Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Emperor bio-engineered the Space Marines to be the perfect soldiers. They are immune to fear, untroubled with weaker emotions, and unflinching the face of destruction. Taken as children at ages ten to fourteen, each Space Marine underwent a grueling trial and process to become the living man weapon that he is today.
What if anything was lost in the process? Space Marines are no longer strictly speaking human. They were granted powers and abilities far beyond that of mere mortals. They do not seem to die by natural processes, are spared the indignity and feebleness of old age, and are immune to normal disease.
Along with the undeniable gifts, the process also expunges many irreplaceable, essential human qualities. A Space Marine loyal to the Imperium cannot love and cannot feel romantic desire. He is effectively castrated, and cannot have children. He is destined to be a killer and a destroyer. He is not allowed to remain peacefully on his own planet, but is required to raze and conquer other worlds, whose sole sin may be to wish to be left alone and govern themselves. He must further commit genocide in Terra's name, because his master deems Xenos too different and imperfect to co-exist with in the galaxy.
He is effectively rendered into a human lab rat, so Apothecaries can mutate his body to sprout additional organs and glands in accordance with a barely understood or controlled science. In the case of Space Marines with tainted gene seed, they may also be subject to the dark spectre of genetic defects such as the curse of the wulfen or the red thirst. These choices were effectively taken away from a Space Marine before he was of the age to properly appreciate or consent to the change. Every Space Marine is essentially a child soldier, preordained through genetic manipulation to be a murderer.
The Emperor's Children are unusual post heresy insofar as they have chosen to no longer follow the blueprint laid upon them by the false Emperor. They choose their own desires and plot out their own destinies. No longer confined to the restraining orbit of the Emperor's pre-programmed pathways for his own benefit, the Emperor's Children are free to seek their own evolution and improvement as they may independently see fit . . . . whether that is in the form of ultimate experiential hedonism, artistic complexity, martial perfection or otherwise.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Teatro La Fenice (meaning "the Phoenix") was originally an opera house in Venice, Italy. It is one of "the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre", and in the history of opera as a whole. Especially in the 19th century, La Fenice became the site of many famous operatic premieres at which the works of several of the four major bel canto era composers—Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi were performed.
Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of three theatres to fire, the first in 1774 after the city's leading house was destroyed and rebuilt but not opened until 1792; the second fire came in 1836, but rebuilding was completed within a year. However, the third fire was the result of arson. It destroyed the house in 1996 leaving only the exterior walls, but it was rebuilt and re-opened in November 2004.
The La Fenice in Fulgrim's flagship, Pride of the Emperor, is of course a direct reference to the La Fenice in Venice.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Here are links to a number of leading Warhammer 30K and 40K podcasts. I've tried to note any episodes which specifically address the Emperor's Children!
Age of Darkness (Canada)
Eye of Horus (Australia)
Forgotten Legion / Radio Free Isstvan
Northern Heresy (Europe)
Varangian Heresy (Europe)
- Episode 155 - Path of Heaven
Eye of Terror
Masters of the Forge
Seize the Initiative
Signals from the Frontline
Southern State of 40K
Veterans of the Long War
Live Culture - Episode 22 Fulgrim