Yesterday I wrote about my impressions which were basically about the first chapter of the book. I just read the second one and these are my thoughts about it.
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The chapter starts with the grey knights getting notice of the chaos warp storms in the area and they decide to sent a task force to the area. The first contact of the Knights with the actions only reveal a left behind body damaged beyond recognition and a sign of the space wolves on the armor. Stern which is the leader of the force decides to go after the great wolf to have a sincere word with him.
The next scene is about the clash of wolves and and dark angels on the world of tranquilitus. Even though both chapters do not shoot on each both sides do not hold back anything in the race to be the first who finds the wulfen. The dark angels actually find them first, trap them and then the wolves arrive. They exchange some rather unfriendly words and then they are attacked by demons. The wolves basically use the distraction to leave the planet with the wulfen leaving the dark angels behind them on the planets surface fighting the demons.
This is basically the first scene which is rather controversial. Did the wolves betrayed the dark angels when they left them behind ?
I don’t think so. The dark angels could not expect a second force on the planet. So they where responsible to bring everything to that mission which was needed to accomplish it.Secondly the motives of the dark angels where not that heroic in my opinion.They saw a chance to blame the wolves and where angry they lost. And thirdly, they jealously take care that no one have to much insight into stuff what they consider as „Their Business“. They should do the same with topics that the wolves consider as „Their Business“.
The next scene is between Brother Captain Stern and his Grey Knights and Logan Grimnar and his Champions of Fenris. Both sides finally meet each other after intensive combat against demons in a hall and have a chat. Stern accuses the space wolves of harbouring mutants, leaving war zones at great cost of the imperium and finally being cowards. Grimnar warns the brother-caption not to to cross the red line. Stern says that the wulfen are tainted by the chaos and should therefore handed over to the Grey Knights. Grimnar refuses the demand because the wulfen are kin and therefore could not handed over. Stern philosophizes about the possibility to take them by force and about the great number of casualties this would cost. Grimnar laughs at Stern and tells him the wolves would not take that many casualties. Stern then tells the space wolves that their home system have been hit by a invasion. After the wolves checked the information both sides agree to postpone the decision about the wulfen until the immediate thread, the chaos invasion, is solved.
I got the impression while reading that logan believes that the grey knights would take good care of the wulfen, but toher institutions like the inquisition possibly not. The talking about to take the wulfen by force is in my opinion totally unnecessary at this point. Stern should know that he has not the military power to fight against the wolves so there’s really no need to say something like this.
So both sides start their journey to a rally point in a nearby system where they meet some other space wolves great companies. Soon they discover that this much wulfen at one point seems to cause anger and violence among the space wolves crews.This is basically the point when the wolves realize that their brothers could also be a curse to the wolves.
Well, which option do the wolves have at this point ? In my opinion not too many. They could now hand over the wulfen to the grey knights or continue. Its now obviously that the wulfen can cause problems. But is that really enough to hand them over ? Probably not.
So, thats it for today. Until next time and
thanks for reading !