Dazed and confused.
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dublin, Ireland
I know this was intended to be about what's in the rule book, but there's plenty of new lore in the Dark Imperium novel. There's no spoilers to the story in here, just some facts that are mentioned in the book, but in case anyone wants to save all this for reading the novel, I'll put it in a spoiler tab.
Cawl was experimenting on the gene seed of all twenty legions. There are primaris alive descended from the 9 traitor and 2 missing legions, but Guilliman refuses to allow Cawl to further experiment with them, despite them not showing any "sign of degradation or incidence of unwelcome tendencies."
To that end, Guilliman remarks at one stage that even primarchs are fallible. "I was one of twenty. Two Failed. Half the rest turned on my father." Another interesting tidbit on the missing legions.
The primaris appear to have been intially recruited in the years following the Heresy, from the home worlds of their legions. They spent most of the millennia since in stasis. Until they were assigned to their original chapter or one of their successors, they fought in their Legion colours in combined units alongside brothers from other gene lines, with a grey cross painted over the legion icon, calling themselves Grey Shields.
Mortarion and Typhus really do not like each other. It would appear that Typhus is actually held in higher regard by Nurgle than Mort.
There's another type of primaris we haven't seen yet, a heavy support choice in Gravis armour, with shoulder mounted missile racks and flame throwers.
The old SMs days are numbered. The tech to make primaris has been widely distributed, and any new recruits in most chapters will be primaris from here on in.
There's mention of a new Primaris flyer, the Overlord. Similar to the Corvus Blackstar, but bigger, big enough to hold 40 primaris. They are apparently equipped with wing mounted banks of lascannons and heavy bolters, with nose mounted melta cannons. Can't wait to see the model.
The Space Wolves are not fans of the Primaris, apparently. "Russ' warrior-sons of the older breed remain aloof..." despite there now being successor chapters, including one named the Wolf Spears.
Cawl claims to have fixed the flaws in the deviant lines like the SWs and BAs, without removing the elements that made the flaws useful. "They form part of the Emperor's original vision, and are, in any case, crucial to their proper function."
Guilliman has discovered that over the years, the clashes of various calendars means that the "current year to be anywhere between M41 and a millennium later."
Last edited by Khorne's Fist; 07-10-17 at 10:49 PM.