I'd like to hear some thoughts on how different legions could fall to different gods? Thinking specifically Dark angels as in fallen angels, World Eaters, word bearers and DG
, but any thoughts would be welcome
I'm considering drawing the different cults from different legions in a black legion warband. (totally not just looking for an excuie to field certain cool models into a Black Legion army
Anybody could perform rituals for any god without actually worshipping it, but it doesn't work well on the table top. Better to have a visual aspect too. (all it takes is for a lord to give orders)
Like I could see World eaters fall to Nurgle. All world eaters are berzerkers and all that but it's not really ALL most likely.
I'd say it's pretty reasonable to say that a handful of any given legion would diverge from the legion as a whole. Even with Legions like the deathguard, that were offered up by their primarch, some remained unaffected.
So it's possible to have some outliers, otherwise we'd have stuff like plague marine Nathaniel Garro. They would be few, but I would say there is enough room for some homebrew.
With the WE
example, even as a berzeker it could work, that doesn't automatically make them khorne aligned. Just very very likely to. Arguably you only become a berzerker by being firmly aligned to Khorne, but I mean it in the sense of running headlong into battle.
The nails are nice and all but they are relentless. And WE
don't just become frothing maniacs because of them.
It could make sense for some stronger willed individuals to seek a way to offset the negatives by dulling the pain a bit outside of combat. All whilst having no desire to loose the clarity they provide during combat.
would live for combat, but a stronger body helps in that too. Nurgle champions are tough as nails.If you then want to stay in the fight as long as possible, this could be alluring.
To keep fighting as opposed to welcoming their own death. Without sacrificing any of the melee aspects.
There are a bunch of Gladiator type Fantasy models for nurgle and this works well with word eaters who have somewhat gladiatorial traditions.
Or they could see the nails as being another form of slavery which they want to reject, all while having undeniable benefits in battle.
To follow any god leads to becoming a puppet, but even belakor deludes himself to be free, so that's not really an obstacle to me.
Worship could be done by virtue of letting the defeated rot. Stitching up the wounds with a little help from papa nurgle, with each wound corrupting them inch by inch (literally)
Filling gladiatorial pits with the dead as a reminder of failure and the fate that awaits you. Over time they might get the odd weapon or so lodged in them, and they just don't bother taking them out.
Maybe seeing it as a badge of honour too of past battles. Causing infections that fester, and so on.
Point being, despite a martial mindset, it could work.
On the other hand I could never see them falling to Tzeentch or Slaanesh. They aren't really about that kind of obsession and if...then it would end in them becoming obsessed with blood/cannibalism/butchery or so, which would probably end up attracting khorne more and pushing them down the eightfold path after all.
And tzeentch just has no allure to a world eater even with mind gymnastics.
Thousand Sons could potentially develop various obsessions, but again, that would most likely see them on the path of Tzeentch. Though they might become obsessed with vengeance, against the wolves, against the imperium that ordered their obliteration (don't tell them it was on order of the Black Legion
This could maybe lead them to khorne as thier ire expands to those getting in their way and just getting consumed with hatred in general. A debt to the imperium payed in blood, that's all the worship needed for ye old blood god. Their arcane knowledge could still come in handy for forging daemon weapons and such.
Maybe even go as far as having beef with tzeentch for tricking their legion. Using their knowledge for protection against it's arcane trickery.
In a similar vein, Death guard could become disgusted by their primarch becoming that which they hated, a psyker. They would not yield as a legion, wading right through fire.
And they see their legion become a mockery of what they were, giving in to pain and fear to become plague marines. This could work as a angle to have them follow Khorne.
Horus himself remarked how they all became mere animals, feeling disdain even while hellbent on destroying the imperium. So you can follow Chaos just fine all while hating what it does.
Dark Angels could also fall to Khorne after the split, wanting none of the politics that lead to their fall. focusing just on what they do best...Crusade.
That same thing could lead do Slaanesh. Just like the empereors children, they are arrogant, and prideful with a burning need to be the best at to have everybody know it.
I'd go on, but for now I need to get back to work