Critique for da CriticGod
Shrug. Then it's not terribly worth caring about. And sorry OP, it doesn't really help you.
I am not sure if it is the fact that the "art work" and "novels"/"fluff" not gelling together, or if the artist's/author's take on the situation does not meet your standards. Like what Obi-Wan told us..."So what I told you was true... from a certain point of view."No problem sir. I appreciate the multitude of views, but basically it comes down to the art and the novels not jiving with each other.
I am not sure if it is the fact that the "art work" and "novels"/"fluff" not gelling together, or if the artist's/author's take on the situation does not meet your standards. Like what Obi-Wan told us..."So what I told you was true... from a certain point of view."
On the one hand, I would argue that one doesn't need to qualify that the conditions that define a hive city are inimical to a decent life for any but the top strata of society.I disagree that a hive's...hive-iness is dependent on some sort of prerequisite level of misery.
The only other reference in the last two rulebooks to make a specific statement about the hives (beyond just their size and scale) is similarly negative:The massive populations of hive worlds periodically become unmanageable, as the masses boil over against their constant repression. Such bustling mega-cities are always rife with anarchic and destructive forces that ensure only the hardiest can survive. Yet this too works for the Imperium, for their tithes supply rich sources of fighting men for the Imperial Guard.
Going back to the fifth edition? It's similarly dreary:Examples of recovered STC template technology still being built and in use today include
... the Atmospheric Pumps that still keep the air (almost) breathable in even the largest hive-blocks.
Where your specific examples are concerned?Centuries of industrial production have left a hive world's surface inhospitable, with toxic fumes and parched soil. Each hive world is home to many hundred billion citizens, crammed into towering urban conglomerations, known as hives, ...
I'm not sure why you think that a hive named after a mythological hell in a world that's practically unlivable, where existence is defined by quotas for war materiel production or serving as a soldier, would be a "reasonable place to live, on the whole." :wink:Helsreach was a reasonable place to live, so it seemed, on the whole.
And beyond that? Well, neither Necropolis nor Sabbat Martyr focus on the quality of life within Vervunhive or Beati City. If people don't seem ruthlessly oppressed or miserable, well, I'd chalk it up to the fact that their immediate attention is on waging a war against horrific enemies who want to see their bodies and souls corrupted and/or destroyed.“The air still tasted like a latrine, though. And it didn’t exactly smell any better. The joys of high sulphur content in the atmosphere.”
Excerpt From: Aaron Dembski-Bowden. “Helsreach.” iBooks.