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Do you mean besides the Word Bearers Chaplains (Dark Apostles)? They readily embraced the Ruinous Powers. So In the case of the Word Bearers legion, yes. As for other chapters, I am not so sure. During the Horus Heresy most of the legions that sided with Horus purged their ranks of loyalists, including chaplains. I suppose a select few non-Word Bearers Dark Apostles COULD exist, if they embraced chaos during the Heresy, but as you said, its probably extremely unlikely, due to their zealous fanaticism.
I am fairly certain that you already know this info, as your profile pic is of a word bearer, so if this doesn't answer your question, please elaborate and i will do my best to answer the question again.
Yeah, thats iffy. I don't know- I am sure it could happen, it would just be a very rare instance indeed. Lets say the Red Corsairs for instance; it isn't inconceivable that there were some Chaplains that turned to Chaos with the Astral Claws.
Its also possible a Chaplain could be corrupted by a discovered Crozius Arcanum that happened to house a daemon, or stuff along those lines.
In the Chaos codex it does talk about Marine chapters going renegade. The idea is to encourage people to come up with thier own Chaos marines and use the Chaos marine codex for them. You can cook up your own fluff about how Chaplains are still present in a traitor chapter. You can use Chaos lord rules to represent them on the table.
There are loads of ways a Chaplain might go renegade. Insanity, crisis of faith, secretly corrupted before recruitment or just being overcome with greed and giving in to temtation. As the saying goes 'converts make the best fanatics'. Also the most holy can always fall the farthest. I think also it could be entirely possible to say a Chaos lord in a traitor legion might of been a chaplain but his past is long behind him. My World eaters include a converted Chaplain I use a Chaos lord. I think that a Chaplain would be very unlikely to become a traitor but it isn't impossible.
Also during the Heresy, I've imagined that the legion's first steps into Chaos were gradual and the nature of the betrayal told to a select few who could be trusted not to freak out, etc. etc.
I find it likely that Chaplains would be the LAST people you'd talk to about team killing the Emperor. They'd probably strike you down where you stood. Also, it could be a sort of rite of passage to go around and kill all the chaplains before they arn someone or figure out what's going on.
Just some thoughts.
"If you can wait til I get home, then I swear we can make this last."
I think that even a space marine chaplain can go renegade if they are introduced to the right elements.
For example once I think I read somewhere a whole space marine on board transport were trapped within the warp and there is plaque that infecting them as the marines even though their zeal, faith and such then gives up and embrace the way of nurgle ((I dont remember of the refrence where I read that if I remember I will include the pages and what book it was ) I take it could be within that ship also contain a chaplain or two (just guessing)
Basically if the marines were faced with situation of such extremities some will go renegade (betray their faith upon the Emperor).
No retreat, No surrender.. got questions ? ask the Commissar.
I think the Marines you are talking about are the Death guard. They are one of the original Space marine legions. Typhus is the one who messed them up. Here is a link to info about them if you're interested. GW Online : Warhammer 40,000 : Chaos Space Marines : Death Guard
I can imagine a Chaplain being captured by forces of Chaos and turning after being severely tortured and abused for an extensive amount of time - keep in mind, he's a SM, and so has no confirmed max lifespan, and he might be kept in the EoT or similar, so 'extensive' might easily mean 'millenia'.
Also, with their sorta "We went rogue for the sake of humanity!" fluff, I can imagine an Alpha Legion Chaplain going 'rogue' while still believing himself true to the Holy Dead Guy.
Last edited by Tutankhankh; September 2nd, 2008 at 23:51.