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Could i possibly write that my dudes found an old physics text book from earth, floating in space? then they rediscovered EVERYTHING? Leading to a less theologic regiment and over 1000 years they've been relearning all the lost knowledge people would have known ages ago? Then they'd make awesome stuff in the next couple of millenium
How about a rogue Imperial Guard faction that has disregarded the Emperor's will to destroy all 'heretic' technology. Instead they have decided to explore the obvious benefits of incorporating alien technologies into their own. Just hope that the Inquisition doesn't find out
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One thing that you can do is something i've thought extensively about.
SO a thousand years or so ago a guard regiment/planet comes to the conclusion that the lives of their men are worth more and deserve better weapons and technology than the mechanicus currently provides so they start their research program; back to basics! slowly they progress to the point of technology of, say, where we are today. This angers the mechanics and draws the attention of the Inquisition. Through careful documentation the regiment/planet proves to the inquisition that all the tech is imperial, and that it is beneficial (as through their battle record showing because of improved weapons, medical practices, and training). The inquisition see that this is beneficial and takes up residence on the planet to "oversee" the research so as to prevent any techo-heresy (as well as equip their guys with the new and improved tech).
This is a simple approach to the idea of a technologically adept guard regiment, and allows for the working with the Inquisition both on the table top, and in the fluff.
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Imperial Technology doesn't come from 20th century Earth.. It comes from a 10,000 year golden age of human dominance and technological advancement. If you really think one planet could do better than that in a meagre millenium..
If you want to go more technologically advanced than the Mechanicus though you're looking at Eldar technology and Necron technology, and that's about it. The Tau mass produce a higher standard of technology, but that doesn't mean they're more advanced (they're a lot less so in most areas.) The mechanicus can do just about anything really.. even if they're just lovingly maintaining a device which is 15,000 years old.
Improved weapons - Archeotech pistols which can blow up buildings were kind of standard in the Dark Age of Technology. The Mechanicus likely still has working pieces. Also, they can minitaurize a meltagun to the size of a large ring.
Improved medical practices - Tech priests can, and do, make themselves clinically immortal. Plus, Imperial biotechnology is actually better than any other major race save the Tyranids. Even the Eldar don't get this one.
In short.. Seriously.. just because it's a technological recession doesn't mean everyone is backward. The Mechanicus loving preserved, sought out and catalogued knowledge which took a vast star-empire 10,000 years to develop which is why they're, generally, more advanced than everyone. True, they're just clinging on to the past, but the past is good stuff..
What I think makes far more sense is if you have a world where the technological base is higher or where certain ideas or technologies got preserved better over the time since the dark age.. I mean, you get feudal worlds, and you get the Necromundan nobles with their impossibly high tech hunting nanosuits. There are going to be worlds where the average citizen has access to a higher standard of technology than average.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; June 22nd, 2009 at 04:42.
I don't see how the Inquisition would permit an entire planet to be innovative and curious--they exist specifically to handle the (horrible) consequences of that sort of thing and arguing that getting good results justifies new methods is the very definition of Radicalism. Nor would the Inquisition side with a single planet over the entire Adeptus Mechanicus; the Treaty of Mars gives the AdMech authority over all Imperial technology and research. It would be equivalent to outright secession from the Imperium so the planet could try out an improved form of government. Better to go with the "backroom dealings with the Tau" idea before the AdMech begin air-dropping Titans and Skitarii.
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To the OP: A physics textbook from modern Earth won't tell you how to build a starship. The Imperium is more advanced than their gothic artwork would lead to believe.
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