The main reason i dislike the draigo fluff is this.
The entire grey knights codex is rife with bad fluff and horrible consistency errors, but more than that and what makes draigo second worst to me (after crowe) is this.
"This here is Kaldor Draigo, he's the SUPREME grandmaster of the grey knights, since having a council of grandmasters to decide important matters like there was before is stupid.
And Draigo, he's really good, he is even the bestest. And he fights deamons the best.
When he fights deamons, he's really angry. That is why he is powerful, since no one is as angry as he is.
Draigo is so badass, when he got stuck in the warpz, he fights all the chaos gods. AND WINS!!! Since he is the bestest and the coolest, and he looks real cool when he does it to.
Once he killed a bloodthirster, because his sword was broken, and bloodthirsters have deamon weapons from deamon metals, so they are inherently evil. But Draigo fixed it with his mind powers.
And then he kept fighting chaos gods forever, since he is awesome, and really cool!!!1!111! Lol i luv Draigo :D"
And that's basically the level of quality things are decribed, and i have barely parodised much of it. The description quality barely goes above he is Draigo, and now he did this cool thing!
That doesn't do it for me.
It was considered a really imposing and grand thing to do when Sanguinius held the gate of the imperial palace alone against a frikkin blood thirster. And an army of chaos space marines of course, but i guess they did the classic look upon the fighting champions move and just cheered or something.
But that was a huge epic fight, when Draigo is described fighting it is not even on the same scale.
Draigo is a grand master. Probably comparable and perhaps better than custodians.
The most badass warriors at the imperiums disposal.
And those are beneath the primarchs, in normal form.
The primarchs are even more powerful in deamon form, gifted with monstrous abilities and powers even other primarchs would have problems to fight.
And Draigo just went up to him and blasted Mortarion so Mortarion ran away?
That's not the Mortarion i've read about in the horus heresy series.
There Mortarion is the primarch of the death guard, space marines who find the concept of fear and running away ludicrous and their standard tactic for combat was to march right into the enemy?
And Mortarion is the embodiment of this?
Sure a grey knight has an edge over a deamonic primarch, but it is still a frikkin primarch!
Only way i can imagine Draigo in a fight against deamon Mortarion is this.
"Draigo and ten grey knight terminators approached the Monstrous deamon primarch, the apparition of the once loved son of the emperor was that of death itself, clad in a billowing dark robe and armed with a scythe.
Gas danced like green mist with his every move, and as the grey knights stepped closer, Draigo breathed it in and died.......
...... since he didn't wear a helmet.
'-Well that was awkward....' one of his battle brothers say while the entire squad watches their grand master wriggle to death under horrendous hardships.
Then there is a grand but in the end tragic fight that ends with every terminator dead and Mortarion still standing, wounded but hardly beaten."
Mayhaps i did it a bit silly there but no way he can take down mortarion on his own.
And sure, perhaps Mortarion was wounded or "drained" as is so nicely refered to.
So what? If mortarion is so drained he would dissipate from this reality from such a powerful psychic attack that must've been.
And inscribing names on Mortarions heart?
"-Lulwut, i really like my grandmaster, he's so cool. I luv Gerington!" (Or whatever he's called, it's not a very cool name.)
So why is Draigo's fluff so frowned upon?
The answer is simple, it is not better than a ten year olds twilight fanfic, it just happens to be in 40k. And feature what once was the coolest space marine chapter of them all now turned to silver ultramarines fighting the evil deamons in space. They even basically have an 80's phone ringing describing where thay have to go to save the poor imperial citizens to be heroes forever.
Sure Matt Ward is probably not the devil as i used to think and many still think him as. But he sure sucks at writing fluff.
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Last edited by Klomster; 02-12-14 at 11:30 PM.