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Ok. What the hell is the Obliterator Cult? I checked the new chaos codex and found little mention of them-although obviously they were available as a unit choice.
Where could I find out more on them? Anyone have a link? Anyone know the info? I checked Wiki and found nothing (except as perhaps having a seperate chaos patron)
The reason the Obliterators are a cult is because they are a faction of their own that cuts across the boundaries of the Traitor Legions. A Word Bearers Obliterator has more in common with a Black Legion Obliterator than another Word Bearers Chaos Space Marine. It's the same with the Raptor Cult, which also cuts across the Traitor Legions and forms a faction in its own right.
As to what an Obliterator is, they are basically a Chaos Space Marine that has contracted a unique warp contagion called the "Obliterator Virus" that fuses any weapon he touches to his flesh. In this way, he accumulates a veritable arsenal of weapons and begins to biologically generate ammo for them, thus allowing him to cycle through each of his weapons at will. They are literally living gun platforms and provide heavy fire support for the Traitor Legions. Of course, they are no longer quite human (if any of the Chaos Space Marines can truly be called human anymore) and stand apart from their brothers, mainly, hence the term Obliterator Cult. It is possible that they have their own patron but more than likely, they are just another unique manifestation of Chaos Undivided.
Mind you, Chaos Space Marines aren't the only creatures to contract the Obliterator Virus and become these terrible monstrosities. There are numerous cases of ordinary humans contracting the virus, although they are not necessarily able to carry the same amount of firepower as a Chaos Space Marine with the same mutations.
Last edited by NiteRabbit; January 3rd, 2007 at 04:50.
Rabbit's knocked it on the head. If you want to know more about the virus and its effects, read this:
I believe it's very much based on the bizarre Japanese film 'Tetsuo: The Iron Man', but it's a cool idea nonetheless.
About the legions though.. It doesn't quite make sense to say that obliterator cults are inter-legion as the Iron Warriors have always had more obliterators (they made the virus.)
So why don't the chaos legions just make everyone an obliterator, since they're so powerful? Well.. obliterators are very strongl, but they also go (more) insane, and most importantly can't survive for long outside of the eye of terror, as the daemonic virus living in them needs exposure to warp energies. This is why I guess the chaos legions don't willingly spread the virus very far, and only a few crazy and unlucky marines wind up catching it.
Thanks. YMy question is more then answered
It's a warp virus in the sense that it's a daemonic infection on the cellular level (like parasitically possessed vehicles) but I believe it was created, like the zombie plague, by fallen Adeptus Mechanicus on the Iron Warriors homeworld.
I doubt the Iron Warriors engineered the plague, although I don't have any reference to back it up.
I think it just hit them first since of the various Chaos Legions, they favor their big-guns the most. Siege Cannons, Vindicators, and so on. If anyone would begin to develop an unhealthy attachment to his various boomsticks, I would imagine it'd be these guys.
Course now I'm wondering what some Flash Gitz with the Obliterator Plague would be like.
Very screwed up is probably the answer.. Orky DNA is really aggressive in its response to genetic manipulation, so their bodies would be fighting a full scale war on the celular level.Originally Posted by Spook2k5
Besides.. If any of them did make to the final stages, they'd just be obliterators with slightly more exotic weapons.
Just like Tau with the obliterator virus would still be huge hulking monstrosities, only they'd have burst cannons and plasma rifles rather than heavy bolters and plasma guns. The Inquisitor article seems to imply that, if a normal obliterator had access to these machines, it could incorporate them anyway. Thus a formerly human obliterator could easily incorporate a big shoota if he found one.. It's a machine.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; January 4th, 2007 at 15:10.