Originally Posted by Farseer Darvaleth
Hmm, interesting theory. You're saying he knew a Chaos insurrection was inevitable, so he tried to "fix the fight" as it were by pushing certain, hopefully incompatible Primarchs to Chaos? But then Horus was not part of the plan, and he was able to unite the various incompatible factions together. Definitely a possibility.
Oh, and RE: Chaos bargain being canon, I believe it's covered in First Heretic from the Heresy series (incredible read either way, Dembski-Bowden is a god).
Hmm, I have collected whole of the HH series, and already read The First Heretic. However it is actually a long time ago; thus my memory could be impaired/or false. But if I remember correctly, Word Bearers are sent back through time-I don't think it is a mere fabricated illusion, but it could still have distorted or overlapped by itself, or intervention of some powerful Entities-and during their journey, saw full account of Primarch project, or manipulated to believe what Chaos want to show. Entire 'Primarchs are sons of both
Emperor and Chaos Gods, Emperor and Chaos Gods sealed a contract, and then Emperor violated it' premise is said by no other than deamon prince of Slannesh, Ingethel. Thus, in that sense, I reread that brilliant book's controversial Part two, the Pilgrimage-which virtually constitutes the discussed matter-just now, and compiled it accordingly;
You have seen nothing yet, but you already judge what is best for your species?
‘What more is there to see?’ asked Argel Tal.
Ingethel beckoned with its gnarled fingers. Close your eyes.
‘No.’ The captain took a calming breath. ‘I am finished with blind indulgence. Tell me what you wish to show us.’
I will show you how your primarch was born. I will show you why the Cadians called him the Favoured Son of the Four. The Emperor is not his only father.
Be careful, Argel Tal. These souls remain blind to you as long as you do not interfere with their work.
‘And if I did?’ he asked quietly.
Then one of the most powerful psychic forces in the history of life would be alerted to you, and would kill you where you stand. You are within the Anathema’s innermost sanctum. Here, it breeds its spawn.
‘The Anathema,’ Argel Tal repeated, looking around the colos-sal facility. The other Word Bearers walked to his side, none of them reaching for weapons just yet.
The Anathema. The creature you know as the God-Emperor.
Xaphen exhaled misty curls of vapour. ‘This… This is Terra. The Emperor’s gene-laboratories.’
Yes. Many years before the Anathema’s crusade to reclaim the stars.
Here, with the full clarity of its emotionless inhumanity, it has finished shaping its twenty children.
The Chaplain crossed to a table, where vials of blood span in a centrifuge, separating into layers within each glass vial.
‘If this is a vision of the past, how could the Emperor destroy us here?’
You are protected for now, Xaphen. That is all that matters. This is what transpires on Terra, as the elder empire burns with soul-fire. The Anathema senses it will soon be time to begin his Great Crusade.
The tongue you name Colchisian is a fragment of a primordial language. Colchisian… Cadian… these tongues were seeded onto your worlds in readiness for the coming age. The Emperor’s golden pets could not read those inscriptions, for they do not carry Lorgar’s blood in their veins. All of this was planned aeons ago.
‘And the Cadians?’
Their world was touched, as Colchis was touched. Seeds planted in abundance, all to flower in this moment.
You have been raised with tales of the primarchs that lead your Legions, but you have been fed centuries of lies. In a matter of moments, you will witness the truth. The Anathema dealt with the Powers of the Warp long before he left Earth on the Great Crusade.
The Anathema desired mighty sons, and the gods granted him the lore to forge them with a union of divine genetics and psychic sorcery. He came to my masters, hungry for answers, beseeching the gods for power.
With the lore they gave him, he shaped his twenty sons.
But treacheries have occurred. Oaths – sworn in blood and paid in soul – have been broken.
The Anathema now refuses to show humanity the Primordial Truth, and the gods of the warp grow wrathful.
The Anathema is keeping its twenty primarch sons and paying no price to the Powers that gifted him with the knowledge to shape them.
Is the most important one of all. Lorgar’s incubation pod will be carried to Colchis, to walk the first steps to enlightening humanity of the Primordial Truth, and the gods behind the stars. Without the gods, humanity will die, piece by piece, under the predation of the aliens that still lay claim to much of the galaxy. Those that remain will die as the eldar died: in agony, unable to see the Primordial Truth before their very eyes.
This is Fate. It is written in the stars. Lorgar knows that humanity needs divinity – it is what shaped his life and Legion. It is why he was chosen as the favoured son.
The pod rattled, spinning through the void, tumbling alone through the warp’s tides.
Burn marks and cracks appeared as the lurching journey continued, while mist the colour of madness seeped in through the armour cracks. The child within slept on as pain marred its features, now restless in its repose.
See how the gods of this galaxy treasured your primarch above the others, keeping him in the Sea of Souls for decades, preparing him for the role he would play in the ascension of mankind to divinity.
Lorgar felt their blessed touch more than any of his brothers.
If all of these narrations are GW-approved official canon, Emperor-Chaos Bargaining Theory leaves no room for questions. But this alone is not enough. Not at all. All of these descriptions are purely based on a deamon's remarks, and listeners are WB Legionnaires; why they bore no doubts and raised any question about Ingethel's veracity? They just listened, resented, agreed, and then 'enlightened'. As far as I know, only BL authors know the exact truth, and there is always possibility yet to be determined even among collaborators. Emperor-Chaos bargaining have been confirmed/ascertained as a firmly established canon(not possibility, but incontrovertible fact) by ADB or others?
p.s The First Heretic had said about 'Fate'. Scars said about the same fate and by extension, twisted fate(according to Scars, fate decreed Fulgrim to be sent to Chogoris and Jaghatai Khan to Chemos and certain arcane force in the universe prevented it somehow; Magnus also said "stories may meander, but the endings never change. Believe me, I have witnessed the authors
"). It proposes us an interesting suggestion-because it means Heresy is predestined catastrophe after all; thus both players knew well about price and conducted appropriately. As already said, I personally endorse this theory; though I dissent necessary contract and subsequent 'betrayal' between Emperor and Chaos.