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The God-Emperor has sat upon the Golden Throne for ten thousand years - his body kept on the cusp of life even as his soul eternally fractures into countless agonised shards of knowledge and personality. Yet, non-linear as the Warp is, one such shard has encountered an aspect of the Emperor from long before its own time. Desperate to end its master’s pain and its own, it throws itself into that nascent forge, and so changes the course of fate for the entire galaxy…






It is the dawn of the 31st Millennium. The Grim Crusade is in full swing, and vast swathes of the galaxy have fallen under the control of the relatively fresh Imperium of Man, led by the Emperor of Mankind to bring the Imperial Truth to all and sundry. The Imperium, in theory, is a society that denies religion and deity alike, and hates all xeno races with a passion - even as, in practice, many of its elements struggle against these fundamental bases, most notably the infamous Edict of Tolerance and its divisive decrees. Nonetheless, the Emperor's knowledge of the alien and beyond is incalculable, yet sufficient to see them beneath humanity's heel either alive or dead. For him, nothing less than the absolute dominion of humanity is acceptable.

To achieve this goal, the Emperor has used his vast knowledge of genetic engineering and the arcane sciences of forgotten times to craft various superhuman soldiers - the legendary Thunder Warriors, the Legio Custodes, and most recently, the Legiones Astartes, the twenty Legions of Space Marines. Led by sons and daughters of the Emperor known as Primarchs, paragons of humanity’s power even compared to their subordinates, the Legions, along with the Imperial Army and other Imperial forces, have marched toward absolute conquest over the Milky Way for over two centuries in spite of any and all setbacks.

This is where you, the players, come in. You will be playing as one of these twenty Primarchs, once scattered, since brought under the wing of the Emperor and into control of their own Legion. How these Primarchs and their Legions are moulded is entirely up to you; what methods, tactics, philosophy or weapons you choose to employ is your decision, and will influence how your Legion interacts with the rest.




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  • All forum rules apply. Most pressingly out of these, if I've decided on something happening a certain way, then my decision is final unless I'm given good reason to change my mind.
  • Do not godmod. That is to say, don't control other player's characters for them without their permission. If you want to make a combined post between two or more players, or have decided between yourselves to allow a certain interaction to occur in a certain way, that's perfectly fine, but don't do stuff to other people's characters without their say-so.
  • Please try to post within a reasonable timeframe. Once a week is more than sufficient, but if you have a good reason to be delayed, please tell me before we choose to move on, and your absence will be taken into account. If you're completely inactive for too much time without any warning, then I will reserve the right to hand control of the Legion over to a new player if they ask for it, given that I can't simply kill them off so readily.
  • This is an Advanced roleplay. Please write to the appropriate level of quality - two or three significant paragraphs per post with good SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation, And Grammar) should be fine as a minimum, but try to come up with more if you can.
  • One Primarch and Legion per player, please. Any one Legion has the power to change the face of the galaxy drastically; respectfully, you do not need to wield two.





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The only crucial factor that differentiates this game from the canonical Warhammer 30000 setting is the nature of Space Marines and their physical sex - where they were purely male in canon, a female Legion is very plausible in this game, though any given Legion’s members must share a gender with their Primarch, and for a female Legion, the Primarch alone is likely to be obviously feminine beyond facial features given the massive physiological changes that go into the process of becoming a Space Marine. Major events beyond 999.M30, such as the selection of a Warmaster to lead in the Emperor’s absence and any equivalent to the Council of Nikaea, will be played out in-story, and indeed much of the game’s story will be determined by player interaction.

Otherwise, most of the information you will need is available on the Warhammer 40000 wiki and the Lexicanum encyclopedia. To a lesser extent, 1d4chan also fulfils this role, but be aware that the website is not necessarily safe for work, nor is the information available necessarily unbiased. You're always free to ask your fellow players for assistance too, of course!

We also have a Discord channel! Feel free to chat as much as you want whilst you're here.





A side-thread for historical or non-PoV content in the setting. Did your Legion do anything awesome before your Primarch's rediscovery? Does your Legion do anything awesome as part of the story, sans your Primarch's presence? What about inter-Legion interactions, or even the reactions of a lowly Armsman to your superhuman war machines? Any and all of these can be displayed in the Chronicles thread, and depending on circumstances may even have an impact on the main story too.
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Interested. I'd like to play one of the two excommunicated legions if possible. Legion XI if thats ok considering this is all taking place before the araising of chaos then i'd like to take them and their story in a different direction. That of banishment. They have committed the sin of tampering with their own geneseed. When presenting their new descovery to the emperor it is said that the emperor turned his head away. Since then their own brothers have treated them as excommunicatus and they have been wondering the void trying to undo their mistake. The story would start before they make this fatal discovery and they would be able to interact with the other primarchs and who knows, maybe gain acceptance?

I must say though; I have not read the Horus heresy series, however i have been playing 40kRPGs for 7 years. Is this ok?
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@CleanBreeze I like that idea quite a lot actually. though one quibble i see is that exile seems unlikely if the legion and primarch were purged entirely from history, as the unknown legions are in current lore. That said, some kind of self imposed exile after fleeing from destruction would be entirely sensible IMO.

a small point as well, the purged legions i think happened well before the Heresy. That said i could be wrong, im not an expert.

more info in the unknown legions if you are curious:
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@CleanBreeze I think it needs to be clarified that the two forgotten Legions are a thing in canon partially as space fillers, and partially as intentional blind spots to build up mystery about what happened to them. It's also made clear in more recent lore that they were erased during the Great Crusade, rather than as a consequence of the Heresy, and that the Primarchs themselves were removed even from the minds of their brothers, at least to the extent that exactly why they were purged is unknown, whilst their Legionaries were mindwiped and likely distributed to other Legions.

The ultimate point to make, I think, is that you shouldn't plan on getting your Legion intentionally expunged like that, because I don't plan to perform such an act on any PC Primarchs or Legions. If the story happens to progress in the corresponding direction, then it could be fun to see it develop, but it'd need to make sense in story terms; if it's part of a civil war or secession, then it's difficult to suggest the events could be forgotten so easily.
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OK! I think, I am going to call Final Draft: pending GM requested edits


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Magnus and I believe Rogal Dorn theorise that they disobeyed the Emperor and were made an example of.
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May join in on this, Though I'm curious as to what frequency level of posting is being aimed for.
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@ReedeThe23rd Right, so first off, whilst I like Wolfram's CS and the unique take on his being far more strategic than directly combative, I would note that as a Primarch, he is nonetheless one of the most effective combatants in the galaxy, if not on par with most of his siblings in that regard. I also somewhat feel that his Meeting, whilst the emotion comes through well, nonetheless feels like a reiteration of the events in his biography rather than seeing things from his perspective, most notably the lack of actual speech between the two. I'd like to see how he talks in the moment, any particular considerations he makes whilst interacting with people and specifically the Emperor, that sort of thing.
Regarding the Legion CS, it looks pretty good, especially the discussion that's gone into about the General Staff. I will note, however, that it's very unlikely Bethar could be uplifted to become a Space Marine if he were already an adult, though having him be modified Luther-style to keep up with Space Marines physically would be reasonable. I might also ask for a little more elaboration on their ideology, such as cultural practices and whatnot, and whilst I'm not necessarily opposed to the standard Astartes in the Imperial Star League being nine feet tall on average, I'd like a more in-depth explanation of why this is when other Astartes are, by default, eight feet in height.
On the whole, it all seems reasonable, save the changes mentioned above and maybe a few SPAG tweaks that you mentioned wanting to make earlier. I'll look it over again when those are all made.

@Lady Selune Iniephor is an interesting chap. I do like, in particular, how he has horns on his head, since so far few other Primarchs have had any physical mutations like that; his dislike of power armour in general is quite a rare thing, too, and perhaps something to be expanded upon, e.g. trusting in his psychic power to protect him in a fight moreso than any physical armour. The Meeting is very well-worded, and certainly has a good deal of information surrounding it, though I'd suggest extending it a little further than it has been so far, just to get to the point where Iniephor agrees to join the Imperium proper.
Legion-wise, I like the concept of the Lantern Bearers, especially the warcries. I might clarify that not *all* of their Marines are psykers, but otherwise, it's looking to be a good start to things.
Knowing that you have more stuff to add, I'm looking forward to seeing how Primarch and Legion both develop.
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Figured this revision had taken me long enough for it to be its own post, hopefully everything with this version works out!
EDIT: Hopefully this is the last of the typo proofreading needed.


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Ok, just has a couple small things to add left



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@CleanBreeze I think it needs to be clarified that the two forgotten Legions are a thing in canon partially as space fillers, and partially as intentional blind spots to build up mystery about what happened to them. It's also made clear in more recent lore that they were erased during the Great Crusade, rather than as a consequence of the Heresy, and that the Primarchs themselves were removed even from the minds of their brothers, at least to the extent that exactly why they were purged is unknown, whilst their Legionaries were mindwiped and likely distributed to other Legions.

The ultimate point to make, I think, is that you shouldn't plan on getting your Legion intentionally expunged like that, because I don't plan to perform such an act on any PC Primarchs or Legions. If the story happens to progress in the corresponding direction, then it could be fun to see it develop, but it'd need to make sense in story terms; if it's part of a civil war or secession, then it's difficult to suggest the events could be forgotten so easily.


Yes, I can see how such a lone wolf approach wouldn't work with this game.

However, legion charsheet inbound.
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As discussed on the discord, here is my WIP - so far most of it has been gone over by the GM, but just placing it here for everyone else to see.

Without further ado, the gender-flipped Fulgrim/aka Girlymarch, leader of the Space!Bretonnian Emperor's Children.

P.S: This will be updated over time and is nowhere near complete.
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