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Deep within the darkness of the void, ancient tomb worlds stir once more to life and the Necron race claws its way towards the stars. Aeons ago, they ruled vast swathes of the galaxy as cruel immortal masters, their people having forsaken frail mortal flesh for deathless living metal bodies.

Yet the march of time and the wrath of their foes drive the Necrons into hibernation, and for millennia they slumbered, awaiting an age when the galaxy would once more be ripe for conquest. That time is now. The Necrons are awakening in their billions – vast armies of deathless warriors and impossibly advanced war machines, led by megalomaniacal Overlords hungry to reclaim their empire of old.

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See 1 question about Codex…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 04, Mark rated it liked it.

Ok, as a necron player who missed the last book, its a big different to the game I played.

The Good the Bad and the Insulting: 5 Changes 7th Edition Codex: Necrons Needs

New units and characters make all the difference. But means I havevto buy more models. Jun 24, Callum Shephard rated it liked it.

Let’s get the obvious issue out of the way first: Yes, the T’au Empire review will continue at a later date. The week that my internet provider spent failing to do the job we pay them for was a proverbial spanner in the works.

As such, with a few major releases on the way, I am setting that aside until the latest series of codices have been dealt with. At this moment in time this means sdition Codex: Necrons up for examination, likely followed by Codex: Hopefully on the day of release Let’s get the obvious issue out of the way first: Hopefully on the day of release in that case.

The Necrons are a particularly difficult one to deal with in this case, as most of their releases of the past two editions were skipped in reviews. I have necro been quiet in terms of how I personally think that the Fifth Edition revamp of the race ditched many of their essential strengths, and that any successes since then have stemmed only from Black Library authors.

No matter how I looked at the lore, or their tabletop mechanics, it seemed like a bad idea that a few necrno writers had managed to turn into something worth reading. The Cldex The obvious advantage this codex has over many others is its structure. Yes, that might sound like an odd starting point, but it’s quite a sincere one. All too often many books are unable to balance out the various aspects of its lore and the multitude of characters involved.

Things are dropped, skimmed over or even outright forgotten. In this case though, for what it focuses on, little is left out. Each character involved is given a full page – sometimes two – to help make sure a character’s role, history and place in the universe is clear to the reader.


The timeline is also detailed and lacks the single-sentence answers that previous codicies were verbally flayed over, while the units and major historical events retain a fully fleshed out portion of information. Much of this would normally only be accomplished thanks to padding via artwork, but instead, there is an infinitely better balance here.

The actual staging of the codex flows far better than most cases, with events flowing from one segment to the next. There is a very brief and concise introduction which gets every essential part across to the reader hooking them in. From there it moves directly into their ancient history, defining enough of the C’Tan, their war with the Old Ones and even how their dominion coex the galaxy was controlled at that time.

The fine details and essential figures involved are left to other segments to cover, primarily the character bios, while still retaining the essential information. This means that a fan isn’t re-reading any information at any point, and they have far more of an incentive to read the entire book.

Doing so gives them a full impression of the race one step at a time. Furthermore, the necrons are powerful here. They’re extremely powerful and tend to have the edge in many battles. With that being said, they are far from unstoppable and the book makes sure to add in a few major defeats. It’s just enough to make it clear that they are not something which can never be slowed down or beaten, but they are tougher than almost any other faction there.

This is befitting the necrons as a whole as their dented iron appeal editlon from how they do have infinitely more advanced technology than almost any other race, but much of it is damaged. When they are beaten, it is often down to either better tactics, zeal or simple sheer weight of numbers opposing them.

That and when they have not been killed off in their sleep, of course. Small moments here and there also offer some more substance than would normally be expected of a codex. One major point in its favour was how the book utilised iconography. Specifically, it featured multiple pages outlining which faction favour what symbol and what they meant to the old empire.

In place of a page outlining different types of wargear, the codex instead offers a two-page outline of how individual styles, designs and certain bodies have greater meaning.

Some reflect an older part of their mortal hierarchy while others are qualities which have developed since then. This sort of thing offers the race far more of a dimension and a sense of legacy than shoving them onto the tabletop. The book also does a good job of making it very clear that no faction is united. Typically they will avoid fighting against one another if it can be managed, but it is less a singlarly united race than a series of petty empires.

This works in regards to setting up a multitude of new story and scenario opportunities, and for political clashes. Trazyn is the obvious example in how this benefits the book’s lore, but it’s also present in a multitude of other areas. In almost every regard, you see how alliances of convenience emerge or even how awakening Tomb Worlds see to their own needs first. Some have lost strength over thousands of years, editikn others find themselves in debt to other figures.

It’s an interesting source of conflict and storytelling, and best yet is that it’s not spelled out to the reader. It’s hardly hidden, but it edotion feel the need to explicitly mention this every few pages.

Finally, the C’Tan are still made to be a terrifying force in their own right. As you might have guessed from that introduction, I was one of many irked at how they were editipn from star vampires into Pokemon with the change. That being said, the history presents them as a background force which is only slightly explained, while the later sections emphasise far more in relation to certain individuals both individual C’Tan and necrons.


As a result, this leaves a fair degree of mystery behind them at work, and it does try to at least enforce the fact that they have been weakened, but can still pimp-slap entire worlds if they get loose.

As such, it lessens the loss far better than most past works surrounding their depictions.

In fact, the book does actively try to close a few of the major plot holes left by the retcons, such as this rather nice paragraph: Discrepant information from varied and varyingly reliable sources causes great confusion concerning the exact number and nature of surviving C’tan, even among the Aeldari.

Records held within the Black Library contradict those held within Ulthwe, which are again at odds with the archives held on Alaitoc. Some claim there exists a slumbering star god deep beneath the canyons of the red planet Mars, others that the ravenous C’tan known as the Outsider was tricked by Cegorach into eating its own brothers, and now dwells in exile within a hollow planet far to the galactic south.

However, all Aeldari agree that the splinters of knowledge held by the Imperium are flawed and confused.

The Adeptus Mechanicus scholars who covet the ancient lore of the C’tan are as likely to pass over possible revelation as they are to move further from the truth with each fresh discovery made. Any soul of sufficient learning necrln determination who goes looking for proof of a C’tan’s existence can eventually uncover it, but this speaks more to the mindset of the seeker than it does any value of the ‘evidence’. What about the bad? The Bad An immediate problem with Codex: Necrons’ lore is that it isn’t up to date.

Covex it offers a comprehensive outline of their history, and even delves into how they operated during the great slumber, we see little of the future.

The events of M42 and coxex are all but ignored, and this is most evident with the timeline.

Codex: Necrons

The creation of Abaddon the Despoiler’s crack of doom across the galaxy is effectively a footnote here. The few moments where the codex does start to address future events feels like concessions, and it’s more interested in sticking to what was previously written.

Another definite problem which stems from the book’s unwillingness to update its information is how a few depictions seem out of date. For example, how they approach certain worlds for conequest, how they target new domains to reclaim or treat locals has been left unchanged. Even were this simply reflected in coddx motivations of the primary characters that would be something, but it’s skipped almost entirely.

Imotekh’s entire nature revolves around him reawakening and reclaiming what has been lost, yet in the two pages he was codrx it doesn’t comment on the changes to the larger galaxy. Equally, Anrakyr the Traveller’s section completely ignores any and all developments made in the last hundred years. This isn’t some demand for deep characterisation or even detailed, complex storytelling.

It’s a case of simply paying attention cpdex recent changes to the universe as a whole, and having the book editiln on them accordingly. What makes this so infuriating is that the previous xenos books did this without any issue. Ignoring for a moment whether or not you liked them, you have to admit that the Eldar Craftworlds and T’au Empire codices at least gave a good amount of space to addressing alterations to the ongoing universe.

Both were done on a wider scale, neccron both had the factions involved react to having the galaxy being split in half.