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I've got a sort of brainstorming question for you all:
If the rumors are true and C'tan are not in the next Necron codex, what would likely fill the void, if anything? Every other army has at least a few special characters. Perhaps there could be named Lords with unique stories of their distant pasts that inspire special wargear and abilities?
They'd still fight as soulless machines of course (in keeping with the fluff), but I'm curious if the concept holds any merit or if GW will need to stick with regular units instead.
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i liked the pariah special character in dawn of war burning crusade
but any special character that isnt c'tan or pariah wouldnt make sense
What would be good though is if you could give your lord more optional weapons instead of Warsythe or SOL.
Also say for instance you take a Wraithlord as HQ it would allow Wraiths to become troops wouldn't be a bad idea same for the other lord types.
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In the 40k Rulebook, under the Necron section, it specifically says that Necron Lords retain many if not all aspects of their previous personalities. This is also confirmed on page 25 of the Necron Codex. I can't see any reason why we couldn't have Necron Lords who, after thousands and thousands of years, have modified and developed their own bodies to their taste, in effect becoming unique beings with their own preferences and approach to warfare.
Some, after spending millenia trapped on inactive Tomb Worlds, might have gone insane and have been reduced to nothing more than unstoppable killing machines seething with hate. Others may have fared better over time and their memories and intellect have only been improved.
I think Necron characters could be very interesting if done right, with a certain depth to them.
If I remember correctly, a Necron loses some of it's "humanity/soul/memory/etc." each time he's killed, so it's possible that some of our Lords still have their "personalities", and uniqueness!
It would be nice to have some Special Characters with some special abilities, like those from Apocalypse (Thunder-Caller Lord, yaaay, coool), or something similar!
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The predominant theory is that the C'Tan will be replaced by the "essence of the C'Tan," similar to the same thing in Dawn of War: Dark Crusade.
In other words, you'll nominate a model (presumably a lord) who will then transform into a "C'Tan," and be replaced by a suitable model, much in the same way Chaos players summon Greater Daemons to the battlefield. Unlike Dawn of War, however, the transformation will remain throughout the rest of the game, and not "revert" back to the lord.
Once in this form, the lord will have all the same powers that the unit we call "C'Tan" has now. So basically, it's going to be more of a fluff change than a rules change.
Hmm, I'm not sure I'd like the idea of a Lord suddenly changing into a "C'tan" in the middle of a battle, I'd be more inclined towards a Lord that had gotten his mitts on a proper Necrodermis to become like a C'tan but no where near as powerful. Just a personal preference there.
Also, speaking of Dark Crusade, I'd like to see Lord special characters based upon those special pillars in the Necron HQ defense map. Stuff like a Lord that could control time, or a Lord that could control enemy vehicles, or even simpler stuff like a ressurection lord that's more powerful than a basic res orb. There is definately a lot of potential for different Lord special characters, heck even a special Lord like the thing in cell 1 in Xenology would be pretty cool, shape-shifting the living metal is rather underutilised beyond C'tan.
Actually Visseking, it never states that Pariahs are totally mind-wiped, they may very well still have memories. Just their memories are twisted to make them more bitter and hateful of all those that are still alive. Untouchables (pre-necronization Pariahs) are outcasts, nobody understands them and they have an aura that makes people dislike them (it's their lack of a soul) it would be very easy for something so manipulative and cruel as the Deceiver to bend all the bitterness of being neglected and hated into a killing machine. This is especially true when they meet their pariah comrades, beings who understand their pain, suffering, and hate.
It is entirely possible to have a named Necron Lord with a personality as well though. Again there are obvious references to this. And just look at the special lord abilities you can get in apocalypse.
I'm personally very much curious as to what will show up for Necrons in this way for the new Codex.
Really many Necrons may still have memories and personality, I could especially see Wraiths or Flayed ones maintaining some piece-of mind, as they aren't frontline combatants and therefore not meant to get crushed in droves.
Of course you can't run an army without a soul.
I'll do everything in my power to prevent a phariah becoming a HQ choice. (Wich isn't much in the real world, sadly...)
And I rather think that there should be psychotic lords instead of wraiths and flayed ones who has became lords by hard work.