Hey guys! Just about to get started GMing our first ever Rogue Trader campaign and I'm super excited. My buddies and I have done a lot of D&D 3.5 but I did 40k wargaming in high school and I have a lot of love for the universe so I convinced our group to branch out Super excited.
Anyway, we just got the party's first starship put together—a nice little frigate. I've been trying to get everyone pumped by showing them lots of pictures and having them describe what the frigate will look like. I also told the Rogue Trader that along with his house name I expect him to come up with a house crest and oath. This friend of mine really likes elephants, and so he was telling me the other day that the ship is going to have a huge elephant head on the helm. I was a little hestitant at first but he drew up a quick sketch and it actually looked really cool.
However, this seems a little unorthodox for a servant of the Imperium. I think I count on one hand the number of ships ship I've seen without an aquila spread-eagle all over the helm. So I've been trying to think of some interesting consequences for such a flamboyant display of self-heraldy. I was thinking of something like giving them a slight interaction penalty with eclesiarchy or the imperial navy, but then giving them some bonuses (like a ramming bonus, ramming with an elephant head seems pretty awesome to me) and maybe interaction bonuses with some less zealous faction that I haven't thought of yet.
What are your thoughts?