I find it interesting how some say the Emperor is inconsistent simply because his actions clash with their own ideal of how he should have acted.
-The Emperor was 38,000 years old when Horus' heresy occurred, yet he looks not a day older than 40 in any of the depictions of him. Most likely by choice, as some fluff suggests he maintains the age of whatever he desires to be, and in The Last Church, he takes the form of a younger man, with more simplistic features.
-The Emperor, time and again through his own life, proves his foresight stretches for tens of thousands of years down the span of human life. Farther than any farseer could have seen. Placing the C'tan Void Dragon within the surface of Mars, in a maze of crevasses. Founding the Mechanicum before anyone ever thought of an Imperium. Putting in place all the chess pieces for the conquest of an entire galaxy.
-The Emperor was
aging. He knew it. It's why an Ork brought him low, when a C'tan could not (though the Emperor's psychic might could account for the C'tan's defeat, as well). He knew the day would come that he would be too weak to fight, and had to prepare for that eventuality.
-The Emperor had begun construction on the Golden Throne and the Astronomican long before his mortal wounding by Horus, and, while there is contention he was going to use Magnus to power the Astronomican, I think he was aware it would be him, not Magnus, who would power the beacon. The Golden Throne would not have been completed if the Emperor had not built it in anticipation of his death.
-The Emperor made a pact with Chaos. Chaos told Horus one thing, but Chaos also lies. Did the Emperor make a pact with Chaos for them to take half his Imperium? Did the gods of Chaos merely twist the truth to gain their end of the bargain?
The Emperor was smart, experienced and could see the future. Who is to say he did not anticipate that his own death would be the foundation of his own religion? The Cult Imperialis. I know it seems a hard idea for some to grasp, that the Emperor would allow such things to come to pass, but considering all we know about him, all that he is capable of, perhaps the only conclusion left is to say that the Emperor could find no better long-term solution for the survival of mankind than to build it up to full power, then divide the Empire in half, give half to the devil and become god to the other half, in hopes that both sides (which both fight aliens on a regular basis) will be able to ensure the survival of mankind, albeit in a sick and twisted way. But then again. It is the Grimdark of the 41st M, and... (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph...Warhammer40000
) you will not be missed.
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