Bamboo/PSCS3/9hours/music: The Ship - Yoko Kanno (this is maybe my favorite track from her awesome Songs to Fly album)
The Emperor of Mankind is the immortal ruling monarch of the Imperium of Man, and is described by the Imperial Ecclesiarchy and the Imperial Cult as the Father, Guardian and God of humanity. The Chaos Gods and the daemons of the Warp refer to him as "the Anathema" for he is the greatest embodiment of universal Order in the galaxy today. He has sat immobile, his body slowly crumbling, within the Golden Throne of Terra for over 10,000 standard years. Although once a living man, his shattered, decaying body can no longer support life, and it is kept intact only by the cybernetic mechanisms of the Golden Throne and a potent mind itself sustained by the daily sacrifice of thousands of lives. The Emperor chose to sacrifice his immortal life at the end of the Horus Heresy in the service and protection of Mankind. To humanity's countless trillions across the galaxy-spanning Imperium, he is nothing less than a God. Through his Imperium, Mankind is united and remains one of the most powerful intelligent races in the Milky Way Galaxy as well as its most dominant in terms of both population and territory held. United under one government, Mankind is able to survive the myriad deadly threats it faces from aliens, the Forces of Chaos and the Traitors, Heretics and mutants that lie within the Imperium's boundaries. The Imperium's rule, carried on in the Emperor's name since the end of the Horus Heresy by the High Lords of Terra and a multitude of Imperial organisations, has been long, oppressive and necessarily harsh. It has also resulted in technological and cultural stagnation, and a regression into tyranny, superstition and religious obfuscation and intolerance that would have horrified the Emperor. Though he is no longer responsive to external stimuli, the Emperor still lies at the very heart of the Imperium's continued existence. Although he cannot be directly involved in the day-to-day running of humanity's galactic government, his existence on the Golden Throne is vital to sustaining the Imperium, since his powerful mind's presence in the Immaterium maintains and directs the Astronomican, the psychic beacon that makes possible faster-than-light Warp travel and is vital to Imperial shipping, transportation, commerce and communication. He is said to guide his race through the psychically-reactive divination tool known as the Emperor's Tarot, which select psykers can consult to gain a glimpse of the future and the Emperor's will. He is also said to constantly battle the Chaos Gods in the Warp and prevent their further intrusion upon the material universe. His mind must remain vigilant at all times throughout the entire Imperium to safeguard the human race and to offer his protection to the faithful. Above all else, it is Mankind's collective belief in the Emperor's divinity that serves as humanity's greatest protection from Chaos and the other hideous dangers that plague the galaxy. As the Imperial Creed has taught for over 10,000 standard years, the Emperor protects...
For the Emperor.
Reading the Horus Heresy novels ( and listening to the audio books ), it seems that the Emperor is an Eternal, basically immortal ( like the Primarch Vulkan who died numerous times and always came back whole ). In the past He has been known by many names, one of them being Merlin, and He has aways guided humanity towards the future.
The Golden Throne is designed to heal His wounds, meaning that He can leave it at any time ( from the Inquisitor rulebook ), but the Ministorum and Inquisition decided to keep Him enthroned to use His "sacrifice" to motivate humanity on a path that suited them. As the 41st Millennium comes to an end the Golden Throne is beginning to malfunction, and the Mechanicum cannot fix it. It was never designed to function continually for as long as it has, and when it fails the Emperor will awaken, signalling the return of the surviving loyal Primarchs ( Guilliman, Russ, El'Jonson, Khan, and Vulkan ) as has been prophesied.
(Space hulk is HARD)
Also, there's one thing I wonder about the Emperor than his true name, and true form. Logar supposedly looks more like him than the others, so he does have one. But how did the Big E trap the Void Dragon on Mars? Did he use his powers, or did the Laughing God help him out?
This is one of my favorite pics ever!
BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE! THE GALAXY SHALL BURN AND THE RIVERS SHALL FLOW WITH BLOOD AND BE FILLED WITH SKULLS! FOR I AM HIS HERALD!
No but really he is. Ever heard of the Thunder Warriors?
On this we agree. I believe he's a better choice than the chaos gods. But he's still an ass.
But I still find what he did as dishonorable and they believed in him 100%.