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:iconmisterawesomeness:
MisterAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh Holy God Emperor..... We miss your Guidance....We are so very sorry.
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Angrykupo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
"Now we got a chance!" -Guardsmen
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PLsboss1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
I am thinking of that this is like a hush of a once great god-emperor. Like Gwyn as an example, except he can still fight,
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Mika-El Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Horrifying and amazing at the same time...
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Cyberheinrich Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Excellent art. I think the thing that gets me the most is his ermine-lined cape lying off to the side. That's what raises this picture from "nasty" to "poignant" for me.
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dr-dread1234 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Any of you deviants think Calgary would be the next emperor?
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dr-dread1234 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ouch that looks painful
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:iconanno78:
anno78 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
The Emperor was never meant to stay on the Throne, he had planned to use it to aid in healing his injuries.  He is an Eternal, one of a handful of beings who cannot die, a trait which he passed to his son Vulkan (who is still roaming the galaxy).
After he was placed there it was realised by certain factions that his "sacrifice" could be used to better control humanity, and the 'God-Emperor' concept was truly born.  However, other factions nknew the truth, and attempted to free the Emperor.  This led to a schism that is still felt 10,000 years later in the Inquisition.

The Throne is now beginning to fail thanks to 10,000 years of continued use, and the Tech-Priests do not know how to fix it.  When it stops the Emperor will rise, signalling the return of the Primarch's.  The Lion is slumbering within the Rock, Vulkan is wandering the galaxy, Guilliman is in stasis (his wounds healing despite this), Russ promised he would return (the 13th Company will precede him, and they've returned), and Dorn is out there (remember only a forearm was found, not a whole body).  And don't forget Corax (who is the master of stealth) and the Khan (the Warp always gives back what it takes).
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Jemibunny Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Student General Artist
I wish the Golden Throne would actually fail, and all that would actually happen. But Games Workshop seem to like keeping the status quo.
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:iconanno78:
anno78 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
I know.  For one thing the 13th Black Crusade (set in 999.M41) has ended, so it should now be the 42nd Millenium (Warhammer 41,000).  And they've been dropping enough clues about what's coming next...need I say more.
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Red-Lazerus Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
You articulated that strikingly well, I wouldn't mind hearing it narrated in the introduction to the next 40K project by a gravely voice.
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:iconanno78:
anno78 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
I've currently got a lovely cold and sore throat (along with a stomach infection and fractured finger) so the gravely voice is present and correct. 
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anno78 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Thanks.

I could easily do the gravely voice.   I've got a lovely virus that has given me a bad throat and left me sounding like I've smoked my entire life (I don't by the way).  It's also left me unable to sleep properly (8 hours since Saturday) and a fever with occasional shivers.
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SuperfrycookSB Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is the Emperor on drugs...
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elementalfraser Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Q: "What's the hardest part about cooking a vegetable?"


A: "Fitting the Golden throne in the oven"
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hillerj Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
I've been watching "If the Emperor had a Text-to-Speech Device" on Youtube and been struck at how fucking awful his last 10,000 years of existence have been. Literally having his mind/soul eroded while his body decays and being able to sense both and unable to do anything about it without effectively destroying mankind. 

Beautifully done piece. 
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dr-dread1234 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see that :/
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VossZero Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Eh, one of his sons or daughters will get around to waking Dad up and ending all the silliness. 
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redstararmory Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
My thoughts on the Emperor as he is in this state is he is weeping in the tomb that is his body, his ambitions crushed by the few corrupt and he is unable to end the horrors that plague the Imperium he had created.
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TheFoxBites Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
He is God of humankind, he is wisdom, he is light!
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Zecorezecron Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That whiny worm bitch from the Dune series aint got nothing on this guy. 

On an artistic note, I would have had the body a little more . . .  rotten/skeletal.  Maybe some ribs or something showing or something.  This looks kind of like a mummy with it's face missing.  Not quite what I imagine when I hear the phrase "Carrion Lord." 
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SaintlyPants Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
(Currently trying to convince the Tau to gather all resources they can get to build a world ship and LEAVE THIS DAMN GALAXY behind for it just has too many tentacles)
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reiler12 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
by the emperor.
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:iconfarseer40k:
Farseer40k Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
The Emperor protects.
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
'kneels'
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SuperFish1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
What is this?
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superbatprime Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is the God Emperor of Mankind who exists in a state beyond death, who alone has the psychic might to project the Astronomicon, the great beacon without which humanity could not traverse the galaxy. He sits on the Golden Throne in the Imperial Palace of Holy Terra, sustained by the souls of a thousand psykers every day... and has done for thousands of years and will continue to do so until the Imperium of Man fulfills it's destiny to become the One Great Race of the galaxy and finally eradicate the teeming hordes of aliens, daemons and malign entities that infest the cosmos.

Does that answer your question?
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SuperFish1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thanks.
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:iconkal444:
kal444 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
And still I would swear my soul to him in a heartbeat.
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cliveklg Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Hersey Novels have really made some updates to the Emperor back story.   He's not quite the benevolent being as made out to be.  Not truly evil, not truly good.  

"Another account of who the Emperor was states that the Emperor was a Perpetual. but otherwise a normal human, until the Dark Age of Technology. During this time several perpetual including Alivia Sureka traveled with the man who would become the Emperor to the planet Molech, where there was a gateway into the realm of Chaos. The Emperor entered the Gateway, and there made a bargain with the Dark Gods and emerged as a supremely powerful psychic being. However for some reason, the Emperor did not keep his end of the bargain to spread Chaos to humanity, and he became the anathema of Chaos. The Emperor was able to clone the energies he was imbued with, giving them to his Primarchs."
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yourmom10 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
You would swear your soul to a monster like him? Well, that says a lot. And unsettling at that. 
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Farseer40k Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
He's the only deity of order left in the galaxy. 
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yourmom10 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
"Deity."
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Farseer40k Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
That's what i said.
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yourmom10 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
You don't get it, the Emperor isn't actually a deity. When a word is put in quotes, it means the meaning of said word deviates from the normal, dictionary definition. This is also the case if you a word italicized in a book. 
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Farseer40k Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
How is he not a deity then?
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:iconyourmom10:
yourmom10 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
You realize he's not a divine being, right? 
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Kawaii-Bakura Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You mean one of the 40,000 he consumes everyday to stay 'alive'?
Screw you can your corpse god. Chaos is strong, Chaos is power.
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kal444 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014

1. It is a thousand not 40k (hehe 40k)

2. He is holding all your 'gods' and daemons at bay in the immaterium, alone, and it just ain't the big four there are an impossible amount of gods in the Warp. 

So go ahead and disbelief, humanity will rule the stars as your gods cower before OUR power

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:iconcliveklg:
cliveklg Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
That has been retconned.  The only thing he is holding at bay is the opening through the failed attempt to access the Webway.  He's only holding that door closed. 
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aedan122 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
die heretic
for the emperor
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:iconrodegas:
Rodegas Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
all hail
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CorObscurus Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
one of the saddest thing i had ever seen
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SimsDoc Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
You know technically the Emperor is dead, because about 11,000 after he fights Horus. His throne begins to break down and finally he dies.
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hectortat Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I don't think that we're to happen. You see the emperor with the help of the golden throne is the only one able to help keep vile entities of the warp at bay, with the emperors tarot. So no emperor, no human race
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SimsDoc Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Ah, Yes but the codex mentions that his throne had begun to fail even after 8,000 years.
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slayer1968 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Actually his soul is still alive but restrained because he is still technically alive and he can't ressurect.
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baneblade93 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Well there are three outcomes:
 He dies and the astronomicon blinks out of existence
 he "dies" and walks amongst man, leading the imperium to a Golden age
 He dies and becomes a God and combats the forces of chaos
But in the end, its all just speculation because we all know GW will never let us know the end, as that would Mess everything up lore wise.
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slayer1968 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Yeah pretty much.Or maybe he has something like a secret sond/daughter O.o
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Tensiu Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Waaait... It's fanart?! I've seen it many times, I thought it's official art O.O
That's... Great. Really great.
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