The 40k’ing of Age of Sigmar?

A Tale of Two Gates in the Mortal Realms and Terra

The GW Illuminati strike again, hiding the future of 40k in plain sight!

The new Season of War material is available now to download to the Age of Sigmar app, featuring some awesome new art in support of the upcoming summer campaign, and at least one interesting Easter egg.

We see a long, wide staircase leading up to huge gates. On either side of the approach are installed the banners of victorious Stormcast Eternals. Prosecutors fly at the top of the scene, emblazoned on the gates themselves we see a victorious warrior slaying a dragon. A single figure stands before the titanic edifice:

AoS Doorgate

Pretty awesome. But we’ve seen this somewhere before, in a splash page of some classic Blanchitsu from the 3rd edition 40k core rulebook, depicting the stairs leading to the gates beyond which lay the throne room the Emperor himself on Holy Terra. Same epic staircase, same venerated banners, same winged figures flitting in the air above, the same scene of (in this case) the Emperor slaying Horus, and the same single figure on the stairs before the vastness:

terran gate

Here they are side by side:

40kAos

The Emperor was building his own version of the webway before the climax of the Heresy. Or perhaps his larger consciousness traversed the warp and settled in the mortal realms, his supreme psychic power allowing him to manifest there in some form but the tether of the Golden Throne holding him in part on Terra in perpetuity and keeping him from coalescing in full in either place.

Maybe the door to the Emperor’s throne room opens to the Celestial Realm, much like the top of Dana Barrett’s apartment building on that fateful night. Maybe Ivo Shandor was the architect of the Emperor’s Palace. Maybe Gozer is the Emperor.

Or maybe we’re just seeing the foreshadowing of one hell of an overhaul of 40k. The 30th anniversary is next year, after all.

Don’t cross the (warp-plasma) streams!
-Travis

  • James Upton

    Nice article, but the Blanche drawing is from 2nd edition (I think.)

    • admin

      That image is taken directly from the 3rd ed rulebook, but you’re probably right that it was born in 2nd. That was the heyday of classic 40k art.