|Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 - 22:01 SGT|
Posted By: Gilbert
Myth And Reality
It is another of my theories that reality and myth create each other in cycles - historical deeds are embellished into standardized patterns or tropes (see: the Hero's journey), that are in turn translated back into the present though their imprinting on the collective consciousness. We have long drawn on Warhammer 40k lore - itself an unashamed British satire made good - in explaining and forecasting contemporary happenings, and it has shown itself to be remarkably prescient thus far (at least when compared to FAKE NEWS pundits and professional "political analysts"). This trend continues with the Conservative blowout victory, that basically assures Brexit (some Warhammer 40k spoilers abound, of course):
N.B. Here, we seek to expound on a tiny proportion of the references employed:
- Old Albia and Mercia - now both made Great!
- The Lion El'Jonson was the first of the Primarchs, who were in turn the twenty(-one) gene-sons of the matchless Emperor of Mankind, created around the thirtieth millenium
- The Lion is canonically the best battle-strategist amongst the Primarchs (logistics perhaps excluded, due to Roboute Guilliman, the Avenging Beancounter)
- The Emperor of Mankind was busy with the Unification Wars on Terra (i.e. Earth) then; he would eventually be victorious, though he would cull his first generation of super-soldiers - the Thunder Warriors - after the deed. Their legacy would however (probably not entirely coincidentally) live on in the Singapore military's live firing exercise in New Zealand
- The Lion has often been seen as the Emperor's mini-me, particularly due to the parallels between their respective incapacitations at the end of the Horus Heresy (spoiler alert); the application to The Donald and The Boris is perhaps way too easy...
- Normal humans are often regarded as "mere mortals" by the Adeptus Astartes (i.e. Space Marines, who are currently also being created) - and rightly so, since the Astartes can easily live well over a thousand years. Primarchs appear functionally immortal
- But, not to worry, normal humans can still serve the Emperor by enlisting in the Imperial Guard (estimated life expectancy on a bad day: thirty minutes), though they are guaranteed free
toilet paper inspiration in the form of The Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer
- The Emperor of Mankind, by the way, was very big on the whole logic and rationality thing (i.e. the Imperial Truth), because strong emotions fed the Dark Gods of the Warp, which might be understood as a psychic reflection of said emotions; as you might guess from his eventual GOD-EMPEROR schtick, it didn't go well
- But eh, he does get to empower Living Saints and such after his all-but-ascension on the Golden Throne, so it's not all bad. Right? Right?
- And, can you say this is just a coincidence?
- The ending quotes are from the Lion's (my favorite Primarch and Legion, by the way) soon-to-be-released novel, and the Will of Iron comic series
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