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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-16-14, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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So I recently re read the killing ground, the ultramarine novel that had a bit of action from the grey knights alongside ultramarines.

One of the lines stuck out to me I remember it but I forgot it's significance Uriel Ventris and Pasanius had to fight a grey knight and lose in order to prove they were untainted as only a servant of chaos could defeat one.

If that was the case then how could Grimnar and his retinue succeed in killing A grey knight grand master and four justicar's and yet somehow not be tainted.

Personally I'm thinking that there's several ways that this could go.

The grey knights knew that Ventris and Pasanius were untainted, he also knew that he could beat both of them if he subtlety used his psychic powers to push the combat in his favor. Essentially the entire combat was smoke and mirrors for the benefit of the governor and as a means to remind the humans that astartes are far superior to them. As it stood they were over stepping their bounds.

McNeil put in a line that basically doomed the wolves, this I find hard to believe from the guy who made the Ultramarine's likeable again.

The wolves are just that badass and as the emperors executioners they have the ability to kill any astartes.

Finally there's my personal favorite theory.

The grey knights knew that the inquistion crossed a line with the months of shame. They are unable to vocally go against them due to their ties but they never agreeded with what they were doing. Especially since they broke a parlay. So the grand master and the justicars allowed themselves to be killed. Hoping that it would be enough for the inquisitor to see sense and stop before things get worse.

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They were all unarmed in that fight as I recall, so yes, the grey knight being a psyker gave him every advantage from the start. Uriel and Pasanius would have had to be using chaos spawned powers to match him or defeat him.

The confrontation with the Space Wolves was entirely different, everyone was armed and the grey knights psychic abilities probably counted for less. I'm not all that familiar with the story, but didn't the space wolves strike first?


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They were all unarmed in that fight as I recall, so yes, the grey knight being a psyker gave him every advantage from the start. Uriel and Pasanius would have had to be using chaos spawned powers to match him or defeat him.

The confrontation with the Space Wolves was entirely different, everyone was armed and the grey knights psychic abilities probably counted for less. I'm not all that familiar with the story, but didn't the space wolves strike first?
The scene is in the emperors gift, as I recall there's Grimnar and five wolf guard terminators and I think it's fifty Grey knights, everyone was armed and armored. Everything about the scene screams either grimnar caught him off guard or he let himself be killed.
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It's definitely artistic liscence on the part of McNeill. GKs are the shit, but unless it's against demons they are not so all conquering that a SM captain and veteran Sgt shouldn't put him away fairly easily. I thought it was a stupid set piece when I read it first, but now I find it absolutely fucking ridiculous. It completely diminishes the power of non GK SMs, and way over hypes the power of GKs.

Also, does it mean if one GK defeats another while sparring, that the victor is tainted? Just a plain dumb piece of writing.
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I agree about the Ultramarines series being shit. McNeill sacrifices the integrity of many chapters, legions, and forces to make others look completely awesome.

I would say one thing about this though, the Wolves have demonstrated a few times they could hold back larger and stronger forces. Dan Abnett's description of what the Wolves were allowed to be created for echoes.
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That just sounds like awful writing to me and a terrible scene.
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Actually it would make way more sense if it said that those pure of chaos taint can defeat a Grey Knight.
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I agree about the Ultramarines series being shit. McNeill sacrifices the integrity of many chapters, legions, and forces to make others look completely awesome.

I would say one thing about this though, the Wolves have demonstrated a few times they could hold back larger and stronger forces. Dan Abnett's description of what the Wolves were allowed to be created for echoes.
Until I read the ultramarine series I refused to go anywhere near codex space marines because of the ultramarines wank that was in it.

The ultramarines series humanized them and actually made them into a likeable chapter complete with flaws.
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The scene is in the emperors gift, as I recall there's Grimnar and five wolf guard terminators and I think it's fifty Grey knights, everyone was armed and armored. Everything about the scene screams either grimnar caught him off guard or he let himself be killed.
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The list of his deeds was more impressive than his unapproachable exterior might suggest. While he lacked a great many commendations for command, as a duellist and a front-line fighter, it was acknowledged across the order that few could match his reputation and skills with two falchion blades.

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Thanks, it at least proves that he didn't die without trying to fight.

Now the question remains did he make a real effort to draw and fight or was it a show because he knew where it was going to head?

I don't want to ignore McNeil's work because of a sentence, so I'm going to go with that particular knight stretching the truth for that governors benefit.

They're many things but when it comes down to it they're still astartes. Nothing more.
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