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A Warhammer Horror story An Astra Militarum trooper carries news of an enemy assault to his main force – but he is pursued by shadows of his past that may yet damn him and those he seeks…READ IT BECAUSE Get into the head of a human facing the infernal wiles of the warp and discover how the Plague God's dubious blessings can be subtle and sinister, affecting the mind as m A Warhammer Horror story An Astra Militarum trooper carries news of an enemy assault to his main force – but he is pursued by shadows of his past that may yet damn him and those he seeks…READ IT BECAUSE Get into the head of a human facing the infernal wiles of the warp and discover how the Plague God's dubious blessings can be subtle and sinister, affecting the mind as much as the body.THE STORY The enemy are coming. A trooper of the Astra Militarum vanguard, his identity long since lost in the maelstrom of war, is sent to the main force with a message. He is chosen for his skills – he is the Runner, the best in the force. If anyone can bring aid to battle the warp-spawned contagions the unit faces, it is him. Yet as he runs, he is plagued by visions of friends and family long lost. As reality and memory blur into one, the Runner nears his goal – but does he carry the means of salvation, or death?


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A Warhammer Horror story An Astra Militarum trooper carries news of an enemy assault to his main force – but he is pursued by shadows of his past that may yet damn him and those he seeks…READ IT BECAUSE Get into the head of a human facing the infernal wiles of the warp and discover how the Plague God's dubious blessings can be subtle and sinister, affecting the mind as m A Warhammer Horror story An Astra Militarum trooper carries news of an enemy assault to his main force – but he is pursued by shadows of his past that may yet damn him and those he seeks…READ IT BECAUSE Get into the head of a human facing the infernal wiles of the warp and discover how the Plague God's dubious blessings can be subtle and sinister, affecting the mind as much as the body.THE STORY The enemy are coming. A trooper of the Astra Militarum vanguard, his identity long since lost in the maelstrom of war, is sent to the main force with a message. He is chosen for his skills – he is the Runner, the best in the force. If anyone can bring aid to battle the warp-spawned contagions the unit faces, it is him. Yet as he runs, he is plagued by visions of friends and family long lost. As reality and memory blur into one, the Runner nears his goal – but does he carry the means of salvation, or death?

33 review for Runner

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    The short-range vox-comms became a symphony of gun cracks, pleas and screams. The long-distance comms were as silent as ever. The mist rolled on, and the roar of heavy bolters and lasguns reached a crescendo. Over the stench and noise, the sergeant screamed, in a tone that the runner had never heard before from the grizzled veteran. Before the mist closed in and everything went green, he could hear the old man screeching, his voice cracked in panic, almost in tears. ‘Go! Go! Tell them!’ Astra Mili The short-range vox-comms became a symphony of gun cracks, pleas and screams. The long-distance comms were as silent as ever. The mist rolled on, and the roar of heavy bolters and lasguns reached a crescendo. Over the stench and noise, the sergeant screamed, in a tone that the runner had never heard before from the grizzled veteran. Before the mist closed in and everything went green, he could hear the old man screeching, his voice cracked in panic, almost in tears. ‘Go! Go! Tell them!’ Astra Militarum and trench warfare are just perfect ones for writing horror tales set in the sci-fi dark universe of W40K and this was a real good one, sadly the ending was far from unexpected and so similar to the one in Stitches that the two e-shorts were almost like two different storylines of a longer novel for me. ‘There’s no winning this race, little man.’

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Dodd

    Taking his role in the regiment entirely literally, an unnamed runner races across the endless tundra of a frozen world, carrying a desperate message of warning to regimental command. Behind him lies a broken hive, the bodies of his comrades and things in the fog. As the journey takes its toll on his body, familiar voices pursue him and long-forgotten memories surface in his mind. It’s a neat idea, taking a soldier away from the battlefield in order to dig into what’s going on in his head under i Taking his role in the regiment entirely literally, an unnamed runner races across the endless tundra of a frozen world, carrying a desperate message of warning to regimental command. Behind him lies a broken hive, the bodies of his comrades and things in the fog. As the journey takes its toll on his body, familiar voices pursue him and long-forgotten memories surface in his mind. It’s a neat idea, taking a soldier away from the battlefield in order to dig into what’s going on in his head under intense pressure. It’s written in an evocative, engaging style and Bao does a great job of adding texture to the character through his actions, responses and memories. The narrative is perhaps a little predictable and could maybe have gone even deeper, psychologically, but overall it does a good job of showing a slightly different side to 40k. Read the full review at https://www.trackofwords.com/2019/10/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Rolling onto his back, Wanlek snuffled in weak laughter as the apathetic stars careened overhead. He spat out salt and grit and reached for his canteen. He held it above his lips for a full minute before realising it was empty. ‘Revered Emperor of Terra,’ he wheezed. ‘Deliver us from thirst and shit boots…’

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    "I am flesh...I am rot"

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    That was great. I hope to hear more from Alan Bao.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Periklis

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arken Arziyev

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jon

  9. 5 out of 5

    Damon Rycroft

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dave Kirlin

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Burger

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adam Schasel

  14. 4 out of 5

    Inkari

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alex Smith

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marc Jones

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jakub Sládek

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hall

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Castrejon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda Verchick

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dorath

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joel Harris

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mahdie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adam Selby-Martin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  31. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Pleil

  32. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie Komstedt

  33. 5 out of 5

    Radosław Kwieciński

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