Audio Review 105 // Distant Echoes of Old Night by Rob Sanders


Time for some Death Guard action in my short story 30k listening schedule. Seems like a while since we had some proper Deathguard, not those hiding away on Luna. So let's just jump in.

Title: Distant Echoes of Old Night
Author: Rob Sanders
Blurb: Death Guard Chaplain Murnau has shot down an Imperial Fists vessel on a dismal backwater world, and the forces under his command are closing in on the wreckage. With his mission clear in his mind to leave no survivors, Murnau unleashes one of his Legion’s most deadly units – the fearsome and infamous Destroyers.

This story was originally published in the Games Day Anthology 2012/2013.


Now this story feels a bit like a miniature promo piece. Hear me out. Until this story, we have heard very little about the Destroyer squads in the legions. Primarily, there has been a random character here or there. But for the most part, we have very little; I would even say the Destroyer units are on the verge of decommissioning by the time these stories are set. Yet here we are with a total force of them ready to star front and centre.

The story follows one Chaplain Murnau of the DG, whose task is to dispatch off the final resistance warriors of the Imperial Fists aboard their vessel, which, following a horrific attack, has crashed on a feral world, which has also conveniently been bombarded by bio-weapons (seeing a theme here).

Overall a very good story about close-quarter fighting with many claustrophobics settings involved. It was enjoyable to learn and discover more about the Destroyers and that alone is worth the price of admission. Rob Sanders did a great job of keeping me interested and wondering what will happen next. But sadly I feel that will never get answered.

What were your thoughts on this story? Cheers for reading.

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