- Black Library
The Black Library is a section of
BL Publishing(itself a division of Games Workshop) devoted to publishing novels, art books, background books, and graphic novels set in the " Warhammer Fantasy Battle" and " Warhammer 40,000" fictional universes. The publishing company took their name from "Warhammer 40,000", [http://www.blacklibrary.com/articles/birthday/interview-marc.asp 10th anniversary interview] , with Marc Gascoigne] where the Black Library stored knowledge of Eldar race, the sinister Chaos, and the haunting Necron. Some of Black Library's best known titles include the Gaunt's Ghostsand Eisenhornseries of novels by Dan Abnettand the Gotrek and Felixseries by William King and Nathan Long.
The authors of these novels, graphic novels, and comics created original storylines and characters that are based on playable armies in the main "Warhammer 40,000" game and its many spin-offs (such as "Inquisitor" or "Epic").cite book|title=Inquisitor|first=Gav|last=Thorpe|edition=1st Edition|year=2001|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-077-3] cite web | url=http://www.specialist-games.com/epic/rulebook.asp | title= Rulebook| publisher=Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-29] These works are then promoted with contributions of stories, plot synopses, and rules in the "White Dwarf" magazine and at the official Games Workshop website.cite web | url=http://www.games-workshop| title= Games Workshop| publisher= Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-25] The result is a fusion of tabletop gaming with science fiction writing.
The Black Library was founded in April 1997 to publish "
INFERNO!" magazine, a bi-monthly digest-sized anthology of short stories, comic strips and features from the Warhammer worlds. Black Library begain as team at Games Workshop brought together to "INFERNO!" magazione. "INFERNO!"'s success spawned " Warhammer Monthly" comic books, and then from September 1999 a lengthy series of fantasyand science fictionnovels. Their first art book, "Inquis Exterminatus" was published in May, 1999. Black Library's catalogue now runs to well over two hundred titles, with a "Warhammer" and a "Warhammer 40,000" novel appearing every month.
In October 2003 BL Publishing started a sister imprint,
Black Flame, which applied the same pulp styling to novels featuring New Line Cinemacharacters such as Freddy Kruegerand Jason Voorhees, and " 2000 AD" comics' Judge Dreddand others. In 2006, Black Flame produced the novel for the New Line Cinema's hit feature film " Snakes on a Plane". In the summer of 2005 BL Publishing announced another fiction imprint, Solaris Books, that will publish original science fiction and fantasy.
Short stories and other pieces of fiction were created for the "White Dwarf" magazine, for "Warhammer 40,000" rulebooks and gaming guides, for other publications, such as the "Citadel Journal", and for each of their official websites. Later, these evolved into larger novels and other works.
A series of "Warhammer 40,000" comics were first created for the Games Workshop magazine, "
Warhammer Monthly" as short background filler. In 1999, the first miniature and game tie-in was released as a joint project of "Warhammer Monthly" and its publisher, the "Black Library".cite web | url=http://www.blacklibrary.co.uk/ | title= Black Library | publisher= Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-27] This model was the bounty hunter Kal Jericoof the "Specialist Game" " Necromunda".cite web | url=http://www.solegends.com/citle/citle2000/blacklibrary/bllekaljerico.htm | title= Stuff of Legends| publisher= Stuff of Legends| accessdate=2007-05-25]
Including rules and a certificate of authenticity, the "Black Library" created many more limited edition miniatures and expanded the small comics into larger collections while adding many new ones.cite web | url=http://www.blacklibrary.co.uk/merchandise_dioramas.asp | title= Current Black Library Dioramas| publisher= Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-25] These novels and graphic novels are accompanied by cross-promotional articles that connect the characters from the novels to the "Warhammer 40,000" miniatures game.
While "Warhammer Monthly" was discontinued in 2004 (although still listed at the "Black Library" website),cite web | url=http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA438655.html | title= BL Publishing Debuts Graphic Novel Line| publisher= Publishers Weekly| accessdate=2007-05-27] there was a short lived continuation under the title "Warhammer Comics". However, with the discontinuation of these magazine projects, the "Black Library" still continues to produce graphic novels and collections that expand upon the fiction behind the tabletop game.cite web |url=http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA370771.html?display=community&industry=Comics&verticalid=792 | title= Warhammer Universe In the U.S. | publisher=Reed Business Information |accessdate=2007-05-25]
;Gaming with the "Black Library"The works produced by the "Black Library" detail the interactions of the "Warhammer 40,000" armies:
Chaos Space Marines, Daemonhunters, Dark Eldar, Eldar, Imperial Guard, Necrons, Orks, Space Marines, Tau, Tyranids, and the Witch Hunters. They are collaborated efforts between the authors of the "Warhammer 40,000" game rules and the writers of the background.
These works expand on the storylines, characters, armies, and organizations discussed in the "Codexes". Combined with contributions to "White Dwarf" magazine of articles, stories, and rules, and miniature lines produced by both Games Workshop and
Forge World, they expand upon the fictional world of the original "Warhammer 40,000" game and its other companion games. The column "Chapter Approved" of "White Dwarf" is a forum for collaborations between authors, model makers, and the rulemakers, allowing for the characters to have their own place amongst "Warhammer 40,000" battles.
Alongside of the "Warhammer 40,000" game was a short-lived game called "Warhammer Warriors". The system was created by
Rick Priestleyand based on the playing style of "LostWorlds". Many of the characters released for the miniature game were given rules and a "gaming book" to be used in playing against others. This series ended before many of the novels were published and production of cross-promotional books was discontinued.cite web |url=http://www.lostworlds.20m.com/photo6.html | title=Warhammer Warriors Page | publisher=Reed Business Information |accessdate=2007-05-25]
;Fiction with of "Black Library"Most of the stories take place thousands of years after the fall of the Emperor of Mankind at the hands of his once loyal servant but corrupted by Chaos, Horus. Many millennium passed since then but the Imperium is still at war with the Chaos Space Marines, along with many new enemies.
The majority of these stories are written in the perspective of humans, primarily those of the Imperial Guard, the mechanics of the
Adeptus Mechanicus, the female warriors of the Sisters of Battle, the holy Inquisition, and the superhuman Space Marines, although some have been written from the perspective of the Eldar, Chaos and Tau. They span the complete "Warhammer 40,000" game with occasional expansions into the spin-off games, such as "Necromunda" or "Inquisitor", or use vehicles and equipment only found in "Epic" or " Battlefleet Gothic".
Novels and short fiction line
The "Eisenhorn (Omnibus)"cite book|title=Eisenhorn (Omnibus)|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2004|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-156-0] is a collection of three Eisenhorn novels: "Xenos",cite book|title=Xenos|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2001|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-146-X] "Malleus",cite book|title=Malleus|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2001|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-204-0] and "Hereticus".cite book|title=Hereticus|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2002|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-236-9] In addition, there are two short stories placed between these novels to connect them together.cite book|title=Eisenhorn (Omnibus)|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2004|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-156-0]
;Plot synopsisEisenhorn was made as an official model for the "Inquisitor" spin-off game.cite book|title=Inquisitor|first=Gav|last=Thorpe|edition=1st Edition|year=2001|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-077-3] Unlike Inquisitors for the main "Warhammer 40,000" game, the "Inquisitor" version of Eisenhorn is equipped with many beyond the normal standard items: he is equipped with a Power Sword, a special "rune" staff, a "dueling" pistol, grenades and flak armour. He also has the ability to use
telepathy.cite book|title=Inquisitor|first=Gav|last=Thorpe|edition=1st Edition|year=2001|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-077-3]
;Warhammer 40,000 gamingWhile the main Warhammer 40,000 games does include two inquistorial armies (Daemon Hunters and Witch Hunters) official rules for the Alien Hunters of the Ordo Xenos to which Eisenhorn belongs have not been published. Rules for him and Daemonhosts are included in the official Inquisitor rulebook, and generic rules for him and Daemonhosts are included in the Daemonhunters army codex.cite book | author=Andy Chambers, Phil Kelly and Graham McNeill | title=Codex: Daemonhunters | publisher= Games Workshop | year=2003 | id=ISBN 1-84154-361-6]
"Gaunt's Ghosts" are currently collected into three "sequences": "The Founding",cite book|title=The Founding|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2007|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-369-5] "The Saint",cite book|title=The Saint|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2004|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-125-0] and "The Lost". The Founding includes the novels "First and Only",cite book|title=First and Only|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2002|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-268-7] "Ghostmaker",cite book|title=Ghostmaker|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2002|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-269-5] and "Necropolis".cite book|title=Necropolis|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2002|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-006-8] . "The Saint" includes the novels "Honour Guard",cite book|title=Honour Guard|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-007-6] "The Guns of Tanith",cite book|title=The Guns of Tanith|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-030-0] "Straight Silver",cite book|title=Straight Silver|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-262-8] and "Sabbat Martyr".cite book|title=Sabbat Martyr|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-012-2] "The Lost" includes the novels "Traitor General",cite book|title=Traitor General|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2005|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-113-7] "His Last Command",cite book|title=His Last Command|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2005|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-113-7] and "The Armour of Contempt".cite book|title=The Armour of Contempt|first=Dan |last=Abnett| year=2006|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-400-4]
;Plot synopsisThe "Gaunt's Ghost" series follows Commander-Commissar Imbram Gaunt and the army of Tanith from the creation of the Tanith Regiment of the Imperial Guard and its abandonment of their planet before the destruction of it at the hands of invading Chaos legions. The stories follow the many adventures of the Tanith "First and Only" regiment as they seek to prove themselves. Things are complicated by dissension against their commander, Gaunt, for not letting them die alongside their brethren at the destruction of their planet. ;Warhammer 40,000 gamingAfter the success of "Gaunt's Ghosts", lines of "Gaunt's Ghosts" based miniatures were produced by Games Workshop. Unlike the previous models, these were not limited edition sets. The production covered both the main characters of Abnett's works (like the title character Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt] and also created a generic Imperial Guard variant called the Tanith First and Only.cite web | url=http://uk.games-workshop.com/imperialguard/miniature-gallery/13/ | title=Tanith Ghosts| publisher=Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-27] Rules were originally published for these miniatures in "Chapter Approved" column of White Dwarf UK 269/US 268 and later collected in the "Chapter Approved" edition for 2003.cite book|title=Chapter Approved 2003|first=Andy |last=Chambers|coauthors=Haines, Peter, and Hoare, Andy, and Kelly, Phil, and Thorpe, Gav | year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-317-0]
With the creation of the 4th edition "Imperial Guard" codex, the previous rules for the Tanith First and Only were removed and they were instead a "variant" army created using "doctrine" (variations to traditional army rules).cite book|title=Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Imperial Guard|first=Andy|last=Chambers|coauthors=Haines, Pete, and Hoare, Andy|year=2003|edition=4th Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-410-8] While Colonel-Commissar was given specific rules in the "Imperial Guard" codex,cite book|title=Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Imperial Guard|first=Andy|last=Chambers|coauthors=Haines, Pete, and Hoare, Andy|year=2003|edition=4th Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-410-8] the other special characters, according to the official Games Workshop website, still use the rules presented in "Chapter Approved" and provide additional modeling types and rules to create more characters based on the "Gaunt's Ghost" series.cite web | url=http://uk.games-workshop.com/imperialguard/gaunts%2Dghosts/ | title=Gaunt's Ghost Extra Characters| publisher=Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-27]
"Space Wolves", by William King, with additions from "Sons of Fenris", describes the
Space Wolvesand their leader Ragnar Blackmane's in the "Warhammer 40,000" universe. The "Space Wolves" ("Omnibus") is a collection comprised of "Space Wolf",cite book|title=Space Wolf|first=William|last=King|year=2003|edition=2nd Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-022-X] "Grey Hunter",cite book|title=Grey Hunter|first=William|last=King|year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-024-6] , and two individual novels, "Wolfblade"cite book|title=Wolfblade|first=William|last=King|year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-021-1] and "Sons of Fenris" (by Lightner rather than King).cite book|title= Lee Lightner |first=William|last=King|year=2007|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-388-1]
;Plot SynopsisThe "Space Wolves" series follows the history of Ragnar Blackmane, a young warrior who has to prove himself in combat who later becomes a fierce leader of the Space Wolves. Not only does he battle against the enemies of the Imperium, he also battles against their fellow Space Marines, the Dark Angels, which stems from a long time feud about which is the superior army.
;Warhammer 40,000 gamingRagnar Blackmane is a special character for the
Space WolvesSpace Marines army. He is unique in the fact that he has a limited edition promotional model produced by the "Black Library" and a standard piece produced by Games Workshop.cite web | url=http://uk.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.uk | title= Games-Workshop Online Store| publisher=Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-29] The model produced for the "Black Library" pits Ragnar Blackmane against the Thousand Sons Chaos Space MarineMadox.
Ragnar Blackmane, in the "Space Wolves" companion codex to the "Space Marines" army book, is a "Wolf Lord" ranked Space Marine. He was equipped with a "master-crafted" bolt pistol, a "master-crafted" frost blade (a special weapon used by the Space Wolves), grenades, and special clothing/equipment unique to the culture of the Space Wolves (a wolf tooth necklace, a wolf tail, and a wolf pelt). He can be joined with two wolves that accompany him into battle.
Alongside of Ragnar Blackmane and the Space Wolves are members of the Imperial Guard army, the legions of the
Adeptus Mechanicus, Inquisition, and the Space Marines.
Comics and graphic novels line
"Bloodquest: Eye of Terror Trilogy",cite book|title=Bloodquest: Eye of Terror Trilogy|first=Gordon|last=Rennie|coauthors=MacNeil, Colin |year=2005|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-146-3] by Gordon Rennie and Colin MacNeil, is a collection of three works titled "Bloodquest",cite book|title=Bloodquest |first=Gordon|last=Rennie|coauthors=MacNeil, Colin |year=1999|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id= 1-84154-108-7] "Bloodquest: Into the Eye of Terror",cite book|title=Bloodquest: Into the Eye of Terror|first=Gordon|last=Rennie|coauthors=MacNeil, Colin |year=2000|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id= 1-84154-125-7] and "Bloodquest: The Daemon's Mark".cite book|title=Bloodquest: The Daemon's Mark|first=Gordon|last=Rennie|coauthors=MacNeil, Colin |year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-146-3] The trilogy involves the founding
Space Marineschapter, the Blood Angels, as they struggle first against the Orks and then against the armies of Chaos.
;Plot synopsisCaptain of the Blood Angels,
Leonatoswas giving a weapon called "Encarmine," the "Sword of Belarius," as a prize for his prowess as a warrior and for the accomplishments of his men on the battlefield. However, Garshul the Destroyer, an Ork, manages to capture the weapon, causing Leonatos to be dishonoured and then exiled. He wanders with his fellow soldiers as they try to regain their honour by hunting down the sword.
This takes them to the world of Eidolon, but they crash land on the wrong side. They are forced to battle the forces of Chaos that control the planet. They must battle against the armies of each Chaos god that control a separate continent in their path so they can finally regain their treasured weapon and their honor so they could be welcomed back once again amongst their brethren.cite book|title=Bloodquest: Eye of Terror Trilogy|first=Gordon|last=Rennie|coauthors=MacNeil, Colin |year=2005|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-146-3]
;Warhammer 40,000 gaming The GamesDay Golden Daemon Award model of 2001 was a converted "Captain Leonatos" of "Bloodquest", painted by Bobby Wong.cite web| url=http://ca.games-workshop.com/news/cn/events/GD%5FToronto%5FCoverage/Golden%5FDaemon/ | title= Canadian Announcements | publisher=Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-25] Previously, Captain Leonatos was produced as a miniature in 1999 as "Blood Angel Captain Leonatos, Commander of the Exile". This was in a limited quantity of only 1,000 models sculpted by Mike McVey. Cloten and Lysander, Captain Leonatos's troops, were also produced the same year and titled "The Exiles." They came together and were produced in a limited quantity of 500 miniatures sculpted by Mark Bedford.cite web| url=http://www.solegends.com/citblack/index.htm | title= Stuff of Legends | publisher= Stuff of Legends| accessdate=2007-05-25] cite web| url=http://www.blacklibrary.co.uk/product.asp?prod=99110199009&type=Merchandise | title= Cloten & Lysander Diorama | publisher= Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-25]
In the "Warhammer 40,000" game, Captain Leonatos is a Captain of the Space Marine's army, the Blood Angels. While he, and his men, no longer have "canon" rules, they can be used as their generic equivalents. Their original rules accompanied the production models. He did not deviate in equipment from that available for a standard Captain, as with his men. Captain Leonatos and his men also paralleled the "
Eye of Terror" Campaign, exploring the "Eye" before the gaming tournament began.cite book|title=Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Space Marines|first=Pete|last=Haines|coauthors=and McNeill, Graham|year=2004|edition=4th Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-526-0]
In the Warhammer 40,000 "visual combat game", "Warhammer Warriors", the gaming book "Warhammer Warriors #2" was created for Captain Leonatos. He equipped with many Blood Angels based weapons, such as a chainsword, bolt pistol and a flamer, but also has new weapons designed for "Warhammer Warriors", like Photon Flares and a Bolt Pistol Hotshot. He deals extra damage and has a strong defense based on his Space Marine power armour.cite book|title=Warhammer Warriors #2|first=Rick|last=Priestley|year=1999|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=6010-0299-003]
"Daemonifuge", originally published in "Warhammer Monthly", is a series of Trade Paperbacks about the life of Ephrael Stern, a member of the Adepta Sororitas, and is collected as "Daemonifuge: Heretic Saint".cite book|title=Daemonifuge: Heretic Saint|first=Kev|last=Walker|year=2005|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-251-6] The two books of the series are "Daemonifuge", by Kev Walker and Jim Campbell,cite book|title=Daemonifuge|first=Kev|last=Walker|coauthors=Campbell, Jim|year=1999|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-117-6] and "Daemonifuge: The Lord of Damnation", by Kev Walker, Gordon Rennie, and Karl Richardson.cite book|title=Daemonifuge: The Lord of Damnation|first=Kev|last=Walker|coauthors=Rennie, Gordon, and Richardson, Karl|year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-240-7]
In addition to the original series, a smaller series was released called "Daemonifuge: The Screaming Cage". This series was produced in three parts, and reproduces the original series with additional pages added/edited into the original plot.
;Plot synopsis Ephrael Stern was a Seraphim ranked Sister for the Order of Our Martyred Lady. Mysteriously, she was the sole survivor out of 12,000 that was sent to the planet Parnis in order to battle a daemonic infestation. Inquisitor Silas Hand originally was sent to identify if she was tainted by Chaos and if that was the reason for her survival. While being locked up and awaiting the Inquisitor's arrival, Stern was attacked by possessed individuals. She removed the demons from the individuals, and these actions combined with Silas Hand's investigation's inability to psychically look through her mind and detect traces of daemonic taint upon her lead to no conclusion. Hand was forced to return with her to the planet Parnis in order to figure out her role in the destruction of her Sisters.
During the return, their vessel's navigator was possessed by Chaos destroyed their ship the "Hammer of Thor." Escaping, both Hand and Stern were able to land upon the surface, but they were the sole survivors. Shortly after landing upon the planet, they were soon confronted the Daemon Q'tlahsi'issho'akshami. Only Stern managed to live through the battle, and she is now hunted by the
Ordo Malleusto be brought in for questioning. Only Stern knows what happened to Silas Hand, what happened to the Daemon, and what the forces of Chaos were doing on the planet.cite book|title=Daemonifuge: Heretic Saint|first=Kev|last=Walker|year=2005|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-251-6]
;Warhammer 40,000 gaming A limited edition of only 1,000 miniatures was released for "Daemonifuge". These miniatures were sculpted by Juan Diaz, Mark Harrison & Alex Hedstrom in 2004 and are no longer in production. Portraying Ephrael Stern and Silas Hand on a diorama base and entering into combat against the Daemons of Chaos.cite web| url=http://www.solegends.com/citblack/index.htm | title= Stuff of Legends | publisher= Stuff of Legends| accessdate=2007-05-25]
In the "Warhammer 40,000" game, Ephrael Stern is a Seraphim of the
Witch Huntersand Silas Hand is an Inquisitor for the Daemonhuntersarmy. While they no longer have "canon" rules, they can be used as their generic equivalents.cite book|title=Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Witchhunters|first=Graham|last=McNeil|coauthors=Hoare, Andy, and Haines, Pete|year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-485-X] cite book | author=Andy Chambers, Phil Kelly and Graham McNeill | title=Codex: Daemonhunters | publisher= Games Workshop | year=2003 | id=ISBN 1-84154-361-6] Their original rules accompanied the production models. Ephrael Stern was armed with a standard bolter, a blessed sword (wounded daemons easily, negated invulnerable saves, and destroyed enemy leadership), a jump pack, general bonuses against daemons and is not allowed to receive "faith" based bonuses standard for the Sisters of Battle. She could not join any army with her fellow Sisters or with any Inquisitor besides Silas Hand (with Silas, she counted as a "henchman". Silas Hand was armed with a bolter (using "Psycannon bolts", psychically charged weapons used against daemons) and a force field for defense. He could only include Ephrael Stern in his retinue.cite web| url=http://www.warmania.com/articles/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=140&Itemid=86&date=2007-02-01 | title= Ephrael Stern and Inquisitor Hand Rules | publisher= Warmania | accessdate=2007-05-25]
In the Warhammer 40,000 "visual combat game", "Warhammer Warriors", the gaming book "Warhammer Warriors #3" was created for Ephrael Stern. She equipped with many Sisters of Battle based weapons, such as a powersword, bolter and a flamer, but also has new weapons designed for "Warhammer Warriors", like Photon Flares and a Bolt Pistol Hotshot.cite book|title=Warhammer Warriors #3|first=Rick|last=Priestley|year=1999|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=6010-0299-003]
Ephrael Stern and Silas Hand are also used as part of an introductory article explaining the background of the
Witch Huntersarmy list, called "Villainy & Infamy." The article is "report" produced by an "unknown" source which describes the history of Silas Hand's investigation from an in-universe perspective.cite web| url=http://uk.games-workshop.com/witchhunters/ | title= Witch Hunters | publisher= Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-25]
"Lone Wolves" is a graphic novel by Dan Abnett and Karl Richardsoncite book|title=Lone Wolves|first=Dan|last=Abnett|coauthors=Richardson, Karl|year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-056-4] which describes the interactions of Imperial Guard variant and the
Space Marines' chapter, the Space Wolves, when fighting the Tyranids. The story is broken into seven parts, "The Miracle," "Eaters of the Slain" Part 1 and 2, "Payback" Part 1 and 2, and "Bloodgeld" Part 1 and 2. Prefaced to the story are short essays produced by editor, Christian Dunn, about the nature of heroes and following the story is the ending original created by Dan Abnett.cite book|title=Lone Wolves|first=Dan|last=Abnett|coauthors=Richardson, Karl|year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84416-056-4]
In 2004, a flash movie and Official Website was created by the Black Library as a limited edition miniature was produced for sale.cite web| url=http://www.blacklibrary.com/lonewolves/index.html | title= Lone Wolves | publisher= Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-25]
;Plot synopsisThe Imperial Guard's division titled the "10th Slavok Regiment" are abandoned on the ice-planet Shadrac, which is currently controlled by a Tyranid invasion. Sergeant Poul Marlin narrates the travels of the remaining squads of soldiers as they struggle against hunger, the elements, and the aliens who want to devour them. Joined by the
Space Wolveslead by Skold Greypelt, the Slavok 10th are able to stand against constant attacks and perform deeds of heroism.cite book|title=Daemonifuge: The Lord of Damnation|first=Dan|last=Abnett|coauthors=Richardson, Karl|year=2003|edition=1st Edition|publisher=Black Library|location=Nottingham|id=1-84154-056-4]
;Warhammer 40,000 gamingSergeant Poul Marlin, Skold Greypelt, an unidentified Space Wolf and a wounded Slavok soldier were produced as a miniature "diorama" for "Warhammer 40,000" in 2003 as "Lone Wolves." This was in a limited quantity of only 500 models sculpted by Martin Footitt and Adam Clarke.cite web| url=http://www.solegends.com/citblack/index.htm | title= Stuff of Legends | publisher= Stuff of Legends| accessdate=2007-05-25] cite web| url=http://www.blacklibrary.co.uk/product.asp?prod=99110199006&type=Merchandise | title= Lone Wolves Diorama | publisher= Games Workshop| accessdate=2007-05-25]
In the "Warhammer 40,000" game, Poul Marlin a sergeant of the Slovok regiment, an Ice World variant of the Imperial Guard army (similar in design and appearance to the established Valhallan Ice Warriors),cite book|title=Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Imperial Guard|first=Andy|last=Chambers|coauthors=Haines, Pete, and Hoare, Andy|year=2003|edition=4th Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-410-8] and Skold Greypelt is a Captain of the Space Marine's army,cite book|title=Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Space Marines|first=Pete|last=Haines|coauthors=and McNeill, Graham|year=2004|edition=4th Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-526-0] the
Space Wolves. While they, and their men, lack specific additional rules, they follow standard rules for equipment and statistics with the addition of the "Xeno hunter: Tyranids"/"Preferred Enemy: Tyranids" trait (Skold and his "Lone Wolves" are a Space Wolvesversion of the Ultramarines's special "Tyranid War Veterans" unit).cite book|title=Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Space Marines|first=Pete|last=Haines|coauthors=and McNeill, Graham|year=2004|edition=4th Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-526-0] cite book|title=Warhammer 40,000 Codex: Imperial Guard|first=Andy|last=Chambers|coauthors=Haines, Pete, and Hoare, Andy|year=2003|edition=4th Edition|publisher=Games Workshop|location=Nottingham|id=ISBN 1-84154-410-8]
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