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in the horus heresy books it reads that, before the heresy started, the emperor retretaed into the depths of the palace to finish his "great work". what was he building there?
It is not disclosed. Thats the mystery "oooohhhh".
Acutally I think it is plans for the human race becoming pyskers, and thus one of the best races. It also mentions Psyhcic machines... it doesn't mention what they do, but only the Emperor did, and on the very best of the AM knew how to build them.
Hope that helps
Actually it does.
Somewhere I remember reading that the Emperor's unfinished project was some sort of genetic screening program that would eliminate rogue psyker genes. In this way he could control mutation and development of psykers in the human race. Basically he was preventing the same thing that happened at the end of the Dark Age of Technology. This was part of his ultimate plan to beat chaos, with no psykers, no portals for daemonic entities to enter the material realm.
Unfortunately the heresy happened before he could implement it, and so we see the after-effects of it in the Imperium today.
Originally Posted by Addoran
Yea thats it, and it could scan for psykers so he wouldnt have to use his own powers to detect them, he was getting weaker from maintaining the astronomicon.
I'm sure the Emperor wasn't trying to elimintate psykers from the population.. He was a psyker himself, after all.
I always understood from the fluff that the Emperor wanted to bring all humanity to his level of psychic greatness, with the same level of control that he possessed. If he had succeeded, it wouldn't simply be a case of humanity being the best race.. humanity would literally be gods.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; May 8th, 2005 at 18:35.
Actually, he was building the Golden Throne, I'm pretty sure. He planned to achieve immortality long before the Heresy suddenly made it unavoidable. The only difference was that the Throne was unfinished; hence why the Emperor isn't conscious and requires about a thousand psykers a day.
'Course, I could be wrong. It's a big mystery, see, because GW were too lazy to invent something that he could be working on.
Every fluff source I'd read states that Dorn started building the Golden Throne immeadiately after the Emperor's duel with Horus...
For example at this source:
"Rogal Dorn found the Emperor's broken body in the ruins of the Warmaster's throne room. Through mangled lips the Emperor whispered instructions for the creation of his golden throne. Dorn smiled, for while the Emperor still lived there was still hope. The old general returned to Earth. There was much to be done."
Taken from White Dwarf 161.
Also.. the Emperor may well have been immortal anyway.Originally Posted by ze_poodle
He lived for thousands of years before the Heresy.
So...he thought up the schematics for the Throne off the top of his head while he was dying? Came up with the idea for a city-sized life support machine on the spot? Or he had it all planned beforehand, maybe. Which is exactly what I said.Originally Posted by Addoran
Forgive me, I erred slightly; I made a minor mistake before in saying "building" instead of "planning". Creating a machine that keeps you alive for ten thousand years and amplifies your already considerable psychic power as well seems like a pretty great work to me.
GW's official reason for why the Emperor is immortal is because he was created from the combined sacrifice of all of the Earth's psyker-shamans in Central Anatolia around 8000 BC because they all foresaw the need for a perfect human being. I've also read bits of fluff that said he was just a human being with incredible psychic potential, and I read a bit from WD issue...God knows what, one of the early ones, which said that the Emperor was a descendant of Jesus. They change it as they go along.
Although, just to please you guys, I'll go and say that he was planning out the psychic ascendancy of the human race instead. To avoid starting a stupid argument, which happens so damn often in these forums.
Well, Addoran and I disagree.. Do you see us arguing about it?Originally Posted by ze_poodle
Arguments only appear when people aggressively try and force their perception of the fluff on others. To an extent, we're all pretty guilty of that, but I wouldn't really care if you believed that the Emperor was born from the mating of Slannesh and a giant pig. He's a fictional character. I'm just giving my opinion, and critiquing those of others, which I'm entitled to do..