Hello, my learned brothers.
A couple of days ago I was at my local store, and a few of the guys were talking about how GW is supposed to have two Primarchs appear. One going from Chaos back to the Imperium, and a loyalist one turning heretic.
They were arguing on the matter, not only as it stands to the state of the lore of the game, but also from a business perspective. Their general idea being that it would be generally simple to move a Primarch from Chaos to the Imperium, as his forces can still remain in the Chaos side for the most part, with plenty of gods and entities to follow and worship. The redeemed Primarch can receive new warriors in the form of Primaris units. There would still be players left hurt by having their Primarch change teams, but the impact might not be THAT big in the grand scheme of things, as players would most likely be able to collect a new form of Loyalist marines, while still being able to play Chaos Marines of the God of said Primarch's allegiance. Going the other way may be trickier, they figured, since the shift would have a bigger impact in the overall structure of the game.
In the conversation, the suggestion came up for different Primarchs to switch to Chaos, and everyone agreed that the Lion was absolutely NOT the Primarch to turn heretic.
I found it funny, as it seems to me that, from a strict business stand point, if one current Primarch was to return as a traitor, the Lion would be a good choice. And, before you take me to my cell in the Rock for a lenghtier discussion on the subject with Brother Asmodai, allow me to explain, while clarifying that I am NOT proposing the Dark Angels should betray the Imperium. Just that, from a business stand point, it might make sense.
Simply put, I am of the feeling that, of all of the different chapters out there, this one is the one that most strongly rejects, resents, and distrusts Primaris Marines. As I have seen in stores and read in the forums, seems like Dark Angel's players gather the biggest number of old-school marine loving traditionalists out there. As the game moves more and more from Primaris, and farther and farther away from old marines, the idea of these conflict reaching a point of schism seems at least credible.
The Dark Angels are also a legion almost, with the successor chapters organized in such a way as to still be a legion in all but name, when compared to other more codex-compliant chapters. We have a different structure and organization, a different approach to combat, and a more distant stance when dealing with other loyalist forces. Not to mention our own secrets and brush with heresy in the past.
So, if the Lion was to wake up to reject Guilliman's new Imperium, and his Primaris Marines, it could lead to the Chapters of the Dark Angels to a form of unification, being reborn as a Legion once again. One that would reject the new Imperium, and the Primaris that are now everywhere.
Maybe the Primaris Successors of the Dark Angels would remain loyal to the Imperium. Perhaps even with a Primarized Azrael as Chapter Master? Meanwhile, the old guard of the Legion could follow the Lion, maybe with Cypher revealing himself and becoming the Chapter Master to a new faction in the Chaos side, as the Fallen go from being an Elite Choice of the Chaos Space Marines, into a Chaos Space Marine army all of its own.
You'd push the story forward, giving Primaris loving players their own room as a Chapter inside of the Imperium, while at the same time giving the players that actually hate the Primaris models a way to retain their armies and continue to play them. You could add a new faction of Chaos to the game, by turning the fallen into an army of their own with its own codex. That could lead to new models, new players, and a lot of added consumers and business, both on the Loyalist and the Heretical side of the game.
With Luther out of his cell, and with Cypher's latest shennanigans, as well as other plot points that have taken place, I wonder if this could be one of the directions the lore of the game is headed.
The thing is, I am definetly NOT one of the most learned players out there in the ancient and current story of the Chapter.
What do you guys, who are more learned than me, think of the whole thing?
What would the Lion do upon waking up to Guilliman's Imperium?