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Totally random question: Is there any fluff that explains why Sisters (and Daemonhunters for that matter) use the French symbol for royalty (fleur-de-lis) on their armor? I love it as an icon, but I'd love to know there is a connection. Thanks!
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Well, I would explain it as that the Witch Hunters are very closely associated with the Ecclesiarchy and the Ecclesicarchy is almost near royalty in the Imperium. So therefore they use the symbol
There are no official reason, at least not that I know off. I think that GW wanted to show that the SoBs and GKs are some what royal in the Imperium and thus giving them this symbole that stands for royalty.
Maybe it had a specific meaning that GW wanted to link to, from before it was adopted by French royal lines?
I assumed it meant female, not royalty.
That, and isn't it also the symbol of the Girl Scouts?
sure explains the Ecclesicarchy too, bloody god-botherers! ha ha (in the voice of chaos)Originally Posted by SentryKiller
Baby, when I'm the voice of reason, we've got problems!~artificerSomeone should stop
Jervis "let's make it easy enough for a 3 year old to play" Johnson
before he turns 40k into checkers~anon
seriously does gw really need a reason?, it looks damn cool so quit complaining about it it's way better than the gorram eagle!
"take my love, take my land, take me to where i cannot stand, i don't care i'm still free you can't take the sky from meee" ;- firefly
"i'm gonna grant you your greatest wish i'm gonna show you a world without sin" ;- serentiy
"I am a leaf on the wind, watch how i soar" ;- serenity
I always assumed that the White Lily was also a symbol of virginal purity. Certainly representative of a female religious order...
The fleur-de -lis is now just a general symbol, rather than of anything specific. It's form is apparently derived from the lily flower. Many institutions use it, including the Scouts. It's history in heraldry is extensive, particularly for the French and English royalty, although it's use in English heraldry has faded since the monarchs of England stopped claiming the French throne (something they only did in 1801 I think).
The Sororitas use it for no other reason than it is a powerful and recognisable symbol. In 40K it is an archaic symbol of ancient times whose original meaning is long forgotten. There are many other symbols in 40K used in a similar way, as well as ones unique to the setting (the Maltese cross, the double-headed eagle, the eye, the cog). The swastika used to be such a symbol, ancient and respected, but it has been ruined forever by the Nazis.
The fleur-de-lis is an old french symbol. Joan of Arc took it as her symbol when she was leading the armies of france. I have always assumed it was because of strong womanhood and whatnot