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20-03-2009, 12:07
What is the meaning of the guy holding the two snakes on the cover of the 5th edition rulebook?

20-03-2009, 12:47
I think it is representing the Emperor holding Chaos at bay. Could be wrong.

20-03-2009, 13:27
But if you notice those same snakes are also on some of the Dark Heresy Covers

20-03-2009, 13:37
Which Dark Heresy Covers? I am especially interested in when GW started incorporating this symbol. Were they all released recently?

20-03-2009, 13:45
Sorry its just one PURGE THE UNCLEAN. Its an adventure book with 3 premade adventures. Although if those snakes are to represent Chaos it doesn't fit right on that book since chaos only plays a major role in 1 adventure. Interesting.

20-03-2009, 19:27
The guy is the Emperor. The snakes presumably represent Chaos - one is being held back, the other is coiled right round him tight, ready for a killing blow. The symbols around the edge of the shield represent the Imperium's institutions - Space Marines, Inquisition, etc. etc.

20-03-2009, 21:45
The thing with this sort of thing is that things can symbolize anything or nothing...
Must agree the guy with the snakes is the emperor though

20-03-2009, 21:52
i saw it as having a sort of herculean mythology to it, as the baby hercules defeated them two snakes sent by hades (or was it hera?) its like defeating the insurmountable odds isnt it, the emporer being able to fend off chaos like hercules fended off the snakes

the lion on the side signifies the imperial guard doesnt it, and the eagle represents the space marines?

ard boy stu
21-03-2009, 09:45
I belive azazel_fallenangel is right