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I am just wondering, that seeing as how Thousand Son marines are all dust. How do they get replacements for casualties? Or do they not worry about the standard marines and only get replacements for the sorcerors when they are killed?
If anyone can help me understand this, I'd greatly appreciate it.
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It's always mystified me a little also.
The best I can think of is that the marines are simply spirits now, and that battle replacements are simply a case of binding said spirits into new armor. The sorcerers might have a similar arrangement, or they could be cultists with space marine enhancements that knew magic.
Yeah, we've done this a coupla times before. Consensus is:
1. The souls of the original Legionnaires belong to Tzeentch, and with the appropriate rites and rituals can be recovered from the maelstrom of the Warp and bound to a repaired or even entirely new suit of armour. Tzeentch has a "they're mine" clause on them, if you will.
2. There exists a process of stealing or draining new souls and binding them to new suits of armour, and it is common enough to replace any suits whose Rubrics are damaged.
3. The suits don't have any souls at all, the original Marines are dead, and it's just the Sorcerers animating a legion of armoured suits to fight for them.
It is known, for example, that Thousand Sons troops cannot speak, act independently, or cast psychic powers. Thousand Sons Sorcerers command and possibly animate the dusted Marines, who themselves have no personality. It's implied, by Ahriman's backstory, that the Thousand Sons regard the Rubric as a major pitfall in the history of their Legion, and a huge mistake that cannot be corrected. Thus, it's actually less likely that they re-bind souls to armour using the Rubric, since they hate the thing and blame it for the downfall of their Legion. Or perhaps time and pragmatism has caused them to become accustomed to necromancy, I'm not sure.
Rubric Marines bear many similarities to Wraithguard, who can be reconstructed and rebuilt indefinitely by drawing souls from the Infinity Circuit, so point 1 is likely to work in the exact same fashion - picking the souls of dead Sons from a huge, psychic net that captures and shields them from disintegrating into the Immaterium.
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In a vague attempt at injecting humour into the subject (because poodle already covered every point), a story was written awhile back about a group of sorcerers from the Thousand Sons who capture Space Marines, bind them down with chains and then paint the Rubric Signs on them, thus causing them to become dust and trapping them inside their armour as Thousand Sons. Then, over time, their armour mutates to create the egyptian headdress effect that all of their helmets have. Obviously, that isn't quite how it works, but it's amusing nonetheless.
In one of the Space Wolves books it explains how they keep casualties. The way they did in the book was by using a ritual of some sort together with a weird warp potral and the ressurected marines walked out of the warp portal. therefor the best idea wouuld be the soul idea, their bound to tzeentch so are kept in the warp as eternal service (as he can't actually flay their souls etc. as their dust). Anyway, they just marched out of the portal fully armoured and armed and started to kill the space wolves. The space wolves fought back but every time they killed them the armour/body turned to dust and they just strolled back out of the portal fully armed/armouered again.
Mass production, hey?
I assume Morgan Freeman is the voice of the Emperor.
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