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right, just re-reading the first heretic and i came across this:
"...you are not the first colchisians to teach this world. Khaane. Tezen. Slanat. Narag. All ventured here, millenia ago, guided by visions of angels." (page 263)
Is it me, or do those four names sound suspicisously like khorne, tezench, slanesh, and nurgle? with a millenia or so, names can change quite a lot. and if the angels were actually deamons from the warp, as suggested earlier, what does that mean???
then again, i could be completely wrong.
Having not read that book(mainly because I hate the Word Bearers lore), I'm not really sure what you are getting at.
Most of the chaos gods haven't actually had their origins stated, although the origin of Slanesh gives clues to them.
Slanesh was born in the warp as a reflection of the excesses of the Eldar during what is known as the Fall of the Eldar. Their lusts and desires created such an imprint on the warp that Slanesh was born.
The other gods are not quite so well defined in when they were born, but Slanesh's birth gives us some clues. Most likely they were all born due to an extreme amount of whatever their focus is being reflected in the warp. We do know that Khorne was born around the time of Earth's middle ages, possibly aided by the warlike ways of humans during that time period.
I'm pretty sure that the tale of Khaane, Tezen, Slanat and Narag is like a Colchisian myth with a tiny grain of truth at the centre of it, sort of like their version of The Illiad.
A lot of The First Heretic is about Lorgar trying to find his place in the universe. He doesn't identify with his father or his brothers, and the first thing he does upon reaching his climax of self doubt is to go forth on a crusade of self enlightenment. He is constantly told by the forces and pawns of Chaos that he has a great destiny. The reference to Colchisian myths is really there just to cement Lorgar's chosen path in his mind. By tracing the footsteps of myth and legend, he has found his purpose. Letting Lorgar know that others have done resonates within his soul, and allows him to justify his eventual heresy.
Now the exact timing is lost to the depths of history but the birth of slannesh was probably less than a millennia before that book takes place as the birth trauma blew the warp storms away, after which the Emperor immediately launched the crusades. Although this may not mean much, as it's said that after it's birth slannesh was suddenly known to have always existed due to the time shenanigans that the chaos gods can get up to. This means that it's next to impossible to pin down a decent timeline for it unless you were there at the time to note the signs and portents.
However, one thing the chaos gods have never been is mortal - so it's likely the named figures were plants on Colchis set to create the religion that could lead Lorgar astray many centuries before the Emperor had even risen to power, which to me says one of two beings - Tzeench is one, the other I won't mention as I can't do spoiler tags from ForumRunner. If you've read what I've read you'll know who I mean
They're not plants. The entire pre-Emperor religion was the plant if you want to look at it that way, which at the end of the day was just Chaos. The off hand mention to other Colchisian pilgrims is an allegory to what Lorgar is thinking of doing, it's reaffirming his faith. It's a tale to show Lorgar that all his research into the practices of the old religions leads to a certain choice, and that others before have done the same. It's not an origin story or some grand machination of the Chaos Gods. They just know the right thing to say to this particular troubled primarch.
I'm pretty sure Aaron-Dembeski Bowden confirmed it that way on Warseer as well, should be easy enough to find.