Here's my latest family picture (some of them are WiP; I excluded unpainted models):
I might expand the backstory later, probably based on my modeling projects and how my army core evolves (see this thread: http://www.bolterand...tohakh-dynasty/).
TLDR: The Tohakh dynasty awakened in a Dyson sphere that wasn't there when they went to sleep, and they're trying to get out (and exploring other ideas).
When the Tohakh dynasty completed its preparations for the deep slumber, its tomb world's system was both devoid of inferior lifeforms and rich with common and exotic material. But interstellar empires rise and fall many times over during 60 million years, and the dynasty's phaeron Sanakhan found its tomb world dramatically altered when it emerged from stasis.
Gone were the skies, stars and planetary bodies; the tomb's system could only detect an endless megastructure that extended in every direction. The megastructure appears to be composed of layers of unbreachable material that prevents moving towards its outer shell, if it even exists. The Necrons have long been familiar with the grotesque concept of enormous structures built to capture a star's total energy output, but this one's scale utterly defies logic. Its expansion appears chaotic and purposeless; the unsupervised continuation of a grandiose but long corrupted plan devised by a vanished civilization. The megastructure remains driven by a primitive yet elusive artificial intelligence that succeeded, over the eons, at corrupting and partly assimilating the tomb's own systems. Although every necron awakened from its slumber, some appear changed... especially those that lacked the willpower of the dynasty's glorious nobility.
The canoptek constructs and tomb defense systems were most affected by this corruption; none would answer their phaeron's call or that of its (relatively) trusted crypteks. After its awakening, the Tohakh dynasty spent the first millennia exploring and expanding its hold on the current layer of the megastructure, never encountering any autonomous organism, and developing a weapon able to pierce the previously unbreachable material that prevented them from ascending to other layers.
The Weapon is the Tohakh dynasty's greatest achievement; by consuming a c'tan shard per shot, it emits a destructive beam that distorts space in a straight line hundreds of kilometers long. The cost is enormous, but only this allows the migration to upper megastructure layers and will perhaps eventually allow the dynasty to contact their long lost brethren, which have undoubtedly retaken control of the galaxy after their own awakening.
Sanahkan's forces have now traveled across hundreds of layers and encountered and annihilated almost as many primitive entities, groups and civilizations. None of these seemed to be members or remnants of the ones that created this megastructure; they appeared to be trapped on their own layer, as the Tohakh dynasty was prior to the completion of the Weapon. There is no way of knowing if they are nearing the end of their journey, or if the megastructure’s expansion compensates for their progress. Nonetheless, their relentless advance doesn’t falter, for the Necrons’ persistence is absolute.
Hazardous ideas from the awakening are however being revived, and the everscheming crypteks are lobbying for the subjugation of the megastructure’s artificial intelligence. The nobility considers this perilous path unwise, but recognizes the importance of its potential benefits. The full control of the megastructure would bring unparalleled power to the Tohakh dynasty!
But Sanakhan is troubled by the cryptek’s recent and increasing insistence, and wonders if this may be due to the megastructure’s influence. Even its own actions unsettle it sometimes, including its dedication to eradicating the primitive denizens of the megastructure. Such creatures aren’t worthy of a phaeron’s attention, yet Sanakhan is driven to locate and purge all unworthy lifeforms.
Perhaps escape is unwarranted, and the cryptek’s proposal has more merit than the nobility recognizes. Or perhaps subjugation is already underway, and the proud Tohakh dynasty is - for once - slowly and unawarely losing a war with its greatest foe.
Edited by Miek, 19 November 2020 - 02:10 AM.