Sanctimonius Posted January 30, 2013 Share Posted January 30, 2013 Something that just occurred to me as I'm failing to paint a Night Lord force. As the Horus Heresy books are going strongly and developing into a real sci-fi epic, and the canon around the 40k universe is being writ and re-writ, I started thinking about how the Night Lords function and how they've been able to keep themselves going. Honour-duels, duels over leadership, flat-out murder, losses and battles must take their toll, but we've seen plenty of stories where the Traitor Legions replenish their forces either with new recruits and gene-seed, or, every now and again, with troops from outside the Legion. Now, I was trying to think of cases where this happens - a legionary swaps his allegiance to another legion or chapter. I couldn't think of any Loyalist factions that do this, Deathwatch aside - why would they? Wanting to change faction seems to suggest a need to identify with a new way of life, of thinking, and Imperials aren't particularly known for thinking. Of course we get examples of Loyalists changing factions if they become renegades - Red Corsairs being the most obvious example. And sometimes we get examples of the traitors changing their legions - the most obvious I could think of is the swelling of the Black Legion as more and more identify with the crusades of Abaddon, like the Night Lord sorcerer in ADB's Night Lords stories. But we also get a couple of examples of people joining the Night Lords - Variel in 40k, and Alastor Rushal in the short story in Shadows of Treachery, to me the more interesting example. Why are these people joining the Night Lords? What causes them to cast aside their former allies to join with such a dark legion cursed with a mad father? I'm having a little trouble coming up with a reason, although I'm sure it will be answered a little later in Alastor's case. But for now, any speculation as to why it happens? Or any examples of single people joining another legion? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.