It was the year 1988 and inter-galactic-racial romance was on the rise – infiltrating even the mightly Ultramarines!
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.
Luckily I have a very old collection…. including White Dwarf 97 from January 1988
Enter the ORIGINAL Ultramarines Chief Librarian
Lets walk down memory lane my friends and look at some of the top ranking officers of that most holy of holies, the goody-two-shoes Ultramarines. Read on my friends of their Chief-Librarian Illiyan Namaste, who stood side by side with Marneus Calgar before a giant Inquisitorial ret-con hook whisked him off the 40k stage and placed the properly Grimdark Tigurius in his stead.
There’s a lot to like in that biography. First off his parents – mother from BADAB!!! Father an Eldar (may even Dark Eldar)!!!! Apparently Ultramar is a more enlightened tolerant culture than we had ever been led to believe.
Snatched after birth and sent to an Imperial orphanage. Visits Earth, survives the Soul Binding intact. Then the plot really thickens.
I’m not sure whether my favorite bit is his two years of service with the Dark Angels before induction into the Ultramarines (I’m bettin’ he’s a spy) – or that he costs 181 and a HALF points!
The 1980s were a strange time…
~ I’ll leave you to work out how to best bring Nastase back to the tabletop in style. Have at it – and there better be some cool psychic powers.