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It isn't as simple as that. They represent emotional aspects driven to their extremes. The extremes are evil to be sure, but the same levels of dark cannot be applied to every step of the path that leads there.

Take Kharn for example. He is a mad butcherer and slaughterer of men. But to begin with he was an honourable warrior who even meditated upon the Eightfold Path. If you don't know what that is, look it up. :wink:


Maybe your looking at this to complicated. These beings were manifested from specific emotions of warp sensitive beings (not just the humans,the eldear were largely responsible for Slaanesh).Because of the narrow concepts they were spawned from, they know only those emotions and seek to perpetuate them and themselves without restraint or intellect. The perfect example is Tzeentch. Who in the Imperium can match wits with him? Answer is no one.He schemes for the sake of scheming. He mutates for the sake of mutations as there is no final form.he manipulates for the sake of maniputlation. Just as his brothers follow their own natures to the end so will he. Khan's past is almost irrelevant. In thrall to the blood god he exists for only 3 things: Burn,Kill,maim.
 

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Tzeentch influenced ROT to seek knowledge and create this thread. Every answer can be argued and endlessly debated. Trying to answer this question so that everyone understands will drive many posters mad. This is the chaos that feeds Tzeentch and shows why he is the greatest of all Chaos Gods.
 

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Nurgle is disease, rot, palgues wrapped up in a bloated figure that likes to be called grandfather!!!! if my beloved grandfathers looked like that i'd be shitting myself
Papa Nurgle loves all life equally. He loves you just as much as he loves the billions of bacteria and viruses that call you 'home'. If an arrangement can be reached, great! If not, well, sacrificing thousands or billions for just one isn't right even if the loss of that one is regretful.

He'll comfort a child, and read that child a story and be that child's favorite uncle. But he won't cure that child's cancer. It wouldn't be fair to the cancer.
 

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From what I understand, the Chaos Gods are born and fed from mortal emotion/action- regardless of the type. There are more than 4 warp gods... its just that the Big 4 happen to be representative of the 4 main forces in the 40k universe (these being fueled primarily by humanity).

War and murder. Despair and decay. Corruption and self-indulgence. Ambition and deciet.

While the Big 4 might also represent the "opposite side of the coin" of their perspective portfolios, it stands in the current universe that the overwhelming majority of action/emotion is the "negative" side (in humanity's terms). And as a true dystopia- that negative side only feeds into itself. The only way to stop the minions of khorne is to kill them to a man... etc.
 

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Tzeentch is the intelligence commanding the warp energy resultant of all the ambition, hope and deceit that flows from sentient beings, as well as that energy itself, and presides over change, devious scheming, and magic. His worshippers are generally psykers, or at least intellectual/well-educated, and almost as duplicitous as their god.

He and slaanesh get along well enough, though I imagine slaanesh sees tzeentch as far too concerned with the long-term consequences of his actions.

The emotions and concepts that make up Tzeentch are generally accepted to be the antithesis of the emotions and concepts that make up Nurgle, and so the two probably don't get along too well, but I don't recall ever reading that they've show outward hostility to one another.
 

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Maybe your looking at this to complicated. These beings were manifested from specific emotions of warp sensitive beings (not just the humans,the eldear were largely responsible for Slaanesh).Because of the narrow concepts they were spawned from, they know only those emotions and seek to perpetuate them and themselves without restraint or intellect. The perfect example is Tzeentch. Who in the Imperium can match wits with him? Answer is no one.He schemes for the sake of scheming. He mutates for the sake of mutations as there is no final form.he manipulates for the sake of maniputlation. Just as his brothers follow their own natures to the end so will he. Khan's past is almost irrelevant. In thrall to the blood god he exists for only 3 things: Burn,Kill,maim.
Maybe you're looking at this far too simply. Chaos gods are made of and preside over concepts, ideas, and the beliefs mortals have about them. NOT just simple emotions. Think of them like crazy-big science-fiction egregores.
 

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Chaos is not the same as chaos. The Chaos Gods are not Gods of chaos. They do not seek the destruction of order (well Tzeentch does but not the rest) what they seek is more. The Chaos Gods seek only to feed themselves, an act that can hardly be called evil. The problem is that they feed themselves by driving people to indulge in the deepest, most extreme aspects of their driving emotion. They, like many people, are never satisfied with what they have, they need more. They cause destruction not because they actively want to break things but simply because things breaking is a natural cause of their feeding. Cows die so that we can eat but does that mean our goal is the wholesale destruction of cow-kind? Not at all, indeed to further our ability to eat cows we actually take great pains to structure their lives, to co-ordinate our efforts. Thus the simple act of our feeding is well-coordinated to cause mass deaths (and our feeding doesn't even require hate, rage, despair or ambition).

As for how this works consider the following. You are upset because your boss overlooked you for a promotion (again), there's nothing wrong with that (I hope we can all agree that its quite natural) but it feeds Khorne all the same. But it's not enough for Khorne, he needs you to get angrier. So your being upset turns into your being angry, your anger turns to rage and then suddenly when Billy (who got your well deserved promotion) decides to be smug about his awesome new house you find yourself contemplating hitting him. You go home and break something, which just makes you more angry. On your way to work the next day somebody nearly runs you off the road and you get out of your car to yell at him. Now your late for work and Billy threatens to fire you. You shove him, he shoves back and now you're fighting. Congratulations, you've just fallen to Khorne. But where did you start doing something evil?
 
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