what you think.
Its basically debating who the Alpha Legion really serves and its agenda throughout the heresy.
Legion is far and away the best 40k book I have read, genuinely unputitdownable.
It's long, but have a read and see what you think.
Kudos to all at BLpub forums, hope they don't mind
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Imsorry friend but i realy have to disagree. I didnt completely enjoy the book, probably in my own opinion one of the weakest. The only thing i enjoyed about the book was the whol twin thing and even at first i didnt like that but the more you think about the alpha legion the more it realy does make sence. A stoke of geniouse.
My fave bok of the searies is still Flight. awesomely writen. Character development, story telling and action is seamless. It explains a great deal and i simply love it.
Its true, Legion definately wasn't Dan Abnett's best work, but I can forgive him for a few of these because of the effect Eisenhorn and Gaunt's Ghosts has had on fleshing out the background of 40k.
As far as the topic at hand, I'd definitely like to believe that the Alpha Legion found a third option and the God-Emperor that was created will combat Chaos and save humanity, but there are some gaping holes in that theory. The biggest is that even if the Alpha Legion did engineer the defeat of Horus at Terra by freeing up the Space Wolves to arrive just in time, there is no way that they could arrange for Horus and the Emperor to end their duel in a double-kill. Without that double-kill there would be no God-Emperor.
Even so, with the Emperor enthroned and worshiped as a god, he still won and Horus is gone forever. That seems to be grounds for the slow decline of the Imperium and the eventual victory of Chaos for eternity. It certainly appears that things are going that way. The Imperium is experiencing more war than it has ever experienced in its history before and are losing worlds left and right.
My personal opinion, however, is that the Cabal are a bunch of human-hating liars. Think about it, a council of Farseers getting it SO COMPLETELY wrong? They never mentioned the Tyranids or the waking of the C'tan in their 'end of the galaxy' scenario. On top of that they only presented humanity with two options, both ending in their destruction. Since not a single human was on the council of the Cabal, and every race in the Cabal is threatened with extinction by humanity's expansionism and xenophobia. How convenient that the only options that they see end in humanity's extinction. They foresaw the Heresy wars, and they foresaw that the way things stood that the Emperor was going to smash Horus and regain his legions. They also saw that the Alpha Legion were staunchly loyal. They created their story to manipulate the Alpha Legion into siding with Horus so that they could stall 3 loyal legions and allow Horus to reach Terra. All of the races in the Cabal are psychic. Chaos they could handle. Xenocidal space marines, however, were going to be the death of them. It was all a trick and Alpharius and Omegon fell for it. Mankind's destiny is firmly in the hands of the High Council of Terra, not fate.
While Legion definitely was not Abnett's best it is in my opinion one of the better HH novels as not only does it shed some light on one of the most enigmatic legions invloved in the heresy but it is told in a much different way than any of the books.
It really had more of a mystery / thriller feel to it than the others.
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I personally think Legion was easily Abnett's best work and far and away the best of the HH novels.
Flight of the Eisenstien was weak in my opinion particularly in the characterization of the Marines, not to mention the fact that your average WH40K fan will know what happens ('They' make it).
Legion gives the reader a glimpse of Terra and the Emperor.
Also lets have a look at what Legion sets out to be, an action thriller. In this regard it ticks all the boxes. The reader genuinely doesn't know whats going to happen next, it has plenty of well written action and a sound ending.
More than this it can be read as a completely stand alone novel even by someone who hasn't the foggiest idea what a Space Marine is!
I would agree that Legion doesn't necessarily stand up to other Si-Fi novels, but lets be fair it's not as if GW is hiring Phillip K Dick!
Anyway reviews aside I think that initially the Alpha Legion may have had a morally dubious but ultimately enlightened purpose but after 10,000 years of heresy they will by now be simply pawns of the Dark gods.
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