Imagine though, If the Ultima sector suddenly decided to secede!
Ultramar is an entire sector in the novels? Wow.
From the HH novels, so take with a grain of salt, but wasn't the Emperor being deified by mortals long before his ascension to the Golden Throne? In 'Fulgrim', I think, one of the Remembrancers was reading/quoting from the banned writings of the Lecticio Imperialis, a work that was expanding even as the events of the Heresy were unfolding.
Yeah, that's Primarch Lorgar's book mentioned on the previous side.
I think that once the remaining Primarches sided with the Emperor, there would be no doubt that he was the real deal and not some imposter. The Grey Knights should be able to confirm this. With the imperial warp routes shut down, any resistance to the Emperor would be at a serious disadvantage.
The "remaining Primarchs", of whom none had shown their face throughout the last couple thousand years? And suddenly, after the Imperium has struggled for so long against so many enemies, where it had need of them, they show up, only to serve as witnesses for someone who claims to be the Emperor?
I don't know about you, but I would say the people might be in doubt about them as well.
The few who could be confused by such signs would generally be swayed by Ecclesiarchal diatribe (remember, people in the 41st millennium are even more gullible than they are today ... they have prayers for turning on the radio!), or the propaganda and black ops of Inquisitors and High Lords who may realise the truth but decide to act against him either way in the interests of stability (or personal power).
The bit about the Warp routes is an interesting thought - though would this not also lock down anyone loyal to the Emperor? I'm just guessing here, but the psychic beacon used for navigation didn't seem like something that can be "password protected", so to say. Either it's on, or it is not.
That being said, the ability to shut it off and on at will is a huge advantage all by itself, as it puts the user at a significant strategic advantage by only making the Warp useable when he'd want to move his own forces. What does it matter if you only have a few thousand warriors in a few hundred ships set against the countless millions of the Imperial Guard, if the Navy is prevented from reliable deployment? The only method to possibly deal with such an interruption would be to have a huge fleet standing in preparation at all times, ready to jump once the light goes on ... simultaneously knowing that (a) this means the enemy is making a move as well and (b) that you may have to prematurely drop out of Warp if your journey is longer than the beacon is actually alight.
It's an interesting discussion, by the way. Not the first time I've seen it, but still - almost deserves its own thread.
Edited by Lynata, 25 January 2014 - 08:01 PM.