View Full Version : What is an Oblitorator?

09-09-2008, 01:37
In the Chaos Space Marine dex is says that Oblitorators are Chaos Adeptus Mechanicus, but in the book Deamon World, a Word Bearer Obliterator named Vrox is stated as having caught the Obliterator Virus, turning him into a walking gun mount.

So which is it? Perverted Mechanicus :chrome: or Chaos Virus :skull:

09-09-2008, 01:46
originally they may have been long-corrupted chaos marines who by the powers of exposure to the warp, melded with their very guns.
however in recent fluff there's this notion of some form of techno-virus, a sort of daemonic-augmentative agent that twists and corrupts the infected so that they can create guns and weapons from their own body, rather than plus one into themselves, though that might not hurt.
now it seems that the chaos dex, says they're corrupted tech marines or some such babble. they're all correct as nothing has been completely rewritten.

09-09-2008, 02:18
They're Chaos Marines, usually Tech Marines because of their affinity for technology, who have contracted a Daemonic virus that causes their condition (having lots of guns in them).

09-09-2008, 10:30
I read that it was a virus which over time made you more proficient with weapons, then they started to meld into you.

But that Fluff is contradicted elsewhere.

09-09-2008, 10:35
The Iron Warriors used the Obliterator virus to subvert a Tyranid ship into their control, so they could use it as a Titan transport.

09-09-2008, 10:37
As Malevon sort of said, why not both explanation at the same time? One is the 'why' and the other the 'how'. Tech-adepts go crazy with technology and either make themselve, or have someone else make (hasn't Bile been mentioned in somewhere?) them a way to fuse with all that tech. I don't see how those two theories somehow rule each other out.

09-09-2008, 12:15
There is presumably more than one way to make an Obliterator, as remember that Obliterator is just a cover-all name for similiar-ish being, such is the nature of Chaos. Its likely that there are many more ways, just nothing has been written about them.

09-09-2008, 12:46
If I rember correctly, a while back (think it was sorm of iron, same place as infected tyrannid ship that carried titans) it was stated that it was a warped spawned techno virus named the oblitarator virus/strain that had been engineered by the iron warriors.

This was also hinted at again in the inquisitor rules expansion for the oblitarator virus.

09-09-2008, 20:28
also in storm of iron they turn a techpriest into an obliterator with the virus

09-09-2008, 20:39
Doesn't it absorb guns aswell as grow them? Hence the diff races guns being attached.

09-09-2008, 21:06
nothing has been written about them

I beg to differ:



09-09-2008, 21:36
I beg to differ:



Actually, I wrote that nothing had been written about possible other ways to make an Obliterator, not that nothing had been written about the virus.

09-09-2008, 22:11
Well, in Daemon World one character has a plasmagun fused as a part of her arm (shown in the cover art of the novel, the old version and not the reprint), and there's reference in many places (again, in Daemon World for one) about long term Chaos worshipers starting to bond with their gear. Seeing how fond Admech and some other factions are about fusing or replacing their flesh with machines, I don't think it's unheard of for a person to become an "obliterator" without the virus. He/she would be most likely different from "normal" obliterators, but if fusing with weapons and armour through Chaos is the key, then it might be a sort of... well, sort of an obliterator. In a sense. Or something.

10-09-2008, 12:25
Perhaps you could consider these characters are only showing early signs of the virus, or that they have some sort of natural resistance that stops them from fully transforming. Perhaps they even have a different strain of the virus that only causes partial transformations.
On a different tangent you might think that perhaps bonding with weapons is something that happens in the warp randomly, and the Iron Warriors managed to engineer a viral form of whatever actually causes the symptoms. In this way an obliterator is a (bio-deamonic) genetically engineered extreme version of what happens 'naturally' in the warp.

10-09-2008, 12:38
I doubt the plasma chick in question has come into contact with the virus. Probably never even been outside the planet. And I would hope there to be one thing in the universe that doesn't explain everything. It could be mere mutations (don't the possessed CSM kit come with fused weapons?). If you wear socks long enough, they start to grow on your. Stuff like that. Chaos might merely speeds up the process. Not to forget that if you wear your armour 24/7 for 10 000 years...

de Selby
10-09-2008, 13:04
Ah, thanks for that link Precinctomega. I always thought the 'obliterator virus', like the idea of raptor cults, was an interesting bit of Chaos fluff that deserved expansion. Though I'm sure that in the eye of terror there are plenty of ways to become 'obliterator-like' without contracting a virus.

If GW ever does an Ad Mech range I'd love to convert it to Dark Mechanicus/Obliterator cultists.

The Black Knight
10-09-2008, 19:28
Could it be a mistake a tech-priest made with some araldite?

"Damn, gonna kill that servitor with my meltagu... wait what the hell!?"