What if the Emperor had just confided in his sons about Chaos, the entities that comprise it, what they do and want, how they were involved in the scattering of the Primarchs and how they are more subtle and intelligent than all the Primarchs and more powerful than all the Primarchs AND their Legions combined.
What if he had explained all of this calmly, clearly and in a supportive manner to Lorgar and Magnus, explaining to them the dangers of religious faith in a universe of utterly real and highly predatory Daemon Gods, and also how dealing with them always, ALWAYS goes wrong, regardless of whether you seem to have come out on top. If only the Emperor had walked the Warp with both of them, showing them evidence to back up his claims. If only he had used his impossible powers to correct the maddening surgeries that had been inflicted upon Angron. If only he'd spent more time and psychic might soothing away the scarring of Curze's past. If only he had explained to Horus and his brothers the nature and importance of the Webway as a means of circumnavigating entry into the Warp, with all the dangers that brings, and how there's a shortcut into the Webway back on Terra that he thinks he can make accessible to humanity. If only he explained the plans he had for each of the Primarchs after the galaxy had been pacified and after the Webway had been 'cleared' (which I imagine would have been the next Great Crusade of facing the Primarchs and their Legions).
If only he'd done all these things, there probably wouldn't be a 40K galaxy that we all know and love...!
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What if... the Emperor admitted he didn't know very much about Chaos after all, just enough to be afraid of it...
Kind of hard to charge off into the big dark galaxy with that as a rally cry though.
Last edited by ManOfRust; 11-05-2012 at 16:43.
I've always wanted to know what would have happened if the Big E just gave a "stranger danger" talk to his demi-god sons about chaos and remind them that listening the voices in their heads is a bad thing.
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Reading this thread does make me just think the Emperor really was what he said he was - human, albeit an incredbily long lived and powerful one. He acts so naively in so many ways, almost like a parent who tells a kid not to open this special cupboard, no reason, just don't. What is the kid gonna do? Answer: everything he possibly can to open that cupboard. Maybe not all kids, but probably around 1 in 9 (hello Lorgar, hello Magnus...). The Emporer clearly can't see the future, and is far too much of an optimist.
I think all my What Ifs have gone (that I can think of at the moment) but one more springs to mind:
What if Loken had killed Abbadon on Istvaan III?
Surprised The Dornian Heresy hasn't shown up here yet. It's kind of cheating, as there's multiple points of divergence, one for each primarch.
It all works out a bit too neatly in truth but it's a great read, full of pretty subtle references to 'real' 40K. Aurelius is a talented writer. The story of the World Eaters and Emperor's Children is particularly poignant.
"This premier issue is devoted to chronicling something a little different; a twisted alternate timeline in which Warmaster Horus was able to cast off the daemonic influences that sought to possess him, and where the Ruinous Powers were instead forced to corrupt Rogal Dorn to overthrow the Emperor. The Dornian Heresy is the tale of an alternate universe where choices, sometimes large, sometimes small, have led to the familiar primarchs and legions meeting very different fates. For instance, how different might things have turned out if Sanguinius had instead been found and raised by the mutant tribes of Baal, or if Angron's first meeting with the Emperor had been as an honourable ally against the slavers at Fedan Mhor?"
I do enjoy reading it, though. I thought it was interesting as who was ascribed with being the most influential on Lorgar and Horus in the main timestream, ended up dying when being "upgraded", so unable to put the final touches on the timeline we know.
Not HH, but influential, nonetheless, what if the C'Tan were as parental of the races in the Materium as the Chaos Gods are of the denizens of the Warp?
What if the Seers who sacrificed themselves to create/awaken the Emperor were agents of Tzeentch and left its corruption on him? What if Horus was trying to break the Warp's influence on Man and the Emperor instead od turning to Chaos to conquer the same?
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Originally Posted by Megavolt
Carrying on from "what if Guillman was made Warmaster?":
- What if Sanguinius or perhaps Fulgrim? (everything's perfect with Sanguinius, probably; less so with Fulgrim)
- What if Dorn? (Dorn was no diplomat, expect the wilder primarchs to break off somehow a lot earlier, let alone Kurze)
- What if another primarch was made Warmaster?
- What if the Emperor stayed in command of the Great Crusade? How would the Heresy have panned out?
OT a bit, On another site I am on we are actually doing an RPG based on the Heresy, except the legion traits, strengths, and such are all different and legion size, creation order are different as well. It has been interesting thus far, and will be quite fun to see what happens in the end.
-What If Horus had won? Would the Imperium have been utterly destroyed?
-What if the Death Guard hadn't been trapped in the warp?
First, anyone who thinks like this should check out The Dornian Heresy from Bolter & Chainsword - very interesting reimagining of the whole thing, and more than a straight good/bad switch. http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/h...nianheresy.pdf
Theres so much to change, from the Emperor's way of dealing with his sons (the Big E REALLY isn't coming across well in the HH books...) to a good few decisions on each Primarch's part.
The HH books have pretty much made every Primarch out to be a very mentally weak person who apparently can't think two steps ahead of their own actions - this counts double for the Emperor. Hard to believe this lot could command armies and conquer much of the galaxy... I'd prefer it if they'd be written a bit better... it's hard to like guys who are either dull minded lickspittles, vainglorious fools or something equally uninspiring.