[Mechanicum] Tech-controversies

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[Mechanicum] Tech-controversies

Post by Lumey on Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:12 am

In the wild and woolly days of the Great Crusade, the Cult Mechanicum was far more diverse than the 40k's Cult Mechanicus.  Hopefully the tech-controversies of Al-Sherar are not entirely obscure, but to recap, they divert from Martian Orthodoxy on two points:

On the nature of the Omnissiah  The priests of Al-Sherar do not believe that the Machine God (their Makinallah) incarnates itself into the world.  Instead, they believed that the Makinallah would express its will through a succession of Teknabiyyun ("Machine Prophets").  This made the coming of the Emperor less special but lowered expectations.

Regarding Machine Spirits  Al-Sherar's doctrine does not rule out al-gine (machine spirits) in non-human technology.  For the priests of Al-Sherar, the al-gine who do not assist humanity are impious, in the same way that a man might be.

But there are other possible tech-controversies.  Here are some ideas:

On the nature of the Omnissiah  A Forge World might have the notion complementary and antagonistic figures arising in the same period to usher in a new stage in human/machine development.  (The "Hypophet" and "Antiphet" if I was naming them.)  This would give a Foundation-like perspective of husbanding strength until necessary to intervene.

On the nature of the Omnissiah  Some might insist that the Omnissiah will only arrive in the End Times and therefore claim that the Emperor can't be more than a Prophet.  The same guys could say that Hektor is the Omnissiah because of Bad Reasons.

On the nature of the Machine God  A radical but not outright heretical view would be that the Machine God is largely impotent in the face of the corrupt nature of the flesh world.  Adherents of this view would therefore focus on purifying the bodies of the Elect, while being curiously lax with regard to mere lay members.

On the nature of the Omnissiah  Similar to Al-Sherar, a Forge World could believe that the Machine God has embodied as multiple Omnissiahs, each with a mission to bring a new kind of truth to humanity.  According to this view, the task of the techpriests is to assemble some kind of "Unified Creed Theory" that brings these partial truths together.

On the nature of Machine Spirits  The Men of Iron might be explained by a malign Machine Spirit (or Spirits) of prodigious might.  This Techversary (Astrodeus/Automodeus/Mekoloch/Cybertaan/Luciphract) is the source of heretek, Abominable Intelligence, and perhaps even alien technology.  This world-view would foster a kind of crusading spirit.  Machinae Vult![/b][/b]
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Re: [Mechanicum] Tech-controversies

Post by TwistofCain on Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:22 am

Lumey wrote:
On the nature of the Omnissiah  Some might insist that the Omnissiah will only arrive in the End Times and therefore claim that the Emperor can't be more than a Prophet.  The same guys could say that Hektor is the Omnissiah because of Bad Reasons.

This one really leapt out at me for some reason.  I think Hektor's death would have convinced them he was a false messiah, and so they sort of abandoned Chaos. Not to say that they don't still use the warp and Chaotic power, they just don't worship it. They're waiting for the real, end times, the real Omnissiah. Perhaps one of them makes contact with the Cult of the Dragon? Or this is just the form that cult has taken in our AU.
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