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Hey! I believe I should put this here. If not, feel free to move it should any mods pass by.
Either way I was bored, had nothing to do and happened to be talking about Space Marines and why they have 5 codices. (Not counting Chaos) So I decided that I should write a short story about why.
It obviously isn't serious.Cheers!Games Workshop and the Space Marines
In the beginning there was only Games Workshop. It had a quest. A quest to bring models and wargames and marines to the people that wanted it.
First, in a time long forgotten, they created what was to become the Warhammer Fantasy battles of today. A game with challenging rules requiring thought and an very small balancing issues.
Then they created what was to become Warhammer 40k. A game notoriously known for it's balancing issues and emphasize on the Imperial super soldiers known to man as the Space Marines or the Adeptus Astartes.
In the beginning there were 5 spawnings of Space Marine: The Ultramarines, the Space wolves, the Dark Angels, the Blood angels and last but not least the Black Templar. All of them had individual traits separating them from each other.
The Ultramarines were known for their multitude of great heroic deeds executed by merely a flex of muscles. The Space wolves for their use of ferocious wild wolves, close combat prowess and seemingly close ties to the music genre known as metal. The Dark angels for their eternal misery, sadness, being goth emos and favour in a near redundant number of Terminators and bikes. The Blood angels for their sudden fits of rage akin to a pre-menstrual woman and highly aggressive warriors clad in black. The Black templar for their heavy ties to Monthy Python and the Holy Grail, undying faith and favour of beating the brains out of all xenos and heretics.
Later in time there was also created a 6th spawning of Space Marine: The Chaos Space Marines.
Rebels and worshipers of dark gods seeking nothing but personal gains and power they were known as the counterpart to the other Space Marines and all they stood for. Much like there are positive and negative numbers such as 1 and -1 who both look the same but are very different.
When the first 5 spawnings of Space Marine were created the all powerful Games Workshop said to the people great words of wisdom who would be debated even to present day as to what they meant.We, Games Workshop, will take on the task to create the all powerful Space Marines.
Much like there are 5 working days in every week so will there be marine chapters.
We will make sure all of them have models.
Even if no one really uses them.
Negating the alien any love and forcing them to make their own.
First will there be Ultramarines, mighty heroes who do not really accomplish anything.
Secondly Space wolves who will be suppliers of furrydom and metal.
Thirdly there will be Dark angels. The resident emo kids.
Fourthly there shall be Blood angels. Sparkle vampires that will bring more than pain to the xeno.
Last but not least there will be Black Templars. Who will be walking references to the Holy Grail.
There must also be so that the Ultramarines hold the key to creating your own chapters.
All the five spawnings of Space marine could be combined were it not for the following reasons.
The Space wolves mustn't interact with the Ultramarines so that they do not learn of metal.
The Dark Angels because when time comes around the Ultramarines will already have taken everything they once had and made it theirs.
The Blood angels because red is a colour not related to blue in any way and because the young ultramarine scouts do not approve of sparkling vampires.
The Black Templar because the Ultramarines must remain seriously serious at all costs.
The reason behind why the Chaos Space Marines came to exist is believed to be caused by Space marines wanting to be combined into one codex and thus allow some love for the various aliens and the other human forces. Ironically this lead to them getting a codex of their own further adding to the number of Codex: Space marine variant.
Nice one, but it still left a huge unanswered question... When they wrote 40k why did they exclude women? Talk about Sexist.
Dabbled a bit in the early to mid 90's, but only bought the actual 40k rules last year after being layed off. I only really use the rules 'in house' and have my own story and fluff that actually allows for not only female but non-human marines.
I'm soon to start a guards regiment known as the 'First Terran Misfits', a group made of all nations of Earth. In my storyline the marines came to help us when we got invaded in 2011.