"Transhuman responses are already there, unbidden. Adrenaline spikes to heighten an already formidable reaction time. Muscle remembers. Luciel wears his boltgun, an oiled black pit bull of a weapon, in his thigh holster. He can draw, aim and fire in less than a second. The range is six metres, the target unobstructed. There is no chance ofmissing. Maximus plate, frontally augmented, might stop a mass-reactive shell, so Luciel will fire two and aim for the visor slits. The airgate skin-sleeve is self-repairing, and will survive las-fire damage, but a bolter shot will shred it open, so Luciel also braces for the explosive decompression of a ricochet or a miss-hit. At a simple, subconscious neural urge, boot-sole electromagnets charge to clamp onto the deck plates.
Luciel thinks theoretical, but of course there is no theoretical. There is no tactical precedent for a Space Marine to fight a Space Marine. The idea is nonsense. He thinks practical, and that directs him to the visor slits. He can make a clean kill headshot in less than a second and a half, two rounds for kill insurance, and probably protect the atmospheric integrity of the airgate.
All this, all this decided, unbidden, instinctive, in less than a nanosecond."
there was also one wordbearer that could actually catch bolter rounds mid air.
also although there is an average say...reaction time, strength, speed, it varies both within their ranks but also legions, certain legions have a greater affinity to certain areas, usually at the cost of other areas.
futhermore, since their bones are partially created from metal (i think ceramite, the same thing their armour is manufactured from) i guess their bones are probably a whole lot more durable than steel.
regarding recovery times, for instance space marines have been known to lose limbs and carry on fighting, or even in the case of Hyperion undergo massive trauma and literally have his head spilt open, but return for duty in 6 months.
"The boy nodded and handed over the sheet of paper. It was
thin and had been folded too many times, the ink starting to
smudge and bleed into the creases. Tagore was used to reading
tactical maps or orders of battle, and this language was a mix of
dialects and words with which he was unfamiliar, yet the neural
pathways of his brain adapted with a rapidity that would have
astounded any Terran linguist."
they are also fuken smart
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