Vermilion Level is the second stand-alone short story in the Gaunt's Ghosts series of novels by Dan Abnett. Vermilion Level was first published in the Black Library's Inferno! magazine, in issue 30. The story was later adapted into the novel First and Only and later re-published as a stand-alone e-book.
As Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt and his men -- the Tanith First-and-Only -- travel to a new war zone, Gaunt is drawn in to a mysterious conspiracy that could imperil the lives of all his men. Can he decipher the Vermilion level message that will reveal the truth before all is lost?
- Vermilion Level (Short Story) by Dan Abnett