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I've heard people talking about it in posts and such, but I'm still not actually sure what it is... would anyone mind helping clear this up?
Bascially its a bit of background that dates back to the Rouge Trooper days. It was detailed in the Realms of Chaos supplements Lost and the Damned and Slaves to Darkness.
Essentially the theory went that every being had a mirror of itself in the warp that rperesented their psychic presence. Most beings were subsumed by the far more powerful Chaos Gods (or other warp entites) which acted as almost giant whirlpools of energy.
The Emperor however was created specifically to prevent this occuring (Thats another story...). He has been able to prevent himself from being drawn into the Chaos Gods.
The fluff goes that because he is still a free agent, so to speak, he has a chance of being re-born. In Realms of Chaos they talked about him slowly drawing upon those warp beings that shared their essence with the Emperor, his sons.
The Star Child is the combination of both the emperors Soul and the warp presence of his sons. When the Emperors body finally dies the general idea is that the Star Child (at the moment a mere sleeping presence in the warp) will inhabit a new body and become the Emperor re-born.
Now you may be asking who are his sons? His sons don't refer to the Primarchs but to his descendents, called the Sensei. Basically think Chaos Champions but dedicated to the Emperor instead of one of the normal Chaos Gods. They share the Emperors original vision of the Galaxy and as such are outlawed by the present Imperium who view them as dangerous heretics. There is reference to them in the 3rd edition rulebook as being hunted down by the Inquisition as Tzeentch cultists.
There is a bit of devision as to whether the Star Child still represents valid background. It hasn't been referred to since 3rd edition and it is somewhat at odds with present interpretations of the Emperor. However some of the themes of the Emperor re-born and the nature of the warp have carried on (particularly in the Inquisitor source book), so make of it what you will.
It represented a possible way of moving the 40k fluff further in time. But since GW (at the moment) doesn't seem to be interested in that, they pretty much ignore this. So for now - no Star CHild.
On a side note - there were rumours for a while that Cypher was a Sensei and his protector was the Emperor himself.
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The Sensei didn't have large armies or political influence within the Imperium. They were also very very very rare. Most Inquisitors didn't know about them. Of those that did only a handful knew what they really were.
In short although could still be part of the fluff they would never appear in the game in any useable form.
Actualy I read stats for a Sensei somewhere once. They had some kind of anti-chaos aura that negated gifts and marks around them or something... It was kinda weird.
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i once heard that the sensie were actually living decendents of the emporer, that he actually created childern ( and lets face it, when your the emporer, you probably have a bunch o wives) and they wage against the false imperium.
Last edited by AlbinoAlien; May 23rd, 2007 at 22:10.
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The sensei had rules back in the day but they were designed for battles on a very small scale, say Inquisitor or Necromunda size skirmishes.
They developed skills and attributes kind of like Champions of Chaos as they drew energy from the Star Childs prescence in the Warp.
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