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    Hey everyone. I am wondering what the sacred numbers of the chaos gods are. I know that slaanesh is 6 (as I play a slaanesh army and all my units are a multiple of 6 just to be extra fluffy), but other than that, I am completely clueless. I am mostly wondering as my chaos army continues to grow, I would like to add different marked units and would like to keep the theme going of keeping units in their respecting patrons sacred number.

    Let us see...Tzeentch is 8, Khorne is 7 and Nurgle is 5...is that rightÉ
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    Re: Chaos gods and their sacred numbers

    9 Tzeentch
    8 Khorne
    7 Nurgle
    6 Slaanesh
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    Are the numbers just for fun, or does it have to do with the ages of the Gods themselves, if it's the ages then I can see why slaanesh has the smallest, but I always though khorne was the oldest of the Gods (although change is constant where warfare is not, despite what GW want us to belive)
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    Re: Chaos gods and their sacred numbers

    In the background Tzeentch made them up when there were only three Chaos Gods, which is why he gave himself 9 (the highest) while his antithesis Nurgle got 7 (the original lowest). Slaanesh only came into existance at a later time, so as the newbie he got 6 (the newer lowest).

    The numbers don't have much to do with the age of the gods (since Khorne is the oldest) but are used as a tool for rituals and religious/superstitious practices and such in 40K/WHFB, same as we do in the real world with numbers like 7, 13 and 666.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squiggoth View Post
    In the background Tzeentch made them up when there were only three Chaos Gods
    What's your source for this? I've always been under the impression that the numbers are just a nod towards 'the number of the beast' and the use of numerology.

    As for their use: in the original Realm of Chaos books, regiments had to be multiples of the god's chosen number - I think...
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    Re: Chaos gods and their sacred numbers

    I thought one was eleven. Or is that Maale(i cant spell his name)
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    Quote Originally Posted by omgadinosaur View Post
    I thought one was eleven. Or is that Maale(i cant spell his name)
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    9 Tzeentch
    8 Khorne
    7 Nurgle
    6 Slaanesh
    I assume you are thinking of Malal, tbh I have no idea what his scared number might be, but 11 is possible.
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    Malal predates the sacred numbers. He never received one.
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    Re: Chaos gods and their sacred numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand_Marshal_Kazan View Post
    9 Tzeentch
    8 Khorne
    7 Nurgle
    6 Slaanesh
    For some reason reading this remind me of that old joke "Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 eight 9!"
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    And take your coat as well.

    Numerology without a logical basis makes as much sense as an ad hoc, badly thought out, fictional background in a fantasy game.
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    Re: Chaos gods and their sacred numbers

    Put Slaanesh and Tzeentch in a room and you've got one hell of a party.
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    Well, according to Warhammer 40k wiki and Lexicanum, Malal's sacred number is 11, although they are hardly reliable sources.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aschen Grey View Post
    Well, according to Warhammer 40k wiki and Lexicanum, Malal's sacred number is 11, although they are hardly reliable sources.
    11 seems to be the sacred number of Malice (the 40k "not-Malal-so-that-we-can-reference-it-again-in-some-form") so i'd say that's pretty much accurate
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    Re: Chaos gods and their sacred numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by adreal View Post
    Are the numbers just for fun, or does it have to do with the ages of the Gods themselves, if it's the ages then I can see why slaanesh has the smallest, but I always though khorne was the oldest of the Gods (although change is constant where warfare is not, despite what GW want us to belive)
    Tzeentch is stated to be older than time itself, to have existed before the beginning and who will exist after the end. It's the old hordes of chaos book that gave that info. I think that puts him as the oldest unless there is more recent fluff disproving this.
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    Time becomes a silly concept with chaos, slaanesh always exist even before it was formed, that is how chaos roll
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razios View Post
    Time becomes a silly concept with chaos, slaanesh always exist even before it was formed, that is how chaos roll
    All time exist at the same time in the realm of chaos but existing before time might still be an achievement. It is noted specifically for Tzeentch. And Slaanesh is the youngest which is also noted so even though all time is simultaneous it still seems possible to measure time in some way.
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    Nurgle also favors the trinity.
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    Tzeentch is stated to be older than time itself
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    If the God emperor were to have a number it'd likely be ten or 5.
    Seeing as how that's the number of marine/ guard units.
    Also ten suits as decimal, for a god of order, not chaos

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