First Lord of the Imperium

Primarchs: The Horus Heresy
Length: 24 mins
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As the Horus Heresy rages and the death toll rises, one more will be added to the numberless dead: Sibel Niasta, personal astropath to the First Lord of the Imperium, Malcador the Sigillite. As her end approaches, Malcador sits vigil by her bedside, and the pair discuss their friendship and what it means - how the past and present have shaped Malcador and the Imperium, and what the future holds.

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Scalpel Perfection

Short but worth every scarce minute. Definitely prefer this over the other Malcador story and it probably has more to offer even at a third the length.

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Great but only half an hour

Great insight into the first lord. Wish I had purchased rather than used a credit due to very short length otherwise great

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Fantastic!!

What a great personal story about the Sigillite. A mysterious, prominent figure of the Warhammer 40,000 universe that we typically do not get a closer look at very often. This story actually gives the listener quite an insight into him as a character, and some of his motivations as well. There is a lot that is implied here, and you really have to pay attention. It sounds like Malcador isn't giving much away at all, but listening closely you realize he is speaking volumes about himself and the Emperor without coming right out and saying it. A wonderful short story, that has fantastic performances from the actors, and as always; amazing sound design. A must listen for Warhammer 40K fans!!

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Intriguing, and revealing...

Malcador's insight on the primarchs is very telling for just why the heresy happened... Interesting.

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Short but sweet

While it was a short tale (24 odd minutes) it still had a full length feel. They didnt hold back on the feeling amd drama because of the length. Good listen.

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wow

this was great. no wonder everyone was amazed who reads horus heresy. if you have never listened to horus heresy or warhammer 40k. don't start here

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  • David Jordan Cahill
  • 01-11-20

Well worth buying even though it’s less than 30minutes long!

It is very difficult to write a review without spoilers. All I can say is, that whilst this audio drama is quite short and you may be hesitant to spend a credit or £3.50 on it, it is extraordinarily well voice acted, has one of the most dynamic and appropriate sound tracks of any audio book that I have encountered, and the story (even for a person like myself with only a passing interest in the Warhammer 40k universe), is incredibly engaging with a startling revelation. You won’t regret your purchase.

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  • Paul Ford
  • 09-05-19

Absolutely epic!

This is by far my favourite short story in the heresy. Impossible to stop listening!

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  • James Luter
  • 04-23-19

great insight to the primarks creation

short story. more dialog and more reveals/expansion would of been welcomed, but the story gives great insight to the primarks creation and rebellion. in fact it has a massive reveal that changes the outlook of the entire imperium and the primarks role in it. I'm actually surprised the reveal has been sort of relegated to a short story tbh. worth a read for it.

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  • Mr. Kyle Hutcheson
  • 04-22-19

Things to come

Hints at things to come. The voice acting is brilliant as always. I wish the background music was available.

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  • jack
  • 10-02-18

revelation

if you want to find out secrets of the war and the emperor this is a must listen.

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  • Will Pollard
  • 09-02-20

Enlightening piece Horus Heresy background.

A bargain price for an awesome wee snippet of background. Having listened to it, I would happily have paid twice the price.

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  • Nephrite
  • 04-12-20

A fascinating look at Malcador

Malcador: First Lord Of The Imperium by L.J Goulding – A Warhammer: The Horus Heresy Primarchs Audio Drama Nephrite’s Month Of Heresies So…here we are. Inside the mighty defences of Holy Terra as some call it. The Horus Heresy itself is close to an end. The Siege Of Terra is soon to begin. But before the forces of Chaos arrive and encounter the Imperial defences there is still some normalcy is there not my friend? Life goes on even during great heresies. And some who have served the Imperium since they were born are now due to leave this world. And they will have company at the end. But I feel we should explain the importance of Malcador. In simple terms Malcador is the Sigillite. A member of an ancient order of incredibly psychically gifted humans with great knowledge of the past who searched for culturally important artefacts. But that wasn’t all he did. Shall you discuss his importance to The Emperor himself? *Ah yes, Malcador the…what was the word you things use? ‘Hero’ yes that was it. Founder of both the Adeptus Administratum and the Officio Assassinorum as well as a hand in the founding of the Inquisition and the Grey Knights. Funny how The Emperor’s most trusted would put in place such groups who now are so fixated on ideas of heresy…a very religious concept.* Indeed. Malcador certainly was an interesting figure. One with many shadows indeed. But I should get to the story at hand. First Lord (as I shall refer to it henceforth) has a plot as follows: Malcador The Sigillite has been summoned. One of his oldest friends approaches her end. His personal astropath – in extremely simplified terms a powerful telepath who uses their powers for communications – shall have company as she passes on. However she has many questions for her master. And many things which trouble her greatly. But will she appreciate the answers she is given? First Lord by L.J Goulding in my opinion is a very interesting if potentially divisive audio drama. The basics of the plot are very simple but they are executed wonderfully. There is a very strong sense of melancholy throughout as well as a few small moments of gallows humour. There are many questions put throughout: How old truly is The Sigillite? What is the true nature of his connection to The Emperor of Mankind? And What is the true meaning of the Imperial symbol? The Imperial Aquila? And…certain other worrying questions for followers of The Imperium. The possible answers one can receive to those questions must be…fascinating for Chaos to hear? Especially regarding the Primarchs. What do you say to it my…shadow of the Ruinous Powers? *Do you now see, to them the Space Marines, his sons the Primarchs were nothing more than tools. He planned to do away with them, sowed the seeds for all the pain that was to come. We, we were not their damnation. We were their saviours, welcoming them, accepting them for who they were and lifting them above what their horrid creator had planned to greater things. No wonder Guilliman...well that would be telling. Or…perhaps he told a lie to comfort a dying friend in times that even he felt were the end. It is a very easy thing to do.* You raise some interesting possibilities. Was he telling the truth? In which case…why would they have planned so far in advance? And what…things…would be the next evolution beyond even the Primarchs or the Custodes which share part of the Emperor’s own blood? But if he lies then why would the lie be so detailed? So vivid? Simply to aid the grieving and dying? Or…was he possibly lying even to himself. So that he could fight on in the forthcoming Siege? So many questions. Unlike The Last Church this is not a two hander as we have multiple characters and voices. Although Toby Longworth – narrator for Horus Rising through to Galaxy In Flames in terms of stories I’ve reviewed as well as several others besides such as Double Eagle – as Malcador and Jenny Funnell as Sybil Aster are the main performers we have appearances by John Banks and Beth Chalmers in minor roles while Jonathan Keeble fulfils the duty of narrator. All involved play their parts expertly with particular mention to Jenny Funnell who beautifully draws you into the story with her emotions. Longworth’s Malcador on the other hand also deserves praise for having his voice practically creek with the weight of all of Malcador’s age, experience and genuine weariness. L.J Goulding’s writing definitely attracts the attention of the listener. As well as managing rather well to pull you into the mindset that you are overhearing a private conversation you shouldn’t be aware of, they make you think – as we both discussed earlier – about the possible implications of the answers given within the story. That is why earlier I referred to First Lord being a potentially divisive audio depending on opinions for fans of Warhammer. I still however praise it as a very thought-provoking audio drama and one I will likely be listening to again soon. Just as I shall be looking out for the name L.J Goulding in future. It was first released in 2017 as part of the yearly Black Library Advent Calendar where a new piece of Warhammer media of some description is released during the December period. The same occurred with The Revelation Of The Word in 2019. I hope that myself and this Warpspawn here can persuade my readers to give this short audio drama a listen or perhaps a relisten if it is one you have already experienced. There is much more we could say on this one I’m sure? Although I feel we are approaching the end of your time here. It won’t be long before you bore of me or perhaps find a different scheme to keep yourself entertained? I wonder where you will take me next? Just what do you have in mind? *Indeed we have one more tale of the Emperor’s lies and hypocrisies. One of the greatest of all tragedies that was his doing. A tale of what were to have been The Imperium’s greatest achievements with futures undreamed of. Squandered by his own arrogance and brought down by the greatest traitors of all…who in their heresy doomed all!* Sayonara! Nephrite and Sgathiach

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  • Joel
  • 09-28-18

This was epic, a must for any Malcador fan

Loved all 30min, a good insight into the thinking of Malcador and how far he will go.

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  • Vaimoa Asa Leausa
  • 07-11-18

Brilliant tease for machinations behind the HH

Brilliant tease for machinations behind the HH, showing Malcador as both utterly powerful and humbly human.