The Infinite and The Divine (Warhammer 40,000)
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In this light, the novel reads as a manifesto not that Trazyn's brand of cultural scholarship is superior to Orikan's empiricism, but rather that the rivalry itself is stale and artificial, that different forms of knowledge complement each other rather than replace each other. Indeed, the plot forces both protagonists to work together. In the end, they don't just work together, they learn (at least temporarily) from one another. Indeed, this dynamic fuels one of my favourite confrontations of the novel: Mistaken Identity: One of Trazyn's exploits ended up this way, as a world he accidentally wound up saving from an Ork invasion ended up seeing Trazyn and his Necron legions as a chapter of oddly-adorned Space Marines, christening them as members of the Silver Skulls chapter and the planet erecting statues in their honor. Trazyn recounting the whole endeavor to Orikan somehow manages to make the Necron's Perpetual Smiler nature even bigger in delight by the absurdity of it all. Time Dissonance: As immortal Necrons, Orikan and Trazyn speak casually of centuries and even millennia. It's mentioned that Necron stage plays can take over a decade to be performed in full, and Orikan regularly spends whole centuries in meditation and thinks nothing of it.
For the best viewing experience, we recommend using old reddit version - https://old.reddit.com/r/40kLore/Since 2018 he's served as Head Writer of the animated YouTube show Extra History, where his scripts have attracted over 150 million views Before the being called the Emperor revealed Himself, before the rise of the aeldari, before the necrontyr traded their flesh for immortal metal, the world was born in violence. Adventure Archaeologist : Evil Overlord version, but Trazyn will always be a treasure hunter first, ruler of an interstellar kingdom second.
Not So Different" Remark: Trazyn and Orikan have a civil talk while cloaked inside a cafe between their antics, deciding to reflect on humanity around them while they are there; despite being a vastly inferior, younger race that they should be scoffing at compared to their might, Trazyn's time around them (especially in the aftermath of the Horus Heresy) eventually shown him a side to humanity that resonates with him enough to have interfered with their history from time to time, something that even catches Orikan's attention as they continue to talk before recognizing that Trazyn is actively comparing humanity to when they were still the Necrontyr in that, despite their weaknesses, mankind like the Necrontyr managed to claim a name for themselves in a cruel galaxy and could have even ruled the galaxy unquestioningly had adversity not threaten to shatter them like it had the Necrons after the War in Heaven. In the end, the question is asked that has both of them stop to contemplate: "would humanity, in their shoes, have agreed to the same deal the Necrontyr made with the C'tan that cost them their souls"? Lord General, show me an island and my Guardsmen will take it. It is not a question of victory or defeat. It is a question of how many waves you are willing to lose.”I absolutely loved this book, from the interesting view of the Necron perspective of the galaxy, to Trazyn just collecting anything that catches his eye. Review copy provided by the author – many thanks to Robert Rath for sending me a copy of The Infinite and the Divine, in exchange for my honest review.