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    SCKoNi got a reaction from Decessor in What will you do after February 2017? (License end)   
    Why should the fact that the games are being discontinued affect if we play them or not? The product is there and it works, I see no reason why I would stop playing it now. My group already has plans for future games in DH 1st, RT and OW, and we will keep playing these games for as long as the interest is there.
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    SCKoNi reacted to Major Kimenth in Revenge and Retribution - A Rogue Trader Campaign   
    Chapter 71 – Epilogue

     
    As soon as Bazak stepped foot on Da Worldbreaka, the Ork knew that he was in charge… those few that were foolish enough to challenge such a beast were quickly and savagely dealt with. The Orkish fleet was gathered by Bazak and the Orks were taken off the surface of Svard, to the massive relief of both the Svard Hive and the Command Crew. When the Imperial Fleet turned up, having done dangerous micro jumps through the system, there was almost a disaster as they were about to open fire. A hasty message from both Thelonious, and Bazak, calmed things down enough that the war didn’t flare up again. Sylvia Locke could only shake her head as she sent an unguarded communication…


     
    “F***ing Deepstalker!” said with both exasperation and also admiration. Bazak took the Ork fleet and departed back to the Undred Undred Teef, leaving the rest of the Command Crew to see through everything they needed to do in the Svard system. They placed the Yu’vath stasis egg, as well as the Chaos Sword Bane in the orbit of the Xenos tainted Seedworld and, with the rest of the fleet watching on, fired their Cyclonic Torpedo at the planetoid.


     
    None of them had ever seen such destructive power as the Seedworld was imploded, ripped apart from the inside, along with the stasis egg and the Chaos Sword. Although, whether Bane was destroyed that easily would be a question that would haunt the Deepstalker line long into the future.


     
    Constantine, with the support of High Inquisitors, Space Marines and other luminaries of the Imperium, was declared a Saint within 10 years of his death. The area where he met his end, the Ice Sea on Svard, became a massive site of pilgrimage and one of the holiest temples in the entire Koronus Expanse. The blood stained ice where he had fallen being preserved in a stasis field on its high alter. As per his wish, his body was interred in the new Grand Cathedral on Elerius, the planet that he had brought into the Emperor’s Grace, and Elerius became a shining beacon of faith to the God-Emperor. However, to the Ecclesiarche’s dismay, the faith that Constantine’s followers espoused was very much at odds with their powerbase. However, without much pull in the Koronus Expanse and with the power of the Deepstalker Dynasty behind Constantine’s name, Constantinism (as it was eventually known) became the main source of faith in the Koronus Expanse. A statue of Jonas Constantine, Saint of the Imperium and founder of Constantinism was erected at the entrance of the Grand Cathedral on Elerius, an enduring memory to one of the holiest men the Expanse had ever known.


     
    Mistress Valentina was devastated over her friend’s death and, although she continued to serve as the Deepstalker’s prime Astropath Transcendent, she spent quite a lot of time in seclusion, not telling anyone what she was doing with her time. Upon the news of Constantine’s Sainthood becoming official, she emerged, having dedicated her time to learning how to use his Witch Lance and Storm Shield, two holy relics and reminders of their friendship. She petitioned Thelonious to take a leave of absence, as well as a ship and a large army, to honour Constantine’s name by purging heresy and chaos from the Expanse. Thelonious accepted. Mistress Valentina’s crusade, in Constantine’s name, brought numerous worlds into the embrace of the God-Emperor and was one of the leading causes of Constantinism spreading as fast as it did. As a Warrior she was exceptional, as a psyker she was incredible and combining both of them together, she was unstoppable. When she returned to Thelonious’s service, many years later, she was as legendary as Constantine and took great pride in what she had managed to accomplish.


     
    Bazak was not seen for many years in the Expanse… Ork raids did not stop, but they were reduced dramatically as Bazak kept them close, growing their numbers once more. The day when Da Worldbreaka appeared at Footfall caused a large degree of panic but Bazak had one demand… the Ork wanted to meet with High Inquisitor Lorric. Whilst what happened at the meeting is shrouded in mystery, scattered reports indicate that Bazak promised the High Inquisitor that he would hold off raiding human worlds if Lorric would take Asha under his wing and look after her. Bazak left and Da Worldbreaka was seen throughout the expanse for a while, including on Damaris where Bazak delivered a bust, made from Elerium, to the couple who would become the grandparents of Asha, who had not even been born by that point. They were grateful for the gift but confused… although the look on their faces in about 50 years was probably something to behold! With these errands complete, Bazak honoured its promise to Lorric and kept the Orks under control. Very few Orkish vessels strayed from the command to ‘leeve the humies alone’. Numerous attempts to oust the Ork were tried… but Bazak was nearly immortal, the foreign material in its bloodstream giving the Ork gifts that were not meant to be given to one of the greenskins.


     
    Eventually, when the Orks had multiplied enough, Bazak gathered up his forces and launched the largest Waagh the Expanse had ever seen, or would see again. The focus of his Waagh was not the human worlds of the Expanse, the Ork tended to keep its word, but against the forces of Chaos in the Screaming Vortex! Bazak, and the Orks, were never seen again once they entered that roiling voidstorm but those worlds nearby did report that raids from the forces of the Ruinous Powers were almost stopped, and never again reached the level that they had before… obviously something had given them a right good shoein!


     
    Isendark continued to serve the Deepstalker Dynasty with distinction, honing his skills to a razors edge until he was given a Governorship of an Agriworld under the control of the Deepstalkers. Isendark left the management of the world to the Adminstratum members that he had been gifted and piled his fortune into creating a huge complex in a relatively uninhabited area of the planet. In that complex he housed one of every single machine (and biological creature) that allowed you to move… from scout bikes, to Lightning Interceptors to Leman Russ tanks, each gathered by Isendark and then modified to go even faster. The people of the Agriworld became used to the sight of random machines flying, crawling, digging, hovering and all other methods of transportation, around their land and the world as a whole. Whilst Isendark was always available to Thelonious whenever he needed him, the fact that he also put his time into creating an academy on the Agriworld, where the best pilots were sent by the Deepstalker Dynasty to get even better, meant he had more time to himself… exactly as he wanted.


     
    Commander Rolaine continued to serve as Thelonious’s second in command, enjoying the responsibility and, many years later, Thelonious gave her a present… a Cruiser that had been built from the keel up (from a prize that Thelonious had taken) to be her ship. It had ALL THE GUNS! The Divine Onslaught, as it was christened, became well known amongst the Expanse and some rebellions were stopped when it was known that the Divine Onslaught was in the system, such was the devastation that Rolaine was able to wreak. The Commander (now Captain) was always willing to help out the Imperial Navy, and Battlefleet Koronus in particular, and whilst this was not always appreciated by Thelonious, he knew that Rolaine’s dedication was to the Deepstalker and he let it slide. Other than that, Rolaine continued her studies of Imperial Tactics and personal combat and became one of the foremost thinkers and Tacticians of the age… her writings and memoirs would be studied at numerous schools through the Calixis sector and, eventually, throughout the entire Imperium. She was always loyal to Thelonious, saving his life with her ships intervention at one stage, driving off the pirate fleet that was so close to swamping the Hope in the Void.


     
    Yorke, after a period of flirtation, finally gave in to Jeramiah Blitz’s pursuit of her. To be honest, she knew that he was, at the very least, a match for her in terms of cunning although she knew she had the edge in intelligence and realised that bringing Blitz closer to the Deepstalker Dynasty was very much a good idea. Thelonious also thought this was a good idea, it gave him a person who he could claim plausible deniability when he was trying to further his interests and so put on a massive wedding on the moon of Svard… which also gave a welcome PR boost to that recently benighted place. The wedding was spectacular and will be remembered by the people of Svard forever… but that’s because Hadrek Fel sent assassins to try and kill both Natasha and Blitz! They only succeeded in wounding both of them, but Yorke was not about to take it lying down and sent assassins back after Fel… before being ordered to stop by Thelonious, who had another idea. After their recovery, Yorke and Blitz teamed up to become a devastating team; very few people got the better of them and Yorke managed to pull Blitz deep into the fold of the Deepstalker Dynasty. Thelonious would often complain about the amount of money they needed at times, but they always repaid it threefold… so he mostly did it for show.


     
    And what of Thelonious, last heir of the Deepstalker Dynasty? Well, he would become known as a Legend of the Expanse, talked about in the same way as Winterscale, Chorda or Saul… he even had a Realm with Elerius at the centre… Deepstalker’s Realm. Having known Constantine, and been his “brother” meant that the number of pilgrims wanting to become part of the Deepstalker Realm skyrocketed and Thelonious became rich beyond what even some Rogue Traders would desire to be. He ploughed this money and influence into his Realm, bringing the Industrial Revolution to Elerius and surrounding worlds, turning them into wealth creation machines in double quick time. Hadrek Fel, his nemesis, had survived the Ork Waagh and had emerged stronger than ever… however, both Hadrek and Thelonious had seen the folly of an extended House War and, whilst they would never be friends, they both agreed to a certain spheres of influence and mostly stayed out of each other’s business. Some called it a Cold War, after the legend of a period of time on Terra, and there would be attempts at escalation, but it never exploded as it had before.


     
    Thelonious even managed to lure Sylvia Locke from the Imperial Navy… after another couple of years of being less appreciated than she should have been, Thelonious was able to offer her the Optimis Nemesis, now renamed as Retribution, as her command. This actually gained Thelonious a lot of pull in the corridors of power of the Imperial Navy as they wanted rid of her as she was too good to get rid of for anything other than trumped up charges. She was to perform amazing feats with a Battlecruiser at her command, earning her the title of “Protector of the Expanse” and providing amazing levels of positive PR to the Deepstalker Dynasty. Thelonious had one further meeting with the Eldar, with Beljalanor informing him that Craftworld Kaelor was going to leave the Expanse as he had seen that there was no further place for them here. However, they did depart as friends, with mutual respect between them only increasing as they thought about it more. Beljalanor left Thelonious with a massive gift… the ability to traverse the Webway in the Expanse but also with a warning… that if they ever met again, it would have to be with the most terrible of circumstances. Thelonious spoke as Beljalanor disappeared… “See you soon!”


     
    And what of Thelonious’s relationship with Lady Orleans? What of the Ordo Chronos interest in the girl Ashe? What of the search for a live Rak’Gol, and their general threat to Deepstalkers Realm? What about the schism between the Ecclesiarchy and Constantinism? All of those are stories for a later date…


     
    Thank you for reading. It has been an absolute adventure to have written all of these and I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. Whilst there may be further adventures of scions of the Deepstalker Dynasty, this is the end of these Characters stories.


     
    The End.

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    SCKoNi got a reaction from DarkSolstice in Ways of Chaotic corruption   
    The Warp doesn't really care about your emotional state, not for the purposes of corruption at least. Too many things in the lore refute this.
     
    The existence of Irradial Cogitators, warp-crazed Servitors, warp-corrupted weapons born from their potential within the warp, and so on. The Warp is not the Fade, it doesn't just reflect emotions and dreams, it reflects the potential of physical matter as well, which is why the Necrons for example are still fearful of its influence and can fall prey to it (see the entry in Codex Chaos Daemons on the Khornate Daemon Prince that eats a Tomb World).
     
    As for the Sororitas, they aren't less susceptible, but more. Its just that they are protected by their connection to the Emperor, a psychic being of vast power that they draw strength from. That's why faith is such a powerful tool, because it invites the power of the Warp in a controlled manner. Astropaths and Navigators pray for this very reason, because a lack of emotion makes it easier for the Warp to... well, warp you.
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    SCKoNi reacted to exinfris in Pre Heresy Space Marines   
    But they would still be considered traitors, and be forced to live as pirates/corsairs.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in Great 40k novels?   
    "Of alien design and sometimes manufacture" Dark Heresy Core Rulebook.
    Sometimes manufacture is key here.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in Great 40k novels?   
    It's an imperial design based on an Eldar example. Not that anyone's about to admit that.
    They pretty explicitly state as such in nearly any example of the armor in the games.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in Great 40k novels?   
    Just curious, do you only post from mobile or something? Or is English not your first language?
    Anyways The Ecclesiarchy already decrees the tenets of the Machine God as heresy. They're just not about to pick that fight.
    And not just any old tech priest gets to tell a titan what to do. There's an entire separate legion dedicated to such a thing, and even then the Princep of the titan would have to deem it a worthy act.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in Great 40k novels?   
    Invention by everyone is heretical. Invention by high ranking members of the Mechanicus that is eventually approved by Mars Magi council is ok.
    The IoM has obvious examples of invention/improvement that cannot be explained away. New technology does exist. Mesh armor for one example.
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    SCKoNi got a reaction from Robin Graves in Great 40k novels?   
    So then by that metric, Saint Celestine is a heretic no? Considering she follows the calls of Eldar psykers and tells the Imperials to enter the Webway and even resurrects two fallen Canoness' to serve her beyond death. (Fall of Cadia)
    What about every Inquisitor who ever used a Callidus Assassin? They use xenos weaponry, obvious heretics right there.
    Let's not even mention the Grey Knights, they are damned from the get-go for their use of sorcery and cursed weapons. The leader of the Purifiers, the one Grey Knight who's soul is utterly incorruptible and wields that cursed blade? Disgusting heretic right there as well.
    Speaking of absolute heretics, the Deathwatch are rotten to the core, as are the Explorators for studying xenostech and its weaknesses, the entirety of the Ordo Xenos, as well as anyone that dares board a vessel being led through the Warp by a.... <shudder> mutant Navigator.
    Oof... those Orders Dialogous as well, researching Xenos Artefacts? Translating heretical texts for analysis? Grave heresy right there.

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    Its easy to call yourself Puritan, but its a false title at best. Hypocrisy is a core trait of the Imperium, even if there are those whose "faith" leaves them too blind to see it.
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    SCKoNi got a reaction from Professor Tanhauser in Great 40k novels?   
    So then by that metric, Saint Celestine is a heretic no? Considering she follows the calls of Eldar psykers and tells the Imperials to enter the Webway and even resurrects two fallen Canoness' to serve her beyond death. (Fall of Cadia)
    What about every Inquisitor who ever used a Callidus Assassin? They use xenos weaponry, obvious heretics right there.
    Let's not even mention the Grey Knights, they are damned from the get-go for their use of sorcery and cursed weapons. The leader of the Purifiers, the one Grey Knight who's soul is utterly incorruptible and wields that cursed blade? Disgusting heretic right there as well.
    Speaking of absolute heretics, the Deathwatch are rotten to the core, as are the Explorators for studying xenostech and its weaknesses, the entirety of the Ordo Xenos, as well as anyone that dares board a vessel being led through the Warp by a.... <shudder> mutant Navigator.
    Oof... those Orders Dialogous as well, researching Xenos Artefacts? Translating heretical texts for analysis? Grave heresy right there.

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    Its easy to call yourself Puritan, but its a false title at best. Hypocrisy is a core trait of the Imperium, even if there are those whose "faith" leaves them too blind to see it.
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    SCKoNi reacted to Robin Graves in Great 40k novels?   
    That's not how the ordos (especially malleus) roll. If they find out that you are a "loyal, puritanical, combat master who says his prayers at night with a chaos weapon." Then all they care about is "Chaos weapon".  And they'll kill you.
    Their motto is "innocence proves nothing" for god sake. And the ordo hereticus will just execute you for being less pure than a SOB.
    "Trust no one, trust not even yourself. It's better to die in vain then live an abomination."
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in Great 40k novels?   
    ...Which is the exact purpose of the Inquisition. To suppress and destroy such information and people.
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    SCKoNi reacted to Robin Graves in Great 40k novels?   
    You have been told of the inquisition.
     
    Everything you've been told is a lie.
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    SCKoNi reacted to Robin Graves in Great 40k novels?   
    He's a heretic, but not a traitor.
    Similar things have happened with the Relictors and Souldrinkers chapters. The relictors used chaos weapons against their foe (and had the bad luck of not being a famous 1st founding chapter that can get away with that- Space wolves and Ultramarines) and they got excomunicated and extermiantused, altough I believe some or all of that got retconned. And the Souldrinkers just got on the wrong side of the admech and got decalred traitors aswell, despite being loyal.
    During the Horus heresy the Alpha legion even managed to be both traitor and loyal at the same time. Altough, wouldn't that make them double traitors? Ugh I love the AL, but they make my head hurt.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in Great 40k novels?   
    Eisenhorn is a radical and heretic by definition of the term. Regardless of where his loyalties lie he uses the craft of the enemy against itself. It makes him a heretic and he's accepted that about himself.
    Ravenor is really only a heretic if you're overly puritanical. Admittedly using those wraithbone charms might be going a little too far for some, but he's tame and most of his conclave is alright with it too.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in Great 40k novels?   
    Yes, but it doesn't stop him from being a heretic.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in Great 40k novels?   
    Yeah, but he jumped a couple levels after the incident. Not to mention Xenos training.
    And yet Eisenhorn's the heretic here. /s
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in Great 40k novels?   
    Eisenhorn isn't high level actually. He's pretty tame all things considered, his sorcery is just quite powerful.
    Ravenor is only high level because of his current physical state.
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    SCKoNi reacted to Robin Graves in Eldar/Necrons in other galaxies?   
    or bugs attracted to a lightbulb.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in I've lost my will to live....   
    It's fine SCKoNi, they want attention and a reaction. No need to give it to them.
    Like they said earlier, they aren't afraid of reprisals because these forums will be gone soon.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in I've lost my will to live....   
    No it is not and that mentality is a serious issue with humanity as a whole.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in I've lost my will to live....   
    Much like when you celebrated Jack Chick's death, it's still uncool to desire or be happy about others deaths.
    Regardless of how much you disagree with their ideas.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in New warhammer 40K RPGs?   
    You can do that in Dark Heresy.
    Edit: Actually Rogue Trader might serve the idea as well.
    You can do that in Only War.
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    SCKoNi reacted to Jargal in I've lost my will to live....   
    You know, guys, I'll tell you one grim, dark secret: 90% of the world don't know that the hell this PETA is. And from the last ten percent - 90% don't worry about PETA at all. Don't waste your nerve cells, join the majority.
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    SCKoNi reacted to ThenDoctor in I've lost my will to live....   
    Tanhauser, why must you just constantly post this stuff looking for similar reactions?
    I've just got to ask. I mean you've got plenty of other contributions, abut the actual game, but there are plenty of other times you just post controversy looking for affirmation it'd seem in your own opinion on the matter.
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