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This is a random idea that came upon me recently.
What if the events of Horus Heresy were "reversed" after a fashion - that is, Horus, Fulgrim et al remained loyal, while Dorn, Guilliman etc turned traitor?
I realise that would basically mean that a large part of the history of the 40k universe would turn around 180* - that's exactly the point! :rofl
Which of the alternate Traitor Legions do you think would become the Cult Legions for each of the Runious Powers?
How do you think that would affect the history of Wh40k? How much would the Imperium differ from the one we know?
Fallen Angels easily transpose into Dark Angels who actually stayed loyal while the rest of the Legion turned Traitor. Kind of like what happened with the marines from Eisenstein.
Blood Angels=World Eaters
Black Templars=Word Bearers
Well, the easier ones are...
Ravenguard = Night Lords
Imperial Fists = Iron Warriors
Black Legion = Ultramarines
As far as the God specific traitor legions go... (these are guesses)
Space Wolves/Blood Angels = Khorne
Iron Hands = Nurgle ( I could just imagine them hacking off rotted limbs and replacing them with bionics)
The others are really to hard to even attempt to guess at...
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Well, I would expect that Horus would have distilled his strategic wisdom into something similar to the Codex Astartes, as opposed to Fulgrim (the other one who could have done it). On one hand, I could see Fulgrim and the Emperor's Children occupying a similar position to Dorn in terms of being the Emperor's praetorian guard.
I'm seeing the Ultramarines as potential recruits of Slannesh. They're multi-purpose, loyal, perfect warriors, preserved over the centuries. Might be a weakness, if it turned to the entire perfection complex that the ECs had.
Woah...evil Sanguinius would be totally creepy. Like a priest looking up a girl's dress.
You'd have to assume that Horus still turns traitor, because otherwise the Heresy is essentially a blip - with Horus on the loyalist's side, the entire thing would be a fizzle, because they'd win almost instantly. There wouldn't be a pushed-back-to-an-undefended-Terra situation because it was Horus who got Gulliman on the other end of the galaxy, leaving Terra open, and who sent the Space Wolves and Dark Angels into a campaign where they would be at each other's throats.
I mean, the Emperor and Horus, together, is basically like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader teaming up. Not stoppable. In any sense of the word.
Moving on; the Space Wolves would succumb to Khorne. The Blood Angels, like I said, would be creepy, but most definitely Khorne. Either the Ultramarines or the Imperial Fists would go to Slaanesh, not both. One would be Undivided and the other would succumb to desires.
But really, this kind of what-if requires significant changes to the Primarch's origin stories, since most of them had their flaws inset at the beginning. The Night Haunter's maturity in a violent crime-ridden ecumenopolis where the number one killer is suicide was what caused his severe depression and brutal methods. Fulgrim would never have been a perfectionist if he hadn't grown up on a world where perfectionism was a cardinal virtue. Lorgar wouldn't have been blindly dependent on a divine father figure if he hadn't grown up in a super-theocracy.
So you'd either have to edit them so their origins are different - Angron, for example, would have led a successful slave revolt and liberated his homeworld with the Emperor's help as opposed to being teleported out and seeing all his friends and loyal companions brutally slaughtered, whereas Sanguinius would have to have been a bloodthirsty vampire tyrant, uniting the tribes of Baal and defeating their enemies in exchange for blood tribute. I mean, if you're going to make an evil alternate reality Batman, you can't have him remain the orphaned son of good-hearted parents who were gunned down in an alleyway. You'd do what they did in Red Son and make him a nihilistic Russian anarchist whose parents were murdered by the KGB for distributing anti-Soviet propaganda. Or what they did in JLA: Earth-Two, in which Bruce Wayne's younger brother is murdered by a corrupt policeman, prompting Wayne to team up with a violent criminal named Joe Chill to exact vengeance on the city's finest, becoming a syndicated crime boss and hitman supreme in the process.
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i think the ultramarines would succumb to slaanesh, as the emperors children where corrupted because of their search for perfection, ultramarines have this trait too.
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To add on to what poodle has stated, without Horus, then how could there have been such a massive heresy. But i must say that the Ultramarines, with thier ULTRA numbers, could have at least mounted a mild offense on the imperials, but probably nothing so serious. The eye of terror would still probably be the place they would go in the end, although i think guilliman deserves more respect here. I like to think of him as a almost horus figure. This guy is stated to be the most tactically and strategicly brilliant primarch ever. That has to count for something. Altough on the side of charismatic leadership, he wasn't touch base with horus, but im sure with the help of some slanesshy persuasion, his heresy would still be a massive hurt for the emporer, but probably not the crippling one it was.
Note* Im thinking ultramarines would be undivided.
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Difficult to come up with another legion for Tzeentch...we don't have a loyalist legion known for the knowledge thing. Closest thing is the Blood Ravens, who didn't even exist at the time as Blood Ravens.
Ultraamines would be undivided
Imperial Fists would be Slaneesh, they are addicted to pain as it is.
Iron Hands would probably be undivided. Like the Iron Warriors
But then again, its not always a choice.
The only reason that the Death Guard became Nurgle followers was because they'd all die of their disease otherwise.. some might argue that would be a better option..
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