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As in, how does the institution work? Are all marriages pre-ordained (the emperor's assistants choose your mate), or is there some degree of autonomy? Does imperial doctrine enforce monogamism to the letter, or is this varied between worlds (e.g. some corporate worlds let one buy wives Psycho-style, or Tallarn practice polygamy provided equal favor is shown to all wives?).
Feel free to discuss individual topics. This was something I felt could be fleshed out (hah, bad pun!)
I'm certain that it varies from word to world, Hive Worlds may have selective breeding to ensure that the population stays constaint, but that doesn't stop the under-hivers from acting like rabbits. Maybe on some Worlds there are strange costomes, it is up to your imagination...
I would say that it is as variegated as the custom in the modern world.
I know that my personal hive world is a selected marriage system, however it matches person to person via a vast computer database, personality matching is 99.9999% accurate. only one couple in a million do not have a very satisfying marriage.
I also know that Talaran is Exactly like arabia, multiple wives and all. Though if I remember correctly they can have one woman with four husbands too.
Planetary computer databases in the Imperium?
Last edited by MagicJuggler; July 5th, 2005 at 01:40.
whats so wierd about that? the imperiums tech is ruffly the equivalent of todays in a lot of aspects, just throw in faster than light space travel, plasma tech, and a dark gothic sense and u got the 40k imperium....Originally Posted by MagicJuggler
As stated before, marriage in the imperium varies from world to world. From everything i've read so far humans in the 40k universe are just like now, anybody can fall in love with anybody. With the exception of Navigators, who lose their warp powers if they bear children with a person who isnt a navigator. Navigators intermarry out of necessity rather than on their own volition.
Well even there, HOW many navigators are there again? With them is still anyone + anyone, with the small caveat that both 'anyones' have to be navigators.
Well what i meant was that anyone person from a particular race/class/planet/occupation can fall in love with another individual from a different category as mentioned above. Logically, there are restrictions owing to that particular society. A planetary governor may be taking a leisurely stroll/drive through his city and be stricken with love at the sight of a beautiful peasant girl/woman, but he would be hard pressed to marry her due to societal restrictions.
It cannot be guessed at how many navigators are in the imperium. But it is safe to guess that their numbers is high since every ship no matter how small needs a navigator. To say the imperium has alot of ships is an understatement.
I donâ€™t know how many Navigators exist in total, but I canâ€™t imagine that they would be all that many compared to the number of ordinary human beings in the Imperium, seeing as they all live on Terra when not on missions, and only taking up a small piece of Terra at that. And Navigators donâ€™t intermarry freely either. If you read the Black Library novel â€˜Wolfbladeâ€™ by William King, youâ€™ll learn that almost all marriages between Navigators are influenced by politics, and only a few lucky individuals ever get to marry for love. To Navigators, love is a secondary thing; the preservation of their species and the political status of their Great Families are far more important to them than mere emotions. Also, since most of them are travelling on board ships at one time or another, I imagine that couples only meet briefly between missions to consummate the marriage, and that a marriage is therefore more like a contract between two Great Families to establish a political alliance and to increase the number of Navigators in the Family.Originally Posted by Alexei Vor YarukAs noted above, there canâ€™t be all that many Navigators, since they all can live on Terra. And it is far from all ships that have Navigators on board. Ships not meant for warp-travel donâ€™t need Navigators, of course, and even warp-capable ships can use computers to make short, calculated jumps. This is slower than using a Navigator, but I imagine itâ€™s fairly common on short trips between neighbouring systems in regions where the warp currents are relatively calm. Since Navigators are so rare, they are also very expensive to hire, and are mostly used by military craft and by individuals making long trips, such as traders or even Rogue Traders. The Adeptus Mechanicus probably also have a few Navigators, although they would probably rather rely on computers to calculate their jumps.Originally Posted by Grand Master Saiyan Sanguine
"Girls are nice and cuddly on the outside, and freaky on the inside." ~ Lost Nemesis.
As far as i know, Computers can't calculate warp travel. The very reason for the superiorty of the Imperium are the Navigators, if there were Computers during the Dark Age of Technology who could calculate a Warp Jump, there wouldn't be a need for Navigators. Maybe i am wrong, but thats how i always pictured it.