Perihelion is a short story by Dan Abnett, set in the Warhammer 40k universe. It features two of his most popular characters, Gregor Eisenhorn and Gideon Ravenor, who are both Inquisitors of the Imperium of Man. The story was originally published in the Black Library Games Day Anthology 2012 and is part of the Eisenhorn/Ravenor/Bequin series[^1^] [^2^].
The story takes place on Perihelion, a planet that hosts an annual Inquisitorial conclave where Inquisitors from different factions and ideologies gather to exchange information and debate. Eisenhorn and Ravenor, who have a long and complicated history, are both attending the conclave, but they have different agendas. Eisenhorn is investigating a mysterious psyker who has been causing trouble on Perihelion, while Ravenor is pursuing a lead on his arch-nemesis, Zygmunt Molotch. When the psyker attacks the conclave, Eisenhorn and Ravenor find themselves in a deadly confrontation with each other and with their common enemy.
Perihelion is a thrilling and action-packed story that explores the relationship between Eisenhorn and Ravenor, two of the most influential and charismatic Inquisitors in the Warhammer 40k lore. It also sets up some of the events that will unfold in the Bequin trilogy, which is the third and final part of Abnett's Inquisition series[^3^]. Fans of Abnett's work will enjoy this short but satisfying story that showcases his skill at writing compelling characters and immersive settings.
If you want to read Perihelion, you can download it as a pdf file from the Black Library website for $11. Alternatively, you can also find it in the Games Day Anthology 2012/2013 or in The Magos, a collection of Eisenhorn short stories[^2^].
The Inquisition series by Dan Abnett is one of the most acclaimed and popular series in the Warhammer 40k universe. It follows the adventures of three Inquisitors and their retinues as they fight against the enemies of the Imperium of Man, both within and without. The series is divided into three trilogies, each focusing on a different protagonist and perspective.
The first trilogy is Eisenhorn, which introduces Gregor Eisenhorn, a radical Inquisitor who uses any means necessary to achieve his goals. He is accompanied by a loyal and diverse team of agents, such as Alizebeth Bequin, a former prostitute turned psychic blank; Harlon Nayl, a grizzled bounty hunter; and Godwyn Fischig, a former arbites officer. Eisenhorn faces various threats throughout his career, such as heretics, daemons, xenos, and rogue Inquisitors. He also develops a personal rivalry with Pontius Glaw, a powerful and ancient sorcerer who seeks to unleash a dark god upon the galaxy.
The second trilogy is Ravenor, which follows Gideon Ravenor, a former pupil of Eisenhorn who was severely injured in an attack and now lives inside a life-support chair. He is a powerful psyker who can manipulate minds and warp energies. He leads his own team of agents, such as Zael Effernetti, a young and naive psyker; Carl Thonius, a cunning and resourceful spy; and Patience Kys, a skilled and seductive swordsman. Ravenor's main enemy is Zygmunt Molotch, a mysterious and elusive figure who is behind a sinister plot involving warp-tainted drugs and ancient relics.
The third trilogy is Bequin, which focuses on Alizebeth Bequin, who was separated from Eisenhorn after a tragic incident. She wakes up decades later in a strange city called Queen Mab, where she is caught up in a web of intrigue and deception. She meets new allies and enemies, such as Beta Bequin, a clone of herself; Lilean Chase, a charming and eccentric rogue trader; and Cherubael, a daemonic entity bound to Eisenhorn. She also reunites with Eisenhorn and Ravenor, who are now on opposite sides of a conflict that could decide the fate of the Imperium. aa16f39245
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