So, the fall of Cadia is nearly upon us, and some big things are going to go down. But the big question is; are any noteworthy characters going to go down as well? In the Old World version of the End Times, we saw a host of much loved characters axed, so will we see something similar as the clock nears midnight in the 41st Millennium. Of course, I have no idea but it’s always fun to speculate, and the following are some of my favourite speculations about all of this. Of course, this may just be another campaign and nothing big may really happen at all, but when Abaddon is involved, and given all the rumours circulating at the moment, I get the sense that a shake up is on the cards. Let’s take a look at who might be about to shuffle off their uber-mortal coil…
The Big E himself might not make it through this, and a lot of people have been speculating about the Master of Mankind finally succumbing to the injuries inflicted by Horus 10,000 years earlier. Maybe the Golden Throne will fail, and daemons will spill out of the warp gate and devour Terra? Maybe Abaddon marches on to the throne world after taking Cadia. Of course, even if the Emperor does snuff it, that may not mean he’s dead at all. The ‘Starchild’ theory requires the Emperor to die in order to be born again, young and strong once more, and this could see an Emperor miniature coming from GW in the future. I’m pretty certain that would shift a fair few units. If this is the start of a new Heresy Level Event, this would be the biggest possible change GW could make.
Abaddon The Despoiler
Cadia may be about to fall, but the Despoiler may not be around to make it happen. As Chaos looks to move forward, there is an argument that getting rid of Abaddon might be the best thing to do. A clean slate to start afresh. After all, if the daemon primarchs are coming back, do we even need Abaddon any more? Personally, I don’t see this happening. In fact, I think we’ll get a big, new Abaddon miniature with all the bells and whistles GW can give him, but again, if they do want to shake things up, killing the master of the Black Legion would be a big deal.
The greatest seer of the Eldar has of course already died in the 13th Black Crusade, in a parallel universe created through retconning the original global campaign that they ran many years ago. Eldrad Ulthran made the ultimate sacrifice to scupper Abaddon’s plans in that campaign, but he never really left, and eventually, the tail of his demise was quietly removed from the fluff. But what’s to stop it happening again? Ulthwe is the closest craftworld to Cadia after all, and knowing how much they enjoy meddling, it’s almost certain that the Eldar will stick their oar into this event with their usual grace and sneakiness. Will history repeat itself?
Much has been made about how uncomfortable GW is with Slaanesh and after they used the Old World End Times to rid themselves of the PR problematic Prince Of Pleasure in that dimension, would it really be a shock if they did it here? Maybe an Iron Hand finishes off the daemon version of Fulgrim to avenge the Gorgon, Saint Celestine deals with Lucius and is so saintly that she doesn’t turn into him, and maybe the World Eaters finish what they started on Scalathrax? With no champions left, and perhaps with a little help from the Eldar, Slaanesh will bite the dust and a new God will take its place on the high pantheon. Would you be shocked if they pulled the same trick twice?
A BIG Chapter
The Space Wolves are still reeling from Magnus’ attack on Fenris, the Dark Angels are eating themselves from within with guilt and treachery, and the Blood Angels are starting to lose their grip on the curse in their blood. What if one of them was finally wiped out here? It’s unlikely – these are popular armies that GW makes plenty of money from, but what if they really want to mess with us and decided that this is what had to give? I don’t really see it happening, but then none of us saw GW wiping out an entire world when they made the Age of Sigmar shift, so anything’s possible.
Now this would be cruel. And a bit weird too, but it does make me giggle. Just as they release a new model that Sisters’ players have been crying out for for years, they decide that it’s Celestine who has to sacrifice herself. I really don’t think this one will happen, but it would be tragic and hilarious if it did. Perhaps she makes the supreme sacrifice and takes Abaddon out with her. But given that she’s a ‘Living Saint’ perhaps she can come back from death. Who knows. Now I’m just making stuff up.
And that’s just for starters. When the Old World fell, we saw a lot of characters go out with a bang (and in some cases, a whimper), so what will we get if these really are the ‘End Times’ for 40k? Of course, if you’ve got any guesses, ideas or insider gossip, do stick it in the comments section below. if you think I’m talking drivel, let me know. All will be revealed soon enough with a new White Dwarf out tomorrow, but I do enjoy these guessing games. Onwards!