This was the first story I wrote for Eternal Crusade, and was intended as a punchy mission statement of the kinds of thing you could expect from the game and the writing. It’s told in the present tense, as that immediately gives a story much more immediacy and impact, which is what we wanted for this first story. It also introduces characters we’ll see in later stories and has a character I think will be a good through line for the narrative of Eternal Crusade as the game moves towards its release.
Having tyranids as the antagonists in this story was a good way to start with a bang and not have to worry too much about the motivations of the enemy. Tyranids aren’t complex creatures in what they want, they just want to eat you and absorb you. Which makes them ideal opponents for an opening story.
And the ending gives just enough hints that there’s more going on here than just a simple landing on a contested world. That all these Space Marines are here together speaks to the scale of the conflict to come.