The fourth and final of my contributions to this year’s Black Library Advent Calendar, “The Art of Provocation”, is now available to download, if you’re looking for something to listen to this holiday weekend. It’s the first of several things I’ve written – or will be writing – featuring the irrepressible Space Wolf, Lukas the Trickster. From the blurb:
Amongst the Space Wolves, the name of Lukas the Trickster is as much a curse as anything in the old tongues of Fenris. Named Jackalwolf by his masters, none of whom wish his dubious fealty, he now plays a dangerous game with the hordes of orks massing on Polix Tertius. Risking the ire of Wolf Lord Kjarl Grimblood, as well as the blades of his xenos foes, he turns his attentions to the planetary vox-communications network, and begins to broadcast…
As mentioned above, this is the first of several things I’ve written (or will be writing) with Lukas the Trickster, some of which will hopefully appear in the coming year. I can’t say much more about it, other than that Lukas is a character I’ve looked forward to writing for quite awhile. Like Fabius Bile, he stands in contrast to his peers – Lukas is a burden, blessing, a curse and a test to his fellow Space Wolves. He’s simultaneously the best and worst individual ever to be gifted with the Canis Helix.
Hopefully, you’ll enjoy listening to this audio as much as I enjoyed writing it. It was a bit of a challenge to juggle the story elements, but I’m pretty pleased by the result – especially as performed by John Banks, Jonathan Keeble and Toby Longworth. Because those guys could make a grocery list sound awesome.
“The Art of Provocation” is available as an MP3 download from Black Library. And be sure to check out the rest of this year’s Advent offerings, including “Road of Blades”, “Prodigal” and “Doc Morgrim’s Vow”.
Oh, and if you’re counting, this marks another notch on my ‘First Founding Loyalist Space Marines’ checklist. So far, I’ve written about White Scars, Blood Angels, Imperial Fists, Ultramarines and now, Space Wolves. That just leaves Dark Angels, Iron Hands, Salamanders and Raven Guard.