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I just started up my Necron army and one of the main reasons I like this game so much is that I can customize the background and character of my army. I have been reading that Necrons are mindless, I have 2 questions regarding this:
1) does this apply to all Necron units, such as Lords? Basically are all Necron units mindless?
2) is it possible to design juicy fluff options for a truly mindless force, i.e. Necrons?
I would like if people could post some of their fluff for their Necrons, or maybe some pointers about it.
I don't play Necrons, but I'm pretty sure that the Lords are also mindless. Don't forget, the C'Tan play a huge role in a Necron force, so your fluff will probably be based around the C'Tan and their connection with the Necrons.
Again, I don't play Necrons or know much about them, but that's my .02.
Try using them as the backdrop of a narrative to create their fluff.
You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.
Take the Necron Lord in Xenology, for instance. He/it spent dozens of years impersonating an Inquisitor without being found out. A mindless auomaton can perhaps pass as a human as long as it comes to uttering sentences like "I want your boots, your Jacket and your bike." or "Sarah Connor?"...
but fooling Inquisitors? No, you need real Intelligence and creativity for that.
Last edited by Erehwon Morf; March 15th, 2008 at 16:47. Reason: formating error
Not in my game you won't!!
The Necrons aren't mindless, but very single-minded about things (I'd imagine that your regular Warrior is not much above the Terminator in terms of personality, Immortals having a degree of distinct individuality and Lords with fully developed personalities and motivations)
I was always under the impression from the fluff that Warriors and such were generally mindless, whereas Lords have only a spark of personality that survived the conversion- there's some fluff about the Lord on Medusa V from its perspective that implies they feel only 'hints' of emotions- hate, fear, contempt- that are barely recognizable.
I've always been under the impression that Warriors, Wraiths, etc were completely and utterly mindless. It's the reason they can't have Sergeants and Unit Champions; they lack any amount of individuality. Completely and utterly uniform.
The Lords would have a small hint of personality perhaps. Nothing more.
I tend to like Necron fluff written in the same way as Nid fluff, from a Preys eye view as it were you can't go wrong. Maybe you could invent an Inquisitor/Farseer/Ethereal who has taken it upon himself to hunt down your Tomb Lord and his minions for what ever reason
It says in the Necron codex.
Lords have retained just enough of their souls/minds to be efficient battle-field commanders, even being able to converse. Think like the Lizardmen in FB. They can talk, understand, give orders, but outside of war their abilities to discuss and converse and think are severely limited.
Flayed ones have retained some/all of their minds, and as such have gone insane from the millions and millions of years being alive, trapped in their metal bodies.
The others are, AFAIK, mindless.
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I've never read that bit about Flayed Ones, is there a source I can find it in? It does sound interesting. But I always assumed Flayed Ones were the way they were due to the effect they had on others rather than any internal thing. Besides, insane troops would be difficult to control, if given full reign of it. Look at Kharn.
Though he is predictable, even if uncontrollable. You can always assume he will try to kill something, or many somethings.