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Elusive Dryad





Since I do a lot of driving sometimes, I decided to get into the audiobooks on Audible. They are less expensive than Black Library... I think.
Anyway, they don't have the entirety of the Realmgate Wars published, or actually they do, but the 2nd half of the series has it's sub-books broken up and sold individually, which makes my available monthly credit less valuable. So I switched to Soul Wars, and I gotta say, I was very pleased by it. It does a lot more to set the stage for the Free Peoples and Death than Sigmar's chosen.

   
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Savage Minotaur




Baltimore, Maryland

Yeah, this was a legit novel. I liked it a lot.

There was a good deal of discussion about Balthas being Balthazar Gelt, and the other possibilities that entails, but there were a lot of great little tidbits and allusions to the wider AoS lore and what might happen in the future.

The main one(in my mind), per Manfred and Arkhan's discussion at the conclusion of the novel:

Spoiler:
That Nagash and Sigmar will ultimately need each other to prevail against Chaos, and that they must coexist now and in the future. I think Katakros' "failure" to take the Eightpoints will possibly be the catalyst to a bit more cooperation between the two main gods of Order/Death in the main narrative. They have some issues that they will never overcome, but those issues pale in comparison to what Chaos will do to the Mortal Realms. Though that could pan out to be nothing though, as Order v. Destruction may be going down with Gordrakk seemingly headed for Excelsis, as well as the Sons of Behemat and Teclis's people waiting in the wings to drive the narrative in a different direction.


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"Sometimes the only victory possible is to keep your opponent from winning." - The Emperor, from The Outcast Dead.
"Tell your gods we are coming for them, and that their realms will burn as ours did." -Thostos Bladestorm
 
   
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I'm trying to get up to speed to the lore past Soul Wars. Any suggestion on where to go after this last novel I have read?
   
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Savage Minotaur




Baltimore, Maryland

Black Pyramid, perhaps.

It has a bit of everything, really. Stormcast, Cities of Sigmar and their affiliates, Chaos (with an awesome Beastmen character) and Manfred von Carstein. Its a self contained story, but it would help to listen to the Hunt for Nagash series. They are audio drama's and are pretty neat(Nagash monologues at the start are awesome) and introduce characters/circumstances that are relevant to Black Pyramid.

Honestly, anything after City of Secrets is an improvement over the fairly one-note RealmGate Wars books.

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"Sometimes the only victory possible is to keep your opponent from winning." - The Emperor, from The Outcast Dead.
"Tell your gods we are coming for them, and that their realms will burn as ours did." -Thostos Bladestorm
 
   
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Insect-Infested Nurgle Chaos Lord






I really enjoyed the conversation at the end too. I like the depth added to Arkhan and Nagash in the novel. An element of "I will disobey you, to save you" in Arkhan's character is very fitting.

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Consider; Games Workshop rules not so much games but as toolboxes for players to craft an experience from, and open/narrative/matched play just examples of how things can be put together. 
   
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Elusive Dryad





I happened to already have a copy of Nagash: The Undying King, so I started on that. Though it seems this takes place before the Soul Wars narrative of AoS 2.0. I've only gotten through a few chapters.
   
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Savage Minotaur




Baltimore, Maryland

That was a fun read as well. Order of the Fly always make great characters and it gave followers of Nagash alot of nuance.

All of the Neferata stuff by Josh Reynolds/David Annandale in AoS has been enjoyable.

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"Sometimes the only victory possible is to keep your opponent from winning." - The Emperor, from The Outcast Dead.
"Tell your gods we are coming for them, and that their realms will burn as ours did." -Thostos Bladestorm
 
   
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It's one of the few novels set before the actual 'Age' of Sigmar, in this case the Age of Chaos. Azyr is still closed off, and Stormcast don't exist yet.

The other novel is Red Feast, which is actually set in the Age of Myth (albeit at the end of it).

Consider; Games Workshop rules not so much games but as toolboxes for players to craft an experience from, and open/narrative/matched play just examples of how things can be put together. 
   
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Charing Cold One Knight






Man I loved this book. I will say that the only thing that kinda irked me was how everyone but the sacrosanct chamber became jobbers towards the battle half of the book, but I think the background lore, the look into Azyr and the realms during the Necroquake all make up for it.

I just wish that the blessed and silvered weapons actually did stuff to the nighthaunt, as it feels they built up the ghosts as being way too unstoppable compared to their books. Sure, they could still bowl over the forces of order, but at least have the silvered weapons do more against the ghosts, just like they do for everything else.

413th Lucius Exterminaton Legion- 4,000pts

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The Royal Court of Bl├╝dGrave- 2,000pts

 
   
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Insect-Infested Nurgle Chaos Lord






Something to keep in mind is Nighthaunt have an allegiance ability where if they charge on a 10+ they do an immediate pile-in and attack, before they even do their normal one in the combat phase. In narrative form that can be a bit difficult to portray. Also consider that the battles we fight on the tabletop are nominally equal (putting aside matched play balance issues) while battles in the fluff are often far from it.

Still, I would also like to see 'mixed results' more frequently in novels where the winning side at least suffers some damage unless they REALLY did things well. Some books are much, much better than others.

Consider; Games Workshop rules not so much games but as toolboxes for players to craft an experience from, and open/narrative/matched play just examples of how things can be put together. 
   
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Elusive Dryad





Can anyone explain to me what "The Corpse Geometries" are? I've heard that a lot in Soul Wars and several times so far in Nagash: The Undying King but I haven't heard an explanation of it.
   
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Baltimore, Maryland

 joewarhost wrote:
Can anyone explain to me what "The Corpse Geometries" are? I've heard that a lot in Soul Wars and several times so far in Nagash: The Undying King but I haven't heard an explanation of it.


I always assumed it was just a fancy name for how to properly use and harness Death magic. I think Nagash or Arkhan even call them "formulas" in the novel.

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"Sometimes the only victory possible is to keep your opponent from winning." - The Emperor, from The Outcast Dead.
"Tell your gods we are coming for them, and that their realms will burn as ours did." -Thostos Bladestorm
 
   
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"Necromancy for Dummies, by Nagash"

Arkhan convinced him to go with "The Corpse Geometries" instead.

Consider; Games Workshop rules not so much games but as toolboxes for players to craft an experience from, and open/narrative/matched play just examples of how things can be put together. 
   
 
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