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Ive been woundering how much would your average imperial citizen know about the forces of Chaos. Its not exactly common knowledge people go around teaching (but there must be rumors at the very least). Im sure all the big wigs of the Imperium would have it so no one knew about Chaos if it was possible. What about imperial guardsmen? Suspose you were a Cadian and fought chaos raids on a few occasions. Would you konw anything about the Chaos gods? Or just have a general knowledge of the various traitor chapters? Same thing applies to orks, tyranids, necrons, tau, and all those other minor races. I suspose it could vary widely from planet to planet, but I was just woundering everyones take on this.
Average Imperial knowledge among citizens is probably close to zero. At best, they might be told a little skewed theology about 'dark gods' and so forth via their world mythologies.
As for guardsmen, I guess it depends.. I'd imagine most guardsmen, even Cadians, have almost no clue about Chaos Marines beyond rumour and legend. The chances of them ever fighting some are virtually zero, and the chances of them surviving are even less. But I'd guess Cadians must know something about Chaos.. They live right next to the eye, after all, so they're probably more beset with mutation than most, not to mention that they have to fight back the gibbering hordes who occasionaly spill out from it.
Eldar know a lot about Chaos.. I'd imagine the average Eldar citizen knows almost as much as some of the most knowledgable Ordo Malleus Inquisitors.
Tau, on the other hand, know almost nothing. They've just about worked out there's this thing called the warp, they've met some mutated humans and there's even one piece of fluff where they meet a chaos marine. But they just don't get it yet. In that piece of fluff the Tau commander hears about Slannesh, but assumes Slannesh must be the Chaos Marine leading the army.
Orks don't really have time for thinking about such things.
You don't neccesarily have to have prior knowledge of an enemy's background to fight him, so I doubt the Guardsmen are told much more than what they absolutely have to know about Chaos and the CSM. The Imperial citizen probably knows nothing about them; let's face it, they've got a choice between a God promising them eternal life, unlimited power and what they'd perceive as freedom, or a load of armoured fascists promising them virus bombs if they don't fork over their tithes. If they knew about Chaos there'd be a lot more revolts.
Tau I dunno about, the Eldar/ DE have been dealing with Chaos for millenia before the Imperium was conceived, the Orks are too busy chopping everything and setting it on fire to notice what they're fighting and as far as the Necrons and Nids go their "attitude" is kill 'em all and let the C'tan/ digestion pools sort 'em out, I would assume.
Not a lot, I'm afraid. Imperial Guard have legends about Space Marines and traitor Astartes, but nothing beyond they. They might know, for example, that Chaos Marines use bolters, are eight feet tall and really freaking scary. No more than that.
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majority of imperial citizens know nothing of Chaos, they are worked so hard they have no time to acquire any knowledge of Chaos. majority of guardsmen will be aware of a 'great evil enemy' form whom they are to defend the imperium but no specifics, any of them with specifics inevitably turn into chaos cultists and renouce their oaths of loyalty to the emperor and become traitorous heretics! Cadians will probably know more than the avergae but still along the lines of 'A Great Evil', but again no specifics. the only peoples who now more really are the ordo malleus and the adeptus astartes.
I thought they were the only 2 groups that actually knew any real details about Chaos; not that if a Hereticus Inquisitor met Kharn the Betrayer he'd go over and try to shake his hand and stuff, but as far as knowing the story behind them, where they come from and who they used to be the Malleus and Smurfs are the only ones actually clued up to any real extent. That was always my interpretation anyway
Space Marines and the Inquisitorial branches are probably the only ones who know anything about Chaos. The regiments of Imperial Guard who have had many encounters with Chaos would of course have fought against them a lot but would probably not understand exactly what they are all about.
They don't know much about their own side either. I read a novel once (I forget which one but it might have been Eye of Terror) where the Imperial citizens didn't even believe in Space Marines. They were nothing but a silly old tale about giant metal angels who fight for the holy Emperor..
Yup the average Imperial Citzen is pretty much clueless as to what is actually going on. I one source of fluff a gaurdsman goes into shock when he sees a space marine die as he believed that the Astartes are warriors from legend whom are immortal just like the emperor they serve.
I think that the book that you are reffering to is Eye of terror Boba although i myslef am not to sure.
In fact from the reading of Deamon World it appears to be the same situation in the eye in that Most Mutants/Residents of the Eye have a vague understanding of some great imperium but don't understand it. This is also confirmed in Traitor General where the Phuegth is interrogated about imperial customs and how the economy of the imperium works even simple things such as table manners and how food is served.
I have read a short story were some people fight orks in a hulk and get contacted by Astertes. Some among the humans call them "legends" and that they don't exsist.Originally Posted by BobaHat
If anyone else then me have the Imperial Guardsmens Uplifting Primer (maybe your 'true' IG players out there?) know that you average Guardsmen knows more about it's enemies that you might think. Of course, most of it is how weak and unpure they are and that they need to be purged but it does tell of the Great enemy and the traitors that follow them.
Think about how much your average person now a days knows about Vodoo, Ancient History etc and that information for us is available when ever we want it for the citizens of the Imperium it is highly restricted so your average civillian would know nothing. Hell they would know little about the Imperiums forces much less the forces of chaos.
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