Genestealer, Patriarch v Broodlord
Mostly I'm curious at this stage as to whether there is a real difference, or whether these two are just different terms for the same thing.
Not referring to Patriarch Ghosar, as that is a title referring to a specific individual, I'm referring to the term genestealer patriarch in general. The 2e tyranid codex refers to Genestealer Patriarchs. The 3e codex fails to mention them at all. Then the 4e, 5e and 6e codexes all refer to them as broodlords but little specific fluff is actually given on genestealer cults in these sources. So I don't know if Broodlord and Patriarch refer to the same thing, or if there is subtle difference between them.
I do know that when broodlords appeared in the 4e codex, they were restricted to one per army. That made sense, as there was only ever supposed to be one per planet.
However the two codexes since then allow you to field a broodlord as a squad character with any unit of genestealers. Suddenly their uniqueness is gone, and then we have the new genestealer cult which suddenly uses the term patriarch again. So I am a little confused. Anyone got any further info? Or even a theory about this?
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