so, if the men of iron are to be coming back, even in a smaller scale.
how do you peeps think they will react, who will they side with?
or will they end up kinda like the kroot, working as mercenaris, masquerading as automatons in exchange for tech they want/need?
I could see the Men of Iron doing 1of 3 things.
1. The threat of Chaos is so great, that some ancient bygone code has become active, protect humanity from imminent extinction.
- as a result, the few that are left, and searching for ways to help humanity survive the present chaos threat.
- they will either work in secret, or few higher ups in the imperium will be aware, GUilliman, cawl, and the MEn of iron masquerade as agents of the primarch/cawl.
2. THey seek to save humanity from chaos and prevent their extinction, but are not allied or helped by them. they will even figh imperium from time to time.
- UR-025 will upload himself intot he blackstone fortress and start to produce bodies for the men of iron, the ones that have survived in secret will flock to them.
- they will establish a empire in a small subsector in an area with no inhabitable worlds, and will slowly create new men of iron.
- the new men of iron will work as mercanries for almost any force, in exchange for advanced technology, either dark ages/pre fall humanity, or old one/necron tech.
3. They have been searching for something to assist their species, a blackstone fortress is something that can help bring back the men of iron.
- In addition they set up a small alliance with the TAU, however this adds further worries for the readers perspective.
- The Men of Iron do not tell the whole truth to the tau, and the tau accept them in.
- AI that rose against their masters and attempted to destroy them, and lost. now these same ai and interweaving themselves in a society that uses ai frequently.
- this could eventually lead to a massive AI revolt in the tau empire, triggering a new civilwar.
- The Men of Iron assist the tau, and ai, advance the tau's ai, but at the same time establishing a "code of savior protocols"
------ Tau Drones, or AI drones in general will sacrifice themselves to save Organic tau species, or similarly advanced levels of AI. men of iron, Aun'va and so on.
------ Additionally, Advanced AI, beyond drones will be treated as citizens of the Tau Empire and gain all of the rights as citizens, and protection services.
- men of iron attempt to help curate tau society so that, so that a AI uprising would not occur, additionally, the Men of Iron provide services to the tau, such as detection subversive threats.
( chaos cults, gene cults, rogue tau ai, rogue ai).
I kinda would like the men of iron to do a mix of it all. THe loyal Men of Iron secretly assist the imperium, and the super higher ups are aware of them and work with them, knowing they need to advance the imperiums tech to survive, imperium provides protection and assests.
Non loyal ai, that see the current imperium as death, now go to the tau, with requirements, Advanced ai are treated as equals, humans under tau protection must be allowed, and helped in survival of the species if the imperium falls. ( men of iron would then be equals to the tau, and all the other species are equal but lesser)
both forces end up doing mercenary work for advanced tech.