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Alright, so, I'm trying to brainstorm for a story based in 40K (of course) that centers around a Chaos Marine, the protagonist of sorts, giving a detailed description of his life before becoming a Chaos Space Marine. I was trying to think of a way to do this, without it being a stretch, as I don't want to break 40K Fluff.
What I'm looking for advice on, is would it ever be possible, or rather likely, that a radical Inquisitor would capture a Chaos Marine and try to divulge information about his life from him - perhaps to help prevent more from falling to Chaos. Or, perhaps the knowledge of his past life holds some key information the Inquisitor plans to use. What's the motive? How could he pull it off without drawing dangerous attention? He couldn't use Grey Knights, as they'd probably kill him for heresy.
And, of course, why would a Chaos Marine offer up this kind of information? Perhaps if he was promised freedom? Perhaps he could guarantee his escape? Perhaps he's afraid of something, maybe a trained psyker who could force the answers from him but destroying him in the process.
Anyway, any help you could offer would be fantastic - though please keep in mind, I already have some ideas as to how I could write this, but by posting in this thread, you are offering up your ideas as an open source thing, which means that if I use your idea and become mad famous you can't be all angry at me, etc. etc.
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I'd read Angels of Darkness if I were you. The Fallen Marine has some interesting things that might inspire you.
I think a radical Inquisitor would, or a particularly interrogation-minded Chapter (DA or successors, perhaps others). He or they would have to have a base of operations safe from interference (Chapters have these, they're called Battle Barges and Chapter Keeps and such; I'm sure an Inquisitor could find something...).
There are lots of ways to get the Chaos Space Marine to squeal. Psykers, torture, threats, condemnation, mind games, isolation, imprisonment, and more... you don't have to promise the Chaos Marine anything, and if you do you could just betray him. Though the Dark Gods might take offense at such treatment of their pawn...
I'd read up on Chaos Marines for more. Storm of Iron, Lord of the Night, aforementioned Angels of Darkness, and (so far) Dark Apostle all are good. Probably the HH series if you're looking to explain the fall of a Horus Heretic.
There is so much bad blood between loyalists and Chaos marines, the Loyalists won't hesitate to end their chaos brethrens' lives. DA is the ONLY fluff chapter that bother capturing fallen. Even then it's only fallen, any other chaos marines and they wouldn't even waste their time. Kill the traitor.
DA and their Successors (the ones known as Unforgiven at least, some aren't oddly enough IIRC) all practice interrogation of the Fallen. There are a thousand Chapters; surely one or two others might have picked up the practice of interrogating prisoners independently? There's enough variation between Chapters that I think it's possible.
Heck, if you want, hotspike, you could create a Chapter that does this and then have them get 'caught'- this could even play into an escape for your traitor!
Possible, but rare fluff wise. The Dark Angels are very secretive about this fallen issue, not only because knowing half their legion (it was a legion during the heresy) went to chaos would be a huge scar on their honor, but anyone (espcially Inquisitors) who see the traitor legions as beyond redemption, would see Dark angels, or almost any chapter that wouldn't try to kill a Chaos marine on sight, as being soft on Chaos and that is a position no chapter wants to be in as this scrutiny is liable to attract the attention of inquisitors who will want to persecute said chapters. They might even go as far to say that this deviation in normal astartes procedure torward the tratiors is proof of the chapter being tainted by chaos and thus should all be wiped out. I could easily see such a scenerio, I also seeing it escalate to it turning into outright conflict as the inquisiton actually goes through with it. Sending Sisters and IG after them. Even other marine chapters might go after this radical chapter. Marines hate nothing more than one of their own kind turning to chaos or having the slightest possible taint, which leads to treason usually.
However, if the DA secret DID come out, any action taken against them could be suicide as they are one of the origional marine legions, and who in their right mind would pick a fight with smurfs, Imperial fists, Dark Angels, Salamanders, Iron Hands, Raven guard. Space wolves, or blood angels. You also have to figure in the sucessor chapters that would come to their parent chapters aid, as well as other chpaters aiding their borther chapter, beleiving it impossible for them to be tainted. We all know what happened during the plague of unbelief when somone was stupid enough to take down space wolves.
There is nothing to stop a regular Chapter having a tradition of capturing Chaos Marines (rare but possible) and putting them on trial for treachery and heresy. This in and on of itself isn't heresy. Most Chapters would consider it a waste of time.
As for why a Chaos Marine might divulge information....maybe he is trying to corrupt the loyalists.
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Or trying to save himself. If this guy is a fool, he could truly believe an offer of amnesty, and give up the location of a CSM base of ops. I mean, he turned traitor once, right? Or he might realize how truly screwed he is and try to remedy that, on the slim chance that he might actually not be tortured horribly to death.
"Okay, the information panned out, thank you for your cooperation." *BOOM, headshot*
Hmm... I don't think that a marine -even a traitor- would turn coat again. Marines are very stoic, and I doubt that even torture could get them to tell anything useful. More than likely, this prisoner is just bragging about what he's done, or trying to get the loyalists to side with him by telling them a particulary tragic story about how his own chapter was betrayed by the Imperium.
However, to take a captive might be a good idea, for any number of reaons. They could be testing him to see how different his geneseed has become, and he's recounting all this as he lays on the operating table. They could be trying to discover something by letting him talk and waiting for him to slip up. They could even be trying in vain to get him to repent.
What I don't understand is why the DE and the Fallen are so soft! My marines have a similar theme, and when I wrote the fluff, I made them such bitter enemies that they will not allow themselves to be captured alive. Even if it means taking yourself out with a frag, or stabbing/kicking/clubbing/biting until they are forced to put a bullet in you. One of my short stories deals with one of my loyal marines beging captured. He breaks his own wrist in the restraints during interogation and manages to rip through enough skin and muscle to get just the stump of his wrist free, and then procedes to bite the throat out of the man interogating him, hit the button to deactivate his restraints, and go on a naked, handless rampage until he jumps into the ship's plasma drives with a bandolier of melta-bombs.