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I wanted a new icon...

So I made one.  This is the God-Emperor of Mankind.  He teaches, he guides, but most of all, the Emperor protects.

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electorprince
May. 30th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
He's also 80,000 years old, the product of a tribe of shamen that killed themselves en masse to whelp him as the most potent psyker humanity has ever produced, is hopelessly misogynistic, xenophobic, genocidal, fascist, atheistic to the point of declaring religion "heretical" against faith in science, and the architect for over 10,000 years of humankind's constant warfare throughout the galaxy against all comers, including those from basically what amounts of psychic hyperspace.

And his kids can be real pricks, too. :)

I do like the icon, though. I need to score you the newest Heresy book, since it doesn't take place in the "timeline" of the others and can be read as a stand-alone.
kishiriadgr
May. 30th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I finished "Fulgrim" and have "Ice Guard" although it's not grabbing me that much.

How the Emperor ended up and being regarded by his subjects has got to be one of the greatest ironies ever produced by fiction. Starting out the way you describe he ends up confined to the Golden Throne, preached by women (and EUPHRATIE KEELER at that), and the object of fanatical religious devotion.

Point of spelling: The plural of "shaman" is "shamans" not "shamen" as you have it here.

Edited at 2009-05-30 08:34 pm (UTC)
electorprince
May. 31st, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Just going by the book, and the music group. :)

Yeah, his deification after he's interred on the Throne is patently ironic, and it also feeds directly into one of the stories in the Tales of Heresy book that got released last month. The funniest thing is that Lorgar, Primarch of the Word Bearers, was chastised by the Emperor in public for preaching that he was a god, and went into such an emo funk about being humiliated that he ended up writing the Book of Lorgar, which outs the Chaos gods and started off the whole Heresy. So in a way, it was the Emperor's defiance of his aspiring godhood that got him turned into an object of worship in the "end" anyway.

With Fulgrim done, you're about halfway through the ones that have been published. From that point onward, it can veer wildly in quality of story. Sadly, the next one on the list is one of the weaker ones, the Mary Sue-ridden Descent of Angels, chronicling the life and times of the Primarch of the Dark Angels, Lion El'Jonson, which unfortunately also has a sequel coming out so it's expected that it be read. On a good note, though, the one following Descent is Legion, which is stupendously good and raises a lot of questions about how things are in M41 even while it happens in M31.
kishiriadgr
May. 31st, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
I've seen nothing but one-star reviews on Amazon for "Angels" and it isn't crucial to the Heresy plotline, so I'd already decided to skip that one. I'll get Legion this week when I need to get away to a bookstore in search of sanity. Fortunately my Montreal friend Lil is in state so I can also use her as an excuse to get away from teammates.
kishiriadgr
May. 31st, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Correct plural of shaman
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