Warhammer 40k -- strongest faction Oct 21, 2016 15:01:11 GMT
Post by Vortex13 on Oct 21, 2016 15:01:11 GMT
BTW, the Necrons are still a thing? weren't they defeated or something?
I like the Tau as a whole, but although they have really advanced tech, they're relatively new in the galaxy, they lack presence a.k.a numbers. I doubt they're such a powerhouse if I don't even think they could defeat the Empire alone.
The Necrons were originally an organic species known as the Necrontyr. The Necrontyr evolved in a system with a star that emitted a very heavy amount of radiation, and so the Necrontyr grew to be physically frail and rather weak but were very strong of mind and developed many technological advancements to counter their hostile environment. Despite their advances, the Necrontyr's lifespan was relatively short and they died in terrible agony under their harsh sun, which led to their culture revolving much around death, which is why their main complexes are known as tomb worlds. The Necrontyr collectively became obsessed with prolonging their lives and even immortality, but were not able to accomplish this under their sun, so instead the ventured out into space utilizing space vessels constructed from Necrodermis, which is a self-rejuvenating artificial metal alloy made from an unknown combination of elements that is also the primary ingredient for the Necrons' robotic bodies. While the Necrontyr were out in space, they encountered the Old Ones, who were the first recorded interstellar empire in the galaxy, some 60 million years before the 41st Millenium. The Old Ones were the complete opposite of the Necrontyr, being strong in body and full of power and strength while the Necrontyr were sickly and dependent on technology to sustain their lives. The Old Ones were also vastly more advanced than the Necrontyr, utilizing the Webway to travel across vast reaches of space near instantaneously, while the Necrontyr had to use massive stasis ships to survive the slow, slogging trips. The Necrontyr did eventually advance further and develop faster travel, but at the start they were very slow.
The Necrontyr eventually formed an empire and, away from their sun, became stronger, but were still rather short and frail in comparison to the Old Ones due to spending their entire time as a species up to this point under their harsh star. Up to this point, the Necrontyr were united in their desire to escape their solar system and find a new home, but once they established a new hold in a new system, this unity began to fracture, and a handful of realms began to splinter away and rebel against the Necrontyr empire, in a series of battles known as the Wars of Secession. Seeking to end the wars and reunite the Necrontyr people, some imperial Necrontyr turned their peoples' hatred toward the Old Ones, who the Necrontyr were incredibly jealous of due to their technology and strong bodies. This begins the War in Heaven. The Old Ones handily defeated the Necrontyr, who were pushed back to the Halo Stars. The Necrontyr's jealousy and hatred of the Old Ones grew into a hatred for all other life, seeing it as an affront to their people that every other species was so superior to them, physically. The Necrontyr empire began to fracture once more from their loss, and a second War of Secession began. Again desperate to reunite their people, imperial Necrontyr happened upon the C'tan, aka the Star Gods. The C'tan are energy beings who draw strength and sustenance from souls, and sensed the hatred in the Necrontyr and appeared before them. To communicate with the C'tan, the Necrontyr constructed metal bodies for the C'tan, made from the same Necrodermis that was used to create their space ships. A C'tan known as The Deceiver spoke to the Necrontyr's leader, the Silent King Szarekh, and convinced him of a plot to destroy the Old Ones. The King ordered his kingdom to construct bodies made of Necrodermis and to transfer the minds of all the Necrontyr into them so that the C'tan may join with them and partner together to destroy the Old Ones. Abandoning their weak and frail bodies was greatly appealing to the Necrontyr, so they constructed legions and legions of these metal bodies for their people to use as weapons in their war. After the bodies were constructed, the C'tan pulled the minds (as in literally forcefully tore the minds from their bodies) from the Necrontyr and placed them in the metal bodies, and fed on the vast amount of life energy left behind from the collective deaths of every single Necrontyr. The Silent King had realized that he and his people had been tricked, manipulated by the C'tan and effectively selling their souls to servitude to the C'tan, with only a handful of the now-Necrons retaining any sort of free will. This effectively rendered the Necrontyr extinct as a species, and gave rise to the Necrons we know today. The C'tan commanded their new Necron soldiers and drove the Old Ones to near extinction. In a last, desperate attempt, the Old Ones created and uplifted a handful of young species, notably the Eldar and the Krok (predecessors to the Orks, and I may have spelled that wrong), to fight the C'tan and Necrons. The Old Ones also inadvertently created the first Warp entities, the Enslavers. The Enslavers held no loyalty to the Old Ones or anyone, being creatures of Chaos, and so began slaughtering the remaining Old Ones along with the C'tan and Necrons, which spelled the end for the Old Ones.
During the final years of the second War in Heaven, Szarekh and the other lucid Necrons bided their time and plotted with one another to free their people from the C'tan's control, and led the Necrons in rebellion against the Star Gods, using their own weapons against them, shattering the C'tan into shards, greatly weakening them and hiding said shards in protected tomb complexes spread throughout the galaxy. However, it was not a time of celebration for the Necrons, as the galaxy now lay in ruins and the Eldar, after their uplifting, had risen to the dominant power in the galaxy. So the Silent King ordered his people to be placed in stasis, to wait for the time of flesh to grow weak and die and decompose, and the Necrons would rise again and claim their rightful place as rulers of their new interstellar empire. This period of stasis is known as the Great Sleep, and lasted nearly 60 million years, with the first official encounter between Necron and Imperial (Imperial referring to the Imperium of Man) forces some time in the 800's of the 41st Millenium.
So.... No, the Necrons are not defeated or destroyed, they're mostly all still sleeping and waiting to be reactivated. The Necrons that ARE awake right now though are still powerful enough, even as an incredibly small force compared to the main empire, to rival the Imperium of Man and other galactic superpowers in the Milky Way in terms of strength.
I didn't have to type out the Necrons' entire history here, but they're my favorite faction and I like talking about them.
I enjoy the Necrons as well, though true be told I did enjoy their old lore a bit more. This new Codex makes them a bit too "Tomb Kings in SPACE!" for my liking as all time favorite xenos race. I would personally rank them second to the Tyranids in overall appeal.
Speaking of which, I love the quotes concerning the Tyranids, really drives home that 'alien' aspect to them:
"To think of these creatures as beasts is a grave mistake. We have observed their vanguard organisms herd prey like cattle into the path of the main swarms. We have seen them expend tides of lesser beasts so that their enemies have no ammunition left when their leaders attack, and armoured columns channeled into narrow defiles where but one of their assault beasts can tear through an entire tank company. Only yesterday we received a pict-capture of several platoons falling back into the keep of Gnex Bastion, only to be trapped and slaughtered by burrowing organisms that burst from the ground. These creatures have shown evidence of a tactical acumen that speaks of a far worse threat than that posed by a mere beast."
"As I looked into its dead black eyes, I saw the terrible sentience it had in place of a soul. Behind that was the steel will of its leader. Further still I could feel its primogenitor coldly assessing me from the void. And looking back from the deepest recesses of the alien's mind I perceived what I can only describe as an immortal hunger. We can slay the Tyranids on our worlds, blast their fleets from the space, grind their armies to torn and ruined fragments. But their hunger? That is beyond our ability to slay."
and of course, my all time favorite:
"The more I learn about these aliens, the more I come to understand what drives them, the more I hate them. I hate them for what they are and for what they may one day become. I hate them not because they hate us but because they are incapable of good, honest, human hatred."