Ghosts of Demesnus

Black Library has released a new Hallowed Knights story this week, if you’re into such things. “The Ghosts of Demesnus” finds Gardus Steel Soul embarking on a personal journey into the secret places of his past – will he find the answers he seeks, or something more sinister?

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Gardus Steel Soul, Lord-Celestant of the Hallowed Knights, has been having strange dreams. Changed by his reforgings on the Anvil of Apotheosis, Gardus now shines with celestial light… and dreams. Leaving his warriors behind in Hammerhal Ghyra, Gardus embarks on a personal mission, journeying to the fish-markets of Demesnus, which he remembers as once being the greatest centre of learning in the Realm of Life. Will he find the secrets to the changes wrought upon his body and mind in Demesnus – or will he simply find himself in danger?

I’ve been wanting to write this one for a year or two now. Chronologically, it falls between Hallowed Knights: Plague Garden and the forthcoming Hallowed Knights: Black Pyramid (of which I’ll write more later), and just before the short story, “A Dirge of Dust and Steel”, available in the Black Library Events Anthology.

Gardus is one of my favourite characters to write about. He’s fairly sensible, despite his predilection for displays of heroism, and his greatest desire is to turn his sword into a ploughshare, and vanish into obscurity – something makes him fairly unique among the pantheon of current Warhammer characters, I think.

“Ghosts of Demesnus” explores that yearning, as well as Gardus’ persistent doubts and fears as to his own worth. It also takes a look at life in one of the smaller cities in the Realm of Life, as well as the politics of Sigmar’s attempted reconquest of the Mortal Realms.

Also, there’s a seeing-eye gryph-hound.

“Ghosts of Demesnus” is available as a direct download from the Black Library site. It’s also available for the Kindle, from Amazon.com and its various subsidiaries. And if you’d like to read more about the Hallowed Knights, why not check out Hallowed Knights: Plague Garden or the recently released short story, “The Resolute”?