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November 30, 2012

40K LORE: The Ultramarines Sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492?

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It was the year 1988 and the Ultramarines knew only one man was worthy of the title "Master of the Ships"

Its time again boys and girls to turn back the clock and look at Warhammer 40,000 back in its infancy.  Following up on Chief-Librarian Namaste, lets look at this guy  Behold: Christo Columbine



My standard intro - Its easy to forget that at its origin, Warhammer 40,000 was a meandering stewpot of fiction - borrowing from here and there - both sci-fi classics and dreck alike.  Before "The Grimdark" became firmly canon the game, still in its infancy meandered all over the place, into areas that would be later ret-conned, or best forgotten for their own good.


There's a lot to like in Christo's biography.  First off, the implication of the noble Ultramarines trafficking in SLAVES!  So much for Holy Terra providing the mighty Legions with the finest navigators the Navis Nobilitae can produce - when there are local slave pits to fill the bill!  Christo's not a true marine, having gone through no Astartes zygote implantation. He's also a member of the chapter's Librarium - without being a psyker. Interesting - perhaps he's a master of the dewey-decimal system?

Is it just me or does Christo look like Jean-Luc Picard's twin?  Finally, in these cases its best to not dwell too much on the webbed hands (and feet) - or the shuriken catapult.  These types of impure thoughts all too often lead to Inquisitorial visits.


More 40K lore coming in the days ahead.  I'll leave you to work out how to best bring Christo back to the tabletop in style.  Have at it.
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