So after the Seminar Kaelo had a word with Sir Alan of Bligh. . . . and after a lengthy talk he revealed something which totally shocked my brother.
What would have happened if the Wolves had failed? Would Horus' plan have worked out the way he wanted it to? Obviously he knew the Wolves were mighty, but there was always the chance that they would not succeed in breaking the Thousand Sons. So he took measures. . . . they got Legio Mortis too after all . . . but they also got a few extra Legionnaires to bolster their efforts.
. . . Horus sent a whole Company of the Sons of Horus to help the Prosecution of the Thousand Sons Campaign. . .
So. Wow. Yeah I know. Who was sent there with the Vlka Fenryka to lead the Sons of Horus contingent? Was it a well known character? It was at the same time as the Betrayal at Isstvan III, so I don't believe so, but that doesn't mean it won't be. The Isstvan system is in the Galactic North, whilst Prospero is coreward east of Sol. It would take a while for a force from a Legion to travel from one side of the Galaxy to the other or even to the core. I'm also pretty sure the conflicts happened at the same time, so I don't think we will see the likes of Little Horus marching with the Wolves.
Well I can tell you one thing. Alan Bligh is the king of Heresy. The decisions he makes are always absolutly logical and measured. Just speaking to Alan is incredible, the Horus Heresy has already been played out totally in his mind and just like a true historian, he has to break down the state of the Galaxy wide conflict at each stage (year and month) and make measured decisions as to where Legions are, what forces can possibly oppose them, and where needed add new forces into the mix to balance out inconsistencies. The Vlka Fenryka (with their small numbers) invading another Legion's Homeworld (with a whole Legion at home) as well as the Spire Guard etc always felt like one of those to me.
So I am thoroughly happy about this twist and am so excited to see their role in the whole conflict. It is also worth baring in mind that the Horus Heresy Novel series are told from the perspective of Rememberencers and what they have gleamed from a conflict, recited over millennia, something which BL have said several times too). Now this also goes very well with the fluff of the Vlka Fenryka. Would they sing Sagas of the forces of the Arch Traitor assisting the VI Legion? Would their Skalds recite the stories of the how the Wolves fought beside the forces of Horus? . . . Or would it be "forgotten" from their history on purpose.
. . . Heck it could just be that the term "the Wolves were unleashed" had two meanings that were lost in time . . .
Well played Mr Bligh. The Horus Heresy series is more incredible with you.