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03-21-11 05:33 PM
MontytheMighty I always thought the early twenties was the latest
03-21-11 05:09 PM
gen.ahab Depends on the gene-seed used, but, at the very latest, 21-22 for space wolves.
03-21-11 04:09 PM
Davidicus 40k
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Originally Posted by Androxine Vortex View Post
I hate that you have to be that young to become Astartes. It says that when finding new recruits their minds are tested and they are put through a bunch of rigorous tests but I really dont see how you can see how mentaly prepared you are at such a young age.

I know the knights of Caliban had lots a training all tehir life but they are teenagers. It just seems off to me and I cant put my finger on it, you know?
Space Marines recruit from worlds where children are taught how to fight before they learn how to walk.

40k's 14 is our 21. For Astartes, anyways.
03-21-11 01:02 PM
Malus Darkblade
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Originally Posted by Androxine Vortex View Post
I hate that you have to be that young to become Astartes. It says that when finding new recruits their minds are tested and they are put through a bunch of rigorous tests but I really dont see how you can see how mentaly prepared you are at such a young age.

I know the knights of Caliban had lots a training all tehir life but they are teenagers. It just seems off to me and I cant put my finger on it, you know?
That's because you're comparing children/teens of reality compared to the hardcore ones of the WH40k universe who have lived in fear from aliens, warp monsters, etc.
03-21-11 12:56 PM
Androxine Vortex I hate that you have to be that young to become Astartes. It says that when finding new recruits their minds are tested and they are put through a bunch of rigorous tests but I really dont see how you can see how mentaly prepared you are at such a young age.

I know the knights of Caliban had lots a training all tehir life but they are teenagers. It just seems off to me and I cant put my finger on it, you know?
03-21-11 11:35 AM
hailene In Tales of Heresy, Leman Russ's court of manly men are taken in for Space Marine induction. Most of them were at their full maturity, so past 20 I'd assume. Most of them died, I think about 5% survived and it astounded the Emperor. There's no upper limit, I think, but your chances start dropping like crazy after you hit 18 or so.
03-21-11 11:32 AM
Malus Darkblade
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All is well and good but I'm looking for a source that directly rules out the possibility of an adult Space Marine inductee.
Then you must wait for the walking lexicanum to make his presence known.

Sacrifices may speed up his arrival ^_^
03-21-11 11:11 AM
Serpion5 The neophyte I mentioned (DoW omnibus) was a guardsman when he was inducted, meaning most likely sixteen or seventeen years of age.
03-21-11 11:09 AM
Engindeer
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Originally Posted by Malus Darkblade View Post
Luther and Kor Phaenon were both too old when they met the Astartes so they have been genetically altered and buffed up but not to the degree as a regular Astartes.

Lukas is perhaps the only Astartes who is still attracted to women post-operation for unknown reasons.

So in short, you have to be in your early teens to become an Astartes as the organs will take a while to adjust to your body.
All is well and good but I'm looking for a source that directly rules out the possibility of an adult Space Marine inductee. Right now everything points in your conclusions direction, but I'm clinging on to that 'ideally implanted at xx age'. In any case an adult inductee would recieve his first implant ten years after it could have been 'ideally implanted'. No doubt would the aspirant suffer for this. Imagine an imperfect marine with only half functioning implants.
03-21-11 11:09 AM
Serpion5 Late teens at the latest. I think the oldest I`ve ever read about was something like sixteen or seventeen years old, and that resulted in unstable mutation.
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