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    Harlequin "Black Library" fragment Entitled "Gate of Death"

    The Gate of Death

    The Gate of Death actually is an early attempt at warp gate technology by the Ancients. It was one of the first warp gate prototypes, but was abandoned during one of their early wars and forgotten by the Ancients. It was subsequently found Thousands of millennia later by one of the now deceased C’tan known as “The Corruptor”. His twisted sense of humor and ideology afforded him a unique perspective on the universe. Pondering on matters of the workings of celestial mechanics, he gained much knowledge of the warp. He used his advanced knowledge of warp space to complete his masterpiece, a truly twisted work of his ironic genius. He decided to use the warp and warp entities, which the Ancients had so effectively used against his forces, against the Ancients themselves.

    Until this time, warp entities were not the twisted vile beings they are known now as, rather they were beautiful creatures and sentient beings of light and pure energy. The corruptor knew that unless he could convert some of these warp entities to serve his needs he and his kind were doomed to fight them forever. But how could he accomplish this horrific feat. He theorized that the answer was to be found in forcing a merger between a warp entity and a sentient life form from this dimension. He energized the homing beacon after activating his foul creation, patiently, he waited. It was not long before a scouting party of Ancients came to investigate. His fiendish plan worked even better than he had anticipated. The Ancients, unaware of his sinister plan, activated the Gate. Instead of being transported across the expanse of space to their desired destination they found themselves now merged with warp entities. Confused and alarmed by this, they sought to correct the process. Infighting erupted within the group as some of them refused to relinquish their new found powers. Soon they began to transform into more and more hideous monstrosities. Eventually, even the most compatible beings destabilized and became twisted by the conflicting natures within. This had the immediate effect of rendering them susceptible to control. Over time they began to manifest terrifying attributes , thus becoming known as demons. It was at this time The Corruptor revealed himself to them. “Rescuing” them from starvation and self destruction, he took them unto himself as his own special fighting force. He found, through his many experiments that repeated exposure to warp energies accelerated the effects on his subjects.

    With the help of The Deceiver He, The corruptor, managed to lure and “convert” 144,000 Ancients into his own band of “Demon Warriors”. Armed with awesomely twisted and more powerful versions of their former wargear, arms and armor, they embarked on a campaign of terror across this sector of the galaxy. Wreaking havoc on their former brethren for nearly 1000 years. They were eventually forced back into the gate, which, when modified by the ancients, transported them into the warp, where they awaited re-entry into this, their former realm of habilitation. Before the final battle The Corruptor fashioned a Key stone, instructing those who would come later how to “properly” activate the “Gate”. He, realizing that his demise was near managed to merge his consciousness within the physical form of his lieutenant, “D‘Aablo“. Not realizing this, the C’Tan known as the Nightbringer, when he came to kill the Corruptor, merely killed a mindless shell instead, allowing The corruptor, in the form of “D’Aablo” to escape into the web. Even though this union allowed the Corruptor to “Live within the web, his existence there was a constant state of torment, driving him insane. He led the dark host on a crusade within the web to either corrupt or destroy all other web beings. Apparently they have either succeeded or come close to succeeding in this goal,(as, on record, no “good” warp beings have been encountered.) It is theorized that the Chaos Gods, Khorne, Tzneech, and Nurgle are all either spawn , servants or even the splintered aspects of D’Aablo-the Corruptor.

    This Structure, though appearing benign enough, does not, as it’s runic inscriptions state, “transport the occupants to any gate in the warp gate system.” It, instead, causes the occupant to become demonically possessed. This Device was found and de-activated by the Slaan during the Final days of the Slaan-Necrontyr wars. It lay dormant, awaiting re-activation for many thousand millennia, until now.

    Last edited by cirquemeter; February 3rd, 2007 at 20:55. Reason: Punctuation and syntax

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    C'Tan don't have anything to do with the warp. S'elementary. C'tan => warp is like humans => hydrochloric acid. Not friendly.

    I'm very sorry, but you can't use made-up C'tan fluff to make the Chaos Gods your <insert whatever here>. (And what does this have to do with Harlequins?)
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    A mature rebuttal to an immature response

    First, I will begin with the fact that if you had read the piece in full that you would have noticed that in the above noted fluff, The C'Tan in question did not enter the warp as a C'tan, but rather placed what essence, (that he could), of himself into a being that could "survive" inside the warp. Therefore, his existance, even at the merging was agonizing at best, and as the fluff in question clearly states, his existance in the warp was so extremely agonizing that it drove him insane.

    Secondly, I am reporting you for your use of offensive language.

    Finally, If you knew anything about the Harlequins black library, they log all information they find regarding warp gate locations and activities. Such a gate would have definitely been logged as forbidden to use by the Harlequin Librarians.
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    hey man, no need to be quite as defensive about it. you put it out there and people will respond. that being said i would have to agree with the previous poster, unless there is something your not fully explaining then indeed "you can't use made-up C'tan fluff to make the Chaos Gods your 'happy-funtime-nonoffensive-word"

    also, on a purely prose aspect there is some rather week and over the top sections that i would hugely suggest fixing (unless you're going for the unable to read, over the top fluff that was a staple back in the day)


    Quote Originally Posted by cirquemeter View Post
    Thousands of millennia later by one of the now deceased C’tan known as “The Corruptor”. His twisted sense of humor and ideology afforded him a unique perspective on the universe. Pondering on matters of the workings of celestial mechanics, he gained much knowledge of the warp. He used his advanced knowledge of warp space to complete his masterpiece, a truly twisted work of his ironic genius. He decided to use the warp and warp entities, which the Ancients had so effectively used against his forces, against the Ancients themselves.
    i'de rather not have to go through the rest of it pointing out. my suggestion is to read it out loud or have a friend read it. those awkward sections kill this piece, and actually make it rather funny overall. Ironic genius!

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    You are non-responsive to ze's argument that the C'tan were uninterested in the warp.

    C'tan harvested Ancients like cattle. And it was there mastery of the materium that made them a threat. Their tragic fall was that disinterest in anything but power and the next meal led them to start killing each other off, and that is why they entered stasis, waiting for a better day to harvest.

    It is widely and popularly accepted that the Chaos god's in the 40k universe are material creations of human idea's that emerged from the warp in a god form. Backed up by Slannesh being a worshiped Eldar ideal that became real.

    You also mention something about awesome wargear twisted in awesomeness. By doing this you take away a huge part of the Necron story, which is that in their lust to be immortal they gave the C'tan the ability to make them their slaves. This is where the C'tan got their wargear. Not some warp-peril.

    There is enough bittersweet irony around in the 40k universe, this new morsel is so unnecessary.

    Besides how I hate where this story comes from, your rhetoric drives me crazy. Using phrases like twisted ironic genius doesn't make it sound good. It does make it sound like trashy sci-fi.

    Also, I would say don't be such a poopy-pants to readers, I could have liked it, but you were a jerk to someone with a valid point, and you talked down to everyone when talking down to him. Because "if you knew anything" about forum reader's here, you would take them seriously.

    P.S. If you take anything from this post, while you sit there rolling your snifter of brandy while smoking a pipe of classy tobacco making mutterings about how totally awesome you are to report someone because you didn't like what they said it would be this: lose the Diablo reference. It's stale, it's tired, it's <insert whatever here>.
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