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Yep, another topic trying to help me find the army I want, but this one is more specific.
Are there still humans who don't worship the emperor but instead have their own gods. I kinda want to do a SoB army but I really don't like this whole undevoted love to a corpse thing so was thinking I'll just make up my own fluff about a cult trying to spread the word or something.
Would this be viable or should I just do normal SoB?
40k universe is so diverse that you can pretty much do whatever you wish aslong as you have a ligitimate reason. You could have a space marine army that has lost contact with the imperium and their faith along with it. Any thing with good background and believeable story will work and most people would go with it.
Lets say you want to use a space marine army that doesnt worship the emperor
A c'tan was able to store a very small amount of its power( or essence whatever you want to call it) within a machine(tomb whatever you want to call it) before being devoured by another c'tan. After several million years of waiting he awakens and starts to devour stars to regain his power. He uses his power to help a world full of humans advance. His godlike power is able to build armies similar to that of the new powerful warriors he has seen known as space marines. These soldiers are very similar to space marines except they rely on the power of the c'tan and worships him.
See its not hard just make sure its believable
hmm yup with a bit of shoehorning anything goes really.
although anyone who doesnt abide by the emperor's will is a heretic and shall be purged by sacred flame
one example of shoehorning would be the tyranid infested marine army a lá starcraft.
trouble is deciding which codex to use when so it isnt totally overpowered.
Well, keeping strictly within fluff, what the Imperium usually does when it conquers a new human planet is the old Roman Empire thing of just incorporating the native religion, and adding 'The Emperor/All Father' in palce of the previous God. Though he'll probably still be called whatever the natives originally called their God.
But, going (slightly) outside the fluff, you could situate your world on the border of a Segmentum, where Imperial control is loose at best, and you could easily find worlds that either don't consider themselves part of the Imperium or consider themselves part of the Imperium but their religion is wildly different to that prescribed by the Ecclesiarchy.
I once toyed around with making an IG army from a Seperatist world called Xhristosdom. Full of puns on Christianity... like the See of Ee..
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