That being said, There might have been a few ruffled feathers among the Terrans when Icarion took over. His Gene seed is predisposed to unlock psychic potential. Among Legionaries from Madrigal or the wider 'Empire', this is fine because of a cultural desire to subdue, calm and control nascent psychic powers. Among the Terrans, there is no such restraint in the use of psychic gifts. Eventually this led to a duel of Psychic Ideologies. The Terrans and some non-Madrigal Legionaries siding with Magnus in the Librarius Debates, while the rest followed the teachings of the Astral college.
Eventually those Legionaries with a desire to explore their psychic gifts were allowed to establish their own 'Celestial Order' along side Volta of the Blue shield, and Oni of the Red Path. Thats's actually something I want to touch on down the road. While those two Orders of the Astral college are the most prominent, there are many others.
- Kitsune of the Golden Blossom
- Aki of the White Hill
- Tengue of the Jade Diamond
- Sha of the Black star
So basically, the Terran Psykers formed their own Librarius within the orders of the Astral college, and while they are considered reckless by the wider legion. Icarion at the urgings of his brother Sanguinius, has allowed them to follow Magnus' more esoteric teachings.
"It is said of lightning that it never strikes twice. But I ask you, why should lightning strike again when once is sufficient?"
Excerpt from: Meditation on the Great Ocean
“Required text for Initiates to the Thunder Legion”
Why shouldn’t we as beings with terrible gifts utilize all facets of that power, master them in order to defend our Families and countrymen?
It is true that some amongst the Colleges still choose to master the arts of Pyromancy, Telekenisis, Biomancy and Telepathy.
Some amongst your number may even think that through mastery, a psychic power can be used safely.
They are fools.
There is no safe Discipline of psychic power, but there is a responsible choice. And that is why for 500 years the Astral College has promoted the focused study of Precognition.
Every other discipline draws power from the immaterium to affect the material universe, whether it be to lift a boulder, pluck a thought from an enemies mind, heal wounds or to torch an adversary alive. Each of these disciplines turns a pysker into a conduit through which energy flows from the warp to real space. But there is more than simply energy that seeks to come to this plain of reality; hungry things lurk on the other side of the door an unwary psyker creates.
And a door once opened is hard to close.
The mastery of Precognition is still perilous but the method through which the gifted might utilize this power is distinct on a fundamental level. In order to skim the great Ocean for lines of fate with which a seeker may observe the ebb and flow of time and movement, a Student of Precognition must thrust their consciousness momentarily into the aether.
There they may find the knowledge they seek and with it affect the outcome of events unfolding around them. Or they may be devoured by the selfsame predators that plague the other disciplines.
The Distinction is this. Where one draws power through themselves from the warp, the other see’s much but takes naught but knowledge back with him. If the resolve of either fails, one unleashes horrors upon the world around him, the other drops dead a soulless husk.
And there lies the distinction, if you must risk you soul, bear the responsibilities and consequences onto yourself, not the world around you.
Learn this lesson well.
From this Close up map of the Pre heresy Imperium, assuming that Madrigal lies on the edge of the Maelstrom, Then Madrigal Prospero and Chemos are the closest Legion Worlds to Ryza Forgeworld. It seems likely (to me at least) way to explain the presence of this variant Mk IV armor in the II III and XV Legion.
“Both the victor
and the vanquished are
but drops of dew,
but bolts of lightning -
thus should we view the world.”
-Attributed to Ouchi Yoshi-taka, Venerable Sejin of the II Legion.
Upon study of the II Legion Astartes, known as The Lightning Bearers, few idiosyncrasies spark more intrigue than their association with the sakura, known amongst ancient Terrans as the Cherry Blossom.
Many Warriors, though far from most, who march beneath the Storm Star bear some variation of a sculpted Sakura upon their armor. It is deemed a personal and meaningful symbol to those marked to wear it, such that they painstakingly repaint the sigil to mend it following the receipt of battle damage at their earliest convenience. In fact, though I am loath to use a word such as ritual in this more enlightened era, the repainting of the Sakura would seem to be one of the LightningBearers most silently respected post-battle rituals.
While many observers would claim that the amongst the II Legion, the Sakura is a battle honor or campaign badge, the truth is somewhat more complex.
When pressed upon it's significance, most Legionaries claim it as an honor gifted for great sacrifice made for the Imperial cause, but there are other theories which abound. There are some few amongst the Legion who would name it a burden which shame demands they carry.
The truth as in all things, lay somewhere in between.