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#121 Blood Pact

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:28 PM

The Horus Heresy novels make it quite clear as well.

A Space Marine's 'natural' abilities combine to turn them in to a literal killing machine, and when faced with ordinary humans, the results will be absolute carnage. It's not out of any sadistic intent (for loyalists anyway) it's simply the ruthless application of what they were created to do to the Imperium's enemies.

One or the things I often like reading described is how they move. How something that big, and wearing armour that heavy, just shouldn't be able to move with as much speed and agility as they do. That they aren't just strong enough, but quick enough, fight ten men and kill them all relatively effortlessly.

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#122 Face Eater

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 01:13 AM

But back to the point about 5 posts ago regardless of how scary it is to face your own fragile mortality as a soldier watching them fight to general populous they are the stuff of myth and legends.

We know what implants they have and the heraldry of a number of chapters but your average citizen knows none of these things, knows nothing about the difference between the chapters or their abilities. To them they are as likely to have heard that they can kill with a look, breath fire, fart poison or some such. So they are give them a wide birth.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 09:57 AM

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That actually reminds me of a… I think it was a comic, but it might've been a prose story. It's set on an agri-world. The people know the stories of the Emperor's Angels, the Space Marines. One day, the planet is attacked by an Ork Waaagh! and the Black Templars are dispatched to deal with it. The story glosses over the majority of the battle itself, instead focusing on the reaction of the people to the Marines. They're terrified. These giants in armor just mowing down monsters that had demolished the PDF. The story closes with the people praying to the Emperor in thanks for their salvation, but also that they would never have to see the Angels of Death again.

See, this is what Marines look like to people on the outside. 

But for a Marine roleplaying game (and Marine focused novels etc.) most of the time we are going to be on the inside.

Er, slike how to most of the Imperium Inquisitors are legendary figures who swoop in from nowhere to dispense terror/enact the Emperors will. 

But those on the inside know that there is a constant war being fought between Inquisitors over what is best for the Imperium. There are factions and politics and secret battles that the average citizen doesn't see. That Inquisitors themselves have distinct personalities and ways of doing things.

So, we would want the same for Marines. Even if they look like impassive Angels of Death to the casual observer, amongst themselves and their peers they have a lot to talk about and want and politic about and disagree to the point of shooting each other over.

(Generally, I think it is safer to er on this side of personality. If you write someone as looking like a personality free killing machine, people seem to assume that is what they are. Where as if they were fighting their battles on twitter, there could be no argument that they think for themselves.)

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 04:17 PM













In Fear to Tread there's a Remembrancer who wants approaches a heroic Blood Angel Apothecary, wanting to make a regular comic about him and his exploits. Because he survived a mortal wound while rescueing a dozen people.

The Space Marine, naturally, doesn't get all hyped up on it, and start thinking about his fans, and the attention of amourous females. He's pretty humble, and even finds it a little odd. But lets him go ahead and make it. I still have much more of the book to read, though.

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