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I recently read the demo for FFG's new rpg, Black crusade, where you can play as the bad guys. (Finally!) This includes heretics of all stripes, including Chaos Marines.
One of my favorite Chaos Legions is the Thousand sons, but this posed a little problem: It's perfectly fine to use, say an aspiring sorcerer as a character, but what about a Rubric Marine?
Call him, say, Ismael; for lack of a better name. Say Ismael was just worried as Ahriman about the rampant mutation and believed as Ahriman did that the Rubric would fix the problem. Say Ishmael was at ground zero when the sorcerers performed the rubric, and got quite a bit more juice than the rest of the non-socerers in the thousand sons. When the dust settled and Ahriman saw what he had done, he added runes to Ismael's armor to seal in the added energies that weren't present in the rest of the thousand sons, thus preserving (somehow) a greater portion of his will. Call him Ishmael the Lucid, or other some such epithet pointing that out.
Will it work?
well, probably, but with Chaos sorcery being, well, chaotic, i was thinking what prevents me from saying that more mojo = less automatonic spirit-sealed horror-tomb armor? ( or maybe just as much automatonic spirit-sealed horror-tomb armor, only _consciousness_ of the fact, giving rise to "Get this armor OFFA MEEEE" moments in role play.)
I can think of a few fluffy justafications for this.
It's known that the Rubric marines do still have some remnant of their will in them but it can only be brought out under the right sircumstances. On the battlefield Rubric marines are often seen displaying some of their old mojo.
Maybe a sorceror wanted to keep him in this state, maybe even bring out a bit more of the old marine.
Another idea could be making him a part of one of the newer generations of Rubric marines. The Thousand sons have been re-casting the Rubric to create more, maybe they attempted a slightly different version of the spell in an attempt to create a superior warrior slave.
In the 41st millenium there is no such thing as paranoia, the universe realy is out to get you!
The best idea would be having him with a sorcerer nearby while lucid, and more drone-like when apart. Could add some interesting dynamics to the game, with the lucidity depending on proximity to the sorcerer.
If I'm remembering, and I'm probably not up to date on the chaos fluff, Rubric marines are not mindless automata. You can probably compare them to wraithguard in the sense that while they might be aware they probably don't have the same perception and sense of their surroundings, but they certainly don't just collapse or mill around mindlessly if the sorceror dies. For that matter I'm pretty sure they can speak and have some degree of volition and will.
So yeah, I think it's generally implied they're less lucid than living marines, but that doesn't imply they're mindless automata. If I were writing one, I'd imagine they saw the world something like a dream. They can make some sense of what's going on, but it's hard to summon any sense of urgency or make complicated decisions. Still, that could be an interesting roleplaying challenge.
The other thing is that the thousand sons leadership structure was based on psychic power. So the sorcerors were their squad leaders before the Rubric even happened. Being lead by the sorceror doesn't imply they're mindless, it's how the legion always worked.
Thanks guys, now I have justification for playing a rubric marine, and some new roleplaying ideas. awesome.