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Default Purity Seals... how do they work?

Something I would like to know is that of Purity Seals. What exactly do they do? Do they grant you some kind of Enchantment? Or is it more like a "Permit" that lets you do something that other's wouldn't be able to without getting punished? (For not following the Codex, that is)

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From Lexicanium:

It's a mark of a Space Marine pure faith or morality in the eyes of the Emperor and the Chapter. Such seals are only ever awarded by the Chapter’s Chaplains, bestowed onto Space Marine before battle as the Chaplain bestows a blessing onto the ranks of Space Marines. In many Chapters, this is a solemn ceremony accompanied by chanted litanies in honour of the Primarch and the Emperor. This can be because they are about to undertake a special task or mission or because they are not expected to survive. Unlike other Honours the right to bear a Purity Seal comes only after a Space Marine has worn it in battle and proven his courage to live up to its ideals. Typically a Chaplain will bestow a Purity Seal on a Space Marine with a specific blessing, such as killing a certain foe or number of enemies for the Emperor, or completing his duty even when mortally wounded. If the Space Marine returns successful, he has proven the blessing true. He is considered to have the favour of the Emperor and is granted the right to wear the Purity Seal on his armour permanently so that others might recognised his faith and devotion.

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Though they do attract Canadians with baseball bats
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Soo in other words, they are treated as we treat badges of honor in now days military.
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Kinda

either that or they are a source of fur
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Yes essentially. It's a mark of honour and distinction. The wearer has done something notable, or has exemplary faith. They evolved out of oaths of moment from the Great Crusade where the legionaries would make oaths and set goals before the battle. They're now more religious in nature given the shift in Imperial doctrine.

They don't confer any special powers or abilities. (Though if blessed appropriately or truly believed in with true, iron faith they may very well. Because of the warp faith has power in 40k).

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They don't confer any special powers or abilities. (Though if blessed appropriately or truly believed in with true, iron faith they may very well. Because of the warp faith has power in 40k).
Interesting...
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They would have a little bit of an effect but only in so far as Daemons would find the words of the Emperor distasteful but I wouldn't be relying on it !
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Of course, this is from a strictly Post-Heresy viewpoint...

If we delve into the HH fluff, these 'seals' were actually 'Oaths of Moment'

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An oath of moment or oath of the moment, was a special oath sworn by Space Marines during the Great Crusade, before going into battle or setting out on a mission. It was taken as a reaffirmation of the oaths sworn to the Emperor and the Legion.

A typical oath of moment required at least two persons, the swearing Marine(s) and the oath-taker. The oath was usually made over a weapon, and, when written on parchment, was then affixed to the Marine's Power Armour before he departed on his mission


Basically because pre-Heresy, Deifying the Emperor was rather frowned upon... wasn't it Lorgar...? lmao!


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