Originally Posted by VulkansNodosaurus
Apologies for the late response. Here's some answers, at least:
The Imperium does not have a dedicated technological Legion that is not the Raven Guard per se. The Death Guard and Ultramarines do have a greater emphasis on technology than the other Legions, though. You're not wrong that more of the Chaos Legions have a tendency towards technological excellence... but then, they need it; there is not much of an independent Dark Mechanicum left in LDLB, so the Chaos Legions also fulfill much of its role. They also can't rely on wonders constructed by other Chaos Legions, or by those built by allies (as the Final Shore do).
The Legions of the Imperium, from fewest to most fleet assets:
The Legions of the Imperium, from lowest to highest use of vehicles and aircraft:
Imperial Astartes usually operate on the scale of several Squads, much as in canon.
The Iron Hands do not use vehicles nearly as heavily as in canon. But that is not to say they are vanilla, per se. If an Iron Hands force engages in open combat, you can expect to see, for instance, Astartes who have succumbed to the Itch - often becoming hulking machines of war not unlike canon Obliterators. Moreover, Iron Hands have a particularly high proportion of heavy weaponry, including both artillery and personal heavy weapons, which can drown enemy forces in ammunition; a somewhat higher proportion of Iron Hand Astartes than for most Chaos Legions also focus on sniping foes from range (sometimes, with the aid of sorcery, from ludicrous range). So... precision firepower yes, armored assault no, broadly speaking. (At least that's what I'm thinking. Everything in this post should be taken as tentative.) The Word Bearers have a broadly similar focus on ranged over melee, but then they are rarely without allies, whether daemon or human. They also tend to be relatively mobile, not in the least due to their highest proportion of vehicles out of the triad. The Doom Fists share a fondness for artillery with the Iron Hands, but for the most part their focus - in both ranged and melee - is on individual excellence.
The Word Bearer combat stereotype is a line of infantry laying down fire, not unlike the Imperial Army except for the significantly greater firepower and accuracy involved. The Doom Fist combat stereotype is a duelist and/or sharpshooter champion, toppling their enemies from the battlements of a great fortress. But the Iron Hand stereotype is a squad, each of whose warriors is armed with some impossible weapon he designed himself, dug in on top of a hill and turning their enemies' location into a crater.
What was the Emperor doing during the Betrayal? That's an excellent question. It's one that I do plan to address. Probably in the Emperor's Children IA.
What about the rest of the Imperial institutions? They exist, they're just not the focus of this account. The Custodes, for instance, fought on the Palace's walls, and even now guard the Golden Throne. The Assassins didn't manage to achieve much during the Betrayal, but have since given Alpharius Omegon many reasons to be grateful for their existence.
Faiyum required much of the Thousand Sons' efforts to maintain the ritual and the route back, though only the Captains were actually thrown into the Warp. It was not only the Captains who died in the process, either. Ferrus has not had a fight to the death with Magnus... well, Primarch duels remain somewhat rare overall. The TS are not Navigators/Astropaths for the Imperium in general, but they maintain similar departments for Legion use. And yes to Malcador's decree.
The overall archives of the Thousand Sons are vast, but not comparable in size to the overall Ultramarine archives. They are, however, more dangerous, and some would say more useful.
Horus's fate... well, in my mind, he survived, but the Tyranid threat does not come from Andromeda but from a perpendicular direction, hitting it not long before it hits the MW. Now, in that galaxy, Horus has to deal with the greatest war Andromeda has ever seen, at the same time knowing that his birthplace is facing a still graver assault and unable to be sure if it holds.
The general population of LDLB's Imperium is aware of the xenos threat, but if it is aware of Chaos at all (which depends on the planet - this is a more centralized Imperium but certainly not a fully uniform one), it is in vague terms, because Chaos is a memetic danger. Of course, governors and other elites (whether hereditary or elected), as well as scholars and such, tend to know a lot more.
Chaos is weaker than canon in terms of total strength relative to the Imperium, but fairly close to canon in terms of the threat it poses, due to a greater capacity to come together in times of crisis.
First of all, your details poured in the setting is nigh-encyclopedic. Truly astonishing. I cannot help to wonder how magnificent your work if you have not lost your notebook. I genuinely think that loss is almost as grievous as Cordwainer Smith's lapse in a lake.
Thus, LDLB Dark Mechanicum is mostly incorporated into Chaos Legions and each CL does not lend or share its technology with allies? And Final Shore are not only incorporating Eldar technology into standard Legion arsenal, but also actively utilizing Eldar produced weaponry and warmachines?
Gray Knights and Night Lords have the fewest fleet...that is unexpected. I assumed their fleet strength would be significant. However, they are generally operating company scale, instead of squad scale. And the both company and squad could be carried by a single Battle Barge or Strike Cruiser. So...it is not nearly as surprising it might have been.
Emperors Children have fewer vehicle and aircraft asset than the most other Legions? That is really unexpected. I have speculated they have to be at middle tier at the very least - though their fleet is solid enough, immediately below the Luna Wolves.
Death Guards have significant fleet asset in canon, however their vehicle asset is meager. On the contrary, in LDLB they are the indisputable maestro of void warfare rivaling canon Imperial Fists(it seems void warfare has never been a forte of LDLB IF, whilst FS are proficient at fleet engagement and
boarding actions) and Mortarion puts far greater emphasis in science and technology instead of blindly and stupidly relying on endurance and CBRN weaponry...far cry from his canon self indeed. So it is not surprising at all that the DG boasts the best fleet and third most powerful mechanical assets and is a very different beast distanced from canon.
Luna Wolves have fourth and fifth largest fleet and mechanical asset respectively. That is largely expected. Though it is a bit surprising that Ultramarines make more use of vehicles and aircraft...when considering LDLB LW prefers "armoured speartip" and putting great emphasis on mechanical warfare. Anyway, canon UM always have both assets in abundance, in 30k as well as 40k(and in contrast to canon, they are masters of void warfare, especially
fleet engagement and defensive maneuver). And in this universe, Raven Guard have even greater fleet asset than the LW. Intriguing. Since canon RG have scanty armoured asset and even slimmer fleet.
And what exactly is the LW's stance of science and technology? While they are far from Luddite like SW and NL, they are definitely not fond of technology and seem to take great care to avoid overly relying on mechanics.
Alpha Legion have lesser fleet than the Thousand Sons? In canon, the AL have one of the greatest fleet(even if they slightly lack heavy warships and heavily focuses on faster, nimbler ships) among the Legions, whereas the TS have one of the smallest fleet. Likewise, their armoured and mechanical asset is very
substantial and advanced, possibly the most advanced if setting aside the Iron Hands.
Still, this is not canon universe, and unlike canon, LDLB AL is a very small Legion(80,000 - canon RG size), if not the smallest, while in canon AL is among the largest(180,000+).
I wonder whether TS vehicles and fleets are psychic in nature, since canon is certainly following that line - they pioneered psychic dreadnoughts, their ships fire ethereal lightening and flame, they utilize psychic automata legions to bolster their ranks and soak enemy fire, Order of Ruin is basically psychic Ordo Reductor etc.
So the Gray Knights are the second greatest experts and proponents of armoured and mechanical warfare amongst the Imperial Legions? Are they technologically capable?
And how about the ranking of the Chaos Legions?
As much as I have surmised - even though LDLB Imperium has more Astartes than canon, Imperium is still far too bigger and available amounts Astartes is far too few. Furthermore LDLB Imperium is even vaster than canon Imperium.
So the IH is not a generic Legions at all. I see. And Doom Fists are focusing on individual excellence? Thus what is principle difference between them and the Emperors Children? In any case, It seems only the World Bearers are 'generic' after all. I now fully comprehend each and every of your Legion is unique and idiosyncratic and really no one is 'vanilla' in the same sense of canon closely following ethos of HH(excellent) instead of 40k(meh).
And primary combat doctrine of LDLB Imperial Army(as well as WB) is a steady stream of infantry gun-line advance supported by armour and artillery and aircraft assets? Is there any Solar Auxilla/Saturnine Hoplites equivalent?
So each Legion has its intrinsic combat stereotype in LDLB? That is fantastic. Could you more elaborate each Legion's integral combat style and tactics?
I'm indeed looking forward to see the EC IA. Though the LDLB Raven Guard seems fascinatingly intriguing
So Ten Thousands fought on the walls? Then the Palace is defended by the six Legions in fact. Had the sudden disappearance of WE ever needed to coerce Lorgar to enact his most desperate gambit? Their combat prowess portrayed in the both MoM and Inferno was no less than godlike. And the LDLB Imperium has the Officio Assassinorum as an official agency like the canon one?
Psychic scholar-scientists, philosopher-kings...there is and always will be destined role of the Sons, but tragically unfulfilled, never blossomed its full potential in canon, just same as other Legions.
However, as opposed to canon, each and every Imperial Legions fulfill its Emperor-intended, Malcador-assigned role and realize inborn transhuman potential to their utmost. Pure undiluted awesomeness.
By the way, what is primary difference between the rule of Malcador and Alpharius?
So esoteric knowledge gathered by scholars is typically more practical than common knowledge gathered by historians. Understood.
If the Tyrannic War is the greatest war Andromeda has ever seen...that means Andromeda has never seen conflict of similar scope and intensity such as War in Heaven or Iron War or Horus Heresy and is a fairly peaceful sort of galaxy(at least compared to MW). I hope Horus' triumphant return at the End Times.
So your Imperium's governors and other ruling elites are democratically elected or appointed from central government and Legiones Astartes, as well as usually far more capable, professional, morally upright and possessing deeper knowledge of threats such as Xenos and Chaos in general? This Imperium is indeed an Enlightened Utopia compared to its abject canon self.
Anyway, I have thought thanks to ceaseless efforts of the Gray Knights, generalized popular education, information and communication are more or less available in LDLB Imperium, if somewhat unstable, much like our modern Earth...?
I have supposed as much. So overall objective strength of LDLB Chaos is stronger than canon(especially considering the sheer number of Chaos Legionaries and superior technology...) and also boosts greater cohesion and coordination, but it is still weaker than LDLB Imperium?
And how much current
LDLB Imperial weaponry, armour(especially Astartes power armor), vehicles, aircraft and voidships and other various assortments of equipment is different from the Great Crusade era?
Finally, could you check my previous reply if you have enough margin of time?