It’s been a while since we last got to do an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries,” our series in which we ask the creators to take us on a journey into the deepest and most mysterious aspects of their history. created universes (our most recent episode was about the unsolved mysteries of Mortal combat). But we did have an opportunity to fall into our towers that was just too good to pass up, although unlike our last two episodes, this one isn’t (entirely) about video games.
This time, we sit down with author Dan Abnett to discuss some unsolved mysteries of the dark and distant universe of Warhammer – and the man, he delivered.
Questions for the God question
We answered our questions from a variety of locations including the / r / Warhammer40k and / r / 40kLore subreddits, resulting in what could be generously described as a lot of material. We were a little nervous about asking Dan to peruse nearly a dozen pages of distant 40k geekery, but Dan – whose blessed quill is clearly guided by the will of the Emperor himself – has laughed at our giant list then more or less ripped through all of them.
No topic was too esoteric and no reference was too obscure. As the author of dozens of novels and comics, Dan is a walking encyclopedia of technical and character knowledge about all that is dark – from which Legions are best, to Mystery of the Fallen Primarchs, until to the true nature of the Golden Throne and physical form of the Emperor. We kept asking questions, and he kept answering. The resulting video lasts almost half an hour!
Along the way, Dan has also given a lot of thought to how storytelling works in an environment as complex as 40k, and we hope to have Dan back in the future for a more general discussion and a workshop on writing at large. scale and character development – because he’s so good at both. (If you need something 40k to chew on in the meantime, you can always go and watch it Astartes!)
On our next episode …
But what if Warhammer isn’t really your speed? What if you’re looking for something a little more down to earth – a little more human? Our next episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” is in the box and being edited as you read these words, and it’s pretty ambitious. You could say it’s a quantum leap during our previous episodes. We’ll have him ready to go in a few weeks.