Which was indeed my point. Even a "normal human" in the 40k universe is going to be sufficiently different from post peoples' interpretations of reality that they're going to be very difficult to play.
This is such a depressingly obvious point to me, but is completely missed by DH.
The people of the 40k 'verse are simply going to be fundamentally different from us today.
Physically, morally, psychologically...and yet DH basically says, 'ok, they're just like you...um...except Medieval...in space. Got it? Good. Now go kill stuff...'
Well the average Imperial citizen sure isn't going to look European. Given that High gothic was a fusion of Pacific languages and English, i'm thinking a wierd mix of Asian, and White. Sort of coffee-skinned Polynesian looking...as a baseline. Add in 1,000,000 differnet worlds and the endless environmentally inspired genetic mutation that will inspire...who knows?
Its clear the average Imperial citizen has a fundamentally different moral compass...yet DH gives us NOTHING on that absolutely vital part of roleplaying a character in the Imperium. I'm fond of the idea of an Imperial baseline, against which lots of local variations might be measured...but for sure that baseline isn't going to be much like modern Western liberal democratic values...
Who knows? I mean look at the environment the average Imperial citizen lives in!! Surely we should be roleplay people like Winston Smith? Or Lenina and Bernard? I can't see many Imperial citizens being phycologically familiar to us today...yet, again, DH gives us nothing to work on in forming a 40k personality to roleplay...
Unless of course in 38,000 years of development of the like seen in the 40k background, Imperial citizens are essentially just the same as us...which i find incredibly unlikely....just look at the physical, moral and psychological changes between you and your grandparents...how different are they?
What about between a European and an African person? Differences?
What about between us and the ancient Greeks or Romans? Do we share the same morality as the Aztecs?
Hey!! I derailed a SPESH MAAHRINE thread away from the marines! Do i win a prize?