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Just a quick question when a marine gets the honour of becoming a dreadnought are they concious and know what is going on or is it a bit like 'im going to die' then 'oh wait now im 12 tonnes of shear awesomeness!'?
Marines become Dreadnoughts when they're critically wounded, which is a state not particularly helpful to maintaining consciousness. That, and being a Dreadnought is significantly less awesome than it sounds, even for Marines.
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In my understanding of it most Marines that are interned in Dreadnought armor are unconscious at the time and when the Dreadnought armor is activated they Marine that was interned is in a bit of a foggy mental state. They have to adjust to the armor and hearing, seeing, and moving in a new way as they have no real since of feeling anymore. This is one reason that Chaos Dreadnoughts are crazed and must be chained up or "unplugged" while not in battle, as they can not stand their existence without the pleasures that they knew in life.
From the books and such, becoming a dreadnought is seen more as, "Great, why did I have to be so awesome that they put me in here for all eternity when I was about to die?!?" Think of it as, sure, its awesome and a great honor, but you can never do anything you normally would do (except fight, and give advice) beforehand. Thus why they sleep for extreme periods of time, when not fighting.
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I never really thought about it being, in all honesty the raw end of the deal becoming a Dreadnought.
But it did occur to me that in a 40k game its unusual not to see a dread on the table but in the fluff world they are so highly prized they are only really used when the poo really does hit the fan.
I agree with a lot of the sentiment, here. I think that, just like being a Space Marine in general, there are all types. I think that could be the reason for the different types of dreadnoughts. It may be why some are Venerable, some are Ironclad, and others just heavy support. There would be some marines that might take to it more readily than others. SOme might look at it as more of a prison, than an honor. Conversely, there could be great veterans who embrace the chance to return to their chapter and fight on in it's service in an even greater capacity. Either way, it's an interesting idea...
Marines seem to view being a Dread pretty much the same way Murphy views being Robocop. Your life as you knew it and everything you valued has been riped away, making it a great burden. But beyond that, your life has been one of duty and honour, dedication to service and pride in the fulfillment of your duties.
It is both a burden and an honour.
Also, the process of being placed into a Dreadnaught would pretty much mirror the Robocop scene. By the time a marine gets into a state that would warrent being placed into a Dread, maintaining consciousness would be a challange.
I'm shure it's not a secret, they'd tell him if they had a chance, but if he isn't lucid long enough for him to be informed then so be it.
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