Hello all! I was hoping that this forum could help me with some issues I am having with the campaign I have just started playing in. I created a chaos space marine character whom is a member of the Alpha Legion dating all the way back to the Horus Heresy. Now my GM is ok with this and I took the veteran of the long war talent (forget the exact name) but I am having trouble figuring when exactly he could have become a member of the legion.
During the Heresy were the legions creating new marines on a regular basis or were there set points in time? To have been a member of the legion during the heresy when would he have been "created"? Also, I know the homeworld of the Alpha Legion is unknown, but are there any other worlds they have recruited from?
I also had a question concerning actual play style. In the game we are currently playing in, I'm having some trouble truly playing up the Alpha Legion character. Sure my character and his legion brothers all introduced themselves as Alpharius when everybody first met, and of course I am able to perform the occasional sneaking around. But to me Alpha Legion are all about insanely complex plots surrounded by a web of lies with contacts everywhere. And that is the issue I am having trouble with. It seems almost impossible for me to figure out how to make a plot come together. I would really like some help if anybody has any thoughts on this. What's the best way to make contact and infiltrate organizations? Any ideas on how to actually subvert someone to my cause? Pretty much, what's the best way to make my Alpha Legionnaire actually become one as opposed to a more mysterious space marine?
Thanks in advance for any help!
Hello! Hopefully we on the forum will be able to help you so that you can bring destruction to the decadent realm of the Carrion God!
From the start I would say that most likely the Alpha Legion was continuely recruiting new soldiers from the foundation of the Legion and onwards and probably kept doing so also during and after the Horus Heresy. Therefor, and since the Alpha Legion's recruiting process were secret anyway, you should be able to pretty much make it up as you go. You could even go so far as to say that perhaps your own Legion has implanted false memories into you brain to protect their secrets if you should ever be captured. In regards to the actual process I would think that the Alpha Legion probably works pretty much as the Imperials do in that regards even if its possibly that they will draw their recruits from their various cults and such groups rather from a single recruiting world. But since we're talking about the Alpha Legion I would say that pretty much everything is possibly even if its likely to actually be missinformation spread by the Alpha Legion.
Well to start with helping you play a "proper" Alpha Legion warrior we need to know what your characters is good at and what the situation is about. Its really hard to give generic advice on this sort of thing. In regards to making complex plots I wouldn't overdo it. The Alpha Legion as an organization is good at plots but I don't think that every single member of the Legion will be an undisputed master of making such plots. As to infiltrating organizations I would first try to find some information regarding that organization and then when I have a little better take a look if there is a any reasonable way for me to work my way inside them without detection. As to person I would think that getting to know them and what they tick is the most important and then try to convince them that what they are after is actually in alignment with what you're after. Probably not that much helpful but I figured I would make an attempt anyway.
You shouldn't of course dismiss the possibility to simply play the Alpha Legionnaire as pretty much a "normal" Chaos Space Marine and watch for something to come up that you can start to work with. I think that keeping a low profile and be on the lookout for an oppertunity to present itself could work very well for an Alpha Legion warrior. And most importantly, from my perspective, don't try to take on to much at the same time. A single guy can't hope to come up with the same stuff that the entire Legion can pull off and there's no need to make things more complex than needed. After all the image of what you are and do is as important as what you actually carry of.
Some loose and somewhat disorganized thoughts on the subject. Hope it helps.