And... Lady D is a wicked delight, as ever. She's like if Cruella de Vilel and the Joker had an Eldar lovechild.
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Alternatively you could use the old tau xenolexicon Genmotty madeto come up with names.Joining in on the fun, some interpretation suggestions.
Fun fact: Sha'shi'va literally translates as "Gas victory cause". I'm not really sure how to reinterpret that into something that makes sense.
Oh, also Kor'va means greater air.
The merchant that had given her the location of the drop seemed on the up-and-up. Although she did think his name was rather odd.>Malarky
But what kind of name was Malarky anyway?
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I still think that a 14 foot armored beast of kill would be the ultimate warrior, smart or not.
After all, Space Marines grow about 30% when marinisized (from 6 to 8 feet,) and Ogyrn's are about 9 feet tall. Add the extra bulk from their armor (modified power armor, possibly,) you've got a soldier bigger than a dreadnought.
I really wish that Space Marines weren't such a boys club... maybe someone should tell Chaos about them. (Probably Khorne or Nurgle. Slaanesh Ogyrns would be... disturbing.)
i can see chaos doing it, but i don't think chaos can even make space marines. if I re call they have to currupt good space marines to up their ranks.
Thanks for the reply Sotek.Glad to help, brainstorming for original chapters is fun.
1) Ah. Yeah, I hadn't really thought about the name clashing with the barbarian culture of the White Scars + Wolves. Shall have to give that one some thought. Had an idea of there being a lot of honour in warrior castes on Kydonia, even to the point of "Your best warrior vs my best" being fought to prevent massive casualties crippling the tribes. Could perhaps expand on that a little more. I was going down an Ancient Greece route (hence the name) but I may include other elements to explain a surge in cavalry as from what I remember the Greeks used cavalry, but not exactly in large numbers.Keep in mind that you don't have to appropriate a culture wholesale. Ancient greecian tactics revolved almost entirely around the phalanx, but nothing is stopping you from having a greece-like culture with warrior-noble elites in glorious, gleaming bronze fullplate astride horses...
2) The problem with having White Scars train my chapter is that, currently, they're quite a way apart (in terms of homeworlds at least) and I wasn't sure if it could be argued that when the White Scars were training them they found that the Knights favour those tactics/weapons or something to explain the 2 x special weapon and heavy weapons only appearing in the Heavy Support squads. If it's feasible that could/would happen, then I can go with that and scrap the bit about being trained by Fenrisians.
3) I know the Chaos codex can represent the Chapter quite well, but I'd prefer to use loyalist rules unless/until I decide to take them renegade. That and I don't trust myself not to add Marks and other blatantly non-loyalist items just because they're cool.Stylistic choice, but I respect it.
4) I hadn't actually thought much about the Eldar's motivations for running like girls beyond "Oh gods, we can't win against this" if I'm honest. They were only really there to explain the alliance between the Knights and the Autarch/Baron. However I love the idea of it being planned all along. I may have to steal that.I'm glad you said that. Again, speaking from experience, one of the things to be most wary of in your own writing is anything that has minimal internal justification and only really happens because 'plot said so.' These are often by far the weakest parts of your writing, and they cry out for more attention and revision. When you don't heed that cry, your detractors tend to.
5) Sorry, my mistake. I just used the wrong term there. I'll remedy that now. Also, I didn't exactly mean that Menelayvor became one of the Dark Eldar, simply that he found ways to earn their respect (mainly fighting) so that he could get the supplies he needed at a more affordable price and recruit a small number of them to help him.No worries. And being able to get supplies and recruits off of DE goes with the territory of being a Corsair. I would also mention that there are numerous Corsair ports and trade hubs in their own right; a renegade from the Craftworlds has options beyond merely looting or crawling to the perfidious Dark Eldar.
I will also reconsider him staying in the fight as it would go a long way to explain why the Knights trust him.Yeah. If 'Layvor skidaddled with the rest and just showed up later talking about how totally bad he felt about it, the Knights would probably go "Pff, yeah fucking right, you lying Eldar scum!" and shoot him. If he actually argues against his own group and then leads his warriors to break away from them and stand side by side with the Knights, then that is a sufficiently grand and monumentally unexpected gesture of integrity and solidarity to win a Space Marine's respect.
6) The reason I asked about the Aspect Warrior -> Wych thing was I was considering having Layvor's second in command work through the ranks in the Arenas, helping improve his status as part of his quest to make supplies affordable for him. After all, someone you don't know anything about the Dark Eldar are likely to double the price, someone they know is capable of decimating Genestealers, they're probably more reasonable about costs.I'm sure Layvor and his lieutenants have earned some of their respect and connections on the strength of their badassery and the swiftness of their swords, but I don't think it would really work that way, or that Layvor would really want to be snuggling in close to the Kabals when he has other means (Corsair ports, contracts with Exodites) of getting supplies he needs. The Eldar and Dark Eldar are like siblings who despise each other's guts, for whom the only thing that keeps them from each other's throats is the fact that they're still technically family, and there's a lot of ancient shared rivals and other assorted assholes out there trying to extinguish that family wholesale.
Not entirely sure if this is the right place to start this, but I figured I plan on posting fluff once I have answers to my questions and it'd be easier to just carry on an existing topic and keep it all in one place.
This is my attempt to recreate a Chapter I made in 4th Edition using the Traits system. The traits I took gave bolt pistol/ccw and 2 special weapons per Tactical squad, but removed heavy weapons from Tacticals as well as limiting Terminator Armour and most vehicles. Originally they were going to be a severely depleted Chapter (hence the lack of high level gear), but I have since decided that there are more fluff opportunities if I set the battle that crippled them a few decades/centuries before the current timeline, allowing me to put in some more of the ideas I've had.
Chapter Name: Knights of KydoniaI'll reserve any judgement until I get through the whole thing and get to read your history for them, but I would point out two things that might be worth some thought:
Geneseed: White Scars
Training: Wolves of Fenris
Codexes used: 1st Company - Codex: Space Marines. All other Companies - Codex: Space WolvesThere's any number of excellent reasons for a hatred of the arrogant Craftworld scum, but I will be very intrigued to see what motivates a chapter to regard Commorite raiders as pragmatic allies, especially considering the White Scars' legendary hatred and vendetta against the DE.
Changes to Allies matrix: Eldar become Desperate Allies. Dark Eldar become Allies of Convenience. (I don't use allies, except maybe if I was having a big game and needed the points, so this if of little, if any, practical use, just done for the sake of the fluff really)
Reason for Second Company onwards being Space Wolves: 2 special weapons per squad, bolt pistol and combat weapon provided, Space Vikings are awesome, the Wolves and the White Scars are similar in some respects (ie: considered reckless, especially in their Primarchs, seen as "barabaric" etc)Not pushing an agenda, but letting you know your options- Though it seems a weird fit at first, as I suggested to another friend of mine working on a chapter with SW/White Scars theme influences, Codex: Chaos Space Marines can also do a surprisingly good job repesenting this sort of army. You can get squads of CSM with both bolter and BP/ccw, and I'm pretty sure you can get two special weapons under the right circumstances. Chaos also has fairly good bikers, of course, and the potential to load out a really face-smashy Biker Lord as a Kydonian company captain.
Reason for Eldar being Desperate Allies: Quite simple really, shortly after their founding the Knights of Kydonia came across the Eldar forces led by Farseer Kialandí and Autarch Menelyavor. .... The Knights of Kydonia took over 70% casualties, but they survived and vowed vengeance on the cowards who had hung them out to dry.Chapter tries to be the good guys, demonstrate goodwill to the Eldar, and set aside their differences to fight the good fight... and get shafted for it. Superbly 40k! Bonus points if it wasn't just a tactical withdrawal on the Eldar's part- it'd not only be so perfectly Eldar, but be a spectacular source for the Knights' white-hot hatred, if the entire 'alliance' was in fact simply a ruse, and the Farseer had intended to lead them on, earn their trust, and then leave them and then let them be decimated from the very beginning, in order to further some inscrutable goal or another. Perhaps they had a vision that the Knights would be their downfall/cause the deaths of many Eldar, and the whole affair was their way of trying to avoid this fate by luring the Knights in to the very jaws of annihilation. Of course, it would seem this Farseer did not account for the possibility that a remnant of the Knights might survive, rebuild, and swear terrifying oaths of vengeance against that craftworld/the Eldar race...
Reason for Dark Eldar being Allies of Convenience: Long story short (I will cover the story in full at a later date), the Autarch, Menelyavor, disagreed with the Farseer's decision to retreat, feeling they owed more to the Knights of Kydonia after fighting so many battles side by side. He did not, as many Eldar on his Craftworld do, believe that that Eldar lives are worth far more than any others, even those of their allies. His continued questioning of the Farseer eventually resulted in things becoming increasingly difficult for him and he chose to take the Path of the Exodite, taking those who shared his views with him, as well as many who simply wished to take the Path of the Exodite for themselves. Eventually, circumstances drove Menelyavor to Commoragh, where he earned the respect of several Hellion clans as well as a few others, and developed a love of fighting on Skyboards...Speaking from experience? Whenever you need to use the phrase 'long story short' to explain something about your Chapter, it's typically a Warning Sign.
1) How likely/unlikely is it for an Aspect Warrior, such as a Scorpion or Banshee, to be accepted as an Arena fighter and begin to adapt to some of the Wych practices, such as not wearing any significant armour? (ie: not become a Wych, but be close enough for rule purposes?) If so, how long should such a transformation take, roughly?Considering that Dark Eldar loathe craftworlders and delight in any opportunity to torment or belittle them, not likely. Considering that the founder of the Incubi is implied to be the fallen Phoenix Lord of the Striking Scorpions, not impossible. However, I would really suggest going the Corsair route I mention above.
2) I don't know anything about Eldar/Dark Eldar ships, but need at least a couple of classifications for the fluff I plan to write. Can anyone provide information or links for me?Eldar and DE ships are more fragile than Imperial ships in terms of physical durability, and they don't have conventional shields. However, they are very fast and maneuverable because they use solar sails instead of conventional engines, and they are SNEAKY as all get out, using loads of advanced tech to completely scramble enemy targetting systems and appear as near-totally invisible, so that even though they're fragile they're absurdly difficult to hit solidly.
3) Is it acceptable to use existing 40k characters into your fluff? Not planning on killing anyone off or anything, just thought it might be cool to have Blackmane or someone as part of the reinforcements that stop my Chapter getting obliterated.