I'm very interested in the honour markings described on Sergeant Gileas. The face tattoos represent the rank of Captain, but is rank all that they signify? Could a particularly honorable deed earn an honour marking?
First of all, I apologise for the delay in my reply, I've been up to my eyeballs in deadlines and haven't done much of a forum round-up for a while. Very rude of me!
The right to bear honour marks on the face is denied to any Silver Skull below the rank of Captain, which is a traditional thing that harks back more to their tribal roots than anything else. As for what the marks signify... each warrior is different. Many design their own symbols or images, others prefer a less artistic approach. As an example, there is at least one Apothecary who chooses to have his body tattooed with the names of brothers he has lost as a permanent reminder of what he's about.
First Captain Kerelan who shows up in the latest short story, Cause & Effect
in Hammer & Bolter 8 has a single face tattoo; that of a full face skull. He's a scary bloke.
So whilst face tattoos are not exactly a mark of rank, they do show that a Silver Skulls warrior has ascended to at least the rank of Captain.
How much would you say the Silver Skulls deviate from the Ultramarines? The headhunting and the Prognosticators seem to be more of an attribute of the Space Wolves than the Ultramarines.
The Silver Skulls are largely drawn from tribal stock and old habits die hard. More of the history comes out in The Gildar Rift
, including the chapter's structure. As to how much they deviate... well, that's something that remains to truly be seen and the effects of it may have complicated repercussions...
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