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I have a question for you fluff-masters out there.
Does anyone know what the real name of The Emperor was?
I was reading Horus Rising a while ago, and I could have sworn one of the characters used his real name when talking to someone else.
I forget where in the book, or what precicely was said...but the person said "so-and-so, the Emperor"
I looked up the name in the Dramatis Personae section in the begining of the book, and the name was not listed...and I never read that name before in my life, nor have I since.
I will go back to that book and look again, but doesn anyone know if there was any actual real name for him before he was the Emperor?
He most likely did at one point before he became the Emperor. It was probably lost in records and even if it was known, calling him that would probably be considered a form of heresy.
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I have read the book â€˜Horus Risingâ€™ myself but canâ€™t remember the passage you refer to, although at some point I remember Horus alluding to the fact that he apparently knows the Emperorâ€™s name but refuses to reveal it. However, I can guarantee you that the Emperorâ€™s true name was not mentioned in â€˜Horus Risingâ€™, because a revelation like that wouldâ€™ve been all over the fluff forums I frequent myself, which it hasnâ€™t.
We do get some crucial pieces of information about the Emperorâ€™s unknown past, though. In the old fluff about the Shamans and the Star-Child, it was said that the Emperor was born in Anatoly in 8000 BC; however, when the Star-child fluff was expunged with some vague reference to the Illuminati being just another Tzeentchian cult, we lost all reliable information about the Emperorâ€™s past. With â€˜Horus Risingâ€™ and Horusâ€™ story about the dreadful sagittary, the background established in the Star-Child fluff has once again become relevant even if the Star-Child itself is still in fluff limbo.
We now know that the Emperor was born somewhere in the Middle East; the old fluff claims Anatoly, now part of Turkey, while â€˜Horus Risingâ€™ mentions Persia although not necessarily as the birth-place of the Emperor. Persia, now Iran, was first mentioned in Assyrian inscriptions from the early 9th century BC but mightâ€™ve been in existence long before then, making it likely that the Emperor was indeed born that long ago.
We also know that the Emperor was in fact born â€“ not constructed, as some fluff enthusiasts claim, to explain His unusual psychic powers. To me, this indicates that He must also have had parents of a kind, who no doubt named Him upon His birth. If the Star-Child fluff is to be believed, the Emperor has taken or been given many names throughout history, as He moved among humanity as its immortal guide and saviour. No doubt even He canâ€™t remember all of them, though Iâ€™m pretty sure many famous leaders, prophets, scholars, and philosophers were actually the Emperor in disguise. Since a name is very important to a person as the means to self-identification, the Emperor has likely had a â€˜trueâ€™ name, perhaps His birth-name, by which He was known to His most trusted friends and advisors â€“ and indeed, His son Horus.
However, no name has ever been revealed in the fluff as belonging to the Emperor, neither His adopted names nor any true name He mightâ€™ve used. I believe itâ€™s part of the mystery about the Emperor that Heâ€™s known only as that â€“ the Emperor. The use of a title for His name also makes it difficult to think of Him as anything but that, the Emperor of Mankind, a clever trick to keep ordinary people in awe of Him.
I actually rather like that He doesnâ€™t have a real name â€“ it would rather diminish Him in my mind if I found out His actual name was Bob, as fluff enthusiasts often claim in jest.
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Actually, I believe the rumour that the Emperor's true name is Bob is encouraged by several...undesirables...on various forums, including the actual GW forums themselves, so that just goes to show you, kids - don't believe everything you hear. They are all trying to trick you. Trust no one. They're always watching...
Sadly, Rick Priestly is unwilling to confirm or deny the rumour and simply sits there with an enigmatic smile on his face.
Ah Rick Priestly. The fluff was so much more fun way back when he was in charge. Mind you I guess it is all his intellectual property. Props to the guy.
Which brinsg me to an interesting epiphany....anybody ever think the Emperor's real name might be....Rick?
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Since the emperor doesnt have a name I know him as "Jesus II".
since he has been peoples saviour all through history he may well have been just about every important historical and religious figure. Although I'm not going to pursue as such propositions are against forum rules.
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oh come on people, it's painfully obvious that the Emperor's real name is Jack Bauer.
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The Emperor's name is Dilbert W Bush
no you all are wrong...
His true name WAS!!!!!*roffel**roffel*
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