More Legion Loyalists?
So, I enjoy messing around with our favourite fluff, looking for new ideas to turn out armies and excuses to use Codecies that I wouldn't normally have the minis for. This question has rattled around in my head for a while and I'm asking now more to see what everyone else's opinion would be.
So, we know that the Legions were scattered widely across the galaxy- sometimes they were in large-ish groups (like over Murder) but sometimes there were the strangest mixtures of odds-and-sods (as in the Astartes in Battle For The Abyss). This suggests, to me, that not all of the traitor Legions' strength would have been concentrated around Istvaan, as there would always be some of them stuck too far away to get there.
If that holds true, then it also suggests that members of a traitor Legion who are far enough away, might not become infected with chaos like their Battle Brothers did. Sound good so far?
So, this, then, further suggests that after the Heresy began, there would still be loyal members (maybe even quite large groups) of the traitor Legions located too far away to get involved. There might even have been miniature civil-wars in these far-flung fleets as those who wanted to turn side with Horus fought those still loyal.
So (getting there!) that would open up the possibility that, after the Scouring is complete and the Legions have split, still-loyal elements of the traitor Legions might be arriving in the Sol system, wondering just what the hell has happened.
So, my question is, what do you think would happen to these still-loyal Astartes? In small numbers I can see them being killed with no qualms. But what if there were a lot of them? Would Garro looking in from the sidelines see good warriors going to waste and try to get them re-assigned? Would they be sent to different Chapters? Would they be allowed to fight together? Part of me says the Imperium would just kill them all. But part of me says, with the right sponsor, they could make a useful tool- almost a penitent crusade, if you will. Thoughts?