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hi all, i am an eldar player by rule and was wondering about somthing. my freind told me all of the genetic and phisical alterations they go through,.....so... well i mean i dont know if they have said it in the codex specifically ,...but.. i mean do they still have their manhood after all these alterations? (this is a serious question) i dont mean to be rude but do they? if so,.. this sure explains the "combat tactics" rule.....!
They normally perform the operations before puberty, so i think it is a good bet that the chapter would not want horny marines if they didn't have to take them. I believe there are exceptions to this, such as the space wolves, where they take fallen heroes. Besides Ragnar and that female inquisitor, i have not read of a single instance of sexual attraction between a normal space marine and another person.
I believe they still have their bits and such. I haven't heard anything about removal. I think this is a subject that GW has deliberately steered away from. They've left it extremely vague due to the fact they want parents to buy this game for the kiddies. Imaginary violence is one thing, but throw in imaginary sex and some parents will go nuts.
Fluff-wise, I think during the course of creating each marine, they may use brain-conditioning to eliminate the "sex drive" with replace it with a "xenos murder drive". Or maybe the gene-seed or other organs changes things.
This is quite interesting. I am no physiologist so don't quote me on what I'm about to say....
The testis, amongst other things, are involved in releasing the chemicals that start puberty of in boys and ensure they have deep voices, fill out to the correct shape, grow hair where they didn't etc. Also testosterone is produced down there (I think) which is the main chemical men have that women don't and allows us to function as men.
I would believe that through pschoconditioning Marines are tought to ignore there sex drive or repress it. I doubt very much that they would undergo sergury to alter that part of their body.
Remember that marines do not look at normal humans as equals. Indeed they see tham as a race apart and have no love, respect, affection, honour etc for any save their brotherhood and the Emperor.
As most marine are inducted in their early teens, it seems they don't want recruits before they hit puberty. I would assume they still have their tackle, but don't have any form of sex drive.
Hold on guys lets think about this.
The SM are actually monks. i mean the they are a religion as much as anything else. worshiping the emperor. Also thier "home" are called fortress "monastery".
They devote themself to the emperor and his cause. So natually all senses such as greed, lust, envy are removed. But they can still be corrupted, hence why there are chaos marine.
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I think they would still have their parts, because non-aggressive space marines wouldn't really work, would it?
Having said that one of the variant codexes (DA I think) has a ventruvian 'man' of a space marine, with that whole area smudged out......
Slaaneshi Marines exist. Ergo, Space Marines still got their plumbing.
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You could ask the same about the Sister's of Battle. SM's have their "third arm of justice" but just don't use'em.
Last edited by Lani Guy; November 24th, 2009 at 02:16.
Space Marines still have their dangly bits, though they don't use them. It is a possibility they are sterile, but no one save the GM overlords know for sure.
They don't have a sex drive either, as others have noted, rather, they have, as me and my friends termed it when we had a similar discussion before, WARGASMS!!!!!!!!!
Emphasis mine but neccesary.