Originally Posted by Unknown Primarch
i would agree that they go way beyond the lion for secrecy but what im getting it is their comparable nature in the context of order vs. chaos. some of the primarch are near enough similar while some are only comparable if you look into it abit more.
obviously you gotta use abit of imagination when dealing with the thinking of chaos due to its nature but when you do there is obvious contrasts to look at.
But they couldn't be any more different, though.
You have to practically read Legion a second time to figure out where you really *saw* Alpharius, and people still debate if it's really the Primarch who fights the leader of the Lucifer Blacks at the end of the story. By contrast, the Lion exhibits tactical and strategic brilliance in "Fallen Angels", but he is hardly covert. His penchant for secrecy is basically reduced to:
"Horus has declared war on the Imperium! Everyone, get me a task force of ships and Marines that can get going fast, and try to be somewhat stealthy about, so as to not advertise the entire thing."
"Hey Nemiel. I'm kind of worried that Horus has his agents all over the Imperium, 'cause I know he's not stupid, and it's not like he wouldn't have his ducks in a row if he decided to start a war. Think we can trust these two cats?" (referring to a Mechanicum Magos and an Imperial world's governor)
I fear the shadow of "Angels of Darkness" looms large, despite that novel's author pointing out that Astellan is not necessarily a trustworthy source...
To use a VERY rough analogy, and using only what's been shown so far, the Lion strikes me as a "Rommel" type of commander--tactically brilliant, fluid, often leads from the front, understands the value of small strike groups and the strategic value of vital targets.
Alpharius and his Legion are like the CIA, covert action group special forces teams, the teams they sponsor on the other side, and the sleeper agents agents they keep in reserve just in case. It's not a different ballpark, like we say in the States... it's a completely different kind of sport/warfare.