Well it's that time of the week again, where I attempt to liveblog this horrible mess. I've been dreading this day all week long, but due to my perception of time, today has come fast as Saturdays generally do. Today it seems we are going through the Author's skewed perception of the Warhammer 40000 Fluff. This will probably be the worst part of the "article", since the fluff is probably my favorite part of Warhammer 40000. However, I shall persevere onwards in the hope that the worst part of this will be over. Since I am familiar with the fluff, I shall be doing this part as an MST. And thus, without further adue:
PARTE DUO: In which the Author tells us about the Space Marines and thereby takes out of context/misinterprets/outright fabricates the fluff
Thought of the day: Things aren't always what they seem.
What is not explained, is what is so good about having unwavering faith in the Emperor? Why would anyone want to do that? What's so hot about the Emperor that you'd give up your own one-time-only life, as a unique irreplaceable human being, and instead of exploring the world and enjoying life you shut off your brain and become the extension of somebody else's will.[/quoteblock]]
Because if you don't have "unwavering faith", you'll likely fall prey to Chaos and become a corrupted Eldritch Abomination
? If you actually attempted to look further and explore the fluff, you would find the answer to this question.
[[quoteblock]]The Emperor doesn't seem to do much for you but you sure are expected to be mutilated, suffer, and die to make him happy. And is he dead or what? If he's entombed that would mean he's dead as a doornail, right? So, how can he be happy about anything you do, or even give orders to anyone? Are you worshipping the dead now? Is that something you'd really want to do? Because it sounds freaking creepy to me.
The EMPRAH is the guy powering the Astronomicon, which is essentially the only thing allowing interstellar travel. If the Emperor were to die, then the entire Imperium would collapse and the galaxy would be consumed by Chaos. Also, the Romans deified their Emperors upon death, and many people around the world (East Asia for example) venerate their ancestors in rememberence of their deeds in life (in the Emperor's case, bringing Humanity back from barbarism and uniting the Galaxy under one flag).
Being willing to kill and die on command is sort of retarded, isn't it? Shouldn't there be a really good reason to engage in deadly violence? Is the word of "some guy" with a fancy hair do and a big hat enough to make you go kill somebody? Who is he anyway, and what makes him so flaming great? If he wants people killed why doesn't he go do it himself?
Because if people didn't go kill and die on command they would be killed by:
Those are very good reasons, aren't they? All of this is smelling of someone who just looked at the Games Workshop article of Space Marines
and just assumed that the [[color:red:Astartes]] were big, bad SPESS MUHREENZ
who just went out and terrorised the happy, pacifist population of the galaxy
in the name of their evil, dog-kicking EMPRAH who sits atop a pile of skulls and drinks the blood of the innocent from a goblet
. I'm beginning to move away from the soul-crushing despair I felt last week and more to amusement at the Author's lack of fluff knowledge. Incidentally, the tag line is "In the grim darkness of the far future, there exists ONLY WAR
. How the Warp can you miss that?
These and many more questions abound, but unfortunately are not even alluded to when kids look at this stuff. Sucked in by cool graphics and continuously injected with bizarre ideation and glamorization of death, killing and destruction, and the strange assertion that it is perfectly normal to have unquestioning obedience to who ever has the tallest hat, kids will not be given an equal opportunity to learn how to question such obvious mind control techniques.
Incidentally, it seems that YOU are the when that didn't even look at the fluff and and jumped to conclusions. Also, if W H40k
is targeted to kids, then how can you explain the fact that you would consider to be the Periphery Demographic
consists of probably >75% of customers?
Everything about being a killer on command who is loyal is right here. The very idea would not ever occur to a child on his own. This must be injected, repeated, and glamorized and it is. It's been done to every last one of us. What easier way to assure obedient, authority driven selfless drones who will go die for no reason, because they never ask for a reason.
Tune in next week for the next installment of WAR GAMES AND DEATH TOYS! In the meantime, I think I'll be doing a Gaunt's Ghosts
liveblog, just to get rid of the taint of this liveblogging.
An afternote: a keyword search on the article yields no results for "Imperial Guard", "Ork", "Eldar, "Chaos", "Necron", "Tau", "Inquisition", or "Sister[s of Battle]" which leads me to assume that the Author is not even aware of the other Warhammer 40000 factions. How can one be absolutely unaware of the Warhammer 40000 background even though this person has visited the Games Workshop Website?
edited 21st Nov '10 8:55:49 AM by SantosLHalper