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1) How long after the death of a marine can the geneseed still be extracted? Indefinately, while the body is still fresh, immediately...?
Would there be any worth in trying to reclaim the bodies of marines who died in battle 500 years ago, for example, or does it have to be there and then.
2) Chaos marines who steal geneseed to make more chaos marines - do they still need to follow all the appropriate steps that loyalist marines do? All the implants, the indoctrination, the right age group etc? Or could they put the geneseed into a 30 year old overweight male and make a marine out of him?
3) The progenoid glands are what mature into geneseed, right? What exactly is the geneseed for then? I don't quite get it.
It is stated in the fluff that the geneseed is used to make more marines, but how?
Creation of a Space Marine - Lexicanum
So what does the geneseed actually do? Are the implanted organs made from the geneseed or something?
I'd always just thought 'oh, marines have geneseed. You make more marines from geneseed' and accepted it, but I never thought how it works until now.
I can't say I've seen it all but I live for the things that keep me hollow.
1) Has to be pretty fresh, within minutes or maybe an hour or 2 at most
2) Geneseed only works correctly if implanted in young male as it requires the changes puberty brings to shape the marine, also without the correct organ implants and training it will not work as well/ as intended. CSM probably alter the operation a bit, even loyalist chapters have some divergence
3) 2 organs in a marine (one in the chest and one in the neck I think) are what store the data for all the organs to work. These are implanted first and regulate the other organs as they are implanted and grow. When the marine dies, these organs are removed and checked for purity before being implanted in a new initiate.
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Doom Eagle Space Marines
Hive Fleet Omega Tyranids
Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
Tau of O'me
Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
and my attempted foray into fantasy
'Dark Angel Green' Dark Elves in need of fluff
And gene seed is important because the imprimrem cant make more of it but gene seed dose grow inside the space marine so in a way gene seed could be seen to be like eggs in that it can only be produced thought the biological proses that space marines undergo but in another way it a technology in that it controls organs in there body
there fore if a space marine lives for a long time he may give birth to many other space marines but if dies early in his life in such a way that his gene seed is unrecoverable then the chapter will have a harder time to replace him
I think they are still useable up to about a month after death, but they do degenerate and grow a hard shell and generally work less well the longer you leave them.
So the answer is still the fresher the better, but in dire circumstances (i.e a massive shortage of gene-seed) going back to a battlefield that the Marines were not in control of immediately after the fight might be worth it. But not too long after the fact though.
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The Chapter's Apothecaries grow the organs from the geneseed (Librarians and Techmarines also involved) and when the implants are ready they are - well - implanted. As for the feasibility of growing the organs, it is being done now eg: linky.
Last edited by Corianis; April 2nd, 2009 at 21:28. Reason: link
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