Over a week ago I shared images of Dia de Los Muertos and how to bring that into 40k
This week I want to talk about Mesoamerica. I was inspired by these conversion parts (The conversation does not have to be about loyalists or space marines)
How would you incorporate mesoamerican influences into 40k
A chapter that recruits from a Feudal/Agri World, unlike most other chapters do they not recruit from the best fighters, or the hardiest survivors, instead at certain intervals the natives of their homeworld have a grand celebration where they thank the astates (who they see as both protectors and bringers of bountiful harvest) and sacrifice to them all the youth that are sickly, misshapen (by birth, sickness, or badly healed physical damage), or just outcasts. They are during the ceremony treated as kings for ones in their life until the secund to last day of the celebration when they are marched in to the Night Drinkers waiting sky chariots. The natives teach that the youth will be taken to the Night Drinkers’ cloud-fortress where they will be skinned and emerge in new, golden forms without any of the blemishes of their old life. And there is some truth in that tale, the Night Drinkers uses a system of medic-caskets, similar to the Blood Angels, in which all the males they have been given are placed (the females are given to the chapter serfs, known as tlacotin in the local low gothic, for healing and training). The medic-caskets heals and repair the youths placed inside, implant the first organs, and do the first part of mental evaluation. This process is painful and physically stressful, and while they are sedated during it do many youths die or mentally break before it’s finished, their bodies turned into servitors. Those that physically and mentally survive the process come out as whole and physically capable and are passed on to the 10th Company where their real training begins.
The Chapter is known for its hatred toward those that threaten agri worlds and usually fight in such way that agriculture (or similar) is not damaged more than need to be. They are also known for flaying captured enemies alive, this have also been done to imperial subjects they think have failed in their duty, something that have happened to many imperial officers whose laxness invited the enemy. Surprisingly to many do the Chapter believe in secund chances and that people that have done wrong can improve themselves, as long as they admit that they did wrong and try to change. This makes them seem strange to outsider, killing and flaying enemies and imperials one moment, while allowing others that have done the seemingly same mistakes to live and continue, and even sparing human rebels. To the Night Drinkers this is simply a question of people showing that they know they have done wrong and wanting to amend, if they do they are speared, if not they are killed and preferably ritually flayed.
The Night Drinkers armour is fully gold coloured and they don’t use colours to show Company. Many of them have loincloths, kilts or capes, which are always black in colour, black feathers as decorations or signs of office are also common. Scouts armour is black, and their Chaplains' armour is not Codex standard black but blood red.
Their symbol is a broad bladed knife without any guard - the blade red, the handle white.
Many of them have gold earplugs.
[Use Aztec numbers for squad numbers, don’t know if company should be shown with numbers or Aztec hieroglyphs. Use red and black as the colour. Raid the Seraphons for weapons and bling, mainly use gold as the main colour and black as the secondary (or the other way around since it’s stuff they carry so it could follow a slightly other pattern form themself)]
Inspired by the illustration and description of Xipe Totec in Dragon #358, with some elements from wikipedia. Use Aztec names.
If you use the conversation parts from Sean Harrison Do I think that the helmets and the backpacks fit best with this idea, not the sholderpads, and not the first backpack with the skulls.
The crests on the helmets (not just the feathers) should be in black
Edited by Gamiel, 28 September 2021 - 12:05 PM.