Thursday, 17 March 2011


Honestly what went on there? Nearly a year has passed since A Thousand Sons came out and I still don't understand what happened.

Was it purely a case of the author taking liberties with the fluff and ending up with something that didn't really make sense or was it something more deep and meaningful?

Lets look at what happened
The Emperor ordered the legions together to discuss the psyker problem. Now in the original fluff I read this was purely a ban on the sorcery performed by the Thousand Sons legion. Now its apparent that its a ban on all psykers. We see this in the first of the Garro audio books, an Ultramarine librarian is shunned by his brothers for using the powers of the warp. So why so Space Wolf Rune Priests still funnel their psyker powers at the end of A Thousand Sons?

Its a sticky part of the fluff that I hope is eventually cleared up by the writers.


  1. Perhaps it was the fact that the Ultramarines are so bound by tradition and whatnot that when the emperor said, "no more psykers" they were like, "done and done!" But the Wolves have always been more independent.

  2. Well, I tend to lean towards the simplest answer. The Rune Priests AREN'T psykers. I know that seems crazy, but the Space Wolves maintain this themselves. They express on several occasions (especially when accused) that they do not, in fact, access the same powers that psykers do.

    When you couple this with the idea that the Space Wolves have all sorts of charms and amulets that, according the technology of the day, should not function but do it leads to the idea that perhaps the Rune Priests of the Space Wolves are not like Marine psykers.


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